"Live Blogging" the A2 Real Estate Chat – Eastside Edition

1:45 PM – Sign Planting

Planted signs at the two most direct paths to 2827 Bellwood.  By 1:50 pm, had pulled into the drive and planted two signs on either side of the drive.  Already had two guests following me to the Chat!

2:05 pm – Cookies sure look good!

First two guests have left and the plate of cookies kindly left by the owners sure look good!  Guests were interested in the property and were originally on their way to check out a development wide open house in The Village.

2:30 – more guests

Half hour into the 2 hour real estate chat and we’ve had two guests tour the home!  Pretty good.  It is a beautiful day outside, so I can understand why folks wouldn’t have housing on their mind.  However, given the last week or so of rainy weather, I can’t blame folks for wanting to get out and about.

Real estate chats, or their more mundane counterparts open houses, have been getting a bad rap of late.  Team366 has been fortunate enough to hit upon the idea of Chats and invite any- and every-one interested in talking about real estate and viewing wonderful properties.

2:38 – How long?

Second set of guests have left and there is a third sitting in their car right our front.  I can only surmise what would keep folks on their phone, in their car on a beautiful day like this.  Especially since there is such a wonderful home to experience and an agent willing to talk about the current market conditions.

2:48 – the Cookies are really good!

Third guest is off the phone and coming in!

3:00 – Three by 3

Not a bad chat so far!  Third visitor has left and is continuing their tour of open houses.  Everyone so far has commented on how well cared for and decorated 2827 Bellwood is. 

Recently featured in RealView’s weekly newsletter, Bellwood is getting excellent exposure.  The owners have been very pleased.  Since listing their home in early July, this property has received far above the average number of showings, hits to the virtual tour and hits to the video walkthrough.

Only a matter of time for this home…only a matter of time.

3:30 – Man, what a beautiful day

So what does an agent typically do at a Real Estate Chat/open house? 

When there are no guests to host, an agent is typically on their phone setting up appointments for the rest of the week.  This could mean scheduling showings for current buyers or following up on leads they may have for listing appointments.

[or they could be napping!]

Having exhausted my list of calls, I turned to the local blogosphere and found this nifty article by Murph about “City Place,” a mid-range housing proposal for South Fifth Avenue.

The thought of conditional zoning being used for the first time in Ann Arbor means that it will be interesting all by itself.  The fact that someone is proposing to build something similar to Boston brownstones in Ann Arbor is very intriguing. 

Ed V has some maps of interest and online commentary on this proposal at his blogsite.

3:40 – The guests keep on coming!

Fourth set of guests arrived and they are sellers coming on the market soon.  So that means they are comparing this home against theirs.  Unfortunately for this agent, they are also already represented and tied to a relocation firm.  I darn near needed to wipe the drool off the laptop as they were impressed by the array of marketing that Team366 brings to bear on a client’s home.

Again, commented that Bellwood is gorgeous and they can’t believe that anyone lives here.  Their comment was that they thought the home was staged!

4:00 – Off to the next appointment

Well, four guests in two hours.  Not too bad for a housing market that is supposedly horrendous.  This tells me that there are still ready, willing and able buyers in this market.  It also showed me that there are still folks that need to sell in this market.

As dire as the news has been, homes still sell at the convergence of price and quality.  Always have and always will; it is ever a value driven market.

If you would like market information, email us at info@team366.com to be added to our monthly housing stats mailer.  Use that same email address to talk with us about our fabulous marketing system for sellers and our unique “Search and Save” feature for buyers.

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