My favorite stories in my personal career in real estate involve getting my buyers the house they had been searching for for about a year.
My first stories involve buyers from out of state. They had sold their home there and were in a race against time to find a home to move into. They had looked in Mt. Horeb and had fallen in love. They knew they wanted an old house with character but not a fixer upper. They had looked so much they even knew their favorite neighborhoods. But nothing was on the market. So I drafted a letter to send to homeowners in those character filled, old home neighborhoods to see if anyone was thinking of selling. Sure enough, someone was. She was hesitant to pay a Realtor as she hadn't lived in the home to truly make a good deal of money on it. So I wrote the offer that was a win-win for everyone. It was a great situation! I'm still so thankful to that homeowner for answering that letter. Many seller think those are Realtor "traps" to get a listing--that we really don't have a buyer. Truth is, I never listed that house, and in fact, didn't make a whole lot of money on that transaction, but the payment isn't always monetary. I have two great new friends in town, and the way it all worked out made me feel like a million bucks!
My other story is quite similar. My buyers have been looking for over a year for something very specific. As we were driving home from a showing, they pointed to a house and said, "why doesn't something like THAT come on the market?". Turns out I knew the neighbors of those homeowners and mentioned to them that I had clients wanting to live there. They told me they thought they were going into foreclosure. I did a search and hold on the title--turns out they were right. Therefore, I wrote a letter to the owners tellig them about my buyers and my experience working with foreclosures. Right now I'm helping them with the lender to get an offer accepted!
Here's why that story makes me feel great about my job. These sellers had their lender calling them and sending letters, but they weren't responding. They were in a place emotionally where they were embarrassed, afraid and somewhat in denial. We all live in a small town where its scary to have people know your personal trials for fear of judgement. Thankfully, they put their trust in me and this situation is now completely under control. They will not face foreclosure, and they are able to even sell in a situation that will allow them to walk away from the closing table with a little cash in their pocket. Mrs. Seller thanked me profusely the other day because now she is able to sleep at night. I'm thankful they trusted me to help.