Day 78: Ahhhh…A Fresh New Year!

 

I’m starting out this new year…2017…with a renewed dedication to my life, my family, my work, and my blog. My personal storyboard has been centered around a set of “facts” about myself that I intend to challenge. This narrative that has become the story of me must defend itself much the same way a PhD candidate must defend her dissertation before a group of experts and critics. If arguments in favor of continuing on the same road are weak, out they go! A central piece of me that has already come under fire is the notion that I am not a morning person. Ever since I can remember, I have been the type to stay up late and grudgingly get out of bed at the last possible second in the morning. So what did I go and do? I signed up for a daily 5am motivational conference call, lol. I’m either turning a new leaf or insane. Time will tell.

I have been a busy little bee working with future buyers. So many wonderful people have come into my life since I ventured into the real estate business! I recently started working with a young man who is planning to buy his first home. His goal is to buy a property now for him to live in for a year or two and then turn it into a rental property and start building a real estate investment portfolio. I love seeing young people so motivated to take control of their finances this way! Very refreshing indeed.

Here is a sneak peek of one of the houses we have looked at to get him started in the world of real estate investing!

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“Great Opportunity to own a home in Clovis! Enjoy this clean, well cared for home on a spacious corner lot. 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, and a good sized living area. French slider out to the generous backyard with concrete patio, large grassy area, 7 fruit trees and a fenced area for pets or a garden. Call today to see for yourself.”

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This is an adorable house in Clovis that is so perfect for a first time buyer. I have all my fingers and toes crossed that my lovely client gets to call this house his home in a few weeks!

Cheers!

Erica

Day 19: Investor Adventure

Oh, what a day!  It started out in Easton to show a client that cool house I blogged about back on day 1? 2? I can’t remember that far back, lol. No matter. The day started out in the country and it was a very positive showing!

On the drive back to the office to pick up signs for Sunday’s open house, I got a call about an investor coming in from Salinas to look at one of FresYes’ listings. In anticipation of this client wanting to see a variety of choices, I pulled a few comparable listings in the general area and price range of the property she requested to see. She was expected to be in town by about 1pm, so I had a good two hours to finish up my open house activities.

I quickly headed out to Copper River Ranch to put flyers on the golf house neighbors’ doors. Boy-oh-boy was it HOT! Pounding Fresno pavement in August is no joke, especially at high noon. It totally had to be done, though. I have tried several tactics to host a successful open house out there with very little luck, so inviting the neighbors seemed like a good idea at this point.

After placing nearly 50 flyers with neighbors, I headed over to the house I would be showing to the investor to check out the location, as well as the locations of the others I planned to present to her.

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All of these houses were vacant and a couple of them were foreclosures, so they did not have any staging to speak of.  Of course, the FresYes listing looked lovely inside 🙂

 

To fully narrate the events of the afternoon would be more of a short story than a blog post and no one has time for that these days. Long story short, my investor chose the house in the top left of the collage above as her next rental home and SHE MADE AN OFFER!!!!  Holy smokes, people…my first offer. I doubt this is any kind of record, but I’ve had my real estate license for 45 days.  45 days of hustling, learning, and working my rear-end off.  45 days as a Realtor and 19 days as a blogger and I wrote my first offer — WOO HOO!! Can you tell I’m pretty stoked?

 

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That’s me…with an offer!

 

(Special shout out to my mentor and teacher, Corrie, for getting me through the paperwork.)

So, though the day was long and I was thoroughly exhausted by the time I got home, it was all worth it in the end.  Now cross your fingers for me and my buyer that the offer is accepted!

 

 

 

 

Cheers,

Erica