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Sharon Go,  in San Francisco, CA

Agents: If you have any great success stories of helping home buyers find great deals on homes, please share!

Asked by Sharon Go, San Francisco, CA Thu Apr 16, 2009

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guess what? The guy called today about buying some investment properties. I haven't talked to him in several months - what a coincidence. Kinda made me look around the room and see if there was a trulia camera on me!
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My favorite buyer sale ever was to a guy who I sold a home to several years ago. I think it actually my lowest sale (price wise) that I've handled and I made zero dollars on it after everything was said and done. Someone referred him to me but his credit was bad and he only qualified for $60k. For some reason, I felt I had to take it on.. It took about 4 months to get his credit up to speed and when we did, there was nothing on the market. I just started cold calling agents that had had a listing in the past year in that range and asking every agent I ran into. One agent actually said that, by coincidence, he was going to sell one of his homes in that range and he told me the address and it was actually on one of the streets that my buyer wanted to live. OK, long story short, I sold him the house and he got an excellent rate and a few months later I was checking my voicemail the day after Thanksgiving and there was message from him on there telling me that he and his family were at their table eating Thanksgiving dinner together for the first time in a home that they owned - that they realized that he was the first person in his family to ever actually own a home and his family had just said a prayer for me. I cried like a baby and played it over for every person in my office. I saved that message for months and played it over each time I was in a trying situation or felt unappreciated. The house is now worth more than double (even in todays market)

On a funny note, sitting down with the lender one day looking over his credit, there were some issues with some collections that turned out to be an error . The report said $xxx amount due to Anne Arundel. We had been trying to get this figured out for so long and he was so frustrated that he stood up, threw up his hands and said "I don't even know who Anne Arundel is, I swear, I never met her"!!
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sat Apr 18, 2009
I am not sure how most define success in our field, Sharon, but if helping first time home buyers get good deals on their purchases, these may qualify. We closed a deal as the buyer's agent on a house in 30039 that previously sold new for $177,500 in 2006 to a young nurse who stayed within a 15 minute commute of her job for $106,100 last December. The seller fixed the few existing problems, then paid all her closing costs and she was able to take full advantage of the tax credit. Another young man we represented bought a home in 30034 for less than $65,000 last week, closing with repairs done and all settlement costs paid by the seller. This same house had previously been purchased for $135,000. He likely inherited some equity in this well kept neighborhood and also took advantage of the tax credit.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu Apr 16, 2009
@ Lori - You'll have to fill us in with more details! Email us at pr@trulia.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Apr 20, 2009
@ Lori - This is an amazing story! I'd love to speak with you further about it. Please email us your contact information at pr@trulia.com

Thanks!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Apr 20, 2009
@ Michael Hammond - I'd love to speak with you more about these success stories. Email us your contact information at pr@trulia.com.
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