We met with another agent from a different real-estate company who was recommended by my son. During our first meeting I felt more at ease about our decision to sell and move than I had during the last 10 months. I can't tell you what made the actual difference between the two agents, except to say that this new agent is focused on the general real-estate market - which we are stepping into with trepidation - and the other guy was focus on the 55+ senior market which we had decided against.
Maybe all the stars just aligned in the sky at the right time. Whatever the reason, we changed agents this week.
I will tell you this ... doing this whole process without an agent would make my head explode! I can't believe all the little twists and turns you go through to make a move like this. It is always making trade offs, deal making, massaging the numbers, exploring different options ... it is exhausting and stress filled stuff.
Why can't selling and buying real-estate be like buy a bathing suit. You go into the store, look at all the bathing suites on the rack, pick a size and color, try one on, you pick a bigger size (nuts), try on another one, you look for something that covers more of you, (decide you really must lose weight sometime soon - or stop using mirrors), you take it to the check out and pay for it. Then you can walk out of the store and put it on right away (ok, you find a private place to put it on right away so you don't get arrested.) Woo hoo! Done!
Ok, buying a bathing suit is almost as hard as buying real-estate.
*Sigh* This is bringing the crazy out in me!
Best to have the right agent so I won't go crazy.
Or should I say ... go more crazy than I already am! :-)