A Really Small Deal

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While the big deals are always exciting, the little deals often provide the best in terms of an emotional paycheck.

We were contacted by a consumer who lived in Montana. She had found us online and needed help liquidating a property that had been lived-in by her sister who had recently passed away. She had talked to a number of agents and nobody would help her. To complicate matters, the property belonged to her aging mother who was not only dealing with her age but the loss of her daughter. She also lived in another state.

We did some quick research and discovered the property was a mobile home on a little private lot in a city about 30 miles away. We drove out to take a look and discovered the property had been abandoned, was a complete mess, and worth about $12k. We would have usually passed on it but this family really needed help.

We listed the property and eventually found a cash buyer for it. The property closed and we earned a $300 paycheck. We actually lost money selling the property. However, the money was nothing compared to the emotional paycheck. The family was relieved that this was behind them and they could continue the healing process.

A listing we would not have usually taken turned out to be one of the emotional high-points of the year.

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Barbara Hensley
RE/MAX Properties - Rockwall, TX
Homes for Sale in Rockwall County, Texas

Good morning Tom,

All closings are important to me, including the small deals - each one rounds out the year and a lot of satisfaction!

Merry Christmas!

Dec 20, 2013 10:07 PM #1
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

You did the right thing. This is a great story. Thanks for sharing it with all of us and for entering the contest.

Dec 31, 2013 11:40 AM #2
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Tom, You did a good deed and it wasn't about the money but about helping them out.

Jan 02, 2014 02:05 AM #3
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