We Want a Baby

Real Estate Broker/Owner with J. Philip Faranda (J. Philip R.E. LLC) Westchester County NY License # 49FA1074963

Some transactions stay with you your whole life. This occurred almost 2 years ago and seems like it was last week. The clients lived in Orange County, an exurb of NYC about 40 minutes north of White Plains. They were desperate, and their situation was compelling.

First, they were restoring an older Georgian. Even in an incomplete state, it was a magnificent place. As with many younger couples in the multi-tasking pursuit of making a family, they were also trying to have a baby with little luck. Then, she got pregnant.  Their daughter was born prematurely, and never made it home. Language limps in describing such a tragic event. She became understandably depressed, and then he lost his job.

I met her at the house on a cloudy day. She was back on her feet, physically and mentally, with a fat file filled with research on short sales on the kitchen table. She knew everything I was talking about. She educated herself. Unlike many people with overwhelming financial problems, she was not paralyzed with fear. I'll explain.

While she was showing me the house, explaining what was completed and not, we came to what was the baby's room. The poor Little Soul never slept in it. Briefly, she was sad again. She became depressed when she was told she couldn't have a baby. I am blessed with 4 rugrats- what could I say? Have you thought of adopting, I asked. She looked me right in the eye. "Of course. But they won't let you adopt if you have a foreclosure." How dumb of me! Adoption agencies weigh finances very heavily!

And THAT is why she was on her feet, lucid and fighting. She wasn't fighting to save her credit; she wasn't fighting for sheetrock and plumbing;  she was fighting for motherhood. She was on her toes for a child who wasn't even in her life yet, a child who was just an idea.

I am proud to say that there were multiple offers on that house (it was expired with a prior broker who tried to sell at a higher price because they didn't know short sales). The lender approved the short sale, an offer about $15,000 over asking price as I recall, and it closed successfully. Was it easy? Hell no. Did I care? Hell no.

They mailed me a photo of their daughter later that year. You can't make this stuff up.



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Bob & Carolin Benjamin
Benjamin Realty LLC - Gold Canyon, AZ
East Phoenix Arizona Homes

That is an interesting story -- and yes, having a foreclosure makes a difference in a lot of ways-- may professions won't hire someone with a foreclosure.

Jan 09, 2009 02:54 PM #1
Amy Gooden
Allen Tate - Charlotte, NC

This is a great story to hear in a world that seems to be becoming "OK" with foreclosure. It seems like it used to carry a stigma and would place a black cloud over you for years. Now it seems like some have become immune to the negative conotation that comes with a foreclosure.

I am certainly not saying that there aren't some very unfortunate people who fight a losing battle to avoid foreclosure, but I defanitely think there are those that don't fight at all.

Jan 09, 2009 03:44 PM #2
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,

I am so glad that you were able to help and that it has a happy ending.

Jan 09, 2009 03:45 PM #3
Michael E. Walsh
Abe Lee Realty, LLC - Honolulu, HI

Wow that is a tough one... You handle it great...

Jan 09, 2009 04:15 PM #4
Mark MacKenzie
Phoenix, AZ

Wow - incredible story that fortunately has a happy ending.

I guess this is what Obama is referring to when he talks about broken dreams - at least this one came true.

Jan 09, 2009 11:47 PM #5
Pederson Properties Inc.
HK Lane La Quinta & Prudential Maui Realtors - La Quinta, CA

You're Title caught our attention - touching story...thanks for sharing!

Pederson Properties,

Jan 10, 2009 08:58 AM #6
Maya Thomas LLC, Broker
Key West, Key Haven, Geiger, Sugarloaf, Cudjoe, Summerland - Key West, FL
Key West FL Historic Old Town Estates, Bungalows

I'm crying now.  Wow what a story.  It's nice to be reminded of seller's like this and what it stirs up inside of us.  Thank you for sharing.

Feb 26, 2009 02:56 AM #7
Morgan Evans
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Manhattan, NY

Thats a great story Phil, you are an excellent storyteller!

Apr 06, 2010 03:47 AM #8
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