Talked Myself Right Out of a Lake Anna Listing...and it was so Easy!

Talked myself right out of a Lake Anna listing...and it was so easy. Explaining the how and why will not be difficult either.

This is the house:

Lake Anna Water Access Home

TOO LATE TO BUY THIS ONE!

 

Now why in the word would I let a listing like this one go by? Well, honesty played a part.

When I met with the owners they explained to me why they were considering selling their second home. It is a house that they had owned for several years and enjoyed along with their family. It had gotten to the point where they felt they were not getting enough use out of it to make it worth keeping. If you had a chance to see the inside you would realize that they kept their home in pristine condition. In fact it was a word that came to mind when I saw it. It was very nicely furnished and maintained to the point that I could not suggest a thing they should do in preparation for selling it...if that was what they chose to do.

The owners gave it some more thought and felt as though they would hold on to it for a while longer. However, a short time later I received a call and was asked to list it. They felt that it was the right time. 

As I said the house was ready for photos and immediate showings so within a day or so it was in the MLS, marketing materials prepared, lock box on the front door, and a sign up in the front yard.

Not long after I received a call from the husband. He and his wife had reflected on the things that I had shared with them when I initially met with them about listing. As often happens, I was asked if I had a home at Lake Anna and the answer was yes.

I told them how we had moved down here 23 years ago. Naturally I was a bit unsure how I would like it full time. I'd spent four years enjoying the lake on weekends during the warmer part of the year and the time was spent down on the dock or out on the water. Living here full time was going to be different than that.

I shared with them that full time living meant much more. And, to my surprise, a lot more fun and a lot more time for relaxing. No longer did I experience the reluctance I would once feel in having to leave on Sunday afternoons to head back north. Instead Sunday afternoons were just the beginning of another week of enjoying all that there was to enjoy right here with the many friends we were able to make. One friendship seemed to lead to another and than another. One activity led to discovering more things to do. The sense of relaxing that I used to feel on Friday evenings when I first caught a glimpse of the lake stayed with me throughout the day, the week, the month. Years have gone by and that feeling remains.

My hope is that the owners of this home experience all the good things that I have and even more. Was I pleased when the owner told me that when the time comes for them to sell I will have the opportunity to help them once again? Of course. Meanwhile I will be happy knowing they are also here at Lake Anna, my favorite spot.

Real estate is my profession. For me it means not only helping folks buy and sell properties. It also means that I let them know what life can be like here at Lake Anna. That is something that I willingly share with those that are just learning about the lake and the area around the lake and for those that have spent some time here and would like to learn even more about the lifestyle they too can enjoy. 

 

 

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Comment balloon 42 commentsKate Elim • August 12 2015 05:13PM

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Kate, sometimes people think they have to do something and when it comes right down to it, it's not the right time for them.  As professionals, we should definitely help them make the right decision even if that means not to sell.

Posted by Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living (Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!) about 3 years ago

your opinion as a pro helped them make the right decision. and it will pay off for you. somehow

Posted by Mike Rock, Granite Bay Luxury New Construction...For Less (Complete Design) about 3 years ago

Hi Silvia...Thank you for commenting and you are exactly right. Sometimes it isn't the right time to sell. Hopefully these clients will enjoy much more time in their home.

Kate

Posted by Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a (Dockside Realty) about 3 years ago

Hi Mike...It really has paid off already. I truly hope they discover all they good times they can still have at Lake Anna.

The time to sell is right for some others and hopefully I'll be able to be helpful to them.

Kate

Posted by Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a (Dockside Realty) about 3 years ago

I have often suggested waiting to sell a property.  This is especially true when work needs to be done on a home, and the market isn't quite right. It usually pays off in the end.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) about 3 years ago

Hi Myrl...Absolutely. Sometimes it is a matter of timing. That can often make a big difference in how easily a property sells.

Kate

Posted by Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a (Dockside Realty) about 3 years ago

Good job Kate! This couple will be very valuable members of your SOI going forward. My guess is you will get lots of referrals from them in the future. 

Posted by Tom Bailey (Margaret Rudd & Associates Inc.) about 3 years ago

Hi Tom...I hope so even though when I sat down with they initially that never entered my mind. Simply wanted them to give Lake Anna a chance and now they have decided to do just that.

Thanks for commenting.

Kate

Posted by Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a (Dockside Realty) about 3 years ago

Very nice, honesty is the best way to go and I am sure they will come back to you when they are ready to sell after enjoying the home. Have a great week!

Posted by Stefan Winter, Owner - Winter Group & Real Estate Web Tech (Real Estate in IL & NV | Owner of Real Estate Web Tech | Daily Vlogger) about 3 years ago

 Good Thursday morning Kate. Congratulations on the sale and I hope that you have many more.

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) about 3 years ago

Good morning Kate. This is such a nice story and I was touched. I live in a community like yours and can't imagine not being here.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) about 3 years ago

Kate Elim 

They clearly were not truly ready for selling and you handled it professionally and with compassion. No doubt that style serves you well, and will with these sellers and others they will likely refer to you

Jeff

Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad (Solutions Real Estate ) about 3 years ago

Kate you are a true professional - opening the door to other ideas and possibilities and giving clients the opportunity to chose what's best for them.  Great story!

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886, Arizona's Top Banana! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) about 3 years ago

Kate, all you can do is be honest.  You are very likely to get that listing in the future; meanwhile you have made another friend in Lake Anna.

Posted by Brian Schulman, Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA) about 3 years ago

Hi Stefan...Honesty sure makes me feel a lot better. Hopefully the owners will realize what a great time they can have here. When it is time for them to sell I hope they will list with me again. They have a super nice home.

Kate

Posted by Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a (Dockside Realty) about 3 years ago

Hi Michael...I hope I do get to sell the house but sometime in the future.

Kate

Posted by Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a (Dockside Realty) about 3 years ago

Hi Sheila...When you live someplace like you and I do it makes you feel good to know that others are enjoying it also. Real estate is so much more than simply buying and selling.

Thanks for your comment.

Kate

Posted by Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a (Dockside Realty) about 3 years ago

When I first started real estate, my best friend had a home he was thinking of selling. He taught in a local college here and his students truly loved him and he loved his teaching job. He also had grandkids in CA. He was torn between staying here or going to CA. I asked him if were only able to live a little longer where would he spend his last days. We put his home on the market right after that.

Posted by John Mosier, Prescott's Patriot Agent 928 533-8142 (Realty ONE Group Mountain Desert) about 3 years ago

Hi Jeff...Thank you. I appreciate those words from a fellow professional. I wouldn't be surprised to learn that you have done this also.

Kate

Posted by Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a (Dockside Realty) about 3 years ago

Hi Anna Banana...Our profession may not have the best reputation but we know that there are many of us that truly do put our clients interest first. 

Thank you for your kind words.

Kate

Posted by Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a (Dockside Realty) about 3 years ago

Hi Brian...I like to provide the whole picture to my clients. This couple realized, after reflecting what I told them at our listing appointment, that Lake Anna could provide them with many more good times. I certainly hope they have them.

Kate

Posted by Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a (Dockside Realty) about 3 years ago

Timing is everything and buyer's seller's remorse can play a part too.

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) about 3 years ago

Hi John...Sometimes we are able to help our clients realize what it is they really would like to do. I hope your friend is still enjoying life near his grandchildren.

Kate

Posted by Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a (Dockside Realty) about 3 years ago

Hi Andrew...Better that this couple holds on to their home a bit longer, or hopefully much longer, than to sell and wish they had such a place to come to.

Kate

Posted by Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a (Dockside Realty) about 3 years ago

Kate

I have found honesty works 99.9999% of the time in my 35 years.

Posted by Dan Dee McGinnis The Pumpkin Man (eXp Realty) about 3 years ago

Hi Dan...I concur. It's taking the easy way out so why not go that route. You're more likely to receive honesty in return also. Exactly what we want.

Kate

Posted by Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a (Dockside Realty) about 3 years ago

Kate Elim , so the "Sellers" decided to move to Lake Anna full time instead of just enjoying their lake home on week-ends or did they decide to keep the home as a get-away?

Posted by 1 ~Judi & Don Barrett & Chassy Eastep - Integrity, BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK (Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745) about 3 years ago

I live on a lake in Kansas and when I list properties at Gardner Lake so many people are looking for that "weekend get away!" They quickly turn into full time residents!  I understand talking people into staying! 

Posted by Suzie Townley, Relaxed Professionalism (Diamond Partners, Inc) about 3 years ago

Kate Elim ...yes to your business plan and you are my type of Real Estate agent

Posted by Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author (people first...then business Ran Right Realty ) about 3 years ago

Sometimes that happens, and part of our job is to help people come to terms with their decisions, and decisions are not always made with full thought and information. Lately, I've had clients do repairs / upgrades I've suggested for them, and twice this year had them cancel a listing appointment because they fell in love with their home again. It's OK, because when the time comes, you and I know who they will call and who they will refer to friends.

Posted by Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents, Put 40 years of experience to work for you (Lyon Real Estate) about 3 years ago

Hi Judi...This will continue to be their second home but they plan to spend more time here and to get involved with the community. Now that they are retired they can do that and this way they will be able to discover the full joy of Lake Anna.

Kate

Posted by Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a (Dockside Realty) almost 3 years ago

Hi Suzie...So I have found a kindred soul. Living by the water, for those that love the water, is heaven. Once folks find that out they want to be here all the time.

Kate

Posted by Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a (Dockside Realty) almost 3 years ago

Hi Richie...Thank you. You couldn't have said a kinder thing.

Kate

Posted by Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a (Dockside Realty) almost 3 years ago

Hi Elizabeth...I can easily imagine you making suggestions to improve a home that would have the owners loving it all over again. Their appreciation for what you did must be sky high. You made #1 with them for sure.

Kate

Posted by Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a (Dockside Realty) almost 3 years ago

Wonderful story - some call me a "rural relocation counselor" - when you can speak from the heart about the good life, sometimes people make different decisions.

Its all good - thanks for sharing.

Posted by Jeanne Dufort, Madison and Lake Oconee GA (Coldwell Banker Lake Country) almost 3 years ago

Hi Jeanne...Speaking from the heart beats a script anytime. It may not be the same here for everybody but I like to share with them the possibilities. If it works for them, wonderful. If not, that's okay too.

We are so fortunate that we have the rural life along with the lake. It's special when you can feel content where you are. I'm happy for you and I like your title. I'm sure it is well deserved.

Kate

Posted by Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a (Dockside Realty) almost 3 years ago

Kate

Doing what's right . . . . is the right to go.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) almost 3 years ago

The time it's that easy, it's usually a sign that it was meant to be and it's simple as that.

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) almost 3 years ago

Lou,!is always on the right track here and this is a good one on his part, no doubt Lou Ludwig

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) almost 3 years ago

Kate,

What a beautiful story...and I am sure they will be sending you referrals at every opportunity.   The home has a lot of curb appeal...A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) almost 3 years ago

Kate Elim There were not 100% sure they were ready to sell and they will spend some more good times in this pristine home. Thanks for sharing the story.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) almost 3 years ago

Such a nice story...a real twist in this Real Estate biz!

Posted by Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400, Long Island Condo & Home Sale Specialists (The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803) almost 3 years ago

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