First Real Estate Experience

Real Estate Agent with Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 NRDS ID#641625055



It was 45 minutes past the appointed hour. I really wanted to leave so what was I still doing there? It was a particularly run down part of town. Most homes vacant - boarded up. I felt anxious.

Then the family showed up. The nicest people you could possibly imagine - parents who wanted to buy a house for their son, his wife and their 2 little kids. They were using all the cash they had saved from the minimum wage jobs they had obtained as immigrants to our country.

We saw dozens of houses - one worse than the next. Hard hat areas, to be honest. Roofs that were caving in, debris on the floor that rivaled hoarder T.V.

The son was in construction. He felt sure he could fix it up. Boy, did he ever! About a year later, when I saw it, I couldn't believe my eyes. It was fantastic and it even had a little white picket fence.

That first house sold for $80,000. It was missing a whole house C of O. The Bank didn't care as the buyers were paying cash. The owners could be responsible for obtaining it, after the fact.

After everyone had taken their cut, I made a mere $800 on that first deal. The family came to me from one of those Referral Companies that advertises on the Internet. I wasn't even sure the company was legitimate. I'm still not. Interestingly enough, I first saw their ad on ActiveRain and decided to sign up.

That family holds a special place in my heart. I send them Christmas cards every year and have spoken to them, from time to time. They're on automatic email alert in case another great deal comes on the market. They were my first real estate experience.

I've never waited that long for a customer to show up again.

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Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

Jill,  This is one of those "good things come to those who wait" experiences.  Sounds like the family was sos thrilled to own their first home and you guided them through the process.  Good job.

Apr 04, 2014 02:36 AM #1
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Jill, I guess it was worth the wait. It makes me feel good when buyers have saved and are able to pay cash and still fix up the house to look great.

Apr 05, 2014 10:10 AM #2
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

Jill, it sounds like one of those experiences that was just meant to be. Clearly they were lucky to have you and fortunate that you waited so long for them to show up.

Apr 06, 2014 11:09 AM #3
Karen Crowson
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Rancho Bernardo, CA
Your Agent for Change

Our 'firsts' in life are usually no different. This one was too for a number of reasons. Thanks for entering the April Contest!

Apr 07, 2014 01:25 AM #4
Sidney Kutchuk - Realty Works Temecula Kutchuk - Realty Works Temecula
Realty Works Temecula - Temecula, CA
Realty Works Temecula

Very nice story Jill!  I bet you are so glad you stayed and waited for the family!

Apr 08, 2014 12:55 PM #5
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

Great story Jill. You will never forget the personal gratification you got and I bet that helps drive your on in your fine Real Estate Career.

Apr 10, 2014 01:35 AM #6
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

They are lucky you stayed and waited that long for them.  Not sure I would've done the same, but it worked out.

Apr 12, 2014 02:49 AM #7
Michelle Gibson
Hansen Real Estate Group Inc. - Wellington, FL

Jill - I remember my first listing, which has since turned into countless referrals.

Apr 14, 2014 11:57 AM #8
Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408 - Daytona Beach, FL
Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices

Jill - what a wonderful story. And so well written. Thank you for this excellent read

Apr 20, 2014 05:06 AM #9
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Vision Quest Realty - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Hi Jill, when I first started in Real Estate I would wait for an hour until my broker said 30 minutes is enough unless they called and said they were on their way.

Apr 23, 2014 01:57 AM #10
Nina Rogoff
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Medfield, MA
Sells Real Estate!

That is such a great story!! You didn't just wait for them. You stuck with them! That's what they probably appreciate more than anything! 

Apr 23, 2014 12:16 PM #11
Maria Gilda Racelis
Home Buyers Realty, LLC-Manchester, Bolton. Vernon,Ellington - Manchester, CT
Home Ownership is w/in Reach. We Make it Happen!

Good Morning Jill: This is what makes our job rewarding. Making a difference in other people's lives. I can see you having them as friends forever.

Apr 28, 2014 09:32 PM #12
Maria Gilda Racelis
Home Buyers Realty, LLC-Manchester, Bolton. Vernon,Ellington - Manchester, CT
Home Ownership is w/in Reach. We Make it Happen!

Hi Jill: This is very endearing and hartwarming story. You also have that special spot in your heart for the individuals who are wanting to make their dreams come true in this country. They, too, deserve. And they need caring a  professional such as yourself.

Sep 22, 2014 10:13 PM #13
Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 - Long Beach, NY
LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate

Thanks to all who commented. The concept of primacy and recency - the first and the last - are the ones that stick with us in great detail. While those in the middle are of no less importance, their details tend to become blurry. It's true of everything in life.

Sep 22, 2014 10:45 PM #14
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