From buyers to sellers, perhaps there’s something to be said for openly managing expectations (and plugging in):
“SocketSite has been helping me feed my San Francisco condo obsession. With our condo now sold, I believe I’m cured. So, I want to say thank you and farewell. [Editor’s Note: As we said, for the most part.]
My illness and its cure:
We bought a high rise condo “north of California Street” in 2004, planning to hold and perhaps downsize and move there in 10 years or so. Both of us had very much liked the building since the 1970s, and leapt when this unit became available. About a year ago, our plans changed, and we decided to sell, summer 2007 being our first opportunity. Our hand isn’t being forced by interest rate adjustments or the like. Nor are we leaving San Francisco. We simply decided we have other things we’d rather do with the money.
We’ve been expecting unpleasantness for San Francisco condo sellers for some time, so the decision to sell filled me with anxiety, and SocketSite has helped support me as we prepared to go on the market.
Conclusions (others’ mileage may vary): 1. Our agent is a goddess, and earned her commission and then some. 2. We were fortunate, i.e., 12 days on the market, closed in 20 days, compound annual growth rate was something more than 6.5% (that’s not fabulous but — in the light of the market — we’re happy). 3. Other agents’ feedback was that our building’s relatively high HOA charges ($8.50/sq. ft./year) were scaring away a greater than expected proportion of otherwise interested shoppers.
Thanks again and best wishes.”
Our pleasure (and thank you). Now about being “cured” and that all too frivolous farewell…
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