Friday, January 15, 2016

House Buying Hat Horror Stories 79119

Pamela Madore
Keller Williams Realty
http://myamarillohomes.com
806-290-1920


House Buying Hat Horror Stories 79119

How To Know Which Houses To Show Buyers According To The Hat They Wear

Sometimes it matters and sometimes it doesn't.  The trick is in recognizing the difference.  It is OK to have pre-conceived notions.  They won't matter.  

Rule:  You don't know where they got the hat.  


This lady came in to see me on a Saturday afternoon.  I could tell right off that she was sweet as pie.  When she spoke it was like a heavenly melody.  Her hat said "Life is Good".    :-) What will she want to see for houses?  First, it has to reflect that "Life is Good". You could look at that in a few ways.  She might want a $1million house because life has been financially good for her.  I wasn't buying that, though.  It didn't seem to fit her.  I kept asking questions to gather information, details and underlying motives.   We  came up with a few possibilities and went to look at them.  OMG this lady was the lady from hell.  I don't know where she got the hat--she must have been popping some tags or something.    From the office to the houses she became Jekyll and Hyde.  Seriously,  her meds must have worn off.  I realized that my life was not going to be "Life is Good" until this was over.  Three months  and 24 houses later we closed on a $90,000 house.  I asked her about the hat.  She told me that someone in her therapy class gave it to her. I love my job. 



Now this guy looked normal.  You could tell he was a working man.  Chances are that he worked for John Deere since that is what his hat said.  He was a little nerdy with the glasses and the hat a little tight but I chalked it up to the fact that he must work in the office at John Deere.  I sure did enjoy his company.  He looked like a check writing sort of guy and that was just what I was looking for.  We started the interview and the first thing that happened was that he refused to sign the buyer's rep agreement.  Someone had told him once that it was bad Karma.  Hmmmm.  I hadn't heard about that.  Decision time.  Do I chance it and work with him or not?  While I was mulling over the idea his phone rang.  His ring tone Lollipop, Lollipop by Kelly  Pickler.  He apologized and said it was his grandmother.  
That did it for me.  I went to find someone to refer him to.  We have open carry here in Texas now so I referred him to  Mark Roberson.  I thought it was a better match.


This lady was going to be an easy one.  A cute little wide plaid shirt and a bling hat.  See that big smile?  I was psyched after my previous 2 experiences.  She wanted to get right down to business and brought a list of the 37 homes she wanted to see.  I suggested that perhaps we could narrow the list just a tad but she had done her homework.  She had her price range (gee I hope she has been pre-qualified) number and SIZE of bedrooms, locations (multiple) all for very good but varying reasons.  You know things like, school district, distance to Starbucks, and other equally important reasons.  We pulled up all of the 37 houses and thank you Jesus 10 were sold.  She began to panic that she had to find 10 more.  Finally I convinced her that 27 was more than enough.  Great!  Now the only time she can look because of kids is between 8:30AM-10AM and again between 6PM-7PM except on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Kids have sports.  I am beginning to think that bling hat came from the  $1 store.  We only looked at 10 over the next two weeks until she found one she really liked.  :-)  Worth the bling.  It was a $450,000 house.  



I had been communicating by phone and email for a couple of months with this dude.   He had been a little vague about what he wanted but I decided we could figure that out when he got here.   When Deanna said I had a guest up front, trust me, this was not what I expected.  I even looked around the foyer to see if there was anyone else.  Nope he was my dude.  He shook my hand nearly off and waltzed me into a vacant conference room.  I wondered about the Cowgirl hat but believe me I had no intention of asking.  Thirty minutes later he was still telling me his story without a breath between words.  I felt my eyes beginning to glaze over.  He had to be certifiably nuts.  Then he told me he was paying cash.  Really?  He didn't have any houses picked out but was so happy to be in Amarillo.  He had no idea where anything was and so just wanted me to pick out the house for him.  Running my fingers through my hair.  I agreed (why not?)and pulled up a $500K house in Bushland and he said, ''great" pulling out his checkbook.  I slapped myself to be sure I wasn't dreaming.   Well that is how it went down and I hope he is living happily ever after.  I know I Iam.  Cha-ching.




No doubt a golfer.  Or he stole the hat.  He had pretty particular ideas about what he wanted.  He wanted enough room in the backyard for a putting green (I was right).  A 120 yard par 3 surrounded by a pond would be better but I couldn't think of any houses like that.  He seemed like a happy guy.  I asked him his name and he said Jordan Spieth.   Jordan Spieth, Jordan Spieth.  I should know that name.  Holy smack.  Jordan Spieth.  I am talking to Jordan Spieth.  That hat looked better and better.  I asked him if for sure he might want to live "on" the golf course.  He refused and said he needed a place to be humble.  ??  Are you sure no La Paloma ($$$$$).  No.  He wanted a little ranch like area in South Amarillo.  We found a really cute double-wide mobile home for $125,000 with two acres.  It just happened to be my listing so it wasn't La Paloma but it was something.



Oh geez.  This broad was a wanna be cowboy.  You could tell because the hat was one of those squish-able ones that you could ball up and put in your purse.  She had an attitude, too.   And she spoke with the worst Texas accent you have ever seen so I could tell she hadn't lived here very long.  Maybe a day.  Long enough to get the hat.  She had those head phone things around her neck, too, so she thought she was pretty important.  As we began to chat she began to know more and more and I knew less and less.  She wanted a fixer-upper with 4000 sq ft on 20 acres under $100K.  I put in the search parameters  in FLEX and as you might have guessed, zero results.  She began to get a little beligerent and get in my face.  I almost laughed but figured I would take the high road.  As she was ranting and raving I managed to ask where she was getting her financing.  Then she started raving all over again about financing.  I suggested we go talk to a lender.  After all, Becky Swanson didn't have anything else to do. :-)  Almost bit the bullet on that one. No pun intended.

In conclusion.  Hats are important.  But not very.  Come see me.  And wear your best hat.  

Pamela Madore
The Pamela Madore Group
Keller Williams Realty
3955 S. Soncy Road
Amarillo, TX 79119
pam@pinkhouseteam.com
http://myamarillohomes.com





Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Amarillo Real Estate Statistics For Dummies

Pamela Madore
Keller Williams Realty


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Pamela Madore
Keller Williams Realty
3955 S. Soncy
Amarillo, TX 79119
806-290-1920
http://myamarillohomes.com