A week ago these sellers had no expectation of moving any time soon, and certainly hadn’t done anything to prepare for sale. But we found the right house to buy, if we can only sell this one.
Let’s get on it!
Tuesday and Wednesday the ceilings were scraped, re-textured, and painted. Thursday and Friday the walls and kitchen were painted (two coats) and the bathrooms were tuned up. The painters stayed until 11pm last night, and came back early today to finsih it off.
Buyers started arriving at 11:45!
Here’s the play by play:
We already received one full-price offer, and others are interested. Richard will be there 12-3pm on Sunday!
There may be reasons for a market slowdown, but there is a fascination about real estate that keeps people engaged. We had 200+ people attend the open houses this weekend – wow! We haven’t received offers yet, but if those 200 people tell another 200 people…..market buzz!
Redfin bumped their estimate twice, to over list price now!
Authentic and like-new modern farmhouse west of I-5 – wow! New roof, new HVAC, new baths, new and expanded kitchen with chef’s island, master suite with huge walk-in closet – and all done with permits too! Wire-brushed French Oak hardwood floors, board & batten siding, vintage farmhouse lighting all done in exquisite detail – impressive! Multi-gen will love the multiple bedrooms downstairs, and this is half the price you’d pay in Encinitas/Carlsbad for a turn-key farmhouse this close to the beach!
This is the Zillow graph of my luxury one-story listing. It shows how quickly the attention span drops off, and the importance of taking advantage of the early urgency. Make the first impression a good one, because viewers have their searches pre-programmed, and they click & go.
There is a pending sale up the street of a 5,345sf two-story house listed for $1,799,000, and while I had built my case why the one-story homes were more desirable and deserved a premium, apparently that buyer didn’t get the memo. My seller took my advice, and lowered early and in 5% increments – which caused the one-day bump in the views above – creating a sizable gap between us and the pending home up the street.
It worked – we found our buyer a week later!
I’m a big believer in our open-house marketing – it gives us a chance to help the buyers directly. Even though they later said they had an agent, I’d rather do what I can to help make the sale, regardless of who gets the commission.
One neighbor complained that this house doesn’t back to the canyon like her house, and then literally in the next breath said that she was madly gathering up her valuable possessions this weekend and moving them to a secure place because we’re overdue for a fire.
Backing up to scrub-brush isn’t the positive it used to be!
Here’s what we are selling here:
There’s more to a house than just sticks and stucco!
My new listing at the top of the hill in La Costa Ridge – probably the best listing I’ve ever had on the blog! Open 12-3pm Saturday and Sunday!
Stunning one-story luxury home in top condition in the premier Fiori neighborhood of gated La Costa Ridge! All four bedrooms are en suite with their own full bath, travertine and hardwood floors, stainless Thermador kitchen, new dual-zone central A/C, new tankless water heaters, custom window coverings, new pool equipment, all surrounding a 550sf courtyard that adds usable outdoor living area under the stars! These are very rare – the last sale of this model was in 2012! The Best of Carlsbad!
A quieter Sunday at the open house – about half the people as the crowd on Saturday, which makes you think that the internet advertising is what brings them and they are happy to wait until the first open house:
Over 100 people attended my open-house on Saturday, which goes to show you that the market is alive and well if you can get the right combination of house condition and price.
I don’t worry about being under-priced, because I know that my method of maximizing the turnout at an open-house extravaganza will ensure that we will find top dollar. In fact, I prefer to have dozens of people mingling around at the same time, putting the fear of loss into each attendee.
Because I am willing to give each buyer and agent a fair crack at buying the house, the process naturally evolves into a slow-motion auction. I have two written offers in hand, and hopefully more to come – but we won’t wait around for days or weeks to pick a winner because buyers cool off quickly.
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