So Brakes and I have been casually seeing a variety of women (and a few men too!) ever since we moved here. We’ve met these people while out and about in the neighborhood, through friends of friends, and occasionally when we’ve wandered into someone's house. We’ve called, emailed, and spent afternoons with these people, sometimes with the same person over the course of several months, but we’ve never been able to take the plunge. None of the clever little minxes managed to hold our interest for long… until we met Isabella. Isabella totally defines what a realtor should be to us. (What!? Of course, I was talking about realtors; what else would I have been referring to?)
Several months ago, Isabella was showing Brake’s mom (a real-estate hobbyist) some properties on our side of the Bay Area. They saw a house that Mama B thought was “the deal of the century”! After 4.5 years of fruitless house searching and many rejected (albeit low-ball) offers, and with a new baby at home, I had NO interest in looking at any more houses. But, being the agreeable wife that you know I am, I let Brakes drag me to visit the hot property. That house didn’t work out but Isabella made a lasting impression. She is the ONLY agent, out of more than 100 agents we’ve spoken to over the last 4.5 years, who seemed to be honest about where the market was going (down). She did not try to feed us any lines and she encouraged us to offer what we were comfortable with, while other agents would have scoffed at our gall. She has been savy, honest, calm, and relentless. When we found our latest house interest she handled the negotiations with kid gloves and I am soooo excited to inform you that:
WE ARE IN ESCROW!
After touring probably 500 homes, writing offers on at least 12 properties, hundreds and hundreds of hours of talking, calculating, and talking some more, we are finally going to be home owners! Assuming everything goes as planned, we will be closing escrow right before Thanksgiving.
Brakes and I are so excited at this big step, and yes, we feel like we are a bit crazy to be taking on so many changes in one year (although Brakes is practically orgasmic about the write-off potential of a new baby and a new house in 2009)!
I got a great house, with lots of space, on a large lot, with a fabulous view, and Brakes (along with Isabella’s help) got us a wicked-good deal! Stay tuned for our adventures in homeownership and keep your fingers crossed that things keep going smoothly!