39 Days in the Rain and I am Writing an Offer Already!
I was highly excited over the weekend when I was contacted by the first buyer to have found me via my ActiveRain blog. They were searching for a Christian Realtor in Austin, and he Googled the term and found this post that I wrote about my church on August 31st: CrossPointe Church - Contemporary, Relevant, Friendly, Christian Church in Northwest Austin.
The husband read the post and liked what he saw, so he clicked on the "More About Me" link and read some of my other blog posts. He told his wife the next day that he felt that they should use me as their agent.
She called me that day and left me a voice mail, and we played phone tag until we finally spoke on Monday. I promised to get her a list of properties via email for them to review, which I intended to do today. Instead, she called me this morning and she was VERY interested in seeing a home that her co-worker told her about in the Round Rock area (just north of Austin - home of Dell Computers).
We met tonight and hit it off very quickly. I showed them only TWO homes, and they want to write an offer tomorrow on one of them, because she fell in love with it (actual photo is on the left). It a large 4-bedroom one-story home in a master planned community with tons of upgrades.
The listing price is $289,000, and the property has only been on the market for 7 days, so they will probably come in at or very near full price on their offer. Additionally, we have an arrangement with our mortgage broker which will pay us 50% of the profit from the loan, because my partner is now a licensed loan officer and he will take the loan application. Loans like this usually average about 2 points, so we will get something in the 1% range if they choose to go with our guy. Of course, I explained the arrangement to them and we have some disclosure paperwork that they must sign which explains this.
So, the overall profit from this transaction should be somewhere in the $11,500 range. Is there any question that I will continue to write about whatever I feel like writing? Keep in mind that the post has nothing at all to do with real estate, and the other posts they read and liked were also not real-estate related. They got to know me as a person before they picked up the phone.
I sincerely hope that this post inspires you to put forth your best blogging effort. I know it worked for me! I am convinced. Isn't the internet an amazing thing? Thanks, Al Gore!
Thanks to Paul Slaybaugh for recommending that I blog about this tonight.
I welcome your comments below - thanks for reading!
UPDATE (10/01/07) - We got past the inspection and the loan appears to be going smoothly, so we should be closing in early December. They are using our mortgage company as well, so this turned out to be an awesome (and an easy) sale, at least for now.