How I Bought My First Stove

Real Estate Agent with Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA KW Legacy Group S44645

How I Bought My First Stove

It was a first time homebuyer.  She purchased a home from me my first year in the business.  It was a very inexpensive home, no basement, about 700 sq ft, but it was perfect for one person.  It had been vacant for awhile.  

The buyer could not afford to pay for a home inspection, so her dad and uncle took a look at everything.  The seller had not offered a home warranty and I had not thought to ask for one to be included when she offered on the home.

The final inspection day came and we walked through the house.  I remembered someone in my office telling me that you should encourage the buyers to flush toilets, turn on the dishwasher, the stove, the faucets, etc.  Just to make sure that everything was working.

stovetop with the burners onWe turned on the burners of the stove.  It was one of those smooth top ones.  They all glowed orange. We were all ready to close.  The closing went off without any incident and she had the keys to her first place.  

One of my closing gifts was several frozen pizzas I left in the freezer for her, bottles of water, toilet paper, cleaning supplies and paper towels. When she was taking a break from moving, she decided to bake one of the pizzas.  She put the pizza in and 15 minutes later the pizza was still frozen.  Uh oh.  We had tried all the burners, but we didn't turn on the oven.  Rookie mistake on my part.

She called me right away to tell me and I could hear the stress in her voice.  I told her that I would take care of it.  I called for a pizza delivery right away, went to the local used appliance store, and had an almost new stove delivered to her house the next day and the old one hauled away.  

It was the best $400 I ever spent as over the last 10 years, she has sent me more than 5 referrals, payback was way more than that stove cost me.

It also taught me a valuable lesson.  I learned to try all the appliances and their parts.  And I always include a home warranty for the buyer when I write a contract.  I also encourage all of my listings to have one on their property as well. It just saves the stress of the little things that can go wrong when you are least expecting them!

Keep smiling!


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Karen Feltman, REALTOR®, ABR, AHS, CHMS,                                                                      CNE,CRS, e-Pro, green, GRI, SRES, TRC

Keller Williams Legacy Group

4850 Armar Drive SE Ste B

Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52403


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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

What an adorable story, Karen!

I did smile reading about this frozen pizza accident.

Thanks for sharing it with us.

Jan 24, 2014 04:52 PM #1
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
Good Company Real Estate - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Great advice, but you can't always convince the buyer to purchase a home warranty, and the seller oftentimes will not pay for one depending on the type of market we are in.

You were very good to purchase a stove for your buyer, and in return it looks like you were rewarded for your generosity.

Jan 29, 2014 03:17 PM #2
Karen Feltman
Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA KW Legacy Group - Cedar Rapids, IA
Relocation Specialist in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Hi Inna!  At the time, my heart dropped when she told me it wasn't working. Despite her protests, I took care of it.  It was the right thing to do.  Thank you for reading.

Hi Troy!  I think that a lot of people think the bad stuff will never happen and they will have paid for a home warranty for nothing.  The opposite is usually true.  Something usually goes wrong in that first year.  Thank you for reading.

Jan 30, 2014 03:50 AM #3
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