Nothing in life is free. In the United States, we enjoy clean, running water, toilets that flush, trash removed from our waste bins, lights that turn on instantly, fire that ignites for our stoves and heaters instantly. We enjoy roads without potholes, freeways that are paved, bridges that take us over the water and schools that educate the nation’s children. Did I also mention toilets that flush? In many of the newer communities in the United States, we enjoy a scene devoid of utility wires like the ones you see in this photo.
On a recent trip to Southeast Asia, the scenes were much the same in every poor country we visited; utility wires haphazardly curled around strangling the air surrounding them. Along with bringing my own toilet paper into public restrooms, I felt so thankful for living in the United States that I lost track of which country’s funky infrastructure this photo captured. Next time we complain about how much things cost, let’s remember that we are in a much better place than most of the world.
CLICK HERE for information on home prices in Cambodia.
CLICK HERE for information on home prices in Vietnam.
The two links above are slightly outdated but you get the idea…
It started with a mud-wrestling contest, then an outhouse enhanced the scene until the job was done. This was well-worth the investment in our home. CLICK HERE for more info about having pavers installed at your home!
This August we’re hosting a wedding reception at our home and there are several more things that still have to be done. NEXT MONTH: A paint-job will occur. Stay tuned!
“My partner and I we’re looking for a house in early August of 2013. We had interviewed a couple of Realtors before interviewing and making the commitment to work with Greg and Anna May. We were referred to them by friends of ours who had worked with them before. One of the reasons we chose them was because they readily provided contact information for their past clients and we liked what they had to say about Anna & Greg’s work. We had done some house hunting on our own and had an idea of what we wanted in our next house. My partner does a lot of trips abroad for business and during our search for a home, he had to go away on one of those trips. I was looking at the houses with Anna and Greg and taking videos and sending them to him through email. These guys (Anna & Greg) know what they’re doing; they know exactly what we were looking for. While my partner was away, he had a heart attack. Since he was out of the country, but near his family, he instructed me to keep going with with the search. Anna and Greg were the most supportive people I knew during that time.
“They stayed in touch with him and me through email and teleconferencing calls. After deciding on a house remotely, Anna and Greg (with the assistance of one of their associates, Simon), drew up the necessary paperwork for the transactions that were needed and we were in escrow before my partner could medically be allowed to fly back home. Initially, Anna & Greg were proactive in securing a ratified back-up contract on a house that already had a buyer. They went as far as setting up an appointment with the listing agent and the sellers for a personal meeting to entice them to see us favorably as buyers. Although that house didn’t work out, the day my partner came back we had already closed escrow on another house and had keys in hand. And to top it all off, Anna & Greg made a banner up with our pictures welcoming us to our new home after knowing what he went through. They provided food for our housewarming party too. We would definitely rely on Anna and Greg when it comes to our future real estate ventures.”
(Sigh.) I can’t tell you how often we hear questions like these in our business:
“Got any good deals?”
“I’m looking for a good deal.”
“I only want to buy property if it’s a good deal.”
Then, there are folks who say:
“Let me know if you have any good deals.”
“I’ll work with you if you have a good deal.”
“Maybe if you are the listing agent I can get a good deal.”
Let’s face it. EVERYONE wants a good deal. I doubt you’ve ever heard someone say “I want to get ripped off and pay way too much for a property!”
There are 7 days in a week and 24 hours in a day. In this time, our efforts will be used on our buyer and seller Clients who’ve committed to working with us and who are serious enough to have their financing and cash reserves in order before we see property together on an exclusive basis.
We take our role in representing our Clients seriously and our Clients take it seriously too. We find great satisfaction in helping to make things happen for them. We have no qualms about telling our Clients if we believe a property is overpriced or being clear that if they want the property, they’ll have to be willing to pay a premium compared to the competition of buyers for the same property. Our seller Clients appreciate that we sometimes counsel them NOT to take the highest offer but to focus on choosing the buyer who is most likely to close the sale, as long as the price is reasonable.
Now, about those good deals. When we do come across “good deals”, we’ll let our Clients know about them first. There is a huge difference between a “customer” and a “Client”, so we reserve our more in-depth communications for a select group. The last thing our Clients need is for our efforts to be diluted…
Just a few months ago homes were sitting on the market beckoning for a buyer to want them!
It’s a bit different now. Buyers are abundant and available homes in affordable price ranges are not. Homes garner multiple offers above asking price with many important contingencies shaved off the contract!
Here’s the deal. When a real estate professional tells you to BUY NOW, they’re not necessarily just trying to make a sale! Any of us agents who’ve been in business long enough have seen the ups and downs of the market and the frustration our clients face when they don’t get off the fence in a timely enough manner.
If you’ve set a goal for yourself to do something in life such as purchase a home or sell your home, PREPARE NOW! You never know when it will be too late to enjoy maximum benefits.
However, don’t feel pressured — the timing must be right for YOU…