It's Because of People Like This That I Love My Job

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Franklin Homes Realty LLC

Several months ago, I was contacted by a man looking to move to Franklin. He had made a visit  earlier in the year and really wanted to live in historic, downtown Franklin.

Although, the majority of the homes in the downtown area are historic, he was looking for something unique. He found exactly what he was looking for on my website.

He had done a little research on his own prior to calling me and was ready to travel here to make a purchase. We discussed the details and he scheduled a flight.

We spoke several times prior to his visit. I had previewed all the properties, sent him the property condition disclosures and the covenants, codes and restrictions. He was well-prepared to make an offer during his visit.

We had decided to meet at Puckett's Grocery for breakfast and then head over to look at the homes. Both he and his wife were charming people. We hit it off right away. We spent much of the morning looking at the properties and then broke for lunch so they could talk privately.

A few hours later, he called and we wrote an offer. Within a couple of days, the offer was accepted and we were on our way. The home inspection was completed and repairs negotiated. The appraisal was completed and the home appraised over purchase price. All seemed to be going well. And then it happened.

About two weeks before closing, Mr. Buyer was seriously injured in an accident. He was hospitalized and unable to travel for months. Mrs. Buyer wasn't going to leave his side. I thought for sure they were going to forfeit their earnest money and walk away from the purchase. Instead, they chose to move forward. Even though, they wouldn't be able to move for months.

With some creativity we were able to arrange for a remote closing. I did the final walk-through via video that I sent to the buyers. All looked good and the closing happened per the contract. Not even a slight hiccup.

While the payday was great, that wasn't the most memorable thing about this transaction. You would think a transaction such as this would be fraught with complications but it wasn't. The buyers were so easy to work with every step of the way. Even when they were hit with adversity, they kept their chins up and moved forward with their purchase. No one would have blamed them if they'd walked away.

It will always be a memorable transaction for me for so many reasons. The important thing I's because of people like this that I love my job.

Posted by
Tammie White, Managing Broker/Owner
Franklin Homes Realty LLC
Franklin, TN
(615) 495-0752 
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Comments (32)

Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

ey, Tammie!  I included this post in today's Last Week's Favorites on Active Rain.

Mar 02, 2014 03:15 AM
Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

Will - He's on the mend.

Alexandra - Agreed.

Mike - Absolutely.

Pat - Thanks for including me in your weekly line-up. That's quite an honor.

Mar 02, 2014 03:30 AM
Barbara Calwhite
Keller Williams Realty of Southwest Missouri - Joplin, MO
417-438-7387 Specializing in Relocation

Reading these posts that Pat included in her list has me making a mental list of the great or unusal transactions I have had over the years!

What a great reminder of why we love our jobs.



Mar 02, 2014 07:46 AM
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
Carmel by the Sea, CA
Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea

Tammie: I'm so glad yours were able to keep it together in in adversity. They must really have loved the house that you showed them and the fact that you were able to make it happen for them. 

Mar 02, 2014 11:08 AM
Elva Branson-Lee
Solid Source Realty GA - Atlanta, GA
CDPE - Atlanta Real Estate & Short Sale Agent

Tammie, what a great story. Yes, these types of experiences are the best part of being in our business. Thanks for sharing this one with us.

Mar 02, 2014 12:03 PM
Pamela Seley
West Coast Realty Division - Murrieta, CA
Residential Real Estate Agent serving SW RivCo CA

Tammie, hope your buyers recover quickly and get to move in their new home. It's great when we can go the extra mile for our clients. Great job and great story.

Mar 02, 2014 12:27 PM
Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

Barbara - So true.

Hella - It was a very special house.

Elva - Agreed.

Pamela - They were so happy to close. Just sad not to actually be here for it.

Mar 02, 2014 01:13 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Tammie, it's all about people - and yes, the last line summary means a lot, many of us believe in that ---

"it's because of people like this that I love my job."

Mar 02, 2014 02:03 PM
Faye Wood Bailey
And....having an agent like you Tammie!!! Congratulations, I love stories with happy endings!
Mar 03, 2014 01:56 AM
Suzanne Otto
Six Twenty Designs - Lansdale, PA
Your Montgomery County PA home stager

Tammie it really is clients like that, that make your job go smoothly. It's so easy to admit defeat in the face of adversity. Glad they pulled through. Congratulations!

Mar 03, 2014 02:03 AM
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Tammie, you did a terrific job! Like you said, it is transactions like is why we love our jobs.

Mar 03, 2014 03:27 AM
Liz Lockhart
Riverbend Realty, Cape Girardeau, MO - Cape Girardeau, MO
GRI, Cape Girardeau Real Estate

We can never assume that we know how a transaction is going to end!

Mar 03, 2014 03:42 AM
Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

Praful - I feel truly blessed to have such wonderful clients.

Faye - I hope that's how they felt.

Suzanne - Thanks.

Rebecca - I love being able to help buyers and sellers through whatever may come up.

Liz - No we can't.

Mar 03, 2014 06:16 AM
Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities
Charlemagne International Properties - Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A.

Attitude plays an important role in the selling and buying process.

Mar 03, 2014 09:10 AM
Stefan Winter
Real Estate in IL & NV | Owner of Real Estate Web Tech | Daily Vlogger - Las Vegas, NV
Owner - Winter Group & Real Estate Web Tech

Great story, it teaches us to to not always assume the worst! Good job!

Mar 03, 2014 11:49 AM
Nina Rogoff
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Medfield, MA
Sells Real Estate!

Hope he's doing ok now and that they'll soon be living in their new home. 

Mar 03, 2014 12:56 PM
Anna Hatridge
R Gilliam Real Estate LLC - Farmington, MO
Missouri Realtor with R Gilliam Real Estate LLC

Thank you for sharing this inspiring story. Just goes to show that with a little creative work we can accomplish our goal: Great service!

Mar 03, 2014 02:28 PM
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Tammie, while it is true you had some special people to work with, it is also apparent your clients were represented by a very experienced and professional Real Estate agent. Great to have memories such as this.

Mar 03, 2014 03:30 PM
Jon Quist
Tucson's BUYERS ONLY Realtor since 1996

Several comment here. I realized a long time ago that helping someone is sometimes it's own reward. Some of my most remembered deals were the little ones, with not a bunch of money at the end. I have one now. It has really been a lot of trouble. But the buyer is a bright, sweet young lady buying her first house. It is going to be really wonderful when this deal gets finished. 

Mar 03, 2014 04:31 PM
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

Hello Tammie,

Yes, our clients make what we do a lovely profession to be in!

Mar 04, 2014 10:54 PM