A Day in the Life of a Main Line Realtor® – Part 10

Main Line Real EstateAhh, summer on the Main Line—such a different place!  On weekends, many folks are gone “down the shore,” as we say it here, and many more are away for longer on exciting vacations.  The good news is that there is almost no traffic and you can get into any good restaurant without a wait. This is also the time when Main Line Realtors® catch up on things, and I am no exception.  I have two clients ready to go to closing with just the details left to handle, like getting utilities turned on and finding a good mover (not an easy task, I assure you). This is the part I really like—getting the keys at the closing and seeing how happy my clients are with their new house!

My third client has just completed the last step toward selling her Main Line home and moving to another state to retire.  The last option for her buyer to terminate the transaction was the lender’s letter of commitment, often delivered weeks after the agreement is signed and all inspections are over. This is a vital piece of the deal and one that we take very seriously. When the buyer missed the deadline to deliver it, we were concerned and so was my seller. Although the failure was technically a default, my seller did not want to terminate—she wanted the deal to go through, of course. So it was important to get to the bottom of the problem and get it solved. We did that, but it made for a few anxious moments. The financing part of any Main Line Real Estate deal is no different than in any part of the country—it is key.

It is nice to have some clients ready to close, but that usually means I am looking for the next deal to surface.  Fortunately, even though it is a slow summer season here on the Main Line, a friend has a home she needs to sell so we are working on getting that ready. Her parents had lived there for a few years to be nearer to the grandchildren, but now that the children are off to schools far away, they will retire to Florida. This home has an excellent location but is very, very small.  The staging will be important to get right, so all of its charm can come through. That will require counselling about “editing” out the excess, over- stuffed or dark furnishings, something that Main Line Realtors® must do with tact and care. It can make a huge difference in the price that is realized, of course, so we try our best to make that goal clear. The seller is savvy as to correct pricing strategies, luckily, so we should see good interest. Even with the slow summer season, I think this house will sell quickly.

Tune in to see if my predictions are correct on this one!

 

Featured Testimonial

I moved to PA from Washington State and learned that realty is local. There were things that I thought I knew about buying a house previously but boy was I wrong. Linda was very patient with me but also did not hold back when she saw potential problems, and always made sure I had all the information I needed before making a decision and didn’t belittle concerns to just get a sale. Above all else, and this was the most important thing to me, Linda has a high ethical standard, is very transparent in her approach and is someone I trusted making one of the biggest decisions of my life. – A. Lindsay (Courtesy of Google)

 

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  • "We were so pleased that a co-worker recommended someone in the area that she trusted. Boy, did we strike gold on all counts. You are amazing!"
  • "Instead of trying to take advantage of conflicts of interest, she puts the client's interests first."
  • "Linda is a hardworking, proactive and knowledgeable realtor. Throughout the process of finding and buying our new home, she was always responsive and kept us up to date on every detail."
  • "Linda and the group at Sage are the right fit. You won’t find more knowledgeable, prepared and professional agents."
  • "Linda and Tracey really know the Main Line area."
  • "Throughout the entire process we never doubted that she always had our best interests in mind. We wouldn’t consider anyone else when buying a home on the Main Line."
  • "From start to finish, Linda brought to bear a most helpful combination of experience, knowledge, attention and integrity on a somewhat complicated transaction. There was never any doubt that she represented our interests."
  • "Her knowledge of the area helped us quickly narrow our search and ultimately scored us an amazing home in an incredible neighborhood."
  • "It is hard to trust when you are not sure of the rules of the game. Working with Linda made us feel like we were family. Linda took her time to relay and explain everything in detail."
  • "Linda’s honesty and real estate savviness made for a wonderful home buying experience!"

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Hear from our Clients

  • "We were so pleased that a co-worker recommended someone in the area that she trusted. Boy, did we strike gold on all counts. You are amazing!"
  • "Instead of trying to take advantage of conflicts of interest, she puts the client's interests first."
  • "Linda is a hardworking, proactive and knowledgeable realtor. Throughout the process of finding and buying our new home, she was always responsive and kept us up to date on every detail."
  • "Linda and the group at Sage are the right fit. You won’t find more knowledgeable, prepared and professional agents."
  • "Linda and Tracey really know the Main Line area."
  • "Throughout the entire process we never doubted that she always had our best interests in mind. We wouldn’t consider anyone else when buying a home on the Main Line."
  • "From start to finish, Linda brought to bear a most helpful combination of experience, knowledge, attention and integrity on a somewhat complicated transaction. There was never any doubt that she represented our interests."
  • "Her knowledge of the area helped us quickly narrow our search and ultimately scored us an amazing home in an incredible neighborhood."
  • "It is hard to trust when you are not sure of the rules of the game. Working with Linda made us feel like we were family. Linda took her time to relay and explain everything in detail."
  • "Linda’s honesty and real estate savviness made for a wonderful home buying experience!"

Read more about what our clients have to say

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