The House Whisperer ( or the long title of how I made 2 couples very happy in Croton on Hudson

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker

Sometimes it only takes a few minutes.


Sometimes it’s a gut feeling from simply seeing a photo sent over by Iphone. 


Grand Street, Croton on Hudson, NY 10520

Yet, when a buyer knows it’s the home for them, they start getting that fall in love, heart pounding, stomach a flurrie buzzy feeling, and of how this is the perfect home for them and even, momentarily, believing in that old cliché of American dream. It’s the truth; I am not getting carried away here. And, it’s a nice feeling buying into the American dream even if it’s just for a moment.

Though, occasionally, I’m the one with the intuitiveness, and can match people to homes.

Earlier this year I met a Brooklyn couple through friend’s, (who I have helped sell and buy their current home here in Croton, and yes, I had a gut feeling of their home,too!). Well, these Brooklynites were looking for an older charming home and seeking to look more south of Croton in the Irvington/Hastings area, and for their price range they could definitely get an older home there, yet with not much property or sq footage, and no updates whatsoever. So, we looked and I listened, and heard them quietly question how can they ever leave Brooklyn?? Let me share with you this particular couple have young twins, and also a son who is not school age yet; these people needed space to grow into, big time!

Yet, I had a feeling, whoaaaa, did I have a strong feeling I knew the perfect home for them here in Croton. And, no, I didn’t just walk up to the door of the home and say, “Want to sell? I have the perfect buyers for you!”, but it went something like that. The thing is I did it a few years back and got to know the home owners, their story of how they came here from Brooklyn in the late 60's, looking for a home and space for their twins and slightly older child, and how they would ever survive in the suburbs?? Funny stuff, eh? On a side note, these particular people came to Croton because the husband’s friend lived here and suggested they look here; that person was the former owner of my current home.and, yes, and another lovely couple!

As we texted, emailed and talked with the Brooklyn clients, and heard their story it was obvious to me both buyer and seller’s stories had a shared story line, and I started to tell them about this home in Croton that I wanted them to see, and I shot them over a photo from my phone, not the best of photo's but it came through. It’s one of those homes in Croton that stands out in a stately manner on Grand Street, a lovely older home that feels like It’s a Wonderful Life, and has those positive vibes as soon as you enter.

Well, it was love at first sight for everyone. The initial tour of the home ("it's so bright, it's so spacious, look at the details, access to river and the village (!), and it has four bedrooms!") and both couples meeting was pure kismet. The second meeting I couldn’t pry them as I listened to the parallels of both families and felt the spirit of kindred souls coming together.

It feels great bringing these two families together; it was much more than brokering, and it made me realize when you really know the motives, the needs and desires of your clients, it all just falls into place. And, another chapter begins for both couples…love it!

Posted by

Suzanne Welch
Coldwell Banker Residential Services
Associate Broker
1392 Albany Post Road
Croton on Hudson  NY 10520
office- 914 271 8500
fax-     914 271 1082
cell-    914 557 3760

Comments (3)

Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

That is such a cool story Suzanne.  and, I knew this house immediately from the photo.  I met both families and yes, they did seem to get along quite well.  Can't wait to see the place after the floors are all redone.  Thx again for having such a nice customer.

Sep 16, 2011 05:17 AM
Tatyana Makarov
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - South Windsor, CT
Your Greater Hartford Area Realtor

Hello Suzanne,

great story. I do have a gut feeling sometimes as well, and that what I love about being a realtor the most-- matching homes with families.

Thanks and have a great day!

Sep 16, 2011 05:22 AM
Hillary Sheperd
Servpro of Scarsdale / Mount Vernon - Scarsdale, NY
Co-Owner ~ Servpro of Scarsdale / Mount Vernon, NY

That is such a coincidence.  That is so cool how you brought these 2 families to get there.  you have a good eye

Sep 17, 2011 03:13 PM