I know. I know.
I said I was going to work on the absorption rates for the first quarter of 2009. I’ve also said that when I get busy the first thing to go is the blog. As much as I love it, there’s higher priorities – like getting a paycheck. And since I do all of the writing, I get to decide the priorities.
So I put a house on the market in The Village – San Mateo – a desirable neighborhood. I didn’t – and neither did anyone else – realize how the market’s changed until the phone started ringing and didn’t stop until we had settled on one of the 21 – or 23, I lost count, really – offers that came in. Are you sure it’s not 2005?
Last week was a whirlwind of phone calls, appointments, disclosure requests and more phone calls.
Blogging creates a camaraderie that’s very cool. Ed Gory came into the house – didn’t know it was him until he was gone – because he didn’t introduce himself, which I promptly gave him crap for.
Then Jim Minkey calls. I immediately start talking to him like I know him because I do. I read his blog, Absolutely Foster City.
I’ve met so many amazing people and learned so much by blogging – and I get to spout my opinions in my own domain – couldn’t ask for any more.
I told you so. I really wish I could say that – oh, I think I just did. I knew it wasn’t a good idea to sell the house – really, any house – with a tenant in it. I thought I had all the bases covered and went ahead and did it anyway. Lesson learned: Don’t.
Selling a house is a pain in the a** – a royal one. Most sellers can’t take it and freak out at some point. See where I’m going with this?
A lot of what I’ve learned about selling real estate is from experiences like this one. Won’t do that one again.