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.
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 grandchildren'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.
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 their 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.