Over the years real estate brokers get in and out of some pretty special property.High end homes, land with one of a kind waterfront features or a view / setting that will make your jaw drop, your eyes to nearly pop out of your head. The memorable listings, real estate sales can include the expensive properties but also ones that made an impression that did not have so many zero places in the price tag. One older lady I was lucky enough to list and sell a 1974 mobile home for had that kind of home. It was spotless, had lots of plants, walls of images of grandchild, brothers, sisters, parents and the obvious holidays many were taken at. It was plainly apprarent this owner was "rich" in family that surrounded her. The many kids' artwork, sports schedules arranged on the refrigerator under one of our high power Mooers Realty red,white and blue magnets. The couch had hand knit blankets and the always smiling lady who lived here radiated with joy. The property and the owner were special.
The feeling of warmth, happiness and even a sense of serenity hit you as you entered the mobile home.It was almost sad after the sale because I enjoyed visiting with the owner, helping her. I'll miss the home made goods offered during the listing, and left for showings. She reminded me of my grandmother and there was a connection, a two way trust.
The couple that bought the place was escastic to have their own first home..a starter place and it seemed a perfect match. They saved monthly rent with a payment on the mobile lower than throwing cash in the trash thru renting. They moved the mobile to a piece of land we sold them in the country and eventually built a home and sold the mobile for what they had paid for it a few years earlier. When a buyer sourly wrinkles their nose at the suggestion of starting out in a mobile home, a trailer that is neat, clean and affordable, I have to laugh. And remember how practical, how "homey" the older mobiles can be if maintained. So one of my most memorable sales was not a million dollar property on paper, but one that was priceless in my heart. It hit me as a place filled with love of family, traditions where Grammy was the queen bee, center of attention and respected for her many kids, grand and great grand children. She had a quiver full of children who turned out like she did, passing on the sense of "home", "family" and that you can make one anywhere. It is not the size of the mortgage or the newest and brand of the cars in the yard that make a home. I have seen affluent owners who has train wreck households, with screaming, waste, disrespect. This 1974 Holly Park mobile home was not one of those types of home. Free of strife, dissension, anger, apathy or left empty and feeling cold when the heat was on, like a museum or shrine for others to envy. This home was "home made" not store bought. Happy Holidays everyone.