Friday, June 29, 2012

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For two and a half years, I've been waiting for those four little letters to appear in front of my house.   Three realtors, 104 house cleanings, and 912.5 days of living in the shadow of a possible showing later ... in rode Curtis Semenza from Prudential Montana on his white horse.  He single handedly save me from real estate hell.   Curtis didn't really ride a white horse, but he might as well have.

At this point, I thought I had the super ugliest, most undesirable, un-sellable two bedroom home in the world.  My house, I’m sure, was feeling the same frustration.  Curtis must have sensed this to be the case so he started by administering the tough love treatment to mend our house/owner relationship.  I protested, but Curtis ordered that every corner of my home be touched, cleaned, reconditioned, spiffed, fluffed and shined.  When I thought it was good enough, he inspected ... and we did it again.   Just a little bit more polish was added until finally, Curtis was convinced that my house was the shiniest penny in state.  I believed it too!  It was beautiful, and I loved my house again.

I moved out (just so it stayed all nice and spiffy), and Curtis worked his magic.   Well, once again, it wasn’t really magic, but rather it was Curtis’s professional, attentive and committed approach to his job that actually sold my house.  Curtis believes that Real Estate is still a business best done face to face and his results are proof.   Within three weeks, I had two offers - both above asking price.   He found my house a real owner.

Don’t worry,  this is a GREAT thing for Echo Home Furnishings and I’m not going anywhere ... ever ..

but  lets just leave this Friday note to say --- in this age of  foreclosures, investors, renters, short sales, virtual tours and all the harshities of home sales -- we still need real people to sell our homes, buy our homes, cherish our homes and build our neighborhoods.    I am so, so happy that I took the time to find and work with Curtis and that he found my house a new owner who will live in it, love it and care for it just as much as I have.

AND ... It goes without saying, the same principles apply to furniture, but of course!!