A Letter To My Dear Old House

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 311291
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Selling homes for me is not about sticks and bricks and taking another listing and making another sale.

  Clients, that I choose to work with, are special and unique and many times their home is just as special and unique.

 

 

 

12310 Bonita Ave 410-530-2400

 

Please take some time to read this letter written by the owner of my

newest special home. 

 

Received 8/11/2016

 

To my dear old house,

It is with a heavy heart that I am writing this letter to you, although I know it is time.

As you know, I haven’t been spending as much time with you over the last few years.

You know that I have gotten married since I bought you 15 years ago, you were with us when we got engaged. That was a special night, and there is nowhere else I would have rather received my marriage proposal than there within your sturdy walls.

Well, my husband also has a house. The unfortunate reality is that we can’t continue to keep you both.  I just can’t take care of you the way I used to and you don’t deserve that. 

The location of his house just makes better sense for us for many reasons at this point in our lives. It gives us the opportunity to be equidistant to both our families and to be together full time, which is why we got married, right?

Please believe it’s not because of you and please don’t think I am giving up on you. I have so many fond memories of times we have had with you; enjoying the birds, evenings on the covered front porch, coffee on the patio, sitting by the fire pit listening to the crickets, holidays and family gatherings, gently warming our bones in front of the wood stove  in winter, and of course the seven years we had our beloved Duke there with us, including the night he took his last breath.

  You have sheltered me through many storms, some from Mother Nature, some from life, and I am so grateful to you for that.  I had a vision for you, a dream that I could restore you to your younger self and I have accomplished a lot of what needed to be done and think you look beautiful.

But now, I need to find someone else who will care about you as much as I do and make you look like the special house you are, on the inside and out.

We have found someone who we really believe will help us accomplish that, you met her this week. She had lots of good things to say about you, I am proud of you. 

Please bear that in mind as you receive lots of visitors over the upcoming weeks.

No matter how long it takes, I promise we will leave you in good hands.

Signed,

Your grateful homeowner since 2001

 

 

 Real estate is not about sticks and bricks.

 

Margaret Rome 410-530-2400

 

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Andrea Bedard I got those same goosebumps. Our homes hold so many things and they are not all tangible.

Aug 11, 2016 01:16 AM #10
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Lovely letter and a perfect way to assist a seller in moving through the letting go process. Love it!

Aug 11, 2016 01:20 AM #11
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Anna Banana Kruchten It is a way to "move" forward in this process. I knew you would love it!

Aug 11, 2016 01:24 AM #12
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Aug 11, 2016 01:36 AM #13
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marti garaughty Love being featured as a sharp cookie. Still love my book cover!!

Aug 11, 2016 01:38 AM #14
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I've never felt that way about a house.  When I pack up my family and things I move my "home" to the next place.  I take my memories and I leave behind the "house".  I actually think being too emotionally involved with a house can harm a seller in negotiations. I've seen it time and time again.  So we'll just have to disagree on this point.

Aug 11, 2016 02:20 AM #15
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What a touching tribute to this old home that has given joy and shelter Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland 

Aug 11, 2016 02:41 AM #16
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Tammy Lankford, We are not disagreeing. To some people houses are just sticks and bricks. To others there is emotional involvement. The good agent knows the difference and keeps the emotions away from the buyers. Thanks for stopping by.

 

Aug 11, 2016 02:48 AM #17
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Hi Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, I was emotional reading this letter and don't even know this seller. While we sell homes each and every day, it means a lot more than signing papers and receiving a big check for many homeowners. Thank you for sharing!

Aug 11, 2016 04:07 AM #18
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Beth Atalay I do know what you mean. You are sensitive and caring about your clients...traits that are admirable in a Realtor®

Aug 11, 2016 06:32 AM #19
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How beautiful...I do agree with Tammy Lankford, about "home" being where you are at the time, but I, like your seller, do get emotional about houses. 

 

Aug 11, 2016 07:01 AM #20
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very emotional . I loved this read. I feel the same way about my home. Glad it is not on the market. I would be on of those sellers .lol

Aug 11, 2016 07:30 AM #21
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Sharon Harris Continue to enjoy and make memories in your home.

Aug 11, 2016 09:21 AM #22
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Very touching love letter Margaret. 

I hope that she can sign the papers when the time comes.

Find some good owners to adopt this precious home.

Bob

 

Aug 11, 2016 01:13 PM #23
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Thanks Bob Crane I am looking for that one lucky buyer. BTW I like your new photo!

Aug 11, 2016 01:25 PM #24
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Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland Like Beth Atalay , I was very emotional reading this letter.  Lovely and so heartfelt.  This house needs a special buyer and I'm sure that person will come along soon.

Aug 14, 2016 02:03 AM #25
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Elyse Berman Looking for that one lucky buyer. This seller loves this house and would like to see someone with the same passion.

Aug 14, 2016 04:23 AM #26
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that's beautiful; I do hope the home finds another grateful owner, and a new buyer finds this wonderful home.

Surely you can help in this matchmaking Margaret.

Sep 03, 2016 01:18 PM #27
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Claude Labbe I am working on finding that one lucky buyer. Maybe you have someone in DC that wants to move to this wonderful home! 

Sep 03, 2016 01:30 PM #28
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We have found the lucky buyer and are under contract!

Sep 28, 2016 08:44 AM #29
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