Sunday, January 8, 2017

Our 2016 (Part 3)

The story continues from last time...

So we got rid of our real estate agent mid June that we should’ve gotten rid of early on in 2016. But what was done was done and we were just going to have to chalk it up to experience and move on.

Where to go from here?

Well, in June, the most amazing man in the world approached me with the idea of selling the house ourselves. I was reluctant. After all, this was a little overwhelming. But he was convinced we can do this. His argument was that no one knew our house, our neighbourhood, our location better than we do. And wasn’t society heading toward self reliance, anyway? Didn’t we pump our own gas, do our own banking, book our vacations without the help of a travel agent, sell our cars and furniture by ourselves, run businesses out of our homes or online, and basically handle most of our affairs autonomously?

But...this is a house...

“So what. It’s just another product. But with a bigger price tag attached to it.”

But...the paperwork...

“Standard forms that we’ll fill in and send off to our lawyer to check.”

I was hesitant. A little nervous. But also intrigued. Still. I needed a little more time. I said I would take a few days to think about it and do some research on the topic. But...in the meantime...perhaps...wouldn’t it be a good idea...maybe...we could select three real estate agents, from three different brokerage firms and interview them. Just...to see.

“Fair enough.”

Trying to narrow the selection down to three agents is quite a feat. For a city of about 150,000 residents, there are over 400, maybe more, licensed agents here. Why are there so many? Who the heck knows. All I know is that it was a headache sorting through them and trying to choose wisely. We sent out emails and made some phone calls. And that list of three was altered over and over again as we crossed paths with pompous, overly busy and condescending agents. The entire process was...taxing.

Finally, we made an appointment with a woman to come by the house one Friday in June to take a look around, evaluate our place, discuss our options and, basically, sell her services to us. Convince us that she was the best person for the job. Instead of doing that, she got on our nerves.

The first annoyance was when she showed up without the CMA report (comparative market analysis) of similar active or recently sold properties in our area that we had requested she prepare for us and bring along. And that she’d agreed to. When we questioned her about it, she shrugged and said she’d return on Monday with it.

The second one was all the hemming and hawing and blah blah blabbity blah from her. But despite all the chatter, she wouldn’t get to the point or answer our questions. A sign of how frustrating it would be working with her.

The third was that she didn’t return on Monday with the CMA report nor did she call or email us – as a courtesy – to let us know. She just ignored the whole thing. And us. So Monday came and went. But so did Tuesday and Wednesday and Thursday. Then on Friday night, an entire week later, we returned home to find a message on our answering machine that had been left at 8 PM by this arrogant agent that simply said “Hi. This is [agent x]. Call me at xxx-xxx-xxxx

Extremely taxing...

I turned to the most amazing man in the world and said “Count me in. Let’s do this ourselves.”

This was music to his ears and he grinned from ear to ear. Because like me, he was fed up to the eyeballs with these #$@&%*!? real estate agents.

And during the next few days...

I got out my tripod and my DSLR and snapped photos of our house inside and out. The most amazing man in the world signed us up on one of those 'sold by the owner' online real estate brokers and did all the written marketing. And on the third week of June in 2016, the sale of our home, which was going to be handled 100% by us, went live.

To be continued...

46 comments:

  1. Very cool! Way to step outside your comfort zone! -Jenn

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  2. Well, like they say -- "if you want something done right, do it yourself." Looking forward to hearing how this all turns out!

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  3. Wow, it amazes me with the attitudes of the real estate agents. They are supposed to be on your side and you would think they would want the listing as that is how they get paid with commissions, etc. (at least here in the states). Looking forward to more!

    betty

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    1. You would think so, Betty. The one we got rid of and the one that I wrote about above...both are not good at this. I have no doubt that there are competent, attentive agents in the area but trying to narrow it down when there are hundreds in this small city is quite a task. Frankly, we just weren't in the mood.

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  4. way to go,good for you...good luck to you, hope it sells well.

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  5. This is getting very exciting - but sorry you had to go through so much stress, just to get to here!
    There could be more - but I sincerely hope not.

    All the best Jan

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    1. What can you do, Jan? That's life. It's a learning experience for us.

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  6. Wow, sounds exciting and a little frightening too, but it sounds like you both know what you are doing. Look forward to reading what happens next.

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    1. It was exactly that...exciting and a little frightening!

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  7. MARTHA! You did it again! You LOVE this don't you....I know you do!! lol

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  8. Don't leave me hanging on here!!! Get to the meat of the matter!!Geesh! hahahaha!
    Did you sell it already???? Is it champagne time???🍻
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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  9. You would think a realtor would work a little harder to get your business.....oh well, her loss, right?

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    1. Yes, definitely her loss. With so many agents in the area, there's no need to get stuck with this one.

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  10. I can't understand why your realtors are so terrible! You'd think they'd be chomping at the bit to do everything in their power to sell your house!

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    1. We ran across the wrong ones, for sure. But there's no doubt that there are a few good ones around here.

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  11. I wonder how many people have bothered to shop for agents? You found out a lot by just checking three agents. I've noticed differences just y being taken around to look at properties. I sold my recreation lot on my own and it went well.

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    1. Oh, good for you! In Quebec (where I was born and spent most of my life), more than 50% of the homes are sold by the owner. It's huge there.

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  12. Can't wait to hear how this turns out!

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  13. I am sure it went well, if you want something done right, you have to do it yourself.

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  14. You seriously are the best at writing these. Love to whole theme and energy!

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    1. It feels good to get this all out. It's been crazy!

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    2. I'll be wrapping this all up tomorrow. You already know the conclusion!

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  15. Funny how taxing it is to sell or buy a home. Sure it's the biggest thing you'll ever buy but everyone is ready for it to be over

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    1. Cause I sure was glad when the lawyer handed me that pen

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    2. You are so right, Adam! It's quite a tiring experience. Buying or selling!

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    3. Oh, and that final signature is definitely the most anticipated moment!

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  16. Wow...can't wait for the next bit!

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  17. Dear Martha,
    You and your gorgeous husband can do ANYTHING!! Can't wait for the rest of the story!

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  18. If you want something done right, do it yourself.

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