You want to sell you house, but you want to save and make as much money as possible. It only stands to reason that to make and save money you should sell your house yourself, so you put a sign in your lawn For Sale By Owner. (FSBO) A few weeks pass and you have had a couple of calls and one person even made an appointment to come see your house. It was an inconvenient time, but this person may be your buyer, so you rush home from work, tidy up a bit, skip dinner and wait, and wait, and wait.....3 hours later the person never showed, they will not return your calls and texts and it's too late to think about cooking dinner. Exhausted and frustrated you give yourself a pep talk that tomorrow is a new day.
Weeks pass and you have had little interest in your beautiful house. A friend recommends you post it on facebook groups and other social media sites. You try this and it results in a few serious buyers. You accept an offer and with excitement look forward to moving soon. The buyer has a home inspection and sends you a list of items to repair. Several hundred dollars later, due to picking a poor contractor and a myriad of other unexpected's, you start packing telling yourself it will all be over soon. Only to find out 6 days before closing that this buyer cannot obtain a loan!
Time is Money. How much is your time worth? MUCH time will be spent in the process of selling your home. Do you have a job you will be juggling while trying to sell your house? Will you always be available to show your house? Do you know who you are allowing in your home? How are you screening the person?
Did you know that there are mandatory disclosures and regulations involved in selling your house? The paperwork in the real estate industry has increased significantly due to continually changing laws and regulations. Do you feel comfortable navigating through all the paperwork? Do you know the guidelines and areas of negotiation with home inspections? Do you understand the difference in a buyer being "pre-approved" vs. being "pre-qualified?" Do you know how to defend the sales price of your house if the appraiser values your house less than the agreed contract amount?
Do you think you need to "update" your house before selling? Do you know which updates will bring you profit and which ones will cause you to lose money? Do you know how much you should update? Do you know the regulations about hiring contractors vs. making repairs yourself?
It is estimated that 90% of people search for homes on the internet. Do you know how to effectively market your home?
"I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder." G.K. Chesterton
Grateful people always tend to be happy people and happy people always have an magnetic effect.
During my life journey, I have had the opportunity and privilege to be friends with some really dynamic, magnetic souls. And as I was remembering many of them I made the connection that most of them were what might be considered "elderly people." I was blessed with a mom that was and is a very compassionate, giving soul and one who sees value in every person. She has always had a heart for those who can't do for themselves, whether it be from age, disability, or the general hardships of life. She raised me to always respect and care for my elders, not out of "duty" but out of honor, and I am so thankful she did. In a sense I have been involved with "homebound ministry" from a very young age. Some of the most precious jewels in my life are the lessons and times spent with the elderly. And when I think of them I remember words that were often said... "I have so much to be thankful for," " I have had such a good life," "I love and appreciate you." It didn't mean these dear ones had a life of ease, it just meant that these people had great big hearts that counted their blessings more than they focused on their hardships. That attitude and character trait of gratefulness made them some of the happiest people I have ever known, and happy people have a magnetic effect. These were the people who helped shape me; my mom who taught me always to smile, be compassionate and thankful, and countless elders who taught me gratitude was the key to happy living.
"Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things." Robert Brault
Thank you for the lessons
In our last post we announced that we had made the move to starting our own company, Mullinax and Dunn. I mentioned a few steps along the way and referenced a few people without mentioning their names. Though there is a network of people too numerous to count that have contributed to helping us get this far, I would like to extend my deepest gratitude to a few in particular. It was the countless little things and the many big lessons they taught that helped shaped me and are foundational to starting our company.
It started with being an agent assistant to Carl McClure. I met Carl at a particularly difficult season in my life, he showed me much kindness and provided me opportunities that would eventually lead me down the road of endless possibilities. Carl had been a teacher and coach in the area for over 30 years before entering the real estate world. I called him "Coach," because though his professions had changed, his heart for coaching and teaching continued on. "Real estate was not on my radar," but Carl's kindness, enthusiasm, and persuasiveness led me into the place I now am. Thank you"Coach" for all the lessons, for the countless little things, and for believing in me.
When I began working with Carl, I worked under the Exit Midlands brokerage, and Brandon Liles was my broker in charge. Over the years I have met quite a few brokers, but Brandon taught me the most. Brandon is by far one of the most astute businessmen I have ever met. I connected really well with his fast paced, disciplined work ethic. He taught me the value of short, clear, to-the-point dialogues (though I am still working on that area ;-). If you want more than a "to-the-point conversation," his wife Meg is his balancing counterpart, and I really appreciated having Meg there! Brandon was quick to share lessons he had learned and resources to help new agents get started. He is a thinker and a problem solver, both of which are vital traits to possess as an agent. I learned not only by what Brandon shared but also by observing the way he operated, and I learned more lessons than I know how to recount. Thank you Brandon for your example and the countless lessons you taught.
And last but certainly not least, I cannot thank John Summers enough.....there really are no words to capture all that he and Jeannie mean to me. John is the owner of ACTION real estate and has been my employer for two years. Through the years John became more of a brother to me. Though I never had a brother, if I did I can't image having one any better than John. John is very intuitive and diplomatic, he's considerate and trustworthy, he's an encourager and practical thinker. And he makes me laugh, and laughter is a beautiful thing. John's life revolves around his family and around treating others with honesty and respect. He puts others before himself continually and is upstanding in all business matters. John has my highest respect...he earned it.
John and Jeannie moved back to Indiana about a year ago to be near to their family. Family comes first. John was very encouraging and supportive about me staying with ACTION when he left and further encouraged me in becoming a broker. He has also been very supportive and encouraging to us in our dream to start our own company. John has given me continuous opportunities, coupled with coaching and encouragement. No one knows what the future holds, but what I am certain of is that John and Jeannie will always hold a special place in my heart because they have become family, and family sticks together. John you'll always be "my brother from another mother!" and "thank you" will never be adequate for all that you are and the bajillion "little things" that you have done, for they have become the "big things." Here's to the future, more laughs, and more adventures!
To all my friends, family and clients
I can't keep this post "to-the-point" and adequately thank ALL of you. I trust you know how much I appreciate you all. I have been blessed with many encouraging friends and family, and I couldn't have gotten here without all the faithful clients, many of which also became friends. Thank You!
AND....If you know of anyone looking to buy or sell real estate in the Columbia or Greenville, SC areas....We know some great agents! ;-) Give Us a Call!