In 2002 we’d been back in the Fargo area for about 2 years and I was in a job I hated with a boss I couldn’t stand. I knew I wanted to quit, but didn’t know what to do. 17 years earlier my husband and I experienced our first (and only) real estate horror story and I’ve never forgotten it. Thinking of this experience one night I said to myself, “I can do better than that”. I quit my job and never looked back!
Sumter, South Carolina, 1983, we were an Air Force family looking for our first home. Our first child was not yet a year old, we didn’t have a lot of money but we knew we’d prefer buying a home over renting. We had great credit and a steady income; we found ourselves a Realtor and bought our first home.
We worked hard doing some remodeling and we had a cute little place. But the USAF had plans for us in the form of orders to Oslo, Norway! Who wouldn’t jump at that opportunity? Bill had to report in 2 months and we decided to rent our home rather than sell at that time. We found an individual who was in property management and we left the country.
While we were in Norway, events led to the decision to sell the house in SC. We were so excited to receive an offer right away. The bad news came when we received the results from their home inspection. First and foremost, our septic was leaking (yes, this is exactly what you might imagine-sewage in the yard) and needed to be replaced. Incredibly, on top of that, we had termites, lots and lots of termites that had already done extensive damage to the foundation.
We did have an inspection prior to purchasing, however we found out later that the seller of the home was a Realtor also and our Realtor took her suggestion to use an inspector she knew.
Long story short, it cost us $10,000 in repairs to sell our home. I can’t tell you how much that hurt back then. I’m over it now…sort of. Did anything that happened to us have anything to do with dishonesty on anyone’s part? We’ll never know, but lots of things have changed for the better in real estate since then!
The point of this story is that my goal when I got into real estate was to make sure that nothing like that ever happened to one of my clients. Have I ever had an unhappy client? Sure, stuff happens and all transactions are not perfect. However, my dedication to honesty, clear representation and genuine care for my clients is what I’ve based my business on. This helps me sleep at night.
If you’d like to talk about how I can represent you in the sale or purchase of your home, give me a call.