As I subtly mentioned last week, Very Vintage Vegas as a brand for me the real estate agent was launched a year ago. The launch was pretty successful. It’s kept me “kinda” busy all during the last year. I’ve told you that kinda busy in August, September and October turned into extremely busy in November. Much of that buyer activity during the fall was buyers who were making their last ditch effort to try to buy something with bad credit and or little or no money. The Credit Crunch officially Launched right about August 1, and many people who could have bought a year ago, realized that they now they couldn’t. -But I went thru the procedure with them, and had the lenders show them that there was no way.
A few real buyers stepped up to buy something because it was unique, charming, classic, retro, or one of kind. That’s how our listing at 1701 15th Street came to get sold. You remember, it’s the flat roofed mid mod spectacular home that just about everyone with any appreciation of mid mod told me they would love it have ONLY IF whatever. Myself included. During that fall, I also sold 2 other listings, and helped 4 people buy a home. Some of them I mentioned and some of them I didn’t. Some of them intentionally bought beat up crappy homes, and some of them bought nice ones.
I wrote a headline on November 13th 2007, which in retrospect was probably more true now than it was then:
As Murphy would have it…I should have gone away for the month of December. None except my faithful readers would have noticed. It was that quiet. No one called me. Almost. No one bought anything. No one sold anything. In fact only about 900 homes sold in December IN THE ENTIRE VALLEY!
But the phone started ringing in January. But something changed. I wrote about it around the 11th. The people who were suddenly calling were ACTUALLY CAPABLE OF BUYING!
But they weren’t all that excited to buy in January, but they were starting to think about it.
In February, a lot of the January callers started actually looking at homes with me as their agent. I started writing offers. My listings started to get good showings, and I was showing 1 or 2 of them almost every day. 1821 14th Street sold to someone who knew exactly what they wanted, and knew that the sellers weren’t in foreclosure, and didn’t have a crappy beat up home to sell. The same thing happened to our listing on 1720 Bracken.
NONE of my listings are crappy beat up homes. They’re not foreclosures. And there isn’t one even close to “just like it” right down the street. That’s true out in the barren foreclosure wasteland of the suburbs, but it’s not true in Vintage Vegas.
Here’s some gossip. Names are being withheld until appropriate.
Feel Free to spread around some of the gossip. Also you can tell people who live in Vintage Vegas, want to live In Vintage Vegas, who ought to live in Vintage Vegas, or who have a home to sell in Vintage Vegas that Jack LeVine writes a pretty interesting blog, is “pretty” busy, but not too busy for them. Your referrals are ALWAYS appreciated.