Let’s Get Personal: Letters to Homeowners

Real Estate Agent with Jefferson Properties 0225213983

My oldest daughter began middle school this month and even tried out for the basketball team.  She made the first cut (whew!) and before the second round of tryouts the coach asked the girls to tell him something interesting about themselves. My daughter came up with, “I live in your former house!”  That’s right, approximately eight years ago we purchased our home from this man who is now her P.E. teacher and “almost coach” (she didn’t make the final cut for the team…boooooo).


It seems like just yesterday we were house hunting when, after months of searching, our current house popped up on the MLS.  At the time I was not a realtor, but I immediately called my agent and said, “You know those MLS listings you send each morning, well I think there is a good one I want to see,” and off we went for a showing.  It was the height of the market and houses were moving fast.  Our agent urged us to move quickly and stressed the need to make our offer stand out.  I recall meeting him in a Mexican restaurant and penning a letter (because he said it HAD to be hand written) that painted a Norman Rockwell life within the walls of the house.  I thought it was the most ridiculous thing anyone had ever asked me to do, but I trusted my realtor so I obeyed. 


As I sipped a margarita and wrote, I described the ideal life I was going to enjoy in this dream house, something straight out of It’s a Wonderful Life.  The more I partook of those margaritas, the sillier I felt.  I painted a picture of our dog cozied in front of the fireplace, the treehouse we would build in the backyard, the Christmas Eve dinners we would spend at the dining room table, birthdays, the first days of school, Easter egg hunts, learning to ride bikes in the driveway…who was I writing about?  Beaver Cleaver?  As luck would have it, they accepted our offer and we eventually moved into our home.  Today, eight years and three daughters (and a puppy) later, I realize all those things I wrote about came true, and who knows if it was our credit score or that letter that got the house, but I have often reflected that I wouldn’t have written that letter without the advice of my realtor…and several margaritas.

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 The treehouse that we finally built....and one of the many birthday surprises enjoyed in the  house we made a home.




Comments (7)

Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

Wonderful post and a great read!  What a fun thing for your daughter to tell you, and what memories, even the "before" ones!  GREAT POST!

Sep 24, 2014 11:31 AM
Jenn Hart
Jefferson Properties - Richmond, VA
Richmond, VA, REALTOR®, 804-317-7997

Thanks, Carla!  It just goes to show that you should listen to your realtor!  Thanks for reading and commenting on my post!

Sep 24, 2014 11:32 AM
Shannon Milligan, Richmond VA Real Estate Agent/Associate Broker
RVA Home Team - Richmond, VA
RVA Home Team - Winning with Integrity.

I am conflicted about the hand written note. I once had a client do it, at the suggestion of an old broker, and my client DID get the house and I was told by the listing agent the letter is what did it. BUT, then I went to a class where the instructor mentioned a letter like that could be a fair housing violation. For example, if they seller chose one buyer over the other because they wrote about familial status. It would be hard to prove, but it caused me a moment to pause. I think you just gave me a blog topic for today!

I am glad you got the house and I LOVE the tree house. We need one of those!

Sep 24, 2014 11:36 PM
Jenn Hart
Jefferson Properties - Richmond, VA
Richmond, VA, REALTOR®, 804-317-7997

@Shannon Milligan: That would be a great blog topic, Shannon.  I also have heard about potential fair housing violations. There are some cute stories out there about kids writing letters to homeowners.  In fact, I think I read one on Active Rain this summer.  Might be interesting to get a feel for current practice across the country on this topic.  Thanks for reading my blog!

Sep 25, 2014 03:15 AM
Debbie Malone
Londeree's Real Estate & Property Management - Lynchburg, VA
From Lynchburg To The Lake (434) 546-0369

Hi Jenn, what a great story and connection to your home. I love that your daughter knew the history and you built the tree house!

Sep 29, 2014 12:01 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Thank you for the story. I agree with Shannon. I read recently that there can be potential fair housing violations. 

Nov 04, 2014 08:59 PM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I just sent my offer. I think, I spend more time on preparing my introductions to my clients and their offer, than the offer itself. They also wrote the letter:) Even we have very strong sold offer, the seller has multiple offers on the table. Crossing fingers.

Apr 14, 2015 09:44 PM