A Cinderella Story – Michael and Two Condos
With 25+ years of combined Real Estate experience, The Caton Team is blessed with working with our clients one home after the other.
When Michael bought his first condo with Susan years ago – it was only natural for him to call her again now that he was ready to buy his next home. By now Susan & I had teamed up and I had the joy of working with Michael as well.
Such a professional and patient gentlemen, we started our journey early in 2013. Faced with limited inventory and competition we took our time to find choice properties and enjoyed finding the right condo complexes that would fit his lifestyle.
Finally on a sunny Tuesday we found a great 2-bedroom 2-bath condo in San Mateo. It was a short sale but we were up for the task. Offer in, up against three other offers – we were so happy to let him know his offer was accepted.
Then the wait begins. For a short sale, the seller has a long to-do list. Great clients do what they need to do to get a short sale approved. Other types of people brush their responsibility off. We knew short sales take time to get approved. We knew short sales are a LOT of work. Each week we checked in with the seller’s agent and received short and useless updates. We grew suspicious and Susan hit the Internet to do some investigating. Much to our surprise, the unit was set for foreclosure auction the following day! Quickly The Caton Team reached out to the seller’s agent to implore the urgency of a true update. Sadly, not all Realtors are created equal and this particular agent brushed us off again. We did all we could do as the buyer’s Realtor and the following day, with baited breath, we watched the auction site to see if it would be postponed. Right before our eyes the unit was sold at auction. When we called the sellers agent to get a handle on this situation – she kindly hung up the phone.
Without missing a beat Susan called Michael and we hit the ground running looking for a new home. It didn’t take long, another unit, very similar to the one we just lost, was for sale – but they were taking offers the following day!
Michael is a trooper; he met Susan at the home the next morning, saw it, wrote the offer and submitted by the deadline. By that evening we had the joy of telling him is offer was accepted! Within less than 24 hours we went from bad news to fantastic news.
It ain’t over till it’s over though – that is a fact. As the escrow proceeded we had a hiccup – the unit did not appraise for our offer price….which was less than the last sale of an identical unit. When interest rates went up – the market had turned from a sellers market early in the year to a different market in a matter of weeks. The appraiser was cautious – and we can’t blame him for being prudent. No one wants another bust! Thankfully both the listing agent and the sellers understood the situation and we were able to re-negotiate a win/win deal that evening.
The best feeling in the world is handing over the keys. Though it was a long and bumpy ride, The Caton Team was able to get our client a better home and in the end Michael is happy – and that makes everything worthwhile.
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