I Never Thought I Could Live in that Neighborhood

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I Never Thought I Could Live in that Neighborhood. 
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What I love about being a real estate agent is that I can help make dreams come true. This is the story of a lady that had her sights on a neighborhood for over 20 years but never thought she could actually live there.

This sweet lady had just retired the year before. She lived in a small, very cute house in a neighborhood of a lot of other small, cute houses. It was all she needed by her own admission. She felt a little guilty even thinking about moving. Maybe she shouldn't and ought to be content with what she had.

But she had a dream,  a dream to live in another neighborhood, a particular neighborhood in a larger brick home with more rooms, bigger rooms and large shade trees that would allow cool breezes to flow through the house. She asked if I could help her make the move. Not only was she afraid of her age not letting her get a loan but she had limited income with her Social Security, a small pension and income from a part-time job at an area restaurant.

Based on the numbers she gave me it ought to work. She would of course have to sell her current home and use the equity as a downpayment. She had no debt. She was a very smart and careful lady and had saved a few thousand dollars that was banked. I wanted to help her so badly. It was the principle. She wanted it and could afford it and should be able to have it. People ought to be able to live wherever they want as long as they can afford it, in whatever neighborhood they choose.

I was able to work out the details on the other house and the seller was willing to take a contingency contract. We hurried and got her house on the market and it sold in less than 30 days. The loan took a little longer than I thought it should and she keep asking me, Are they going to let me have my house?

She was still concerned about her age and the fact that she was a single woman without a full-time job. I assured her that the lender was in the business to lend money and she was going to qualify just fine. The longer it took, even I started to get a little nervous but I never let it show.

When the final approval came in and she was thrilled. The closing went through without a hitch and the moving started. She was so happy that her dream had come true. She kept saying, I never thought I could live in that neighborhood.

I got to see her enjoy her house for over 20 years. She cared for it, decorated it and kept it so clean. She was proud to have people come visit and I was pleased I could be a part of making her dream come true. But what made it even more special was that I was able to do all this for my sweet mother-in-law, Sarah. Love was definitely in the air.


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Will Nesbitt
Nesbitt Realty at Condo Alexandria - Alexandria, VA
Nesbitt Realty is a family-run brokerage.

Debbie Reynolds is an expert and professional Realtor serving Clarksville TN - contact her at (931) 320-6730. Keep up the good work! Have a nice day.

Feb 26, 2014 03:47 AM #20
Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor

We do indeed have the BEST job out there! You are an expert, Debbie.

Feb 26, 2014 05:02 AM #21
Dale Baker
Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections - Claremont, NH
New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information

Howdy and afternoon Debbie

Debbie my AR friend,  this sure was an outstanding home love story to stop by and enjoy reading every word of! I was feeling the worry of the nice lady which turn out to be your Mother-In-Law. 

Happiness sure is Homemade
Have a good one
Dale in New Hampshire

Feb 26, 2014 05:22 AM #22
Conrad Allen
Re/Max Professional Associates - Webster, MA
Webster, Ma, Realtor

The real Debbie Reynolds does make dreams come true

Feb 26, 2014 05:51 AM #23
Connie Harvey
Pilkerton Realtors - Brentwood, TN
Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate

Debbie, I love it! I actually got to do the same thing 3 years ago. I was the Buyer!

Feb 26, 2014 06:29 AM #24
John Meussner
Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA, - Walnut Creek, CA
#MortgageMadeEasy Walnut Creek, CA 484-680-4852

What a great story Debbie, that is the best part of our jobs, being able to help people with their dreams and share in their happiness when they come true!

Feb 26, 2014 06:44 AM #25
Anita Clark
ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055 - Warner Robins, GA
Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA

What a great story with an even better ending, Debbie. So glad your month-in-law was able to fulfill a dream of hers.

Feb 26, 2014 07:14 AM #26
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

What a fantastic story Debbie, what is the old adage if you want it, if you can see it you can have it:)). Glad you were able to pull it off, Endre

Feb 26, 2014 07:36 AM #27
Suzanne Otto
Six Twenty Designs - Lansdale, PA
Your Montgomery County PA home stager

Real estate is such a rewarding field to be in Debbie :)

Feb 26, 2014 07:44 AM #28
Francine Viola
Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty, Olympia WA - Olympia, WA
REALTOR®, In Tune with your Real Estate Needs

Awww - what a happy ending!  Great story, and yes, it's more possible than people think of achieving their real estate dreams!

Feb 26, 2014 07:54 AM #29
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Debbie, you are the one, what a great story to hear about.

Feb 26, 2014 08:14 AM #30
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

Debbie, I love it. Great story. You are such a good writer. Always engaging till the end.

Feb 26, 2014 10:07 AM #31
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

Hi, Debbie...that is a very touching story. I loved the kicker at the end. Thank you for sharing this with all of us. 

Feb 26, 2014 10:18 AM #32
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hi Debbie, loved the punch line in the very last sentence. What a beautiful story.

Feb 26, 2014 11:08 AM #33
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Lovely story, Debbie!  I once had a buyer in his late 70's who was amazed when the bank gave him a 30-year fixed loan!

Feb 26, 2014 11:09 AM #34
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

Good evening Debbie.  You know I had to hit the suggest tab after this great story and the great ending. 

Feb 26, 2014 11:13 AM #35
Jennifer Fivelsdal
JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571 - Rhinebeck, NY
Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection

Debbie  a moment like this is  truly one of the rewards of our profession

Feb 27, 2014 09:54 AM #36
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

The people we help, that is the pay. The commission checks are the secondary gain.

Feb 27, 2014 09:23 PM #37
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

Awwwwe, now that was a real nice love story.  It is great she was family!

Feb 28, 2014 11:05 AM #38
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

Hello Debbie,

And you saved the best bit of information for last...it was for family!  One of the greatest rewards in our profession is helping to make dreams come true!

Mar 02, 2014 08:50 AM #39
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