One of the unique things about working in real estate is that we are working in real time. Things are moving and changing constantly and we must be able to react appropriately and often very quickly.
There are lots of details to coordinate on every sale and lots of people involved; buyers and sellers, the title company, inspectors (often several), a lender, the lender’s underwriter, the appraiser, an insurance agent, and a Realtor or two. Each of these parties has a specific part to play in the process between contract and closing.
Buying a house is still a big deal for most people, whether it’s the first one or the 10th one. Not every detail is urgent, of course, but each and every detail is important.
When we have successfully negotiated a sales contract, people immediately start making plans based on the closing date agreed upon. Both the buyer and seller needs to get packed up, hire a moving company, arrange for utility service, notify the post office, notify the kids’ school, etc., etc., etc. The details are endless. While the date can be changed, if necessary, it is an important date and must be respected.
We can’t delay closing just because someone — any one in that long list of people involved in the process — was on vacation or had a migraine that day. The transaction must move forward because it is in real time. I love working with a team because we can cover for each other when we need to.
Another example of working in real time is when someone finds a house they like and want to buy. They can’t wait too long to make an offer because we can’t know who else looked at it 10 minutes prior and who may also be making an offer. Many times, I’ve had a listing with no interested buyer for weeks and then I receive 2 offers on the same day. Sometimes, when you snooze, you lose.
We use the term “time is of the essence” to convey that time periods in our contracts are important, they really do matter. Each step has it own sense of urgency.
Moving is one of the most stressful of life’s events. Working with a great Realtor will help reduce the stress because he/she can assist in the coordination of all the details and keep everyone on track. They can also recognize small problems before they become big problems.