Special Connections in Baltimore,Md…From Internet to Inter-Personal ...And More!

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 311291

Map British Virgin Island

6210 Park Heights CondosThere was a wonderful out town buyer who found me through the Internet, all the way from the British Virgin Islands! She has been looking for several months for a home, a condo in Baltimore, Maryland, for her 18-year-old daughter who will be attending the University of Baltimore. She loved one of my condos at 6210 Park Heights and wanted to put in an offer sight unseen. Nope, I could not do that - sometimes photos look better than the real thing.

So a couple of Fridays ago she flew in.... we spent hours getting to know each other, the condo unit she thought she wanted, and also another in the same building. There were similarities in both units but also a price difference - one in original condition, the other in move-in condition with updated baths, kitchen, carpet, appliances, etc.

We found there was a tremendous connection between all of us...the mother, the daughter, the uncle who lives in Maryland and wants to make sure his niece is "taken care of," and me. There was so much to talk about - where will she shop, what are the bus routes, what about safety, the security of the building, and the neighborhood? They had done lots of research and had lots of questions, but I could answer some of those questions before they were even asked – another benefit of knowing the area for years. 

And when we were done, yes, they decided to make an offer, but not on the unit they came to see, but the second one instead. Strathmore Towers 6210 Park Heights Ave #701 Baltimore, Maryland 21215

Brown PurseAs we parted later in the evening, I told her I had a gift for her…my book already in a gift bag. Then she said, "I have a present for you." She bought it in the islands, did not know why, but felt she “had” to get it, and it was for me. She seemed almost embarrassed as she presented me with the absolute perfect gift. Remember, we had never met. And out comes a BROWN pocketbook made of coconut SQUARES! How would she have known how to pick the perfect object, perfect shape, perfect color? All the things I love - it's brown, it has squares, it is made of natural material (coconut shells), and it is the same size as my book. It was made for me!

In such a short time... with the help of the Internet, email, phone, and finally face-to-face, we made a very very special connection.

.............Wait.....there's more........

When I wrote to this wonderful lady and asked permission to post her story, she not only approved but added her own wonderful comments:

 This is her email that I am going to share in it's entirety:

"Margaret,

You have me blushing all over .... the map of the BVI, the Strathmore Building, the beautiful brown purse and the amazing story!!!!  Well, look how things were unfolding. It is just amazing to meet you, a powerful lady with lots of charm.   You have my permission to post this amazing story. 

There are just a few little details that you can propably insert in the story. It is written in third person. The buyer for #701 said that she was first attracted to my website because I, Margaret Rome took the time to carefully showcase the properties and she thought that my website was done professionally.  She also said that was what really singled out the HomeRome Website from the others!   She also stated that she felt that  I was appealing to her as a buyer with lots of information about the properties and plenty of pictures to help narrow down her search.  She confirmed that I was the only realtor that  she contacted from among the many, many websites that she researched.


The story does not end with what you wrote.  The other amazing part just seems to blow my buyer away by the very thought of it is that the owner for the first condo she visited heard me talk about how my buyer and I met.  Did you know that he is proposing to pass on his beautiful furniture that is used to stage his condo to my new friend although he had never met my buyer.  How amazing! 

Margaret, this is a compelling story to show how rewarding your profession can be.  You meet all types of people, other linger around you for a reason or for a season, and others are just amazing people. 

Continue to shine.

Marva"

Connections can start on the internet...become special and so much more!

Special Connections in Baltimore,Md...From Internet to Inter-Personal ...And More!

 

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Liz Miller
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What a wonderful story, Margaret.  You obviously made an impression on her as well as she did on you.  Great job.

Jun 18, 2009 04:08 AM #1
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Heather Chavez
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Ah, that's such a great post, Margaret.  That's great that you didn't just go through with the "sight-unseen" purchase and urged her to look around.  She never would have found the other condo without actually coming to see it.

Jun 18, 2009 04:22 AM #2
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Liz, We made impressions on each other. Would never have happened without starting on the web. Just goes to show that F2F(face to face) can never be replaced by a computer.

Heather, And this buyer was serious about purchacing "sight unseen."

Jun 18, 2009 04:41 AM #3
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Well, Margaret you know how I feel about the computer, having met Rich there!! However, it is so true, nothing like "face to face" meetings.  Wonderful story.  :) Gail

Jun 18, 2009 08:58 AM #4
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Mary Yonkers
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Margaret--wow!  What a great story.  I am so happy for all of you. And I love the coconut bag with squares. Keep working hard and just be yourself.  The rest falls into place, doesn't it?

Jun 18, 2009 09:14 AM #5
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Christine O'Shea
Christine E O'Shea Broker-Associate - Naples, FL

Hi Margaret, Great story, the internet is great.  I must start to follow your blogs more ofter, you are in my home town.

Jun 18, 2009 09:33 AM #6
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Kathy Sperl-Bell
Active Adults Realty - Lewes, DE

Margaret, This kind of experience is what makes our job rewarding. Glad you shared this upbeat side of real estate with us. I needed it today!

Jun 18, 2009 12:19 PM #7
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Gail, Remembering how we met...at JHH when Rich yelled at us for making so much noise with Hopking's first ever Poker party. Guess we should blog that experience.

Mary, Glad you like my new bag. Will be doing  home inspection on the condo tomorrow.Thinss are falling into place.

Kathy, Glad this is what you needed today.

 

Jun 18, 2009 01:19 PM #8
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
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Hmmm...who would have thought of such great "green packaging"....and your next book can be..."That's it...i a Nut...(coconut) shell....."

Jun 18, 2009 02:42 PM #9
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Sally, Perfect green packaging..and a great title. What's your bedtime story tonight?

   

Jun 18, 2009 03:19 PM #10
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Laura Cerrano
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Margaret, Special buyers are drawn to special realtors....I never find these things to be a coincidence...we meet these wonderful people for a reason.

Jun 18, 2009 04:38 PM #11
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Carole, What a great way you have with words! 

Jun 19, 2009 03:44 PM #12
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Margaret, what a fine bag!  Almost like a quilted Chanel only much cooler!

Jun 21, 2009 01:00 AM #13
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It is a pretty bag. The squares are hard and shiny. Love looking at it.

Jun 21, 2009 05:11 AM #14
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Sharon Alters
Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308 - Fleming Island, FL
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Margaret, this is a great post! The bag looks really cool and unusual.

Sharon

Jun 22, 2009 01:35 PM #15
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Sharon, Thanks for stopping by and noticing my new beautiful bag.

Jun 23, 2009 10:32 PM #16
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I know I've blogged a comment already but there is so much here, I'd like to blog again!!  I have to say you have the best listings and you give people a real sense and feel for a listing by providing so many pictures and information.  That's fantastic.  I enjoy taking clients to listings where there are no surprises, except pleasant ones.  Great Post. 

Yes, one day we will have to tell the ActiveRain community how we met!!

:) Gail

Jun 24, 2009 02:58 AM #17
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Gail, Thanks for stopping by again. You are welcome on my blogs anytime...especially when you have these kind words to say. As a listing agent, it is so important to give as  much information about the property as possible. Please bring/ send some of your buyers over to Baltimore.

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