Investor Love! No Horsing Around!

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Investor Love! No Horsing Around!


This  love story is really cool!  An investor was referred to me from an out of state agent. At the time his goal was to purchase multiple properties. The market was hot, hot, hot, at that time and it wasn't easy getting the winning bid. But we did manage to pull off  one successfully.  He was a very detailed investor and all the details needed to be perfect before he'd pull the trigger. Which was perfectly fine with me as that's how I do my business.


This client was a hoot!  He is an Eastern European man with a heavy accent and I always knew when it was him calling me (still do to this day).  He had a different sounding name and he'd always start with Annnnnnnnnna,  very VERY long pause, this is ______. Well of course I knew it was him but I enjoyed playing the game with him.  It always made me smile to know he was calling. He'd first inquire about Gary and see how the family was doing.  I learned a lot about his wife and kids and we got to be good friends over the years. He always apologized profusely for his broken English but I would always say - no worries _____! I figured out how to listen, really listen to him and understood what he was trying to tell me in no time at all.


His strong suit wasn't techie stuff so he always  kindly requested I 'fax' the contract to his banker. Which we did and the banker had him sign the paperwork and sent it back to me - via email. Kind of cumbersome but hey, it worked for him. They obviously knew him well and wanted to take great care of him as did we.


He recently contacted me and inquired into buying property for his son to live in. So far nothing has come together but it will in time.  They plan to move here in the future and I look forward to FINALLY meeting him and his lovely wife in person!  They feel like family to Gary and our office staff. When he calls, we all smile and say - GREAT it's _____ on the phone!'


Investor Love! No Horsing Around!

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


What a charming story, and I love that he stayed in touch with you all this time.  There is no doubt he enjoyed working with you also..It is so nice when one looks forward to an incoming call.  A

Feb 28, 2018 09:21 AM #1
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good afternoon Anna - this is a wonderful relationship you have with your Eastern European client.

Feb 28, 2018 09:53 AM #2
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Anna- I had a huge smile on my face the whole time I read this!  What a bonus to have a relationship like that!!!

Feb 28, 2018 11:07 AM #3
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Anna hope fully you will get to meet this client face-to-face soon, and help him find his dream home.

Feb 28, 2018 11:19 AM #4
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

Hi Anna,
I worked with many investors that I never met.  It's a big responsibility when they're trusting you with such a big decision, isn't it?  Love it. 

Feb 28, 2018 11:28 AM #5
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

How fun! I love reading all these great stories about so many wonderful clients!

Feb 28, 2018 11:57 AM #6
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

That is such a great attitude you have. I have a client in Norway that I just love talking to and working for Anna Banana Kruchten CRS,CRB 

Feb 28, 2018 01:02 PM #7
JL Boney, III
Coldwell Banker - Columbia, SC
Columbia, SC Real Estate

Sounds like you should smile when he calls. I have a buyer searching for homes right now that has no computer and I have to mail her listings to look through. Sometimes you just have to go the extra step to make things easier for someone else.

Feb 28, 2018 01:31 PM #8
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

I have sold properties sight unseen and it is a huge responsibility, but you haven't met him to this day? Now THAT is interesting. When your client finally comes to town, you and Gary must treat him to a special evening out and then tell us all about it.

Feb 28, 2018 01:32 PM #9
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

What a delightful story that is, Anna!  Those of us who have been in this profession awhile, often have lengthy collections of warm memories.

Feb 28, 2018 06:38 PM #10
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

CONGRATULATIONS Anna, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!    

Feb 28, 2018 06:38 PM #11
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

This has been a fun contest. I enjoyed reading about all the wonderful clients members have had and recalling and writing about their love stories.

Feb 28, 2018 09:00 PM #12
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

Great story Anna Banana Kruchten CRS,CRB and I can't wait to read the future blog follow-up when you finally get to meet him in person!

Mar 01, 2018 07:09 PM #13
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Anna, I could have sworn I commented yesterday to this post, looks like it did not stick... loved it yesterday and rereading it today I still love it:) got to love those Eastern European Men:))Endre

Mar 01, 2018 10:38 PM #14
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

That’s a horse of a different color and a positive. You always make the right call!

Mar 02, 2018 02:52 AM #15
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
Carmel by the Sea, CA
Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea

Isn't it wild that in our business we can have clients we've never met although they make a huge investment in real estate? Both buyers and sellers? LOVE real estate and all the wonderful clients that have come through my door over the years. Or NOT come through the door.

Mar 04, 2018 06:43 AM #16
1~Judi Barrett
Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745 - Idabel, OK
BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK

I love these kinds of stories.  We get to meet people from many parts of the world and sometimes actually meet them not just meet them via phone, email, etc.  You took great care of him so he has now sent his son to you.  Smart man.

Mar 04, 2018 02:13 PM #17
Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
Richmond, TX


 What a wonderful story and I love people like that and you will feel like you already know the son and wife! How is Mr. Banana?

Mar 05, 2018 01:24 PM #18
Lynn B. Friedman
Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty Call/Text 404-939-2727 Buckhead - Midtown - Westside -- and more ... - Atlanta, GA
Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers

Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886 
Any update on the Investor? Hopefully you have gotten to meet him already! Lynn

Jul 15, 2018 07:54 PM #19
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