I sat down with Annie Price* and her real estate agent, Mel, a couple of weeks later, hoping to hear some good news.

“I didn’t get the house,” Annie said, but she didn’t sound too sad about it.

“The truth is, I fell in love with the curb appeal – the beautiful landscaping, the outside appearance, the packaging I guess you could say.

But there were things inside the home that scared me a little. In the end, it was probably more work than I would have been comfortable doing.”

Annie also admitted that the windows were too small for her taste, and the house was darker inside than she would have liked. And, she said, the floors were in rough shape.

“The seller’s agent took more than a week to get back to me about our offer,” Mel said. “Most agents I’ve dealt with respond quicker than that. But they finally told me another offer had been accepted on the house.”

The home Annie wanted, like many in Atlanta, had multiple offers. The seller accepted a blind offer from an investor who bid $7,500 over the asking price.  But that’s where the story gets interesting.

As it turned out, Mel explained, the investor finally came out to take a look at the home after submitting the blind, and winning bid, and decided that after renovations, the home might not bring much of a profit after all.

“The seller’s agent called me back and said the deal was on hold and asked if my client was still interested,” Mel said.

We both looked at Annie.

“Nope,” she said with a smile, and showed me pictures of three more houses – a brick ranch with a large yard, a yellow house with a cozy patio, and ranch with beautiful stone work on the front and a large wraparound porch.

“We’re touring them tomorrow,” Annie said.

Annie Price* is a pseudonym.

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