Love is in the air #1

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Real Estate Agent with Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 PA License - AB067198
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Many years ago, I got a call from an elderly customer. She had heard about me through the work I do at Surrey Services for Seniors. She lived on her own in a second floor condo, could I stop by and let her know what she needed to do to get her home sold.

When I arrived, I had expected to meet an elderly single lady, who was most likely a little frail. She had told me she was in her late 70's.

Well, did I get a surprise. Firstly, she had a wonderful attitude, full of energy, spry and very humorous. She was part of the Surrey Services Choir group and she enjoyed performing very much. 

Looking around her condo it became obvious that some things needed to be put away. She was planning to move to Cleveland to be near her son and his family as they needed some help. Note, they needed the help, not her, I had quickly realized she was absolutely fine where she was and this transaction was going to be a little hard for her letting go of her home which she loved.

My background is in antique ceramics and I offered to pack up all her breakables for her, Trudy came by and made some staging suggestions, and we soon had the place looking great. It ended up selling quickly and as we approached settlement she said she wanted to take us out for dinner for all our help.

We arrived to pick her up and out she comes wearing leather pants and a leather jacket. Rocking it! We both looked at each other and said we hope we have that much energy and go when we are her age. 

I learned just because someone is elderly, they are only as old as they allow themselves to feel. This client felt young and acted young. She rarely complained, and when she did, there was often a very good reason and she maintained a very positive attitude throughout.

As a Tredyffrin Easttown and Main Line realtor, I work diligently to make sure clients understand the process, are comfortable and confident making the decision required throughout the transaction and also have some fun as well. Call me today whether you are buying or selling Nick Vandekar, Selling The Main Line with Long & Foster Real Estate Inc., office 610-225-7400, cell or text 610-203-4543, email Nick@VandekarTeam.com,  www.SellingTheMainLine.com

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Pat Champion
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Great post you are right it is all about attitude. Thanks for sharing, enjoy your weekend.

Feb 01, 2019 09:52 AM #5
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Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
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My mother sounds much like this woman, Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 ... upbeat, energetic, fashionable, and determined.  All that at (almost) 94 years of age!  What an inspiration they are ... they show us the way ...

Gene

Feb 01, 2019 11:09 AM #6
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Amanda S. Davidson
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Nick, I love your post and I hope it's featured. Incredible that she was moving to help them but, my favorite part was her outfit when you picked her up for dinner. That's the best!

Feb 01, 2019 12:55 PM #7
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Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Pat Champion very true, I keep reminding myself of that.

Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi you are lucky to still have her around. All our parents have died. 

Amanda S. Davidson she cracked me up when she came out, and she knew how to make an entrance as well, very tall.

Feb 01, 2019 01:14 PM #8
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
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Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 - What a hoot! That woman knows how to live and will enjoy every minute of everything she does! Plus, she taught you and Trudy a thing or two!

I guess it is really, really true, you can't judge a book by its cover, or any woman's age wearing leather pants and a leather jacket!

Feb 01, 2019 01:17 PM #9
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Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP she was great fun to work with and a hoot to be with as well. You never knew what was going to come out of her mouth, a song, a joke or an impersonation.

Feb 01, 2019 01:24 PM #10
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Hannah Williams
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Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543  I have a friend who is in her early eighties that could dance rings around us both. She would be just like this lady in leather pants and boots and she would have a young man on her arm who was very attentive and in love with her --age is just a number 

Feb 01, 2019 01:54 PM #11
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Oh, now that's my kind of woman - spunky, stylish and a great sense of humor! I'm always even more drawn to people like that when they are elderly too - I don't know what it is but, they keep a smile on your face, don't they, Nick?!

Feb 01, 2019 03:05 PM #12
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Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
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Nick, I am an old person too and no one thinks that of me when they meet me, they think he is so immature and does not act his age:)) I take it as a compliment... with that said I liked your client sight unseen:))Endre

Feb 01, 2019 11:15 PM #13
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Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Hannah Williams I am sure my client was a dancer as well and she had tons of stamina.

Debe Maxwell, CRS as our parents are all deceased I find helping seniors allows me to in some way connect with a parent figure.

You are not old Endre Barath, Jr. or you are still using your high school photo, but I saw a great quote, If I was blind and could not see myself in the mirror I would swear I was 50 years old said by a 70 year old person. It is all in the mind, which I am sure they taught you in Ranger School.

Feb 02, 2019 06:07 AM #14
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Joan Cox
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Nick, so fun, and nice to read about your sweet client!   Hope we all are agile, and full of energy as we age.

Feb 02, 2019 06:47 AM #15
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Brian England
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I play tennis with many guys that are quite a bit older than I am and I hope that I have that much energy left when I am their age.

Feb 02, 2019 07:22 AM #16
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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Yes Nick this is a photo of a hundred years ago and it is mind over matter indeed, I do not mind:)) it is funny when the old guy looks back in the mirror I wonder who he is?:)Endre

Feb 02, 2019 07:51 PM #17
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Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Joan Cox I think it is all in your mind. 

Brian England if you keep playing I am sure you will.

Endre Barath, Jr. Iam sure that is not true, but it is mind over matter. You just have to keep going and telling yourself you can do it.

Feb 03, 2019 02:07 PM #18
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Nick- I love this story. Just today I was speaking with a friend whose mother just turned 100 years young a few weeks ago. Just last year she was in a fashion show in the community where she lives!!!

Feb 03, 2019 03:10 PM #19
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Norma J. Elkins
Elite Realty Group - Morristown, TN
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Love the story and I can picture the leather pants and jacket.  Priceless.  Thanks for sharing!

Feb 04, 2019 07:57 AM #20
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Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Kathy Streib love your story, these people often put us to shame with the energy and love of life they have.

Norma J. Elkins it was a picture, she was quite tall and that outfit looked gorgeous on her.

Feb 04, 2019 10:47 AM #21
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Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
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I hope this will be me as I continue to age "gracefully". When the time comes, I hope my friends and I are the life of the party at the senior center, or nursing home, whatever the case may be.

Feb 05, 2019 12:27 PM #22
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Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
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Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty I intend to go out partying or hiking. 

Feb 06, 2019 02:08 PM #23
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Hello Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 I love this story and it proves that you are only as old as you feel!

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