As a Real Estate Agent, one of the best way to utilize your time (all the time in the world if you are like me), is to select a target area and preview, preview, and preview.
Also, if you are like me who is yet to be comfortable with scheduling appointments with listing agents, and with the sole purpose to just “preview” the property, just filter out on MLS the “Go Direct, Supra” listings and go directly! (well, double check in your area to see if its available).
Do a quick MLS search on active listings around your neighborhood: select the price range, numbers of rooms, style of property, grab your supra, car keys, pen and notebook(or iPad) and a drink, then go learn as much as you can! But grab an experienced agent with you the first few times if possible.
So there I was, driving around town where I grew up, with a print-out of 7 listings in one hand, and an iced Starbucks black tea lemonade in the other, Blake Shelton on full blast, wondering around the area looking for my first property to preview.
“OH THERE IT IS!”
5 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, 2500+ Sqft, 10,000+ Sqft Lot. $1,800,000 property in the beautiful neighborhood of Arcadia, California around a sunshine park, and located one of the most prestigious school district, before my eyes and my supra, ready to be previewed.
“BEAUTFIL PROPERTY LOCATED NEARS THE GLAMOUROUS CITY OF ARCADIA, WALKING DISTANCE TO THE PARK…. SPACIOUS BEDROOMS WITH……….. DON’T MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY… IT WILL GO FAST!” – Agent Remarks
I took a deep breath, knocked on the door a few times (just to be polite, in case if someone is there I guess), unlocked the key box and slowly opened the door.
“WOOWIEEEE”, a strong nose-full odor of pet urine upper cut me on the face, I literally took a step back and wondered what I should do if a full grown German Shepard appeared around the corner and decided take me down like a K-9 Police Dog.
“Well… this is interesting”, as I stepped into property, I was greeted with a dark, dusty 1980s living room that reminded me a movie I recently watched – Insidious. (it is a really good movie, I highly recommend it). Lines of dents spread all over the carpet, newspapers covering the side windows, and chills went down my spine. I didn’t even close the front door, I left it open, because, well, I was actually a bit scared. LOL.
As I progress into the living room I saw left behind medicine boxes, and it didn’t…really help with the situation. A couple of suitcases were stacked up in the second living room, all dark and gloomy as well. The floor plan was very interesting, one walkway through the first living room, kitchen, and the second living room, and the through the second living room, the bedrooms can be accessed.
I made my way through the second living room and discovered another kitchen, it was full of grease build-up and smelled fairly strong. To the left of that was a long hallway which led to a flight of stairs going to the second floor. Oh did I mention, the carpet was dark green? except with stains all over.
At this point, the idea of “oh man, maybe I should go” came across my mind, and I immediately pulled out my phone, and opened Pandora, “maybe some music would help”. With my phone in my left hand, and slowly walked up the stairs (I do not know why I walked so slowly, I guess all the scary movie scenes with the main characters walking slowly up the stairs had some psychological supporting evidence). Up the stairs had 3 bedrooms and the sun was shining in, and I felt a little better. The size was decent but the odor was there still. After I checked out all three bedrooms, I begin going down stairs, and It was the fastest flight of stairs I ever stumbled down. I quickly ran out the front door, locked it all up and went back to my car.
Preview with the purpose, Preview for the experience, and in my case, Preview for the story over dinner table to my beloved friends. To the hardworking agents out there, spend an hour or two cleaning up the property that you listed, why? It could cause you your reputation. Not only this particular agent exaggerated his/her agent remarks, he/she probably embarrased all the agents whom showed the property to their beloved clients. Luckily, I was just alone previewing.
It was an experience, but I just never expected myself to be on set where “The Grudge” was shot. 🙂