Interesting day out there, looking at very expensive houses. The day started (last night started, actually) with two cancellations from the same seller who apparently wanted nothing to do with the evil blogger of Greenwich. Now if I owned two houses, one of which has sat empty since it was built in 2002 the other with a mortgage foreclosure pending, I think I’d overcome my distaste for a particular broker and hope and pray that he’d produce a buyer for either of my unwanted homes but that’s just me. Good luck with that foreclosure, fella, and write when you get work.
We started off looking at two superbly built houses in a row, 11 Lindsay Lane and 717 Riversville Road. I can’t say that I agree with the pricing of either house but their builders certainly put in the quality to justify it. Not a corner cut, fantastic detail, beautiful finishes and really just exceptional houses in every way. The showings were enhanced by the presence of BK Bates and Lynn Stevens who know enough to guide people through their listings, pointing out features that might be missed and otherwise skipping the damn sales spiel. My clients know what a large closet looks like, for God’s sake, and if by chance they don’t, I’ll explain it to them. These two women are fun to show houses with. Other agents, not so much.
Tried to see one piece of junk just to demonstrate the difference between quality and shoddy workmanship to my clients but the agent conducting the public open house apparently decided that two hours was enough and had yanked his sign down by the time we got there. Maybe he was just embarrassed to be seen in the place,who knows? I waved to him through the window but he wouldn’t open for us or the other carload of would-be buyers who arrived after we did. I wonder what the seller would think about that?
Did see another open house so in we trudged and I had my opportunity to point out Home Depot wall plates, dresser drawers held together with a single screw in the corner of butt-ended sides, cheap closet fixtures, and on and on. Nothing wrong with going cheap on a $750,000 wonder but for $9 million, I expect more. I point this stuff out to my clients by the way because I try to tell them everything I know or notice about a house. It may cut down the chance of selling that particular house (ok, it kills it, sometimes) but when we find a well built house, I can tell them so and they believe me, at least until the building inspector corrects me. Everything I learned about earning trust in this business came from listening to Walter Noel.
So a productive day, all in all – saw houses we liked, and I think some offers will be made, saw some houses that aren’t worth the land they stand on, and learned that one particular seller is determined to go down with the ship(s). Good for him – saved us time, and kept his blood pressure low.