We were honored to be chosen to be the agents of record for the estate of a gentleman who had three daughters. We had done two transactions with one daughter and it was her recommendation to her sisters that we list their once familial home. In an earlier post, we explained we were one of three Realtors who interviewed for the position...each daughter having had their own in mind.
We detailed the process and our marketing plan. The home had "good bones" as we say....some newer mechanicals...but did need some updating. It was in an outstanding school district ...Elmbrook is one many people seek....and with four bedrooms and 2 baths was ready for some lucky buyer to probably flip. We explained our "flipping Marketing" and the daughters agreed that this would be the marketing method they would choose.
We have worked with many estates...it is not always "The Cleaver Family" in terms of relationships...somehow the "Mom always liked me best" and the green eyed monster of greed can creep in to the transaction. This was certainly not the case at all with the Sisters Three...they exemplified the kind of cooperation you would wish would always be the case for every transaction, We gave them some resources...they researched some...and soon all the furnishings were gone and the house was ready to market.
The popular location and mechanically well maintained home captured a buyer. The eldest daughter was the Personal Representative and we arranged with our exemplary title company, 1st Service Title & Closing Services to have her pre-sign documents at her convenience.
Having closed on our last parent's estate...we recognize and understand the emotion and stress that comes with this kind of sale. We kept everyone "looped in" and yesterday afternoon the sale closed.
We wanted this to be a special remembrance for the ultra cooperative daughters, We called our friends at Lampone Jewelers, and asked Kass Lampone, a daughter who too had lost both her parents what she had in the way of Angel charms. She hunted through the many that were offered and we finally found one that was just the Cherub we had hoped to find in Sterling Silver and she ordered them for us. The daughters could put the delicate figure on a chain, a pin or a bracelet...or just keep it as a remembrance as they wished. Beautifully gift boxed and "bowed" we took them with cards to each daughter expressing our thanks.
The Personal Representative in an estate has the "heavy lifting" and the eldest daughter had the added stress of oral exams for her master's degree and the first holiday without her Dad. We brought her blocks of our homemade french onion soup, garlic croutons and cheeses....one of our comfort meals we felt she would appreciate along with the signed closing documents...angels and of course the check.
She opened the box to see the Angel "looking back at her" while we were there. "My Dad called us his three Angels" she said...the lump grew in my throat... chills down my spine...we hugged and held back the tears until we got in the car. Their Dad, we know, is so proud of his Angels carried out his wishes.....and we are too.
The most memorble and appreciated transactions for us are not the ones with the highest list price...,but those that pull at your heart strings.
This has been a grateful post by Sally K. & David L, Hanson, Broker Associates with EXP Realty, LLC for the family that entrusted us to handle their family's estate....and begin another life chapter.