IT WAS A DREAM COME TRUE!!
I WAS SURPRISED AT HOW EASY THE PROCESS WAS
Ok, I will admit that I couldn't stand the thought of selling my home. Don't get me wrong. I have some nice memories of the place. Some nice sedimentary moments to cherish. But that wasn't what held me back. It was the idea of strangers invading my home like man-sized cockroaches. Poking into my private belongings. Asking awkward personal questions. Sniffing my fridge. All that fun stuff.
I knew letting people visit my home was a necessary evil if I wanted to sell it because this was the 7th home I had sold. But I had no idea how to keep it from becoming a major sideshow attraction. I thought of trying to sell it privately myself. Then my neighbors kindly terrified me with their horror stories of private selling. I promptly decided that this was something better left to the professionals. So I called a local realtor that a neighbor was using and he told me "I could get the job done." He informed me many different agents and people would be walking through my home. Also, he told me that it would take 3-6 months to sell the home, and I could not handle making my home the new stomping ground for that long.
Hearing my plight, a friend recommended Mark Stacey. This friend assured me that he would make selling my house very easy. After a couple days of contemplating I made the call. I was pleasantly surprised at what he told me. Mark informed me that each buyer would be vetted and he would be on hand for every showing. If they weren't on his list, they were not getting in. It was like I had my own personal bouncer!
My enthusiasm dampened when he wanted to sell my home for $28,500 more than the other agent. Also, there were nicer homes in my neighborhood priced less than mine and none of which were selling! I told him my concerns, thinking this whole thing was a waste of time and money. He assured me that his system was different from what the other realtors were using, and it would sell my home fast, at the full asking price!
I was still skeptical, so I called my friend back to talk to her about it. She also assured me, Mark's method would work. He'd done it for her with her own home. I decided to give it a go, preparing myself for a wild ride. The next day Mark sent a photographer to take pictures and a video. I have to say I was completely blown away by how nice my home looked in the video and the marketing strategy he came up with. The day after he started advertising we had over 14 buyers wanting to see the home. After just three showings we had three full price offers. Then we had two more from buyers who had not even walked through the home.
After Mark reviewed the offers with me, we accepted a full price offer! But now I have a new problem. I need to be out of my home in 45 days! If I wasn't careful, I was about to be a very wealthy homeless person! So off I went with Mark to look at homes. I thought the hard part was done when I found the neighborhood and layout that I wanted. But to my dismay, there was only one home for sale in that area. Mark told me not to worry. We would have plenty of homes to look at tomorrow. Sure enough, the gentleman cold-called every house in the neighborhood and found six more sellers! Mark negotiated the price, the terms, and took care of everything. All I had to do was pick the one I wanted.
I have to say I was amazed at how easy the whole process was. Mark was always two steps ahead of any problems. If you are thinking of buying or selling your home, I can absolutely recommend Mark. LC_CPA@aol.com
Anaheim seller and Irvine buyer