Cruising around the blogisphere this morning brought me to a very good post on Real Estate Undressed. Mr. Larry Cragin posted photos of bears playing on a children's playset. I loved the photos of the adorable bears having a wonderful time! They must have thought the playset was provided just for them.
Naturally I brain traveled back in a time to an earlier date this year when I was showing homes. My clients and I arrived at a lovely home on Bell Mountain in Castle Rock. The owners were home and proudly showed us around, describing every detail of their obviously loved home.
Our conversation turned to the large lot that backed up to open space. Mr. Seller shared with us his experience with a bear in his back yard. His exciting rendition of how the bear rambled across the back yard one morning triggered the fear factor in my clients.
Being from the city they failed to understand the beauty of having a large wild animal appear at random in their back yard.
Needless to say, without any question Mr. Seller talked himself out of selling his home. Oops!
The good intentions a seller may have many times are not received as intended.
In the past I've had sellers meet us at the house and droll on about home features my buyers absolutely didn't want. Of course the buyers would never be so bold as to tell the homeowner the feature was not their preference, they politely let the seller continue.
As an agent for the buyer, we seldom need the seller to step in for a tour. In fact, I would rather not have the seller there, at least the first time. Later when the transaction turns to reality, the buyers and sellers can and should get together to discuss the finer details of the home. But certainly not prior to the decision to buy.
To a seller letting go of your home when you feel so strongly toward it is difficult. Yes, you know it well, but the best thing to do is leave. The pain of not being able to say anything for fear it is the wrong thing may be too great to bare.
No pun intended...
Colorado is home to many wild animals, having them in your back yard
is not a common occurence, but it does happen. When faced with a bear
the best thing is to not turn and run. The last thing you want to do
is look like food!
Bear cubs as adorable as they are, should never ever be approached. Mama will be near by and she will most assuredly object to her babies associating with a two legged creature.
Bear meetings should be avoided at all costs.