This Could be YOU, Kyle’s Story

Real Estate Agent with EXP Realty

An idea popped into Kyle’s head before she opened her eyes on a warm September morning in 2015.  She was renting part of her Grandma’s house, but it was being sold. Her mom offered that she could live with her, but this morning Kyle knew that she wanted a place of her own. Breathing in the steam of her first cup of coffee that morning, the idea started taking shape. She wanted a home with a yard for her daughter to play, bedrooms for each of them, space for a real home office, a kitchen where they could cook together, and close to family in Minneapolis.

Kyle works in finance so she knew to start with numbers and called a lender. She had some savings, drafted a budget, and a list of what she wanted in a house. A cousin who is an underwriter for a large mortgage company dangled a huge Friend’s and Family discount that was too good to pass up. 

The search began. So many of the houses looked perfect online, and met her criteria, but were disappointing in real life. They were too expensive, smaller, or needed too much work. It was discouraging, harder matching her wish list to reality than she imagined. There was a house she had her heart set on, made a low offer since it was on the market several months. The seller said no.  At that point she was almost ready to give up. This isn’t how it goes down on HGTV.  She thought that if she waited a few months, the right one would pop up. But a charming, 2 bedroom home with a brand new kitchen and bath, a 2 car garage, a yard, a big basement, at the right price, a few blocks from her mom came on the market.  It was a perfect fit, and she moved in a few days before Thanksgiving.

Kyle and her daughter settled in, and love their new home. Her daughter is delighted that she has a secret hide out, and the hamster she wanted. The best part of having a home office is that she can be there when her daughter comes home from school. Her mom is so excited that she sends friends over to say Hi, and get a tour of their new digs.

Looking back, getting a loan felt like having a 2nd job with a never ending stream of paperwork. There were days when the clock ticked so slowly that every hour felt like a year. The hardest part was making decisions alone. Her mom was her backup, but she was still stressed. 

73% of first time buyers are couples. That leaves 27% who are single. The challenge for singles is that they feel like they are alone on earth making decisions. It’s my job to make sure that they feel protected and I’m their best advocate moving into their new home and new life.

Posted by

Mary Jo Quay

“That’s what I do: I move people—H O M E.”

 Phone: (612) 384-1360

Comments (5)

Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

What a great story and you are a very caring helpful person to them and any client!

Feb 09, 2017 07:16 AM
Mary Jo Quay

Too often we forget how scary and how hard the loan process is. our clients are always grateful when we have our hand to their back.


Feb 09, 2017 08:04 AM
Cheryl Dukes . . . . . Intown Atlanta
Solid Source Realty, Inc. - Atlanta, GA

Single people looking for homes to purchase in Minneapolis are lucky to have the help of a Real Estate Sales Representative like Mary Jo Quay.

Feb 09, 2017 08:10 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

I've been single longer than I was a kid who lived at home or the number of years, married with children. It is hard and challenging to raise children on your own. Kyle is a smart lady! She will prevail because she lives a smart life and wants what's best for herself and her daughter! 

This is a great story!

Feb 13, 2017 04:33 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Mary Jo- what a sweet story.  You're so right, it must be so hard for a single person, much less a single mom, to go through the process of buying a home.  I'm sure you were a much needed support for Kyle as she navigated the home buying process.  

Feb 13, 2017 05:35 PM
Noel Mayer
Upper Montclair Weichert Realtors - Montclair, NJ

Thank you for sharing such beautiful story Mary Jo Quay

Feb 25, 2017 03:05 AM

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