June is National Homeownership Month!

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 311291
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 Homeownership 

Comfort, stability, privacy, and personal expression define my pride of ownership. 

 

Margaret Rome porcelains pottery


For a Realtor ®, I bet there are not many who are still, by choice, in their original home after forty years.

I fell in love with a home and neighborhood close to our friends...he was the best man, and she was matron of honor at our small wedding of only ten people.

While visiting this couple, a FSBO (for sale by owner) put a flyer in our friends' mailbox. I remember what the brochure said and know in today's world; it would not have been acceptable language. Driving by, I loved the house and stopped in. 

At that visit, the sellers were away, but their daughter in law with a new baby was home. As a Pediatric RN, we bonded over her newborn and had a good conversation.  During that time, she shared the reason, the time frame, and other bits of information about the house, not realizing that it was advantageous to my future negotiation.

The owner, a physician, was moving to Tennessee. He and his wife had already found a house, needed a quick settlement and down payment to secure that Tennesee property. We were able to provide both.

There were only three small negatives to keep it from being the perfect house. There were steps from the garage going up to this rancher. There was an old stove, and there was no fireplace.

By the way, our real estate agent told us we would never find a suitable home. He only showed us homes that we found. Proactive...he was not!

When I called to say to him we found the right home and bought it; I couldn’t understand why he wasn’t happy for us.


After forty years, the house has gone through many changes and continues to make it my perfect forever home. 

The three negative things have been taken care of. When needed we added a chair lift...that took care of the stairs from the garage. A brand new kitchen took care of the old stove, and a room addition with a gas fireplace was added in the past few years.

 

 

 And I love my home office...

my command center.

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Over the years, I've seen many many homes. I've sold many many homes. But there has never been a home that I felt could have been better. 

When working with buyers, my goal is to find them a home that they feel the same pride of ownership that  I feel in mine. 

 

 Thank you Debe Maxwell, CRS for sponsoring June's Homeownership month.

 

Margaret Rome

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Oh, I read every word, Margaret - I love that story and can't imagine why your agent wasn't more proactive but, you know, what happened was what was meant to happen. You & Lee wound up in the perfect forever home near yuor friends and made it your own.

I'm curious if your best man and matron of honor still live in the neighborhood?

Happy Friday, Margaret!

Jun 07, 2019 10:18 PM #1
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Good morning, Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland what a great story....pride of owning your home is a "forever" feeling....I'm an original in my neighborhood.... no one sells here until they pass away and the heirs take over....some just move in ..... and your improements were the finishing touches.... I doubt if your agent was only concerned about his income!

Jun 08, 2019 02:01 AM #2
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I love this story, Margaret.  I also remember buying my first home, and only being shown the homes I had found.  I would cruise through neighborhoods I liked and look for signs on the lawn.  That was way before I became a Realtor.  The first home was lacking in many ways, but over my time living there, made it more into my vision of what it should be.

Jun 08, 2019 02:41 AM #3
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CONGRATULATIONS Margaret, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Jun 08, 2019 02:45 AM #4
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Good morning Margaret. New meaning to "forever" home! Wow, is all I can say as I never owned a home for even 20 years! Enjoy your home!

Jun 08, 2019 05:37 AM #5
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Home offices are just the best !

Jun 08, 2019 06:18 AM #6
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What a delightful story. So happy you found the right home, and smart you to make it the perfect "forever" home with a few changes. That's often what it takes. Great illustration of what "home" is all about.  

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Hi Margaret,
Your story reminded me of the first home I bought.  One of the things I told my agent I really wanted was a fireplace.   When he showed me a home that met all my criteria except a fireplace I was disappointed.  But then he informed me he had already researched the viability and cost of having one put in.  I ended up buying that house and having a fireplace built just the way I wanted it. I got to pick out the bricks and the design. It was perfect and, honestly, think it is what sold the next buyer on the house when it was time for me to move on.  

Sometimes it's actually better to make a home "perfect" in your own way, isn't it?

Jun 09, 2019 08:32 AM #8
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Carol Williams You actually had an agent that listened and had a solution...... did research for the cost of adding a fireplace. 

Jun 09, 2019 10:10 AM #9
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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD Thank you. It has been the perfect home for me.

Jun 09, 2019 06:22 PM #10
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson Yes they are...especially since we spend so much time in them. Good to see you.

Jun 09, 2019 06:23 PM #11
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Wayne Martin I do believe in forever homes.

Jun 09, 2019 06:24 PM #12
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Myrl Jeffcoat Sounds like you found a house a truly made it into your home.

Thanks so much for the feature in the OFG!

 

Jun 09, 2019 06:26 PM #13
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Debe Maxwell, CRS Thanks for sponsoring the contest. I sold their home just a couple of years ago. 

Jun 09, 2019 06:29 PM #14
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Margaret, what a lovely story about your home, and how you had turned it into the comfort and personal expression you love. I am sure it will be fascinating to tour, knowing that you are an artist, too.

Jun 10, 2019 08:39 AM #15
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Thank you  and it is always so nice to see you Steffy Hristova 

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