When your buyer says she wants a pool, you know you’re going to have to fight hard in this aggressive, competitive market buyers are facing.

This amazing home had what many buyers wanted in terms of location, lot size, layout and…POOL!

Showings were booked back to back and I had to call the list agent to ask if we could squeeze in ANYWHERE there was a teeny opening. A quick phone call turned into a wonderful back and forth banter with lots of laughs and immediate rapport with the list agent. We knew what we had to do to be considered a contender with this house but I KNOW establishing a wonderful relationship right from the start with the list agent aided in the agent and seller feeling comfortable with our ability to make this a smooth transaction for all – and ultimately winning us the deal!

The seller and buyer ended up becoming great friends with much in common and the closing was full of smiles, wit and gut laughs. One of the MOST fun closings I’ve had thus far. 🙂

Anyone can put a sign in the yard and any agent can show you the house. BUT, be sure you choose an agent that is kind, professional, knowledgeable and will establish good relationships with all parties involved.

#Fishers #MultipleOffers #TrustYourRealtor #HireARealtor #BeKind #ProfessionalismMatters #ClosingDay #RealEstate #HomeForSale #Homeownership #Homebuyer #GetPreapproved

Shawna O’Brien
F.C. Tucker Geist Fishers

Should You Buy the “Except for…” Home?

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Imagine finding a home that is perfect in every way, except for one nagging thing. That “thing” might be a smaller kitchen than you want, fewer closets than you need, or flooring that you dislike. Should you buy it anyway? How do you know if you should take a pass? It’s not an easy decision to make and depends on a number of factors.

Trying to answer these questions might help:How likely is it that you’ll find another home that better meets your needs?
How soon do you want to move? (If you’re in a time-crunch you may need to adjust your expectations.)
Is the “except for…” something that can be fixed, perhaps with a renovation? For example, there are many ways to expand a small kitchen.
If the home’s shortcoming is fixable, approximately how much will that cost? It might turn out that the improvement is a good investment.
Can you live with the nagging “thing”, especially when the home is otherwise perfect?
It can be tough to work through a decision like this, especially if you’re in a situation where you need to make an offer quickly. Call today for help.

Shawna O’Brien
F.C. Tucker Geist Fishers

Getting the Home You Want in a Competitive Market

Regardless of whether the overall housing market is up or down, there can be fierce competition when it comes to buying a home in a desirable neighborhood. So, if you want to live in a “hot’ area, how do you gain an advantage? Here are some tips:

  • Schedule viewings of homes for sale in the neighborhood as soon as they go on the market. Have you ever heard the expression, “The early bird gets the worm”? It’s often true.
  • Arrange to get alerted, via email or text, to brand new listings the moment they are available.
  • Make sure you have your financing pre-approved, so you can make a quick and credible offer right away.
  • Prepare your current home for sale, so you can list it quickly (if it isn’t already listed.)
  • Know how to make an enticing offer that a buyer will take seriously. It’s not always the highest price that wins the deal.

Even in a competitive market, you don’t want to end up overpaying. That’s why
savvy offer preparation, presentation and negotiation are also keys to getting the
home you want.

Shawna O’Brien
F.C. Tucker Geist Fishers


My lovely buyers needed more space and a community that allowed them to walk to the park, pool, and homes of friends. This home hit the market and we were the first early morning showing. They knew it was IT but also knew we would be facing multiple offers.

We understood the importance of presenting the strongest offer we could while staying true the Buyers needs and I understood the importance that I have professional, excellent rapport and communication with the list agent was crucial in securing this deal for my clients.


Making that phone call to tell my buyers they got the house is the BEST feeling.
It was a fabulous closing with all parties involved.

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Shawna O’Brien
F.C. Tucker Geist Fishers