It Was Time to Move On

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It Was Time to Move On

When I met my seller, he told me it was time to move on. His dear wife had been gone now for over 5 years and Mr. C was ready to move into a living arrangement that would give him the assistance he needed.

Therefore, it was time to prepare his 2 bedroom condo for sale. His only relative was his 60+ year old nephew who lived nearby and was going to help where he could.

 

before and after living room

 

This was over 10 years ago and we all remember what the economy was like then. The condo was clean but nothing had been done to update it since Mr. C moved in.

We edited and repositioned items, and I made suggestions for some updates that would be easy on his budget.

 

I will never forget one area and that was his master bedroom. All there was on the bed was a sheet and blanket and pillows. There was no bedspread or coverlet. I asked him if there was anything in the closet that might help dress up the bed.

 

He thought for a moment and remembered something silk that they’d been given but never used. We got it out and I knew that he was concerned that he’d be able to keep it up every day.

 

I ended up folding and pinning it so that all he had to do was take it out of his closet when there was a scheduled showing and lay it on his bed.

That, he thought, he could handle.

 

before and after bedroom

 

I returned a few weeks later to see if there was anything that needed tweaking. While it wasn’t perfect, it was enough to show any potential buyers his space.

 

I could see the relief in his face because now he knew that in time, he would be where he wanted to be.

 

I learned that the age of the seller and the price point of a property should have no bearing on whether or not a property can be staged!!!

 

By the way...did I mention that my client, who did most of this himself was 93 years young??!!

 

 

 

 

 

This post was written for It’s February and Love Is In the Air hosted by Lisa Von Domek.

 

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Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
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Hi Kathy Streib - I just went out to lunch with a neighbor of ours who is also 93 years young.  There is something special in knowing people with vitality beyond their years. I am glad you were able to help him in this special way. 

Feb 11, 2019 06:56 AM #9
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Joseph Domino 480-390-6011
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Great story. I am glad that he recognized it was time for him to make the move. So often older people cannot make the adjustment and are forced to move against their will. It is nice that you were able to help him.

Feb 11, 2019 07:57 AM #10
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Will Hamm
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Wow Kathy 93, now that is so good that he could do that.  Some people will do what it takes and get top dollar and other will not do much.

 

Feb 11, 2019 08:05 AM #11
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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
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Good morning Kathy Streib ,

Love the story..no matter what age if they understand the importance that the "eye" buys they will make every effort to make it happen!

Feb 11, 2019 08:10 AM #12
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Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
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10 years ago S. Florida was a very different place. He was very lucky he met you!

Feb 11, 2019 08:13 AM #13
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
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Kathy,

What a lovely story, just goes to show that age is a number.  I have a friend who is 97, the only change in her life is she has a driver to take her to all her activities. She still works, has a household full of pets and a second home...Her mother was the same way...A

Feb 11, 2019 09:33 AM #14
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
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The easier the better....and a life changing slip of the cover !

Feb 11, 2019 12:14 PM #15
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
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A beautiful story! Sometimes all we can do is make the best of what the seller has. It's amazing what a transformation that can make!

Feb 11, 2019 02:24 PM #16
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Kathy Streib
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Donald Urschalitz it's easy to be when your clients are so nice. 

Wayne Martin Thank you. What we do isn't something that is a one size fits all process. 

Gita Bantwal Thank you. He was so sweet to work with. 

Feb 11, 2019 02:41 PM #17
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Barbara Todaro I agree...you don't find many 93 year olds that can live on their own. You do what you can with what you have!

Sheila Anderson I almost went that route but changed my mind. 

Michael Jacobs that is something that I've tried to educate others about...every home no matter the price can benefit from staging. 

Feb 11, 2019 02:45 PM #18
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Grant Schneider I didn't show the cute stuffed animals he had on his sofa. 

Carol Williams I'd imagine he has and I do hope that he lived out his remaining time in comfort. 

 

Feb 11, 2019 02:47 PM #19
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Sheri Sperry - MCNE® Last week I finally met my friend's mother who had just turned 100 two weeks ago!!! She is remarkable. 

Joseph Domino 480-390-6011 you are absolutely right. I was just speaking with my sister-in-law about her parents. She would love for them to move in with her but they refuse to. 

Feb 11, 2019 02:49 PM #20
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Will Hamm it was a shame that he did not do any updates while he was living in the condo but you do what you can, right?!

Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR I agree. So many have an attitude that if the buyer doesn't like what they see, too bad. They also feel that buyers will want to make their own changes. 

 

 

Feb 11, 2019 02:52 PM #21
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Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty it was so sad then, seeing so many people having to leave their homes. 

Ron and Alexandra Seigel I love hearing of the 90+ out there who are living well. 

 

 

 

Feb 11, 2019 02:56 PM #22
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson He was so cute. We pinned it then placed it carefully in the closet so he could use it when there was a showing. 

Sharon Tara this is so true. Those are the projects that I find the most interesting to work on. 

Feb 11, 2019 02:58 PM #23
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Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
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It is amazing what a difference that coverlet on the bed makes, Kathy.  Also, it looks like the light bulbs were changed from cool tone to the warm tones of the second picture.  It makes the place seem much warmer.

Feb 11, 2019 04:42 PM #24
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
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You did a good job in helping a buyer who really needed guidance in the most professional way. 

Feb 11, 2019 07:10 PM #25
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James Dray
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Morning Kathy.

With my families history I hope I can make to to 83, we'll see.  What a great story, thanks for sharing

Feb 12, 2019 02:12 AM #26
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Lisa Von Domek
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Hello Kathy Streib the subtle staging touches made a big difference and taking the time to make things easier for your client was the finishing touch.  Well done!

Feb 13, 2019 07:21 AM #27
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It's very gratifying to help sellers who need our input in maximizing their investment, regardless of their age. Over the years I've worked with numerous seniors and singles, married couples and those down on their luck. They are so appreciative of our efforts.

Feb 13, 2019 06:19 PM #28
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