Sunday we had our first open house experience, and I think it went quite well! I channeled my best impression of Christina from the “Flip or Flop” TV Show, and pretty much smiled and greeted as many people as I could!
Considering neither of us had any formal ‘schooling’ in this arena, we were pretty happy with the turnout. Everything we have learned has been self-taught through lots of reading, videos, and learning from past mistakes.
Friday Joe and Bradley hit up the store for some signs and last minute prep. I just adored this photo–what memories we are making for our little ones!
Sunday was a beautiful day; it snowed lightly Saturday night but it was in the mid-thirties and partly sunny on Sunday.
This home had a lot of work that needed to be done. I’m thinking I’ll share some before/after photos in another blog post! The living room/dining room is open and I just love the high ceilings.
The kitchen needed all new cabinets, flooring, backplash and countertops.
We did not choose to stage the entire house, but I decided to grab a few items I’ve used on past houses to just add a little something extra.
We didn’t want too many scents/plug-ins going, but we did have a little cinnamon candle burning in the kitchen.
I love the white railing leading up the staircase. It kind of reminds me of my old house; yes I owned my own home before I met Joe!! My walls were blue though.
The bathroom was my favorite renovation! It was a really dingy pepto-pink and needed a total redo. I’m obsessed with this granite countertop and vanity. The mirror is extra large which is always a plus, and the oversized vanity gives lots of storage space below.
We had a little table set up with some water, cookies & hershey kisses…along with our applications and other forms.
It was really cool to meet some new people, get our names out there, discuss our program and explain to folks what it is we do. It’s so unfortunate that there are illegitimate companies or people out there that take advantage of people in already bad situations. While rent to own may not be for everyone, for certain folks it provides a really neat option to be living in a home to call your own, until you’re able to transfer the mortgage into your name.
Right after our open house we had to meet up with some prospective buyers for another property. We met at Starbucks and they are beyond excited to be able to fill out the paperwork, provide a down payment and be able to move into their new home before next weekend.
My favorite part of the day? Realizing how very much I want to work with my husband. I’m not sure of how many years we have together on this planet, but I do know that I enjoy very much being by his side. I lack confidence in this ‘newish’ business venture (we’ve been in the real estate game for awhile, but we continue taking it to new levels!) however, Joe has always been 100% supportive and encouraging. He pushes me out of my comfort zone and really seemed proud of how we were today. I know that in a few short years both kids will be in school and I don’t want to go off to another job where I’m away and not in charge of my day. We are creating a life by design and it’s worth every hardworking second.
It’s not always easy, as I’m typing this I am a little tired and kind of wonder where our weekend went; but I truly believe if we work hard and live like no one else now, we will be able to live like no one else later.