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     Cheri Crause, CPCA
real estate agent in Victoria, BC

A Friend in Need is a Friend Indeed

Selling your home can be stressful at the best of times but with single parents, I often see a bit more stress. Big decisions have to be made all on your own. A seller of mine was recently very excited to have an offer for her house come in and after negotiations, reached the stage of acceptance (subject of course to inspection, financing etc, etc).

Things were moving along to the subject removal stage and then the news came…. there were concerns about some issues in the house. This caused her stress factor to rise. Down to the wire, the buyers came back and were willing to proceed, but only with a price reduction to compensate for the extra costs these issues would incur. Negotiations re-opened. We spent time going over strategies and what we thought was a fair counter offer.

The buyers came back to our counter offer with their final offer. I called my seller right away with the news and I could hear the choking in her voice on the other end of the phone when she asked if she could call me back… I said “sure”. I sent some good energy her way and prayed she would find peace in making the decision.

She called a half hour later saying “okay let’s do it”. She sounded sure and confident—much different than before. I was at her place in 10 minutes.

When I walked into the kitchen, there was another lady there I hadn’t met before. We were introduced and then she said she had to go. The seller said  goodbye to her friend and then turned to tell me this story.

Her visitor was a friend who lives in Vancouver and they only see each other maybe twice a year. After getting my call, the seller was feeling lost and not sure at all about what to do. The price was lower than what she had wanted but she also was wanting to move on with the sale and this was holding her back. Within two minutes of my calling her about their final offer, there was a knock at the door and, surprise, there was her friend.

On seeing her, the seller just burst into tears, telling her the whole story and ending with “I don’t know what to do, I need someone to tell me what to do”. To which her friend cheerfully replied, “I’ll tell you what to do”. They had a good chat which ended with my seller being confident in her own mind that to move ahead was the right move for her. She then called me and I came right over—talk about timing!

Now I don’t know the details of what she and her friend talked about, or whether the friend actually told her what to do. What I do know is that at exactly the right time my seller needed someone, her friend showed up. She was able to come to a place of making a solid decision and having peace about it. I love it when that happens. I love to be able to be there for my friends and I love it when my friends are there for me.

So when facing tough decisions like selling your house or trying to find another one, I hope you have a friend you can count on and who will be happy to give you good advice about what to do (or tell you what to do if that's what you need).

Posted by Cheri Monday Jun 13, 2011 22:55
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Cheri Crause is a real estate agent in Victoria, BC. This is her blog. 

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