Housewarming Party

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purple butterfly mirrorA few months ago, I helped a buyer get a sweet home, close to an ice cream stand, which I'd written about

She had a housewarming, and naturally, I showed up with a few tubs of the ice cream. It was a fun get-together, and all was going well, until I met "her friend".

This home was in Maryland, and my buyer was pretty convinced she'd be living in Virginia.  When I suggested the Maryland alternative, I'd think she only agreed to it because she figured that if she spent one afternoon there, that would be the end of it and then I'd focus on her Virginia options again.  It didn't turn out that way, which is how she's in Maryland.  The problem with Maryland was that none of her friends were there (although she'd only been in Virginia for a year, she'd having been a transplant from Colorado). none of the things were there; she loved the house, but she'd have to reset everything else.

At settlement, she confides to me that her best friend just bought a home the week before, within a mile or so of her new home which meant...ahh, life is following her into Maryland and she's happy now.  However, her best friend had wanted to buy the home we had bought.  It looked really nice online, but her best friend's realtor was never able to get her into the home.

I smiled....when you help your client get a home in a town she's not considered, and it turns out to be the home that her best friend thought was the better home....I was just dumb happy.

The fun part about the party is that I found out my buyer is a little girl at heart.  Sure, we all loved the ice cream, but, the prior owners had a young daughter, with a purple bedroom with butterfly mirrors.  It turns out, that's the room my buyer uses as her home office when she's not working at her firm's office.  The buttefly mirrors are still there, and the purple is a great backdrop to her collection of Barbie's.

It was a great night, and when her friend and I met, and I realized it was "that" friend, and she realized I was "that" realtor, we both agreed, the home we were in was destined for the girl with the Barbies.

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Claude Labbe, Realty for Your Busy Life

Real Living | At Home
11 Dupont Circle #650
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 518-8781 bus / (703) 868-7774 mobile
claude@labbe.com

 

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Rainmaker
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Gabe Sanders
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Claude, it sounds to me like her best friend should have chosen you to be her Realtor as well.

Oct 26, 2014 09:32 PM #40
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Joan Valverde
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Claude, Great ending to a situation that could have not turned out so well.  I think it shows true friendship when you can see that it is good for the other person!  Always love it when you show someone a home "out of their area" and they find the perfect home.  Congrats on a win win!!

Oct 27, 2014 01:52 AM #41
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Paula McDonald
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
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I agree with Gabe's comment above.  Isn't it great when our client's are so happy in their new homes?

Oct 27, 2014 03:45 AM #42
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Jim Beitz
Keller Williams Success Realty - East Layton, UT

I was waiting for how the friend turned things sour.  So glad it turned out well.

Oct 27, 2014 03:50 AM #43
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Brian Olsen
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Cooper Jacobs Real Estate Group | Keller Williams

Well Done Claude. I am thrilled things worked out for your client and this BLOG makes me smile : )

ICE CREAM IS GOOD

Oct 27, 2014 05:27 AM #44
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Rekha Vyas
Keller Williams Realty of Brevard - Melbourne, FL

Claude, it must be a great feeling to have clients that are happy with the homes you helped them find and purchase. Congratulations!

Oct 27, 2014 05:40 AM #45
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Claude Labbe
Real Living | At Home - Washington, DC
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Joan Whitebook , Praful Thakkar , Joe Petrowsky 

Exactly. It worked out perfectly

Oct 27, 2014 07:41 AM #46
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Claude Labbe
Real Living | At Home - Washington, DC
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Sussie Sutton You gotta admit...purple butterfies isn't the usual non-descript.

Gabe Sanders If the best friend had chosen me, then there would have been no counterpart, no way for either of them to know how lucky my client was.  So, I'm okay with the counterpart.

Joan Valverde I agree, suggesting "out of the area" isn't my usual go-to option

Oct 27, 2014 07:44 AM #47
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Jeff Jensen
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I like the idea of tubs of ice cream.  Very homey.

Oct 27, 2014 08:09 AM #48
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Claude Labbe
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 Utah Hassle Free Group sour is never good

Paula McDonald  happy is always good

Brian Olsen: Lake Oswego Real Estate smiling is a great way to start the week

Oct 27, 2014 08:46 AM #49
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Claude Labbe
Real Living | At Home - Washington, DC
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Rekha Vyas Professionalism is one thing, happy clients is a higher level.

Jeff Jensen Ice cream is pretty safe; just like wine...you never know who does or doesn't like it, but I find it's safe.

Oct 27, 2014 08:51 AM #50
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Great story Claude and with all these wonderful comments, I thought your post was featured 

Oct 27, 2014 01:06 PM #51
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Claude Labbe
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Robert (Vegas Bob) Swetz , Sometimes the muse is with me as I write and Lady AR Luck smiles.

Oct 28, 2014 07:13 AM #52
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Kevin Mackessy
Blue Olive Properties, LLC - Highlands Ranch, CO
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I have seen so many butterflies on mirrors after renters move out in my properties.  There must be a universal trend between little girls about them.  

Oct 28, 2014 07:38 AM #53
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Claude Labbe
Real Living | At Home - Washington, DC
Realty for Your Busy Life

Kevin Mackessy Evidently, not having any young daughters, I'd think this is a trend that I fully missed. I'll have to ask around the office; now, if little girls were the decision makers, butterfly mirrors would be another way to target.

Oct 28, 2014 12:34 PM #54
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Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl
Samsel & Associates - Clark, NJ
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Hi Claude,

We've thrown housewarming parties for buyers and they've really appreciated it.  We send the invites, provide food and soft drinks (no alcohol) and invite their friends, family and neighbors.  It's always a big hit.

 

Oct 29, 2014 06:45 AM #55
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Claude Labbe
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Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl  The housewarming party is a good idea, does that tell me you are a Buffini graduate?

It's a fun time, for certain.

Oct 29, 2014 06:54 AM #56
Rainmaker
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Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl
Samsel & Associates - Clark, NJ
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Claude Labbe , yes, I am a graduate of Brian Buffini's Peak Producer class.

 

Oct 29, 2014 09:30 AM #57
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Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
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Wow love the Housewarming party, too often we get busy and just send a thank you gift which is appreciated but does not generate a return most of the time, Endre

Aug 04, 2015 04:43 PM #58
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Claude Labbe
Real Living | At Home - Washington, DC
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Endre Barath, Jr. House Warming gifts....you never know, the return may be a year or two down the road.

Oct 09, 2015 10:56 AM #59
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