The Road Just Led To A Different Place And I Loved The Journey

Real Estate Agent with Douglas Elliman Real Estate 516-457-7103

Trying to choose one story, among all the defining moments in a 27 year career is a little like looking at a showcase filled with flawless gems, trying to pick the most perfect.  I consider myself blessed, over the years, serving a diverse population of buyers and sellers, often at very emotional time in their lives.  I cherish the memories they have left in their wake and revel in my role, helping them reach their goals.

This last in the trilogy for the Love Is In The Air series, veers off the track slightly and, at the time, unpredictably.  I was representing a builder in the sale of a unique home in Merrick Woods.  The location and the stature of the home itself brought a constant flow of potential buyers through the double door entry.  

One day an attractive couple came in, engaging me in conversation, while walking through the rooms, over and over again.  There was an air of familiarity about him, yet I couldn't quite make the connection.  We chatted amiably and they left, with a wave and a smile.  

Heavy traffic continued in the ever evolving construction, relegating them to little more than a pleasant memory, until the day they came in again as I was setting up for an open house.  We walked through the house, room by room, with me making suggestions for designing the spaces to fit their lifestyle and taste.  By the time they left, they let me know they were seriously interested and I'd likely see them again.

To fast forward, a few months went by.  We found a buyer for the property and the charming couple  faded once again into the annals of my mind.  Then came the phone call.  "Hi, remember me?" she asked, "How could I not," I replied, wondering after all this time how I could help her.  She told me they had bought a house on the north shore.  It was in the end, between my listing and the property they wound up buying.

Her next question surprised me a little.  "We liked your ideas for the house.  Would you be able to design our space?"  I assured her I could and wound up working for them for many months, turning their already beautiful space into the home of their dreams.  Working with them was a sheer pleasure and one I will always treasure.

I just heard from her a short while ago, just a quick phone call to touch base.  Oh, and it turned out I did know him, just saw him out of context when we first met.  This utterly charming and clearly caring man was a well known politician in the area.

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

Hello Geri. I guess you never know. Great story. Your post about puppy mills is a passion of mine to. Thank you.

Feb 05, 2014 02:38 AM #1
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

Such a great story Geri.  You left a lasting impression on them, just as they did with you.

Feb 05, 2014 03:29 AM #2
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Home and Condo Specialists

We never know where our next deal is going to come from, and you certainly left a great impression on them...Nicely done!

Feb 05, 2014 07:18 AM #3
Geri Sonkin
Douglas Elliman Real Estate 516-457-7103 - Merrick, NY
Long Island Real Estate & Staging Expert

Sheila - Life does sometimes send us surprise gifts.  This was certainly one of them.  I am very much an advocate for animals with no voice of their own.  They need us to be.

Roger - We did click on an emotional level.  They were so much fun to work with.

Larry & Sheila - You're right, we never do know.  They were a gift in my life.

Feb 05, 2014 09:54 PM #4
Jeff Stevens
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New Mexico Properties - Las Cruces, NM
Jeff Stevens, Associate Broker

Geri - Nice story...even better that it turned out to be a nice story about a politician!

Feb 05, 2014 10:36 PM #5
Shannon Milligan, Richmond VA Real Estate Agent/Associate Broker
RVA Home Team - Richmond, VA
RVA Home Team - Winning with Integrity.

What an awesome story! So glad you were able to work with a couple you had an obvious connection with!

Feb 07, 2014 11:34 PM #6
Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 - Long Beach, NY
LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate

So now, of course, I'm dying to know who this politician is.

Feb 08, 2014 09:10 PM #7
Maria Gilda Racelis
Home Buyers Realty, LLC-Manchester, Bolton. Vernon,Ellington - Manchester, CT
Home Ownership is w/in Reach. We Make it Happen!

Hello. I seldom like stories involving politicians. But this is one is a keeper.

Feb 09, 2014 12:12 AM #8
Geri Sonkin
Douglas Elliman Real Estate 516-457-7103 - Merrick, NY
Long Island Real Estate & Staging Expert

Jeffrey - I'm about as apolitical as you can get, but this guy is wonderful.

Shannon - Working with them was a sheer pleasure.  I love them both.

Jill - I'll give you a hint.  He's a sweetheart!

Maria - This guy absolutely is a keeper, but then again, so is his wife.  On the marriage-go-round, I'd say they both got lucky.

Feb 09, 2014 06:08 AM #9
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

Hello Geri,

What a great story and how you were able to work with them as clients on a different home.  

Mar 04, 2014 11:41 PM #10
Geri Sonkin
Douglas Elliman Real Estate 516-457-7103 - Merrick, NY
Long Island Real Estate & Staging Expert

Lisa, I loved these people and still do.  We all have the ones that touch us on the deepest level and become part of the fabric of our lives.

Mar 05, 2014 12:08 AM #11
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