12 Days of Thanks Giving 2017 - Day 1

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Real Estate Agent with DFW FINE PROPERTIES 0506509

by Patricia Feager, 11/12/2017

For Debbie Reynolds AR Contest

 

At this time of the year, I give thanks for the people I serve in Real Estate. The following photo tells a story. It is the story of previous clients (3 times) and their past, present, and future.

 

PAST

My past clients were originally Buyers. They were from out of state. Adjusting to a new job, location, and cultural diversity is often challenging. After months of looking, and not finding what felt like home, they settled on a home that had potential. Sometimes, you have to understand new construction takes time (which may not be on your side). The expectations of finding the Perfect home, may not exist (it takes time). Thinking about what improvements you can make that will make the home an investment and an enjoyable place to live (over time) may be realistic and smart.

 

BUYERS STORY 

From the perspective of the Buyers, they decided, rather than go big, they'd go small. They looked at homes that had the following criteria:

  • Bigger than an apartment
  • Less expensive than paying rent
  • Adequate space for the size of their family
  • Acceptable drive to and from work
  • Investment opportunity
  • Affordability (below their actual budget)
  • No major projects
  • Well maintained and good functionality
  • Their goal was to move in before Thanksgiving Day 2015

 

FIRST IMPRESSIONS DO MATTER

The home they bought didn't meet the BEST first impression but it had great POTENTIAL. The first room you saw when you stepped inside was the dining room. My buyer's first impression was, I can't live with red walls. This is what it looked like from the previous owner days before Thanksgiving Day, 2015:

 

PRESENT 

In the Fall of 2017 my Buyers put their home on the market. Between 11/2015 and 11/2017 their goal was to be in their new home before Thanksgiving Day 2017. Their criteria was the following:

  • Give the home a GREAT first impression
  • Create a sense of family
  • Use neutral colors
  • Keep the home simple but homey
  • Let there be no clutter
  • List fair market value

 

FIRST IMPRESSIONS REALLY MATTER

As Sellers, they focused on new landscaping, painting the front door from red to brown, painting all the rooms to keep it neutral (but add variations that match), keep the home clean (immaculate) for the entire duration of living there, and well maintained from the exterior to the interior with all moving parts operating successfully without fooling anyone. The sale was a success:

  • Multiple offers
  • Offers came in on Day 1
  • Sale was more than list and successful

Here's a photo of the Dining Room on the day it listed:

 

 

FUTURE

Once again, they are celebrating Thanksgiving 2017 in their new home. This is the photo of what their previous Dining Room looked like when they moved. Note red wall was the first to go. The message on the neutral wall color kept them focused on their goals and made a different to the current new owners.

"Having somewhere to go is Home

Someone to love is Family

Having both is a Blessing"

IN SUM

I feel blessed. Listening helps everyone to achieve important goals. This is the time to celebrate the blessing of family. What my client wrote on her previous dining room wall is true! I am blessed for my own family and my clients who treat me like family. Celebrating the joy and the love of family + friendship is truly a blessing. 

 

Patricia's Tip for the Day:

©The greatest First Impression of all is trust and following through.  

 

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Rainmaker
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Gita Bantwal
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I enjoyed reading your post. Thank you for sharing 

Nov 12, 2017 10:53 AM #1
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Patricia Feager
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Gita Bantwal - You're a good person - thank you!

Nov 12, 2017 11:23 AM #2
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Barbara Todaro
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Patricia Feager you never cease to amaze me.... what a nice story to share and the series of events leading to the last large purchase could not have been followed through by anyone better than you ..... caring, understanding, focus and all of it complemented with love.... it doesn't get any better than that.... buyers should read this, track you down and attach themselves to you.... thanks so much for sharing this story.

Nov 12, 2017 12:33 PM #3
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Anna Banana Kruchten,CRS,CRB,GRI
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Hi Patricia lovely and very sweet post.  I'm so happy that you were able to help these folks out on their 1st, 2nd and now 3rd home. Beautiful saying she's got on the wall - very nice.

Nov 12, 2017 01:18 PM #4
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Patricia you are blessed, but your clients are even more blessed for having you represent them. 

By the way I love what they wrote on the wall.

Nov 12, 2017 03:15 PM #5
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Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
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Hi Patricia, what a way to bring in the holidays!  I actually moved into 2 different homes on Halloween! It is a time you don't forget. Your cleints obviously think the world of you and you are thankful for them as well. How wonderful!

Nov 12, 2017 03:46 PM #6
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Susan Haughton
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Awesome story and post.  Ironically, the same words on their dining room wall is on the cat walk that overlooks our family room.  The previous owners were responsible for it, but we love it and left it. There is also something similar in the dining room; I'll have to take a photo.  

Nov 12, 2017 07:06 PM #7
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Janice Hope Zaltman LEED AP
Keller Williams Partners - Hollywood, FL

Hi Patricia Feager . Sweet story and those walls they re-did with the saying look great. I see a lot of red walls here. To each his own. 

Nov 12, 2017 07:13 PM #9
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Beth Atalay
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Good morning Patricia Feager, what a blessing to be able to help this family purchase their homes, they're more than just clients, they're family. 

Nov 13, 2017 05:18 AM #10
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Patricia Feager
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Barbara Todaro - Thank you!

I think it's important to remember that Patience is a virtue. Instant gratification can often lead to doubt, disappointment, and dismay. On this journey in Real Estate, I am thankful to keep learning so many lessons about the value of money and the price we pay for happiness. 

Nov 13, 2017 05:44 AM #11
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Patricia Feager
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Anna Banana Kruchten,CRS,CRB,GRI - It seems as if there's a lot more to learn than what we learn via Real Estate education. We learn valuable lessons through each individual that we serve in our business. I will never stop learning the lessons from my client. And I will always be thankful.

Nov 13, 2017 05:46 AM #12
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Patricia Feager
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George Souto - It was good to see the handwriting was always on the wall. It served as a daily reminder. I often wondered if "give us this day our daily bread," meant something deeper to each individual. I do believe it does!

Nov 13, 2017 05:49 AM #13
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Patricia Feager
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Sheri Sperry - MCNE® - I never take clients or people for granted. We each come into each others life with purpose. It's up to us to figure it out. I pray I will always do the right thing and live a life of purpose. 

P.S. I never bought a home for myself in time for a holiday; but I did buy the car I have now on Christmas Eve and the one before that on October 31. 

Nov 13, 2017 05:56 AM #14
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Patricia Feager
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Susan Haughton - Isn't that interesting that you have the same words written on your cat walk overlooking your family room. Perhaps, it was a secret message too! 

I would love to see a photo of it too and the one in your dining room as well. 

What an inspiration!

Nov 13, 2017 05:59 AM #15
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Janice Hope Zaltman LEED AP - Several years ago (maybe 10), I saw lots of red walls in my area. It's very rare I see it anymore. There seems to be a lot of grey these days.

I guess it's not a color for everyone! 

Nov 13, 2017 06:01 AM #16
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Patricia Feager
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Beth Atalay - You got that right! I got very close to this family. It's wonderful when they let you in their circle and they introduce you to their immediate family members too. I consider that a real gift and something I don't take for granted. 

Thank you!

Nov 13, 2017 06:03 AM #17
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Patricia Feager
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Susan Haughton - Thanks to Surface Pro, I can read it! WOW! That's quite a coincidence. Now that saying has taken on greater meaning. What a great reminder for you too. All you have to do is look up...

Thanks!!!

Nov 13, 2017 07:36 AM #18
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What a transformation some paint made. I now feel love coming from that home and know they love the great job you did for them.

Nov 13, 2017 08:19 PM #19
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Good Morning Patricia Feager 

I enjoyed this post. It is a good feeling to be such an integral part in the process of home selection or sale with our clients

Nov 14, 2017 08:27 AM #20
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It sure is a great feeling when your clients turn into your friends, more people in your life to be thankful for.

Nov 14, 2017 05:24 PM #21
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