A Mother's Love and Strength Knows No Limits

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group 0225221517

A Mother's Love and Strength Knows No Limits

Last summer a dear friend of mine reached out and said she had a referral for me and that it would be an emotional sale. She asked if she could take me over to the house when they were in town. We went around the corner from her house and I met Jenny and Mary  for the first time.



It turns out they were the mother and daughter of the seller who had suddenly passed away at a very early age. As I sat down on the couch to talk with them tears started to flow down Jenny, his Moms face. She explained that she used to come into town and stay with her son for a few months at a time. Helping him take care of his children, the house, and just enjoying his company. When she wasn’t in town they spoke multiple times a day. In January of last year she couldn’t reach him, she tried every ten minutes and knew something was wrong. She and her daughter Mary drove 12 hours knowing what they were going to find wasn’t good. When they arrived at the house she found her son on the floor, he had succumbed to what they would soon find out was a severe heart attack. Adding even more pain to her grieving heart; he was set to have heart surgery the following Thursday. Seeing the pain on her face months and months later made my heart ache for her. She had already lost her husband years prior to a heart attack and now she had lost her son.


A Mothers Love


We worked closely together for the next few months and I listed the home in September. With Jenny and Mary not being local they looked to me to properly prepare the home for sale without their presence and I couldn’t have been more honored to do it for them. I liked them so much, I'd do anything for them. I always felt a sense of warmth when I walked into the home. You could tell there were many happy memories made there. They certainly didn’t need anything extra on their plate but, unfortunately the first contract fell through due to the buyer not meeting the deadline for their 1031 tax exchange. Back on the market we went and in less than a day we had a full price offer but, this time it was from a first time home buyer who was planning on raising his family there. He had been in DC working and saving to be able to move his family down from another state. It was like the first contract had fallen apart for a reason – that buyer was planning on renting the home. Even though Jenny knew financially it was the right thing to do I could hear the hurt in her voice when she said to accept the first offer knowing that her beloved sons home would just be an investment.


A Mother's Love



Four days before closing we found out that Jenny would have to appear before the court to be properly appointed as a trustee in order to the sell the home. Our plan for me to be her power of attorney to avoid her having to fly in wasn’t going to work. There was a quirk in her son’s will that her estate attorney hadn't caught. At over 70 years old she hopped on a plane with 24 hour notice, I met her at the airport, and off to the courthouse we went. The estate attorney expected her to go by herself and there was no chance I was going to let her do that. We could have delayed closing but, she didn’t want that for the new buyers and insisted it was her job to carry out her son’s wishes in his will just as she’d been appointed to do. She spent the night in a hotel, I took her to closing and then back on a plane she went. We both cried when I dropped her off at the airport to go home.



The bond that was created between the two of us was far more than just a client and an agent. She became my friend and is someone I deeply admire. No parent should ever have to bury their child, much less find them dead on the floor. Although the transaction was based around tragedy and sadness I will always remember it because of how much love came out of it. Jenny is a survivor and the love she had for her son gave her strength. She gave me so much praise for my help but, anytime I think about the transaction it’s her who deserves the praise. To have so much love and be so strong despite all the tragedy life had dealt her is something I’ll never forget.


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Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group

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Licensed in VA and DC

6485 Old Beulah Street
Alexandria, VA 22315

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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Amanda,  You are special in more ways then one to your clients.  Thanks for sharing with us here in the Rain.


Feb 07, 2018 07:58 AM #8
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo & Home Sale Specialists

Such a heartwarming story Amanda. I have a tear or two right now...

Feb 07, 2018 03:43 PM #9
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

It was....is....and will always be......about people case in point. Thank you

Feb 07, 2018 04:50 PM #10
Patricia Feager
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Amanda S. Davidson - You focused on their needs every step of the way. Above and beyond you went without complaining. You lifted her out of sorrow without even trying and you carried a heavy load without even giving it a second thought. This family wasn't the only ones with grieving hearts. You were involved, tag you were it, no lead generation here. It happened exactly as it was meant to be. 

So many people judge Brokers and Agents. They may think all we do is put in a sign, show houses, fill in the blanks...

Buy to be really good at what you do, you have to really, really care. Marketing isn't just about the vision. It is about the give and take, offers and terminations, not always getting what you want and renegotiation's or starting over. It's about the techniques, staying focused on the goal and perseverance as well as a balance of emotion always guiding the way, caring about the people, their needs... It's not about the money. It never really is. It is about the human needs and how you handle situations as what you described. 

You were their angel here on earth. Nobody puts that down on their bio or resume, do they? You delivered your promises and gave her peace of mind in the most difficult days of her life. God bless you and her too. 

Feb 07, 2018 05:26 PM #11
Katie B. Cullum
Broker Associate & Realtor® at Equity Colorado - Castle Pines North, CO
Bringing Family & Homes Together in Colorado ❤️

What a beautiful story and really captures the emotional ties that bind in our career; we are real estate gurus as well as marriage counselors, chief negotiators, babysitters, interior designers, toilet cleaners, shoulderss to cry upon and so much more ~ but the top spot has to be developing those friendships. Congrats on the Feature :-) great post
~ Katie

Feb 07, 2018 06:25 PM #12
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

I love this story and it had any twists and turns and can see that they chose the right agent from the very beginning. You did a fantastic job. 

Feb 07, 2018 09:04 PM #13
Jeff Dowler
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad

Hi Amanda

What a wonderful, but heartwrenching, story with lots of challenges, in many ways. So glad it all worked out, thanks to all that you did. No doubt Jenny is forever grateful!


Feb 07, 2018 09:57 PM #14
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Last year was a very emotional  year for me with listings. I had 4 estate sales.  I had sold two of them their homes and was friends with one and acquaintances with the other and it was an emotional sale.  So I can really identify with your story.

I'm thrilled an end user purchased her son's home and will love it. I'm glad you were there to guide her through and although it might have technically been a glitch that brought her back I feel sometimes it makes a difference that we have one last face to face with a client like that for them to have better closure.  

And tomorrow I'm going to call one of the brother's of a client house I sold last year and email the other.  I just want to check up on them.  Thanks for the push to do that... although it wasn't what you set out to do with this post, it is going to make it happen. 

Feb 07, 2018 10:15 PM #15
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Good morning Amanda.  I'm so glad this Mom found you and that you went above and beyond to help her out in such difficult circumstances.

Feb 08, 2018 05:09 AM #16
Terry McCarley
REMAX Realty Team - Cape Coral FL - Cape Coral, FL

I almost cried reading this post!  I had to deal with a similar situation years ago so this post really hit home

Feb 08, 2018 05:15 AM #17
Brigita McKelvie, Associate Broker
Cindy Stys Equestrian and Country Properties, Ltd. - Lehigh Valley, PA
The Broker with horse sense and no horsing around

Good morning, Amanda!

Such a heartwarming story.  Goes to show that it is always about caring about the people.  Thank you for sharing.


Feb 08, 2018 06:43 AM #18
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.AtHomesCharlotte.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Oh my gosh, you have me crying, Amanda - not just in sadness for the Mom but, the genuine, caring person that you are, gave her more comfort than you can possibly imagine. How very fortunate she was to have had you as her agent. If only more agents had your heart!

Feb 08, 2018 06:49 AM #19
Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtors, Philly Main Line

What an awesome story, I love when we are able to step in and help someone going through tough times and help to trim the sails and get them to a better place. Well done helping them out and what an ending to the story as well.

Feb 08, 2018 07:22 AM #20
John Meussner
Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA, - Walnut Creek, CA
#MortgageMadeEasy Walnut Creek, CA 484-680-4852

Very touching and beautiful story.  Sometimes, it's more than a job, and a lot of times, they're more than clients.  This is a perfect example of how special our career can be.

Feb 08, 2018 09:42 AM #21
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Well I'm an emotional mess reading this...such a sad story....but so wonderful that she had you to lean on through it all. 

Feb 08, 2018 11:46 AM #22
Pat Starnes, Brandon, MS
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
Broker Associate, ABR, 601-278-4513

It's such a heart-wrenching story. Parents shouldn't have to bury their children, yet I know of many who have had to do just that. I'm so glad you were able to help Jenny and her daughter through an unimaginable time and the sale of her sons' home.

Feb 12, 2018 02:17 PM #23
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

 Hi Amanda S. Davidson, I couldn't hold back my tears. You were meant to be the one to handle this sale. A great example of the fact being a really good Broker/Realtor is a lot more than unlocking doors. So glad you were there, you have a heart of gold.

Feb 13, 2018 12:24 PM #24
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

Such a difficult time that you made easier for them all Amanda S. Davidson .  And no, no parent should ever have to bury their child...

Feb 28, 2018 12:56 PM #25
Joy Daniels
Joy Daniels Real Estate Group, Ltd. - Harrisburg, PA

You have a Servant Heart - a heart that cares and loves others first.  thank you for sharing such a wonderful, personal story. 

Mar 10, 2018 08:58 AM #26
Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group - Alexandria, VA
Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

Thank you Joy! She changed my life, such a wonderful person.

Mar 11, 2018 08:23 AM #27
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