After my husband relocated from Chicago, I then relocated from San Diego to join him in Columbus; and with a baby on the way, we were more than overwhelmed starting our home search as first time buyers.
As we'll be entering quite a different lifestyle than what we're accustomed to, we weren't confident on neighborhoods or even where to start. We went to random open houses, searched popular websites, and met random realtors, but nothing was the right fit, and we always seemed to be too late. The Columbus market is in such high demand, homes we did like, we'd finally get a showing and they'd already be off the market with several offers. What we thought would be fun was turning into one frustrating disappointment after another, meanwhile our baby's due date was quickly approaching.
LUCKILY, LEE RITCHIE TO THE RESCUE! My husband and I are so thankful one of his clients put us in touch with Lee Ritchie, who happens to be Columbus' Best, and she certainly earns the title. With her wealth of experience, knowledge of the area and quite the network of business relationships and clientele, as first time buyers we needed a certain amount of hand-holding and guidance and she was glad to help us! Lee thoroughly understood our needs vs nice-to-haves, and our deadline with a baby on the way, she was realistic with us and helped us with neighborhoods and areas based on what we were looking for. Lee was so quick to respond to our requests for showings, enabling us to see homes that were just put on the market that day, and some that weren't even on the market yet. We greatly appreciated that she didn't waste our time, or hers, she didn't show us places in areas we didn't like and she didn't show us places that were significantly above our budget. We never felt like we were a burden or just a number to her; Lee genuinely cares.
Lee contacted us late one evening with a prospective, and we were able to view it within the first few hours of being open. Once we knew we loved it, she helped us make an aggressive offer with friendly contracting terms, beating out I believe five or six other offers, in the 26 hours the house was on the market. Lee also had great recommendations for the home inspections.
We just closed on the house, paperwork was a breeze, and we received immediate possession and keys, all before our baby is due!
We couldn't be more thrilled with our new home, and we wouldn't be in it without the help of Lee Ritchie!