It all started with a phone call.
In this new COVID era, it looks a little different when having a new client meeting. Where we used to meet for coffee, we now “meet” over a phone call. I knew within the first 5 minutes of my phone call with Steve and Rim that they were smart, organized and ready to tackle the crazy process of buying a home.
Just a few days later, these two had already picked a lender, gotten the lending pre approval process started and were ready to look at houses. They moved FAST and knew what they wanted. I was prepared for a long, drawn-out battle to find them their first house. Demand is high and buyer choices are low, so we were all ready for the process to take 3-6 months.
Of course these two would beat the odds. It didn’t even take a month, and they found the perfect for them house. What was truly impressive about them is that they were able to do the hard work and put in a really strong offer right away. Some buyers just can’t fathom how competitive our housing market really is, and often have to miss out on a home or two before they are really ready to battle. But not Rim and Steve. They had done their research, listened to my advice and put in such a strong offer that we were able to beat out all the other offers and get them into the BEST rambler in the cutest part of Edmonds for a reasonable price.
But wait… I really like these kids. We were having so much fun house hunting together. And now they already have an offer accepted? It feels weird to admit this, but sometimes I wish the house hunting process took a little longer because we always have so much fun during that stage of the adventure.
And almost everything else went just as smoothly. Until the last few hours. As you may know, the number of people buying and selling homes is at an all-time record high. And with the really low interest rates, refinances are also at an all-time high. This means that lenders and title and escrow and everyone else is beyond maxed out. Although our lender and title and escrow people did everything right to get the sale officially closed, the county recorders office was so backlogged that they did not have time to record the deed on the day we were supposed to close. ACK! So instead of giving them keys at 9pm on a Wednesday, we ended up giving them keys at 10am on a Thursday.
Congrats kids! You enjoy that beautiful home on a big lot in a dreamy neighborhood. I’m happy for you 🙂