…..Specifically, Flourless Banana Pancakes my cousins Swedish friend taught me.
Recipe included 🙂
So this may be a long shot as I am standing here, attempting to make some awesome pancakes and write this article. We all know selling a home is a delicate dance between compiling documents, to balancing clients, ensuring that the property is well maintained… Or all other tasks you don’t expect that challenges you as an agent. When it is all said and done when selling your home; There may be some hurdles that shook the foundation, items may come up that question if you are going to close or not. In the end however, you sell your home, and whether you thought you could not get through the past days or not… You did… You make it… You closed.
The Recipe for Selling a Home….& Flourless Banana Pancakes.
Step 1: The Batter… Home Prep
Place one banana in a bowl, typically I like to put it into chunks… and smash with a fork until smooth & lightly chunky. Combine one egg, two teaspoons of ground cinnamon, one teaspoon of vanilla. Mix with a fork. For a smooth, creamy consistency use a blender or immersion blender for final mixing.
Getting ready to list your home for sale is a balance of making the old feel new again. Just like the banana and the egg, alone nothing special but just add a little touch of cinnamon & vanilla it elevates the ingredients to a new level. Take your walls, and hardware and give them a makeover. Repaint your house to neutral colors, warm creams or cool grey’s have a way to modernize a home. Replace door handles, light fixtures and switches. This is an inexpensive repair that tells potential buyers you thought about the little details.
Step 2: Cooking… On the market & Under Contract.
Place a large, non-stick pan on a burner with Medium-Low heat (this is important). Place 2 teaspoons on coconut oil in the pan and let melt. If you do not have coconut oil any will do. Once pan is warm, pour in your batter, cover the pan, and walk away for 4 minutes. Comeback and look at the consistency of the top batter… Is it still runny or set? This is your test: Once the batter is slightly firm on the top of the pancake it is ready. Flip onto a plate so the nice golden brown side is face up.
When your selling your home it is important not to get your hopes up right out of the gate. I had a marketing professor tell me once, “It is our job to best assume what the market wants, but at the end of the day people will let you know whats wrong with your product”. We do our absolute best to get a buyer for your home, but sometimes the market isn’t what we thought.
Remember when you come back to check your pancake after 4 minutes? Your testing the market: is my batter setting faster than expected? Is it setting at all? Do I increase or decrease the heat to help speed it up? The same could be said for your home: Is it getting more or less showings than expected? Maybe I should increase or decrease price to drive more offers? Maybe I need to spend more on marketing to get it in front of more people? The valuable thing is we wouldn’t know what to do to move forward without setting a benchmark…Setting the temperature and checking on it over a period of time.
From there we make the necessary changes to close. Lower price, increase marketing exposure, or both? All this leads to our closing: When our pancake is ready…but now the hard part… the flip. Sometimes things fall apart in closing so it is our job to keep as minimal damage as possible. We carefully, and ONLY when ready, test and see for any hang-ups or stick spots. We nurture them to ensure it doesn’t effect the rest of the deal, and when ready gently, flip it on to your plate. Dress with butter & syrup (smiles and handshakes) and there you have done it.. you have closed on your home.
P.S. I don’t like flipping my flourless banana pancakes in the pan… Why? Because they break easy. Like the sell of your home they are fragile. If you control all variables, if you eliminate the challenges. Things go smoothly…