Closed with Love!

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Phoenix Property Shoppe AZ Broker BR030809000


February is the month for Love! And along with love, Lisa Von Domek is hosting a fabulous contest February Contest, It's February And Love Is In The Air! I have so enjoyed reading so many of the 'love' posts!


I've got many 'love' stories about my clients as I've been selling homes for many years. It always makes me smile when I think about our  clients as there is so much to love about them! I've said, many times how blessed I am so to have truly great clients that come back year after year to us and they send their friends and family to us as well. I love helping them buy and sell homes!



Recently we closed a home for a fabulous couple that was referred to me about 5 years ago from a CRS agent. He had been in the service for twenty years and had just accepted a position here in Phoenix. His lovely wife Rie is from Japan and their daughter Annalisa is adorable. She's quite grown up now, 12, and a beautiful young lady! Over the years they've attended many of our parties and events and  they have become like family to us.


This past year or so David & Rie started talking with me about their 'dream' of moving back to Japan. But yet they were thinking of relocating to Iowa for a new position he had just been offered. We had a heart to heart talk one evening and I asked them - why Iowa?  Why not believe your dream of  moving back to Japan can come true? David wasn't so sure but Rie smiled and knew it would happen - some day. Well low and behold, out of the blue,  on David's birthday, he received an incredible offer for a position - you guessed it - in Japan! They were so excited and called me right away to tell me the good news. YES!!!


They had to be in Japan in less than a month so they had a lot of work to do to get everything accomplished, including getting the home ready for sale, selling both cars etc.  Once they were totally moved out our cleaning crew made the house sparkle, then we staged it and our photographer did a photo shoot. It all turned out perfectly!


Their home went on the market and received multiple bids within days. They accepted an offer and we were off to the races, closing at the end of the year. But 4 days before COE we got bad news from the lender, the buyer was unable to close. Ugh. I quickly called the other agent that had presented the other offer and let him now it was going to fall out of escrow. Were his clients still interested? YES, he thought so, as they loved the home! Within a day we had another offer on the table and sellers accepted the offer. Once again, off to closing. Thankfully this time it closed perfectly. To say David and Rie were very relieved and happy  that it finally closed, just 30 days later than planned, would be an understatement!


We're going to miss them a lot AND we're also very happy that they are off living their dream lifestyle in Japan! And our plan is to visit them in a year or so which will be fabulous!


Yesterday a package arrived, a bottle of Dom Perignon Champagne! David and Rie wanted to express their thankfullness to us for getting their home closed (finally) and caring about them for so long. So so very sweet! Another 'love' story that really is just starting a new chapter...


This is  exactly why I love my business - my awesome clients!


 Closed with Love!


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Anna “Banana” Kruchten

Designated Broker & Owner

Phoenix Property Shoppe


Certified Residential Broker  CRB

Certified Residential Specilist CRS

AZ DRE Certified Real Estate Instuctor


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


What a great story, and I enjoyed reading it and the fast thinking you did to save the deal...Bravo to all parties.  A

Feb 19, 2019 02:30 PM #1
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Anna - even love stories have a glitch but this move was meant to take place and it did. Congratulations to all!

Feb 19, 2019 02:51 PM #2
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

Hello Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886  This is what makes our work so wonderful. stories like this.When clients become friends. Friends become clients and all is right in the world. Love this story 

Feb 19, 2019 03:42 PM #3
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Anna sometimes things come together perfectly, and it is great to be a part of those transactions.

Feb 19, 2019 05:00 PM #4
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Anna- what a wonderful story. You did more than sell their home, you helped them realize their dream.  Not every seller is lucky enough to have someone like you looking out for their interests. 

Feb 19, 2019 07:09 PM #5
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good evening Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886 - that is a great story of developing and relationship and making a friend from a client.

Feb 19, 2019 08:25 PM #6
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

That is a great story and appreciate you sharing it with all of us Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886 

Feb 19, 2019 08:59 PM #7
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Anna so glad that Lisa Von Domek  inspired you  to write again on AR we missed your post and wow what a great one to jump in the thick of things, nice story and great bubbly:)Endre

Feb 19, 2019 11:57 PM #8
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

The other day I was studying my address database of past clients.  Each name, each address had visions of past transactions and wonderful people prancing in my head.

Feb 20, 2019 05:38 AM #9
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 20, 2019 05:39 AM #10
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Anna. Wow, can't wait for the follow-up post about your trip to Japan. Enjoy your day!

Feb 20, 2019 06:01 AM #11
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,
Wow... a trip to Japan with your own private tour guides waiting in the wings.  That will be awesome! 

Feb 22, 2019 03:27 AM #12
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

Hello Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886 what a lovely entry for our contest, thank you for sharing this with us!

Feb 23, 2019 05:26 PM #13
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

This is just one of the reasons you are top banana. 

Mar 01, 2019 02:19 AM #14
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Yep, love how you shifted into a solution to the problem. That is why you're the top Banana.  I bet it is bittersweet to have them move to Japan...but yes, you'll have friends to visit now. ;) 

Mar 03, 2019 03:56 PM #15
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

PS, how did I miss these posts of yours...? Glad I came over and found them...

Mar 03, 2019 03:57 PM #16
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

You are so quick-on-your-feet, girl! Congratulations on another successful sale! I know your clients are thrilled to have you in their corner, Anna!

Mar 14, 2019 10:26 PM #17
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Anna:

I missed this but glad I saw it today - what a great story and happy ending. Thank goodness it all worked out with some quick thinking and other buyers who were ready, willing and able.


Mar 19, 2019 01:34 PM #18
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Anna just checking in is the bottle empty yet? If it was at our home it would be long gone:)Endre

Mar 19, 2019 11:13 PM #19
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

What a fabulous story, am a great believer if you put an intention out there it will come to pass, you just have to leave the timing to the universe sometimes.

Mar 26, 2019 07:20 AM #20
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