Valentine's Day came on February 13 this year , a bittersweet day.

Real Estate Broker/Owner CA#01772851 HI#RB21268

This February I sold a sweet little home to a sweet single lady. Although it was "bittersweet", it made me feel so good.

Let me briefly tell our story:

Two years ago this sweet single lady called me after she had tried to sell her home herself for several months. In the meantime, she kept seeing my yard signs come and go in the neighborhood, as my listings "sold" quickly.

When she called me she told me she wanted to sell her home and move in with her boyfriend who lived about two hours away.

She was in love!

And she was so happy when I sold her home within days.

The moving truck came, and off she went, high hopes for her future.

Fast forward to last summer:

This sweet single lady called me out of the blue and said in a dejected way:

"It's not working out, I want to come back."

She wanted to come back into the same neighborhood, essentially into the same type of house in a similar location. That's not so easy. Even though I got several listings during the next few months in this neighborhood, they weren't "right."


Even better, it was my listing. I had pretty much targeted several homes that I felt were right for her. One she missed out on because her "mum" in England became so ill and she couldn't respond right away.

But when this one came up, well, it was JUST RIGHT. And we got it closed.

Valentine's Day, even "bittersweet" came for my sweet single lady on February 13, 2018.

My Activerain February contest entry.

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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a lovely story.  And so glad it worked out for her and you.  Wishing you a great weekend.  A

Feb 23, 2018 10:12 AM #1
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Nice story, Hella.  Glad your client is happily resettled. 

Feb 23, 2018 10:18 AM #2
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®  what a beautiful story  .These are the ones that really make us feel proud of who we are and touch our hearts .

Your post has been Featured in Bananatude

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Feb 23, 2018 06:00 PM #3
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor® 

Isn't it lovely when everything falls in place just when someone desperately needs it to be so? 

Feb 23, 2018 07:00 PM #4
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor® - What a sweet story! Bitter sweet with a very sweet ending! She was lucky that she had you. You always had her best interest at heart and you went to work to help her settle back to where she knew she belonged. You're making me believe there are Fairy Godmothers, and you're one of them!

Feb 24, 2018 07:39 AM #5
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Hella. Sometimes things work and sometimes they don't.

Feb 24, 2018 08:28 AM #6
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Hi Hella, thanks for sharing this story of love lost, but a house found. Glad she has you. D 

Feb 24, 2018 09:07 AM #7
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
Carmel by the Sea, CA
Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea

Hannah Williams - Thank you so much for the feature on BANANATUDE. That is such an honor to be recognized.

Feb 25, 2018 08:54 AM #8
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

I am selling a house now that the first owner bought from her father, the builder. Then she moved away. As these things go, she came back and missed the house so much that she bought it back. She then sold it to my seller. I can see coming back and wanting to buy a similar home.

Feb 27, 2018 09:46 AM #9
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Hella - all is well than ends well.  Great story and worked out for both of you.

Mar 05, 2018 07:46 PM #10
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Hella

What a wonderful story, for you and for your friend. It's funny how things work out sometimes, isn't it?!


Mar 14, 2018 05:39 PM #11
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Wow, what a story..... but it is sad that her love story with another human did not work out, even her love story with her hood remained strong:) 

Mar 15, 2018 02:54 PM #12
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