The Fabulous 50th

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

                                                                                                                   50th Anniversary 

I first met Mary Joan Levin through NAWBO, a women's business group, in about 1989. I clearly remember the day she came up to me and said, "I hope you won't be angry with me…we bought a house." How could I be angry? I knew her husband was a broker, and was delighted for them. But I did tell her if that if they needed help with the sale of their present home to just give me a call.

A couple of months later the call came. They had tried selling the house as unrepresented sellers (aka "FSBO" – for sale by owner) with no luck. Mary asked would I talk with Sidney about listing the house? That was one of the longest listing appointments ever as we covered lots of questions, what ifs, striking and adding clauses to the agreement, and spending a lot of time on the big topic of the commission rate.

We finally came to an agreement, and professional travel planners Sidney and Mary Joan took off for Finland or some such place for the weekend. My favorite Levin kid, Brian (Lauren and Eric, you know I love you both!) stayed home in case we had any action.

 

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Well, it turned out that it took longer to list the house than to sell it. We had a contract above list price on Sunday, but I asked Brian not to tell his parents – I wanted to see the look on Sidney's face when I told him what I had done. That Monday I presented the offer to the Levins and stood back like a little kid waiting for applause. (I was still new in the business and was feeling pretty proud of my accomplishment.) Instead, it was more like "let's see if it makes it to settlement." There was no applause, but the contract did hold and we had a smooth settlement.

I know now that Sidney, Mary Joan, Lauren, Eric, and Brian really are my biggest fans. How? Over the years, many of their friends and relatives have bought and sold with me.

 

Levin Family

Sidney, Eric, Brian, Mary Joan, Lauren, and family 

No, let me revise that. Sidney and Mary Joan are not clients…they are true friends. They are people we care about, who we share good times and not so good times with. We've been through sickness and health together, and have been there for each other’s support. We've shared laughter and tears, parties and dinners, birthdays and anniversaries.  Champagne

Sidney and Mary Joan, we are so lucky and honored to be celebrating 50 years of marriage with you and your beautiful family. Mazel tov!!

Lee and Margaret Rome

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Comments (10)

Bryant Tutas
Tutas Towne Realty, Inc and Garden Views Realty, LLC - Winter Garden, FL
Selling Florida one home at a time

Great story Margaret. I too become very close with my sellers and on many occassions life time bonds are formed.

HAPPY 50TH SIDNEY AND JOAN!!!

Jan 17, 2008 06:15 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
Bryant, Thanks for stopping by. It is friends, family and clients,, who become like family, that make our lives so successful!
Jan 17, 2008 07:13 AM
Monika McGillicuddy
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Verani Realty - Hampstead, NH
Southern NH & the Seacoast Area
What a nice story! I love it when clients turn into friends..how sweet!
Jan 17, 2008 10:03 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Monika, I have a feelilng that you and Jay have this happen often.

Congratulations on finding your family!

Jan 17, 2008 11:00 AM
Linda Scanlan
A Fan of AR - Burleson, TX
Margaret - What a very nice story! This is a wonderful testimony to your work ethic and your compassion. This is just wonderful! Smiles all around...
Jan 17, 2008 11:55 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Linda, You are so special and I appreciate your kind words.

 

Jan 17, 2008 12:18 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
Monika, Thanks for taking time to read this.
Congratulations on your newly found relatives!
Jan 17, 2008 12:40 PM
Mary Warren
Las Vegas, NV
Margaret - what a beautiful tribute to your dear friends and clients...may they have many more years together.
Jan 17, 2008 02:57 PM
Randy L. Prothero
eXp Realty - Mililani, HI
Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645

That is one of the best parts of this business.  I have made some wonderful friendships that started as clients.

Jan 17, 2008 03:34 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Mary, I so agree and we will be celebrating with them this weekend!

Randy, This is one of the best parts of the business. It would be special if those on AR wrote about their special clients/friends. Uh oh, I see a contest in the works!

Jan 17, 2008 11:44 PM