A Family I Helped Buy a House then Later Sell- I Love Real Estate #3

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A Family I Helped Buy a House then Later Sell- I Love Real Estate #3

Why I love real estate


When I first started selling real  they were my second buyers. We looked at several places and then they called and said they wanted to put in an offer. Back then, there were so many homes on the market so it was pretty easy to get offers accepted. I remember how excited they were when I called and told them the seller had accepted their offer.


It was a quick transaction and the buyers were more than qualified so we closed fast with a 80/20 loan. His lender (one of the major 5 banks) advised him to do this type of loan instead of the conventional that also they qualified for.

A few years later, the husband had to move 400 miles to take a new job as he had been laid off after 20 years. The wife still worked for the government and transferred. They asked me to help them rent it out. So for the next few years I met and showed the property for them. The market had dropped considerably and short sales were not being approved.




So jump forward 5 years and they called me and asked me to short sell their home as the renter was moving out. I got it listed within the week and had numerous offers and the bank (I love this bank) approved the first and second and we were in escrow.


The man had since gotten sick and had to retire. His wife was now on disability and suffering from a debilitating disease and they were so stressed. I got their home closed fast and they were so excited. I was excited too as we all know; until the property records, you never know for sure if the bank will accept the offer or not. Luckily they seemed to understand the hardship and their age and didn't even file a NOD on the property.



Who is paying the taxesWe had one glitch while in escrow. The sellers forgot to tell me they were not paying the taxes. They paid the first half but not the second. So the bank refused to pay all and only half as that was the original agreement. The Realtor on the other side said she didn't care and wouldn't chip in and neither would her buyer. So I paid the taxes out of my commission and never regretted it for a second. Of course I wanted it to close escrow but there was more to it. This couple had depended on me and I couldn't let them down. Escrow amended the HUD and the bank got a big credit back and I had a big chuck taken out of my commisson but we closed that day.

I still see this couple and we exchange pictures of our pets by text. She has had several surgeries and is doing better but will never totally recover. They live with one of their kids who has a big home and they all seem very happy. This makes me happy and I think of them often and send cards and texts. I wish them well and hope they have a long and happy life together.


Kristin Hamilton BRE #01492138 Keller Williams Realty –WCR Member– I am a full time agent and deal in all types of real estate transactions. Trusts, Probate, Short Sales, Standard Listing, Single Family Homes, Apartments 1-4 units, Duplexes and Condos. I am also an experienced REO agent. I sell real estate in the Riverside, San Bernardino, Orange, and Los Angeles Counties. I am a trained and experienced Short Sale agent. If you are looking for a professional and experienced agent, I am just a click away. Google me at Kristin Hamilton-Real Estate Agent. Homeowners and Buyers both will find my services top notch and successful. Call me to sell your home; both traditional and short sales.

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If you want to sell your home, call Kristin @909-557-6966 or email me at kristinhamilton@kw.com


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David Shamansky
US Mortgages - David Shamansky - Highlands Ranch, CO
Creative, Aggressive & 560 FICO - OK, Colorado Mtg

That is a great thing to do and I am sure they love you and all you have done for them just as much as you do for them.

Thats a perfect transaction

Feb 17, 2014 10:10 AM #1
Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor
Sun Lakes Realty - Banning, CA
(909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning

Hi David,

I adore doing short sales. They used to be a lot of work but pretty simple these days and the rewards to the homeowners make it all worth while. I got a call tonight from someone who wants me to come and list their short sale this week. Truthfully I do not do it for the $$ but to help the clients get out from under the stress and pressure. When they say thank you, my job is all worthwhile. 

Feb 17, 2014 10:27 AM #2
Bette Gottwald
UNITED REAL ESTATE | Central PA - Mechanicsburg, PA
"Bet"on Central PA Real Estate!

Kristin, You were so kind to help these folks in need, and I'm sure they will keep you in their hearts forever. 

Feb 18, 2014 10:40 AM #3
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

Hello Kristin,

You proved that money is not the end-all, be-all when helping someone in dire need...they will always remember your kindness.  

Feb 19, 2014 07:35 AM #4
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Kristin - you definitely went above and beyond your duties as their agent.  I hope they tell many people about their experience with you and that you reap many referrals from them and their family.   

Feb 22, 2014 08:52 PM #5
Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor
Sun Lakes Realty - Banning, CA
(909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning

Hi Michael,

Sometimes you just have special clients that you adore and know they will always be a part of your life forever. This couple is one of those special people. I try to always give the best service to everyone. I must add when I get texts from past clients or pictures of their kids and pets, it means so much to me as they share a part of their lives still. I will continue to have favorites but give good service to all.

Feb 23, 2014 01:30 AM #6
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