Love is in Air Part 1

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One of my favorite transactions was my one of my first. This sweet young couple came in with their realtor. They were relocating from Chicago in 90 days and had 3 days to find a home for their young family. He had served in the army, and I love my vets. 


They came back on day 3 and said this is the home we want! We wrote up the contract only a couple of caveats they wanted tile floor and granite countertops, but they had no time and to go to the design center. The young man piped up "You dress nice and have style you pick it out for us." Being new to the industry I said sure. I got so many calls from my more tenured collegaues asking me if I really did agree to pick those things out for the buyer and I said yes. I would never do that now, I know too many pitfalls.


It came for them to close and walk their home they loved it! They were so grateful they got me a closing gift!


Fastforward 7 years later, I am now with another builder and it is time for these young people to upgrade. She walked into my model, she recognized me right away. She reminded me that I had picked their selections for them, I said oh I do remember, and I said I do not do that anymore. She told me they were going to move in a few months and would bring hubby out close to the time. I followed up, left messages, got her once and she said we are not there yet.


Once their home was ready her hubsand call Yolanda, I showed her 3 homes which fit their criteria. She told me which one her husband would like and he did, now it was a matter of the numbers. I worked on the deal, got them the best deal I could because I really wanted to sell to them again because they were such good people. A deal was struck. The husband kept saying next home we will just call Yolanda. 

They were moved to Austin for his career, and the wife and I are facebook friends so I followed their progress. When they left Austin they did call me however, I was not selling the product they wanted or the neighborhood.


They have bought a beautiful home on the lake in the Bridgelands and the kids are teenagers and so cute! He has done very well in his career and my new company actually hopes to do business with them. They are a good family and have done very well for themselves and managed to stay humble and sweet through it all!

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Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert 

Thank you for sharing your information

Have a great day.

Feb 12, 2018 11:52 AM #1
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Vision Quest Realty - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

I don't think I would be picking out items for my clients...that is too risky, but so glad it worked out for you, Yolanda.

Feb 12, 2018 12:46 PM #2
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

What a great story, what we do when we are new in the business many of us learn over time to change our approach. Glad it all worked out. Obviously they loved your choices coming back to you for their move up home.

Feb 12, 2018 02:25 PM #3
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a wonderful story you shared with us.  And how fun that you continue to be friends...Love is in the air.  A

Feb 12, 2018 03:34 PM #4
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

You are experiencing a little deja vu all over again with that client, Yolanda.  How cool!

Feb 12, 2018 06:16 PM #5
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

What a happy story and glad they remembered you and the fine job you did. 

Feb 12, 2018 08:57 PM #6
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for sharing your experience and this story.

Feb 13, 2018 03:30 AM #7
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I am sure they felt a strong rapport with you and I am glad things worked out with you picking out the particulars of their home!

Feb 13, 2018 05:16 AM #8
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I am glad to read this story about how you helped this couple, Yolanda.  Nicely done.

Feb 13, 2018 05:22 AM #9
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Yolanda. What a great story. I wouldn't have made their selections b ut glad it all worked out.

Feb 13, 2018 06:52 AM #10
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Yolanda, what a sweet story, and is so fun working with past clients and watching the kids grow.

Feb 13, 2018 07:32 AM #11
Curtis Van Carter
Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group - Yountville, CA
Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire


Was trying to think of an adjective that hasn't already been used by others above. I chose super, cheers cvc

Feb 14, 2018 08:33 AM #12
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

What a great story Yolanda, my intent was to stop in and check how your Valentines Day went? Endre

Feb 14, 2018 11:29 PM #13
Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
Richmond, TX

Endre Barath, Jr. Bob and I celebrated early we had some really great chammy then went to Pappa's Steakhouse and had a wonderful evening. How was yours?

Feb 15, 2018 09:55 AM #14
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

A lovely story and entry for our Love contest Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert Thank you for sharing it!

Feb 15, 2018 06:12 PM #15
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