We Fell In Love With Our Home All Over Again!

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We Fell In Love With Our Home All Over Again!


A few weeks ago, through a referral,  I signed up a delightful young family to list and sell their home.  Baltimore Home in the Gardenville Neighborhood 21206                                                                                    

My questions were answered with affirmation.99 and 44/100% is Not Enough…Are You 100% Sure?

They wanted to be closer to work, they had a new baby and wanted a different school system, they wanted to sell, they wanted to use me.

Paperwork was all OK'ed, listing price agreed upon, photos were taken and a list of "to do" things were compiled.

It was not going active until a bit of deferred maintenance was completed.

That did not stop me from blogging the property, making the brochures, putting it the MLS with a TOM, Temporary Off the Market, status. This was to give them sufficient time to do the repairs.

A return call checking on their progress and to find out if they had been in contact with the various contractors. They had done almost everything on the list and had just finished washing the windows. Their home sparkled and I was pleased with their progress.



Heart HomeRome Realty


But hold on a minute!  Guess what happened? They decided NOT to sell at this time!!


fell in love with my house HomeRome Realty

We have heard of Buyer's remorse. We have heard of Seller's Remorse.

Now we have heard of Listing Remorse.

So what does one do?

You do the right thing for the client! 

I withdrew the listing and  explained about the phone calls, letters and postcards that would be arriving from other agents.

What agents, they asked? The ones that work expired and withdrawn listings.



They asked how they should respond to these phone calls and I said to tell them...

Margaret Rome is our REALTOR when we are ready to sell.

But right now...

We Fell In Love With Our Home All Over Again!


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Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
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This family is best friends with one my very special clients. I would have done anything to help them. The timing was just not right for them. Have you ever looked into ACRE(r) where you do get paid  a fee for service?

Geri, Wow..5 times. Glad you said "almost".

Vickie, The thing about being wonderfully busy...with a full pipeline...it is very easy to say NEXT.





Nov 01, 2010 11:32 AM #23
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Richard, So true! That is how my business is built.

Mike, I love being your favorite for a day!!

Nov 01, 2010 11:34 AM #24
Jackie Connelly-Fornuff
Douglas Elliman Real Estate in Babylon NY - Babylon, NY
"Moving at The Speed of YOU!"

What a great story! Love it! At least they will hire you when they are ready to sell....again :)

Nov 01, 2010 12:02 PM #25
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Jackie, This was a good story about special people doing what was best for them.

Nov 01, 2010 12:59 PM #26
Robert Amato
Bob Amato of Empire Home Mortgage Inc - East Meadow, NY

Nice story. I hope they stay in love with their house but, I agree with Rich, I think you will get this listing back within the next year also.

Nov 01, 2010 01:14 PM #27
Missy Caulk
Missy Caulk TEAM - Ann Arbor, MI
Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate

I haven't exactly had this happen but I have had many sellers tell me that they really like their home, once they started de-cluttering and cleaning.


Nov 01, 2010 01:25 PM #28
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Bob, I think they will need a larger home soon and will be expecting a call.

Missy, We all like decluttered clean homes! Thanks for stopping by.

Nov 01, 2010 01:31 PM #29
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,

Margaret - that is a great story and exactly the kind of reaction from you that we all would expect! Congratulations on a long lasting relationship. 

Nov 01, 2010 02:20 PM #30
Gail C. Harris
Resource Network, LLC SFR, AHWD, ACRE, SMAR Board Director - Chesapeake Beach, MD
Reach the BEACH with Gail C. Harris (cell: 703.868

Glad you shared this story, sorry I was busy today, I missed out on "calling shot".. :)

Nov 01, 2010 02:21 PM #31
Bob & Carolin Benjamin
Benjamin Realty LLC - Gold Canyon, AZ
East Phoenix Arizona Homes

Sorry you did all that work and then nothing came of it -- in this market it happens -- all the best.

Nov 01, 2010 02:21 PM #32
Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Margaret, I chuckled while reading your blog!    This has happened once in my career too!   After we give them a list, and they do it, they really like their home again!   BUMMER, another listing gone!

Nov 01, 2010 02:45 PM #33
Dawn Maloney
RE/MAX Haven - Northeast Ohio Real Estate Specialist - Hudson, OH
330-990-4236 Hudson & Northeastern Ohio

Margaret, that is so sweet! Nothing like contentment!!!

Nov 01, 2010 03:20 PM #34
Vanna Siackhasone
Real Estate Brokers of Alaska 907-720-4663 - Anchorage, AK
Anchorage Real Estate 907-720-4663

Sorry you lost a listing, but I'm sure that you'll find that you will gain much more by withdrawing their listing with such dignity.

Nov 01, 2010 03:34 PM #35
Jeff Belonger
Social Media - Infinity Home Mortgage Company, Inc - Cherry Hill, NJ
The FHA Expert - FHA Loans - FHA mortgages - USDA loans - VA Loans

Margaret... excellent beginning with an even better closing from a very experienced realtor. And yes, I can see some people doing this, falling in love with their house as they list it... nice job here...

jeff belonger

Nov 01, 2010 03:44 PM #36
Eileen Hsu
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Manhattan, NY

Margaret, you are a great lady to be so understanding and attentive. The good deed will come back around to you soon enough.

Nov 01, 2010 03:59 PM #37
Jack Mossman - The Nines Team at Keller Williams in Stockton
The Nines Team At Keller Williams - Stockton, CA
The Nines Team at Keller Williams in Stockton

Margaret ... sorry for the lost listng, but I love stories that keep the focus on the client!  Stars for your crown and bravos for your ethics!

Nov 01, 2010 04:24 PM #38
Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M

It frequently happens that the sellers are much happier with their staged home and wonder why they wanted to sell.  Most do, but you handles this well.

Nov 01, 2010 04:40 PM #39
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad

Margaret - what a shame, but it does happen. I know folks who fell in love again after their home was staged. Bet they will come back to you in the future - you did the right thing, of course.


Nov 01, 2010 06:03 PM #40
Cheryl Ritchie
RE/MAX Leading Edge www.GoldenResults.com - Huntingtown, MD
Southern Maryland 301-980-7566

I did have this happen once. I worked with a prior client and got the house all cleaned up and cleaned out and staged perfectly....then the phone call came that she decided she wanted to keep it. We chuckled about it. I knew it would happen someday but I did not anticipate it would be her. After all that work, she was the BUYER to buy it back.

Nov 01, 2010 09:41 PM #41
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Cheryl, She was the buyer to buy it back.

Jeff, Always love hearing from you.

Christine,  Thanks for stopping by.

Jack, I am enjoying the crown...thank you.

Eileen, Thank you.

Jeff, It was the right thing to do. Maybe I might see you in Philly.

Vanna, For sure.

Dawn, They are a very special family.

Joan, Not a bummer..it is just not the right time for them.

Ben, Thanks for stopping by.

Gail, Always glad to see you.

Lise, Thanks for the kind words.

Nov 03, 2010 10:37 AM #42
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