Costa Mesa's Neighborhood Blog: What a Week! Busy, Busy, Busy

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What a Week! Busy, Busy, Busy

What a Week!  Busy, Busy, Busy




This has been one of those weeks where you don't want to stop running long enough to catch your breath because you might realize just how much there still is to get done.


We are in the middle of getting ready for our Pineapple Party and Grand Re-Opening at our new office with cabinets being installed, blinds arriving, people coming and going and general party planning. 


However, that's just not enough.  We also had three closings scheduled this week!  Two short sale sellers and one buyer. 


Thursday, we're informed by the buyer's lender on a short sale that despite the fact that they've had the appraisal for weeks and that funding was supposed to occur in 10 minutes, we're informed that the the pool must be filled prior to close, and they're sorry but this was missed by the underwriter.  Quick call to the seller to make sure it's okay to fill it, and calls and emails to short sale negotiator to beg for one more day.  Then a quick lesson in how to fill the pool and how long will it take because the lender needs a picture by first thing Friday morning.


Also, more phone calls and emails on other short sale because I'm not confident that buyer's lender will get the other short sale closed in a timely manner.


Fast foward (or backward) to Friday. 




Pool has been filled, picture taken.  Now we just need lender to fund timely so we can record.  It comes down to 15 minutes to deadline, but it gets done!! ONE DOWN!

Extension on the other short sale which is good because lender confirms it isn't closing today

As to the buyer we represented, funded and closed! TWO DOWN


One more to go, and buyer signed docs Friday, so we should fund and record on Monday as long as we get HUD approval from the lenders.  Fingers crossed.


Now, on to the next and time for party planning as well as helping more buyers and sellers.


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About the author: Christine Donovan is a California Residential Real Estate Broker with experience in assisting clients buy and sell residential real estate.

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Comment balloon 13 commentsChristine Donovan • May 12 2013 11:15PM


Way to Christine!  Keep it going and enjoy the harvest!  Best of GREAT success to you!

Posted by Jordon Wheeler, J W Group Real Estate Sales and Service (The Jordon Wheeler Group) about 7 years ago

Wow Christine, you have been busy, busy, busy. You are just the woman for the job.  :)

Posted by Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366, General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage (Dry Rot and Water Damage Mobile - 916-765-5366) about 7 years ago
Christine, it all makes one wonder, "in what vacuous fantasy world do underwriters live in?" The obstacles they create and burden everyone with, and usually at the last minute, give all involved the feeling that mortgage lenders no longer want to write mortgages. Great Job!
Posted by Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI, Presence, Persistence & Perseverance (HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc.) about 7 years ago

That's a great testimonial video from your first time buyers in Orange County, CA.  You handle this pop-up crises like a real pro.

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) about 7 years ago

Wouldn't it be nice if things spread themselves out.  With me it is either feast or famine.  Glad you are in the feast stage :)

Posted by Jane Peters, Los Angeles real estate concierge services (Home Jane Realty) about 7 years ago

Good for you, Christine... and, great video testamonial from your first time buyers!

Posted by Peggy Hughes/pha logistix, inc., SF NYC LA (pha logistix inc) about 7 years ago

Jordon - Thank you.

Tom -  Thank you.  It's been a wonderful sort of busy.

Norman - It was frustrating.  Why did it come down to the last day?

Chris Ann - I appreciate it.  It's what we have to do to take care of our clients.

Jane - Me too.  I hope you have one coming up.

Peggy - Thanks.

Posted by Christine Donovan, Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M (Donovan Blatt Realty) about 7 years ago

Busy sounds like an understatement. All the best with the grand re-opening of you office. Wish you much success.

Posted by Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life (Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709) about 7 years ago

Christine,  The trickle-down effect and impact on others when one person (underwriter in this case) fails to do their job. It created a last minute fire-drill (or pool fill) and the delay in closing.  I wish you all the best the transaction.

Posted by Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist (KD Realty - 408.972.1822) about 7 years ago

Christine, this is truly a day in the life of a Realtor. Interesting about the pool needing to be filled! Thanks for a great post.

Posted by David Burrows, No Pressure, Just Seriously Devoted to Real Estate (Classic Realty) about 7 years ago

Christine: Great post- the video testimonial is powerful, and I'm sure it'll serve you well!  Is your pineapple party because you serve the fruit or because the pineapple is a traditional symbol of hospitality (which makes sense for a real estate broker)- or both?  :)

Posted by Andrew Capelli (Hoover Elementary) about 7 years ago

Joe - Busy is good.  So is breathing ; )  Thank you.

Kathleen - We got it done which was the important thing.

David - It is just one more day where I was able to help several people.

Andrew - Thank you regarding the testimonial.

The pineapple party is partly because it's a symbol of hospitality (and that just seemed like a great idea for a real estate company) and because I like pineapple, and it just sounded like fun.

Posted by Christine Donovan, Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M (Donovan Blatt Realty) about 7 years ago


Congrats on being so busy!!

That pool thing is something that I've never heard of.  Must be a California thing!  :)

Posted by Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate (Samsel & Associates) about 7 years ago

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