It Was A Match Made In Heaven

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

It was the gloomiest of days here on the south shore of Long Island, taking back any promise of spring we'd witnessed in recent weeks.  But, on the agenda, weather not withstanding, was a long awaited closing that had magic written all over it from the first phone call.  The seller was referred to me by a friend many months before.  It felt like a foregone conclusion from the moment I met this delightful and straightforward couple that I would represent them in the sale of their home.

If we could custom order the perfect clients, they would have been these people.  My first visit to the house was last summer, when everything was in bloom and they were searching for information on the best way to prepare for the perfect sale.  We talked about the things that needed to be done in the coming months and I put them in touch with the experts in each field.

Their decision was to wait till after the holidays and their aftermath to put our marketing plan into action.  The home was prepped and staged, though in truth it needed very little, and I scheduled an open house for the following weekend.  As fate would have it, the next few days brought one of the many snow storms that besieged much of the nation.  I had no great expectation of a turnout as I climbed one of the smaller mountains to plant my sign in what had to be two feet of snow.

Serendipity is a funny thing though, and one of the several stalwart souls to venture out on that wintry day turned out to be a young woman with a story all her own.  If you've been in the business of selling real estate for any length of time you just know when that match made in heaven happens.

Sitting at the closing table today, with drenching rain showing no signs of abating, the atmosphere was upbeat and friendly.  Buyers were thrilled with their good fortune in getting the house of their dreams and sellers knew the home they'd loved would be in good hands.

It was with mixed emotions that I walked back out into the storm.  Yes, I had helped facilitate dreams on both ends, but in the process I was losing people I'd really come to care for.  I can only wish them much happiness as they prepare to head south and take their place as part of my extended family.

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Comments (13)

Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

What a lovely story were so fortunate to meet all of  them and have them become a part of your life, and they were very fortunate to have you handling this transaction.  It is difficult to say goodbye to people you grow so fond of, but I'm sure they all hold a very special place in your heart.

Apr 30, 2014 08:40 AM
Geri Sonkin
Douglas Elliman Real Estate 516-457-7103 - Merrick, NY
Long Island Real Estate & Staging Expert

Roger - It's so hard when they leave the area.  Each one of them takes a piece of me with them.  Pretty soon there'll be nothing left.  Both couples in this case were a delight to deal with.

Apr 30, 2014 08:44 AM
Joanna Cohlan
Fresh Eyes For Your Home - Chappaqua, NY
Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes

What a nice story-it is so hard to say good-bye to special clients and friends but you have such good memories to hold onto and there is always the telephone and an airplane ride!

Apr 30, 2014 09:15 AM
Geri Sonkin
Douglas Elliman Real Estate 516-457-7103 - Merrick, NY
Long Island Real Estate & Staging Expert

Joanna - My problem is, I'm such a mush.  I get really attached to these people.  You're right, of course, there is the telephone and a plane.

Apr 30, 2014 09:20 AM
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Broker
Elizabeth Anne Weintraub, Broker - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

I hate it when they close and move away, actually. I had a closing today and my sellers are going to Ohio. It's sad.

Apr 30, 2014 12:14 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Sometimes it just lines up with such perfection. These sellers were very lucky to choose the right agent in Long Island. Congratulations on a job well done!

Apr 30, 2014 01:30 PM
Beth and Richard Witt
Long Island Cash Home Buyer - Center Moriches, NY
Long Island Cash Home Buyer 516-330-6940

Sweet post Geri... and softly speaks volumes about who you are... It's no wonder you are such a successful real estate agent... Happy Day

May 01, 2014 04:08 AM
Geri Sonkin
Douglas Elliman Real Estate 516-457-7103 - Merrick, NY
Long Island Real Estate & Staging Expert

Elizabeth - It is sad when they move out of town and out of our lives.

Margaret - I think we were grateful to have met each other.  I'm also grateful to their friend who recommended me.

Beth - Thanks!  I must admit, this business is so much more to me that the next deal.  I love the role I play in their lives.

May 01, 2014 05:05 AM
Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

Hey Geri-been there a million times. You know almost instantly when that spark happens and then it is so sad when you know it will go out. Miami is very transient-you sell them coming in/have fun for a couple few years and sell them on the way out

May 02, 2014 10:22 PM
Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta, GA 404-939-2727
Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty - Love our Great City - Love our Clients! Buckhead - Midtown - Westside - Atlanta, GA
Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers

Dear Geri -
That's what makes our jobs so special - the person-to-person connections. You were the perfect agent for the Sellers and the right Buyers came along.Congratulations!
Your AR friend in Atlanta -

May 28, 2014 02:18 PM
Elyse Berman, PA
Best Connections Realty, Inc. - Boca Raton, FL
Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824

What a beautiful story, Geri!  It makes you feel so good when things like this happen.  Many clients have become life-long friends.  Congrats on a job well done!

Jul 02, 2014 02:25 AM
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho
Sandpoint Realty LLC - Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

A belated congratulations Geri.  Two things come to mind.  It is funny that the people who think to "prepare" their home for selling are normally the ones who least need any thing done.  And it is one heck of a roller coaster our business isn't it.  Hope you have many closings since this post.

Aug 20, 2014 06:41 AM
Geri Sonkin
Douglas Elliman Real Estate 516-457-7103 - Merrick, NY
Long Island Real Estate & Staging Expert

Mark, thanks for visiting.  You are so right about the ones choosing to be so prepared having the least amount of preparation necessary.  It is indeed a roller coaster ride in our business.

Aug 23, 2014 02:29 AM