This Might be Our Big Break

Home Inspector with SLS Home Inspections-Bradley Bourbonnais Kankakee Manteno 450.004175

     This might be our big break. That's the conversation my wife and I were having after an odd phone call in the fall of 2000. We were friends with a family and their children attending the same school as our kids and one of their daughters also went to the same ballet classes as our oldest daughter. We didn't see them much outside of school and ballet, as the father was disabled. They lived in the formerly fancy pants part of town called Briarcliff. The new hot spot for higher end houses was outside of town about 2 miles or so. 

     At the time, our family of 6 was living in a 1200 square foot ranch with 3 bedrooms and no basement. Both of the homes were built at the same time, 1973, but were like night and day. Briarcliff had been the homes for doctors and lawyers. Our subdivision had always been blue collar families. The phone call from the father was asking us if we would ever be interested in moving into a larger home in a nicer part of town? Of course I said, that would be nice but we were not looking or even planning to make such a move at that time. He asked me to come over to their house, and his wife walked me around the house in Briarcliff. 2600 SF and a full basement. The house was dated but finished nicely as the mother was very neat and tidy. He asked us to consider moving into their home in the next 40 days. They were building a new home with handicapped access throughout that was nearly complete. 

     The confusing thing that was poorly explained was that we weren't going to be selling our small ranch, rather we were going to be trading it to him, as a down payment buying the Briarcliff home, then he would keep the small ranch as an investment property. So when the wife called and asked what we thought, my initial reaction was that we couldn't possibly get the house ready to sell in time to meet his deadline. She was stunned, because she realized we didn't have to sell our old ranch home, all we had to do was move out. We didn't have to clean, repair, fix, modernize or update anything. Just pack up and move out.

   My wife and I realized this may be a once in a lifetime shot that would change our family forever. This was our big break. We got the house packed, we had a huge moving party with a bunch of friends. We lived out of boxes for about 3 weeks getting everything settled and unpacked. The kids all ended up in 3 of the bedrooms and my wife and I had a master bath for once. I use my son's room now as my office for home inspections and the 2 younger girl's room is now my wife's Barbie collection room. A creative and life changing event that doesn't happen very often, but we're so glad it did. 

Barbie room

           Barbie Room        Barbie


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Scott Seaton-The Home Inspector With A Heart 

SLS Home Inspections @815-644-6271

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Comments (9)

Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Scott. This certainly is a once in a lifetime situation. How wonderful for you.

Jun 08, 2019 08:51 AM
Steffy Hristova
HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 602.710.8161 - Tempe, AZ
Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work!

Hi Scott, thanks for sharing this really unique story. I have never used a vacant home as an earnest money deposit, this is so creative and it made the breakthrough for your move to a larger home.

Jun 08, 2019 12:07 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

What a fantastic story! You were provided a unique opportunity to change your life and you took it. Love this.

Jun 09, 2019 03:17 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Scott - a unique opportunity that seems to be epitomize "THE big break".  A good entry for the challenge by Debe Maxwell, CRS 

Jun 10, 2019 11:06 AM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

How interesting! Wow, your friends really knew how to sweeten the deal! That was a great opportunity, one that doesn't come along often.

Jun 10, 2019 02:24 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for sharing this story. A wonderful opportunity for your family.

Jun 15, 2019 08:11 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Oh my gosh, what a story, Scott! You had to be someone very special to him and to think how that single move was able to improve the lives of everyone in both families - something that could never had been possible had you been renting your former home!

Thank you so much for your entry in this month's challenge, Scott.

Jun 16, 2019 06:51 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Carol Williams - I love this heartwarming story and I think you may too...

Jun 16, 2019 06:51 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Scott Seaton Jr. Bourbonnais Kankakee IL Home Inspector - that is a great story and a decision I know you are glad that you made.  Sounds like you had a wonderful home to rasise the kids.

Jun 22, 2019 07:25 AM