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Should I stay or should I go? … I talked a client out of selling & buying today

I have been talking with prospective clients for a couple weeks about selling their central Austin home and purchasing a newer home with more space & less maintenance.  They were asking me to help them analyze their options including staying, adding on, basic rehab, maybe kitchen remodel, doing nothing, selling as fixer-upper, how much equity to use or not to use, what is deferred maintenance, what is improvement, best equity & appreciation outlook.  I could tell one spouse was gung-ho and the other not on board.  It is the proverbial “should I stay or should I go” debate; the add-on / rehab vs. buy a new house discussion.

The sell would be around $250k, the purchase maybe $300k.  That’s over $15k in commission for my business.  I think I just talked them out of moving and I feel good about it.  Here’s why …

They wanted to know what their best equity & appreciation position would be for a 5-10 year outlook.  Based on neighborhood #1 (current & near Mueller, Cherrywood) and neighborhood #2 (prospective new, slightly suburban), the best outlook was to stay put, take care of the deferred maintenance, fix up the kitchen, enjoy the kitchen, grow the equity.  They may decide to sell in a couple years or may stay put for 10, but the neighborhoods surrounding Mueller have an excellent outlook and are better insulated from market fluctuations than the suburbs.

It’s the honest truth and it is my job to look after my clients’ best financial interests.  The Realtor code of ethics says that is my obligation; it’s my shortest job description.

Some things that may have swayed the decision or recommendations the other way include:  if they were both on the same page, if the motivation to move was solidly in place for both, if they needed to sell & buy to create a better financial situation.  Any one of those things solidly in place and we would probably be moving forward to sell the house.

I see couples change their minds all the time and I get that.  It can be a lot of money and a lot of hassle to rehab the kitchen and work through the deferred maintenance … some folks are up to the task, some embrace it, some not so much.  They may call me in a few weeks or six months and want to move forward.  Or they may end up falling in love with their house and their neighborhood and themselves all over again.

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July 14, 2010 at 2:17 pm 2 comments

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wendy & erik’s front porch

Oh yeah, don’t worry about us as clients. You will forever be our agent. We think you’re an awesome person and an industry badass! I recommend you to everyone I know. Thanks again!
– E. O’Brian

Photo is of the cute old house the O’Brian’s bought out Cuernevaca Road on an acre near Lake Austin.

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April 14, 2008 at 7:38 pm Leave a comment

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Julie Nelson is an excellent realtor. She advocates on behalf of her clients and truly understands the market. She has a real talent in presenting all the information in a positive, factual manner that is easy to absorb. She creates a partnership with her clients that goes beyond the real estate transaction, she is a resource for her clients, before and after the sale.
– S. Acevedo / J. Osimo

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April 14, 2008 at 7:34 pm Leave a comment

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evan with hammer, boys bath remodel

Julie was personable and technically savvy. She listened and sent us listings that were below our highest price range, which I appreciated. Other agents seemed to push us into higher prices. We feel we paid a good price and found a great agent!
– A. Gentle

When the Gentle’s bought their home in 2001, it was just the two of them. Now Evan, in photo helping with the bath remodel, and Nathan have joined the mix for a happy family of 4 in north Austin.

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April 4, 2008 at 2:42 pm 1 comment


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