As we drove around in Albuquerque this weekend it seemed strange
to hear the clicking of the turn signal from the inside of the car.
You see, I've been hearing that sound (especially in the last 3
weeks) as I sit next to the computer, cell phone on speaker, giving
my wife directions on how to get to this house or that.
Since I've got the internet access, I've done most of the pre screening,
she then drives by and if the house looks possible, she walks up,
asks if there is a flyer, and frequently gets into the house without
the realtor. And if not, she then has me call the realtor and set
up a series of visits.
All of a sudden Mrs reported that it was as if the lights had gone
on in Albuquerque, since there were several houses in serious contention.
By Tuesday night the list was set, it was down to 3 houses and I
had changed my plans to get into Albuquerque to see the houses on
But while she was in the car on the way home Wednesday I said to
her that perhaps I should take one last look in a neighborhood that
has always been one of our favorites, but the houses sell there
very quickly. Bingo, there was one new one on the list that had
been added Tuesday.
Since Mrs already knew the area, I only had to give her one "turn
right" and then a "turn left" off of the main ring
road round the development.
She followed the routine, hung up, went up to the door and asked
if there was a flyer.
I got a callback in 10 or 15 minutes and she told me that it was
a keeper, and house 4 went onto the list.
By the time I had landed in Albuquerque one of the 4 had already
been sold. The realtor picked me up at the airport and we headed
on off to check out the remaining three.
House one stayed on the list, house two did not. Although the floor
plan could work, especially the room I could use as a home office,
I didn't like the neighborhood.
House 3 was stunning, and I was already prepared for it being what
we wanted. The woman who owned the house is a realtor, and her husband
a builder. As a rule, it's a good thing to buy a builder's house.
So I did.
I asked him if he was at all negotiable on the price, and when
I sensed resistance, I said, ok then, I'll make you a full price
offer. Only, instead of us going back to the office and all, can
we just use the computer up in your office so my realtor can print
out a contract. I told the builder / owner that I didn't want to
leave without leaving him a signed contract.
Besides, I said, my wife will shoot us both if I don't get this
For the internet listing the owner's wife had him include two house
pics, one of the front, one of the back yard, and then he added
two sunset photos.
Guess what sold me first?
That's the sunest from the balcony outside of what will become
From the master bedroom balcony.
The walls may be cinderblock, but they are covered with adobe.
And the back yard has a waterfall... little small for swimming,
but the sound is delightful.
I was even able to pull it all off having run out of the house
without my briefcase, which held the checkbook, the laptop, and
So I'm back and now all we have to do is finish painting and carpeting
and packing and sell a house.