Once Upon a Time...

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     Once upon a time...we were asked to list a house that had been home to a family with a dozen children.   All of them had now grown up...Mom and Dad and the youngest child who had some challenges were the only ones rambling around in this large house.  

  big house  The acre of yard had seen picnics, softball and volleyball games..the basketball hoop on the garage had offered great entertainment.  

      One of the things I remember most about the house was the large dining area adjacent to the kitchen that had a table that sat 14 people.. Mom had decorated cakes...it began as a hobby and word of her talents spread as wedding cakes had their place of honor with children and  later wedding cakegrandchildren's weddings. It was "her income" for the little extras that took on a much larger dimension with twelve children. I remember her saying that it was "always someone's birthday" and she enjoyed adding to the festivities with her cake decorating talents.

   Dad's health was failing and his first concern was that his wife of over half a century would live in a place she could manage with their their daughter.  A ranch condo with minimal driving distance to stores and things important to their lifestyle was the perfect answer for the next place to call home.

  condo We found exactly that with newer construction...two bedroom and two baths...enough space for Mom and Dad's privacy and a place their daughter could call her own.

   I remember the first time after we had an accepted offer that the daughter saw the condo...her eyes got saucer size...."It's like a hotel !" she shrieked...not believing her good fortune at being able to call this home.

   The day came to close on the BIG house...by this time, Dad was wheelchair bound and  they had pre signed the documents, given us champagnetheir POA and we gave the key to one of the children at closing. We met them back at the condo with a check from the proceeds, a bouquet and sparkling grape juice appearing "champagne like" to celebrate this once in a lifetime very special occasion.

    Kisses, hugs, tears...everything a new homecoming should be...and then I gave Mom and Dad their check which was still a healthy five figures after paying for the condo in full.

   I can still hear "Mom"...."We never had a savings account....until now...thank you sooo much."  More tears and hugs....and a memorable "Happily Ever After" for everyone.

     If you or someone you know is looking for their next happily ever after...Call the Hansons, Broker Associates with EXP Realty in southeastern Wisconsin.. We are honored to be of service for all things real estate.

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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Sounds like us, minus a couple children and being in wheelchairs.  Although that prospect isn't unlikely in the future!

However, I will expect such treatment, and a happy outcome, from you, albeit in a state with a warmer climate.

Make it so, Number 1.


Feb 09, 2019 04:33 AM #9
Peter Mohylsky, SoWal Expert
Gulf Place @ 30A - Santa Rosa Beach, FL
Let me help you find your path to the beach.

A great story to read on this winter morning, thanks for sharing this information.

Feb 09, 2019 04:39 AM #10
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Sally K. & David L. Hanson ,

I love happy endings and this one was a good one for sure. This real estate gig offers so many precious moments and makes our hearts sing. Thank you for sharing one of yours with us.

Feb 09, 2019 05:39 AM #11
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Such a wonderful experience for you to get to be a part of, seeing happy faces is what makes this business enjoyable.

Feb 09, 2019 05:45 AM #12
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

It is times like this that makes this job such a gratifying one.  Great job, Sally and David.

Feb 09, 2019 06:44 AM #13
Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

What a wonderful story! Wow, a table for 14! They must have had some lively times.

Feb 09, 2019 06:44 AM #14
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Good morning,  Sally and David - "happily ever after" stories are especially sweet when accompanied by a sizable check and a fully paid condo. Nice story and no big bad wolf anywhere in this tale. Good job. 

Feb 09, 2019 07:21 AM #15
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Home and Condo Specialists

Both of Larry's parents came from large families with 10 children, and they were used to having the crowds over. When everyone moved out, they began a new "happily every-after"... Great story Sally!

Feb 09, 2019 07:23 AM #16
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Vision Quest Realty, Martha Hilton, Broker - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Love stories like this and that is why I love being a real estate agent. Making people happy and perhaps changing their lives.

Feb 09, 2019 07:29 AM #17
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Sally and David,  What a great story.  I tell people all the time that buying a house will turn into a home and a great investment.


Feb 09, 2019 07:45 AM #18
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

I like stories like this with happy endings. Thank you for sharing Sally K. & David L. Hanson 

Feb 09, 2019 07:48 AM #19
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Sally K. & David L. Hanson - What a heart warming story.  This is why we do what we do and why it brings us back to making dreams come true. 

Feb 09, 2019 08:28 AM #20
Pam Dent
Gayle Harvey Real Estate, Inc. - Charlottesville, VA
REALTOR® - Charlottesville Virginia Homes / Horse

Thank you for sharing this story.  These folks were lucky to have such a caring agent.

Feb 09, 2019 12:41 PM #21
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a beautiful, heart warming story you shared with us.  Bravo for the work you did then, and do now.  A

Feb 09, 2019 01:14 PM #22
Tom Bailey
Margaret Rudd & Associates Inc. - Oak Island, NC

Great story, and a good job. Seating for 14 sounds like some our "big box" ocean front rentals. We got some that have seating for 20 plus.

Feb 09, 2019 03:30 PM #23
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Sally and David- I would expect no less from you both and I know that anyone, seller or buyer, who has you looking after their interests is one lucky person. 

Feb 09, 2019 04:43 PM #24
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

When a family makes a house a home we can finally see that they are doing so much more than simply putting a roof over their heads. For us to see it unfold in realtime is a beautiful thing. So wonderful that you were the ones able to experience it for this Family.

Feb 09, 2019 07:45 PM #25
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

WOW! what a great story.  And a great story of a large family and the love within

Feb 09, 2019 07:55 PM #26
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

Sally K. & David L. Hanson another lovely story for our contest and another that makes our souls soar!

Feb 10, 2019 11:12 AM #27
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Thank you for sharing the beautiful story. Your clients are lucky to have met you

Feb 11, 2019 04:29 AM #28
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