Yes... We Found the Right House!!

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



I have been working with a wonderful young couple for quite a while...even  door knocked for them last May.  Showed them a house a few weeks ago that  Did Not Smell Like Roses!!

What most of you call buyers, I refer to as future sellers! Whenever the opportunity arises that I help with the purchase of a property, I want to make sure that the home is one I would be proud to represent as a listing agent. This makes me look at houses in a different way.

I tour the home with the buyers as though I was taking a listing. What does it need? What will it cost for updating? How would I market it? How is it priced? Is the value there? What if I had to resell it in a year? What else is on the market? How does it compare?

At the same time I am watching the buyer's reaction. What do they like? What don't they like? I play devil's advocate. If they don't like it, I find the positives. If they do like it, I find the negatives.

We have looked at numerous homes that the buyers have found on their own. I  knew none of them were for this couple.

I made a promise that we would find the right home. Discouragement was evident as time went on. I really wanted them in contract before the end of August..before the new baby's due date. Time was running out and when we went into that last smelly house..I think they were ready to give up.

A phone call this week from good friends and former clients alerted me to home of their friends.  It had been under contract and fallen through. They wanted me to find them a buyer in two days. WHOA! How is that possible? They said you are so good we just thought to give you a call.

OK where is this house?


It turns out it is the same house we have been watching...but out of our price range.  The house was perfect, the location ideal..but over our budget. I was asked to show the house anyway. Nope not going to show a house to buyers that they cannot afford.

The next day my buyers called to see a house that had just been reduced by a huge amount. They were notified though the use of my IDX site.  It was the same house! The right house!



By then, I already had a lender letter with the max they could afford, went to see the property yesterday, full contract offer in hand. They loved it... I knew they would! We signed the contract within hours of touring the property. Today we have a ratified contract and two of the happiest future sellers you ever want to meet.

Stay tuned for follow up pictures!

Yes... We Found the Right House!!



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Comments (18)

Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Bet it's a wonderful feeling to hear from people that excited! :)

Aug 13, 2011 05:01 PM
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

It's always so exciting when Buyers know it is the right house! I love that light bulb moment!

Aug 13, 2011 05:12 PM
Larry & Jacque Ficek
Alaska Dream Makers - Wasilla, AK
Realtors - Wasilla Alaska

It is really a great feeling when everything lines up in our clients favor isn't it? Cant wait to see the pics!

Jacque & Larry

Aug 13, 2011 05:14 PM
Daniel H. Fisher (704) 617-3544 - Charlotte, NC
MCRP - Charlotte Real Estate, NC or SC

This is an interesting quote: What most of you call buyers, I refer to as future sellers! I have never heard it put that way before

Aug 13, 2011 05:16 PM
Mike Mayer
Mike Mayer, Broker/Owner - i List For Less Realty, LLC - Lafayette, LA

Future sellers? Isn't that being a bit presumptuous? With all due respect, if I were buying and my Agent alluded to the fact they were viewing my home purchase with such "vision", I would find that incredibly callous and inappropriate. How can any Agent "know" what is "right" for a Buyer? We're in a service business designed to match clients with their stated needs and goals, and in the end, it's THEIR decision, not ours.


Aug 13, 2011 05:28 PM
Donald Reich
Prudential Centennial - New Rochelle, NY

Sounds like you are very persistent. You are clearly servicing you buyers well... and will definitely get them back when they are ready to be sellers. Congratulations!

Aug 13, 2011 06:07 PM
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage

Sounds like everything is falling into place Margaret. It goes to show that persistance can pay off.

Aug 13, 2011 07:29 PM
Not a real person
San Diego, CA

A couple of years ago I read a really cool book titled Real Estate the Right Rome Way.” This post makes it sound like you could have written it! JJJJ

Happy Sunday!

Aug 13, 2011 09:21 PM
Gail C. Harris
Resource Network, LLC SFR, AHWD, ACRE, SMAR Board Director - Chesapeake Beach, MD
Reach the BEACH with Gail C. Harris (cell: 703.868

I like the term future sellers. :)

Aug 14, 2011 12:56 AM
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

I'm with Gail, I like the term "future sellers" too.  Great story Margaret..........I like the way you work.

Aug 14, 2011 01:37 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


Sometimes things just fall into place the way they should, although the path there can be rocky. Good work and best wishes for a smooth transcation for your "new sellers."


Aug 14, 2011 01:55 AM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Margaret. This is a wonderful story. I like your attitude and the way you do business. Glad the house was reduced and that you made the deal.

Aug 14, 2011 03:05 AM ~ Dallas Real Estate Agent Top Team
Dallas Houses for Rent Dallas Apartment Rentals - Dallas, TX

Margaret music to our ears when we hear the buyers state "I think we found the right house" !

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Aug 14, 2011 05:10 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Laura, This is one of wonderful perks of real estate...when it all comes together.

Sharon, No question it was the right house..light bulb was flashing for sure.

Jacque and Larry, I will be posting pictures after the home inspection.

Mike, I have emailed and left you a message.

Daniel, It is my way of making sure we find the absolute best property.

Donald, Persistence pays off if you have the clients best interest.

Tom, Good things come to those who wait.

Russel, So glad I was able to speak with you today. Thanks for being special.

Gail, You understand the term. When you are working with special buyers, you want to find that perfect home for them.

Roger, Appreciate your comment.

Jeff, This was a situation that was meant to be! Good for everyone.

Sheila, It was the reduction that made it possible.

Lynn, These buyers knew it was the right house and so did I.


Aug 14, 2011 10:18 AM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Congrats, Margaret - I know it's a great feeling for your buyers future sellers. Waiting to see some pics of this home soon.

Aug 14, 2011 12:00 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Praful, Thanks for the good wishes.

Jimmy, Always like stopping by.

Aug 22, 2011 04:00 PM
Evelyn Kennedy
Alain Pinel Realtors - Alameda, CA
Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA


You have the right attitude when working with buyers.  That is such a positive way of thinking.  No wonder you are so busy.  People must appreciate your attitude.

Sep 13, 2011 06:32 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Evelyn, I appreciate your comment even though I am a few months late.

Jan 07, 2012 02:41 PM