I Love Swedes

Regina, Saskatchewan
April 21, 2009 6:46pm CST
As you all know, for the past week I've been offline getting my house in order for listing, and it's been all over the net, in the papers, even pics on the moon, I'm sure, for nearly a week now. One of the places it's been is on classified ad sites on the internet. I have a number of hits from these ads, and as of this writing, I am now referring them to my real estate agent. We wanted to make sure we had an agent that would market our properties outside of the province. I never expected them to reach overseas! But then, that's the power of the net don't you know! Last week I got a hit from one of the ads I put up, from a gentleman from Sweden. He's willing to pay over asking price to secure the properties for himself. So he'll buy the lot the house is on as well as our two empty, but serviced, lots across the street. We weren't planning on selling those lots, but the offer is good and it means we can up our budget for the new house we buy in Manitoba and still walk away with more money than we expected. So it's all good. The only person not totally happy with this scenario is my real estate agent. Poor guy! I told him that because I was the one that brought him the client, he owes ME the 3.5% commission he'd have had to pay if the client 'belonged' to another agent, so he'll only make 3.5% himself! LOL But let's face it, if this deal with the Swedish party goes through, then all my agent had to do was sit behind his desk, send a few emails, and Bob's your uncle, the house is sold! Other agents have brought people around to view the house, but my agent hasn't yet. So he better hope this deal goes through and be grateful he didn't have to work too hard! LOL I don't think I'm being unfair......do you?
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@LadyMarissa (12162)
• United States
21 Apr 09
NO, I don't think you're being unfair. However, I bet that's why he's not shown it to anyone. Why should he work for half the commission??? I bet his azz is so far up on his shoulders he could kiss it himself!!!
• Regina, Saskatchewan
21 Apr 09
LOL, I just got off the phone with him and I do believe I now know why he sounded so funny! ROFL Nah, this commission thing didn't come up until today. He's had lots of time to show the house, but his fellow agents just got here first!
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• Regina, Saskatchewan
22 Apr 09
LOL So true! And it sounds just like something I'd do too!
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@LadyMarissa (12162)
• United States
22 Apr 09
Actually, as I was saying it, I could see you typing with an attitude!!!
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22 Apr 09
Hi sparky, Good on you girl, after all you done the work yourself, so why should't have the 3.5%? looks like you have been a very busy lady and hope all goes well for you so you can move on. Love and hugs. Tamara xxxxx
• Regina, Saskatchewan
22 Apr 09
Thanks sweets. You know me, I'll keep you updated! LOL
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@tessah (6622)
• United States
22 Apr 09
i think since you found the buyer.. you ought get the commission yeah. *nod* but thats just me.. yer basically doin a for sale by owner bit here, and yer agentis just standing around with his/her thumb up their butts tryin to look official lol
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• Regina, Saskatchewan
22 Apr 09
Well hello stranger, good to see you!! Yep, I just got off the phone with my agent and reminded him that he now has a whole new client base, now that Canada is encouraging overseas investment in land here, and he now has access to the overseas 'market' of investors. So my agent is sitting behind his desk working his computer and fax machine and I'm doing his showings for him! LOL But the 3.5% we are going to save paying my agent is enough to build the hubs the workshop of his dreams, so it's all good!
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@tessah (6622)
• United States
22 Apr 09
stranger and stranger alla time lol things improved with the hubs then i take it? and good to see you too
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• Regina, Saskatchewan
22 Apr 09
First day of Spring was our wedding anniversary. I'm not sure what I did, but the man did a complete about face and is now putting ME before himself. I'm not quite used to it yet. lol I keep waiting for the 'other shoe to drop', you know? But he's been a real sweetheart lately and I'm going with the flow and giving back as good as I'm getting, so it's working......I hope things work out for you too Tessah.
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@dawnald (84131)
• Shingle Springs, California
22 Apr 09
Heck no, good for you for standing up for yourself...
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• Regina, Saskatchewan
22 Apr 09
I just spoke to my agent (we now have an official offer from the Swede) and things are looking good. So when I told my agent that he was going to make a hefty commission even if it was only 3.5%, he didn't choke or hang up on me! LOL So I think things are going to work out well. Yeah, standing up for yourself pays off if you keep your cool...........
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@dawnald (84131)
• Shingle Springs, California
22 Apr 09
Hooray!!!
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• Regina, Saskatchewan
22 Apr 09
There are two other interested parties also, so it looks like the offers are going to go to 'sealed bids' and will all be presented to my hubs and me at the same time and we'll make our decision. Not sure when that will be, because the hubs isn't home for another week. But it also means that we'll make over the asking price so we can't complain! LOL
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@gabs8513 (48717)
• United Kingdom
22 Apr 09
Lol Spark that is a good one I am not surprised that the Estate Agent is not happy but yes I say it is fair I am happy for you that this has gone so much better you deserve it I miss you but I do know that you are very busy Hugs to you
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• Regina, Saskatchewan
22 Apr 09
Hey sweetheart good to see you. How are you feeling? I hope Gissi is taking good care of you and hasn't been sick himself. I miss you both too. I spoke to my agent last night before I went to bed, and things are progressing smoothly. So hopefully the selling part will be over soon and we can concentrate on getting organized for the actual move. I figure it will be mid summer though before I'm off the treadmill of all this distraction from my friends and the lot! LOL
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@gabs8513 (48717)
• United Kingdom
22 Apr 09
But at least it is going somewhere I was rushed to Hospital last Night but I am sort of ok now I will write you about that another Day as right now I am not to full of Energie Love you
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• Regina, Saskatchewan
22 Apr 09
Oh Gabby! Now I know why you were so heavily on my mind last night. I'll wait for your email, just get some rest and take care of yourself!
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@fwidman (11517)
• United States
22 Apr 09
Not unfair at all Your agent should be happy with the commission he would get since he didn't do the work himself
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• Regina, Saskatchewan
22 Apr 09
Well he is now, because the overseas buyer has now provided with him with names of other people interested in investing here, so he's got a whole new market of clients to work with!!
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@fwidman (11517)
• United States
23 Apr 09
Yep, that should make him a bit happier
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@Samanthavv (1387)
• United States
22 Apr 09
I'd be VERY careful with the swedish guy! Those things can easily be scams! Be especially wary if they ask you to wire the "Extra" money back to them!
• Regina, Saskatchewan
22 Apr 09
Thanks for the warning, but the man has been thoroughly checked out and my agent has no concerns about him. I guess the proof will be in the actual sale finalizing.....
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@foisgras (205)
• Sweden
22 Apr 09
No, I don't think you are being unfair. Is this the reason why you love Swedes because of the sale?
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• Regina, Saskatchewan
22 Apr 09
Nah, I fell in love with Swedes years ago, but this latest experience with one has just reminded why! LOL
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@savypat (20247)
• United States
22 Apr 09
This sounds good to me, if it goes through you'll be in what we call fat city. I hope this is a sale for you the last time I sold a house it took up 9 months and we lost about 95,000.00 but by the time it sold we were just glad to leave.
• Regina, Saskatchewan
22 Apr 09
When we moved here a couple of years ago, we were in good shape financially. Then my son came home ill and all our savings got used up doing more to the house to accommodate my son and on his medical treatment. So THIS move we'll actually be in better shape than when we first got here, and the house IS going to sell well and quickly, so I'm a happy Canadian camper! LOL
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@checapricorn (16066)
• United States
22 Apr 09
Hi Sparks, wow..that is a great deal if ever the guy will pursue to buy the property...I don't think so you're unfair to your agent, you are just doing your part and luckily, it was more effective! LOL! Miss you here and wish you all the best!
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• Regina, Saskatchewan
22 Apr 09
Hi cappy, how are ya? I've missed you all too. My agent is going to be making more money on this house than he's made on any other for some time, so he's happy with the 3.5%. Real Estate commissions here are not that high because the property values are low in the rural areas. But the work we've done on our house puts it in a totally different class, so he got lucky when I chose him to be our agent! LOL
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@CatsandDogs (13964)
• United States
22 Apr 09
No I don't! Not at all!! After all, you did most of the leg work so why shouldn't you get paid?! He should be happy that he didn't have so much work and it selling that quickly especially in these economic times! Getting paid anything at all is much better than nothing which is what a lot of people are getting. So you sold your house to a man in Sweden? Good gosh! How in the world did you do that?! Makes me wonder why he wants to leave his own country and all the familiarity. Maybe he's a thrill seeker. In any case, congratulations is in order!!
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• Regina, Saskatchewan
22 Apr 09
Well the deal isn't final yet. Other people are interested, so it's probably going to go to a 'closed bid' situation. But whatever happens, we'll get our asking price and more, which is better than I expected so I can't complain and neither can my agent! LOL Nice to see you sweets.......
@TLChimes (4842)
• United States
22 Apr 09
Exellent!!!!! Darn it all... remind me to get you to handle my business deals... You sly Sparky, you.
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• Regina, Saskatchewan
22 Apr 09
I think my brain is the only muscle in my body that isn't hurting right now! ROFL
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@Darkwing (21588)
28 Apr 09
No, I don't think you're being unfair my friend. This sounds like a good prospect for you, and I wouldn't blame you if you snapped your Swede's hand off! He can obviously see something viable there or he wouldn't be offering and if the price is good, accept and run, my friend. Things are coming good for you, huh? Brightest Blessings.
• Regina, Saskatchewan
9 May 09
There are a LOT of candles lit and offerings to the goddess on my behalf........can't get better than that!
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@Darkwing (21588)
16 May 09
No, you can't. Good on ya!
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
22 Apr 09
HEck NO!! there ya did all the work!
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• Regina, Saskatchewan
22 Apr 09
I DID! I DID! With no help from anyone either. LOL
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
22 Apr 09
YEA!!! clap clap clap
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@mummymo (23709)
27 Apr 09
You? Unfair? As if! Actually sounds like a good deal to me and if I were the agent - apart from being bemused I would love to get commission for nothing like that and more than happy to pay you 3.5%.. I think I would still love to buy your house (even without seeing the listing) if I won the lottery! The kids would too - when I said a friend in Canada was selling their house they virtually begged me to move! lol xxx
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• Regina, Saskatchewan
9 May 09
There's a fellow in England bidding on it too. He wants it, it seems now, for a 'holiday let' for Brits! If his bid is the highest and gets accepted, I'll give him your email and pay for your family to come over here for a summer. How's that?
@Opal26 (17691)
• United States
22 Apr 09
Hey sparks! Sounds really great! Hope this Swedish guy is on the level and it goes through for you! That would be really wonderful to get all that property sold and be able to make a nice profit! Is he going to come and check out the property in person soon? Or is he just going to buy it sight unseen or from the photos? I hope you can have a nice easy time of selling the house so you can get to looking for your new house! Keep us posted!
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• Regina, Saskatchewan
22 Apr 09
I doubt he'll be coming to see it. He hasn't said he would, and we've been emailing back and forth for a couple of weeks. But now he's dealing with my real estate agent, so I hope he's on the level too and we get this sorted. And for sure I'll keep you posted! lol
@leenie50 (3992)
• United States
22 Apr 09
Hey Daffy, I am so happy for you. I'm also glad to see you get half the fee. When we sell our homes, we do all the physical labor and then lose a big chunk of the profit. Why should the realtor be upset that you will get it instead of another realtor? Too damn bad. I am blown away that he has yet to show it. He's lucky that you signed a contract. More poer to you!!! I've been missing you.Hugssss leenie
• Regina, Saskatchewan
22 Apr 09
Hey Louie! Good to see you darlin'. Geez I missed you guys here. And I agree the agent should be glad I saved him so much gas money, what with not having to come here from the city and all! LOL I just LOVE fax machines!