I met my clients at a small house in Antioch, the one that will forever be referred to as the "smurf house". It was super tiny and standing at 5'10 inches, I almost hit my head on the ceiling. Needless to say it wasn't their dream home. So we continued our search. My client's were first time home buyers, my favorite type of clients to work with. Everything is so exciting, especially when we finally get to the closing table!
We looked a quite a few houses within their price range and finally submitted an offer to the Mint house. It was a really cute cottage on a channel that was renovated. Our offer was accepted and we moved on to the Home Inspection process. This process can be very stressful, especially with first time homebuyers. They usually start to freak out at the length of these reports and everything that is in them... 70 pages of things that are wrong with a house will scare anyone away! This is where I come in to put their minds at ease. Explain that every little thing is in the report and we are concerned with the major stuff. Well, the "mint house" had major stuff. The crawl space wasn't much of a crawl space, it was more like an inchworm space. When there isn't sufficient space between the dirt and floor joists, the floor joists tend to rot. You don't want to wake up one morning and step onto your floor only to have it crumble beneath you. We consulted and decided it was time to walk away. The amount of repairs couldn't be justified with the total price of the home.
Now Thanksgiving was upon us and the selection was dwindling. My client's decided to take a break over the holiday and hit the reset button. Once December hit, we were on the road again. We expanded our search and came across a few houses in Zion that fit the bill. The "red door" house was cute with a brand new washer and dryer... unfortunately they weren't very useful. Because they were placed in a small closet, you could only open the dryer door a few inches. The longer I work in this business, the less this type of stuff surprises me. Next on the list was the diamond in the rough. It was within their price range, totally renovated and it had 2 garages! Perfection. The inspection didn't turn up anything major and we moved forward with the purchase.
Fast forward 4 weeks and it is closing time. I think the week before closing is the worst. You are anxiously waiting like it's Christmas eve and anything can happen. Your home is the hands of your lender. In this case, we were ready to close on Friday and found out Wednesday that a 2nd appraisal needed to be done... Client's are freaking again, which is completely normal. I put on my counselor hat and calm them down. Explaining that this is protocol and their is nothing to worry about. The important thing is that everything else is good to go. The following Tuesday the appraisal was finished and the lender informed us that we were clear to close at 4:30 pm on Thursday. It was a miracle. The entire team pulled together and at 2pm Friday I was handing my client's the keys to their new house. I can't wait to catch up with them in a few weeks and see all the finishing touches.