|Using realtors||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Fred-List manager (fholsoncohousing.org)|
|Date: Mon, 21 Sep 2020 04:45:29 -0700 (PDT)|
Barbara Simkowski <barbara_simkowski [at] mac.com> is the author of the message below. It was posted by Fred, the Cohousing-L list manager <fholson [at] cohousing.org> after deleting quoted digest. Digest subscribers, please delete most of quoted digest and restore subject line when replying. NOTE: Digest subscribers can make replying easier by using "auto folders" particularly Gmail and Outlook users. See http://justcomm.org/jc-faq.htm#Q6.5 -------------------- FORWARDED MESSAGE FOLLOWS -------------------- At Village Hearth Cohousing in Durham, NC, we had a realtor fairly early on (before COVID struck the US). It was thought that our very close relationship with the realty company and the realtor would only help. We even paid a few commissions on units we sold ourselves, while we still had a contract stipulating that we would do so with the realtor. In the end, unfortunately (or, perhaps, fortunately!) the realtor was unable to sell a single home for us. We are now pretty much sold out (waiting for the last couple of units to close). Every home—both before and after construction—was sold by the community, via advertising, cohousing.org, and having Zoom “Meet and Greets.” And word of mouth. And our extensive database and newsletter subscription list. We do have several advantages here in Durham. But for us, the advantages of selling to those who visited, and got to know us and the cohousing model, worked well.Using a traditional realtor or MLS listing simply did not bring us buyers, despite the expertise and professionalism of the traditional route. There was nothing wrong with that route. But Cohousing’s special inducements are not the ones that traditional buyers are seeking, I suppose. Sent from my iPhone
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