You need to buy a house son!

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799

Lisa Von Domek is hosting our February challenge “It’s February and love is in the air. We are sharing some of our best-loved transactions which are easy to do for me. The first one to pop in my head was representing my son, John Dunham on his first home in 2001 when he was 25 and single.

John graduated from Clemson and was working at Dell computer in 2001. He was living in an apartment and when talking one day I told him you need to buy a house and stop making mortgage payments for your landlord! It didn’t take him long to realize he was ready to be a property owner!

First step pre-approval, I introduced him to one of my favorite lenders.

Second step where to look? John knew the area of town he wanted to live (a good thing to know) and we set out looking at homes and came across a good fit in December 2000, ultimately closing January 2001! His sister wondered why he wanted this more eclectic part of town closer in. Simple answer: he was single and the suburbs were not a fit for his lifestyle.

Made an offer, negotiated and the house was his!

Inspections were completed, repairs negotiated, on to closing.

Working with my son was an amazing experience. I was awed by his level of maturity and confidence he displayed throughout the whole process. I knew the process was overwhelming to him at first but he trusted me and asked the right questions, grasping the reality of what he was undertaking.

The day of closing was a proud moment as I watched him sign on the dotted line! There was probably a little buyer remorse but he knew in his heart this was a smart purchase for his future.

The little boy I so enjoyed growing up become a man. I experienced a tidal wave of mixed emotions of gratitude and realization he was indeed an extraordinary and responsible young adult. He is now a Broker and owner of his own real estate firm Juice Homes.

His clients look to him for direction and guidance as do the agents in his office. John's clients are fiercely loyal and he is well-respected and a leader in the industry and his community. You can see by his engaging smile he is direct, caring and is one to be trusted.  I swell with pride knowing I played a  part in his journey into the real estate world and becoming an amazing husband, father, son, friend and business man.

Your son will hold your hand only for a little while.

But he will hold your heart for a life time…….unknown author

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Ann Nguyen
eXp Realty - Truckee, CA
Lake Tahoe Truckee Homes For Sale

Hi Dorie thank you for sharing this one have a nice day.

Feb 06, 2018 10:59 AM #13
Jane Peters
Home Jane Realty - Los Angeles, CA
Connecting you to the L.A. real estate market

What a great story, Dorie. I can imagine that this was one of the best real estate experiences of your life.


Feb 06, 2018 12:14 PM #14
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Dorie that was a special experience.  I hope to someday soon to be able to do the financing for my boys to purchase their first home.

Feb 06, 2018 04:48 PM #15
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

It is a neat thing to work with our children when they are buying homes.  I've done that a couple of times over the years myself.

Feb 06, 2018 05:02 PM #16
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Dorie Dillard I can only imagine how proud you were when John bought his first home!  And then to go into the business is another blessing. I also thank John Dunham for helping my cousin Sarah and her husband Kaleb with their first home too. 

Feb 06, 2018 05:06 PM #17
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Dorie,  Thanks for sharing this story with us here in the rain.  You are right from a boy to a man!!!

Feb 06, 2018 05:24 PM #18
Patricia Feager
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Dorie Dillard 

Applause! Applause! Applause! Your beautiful son! He listened. He learned. He followed in your footsteps! He is now a Broker & Owner of his own! 

Well done mom!!!

Feb 06, 2018 07:34 PM #19
Corey Martin
Martin Presence Group - Ruston, LA
Real Estate and Management Solutions

Thank you for telling us your amazing, inspirational story. It sounds like it was an amazing experience.

Feb 06, 2018 07:37 PM #20
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Glad your child was different. LOL  I love my daughter, but being her broker when she bought her first house... well she fully admits to being my worst client ever.  3 a.m. phone calls and all.

Feb 06, 2018 07:43 PM #21
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

Hello Dorie,  This is such a fun read.  I must confess I did get a little choked up at the end.  So much pride and so much love.  You did good MOM.  No, you did GREAT. 

Feb 06, 2018 08:08 PM #22
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

That is so awesome that you sold a house to your son. Aren't you lucky that he didn't move far away once he grew up and started a life of his own. 

Feb 06, 2018 08:37 PM #23
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo & Home Sale Specialists

So much to be proud of Dorie. A very nice story to share!

Feb 07, 2018 04:08 AM #24
Ginny Gorman
RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate - North Kingstown, RI
Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond

Dorie Dillard this really touched my heart and I loved the saying at the end....wonderful path he has followed.

Feb 07, 2018 05:23 AM #25
Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group - Alexandria, VA
Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

Dorie, it doesn't get better than helping your son buy his first home. So much love and so much to be proud of!

Feb 07, 2018 05:23 AM #26
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Proud mama!

I know that proud mama feeling really well. It's a great feeling!

I can't think of a better story to share for this month's challenge!

Feb 07, 2018 12:19 PM #27
Carol Williams
U.S.: I specialize in helping agents who have been in the business 2 years or less create a thriving business. - Wenatchee, WA
"Customized Mentoring & Marketing Services"

Hi Dorie,
What a special experience to sell your son his first home... and look at him now!  You have a lot to be proud of.  Thanks for sharing.

Feb 08, 2018 12:20 PM #28
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

Well done, Mom Dorie Dillard ... sounds like you raised a very smart Buyer and wonderful man.  Looks like the apple didn't fall too far from the tree ...  congrats!


Feb 09, 2018 10:48 AM #29
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

OMG, I LOVE this story, Dorie! You know, I've told many of my boys' friends to stop paying someone else's mortgage. Sometimes it take a year or two for them to actually let what I said, sink in but, when they get it, they're READY!

Kudos to John for his success in real estate as well - you know, the apple wasn't going to fall far from that tree! Speaks volumes about YOU, Dorie!

Feb 11, 2018 03:37 PM #30
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

Dorie Dillard and what's not to love about this lovely story?!!  Great entry for our February contest!

Feb 21, 2018 01:04 PM #31
Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 - Long Beach, NY
LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate

That is indeed a heart-warming story. What a great looking family!

Mar 08, 2018 05:57 AM #32
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