Happy New Year!
Each month, past clients share their insights and tips for buyers and sellers. January’s Client Success Story is the Brogden Family and their experience with not only buying their home, but selling at the same time!
Stacy and I met while putting on Rock Hill Community Theatre’s rendition of Neil Simon’s Rumors in 2014. We stayed friends after the show and about a year after the show wrapped, she called me and informed me that she and her husband Stacy (yes, Stacy Boy and Stacy Girl is what they call one another) were toying with the idea of selling their home in Edgemoor and purchasing something a little closer to the airport.
Fast forward to the summer, and I got the official call. The Brogdens were ready to sell their home and start looking for the next. The drive to get to work was wearing on the both of them, and they wanted to spend less time on the road and more time together. They informed me that they actually interviewed three other agents before officially deciding to make the move with me. The plan that I devised for selling their home and the passion I had for my career is what ultimately helped them decide.
We hit the ground running, starting that fall! I enlisted the help of Shaun Ludwig with Envision Photography to take amazing photos of their sprawling country “farm”. The biggest challenge during their home search was trying to figure out which house would be best for Stacy Boy and Stacy Girl. They had a very specific criteria that is difficult to find; a home with a finished basement. We did look at different alternatives, but it wasn’t long before we found The One for them.
The sellers were willing to take a contingency so the next hurdle was getting the Brogden’s current home sold. Many creative ideas were used to gather buyers at the door since the house, though only 10 minutes from downtown Rock Hill, was perceived to be “way out.” Facebook, open houses, and garnering multiple shares from the community were all implemented. However, the most fun marketing idea was inviting Santa Claus himself to a holiday open house. He even stayed behind to meet their granddaughter. The look on her face was priceless.
All the hard work and patience paid off. Just after the beginning of the year, we had a buyer for their house! The process went so well, they still talk and ask about the chickens that had to be left behind. The main tip that Stacy Boy and Stacy Girl can share while selling and buying homes simultaneously?
I think that having a general handyman that can help with punch list items is important for your sanity. Budget for these items and let someone else handle them. My best advice is for sellers:, don’t put your house on the market until it is ready. Have all of the decluttering and touch up painting done before a sign goes up.
Having been in the house for almost a year, Stacy Boy and Stacy Girl have really made this house a home. With the help of their son, they totally gutted the kitchen and made it a place where the entire family can congregate on Sundays and still have room to spare. Their favorite aspects are “layout, location, basement, neighborhood and of course, the kitchen. It just feels like home.”
I loved working with the Brogdens. They are the sweetest couple and the process never felt like “work.” It felt like helping out family to get where they needed to be. With patience and time, we were able to find a buyer that truly loves their old house and found them the place they will call home for many, many years. Says Stacy Boy, “They’re going to have to take me out of here in a body bag.” I’d say that’s love.
Thank you to RegStinson Photography for the gorgeous photos.
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