Friendship & Business Question
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|Sat, 04-12-2003 - 4:53pm|
Here's the dilema - Friday night I saw Vinnie's unit (without the realtor). Right now he's painting it and having new carpeting installed. I'm taking dad to see it tomorrow. Thee's a nice big closet in the master bedroom, a ceiling fan in the living/dining area, farily new appliances and a screened in balcony off the bedroom. It also has a parking spot with a carport roof (not a garage, but a roof so my car won't be parked in the hot sun, pouring rain or snow). $219,000 with real estate broker, possibly $205,000-$208,000 without one.
Today I saw another unit in this same complex. The wallpaper is old and UGLY - must come down. The carpeting will also need to get replaced. Judging from the wallpaper appliances might be old, it looked like an older person may have lived there. There is less closet space and no carport (3 parking spaces - no roof). $219,000 with broker but I would try for less with work needing to be done on this unit.
If I put in a bid and it gets accepted how to I tell my friend of 20 years who is my realtor? She won't get any commission after showing me maybe 25 different places. She's just going to have to understand that this is a great deal I can't pass up. I thought I would offer to baby-sit for her daughter to help her out with her real estate business. Do you think this might help make up for the lost commission? Of course I would appologize over and over hoping it would help. I know if she was the one looking for a condo and had this type of opportunity she would jump at it too.
What do you think, am I worrying for nothing? I was afraid if something didn't work out (she can be flakey so I wasn't sure how she would do as my realtor) our friendship might be strained. She's been doing a good job, not the best, but she's new so I wasn't expecting the best. Maybe I should have but knowing her I expected a few slip-ups.
Okay, time to put on some make-up and have dinner with friends. I'll brain-storm with them a little tonight and see if they have any suggestions for telling her the news. Let's just say I'm pretty sure I'm going to bid on this unit.
This real estate thing is very stressful,