Who hasn’t looked at all of the advertisements for retirement communities and been a little curious? They make your golden years look like non-stop FUN, right?

Well, that’s what our clients thought, too, and we don’t blame them! Don’t worry, though, there is a happy ending to this story.

Our clients had been looking forward to moving into a 55+ retirement community on the west side of San Antonio. The neighborhood was so new that builders were still developing new homes when the couple decided it was time to sell a mere 18 months later!

Yep, that’s right–just 18 months after purchasing their dream retirement home.

The idea of an active retirement community sounds great. Who doesn’t picture spending their golden years around friends who want to while away the long, free hours playing golf, swimming, or participating in one of the many clubs and groups in the community activity center?

The problem with these communities is that they’re sometimes a bit too insular, and your neighbors have a bit too much free time on their hands. For our clients, 18 months was enough!

Unfortunately, selling their beautiful new home with all of its gorgeous upgrades meant that the couple would be competing with deep-pocketed builders who could offer all sorts of incentives. In these kinds of selling situations, it’s hard to compete. To make matters worse, this house was also competing with 5 other houses for sale close by.

That’s where we come in!

Our job was to make sure that we could get out of that house without them having to bring anything to closing.  To achieve this, I marketed like nobody’s business. We took photos that really emphasized the beautiful details of the home, as well as some of the great upgrades that the two had put into the home upon move in, such as a great wrought iron fence out front. It also helped that the house was immaculate. Buyers touring the home felt like they were getting a brand new house and then some!

I was so thrilled for clients when we were able to negotiate an offer for full asking price. Even better? They earned $500 at closing!

In this case, earning $500 at closing may not seem like a lot, but for a family who wants to move forward with their dreams, breaking even and coming away with something at the closing table is a BIG deal! I treat my seller’s money like it’s my own, and let me tell you, I don’t give my money away easily.

If you’re worried about selling because you think you may be upside down in your mortgage, don’t hesitate to reach out to me. If anyone’s going to make sure that you get every last penny you can out of your home, it’ll be me–I get my sellers and average of 99.5% of their asking price, and I can help you do the same!

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