When Buyers Take REAL Ownership Before Closing~

Real Estate Agent with Cherimie Crane & Associates

The pride and joy of my previous year was no doubt, Carolina Village. A residential lot turned adorable, award winning community, made me smile most every day. As we are putting the finishing touches on the last two homes, my trips through the neighborhood aren't quite as frequent as required last year. Instead of once every hour, it is now about twice a week.

Yesterday I was driving through checking on construction progress, chatting with happy neighbors, and planning on taking photographs to update our buyer.

Funny thing about plans, they usually don't quite go as intended. As I am driving by  8 Carolina Village (currently under contract and set to close in just 1 week), something caught my eye. A very small, yet astonishingly quick figure was running about in the back yard.


There is no way that is my precious, 83 year old, Ms. Teresa.

I was wrong. Ms. Teresa came to one of our open houses about a year ago. She stands all of 4'4", but has a 10'10" personality. She told us then that she would soon be calling us to build a brand new house for her. We never should have doubted. She visited Carolina Village at least once a week for an entire year.

She is set to close next week.

I stepped out of my car and in my best attempt at not sounding a bit confused; I asked, "What on earth are you doing, Ms. Teresa?? It is 80 degrees outside!"

She was fully equipped with potting shovel, watering can, gloves, and a mason jar full of iced sweet tea. She seemed surprised at my question. She explained, quite emphatically, that she was pulling weeds and watering plants at her new home.

But you haven’t closed yet! We haven’t even finished the landscaping!~

All I could do was smile. She was sincerely concerned that the landscaping imperfections would reflect poorly on her to her new neighbors. I went on to explain to her, that her landscaping would be impeccable on closing day and that we usually wait until all construction debris is removed before perfecting the yard.

That didn't even make a dent in her determination. Matter of fact, she laid a towel down beside her and told me to help her finish the last bit..

In 4 inch heels, I plopped (and it was definitely a plop) down beside her and proceeded to pull weeds.

What's a girl to do? Real estate protocol is no match for her pride in what soon will be her brand new home.

How I wish I would have taken a picture, it would have been one for the books! Sometimes we forget that just because the checks haven't been cut, buyers take ownership way before closing, whether we like it or not.

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Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Cherimie. What a story. I love this lady and I enjoyed the tale. How wonderful someone is so immersed.

Nov 12, 2012 08:27 PM #1
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United RealtorsĀ® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Cherimie,

This is a hear warming story and a reminder of how deeply some of our homeowners take ownership of their new home..even before closing. No picture necessary.....you painted the picture beautifully!! Suggested for sure.

Nov 12, 2012 09:11 PM #2
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal RealtorĀ®

Top of the day to you Cherimie.

What a great story. You painted great word pictures. I though the last sentence was the most important part of the story. Great insight.

BTW, I MUST get to your town as it looks like and exquisite town.

Nov 12, 2012 09:16 PM #3
Mary Elizabeth Allen
Lake Monticello, VA

I can just picture the entire conversation! How delightful that you plopped right down beside her. Hope her closing goes smoothly next week so she can keep on weeding! :)

Nov 12, 2012 11:27 PM #4
Robert Rauf
HomeBridge Financial Services (NJ) - Toms River, NJ

When you love what you do you will never work a day in your life! 

Nov 13, 2012 12:45 AM #5
Liz Wallace
Century 21 Sherlock Homes - Rockville Centre, NY
Broker C21 Sherlock Homes, Rockville Centre, LI, N

When I was in contract on the home I presently live in I would drive by all the time and chat with the house. I had some wonderful conversations with my home so I definitely moved in before I really moved in.

Nov 13, 2012 04:12 AM #6
Kim Peasley-Parker
AgentOwned Realty, Heritage Group, Inc. - Sumter, SC

I love this story.  Thanks for sharing.  


Nov 13, 2012 05:17 AM #7
Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl
Samsel & Associates - Clark, NJ
The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

Hi Cherimie - what a great story! Ms. Teresa sounds like sho's going to make a great neighbor!

Nov 13, 2012 06:46 AM #8
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

Way to make Ms. Teresa's day Cherimie.  It's hard to say who brought more southern charm to the meeting.  You for plopping down and helping or her for bringing you to the party.  A toss up it seems!

Nov 13, 2012 10:59 AM #9
Arizona Home Group RE/MAX Excalibur
The Arizona Home Group - Scottsdale, AZ

Such a sweet story!  What a wonderful feeling to see someone enjoy their (almost) new home.

Nov 19, 2012 11:44 PM #10
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