The Hectic Life of an Orange County REALTOR®

On Wednesday I met Rashmi Patel in Costa Mesa. Rashmi and her husband are moving to Orange County from Florida. We toured a four bedroom, 2.5 bath home on the market for $735,000. Rashmi was enthused about the house and called her husband to describe it to him. They decided to write an offer. We spent the next hour reviewing the comparables and discussing our strategy as there was already another offer on the table.

I spent Thursday sending and receiving emails and fielding phone calls from the listing agent on the Costa Mesa home. Her client is in Vietnam so the negotiations on our offer can only be conducted during the night locally to adhere to the time zone overseas. We are currently in counter offers. Thursday night I attended a one-woman show at the Elks Club in HB. The proceeds went to support the theatre arts program at FVHS.

On Friday, I met with clients I represented on the sale of one home and the purchase of their new home earlier this year. Our mission today was to check out a one bedroom, one bath cottage in downtown Huntington Beach in hopes that it would be a good rental. It is. Tonight I will compose a buyers net sheet so the buyers can determine what their closing costs and the payments will be with a ten percent down payment. Im waiting for a call back from the listing agent to ascertain if he has any offers on the property. Although the home is listed as active in the Multiple Listing Service some agents will leave it in active status until the buyer has removed their contingencies. Its not the right thing to do as its a waste of time for other agents to show a home that is already in escrow.

When I finished in downtown HB I still had time to preview three listings in Fountain Valley that came on the market this week. Each of them had good locations in nice neighborhoods. One stood out from the others. It is a single story with four bedrooms and a three car garage which is always a very desirable home. Its priced at $675,000. It was remodeled with some nice features. As I toured the house neighbors Nicky and Steve approached me and asked if I was Susan who writes the column in the VIEW every week. She told me that my column is the first thing she reads each week. When we walked outside Nicky asked me what I thought about the Egyptian theme and all the knick knacks throughout the house. I explained that it is too buyer specific. When selling its important to depersonalize the house so it appeals to the largest population of buyers. Not all buyers are able to visualize the bones of a house if there are too many distractions. Nicky agreed.

On Saturday I escorted my clients Charles and Angela through six Fountain Valley homes priced between $549,000 and $649,999. They want four bedrooms, at least two baths, and a minimum of 1,600 square feet in a nice neighborhood. They have $250,000 as a down payment and are currently renting. They are excited about purchasing their first home.

I received an email from Mary, a reader of this column. She said that she and her husband want to sell their Fountain Valley home in the spring and would like me to come over and pick my brain on what changes if any they should make to prepare their home for the market. Im meeting with them tomorrow.

Every night as I watched television I was surrounded by piles of notepads, real estate market reports, and Thanksgiving cards. During the course of the week I filled 500 bags. My husband loaded the boxes in my car trunk for delivery to Fountain Valley homes next week.

I have been writing this column every week for the last seven years. A realtor you can trust is my motto. I consider my readers trust a gift and in all that I do, I strive to be worthy of it. I thank you for your loyalty, your suggestions and your feedback over the years. This is my eleventh year in real estate and I am still joyful about the opportunity to represent Orange County residents. This profession requires that I be readily available, well-organized, detail-oriented, knowledgeable, efficient, resourceful, and always kind and cheerful. There is nothing else I would rather be doing.

Posted on August 27, 2011 at 1:01 AM
Susan Saurastri | Category: Real Estate News

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