Phone rang before 8 am. First workday after the Memorial Day break.
“Um, hi, is this Steve? Hi, Steve. I’m the assistant to the vp at Huuuuuuuge and Biiiiiiiiiig Realty here in Austin and he asked me to call you because I see that your house at Sea Eagle is no longer listed on the MLS and are you still going to sell it and …
Five calls like this. Every hour. Till about 8 pm.
“Do you have a buyer? If so, please call Joe Longton at Kuper Sotheby.”
Let’s just say the agent tasked with selling Sea Eagle failed.
Today, Jacquela and Steven terminated the agreement, with cause — failure to generate an offer after more than 50 showings of the house; failure to close a sale of the house since the agreement was signed 8 Mar. 2016; failure to sell the house while listed on MLS and as a pocket listing exclusive to the agency.
We used Texas Association of Realtors form 1410. Steven had the foresight to write this into paragraph 15 of the sales contract, after determining that the standard agreement offered little or no protection to the seller — us — and every protection to the agency.
This was Jacquela’s craft room — left at the top of the stairs, painted a “spring green” that she selected with help from Hannah, daughter of a neighbor — light and nearly not there. Now, above, Cloral, in the corner, and Freddie, blue shirt, are painting it Aged Parchment to match everything else in the house — neutralizing Sea Eagle for showing to potential buyers.
With the final inspection approved at Emerald Hill, it is now time to formally exit Sea Eagle.
Bitter. And sweet. Yin. Yang.
The movers are confirmed for Friday.
Steven walked Sea Eagle today with Randy, the builder who lives across the street. They identified these “make-ready” tasks — patch and paint where needed, clean the house, clean the exterior of the windows, clean the stained-concrete floor, clean up the yard.
After dinner, Jacquela and Steven signed the paperwork to list the house for sale.