Dad's Surprise - It's February and Love is in the Air

Real Estate Broker/Owner with ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors

On day two of touring homes with a Multi-Generation relocation family, they wanted to look at a couple homes outside of their budget. Dad and mom, and the daughter and son-in-law were all anxious to move to our area for its soothing connection to Nature. They were burnt out on a frenetic lifestyle prevalent in the area they chose to leave.  Especially, the younger husband. He desperately needed a break from his highly-stressful job as a TV producer. 


Naturally, they fell in love with the last home. A gorgeous estate on five acres with sweeping views of the valley and the Columbia River. It was perfect for their needs. We watched them run excitedly through the two levels of separate living quarters. Built-in bookshelves throughout - they all love to read, a media room, and a sauna drew admiration. Exploring the acreage, they were delighted to discover a hammock between trees with views of Mt. Hood. 


However, since it was clearly over the agreed upon price point, things got quiet and awkward as we prepared to leave. Neither family had sold their current property back home. 


The fiscally conservative and practical father took us aside and quietly asked us to please write up a full-price cash offer. When the rest of the family figured out what was going on,  a group hug led to happy tears, and a chorus of “Really? Are you sure? Can we really do this?”  It turns out they could - and they did.


We last heard from them around Christmas, and it’s no surprise to hear they are all thriving in their new home and loving their shared life together. 


This is an entry into Lisa Von Domek's contest, It's February and Love is in the Air.   Thanks Lisa! 

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ViewHomes™ grew out of our passion for nature, beautiful surroundings, and peaceful environments. Starting together in an urban environment, over the years we've gravitated towards areas with smaller populations and less density. We now enjoy our lifestyle in a rural environment, but with close proximity to metropolitan areas where we appreciate all the amenities of fine restaurants, shopping, and an easy drive to an international airport.
Living in ViewHomes™ is like having “elbowroom for the soul”.

314 NE Cedar Street
Camas, WA  98607





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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hell Debb and Bernie,  You are going stong on finding these home and people are into it in your area.  How Sweet.

Feb 14, 2018 08:31 AM #1
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 an awesome story, Debb!   Thanks for sharing!

Feb 14, 2018 08:42 AM #2
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I had chills reading this story.  What a wonderful surprise ending, and I so love that you and Bernie found them the perfect place...Love what a present it is!  A

Feb 14, 2018 09:36 AM #3
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Happy Valentines' Day to Will, I am. ;)

Hi Carol. Thanks we love this family.

Alexandra, they are a delightful family and "Dad," is just the most wonderful man. He was thrilled to surprise them. 

Feb 14, 2018 09:39 AM #4
JL Boney, III
Coldwell Banker - Columbia, SC
Columbia, SC Real Estate

Not a lot of these stories end nearly as well as this one did. I am sure they are all really happy with Dad too.

Feb 14, 2018 09:59 AM #5
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Yep, dad really pulled a rabbit out of his wallet. Ha. Thanks for the visit JL. 

Feb 14, 2018 10:04 AM #6
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Debb and Bernie- I love feel-good stories like this one!  Dads will always be dads, no matter how old you are. 

Feb 14, 2018 10:24 AM #7
Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group - Alexandria, VA
Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

Debb, such a happy and touching story. I love ones like this and it's so special you were a part of it. Dad sounds like a class act!

Feb 14, 2018 11:21 AM #8
Pat Starnes, Brandon, MS
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
Broker Associate, ABR, 601-278-4513

I can imagine all the hugs and excitement when the family figured out that Dad upped the ante. I'm glad the family got their dream home away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Feb 14, 2018 05:07 PM #9
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

What a happy ending. Many buyers tell us to keep the price at a certain level until of course they find exactly what they want and then they open the purse strings.

Feb 14, 2018 05:22 PM #10
Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Apex, NC
Raleigh - Cary Triangle Real Estate 919-602-8489

Wow! How sweet was that? I love it when things work out for everyone!

Feb 14, 2018 07:25 PM #11
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
Keller Williams 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce - Short Sale

It sounds like a happily ever after of the most wonderful kind !

Feb 15, 2018 03:08 AM #12
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Debb and Bernie - a story will a happy ending.  The stretch was worth it for them.

Feb 15, 2018 06:07 AM #13
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Such a wonderful thing, there is no price tag on happiness.  I have had quite a few buyers that have chosen to go above their intended budget and it is great when they can actually do that.

Feb 15, 2018 06:10 AM #14
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Debb. Oh what a lovely story and wonderful outcome. So very special.

Feb 15, 2018 06:52 AM #15
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Congratulations on another successful transaction with a great story to share.

I love happy endings.

Feb 15, 2018 07:12 AM #16
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

I love those kinds of stories and being a part of them is priceless!

Feb 15, 2018 07:32 AM #17
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

What a lovely story Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD and a fortunate family to find such a fabulous Dream Home!

Mar 02, 2018 07:35 AM #18
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