All my life, I have been getting “Good advice.” My friends and family are very free with tips, advice and insights.
When it came time to purchase my first condo, I listened to a cacophony of amateurs. Who knew some many people knew so little about real estate? I found out the hard way.
Do You Know the Way to San Jose?
Call it serendipity a fluke, chance or fate, I met the best real estate agent crossing the street.
I knew I wanted live in downtown San Jose. One Saturday morning, I was highly caffeinated and ready to start looking at various condos. An attractive blonde woman and I were both leaving Whole Foods and crossing the Alameda. In unison, we said “Good morning.” She noticed fliers in my hand and asked if I was looking at real estate
Long story short, Catherine was going to a building where she represented several sellers and was hosting an open house. She gave me a glossy flier and invited me to come by to look at a one bedroom loft
I’m a skeptic, I’m a cynic, I’m afraid
Buying another condo in a new town a really big deal. I’ve made a few mistakes in my time and I wanted to avoid them the second time around.
I sat in my car for 15 minutes –and Googled Catherine, read her multiple, sterling Yelp reviews. Very impressive. I walked over to the open house.
I’ll never be able to play poker
It’s very hard for me to have a “Poker face.” Catherine greeted me at the door, advised me to slip on some booties and suggested I explore. Within 60 seconds. I was in love with the loft. It was everything I ever dreamed of… seriously. After my tiny place in San Francisco, I was looking for: cathedral ceilings, closets galore, parking, washer and dryer in unit, gym…did I mention parking?
“A wise man makes his own decisions, an ignorant man follows the public opinion.” Grantland Rice
I was signed, sealed and delivered within no time.
See: Catherine Gortner