Sometimes Change Is the Best Thing That Could Happen!

Real Estate Agent with Prudential CT Realty

Change is good

Sometimes change is the best thing that could happen.

This morning, I was having coffee on my deck and saw my new neighbor watering some shrubs she had just planted along her rear property line. She had moved in a few months ago and had already replaced the front walkway, planted flowers, placed tasteful decorations in her yard, and was meticulous about maintaining her lawn and gardens.


It wasn't always like this.  Last winter, the house went on the market as a bank-owned property. I don't really know what happened, but the former owners were elderly and one day they were not there anymore. When the house went on the market, it was looking a little tired and in need of some sprucing up. 


Of course, no one wants to hear that there is a bank-owned house in the neighborhood. The first thing we think is that property values will be going down, and we hope that this is just an isolated case. A few bank-owned properties on the same street is never a great situation. Or so we think.


But then someone buys the house - someone who is excited about owning a house and eager to fix it up and make it their home. Someone like my new neighbor, who has already worked hard and made a difference. The neighborhood is looking better and we are all relieved.


Sometimes change is the best thing that could happen.

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Comments (12)

Li Read
Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring) - Salt Spring Island, BC
Caring expertise...knowledge for you!

This is true...and the way we look at change is always a part of the equation.

Jul 11, 2012 02:25 AM
Malcolm Johnston
Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario - Trenton, ON
Trenton Real Estate

If someone sees this as an opportunity to fix the house up and make it shine again, then that's the best thing that could have happened to that property.

Jul 11, 2012 02:30 AM
Nancy Conner
Olympia, WA
Olympia/Thurston County WA
It is really great for the neighborhood - and the whole community when change means a neglected home becomes loved again!
Jul 11, 2012 04:25 AM
Kathy Sheehan
Bay Equity, LLC 770-634-4021 - Atlanta, GA
Senior Loan Officer

Always nice to hear a new home owner is taking strides to improve the property.

Jul 11, 2012 10:20 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Peggy you hate to see anyone lose their home, but some times it can be a blessing for someone else like your neighbor, and the neighborhood is also benefiting from the new owner.

Jul 11, 2012 10:45 AM
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services Inc - Gulf Breeze, FL
Buyers Agent 800-309-3414 Pace and Gulf Breeze,Fl.

Good for you and good luck but why do I cringe and get scared when I hear the word CHANGE... As akid I loved that word, even in college I enjoyed it seems like every week I was changing... things. But now OH WELL

Jul 16, 2012 01:40 PM
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

Good morning Peggy.  I agree we just never know when change is going to be a positive. Sounds like you have some great new neighbors.  Enjoy the fruits of their lawn work :)

Thanks for dropping by my post today.  You are certainly always appreciated.

Jul 19, 2012 03:17 AM
DeeDee Riley
Lyon Real Estate - El Dorado Hills CA - El Dorado Hills, CA
Realtor - El Dorado Hills & the Surrounding Areas


You have a great point here and I'm glad it worked out for the best in your neighborhood!

Have a great week!


Jul 23, 2012 04:46 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives


Foreclosure has painted a very negative picture on the American Homeowners and our Society. You have written a great story about the positive effects that can happen as a result of a bank foreclosure. Your new neighbors sound like they are really trying to breathe new life into that house and they make good neighbors too.

This is a good lesson to learn - bank foreclosures can lead to new beginnings and happiness to others.


Jul 23, 2012 10:55 PM
Barbara Altieri
Better Homes and Gardens RE Shore and Country Properties - Shelton, CT
REALTOR-Fairfield County CT Homes/Condos For Sale

Peggy -- Unfortunately, so many have fallen on hard times and the neighborhood suffers when the property condition deteriorates.  Hopefully, the former homeowners are relieved of the stress of having a home they could no longer handle.   It's so nice that home now has new owners who love and care for their property.   Like many other things, when one door closes, another opens. 

Aug 02, 2012 10:23 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

You and all your neighbors must be so relieved.  So nice to hear that the new owners are fixing up the home and showing it some love!

Aug 05, 2012 02:18 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Peggy, glad some homeowners moved in that take pride in their home!     I had a bank owned property in my cul-de-sac on the market last year, and they stick out like a sore thumb with dead grass!   Miss you in the Rain, you must be busy!

Aug 06, 2012 04:39 AM