Some families you hate to see leave.....

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799

Love is in the air this February! Lisa Von Domek is playing off the season by hosting a fun challenge in Active Rain. We are writing about transactions that we hold dear and why we love them. I’m fortunate to have many clients that come to mind so what fun to relive some awesome transactions!

In 1996 Tim and Brenda purchased a new David Weekley from me in Canyon Creek. Tim and Brenda made friends easily and became the “fun” house on their street (where all the action was) and everyone loved their capricious way of approaching life! Two boys came along and they were ready to move to a larger home; so in 2005 I listed their home as the boys wanted a pool. My son John Dunham sold it to his buyers!

We found the picture-perfect property with a front and rear porch elevation and a large lot large enough to add the pool of their dreams! The pool was installed and many “happenings” occurred and they again became the “go” to home (why does this not surprise me).

The kids went off to college and graduated, and they became empty nesters. It was time to shed responsibilities and smart size into a lock and go gated community.

In 2011 I listed their home once again and we ended up back in Canyon Creek in the Villas of Canyon Creek picking out a lot and building a wonderful David Weekley single story, backing to a green belt! Once again Brenda and Tim managed to rally the troops into wine tasting events, girl’s wine parties, book clubs and so much more within the 53 homes built in the Villas!


Sons married and a grandbaby arrived! There were lots of flights to Boston to rejoice in these milestone events. The big moves began as their sons careers took them to CA (back where they were all from). It wasn’t long and I received the call in 2015 they wanted to sell but this time they were moving back to CA . It was time to say good-bye to a family I now miss dearly! Even the post lady stopped in to see them on moving day wanting some of Brenda’s “Balls” that were such a hit! Yes her rum balls were to die for!

6 transactions later Tim and Brenda headed back to Newport Beach CA and are living the dream! I still hear from them every year…. Some families you just hate to see leave….

Life is better when you’re laughing…..

The only limits in life are the ones you make…

Great is the human who has not lost his childlike heart…

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Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Hi Brian,

I'm very fortunate to have loyal clients and this family I truly miss. They are both engineers so each transaction was not easy but I learned a lot from them and they always appreciated I had their back!

Feb 13, 2018 05:02 AM #5
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
"Franklin MA Homes"

Good morning, Dorie Dillard this is the type of story that you remember forever...

Feb 13, 2018 05:13 AM #6
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Good morning Dorie.  It's hard to watch friends leave.  Especially ones that have become so dear to you.

Feb 13, 2018 05:16 AM #7
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

What a great story Dorie Dillard.

Did you ever get the recipe for the rum balls?


Feb 13, 2018 05:57 AM #8
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

That is a great story Dorie Dillard , great service lasts for ever

Feb 13, 2018 06:26 AM #9
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
Keller Williams 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce - Short Sale

Some clients become "family" and we miss them as their lives change and they move to a new location.

Feb 13, 2018 07:22 AM #10
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Dorie,  What a great story and yes there are some friends that you make for life in our business.


Feb 13, 2018 07:37 AM #11
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Good morning Dorie Dillard, I love to hear stories such as this one. It's a pleasure and a great honor when we form a relationship with our clients.

Feb 13, 2018 07:41 AM #12
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Dorie -that is really a great story of life cylce and real estate and it shows the power of connections.

Feb 13, 2018 07:46 AM #13
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

Such a nice story to read Dorie. We never know our future paths, and it seems this family made a terrific impression to all they met.

Feb 13, 2018 08:03 AM #14
Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtors, Philly Main Line

Love clients like this who are loyal and such fun to work with as well. Great story.

Feb 13, 2018 08:46 AM #15
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

HI Dorie Dillard - Your post hits a nerve. There are many who sell and leave the area and I dearly miss them as well. 

Feb 13, 2018 09:52 AM #16
Corey Martin
Martin Presence Group - Ruston, LA
Real Estate and Management Solutions

There are those clients that we never want to see go. But life happens. Thanks for sharing. 

Feb 13, 2018 01:25 PM #17
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a lovely story of longevity and friendship.  Of course, I am not surprised at all, because of who you are.  A

Feb 13, 2018 02:20 PM #18
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Dorie, Tim and Brenda sound like one of those special clients we are fortunate to meet along the way that makes this job a little more special.

Feb 13, 2018 04:39 PM #19
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Stories like that one are so wonderful to hear.  Once in awhile, I'll be riding around, and see homes I've listed and sold, each with a story to tell.

Feb 13, 2018 05:25 PM #20
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

CONGRATULATIONS Dorie, on having this blog FEATURED in the PHOTOS group!

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Feb 13, 2018 05:26 PM #21
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

Dorie, what a wonderful story to share for our February contest. Thank you

Feb 13, 2018 07:08 PM #22
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

These are the families we wish had stayed "Texans" for life Dorie Dillard but sadly, sometimes we lose some...LOL

Feb 21, 2018 01:02 PM #23
Sybil Campbell
Long and Foster REALTORS® 5234 Monticello Ave Williamsburg, Virginia - Williamsburg, VA
REALTOR® ABR, SFR, SRES Williamsburg, Virginia

It's nice when you have clients like that Dorie. I've grown close to some of mine over the years as well.

Mar 14, 2018 12:43 PM #24
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