Just A Great Story

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Just A Great Story


I recently got a call from a gentleman in New Jersey looking for a dog friendly home in south Florida.  He has two larger dogs (anything over 25 lbs in Florida), was unfamiliar with the area and looking for a pet-friendly REALTOR® to help.



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He went on to tell me he was selling his home in New Jersey and moving to south Florida to be with his college sweetheart.  He was divorced, and her husband had passed away.  They had dated for two years in college and found each other again on Facebook.  Where else?



My first reaction was, 'That is the best story.'




He gave me his girlfriend's number.  She was living in Delray Beach and planned to sell her condo.  We met, hit it off, and I listed her condo for sale.  They would have lived there, but this condo did not allow any pets.




In the meantime, this gentleman's house was under contract in New Jersey.  His girlfriend and I began to look at homes in 55+ pet friendly gated communities in Delray Beach and Boynton Beach that were pet friendly to larger dogs.  By larger, I'm talking 70 lbs and 30 lbs.



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pet friendly gated communities delray beach flInventory was low, but we saw everything on the market.  She really wanted him here to pick the house, but that was impossible with packing up his house and the dogs.  Thank heavens for modern technology!  Each home she liked, she would Skype with him. She  walked around and explained the house, and he asked questions.







Her condo in a 55+ gated community in Delray Beach went under contract in a just a few days, so it was time to get serious.  They each had their closing dates.  We submitted three offers on three homes, but all three went under contract before we got there.  They were frustrated, as was I, knowing they would be closing on their homes soon.   But I knew we would find it.



His girlfriend and I knew every house for sale in the 55+ pet friendly gated communities in Delray and Boynton Beach.  She would give each house a name to remember them by.  One house she dubbed "the wallpaper house" because, yes, it was covered in wallpaper!  She kept avoiding it, but would circle back around.



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house on lake in 55 plus dog friendly community in delray beach fl


I saw the potential in this house.  It had a beautiful lake view, was on an interior lot and had a house on only one side.  It was an estate sale.  I knew if they put some work in, this house would be worth far more than others we had seen. 





The house had a wall divding a formal living room and the family room ( or den) which was off the kitchen.  She disliked the wall and wanted a house with a great room.  Understandable.  Many people have taken this wall down, and it looks great.  Her boyfriend promised her not only would he remove the wallpaper; he would take the wall down.  What a guy! 

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They put an offer on the wallpaper house, and it was accepted.  Inspections were done.  We later learned this house also had a full-house generator with an inground propane tank.  A wonderful and expensive upgrade in south Florida that was not on the listing.




I kept telling them this was the best story I've heard, and I was going to do a blog post on them (without names, of course.)  It was so nice to see them happy after all these years reconnected by modern technology.  I just loved it.


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She closed on her condo and flew up to help him drive down with the dogs.  They then closed on their new house in a dog-friendly active adult community in Boynton Beach that welcomed his dogs, and they found out their neighbors were nice.



It was great.  I knew the house would be worth it in the long run, as homes on a lake in south Florida command more money.  The dogs were happy and adjusted pretty quickly to their new home and life in Boynton Beach.  



This was just a great story, and I wanted to share it.  Who doesn't like a happy ending!




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Just a Great Story

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Elyse BermanFor information about pet-friendly housing in Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Highland Beach, Boynton Beach or Boca Raton real estate market, please contact me. I am a Boca Raton Real Estate Agent.

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Elyse Berman, PA, CRS, ABR, GRI, e-PRO of Best Connections Realty, Inc. serving Boca Raton FL and the surrounding cities of Highland Beach, Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, Lake Worth, Wellington, Deerfield Beach, Hillsboro Beach, Lighthouse Point, Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood Beach and Hallandale Beach.





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Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

That's a wonderful story with a great ending - and I'm sure the dogs didn't mind the wallpaper! :-)

Oct 13, 2019 05:40 AM #13
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

What a wonderful and happy tale ( tail?). You certainly are the right match for this couple. You co-created a successful outcome and I greatly appreciate that you were alll able to see the potential. 

Oct 13, 2019 07:16 AM #14
John Henry, Florida Architect
John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc. - Orlando, FL
Residential Architect, Luxury Custom Home Design

Great story, told well!  Put a smile on all our faces here on AR!  Congrats.  That's how things should work out.

Oct 13, 2019 07:38 AM #15
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

That is a very cool story.  And very well told. Glad you were able to help them, and glad they listened to the advice you gave and did not give up when things got a little tough finding the right place. 

Oct 13, 2019 07:48 AM #16
faye schubert
Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

You helped them visualize past the "what it is" to "what it can be". Great work!

Oct 13, 2019 08:15 AM #17
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Well I certainly must agree...GREAT story! I'm happy for both of them, and the dogs!

Would be awesome to have a follow up story on their home's transformation. Not something very likely, I understand. But wouldn't that be fun!

Oct 13, 2019 08:50 AM #18
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

Kathy was right. This is a really good story. Wonderful job as always Elyse!!!

Oct 13, 2019 09:36 AM #19
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Elyse Berman, PA Great story about a great Realtor® who made it work. You saw the possibility of the "wallpaper" house and went after it. Great ending. Wishing the couple many years of happiness together with their dogs in a perfect home. 

Oct 13, 2019 11:05 AM #20
Anna Banana Kruchten Broker/Owner, CRB, CRS
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ

Hi Elyse Berman, PA what a great story! I love it! Great job on seeing through the downsides of that home and showing what it could be without a lot of work.  Here's to the happy couple and their dogs! Job well done!

Oct 13, 2019 12:23 PM #21
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Elyse

That's a terrific story from start to finish. Hope you get to see the house once they do the remodeling they wish - sounds like it was a wonderful opportunity if you looked at the potential.


Oct 13, 2019 12:24 PM #22
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Elyse Berman, PA,

Facebook may get a bad rap at times but then there are stories like this, or should I say a great story like this!

Oct 13, 2019 12:37 PM #23
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

I love happy stories - and especially stories that come out happy for dogs! Thanks for sharing.

Oct 13, 2019 01:37 PM #24
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

 Hi  Elyse Berman, PA ,

I'm a sucker for happy endings..what a great story to be a part of. Congratulations and thanks for sharing.

Oct 14, 2019 05:23 PM #25
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Thank you for sharing this great story. I can only imagine the positive vibes you got from "working" with them.  So very cool to see happy endings.  Great job!

Oct 14, 2019 07:53 PM #26
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area

Ah, these are the experiences we treasure in our business!  I have had a few divorced clients discover old friends from the past...that they reconnect with .  A good story to start my day!

Oct 15, 2019 05:55 AM #27
Terry McCarley
REMAX Realty Team - Cape Coral FL - Cape Coral, FL

Great story with an excellent outcome!  Congratulations on a job well done as well as the featured post

Oct 15, 2019 06:17 AM #28
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I don’t know if it’s the best of all time but man oh man, that’s marvelous’ Love and light!

Oct 16, 2019 08:17 PM #29
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Terry McCarley I’ve never seen a better example of a post being worthy of being featured! :)

Oct 16, 2019 08:18 PM #30
Elyse Berman, PA
Best Connections Realty, Inc. - Boca Raton, FL
Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824 CRS, ABR, GRI,ePR

Thank you all for the lovely comments.  It's been a bit crazy, but I will be back to answer them all.  

Oct 16, 2019 08:23 PM #31
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

OH my gosh, what a wonderful story, Elyse! I know they are thrilled to be together in one, perfectly lovely spot. Making the upgrades together will be fun and we all know the fur babies will love it there by the lake! Great job, Elyse!  🐕 🐶 💕 

Oct 16, 2019 08:53 PM #32
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