When Love Blooms Between a Buyer and Seller

Real Estate Agent with Front Gate Real Estate Broker 11085

This is the stuff movies are made of...

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Years ago I represented a single mom in the sale of her home. Her family had outgrown their existing home and she wanted a larger home for herself and her two growing children.


The home was perfect for a single person. The buyer was a single man who had been renting. It wasn't long before we proceeded to closing. There appeared to be a few sparks of a romantic nature between the buyer and seller at the closing, although I didn't think much of it at the time.


A few days after closing the buyer contacted me to ask for the sellers phone number. Why? The post office was still delivering mail to the old address and he thought it might be "important". After confirming with my client that it was okay to give him her number, I passed it along.


It seemed awkward that the buyer wanted the sellers phone number after closing, but she didn't mind. I checked in a few weeks after the sale, and they were dating. A few months later, they were exclusive. A little while later, wedding bells were ringing!


sun shining through heart hands

I've told this story before, When Sparks Fly, but because it is Valentines Day, I am sharing it again.


It is heartwarming to see how happy this blended family is. It's been 10 years and their love story still makes me smile.


Realtors get to play "matchmaker" between buyers and houses on a regular basis, but every now and then we get to witness something REALLY special, love blooming between a buyer and seller.


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Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 - Long Beach, NY
LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate

Oh, that's the perfect story! Some things are just meant to be. I've had buyers and sellers become fast friends, but not romantically involved.

Feb 15, 2018 09:24 AM #24
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

When love is in the air we should all breath deep...richfuscious

Feb 15, 2018 03:12 PM #25
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Wow Pat you were more than a Realtor you were a match maker too:)Endre

Feb 15, 2018 06:27 PM #26
J.R. Schloemer, CRS
Kentucky Select Properties - Louisville, KY

That's a pretty awesome story. I wonder if it would still play out today with the way things are going in society. I am happy to hear things are still going strong and they are making money out of the property too.

Feb 15, 2018 07:45 PM #27
Diana Zaccaro
Veterans Realty of Brevard - NOT just for Veterans! - Cocoa Beach, FL
Your Brevard County, Florida coastal connection!

That is a perfect Valentine's Day story and goes to show that truth is stranger than fiction...you can't make up this stuff! The only thing better, Pat, would have been if you were a Notary and had married them. (Notaries can do that here in Florida).

Feb 15, 2018 08:55 PM #28
Dörte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear Pat,

That is a very cute story. Clearly they had the same taste in homes already.

Feb 15, 2018 09:05 PM #29
Kimo Jarrett
WikiWiki Realty - Huntington Beach, CA
Pro Lifestyle Solutions

A very memorable story that brings back memorable moments for most of us. Do you remember when? 

Feb 15, 2018 11:29 PM #30
Pat Starnes, Brandon, MS
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
Broker Associate, ABR, 601-278-4513

Carla Freund and Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner, Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC from #17 and #21, they kept the "spare" house as investment property!

#22 Anthony Kirlew - that would add a new dimension to matchmaking. Just being in the right place at the right time makes it happen.

Feb 16, 2018 06:34 AM #31
Pat Starnes, Brandon, MS
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
Broker Associate, ABR, 601-278-4513

Endre Barath, Jr. #26, I can't take credit for the matchmaking. I was focused on the closing, only slightly aware of the eye contact being made across the table. 

Feb 16, 2018 06:37 AM #32
Pat Starnes, Brandon, MS
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
Broker Associate, ABR, 601-278-4513

#27 J.R. Schloemer, CRS - it was about 10 years ago, so yes I think it could happen again. When cupid draws his arrow, we just have to be open to the possibilities.

Feb 16, 2018 06:39 AM #33
Pat Starnes, Brandon, MS
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
Broker Associate, ABR, 601-278-4513

#28 Diana Zaccaro - we Realtors have so many unusual experiences, we don't have to make stuff up!! I'm so happy for them. They make a great team and have raised a fine family.


Feb 16, 2018 06:42 AM #34
John Wiley
Right Move Real Estate Group- EXP Realty - Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL Real Estate GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Pat, and people say that Realtors® don't do anything meaningful.

I love your story.

Feb 16, 2018 06:58 AM #35
Elyse Berman, PA
Best Connections Realty, Inc. - Boca Raton, FL
Boca Raton FL - (561) 716-7824 - CRS, ABR, GRI

What a great story Pat Starnes, Brandon, MS !  Really enjoyed reading it.

Feb 16, 2018 09:18 AM #36
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Specializing in Brookside, Waldo, Prairie Village

I love this story!! Haven't heard anything like it.  Thanks for posting it.

Feb 16, 2018 12:56 PM #37
Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging that Sells Portland Homes"

What are the odds of that happening?  Pretty slim, I'd guess. Fun story -- thanks for sharing it!!


Feb 16, 2018 05:30 PM #38
Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK

that is one for the books! So did you sell the smaller house too or did they keep it for a rental? 

Feb 17, 2018 12:14 AM #39
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

That is a wonderful story where it is more than just bricks and mortar. Confrats on being involved.

Feb 17, 2018 06:56 PM #40
Patricia Feager
Selling Homes Changing Lives

At the heart of this great American Love story was Pat Starnes, Brandon, MS!!!

I absolutely LOVE this story! 

Feb 25, 2018 06:53 AM #41
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Love your story!  You just never know this day and age as to where love finds a way to happen.  Thank you for sharing!

Feb 25, 2018 12:34 PM #42
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

What a perfect addition to our February Love Contest Pat Starnes, Brandon, MS !

Mar 01, 2018 06:53 PM #43
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