Monday, January 21, 2013
Another Year, Another Realtor
I generally don't show our house from this angle, it's not exactly our abodes best side, but who knows maybe this is the side our farms NEW owner will see and fall in love with. Who knows?
Almost two years ago (has it been THAT long?) we decided it was time and put our farm and its entire organic meat business, up for sale. We used a local realtor who did a terrible job. Had to call several times to get signage or ads posted. He didn't answer phone calls or emails. He showed the house once in 4 months.
We kissed him goodbye but without a single smooch. Then we went the For-Sale By Owner route. Our farm is still listed THERE, (If you love to snoop inside folks houses like I do then by all means click on the link!) I was happy with what we got for our money and we did show the farm to 12 interested individuals. But, no offers. At first we listed it as a total turn key business, home, land livestock and inventory plus all equipment and the farm store for just $417,000. Then we dropped it to $410,000. After 6 months we decided to list just the house, 10 acres and buildings for $199,00. The livestock, etc, could be added on a la carte if desired.
It was not desired.
Don't misunderstand. They are many who want to do what we are doing but few who have the finances to do so. Or they had the finances but their health was poor and they so did not undertand the work load of a real farm.
So we're back to the Realtor Route. This time though, we know what we want. I was on the phone last week with 10 realtors and could not believe the total apathy I heard. Statements like "well I could list it if you want me too but don't expect much" and " If I don't understand what organic means then no one else in these partswill either." Some would not even tell me their commission rate over the phone, instead saying "We'll see."
One even came to the house and practically nodded off during our conversation with him.
You would've thought I was asking them to sell our farm Pro Bono. What am I, Cher?!?
Finally, I found a woman who after listening to me explain our business said "You've come to the right realtor." She asked several questions and then had the nerve to ask me to prepare several things for her like a profit and loss statement. Obviously she understood the word business .
I fell in love immediately.
She comes here on Wednesday. Wish us luck. We are so ready for the next phase of our lives to start.