Love Means Giving to Those in Need

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Love Means Giving to Those in Need


This was a staging where I met the client only once and we probably exchanged fewer than 200 words.

Stepping into the “way back” machine once again, this was when the market and economy were in the tank.

I’d met a wonderful agent through the Women’s Council of Realtors whobefore curb appeal began handling a lot of short sales. She learned everything she could about them and as a consequence began to get many referrals.

She called me one day and asked if I would be interested in helping someone and donating my services. She went on to tell me that she donates her time and commission to one client a year.


And this client needed a lot of help. He lived alone in a home that he inherited from his father. It was a very modest home in need of repairs, landscaping, cleaning, editing, or a bulldozer.


The house was in a good location, not far from the beaches and she wanted to get as much for the seller as she could so he could move on to a “right-sized” home that didn’t require as much maintenance.


Mr. Seller had some issues that prevented him from taking much of an active part in the preparation for the sale.

The agent and I arrived at his house and as I said before, he was a man of very few words.  As I walked through the house and made suggestions, he listened and nodded, but I had the feeling that if anything was going to get done it was going to be by the agent and her crew.



Oh yes, did I mention that she was paying for a landscaper and bringing in her family and a small crew to help clean and edit?

I worked with some of the items in the living room and kitchen but couldn’t do much more until the house was edited and cleaned.


In so many ways this situation was a sad one and yet it also renewed my faith in people.


This agent’s desire and commitment to give back and to help someone even at a time when many agents were struggling made me realize that no matter what anyone has or doesn’t have, they always have something they can give to others.

This post is written as an entry in Lisa Von Domeks February Contest-It’s February and Love Is In the Air.  



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Donald Urschalitz
One World Realty Inc. - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

Excellent, giving back brings so many rewards for everyone.

Feb 12, 2018 05:43 AM #6
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Thanks for this wonderful story, Kathy.  I'm glad to read that there are still good people out there.

Feb 12, 2018 06:28 AM #7
Pat Starnes, Brandon, MS
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
Broker Associate, ABR, 601-278-4513

Truly this is a heartwarming story. We've all pitched in from time to time to help clients who needed us. This is a perfect example of giving without expecting anything in return.

Feb 12, 2018 08:12 AM #8
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents
Lyon Real Estate - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

It doesn't surprise me that this agent did short sales. It takes a certain amount of compassion for the sellers involved to do it, more so than selling non short sales.

Feb 12, 2018 09:00 AM #9
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

There have been several times when I have encountered sellers who for one reason or another required assistance.  I have found ways to help where I could.

Feb 12, 2018 09:57 AM #10
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Sham Reddy Thank you!

Gita Bantwal I totally agree! 

Brian England She's a very caring person. She also  helped a friend when she couldn't get her lender to even talk to her about a loan remodification. 

Feb 12, 2018 11:56 AM #11
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Joe Pryor well that's one reason! And thankfully, you don't have to be rich to be giving. 

Wayne Martin she became the one many agents and attorneys turned to when short sales started first started happening here. 

Feb 12, 2018 11:59 AM #12
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Donald Urschalitz you can't help but have a good feeling when you do something for someone else. 

Gabe Sanders These feel good stories are needed, don't you think!

Feb 12, 2018 12:23 PM #13
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Pat Starnes, Brandon, MS everything doesn't always have to be about money,!

Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents good point. I'm not sure if others would have helped, thinking that it was far below a pricepoint they worked. But thank goodness for her. 


Feb 12, 2018 12:26 PM #14
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Myrl Jeffcoat I've met so many agents who went beyond what was expected of them. 

Feb 12, 2018 12:27 PM #15
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kathy there is always someone in more need than us, no matter how limited the resources may be.  Even if we only have a penny, there is most likely someone who needs it more than us.

Feb 12, 2018 12:53 PM #16
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a great story you shared.  There are angel / agents everywhere and miracles abound.  A

Feb 12, 2018 01:08 PM #17
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good afternoon Kathy - we are rich by what we can give.  Kudos to you and the agent and i have also done this.  You both brightened someone's life.

Feb 12, 2018 02:15 PM #18
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"

What a great story of compassion and definitely qualifies for a "love" challenge.  Thanks for sharing, Kathy! 

Feb 12, 2018 03:29 PM #19
Patricia Feager
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Deja vu! Between 2006 - 2010 I did a lot of short sales and foreclosures. People really needed help. There were many houses I had to clean, haul in dirt, plant flowers, move furniture, and console the owners who all had serious problems and it was a very depressing time for so many people. Those were very tough years on me too; yet I managed to help and succeed but watching them walk away was so hard. Although the thanked me, sincerely thanked me, I know they were emotionally scarred and scared. In the end, 80% of the banks did not pay for my hard work because in the 12th hour, the Bank b basically told me, no, they didn't have the money to pay, like they thought they could.

I learned, sometimes, money can't be counted on but when people who really need other people have someone to count on, it is a blessing and not a monetary reward. 

Feb 12, 2018 04:08 PM #20
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Kathy there are two types of people, those who give and the others who take... the more wealth you have the more you give if you are a giver.... the more you have the less you give if you are a taker... check out the affluent players of the Globe and it will confirm what I just said... now to your post GOOD FOR YOU!!!Endre

Feb 12, 2018 10:26 PM #21
Jane Peters
Home Jane Realty - Los Angeles, CA
Connecting you to the L.A. real estate market

Wow, that is one heck of a kind person. And good for you for your contribution. I love it.

Feb 12, 2018 10:46 PM #22
James Dray
Fathom Realty AR LLC - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Kathy.

Well this is a new one on me.  Would love to have that agent in my area.  I'm going to mention this one at our next meeting

Feb 13, 2018 03:15 AM #23
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

What a great thing to do for that seller. I hope he found a nice place to call home and it happy now.

Feb 13, 2018 01:49 PM #24
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

This lovely story is going to be a favorite of mine in our Love contest Kathy Streib thank you for sharing it!

Feb 15, 2018 06:23 PM #25
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