Let Me Tell You a Story …

avatarthumbnail.jpg… of a casita in Ventana Lakes. Ventana Lakes doesn’t necessarily refer to the gemini homes in the Gardens sections as casitas, but casita certainly has a much better ring to it than “gemini/twin home” as the Arizona Regional MLS says.

There have been two closed sales inside the Gardens sections since January 2008 … two sales in the better part of 14 months. Prices have fallen not because of a rise in foreclosed properties but rather because of basic supply and demand.

Today was this casita’s 101st day on the market since I took the listing; the overall count is closer to 22 months. And it’s also its final day as an active listing.

One of the skills in which I take the most pride is being able to match my buyers with the types of properties they’re trying to find. Many do some of the heavy listing themselves with the searches on my various websites, but after our first time out looking at homes I’m usually able to start making suggestions.

A couple of weeks back I had mentioned this property to one of my buyers. She asked me to send details and told me of a property in Peoria that she’d fallen in love with, at least as much as you can via the pitcures.

Turns out it was the same house … this lovely little casita.

And so it is that I can tell you that in 101 days, Tobey and I were able to do what only two other agents have done in the past 13 months – bring buyer and seller together for a mutually happy ending in the Gardens at Ventana Lakes.

Postscript: the second-most gratifying thing I heard today was that the casita looked just like the photographs made it appear. That’s 180 degrees away from what I usually here – that the home looked far better online than it does in person. Marketing is one thing but there’s also something to be said for not disappointing buyers when they walk in the front door of your listing.

The most gratifying thing I heard … “God bless you.”

[tags]Phoenix real estate, Ventana Lakes[/tags]

Jonathan Dalton

Jonathan Dalton is a 40-plus-year resident of the Valley and has been helping folks buy and sell homes since 2004. He can be reached at 602-502-9693 or info at allphoenixrealestate.com.

1 Comment

  • Charleston real estate blog 9 years ago

    Wonderful story and congratulations. I think of myself as a matchmaker too, I’m trying to remember, wasn’t there something about that in Fiddler on the Roof.

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