My Active Rain Referral – Pat Haddad

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Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Porter Co.

 

I have to admit it is a little scary being on the other side of a real estate transaction.  Yes, it is very hard to give up control….or at least it is for me.
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It took me a year to convince my son to purchase a home.  My son and his wonderful fiancée are getting married in June.  He was thinking it would be better to wait until after the wedding to get a home.  This would mean he would be renting an apartment for a third year.



The first apartment he had was an upper unit in a building with two stories.  The stairs that led up to his apartment were narrow, old, metal, rusty steps.  They had a coating of black gravel type stuff that came off on the bottom of your shoes when you walked on the stairs.  It left a puddle of black in the entrance way of the apartment.  It was easier to remove your shoes before you entered the apartment.

The inside of the apartment had a pretty cute little layout.  Beyond that there was not much to recommend it.  There must have been fifty coats of white paint on the walls.  There was a mouse that lived in the walls and would peek out in the kitchen.  The master bedroom ceiling had the start of mold that manifested itself into a full blown monster in a year. 

Location, location, location….that was another issue.  Now I live in a small town surrounded by corn fields.  There are larger cities and towns within a 15-30 minute drive.  Maybe part of my insecurity was my being unfamiliar with city type settings.  His apartment was on the east side of Indianapolis.

why rent when you can ownThere was the one morning he woke up to find his new truck up on cinder blocks because someone had stolen all his tires.  There also was a shooting at the apartments and four people were killed randomly through out the complex.  This happened a couple months after my son moved out.  I might not have been too far off on that gut feeling!

I have to admit I was absolutely heart broken to think of my son living at that place the first time I saw it and had to leave him there.  On the other hand, he was thrilled to have his own apartment.  When the lease was up he decided to look for a new apartment and it was on to apartment number two.

Apartment number two was really a nice place.  I suppose I’m an over protective type mom, but aren’t we all?  I hated the thought of renting, not investing in anything, and paying off a property for someone else.  I also wanted him to have a garage to put his vehicle in as he was not far away from the old apartment.

Fast forward - a year in apartment two is nearly half over.  My son informs me that he may be interested in looking at houses.  I line him up with a lender and get that in place.  We waited a couple of months, watched the market and then decide it was time to start looking in October.
First time home buyers
Enter –
Wonderful... amazing... patient... knowledgeable... efficient... friendly... funny...

PAT HADDAD!!!


I can’t tell you how excited I was to meet a fellow AR member!  I chose Pat because of her blog posts on the area.  I had previously commented on her posts and she would comment on mine.  I called and asked if she would be interested in a referral.  She graciously accepted. 
I then had to break the news that it was my son and she may have to tell his mother to back off at times.

We absolutely LOVED working with Pat!  She was so knowledgeable about all the Indianapolis area and surrounding cities and towns.  Pat was always available to show homes even at short notice.

She showed a great amount of patience with us on their home search making suggestions and helping them narrow their search criteria.  In a little over a month, they were under contract.  It was interesting to learn the difference in how real estate is done just a couple hours away.

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My son moved in to his home just after Christmas.  He loves the house and couldn’t be happier.  I know that when he hears someone talking about buying or selling a home he will not hesitate to recommend Pat!  I also have a Realtor that I know for certain will treat my referrals like family for Indianapolis, Carmel, Fishers, Zionsville and surrounding areas.
 

We also got a chance to meet Pat’s husband, William Haddad.  William is a mortgage lender and was also very pleasant.  I’m sure the Pat Haddad Team will have many prosperous years ahead of them with their friendliness, efficiency, knowledge and positive approach to helping buyers and sellers.

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John McCormack, CRS
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Wow.... Great shout out to Pat doing such a good job for your son.  Good for you working the Rain social network my friend.  Sounds like Pat rocks.... Why do I not know Pat?  I'm going to fix that little situation right now.

 

Jan 08, 2013 10:43 AM #1
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Christine McDaniel
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She does indeed John!  Such a wonderful lady.

Jan 08, 2013 10:47 AM #2
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Rafi Footerman
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Glad everything worked out so well  Congratulations to all of you!

Jan 08, 2013 10:48 AM #3
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Christine McDaniel
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Thanks Rafi!  It was a great experience.

Jan 08, 2013 10:49 AM #4
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Bruce Walter
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Christine,

Wow-I would say it was time for your son to move out of that first apartment complex!!!

Pat Haddad is wonderful and we have had a couple of near misses on referrals.  Your son had the best team to take care of his transaction in the Indianapolis area!!!

Jan 08, 2013 07:16 PM #5
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Christine McDaniel
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Bruce- First apartment - I know, right!  We just loved working with Pat.  She was fantastic to work with!  I am happy to have an Indy area person to refer people to with confidence.

Jan 09, 2013 04:59 AM #6
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Teri Eckholm
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Christine--What a cute story! Congrats to your son on his new home and upcoming marriage....sounds like you were just overprotective enough to let him grow up. Hopefully, for my son's sake, I won't continue to freak out everytime he mentions moving to St Paul or Minneapolis.

Jan 09, 2013 09:39 AM #7
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Christine McDaniel
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Porter Co. - Crown Point, IN
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Thanks Teri!  Happy to hear I'm not the only overprotective mom out there.  :)  Just go with YOUR gut feeling on his first place when he does move.

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Christine,  I blush as I write this--you are TOO kind.  What a great time I had working with you and your wonderful family!  As I told you before, Jeff is one in a million---you did an amazing job raising him.  Roxanne is as nice as she can be---they certainly have a rosey future together. I am so glad you found me here in the Rain!! 

Jan 10, 2013 01:29 PM #9
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Christine McDaniel
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Porter Co. - Crown Point, IN
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Hi Pat - I stopped by the office this evening and received your card.  Thanks so much!  Have a great weekend.

Jan 11, 2013 09:36 AM #10
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Christine- Great shout out for Pat!  Being able to refer business to an AR member here that you "know" via their blog and even email contact is the icing on the cake at AR!  

Jan 12, 2013 05:26 AM #11
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Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
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I saw this on Kathy's wrap up summary post...glad I stopped by. Thanks for sharing!

Jan 12, 2013 11:27 PM #13
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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
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Good morning Christine,

Somehow I missed this post! I'm coming over from Kathy's Sunday morning post on her Ah-ha moments for the week! She was certainly right this was a great shout out for Pat. Your post shows how important our Active Rain relationships are!!

Jan 12, 2013 11:32 PM #14
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Hi Christine, Thanks to Kathy Streib, I found your post this morning, and I can share that AR referrals are just Great. It's always an "A HA" day when our networking pays off.

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Jill Sackler
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Great decision for your son and his fiance. We recommended the same thing to my newly wed daughter and found a cute little starter house. I'll have to get to know Pat from Indianopolis.

Jan 13, 2013 02:11 AM #16
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Another thing to absolutely love about AR. We get to know the agents we refer to before we ever even meet them.

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