With a second-choice property waiting in the wings, the buyers wanted a little more from the sellers. But the sellers were done making concessions. RE/MAX of Naperville, Ill., practitioner Bernie Cobb Jr. managed to get everyone on the same page.
Nationwide retailers such as Lowe’s and Home Depot and TV shows that focus on home renovation often make do-it-yourself projects look as easy as one-two-three. But many weekend warriors find that despite big dreams, their DIY plans fail to materialize.
The first problem with the short sale of the four-bedroom bayfront home was the form, explains Brenda Parish, SFR, sales associate with Fort Walton Beach, Fla.–based Rosewood Realty Inc. Here's how she sold it.
Though open houses were not common in the area, Vickie Brockelman felt that with the REALTOR® Nationwide Open House Weekend, she could get a lot of attention and generate real interest in a house that had been sitting on the market for years.
Not long after Leo Nordine took possession of a bank-owned property, a professional squatter moved in and refused to leave. Here's how Nordine sold the property, in spite of the efforts of "the most tenacious scam artist ever."
When nervous buyers asked for a guarantee that the sellers would be responsible if termite damage was found in the house in the next 12 months, Alexis Bolin had to work hard to keep the deal from falling through.
After his mother died, Mario Cooremans had to sell the family home he purchased from his parents. He had such an emotional stake in the home that he even ran a buyer off one day during a negotiation. Here's how he eventually sold it.
Although the couple had survived 2005’s Hurricane Katrina with minimal property damage, the emotional aftermath of riding out the nation’s most costly storm prompted a decision to move. Here's how Al Allegue sold the outdated home in a difficult market.
Although it appeared to be modest, the home was spacious and loaded with upgrades. However, it was also the largest, most expensive home in a modestly priced subdivision. Here's how Mary Zentz sold it in a challenging market.
John Daly's bilingual skills proved useful when a Panama-based lawyer called the CB office looking to sell an inherited parcel of land in Grass Valley. The linguistic, cultural, and legal challenges associated with selling the land would require him to dig deep into his arsenal of sales tools.
In the early 1980s, sales practitioner Rick Rosen watched as interest rates hit double digits and buyer financing options dried up. Back then, Rosen used creative financing to help clients buy a home. Nearly 30 years later, he's finding that experience is coming in handy again.
The condo had a great view of Ross Barnett Reservoir just north of Jackson, Miss. The view of the neighboring unit, on the other hand, was shocking: a patio full of junk, rotting furniture, and dead plants. Here's how Andy Hood sold it.
Neil Blumberg faced a myriad of challenges when he agreed to list a 12-unit apartment building, which had once served as a U.S. Army barracks. Property values were depressed, the building had a 40 percent vacancy rate, and it was steps away from a strip club, a bar, and a tattoo parlor.
The 1920s red-brick row building thrived as a retail clothing store for more than 50 years in Rochester, N.Y. But these days, a forensic crime lab, municipal organizations, and legal entities dominated the area.
The Halstead Hospital and Hertzler Clinic had seen better days when Andrea Cavgalar got the listing in November 2005. Once the heart and soul of a quaint Kansas town, the medical facility had fallen on hard times and poor management had led to bankruptcy and massive job losses.
To all outward appearances, the two-bedroom, 1920s English cottage had tons of curb appeal, says Matt Littell, a sales associate with Dickson Podley REALTORS® in La Cañada, Calif. But within its walls, the cottage was less than tidy.