Coming Soon! New Homeowners, New Friendships - For Love, Not Money

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Real Estate Agent with www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 228209

Coming Soon! New Homeowners, New Friendships - For Love, Not Money; A True Story

 

What DO we write about?

Well, money may have had a little to do with it but, the deeper story is 100% emotional!

 

When Carol Williams & Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS put their collective minds together and announced this challenge, I had so many transactions that came to mind to share with you; I couldn’t decide which one to share. This one though, has to be the one that is dearest to me that I haven’t previously shared here in the Rain.

 

One October, I had a lovely couple who had purchased a home a few years before with me. They had renovated to the 9’s and then discovered they wanted to live closer to their family after a very short time in their lovely home. So, they decided to sell. 

 

Very little prep was needed so, photos were done right away and the home was listed & marketed as ‘Coming Soon.’  I have a little ‘guiding light,’ which I won’t share here but, after a number of conversations with other agents and finding out that there is great (genuine) interest in homes that I have listed as ‘Coming Soon,’ I typically encourage the sellers to go ahead and change the status to active. This was no exception.

 

starting and ending with loveIn fact, we received two Offers on their home, sight-unseen. In our area, you can’t show the property until it is active and available for all MLS members and their buyers to show it. I am not a rule-breaker so, I find myself in a quandary when I receive pre-active Offers on properties. Why? I worry that once the buyers go for the inspection, after already having listed the home as ‘under Contract,’ they may not like the home and back out. That leaves the sellers in a pickle - and putting their home back on the market.

 

So, with this particular home with the two Offers, it made sense to go ahead and make the home ACTIVE on the market. The sellers had heard the story of buyer #2 from the neighbors so, they had already decided that is who their buyer was going to be. “Let’s just put it on the market for a day, get buyer #2 into the house and then we’ll sign everything. Thankfully, I didn't tell buyer #2's agent this...

 

I knew we would receive other Offers and I knew we would receive higher Offers. I told them that and to keep an open mind when it came to other Offers. Oddly enough, one of the agents who I had ‘pre-called’ about the listing who sells in the area, had a buyer with an impressive story that I knew my sellers were going to love. She had tried to get her buyer in to see the listing before we ever got the paperwork signed to share it in MLS but, couldn’t. So, her buyers wound up being able to get into the home the day it went active and became buyers #7.

 

Oh for the love of moneyYou see, the husband seller is a veteran and the wife (seller) is a nurse & a 3-time breast cancer survivor. The buyers were a veteran (husband) and the wife wanted to live near to the hospital as she is in the midst of chemotherapy and soon-to-have reconstructive surgery for her own breast cancer - her first bout with the dreaded ‘C.’ I think these were buyers #7. 

 

Buyers #7 were obtaining a VA loan but, were prepared to bring cash to Closing, should the home not appraise for the elevated price they were Offering. They REALLY wanted this house and they wound up being the big winners and ultimately buying the house. They were in the home in time to spend their first Thanksgiving there as well as their first Christmas. 

 

Besides the incredible pre-purchase coincidences, the really heart-warming part of this story is that the sellers and the buyers became fast friends at Closing. They are still in touch with one another and, in fact, the former owner accompanied the new owners to the hospital for the wife’s reconstructive surgery several months later. Being a nurse, she knew the hospital well and made them feel right at home for the big surgery and hospital stay. 

 

They’re more than just ‘in touch’ with each other - their friendship continues to this day. The best part of this whole story is that the wife buyer has been cancer-free for 3 years now!  

 

Friends Bound by Love

 

Again, thank you Anna Banana and Carol for hosting this wonderful challenge. I’m still reading the stories and have so enjoyed them throughout the month. 

 

© Debe Maxwell | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | CharlotteBroker@icloud.com | Coming Soon! New Homeowners, New Friendships - For Love, Not Money

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That's the only part of the news I enjoy too, Scott - the last story that is usually a tear-jerker, sweet, sweet story that just makes your heart smile! 😉 

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Dec 27, 2019 06:54 AM #32
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Wow, Debe, what a wonderful story!  I can't help but think how complicated all that was in the beginning. With an ending like that, this story could be a Hallmark movie. 

Dec 27, 2019 07:03 AM #33
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Love it when sales turn into love stories and friendships! With all those offers on the table they were lucky to have you quiding them through the process Debe Maxwell, CRS ! Great entry!!

Dec 27, 2019 08:33 AM #34
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What an absolutely  heartwarming story. There was kismet at play here for certain. How wonderful to be part of this fabulous transaction. 

Dec 27, 2019 08:41 AM #35
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Aww, thank you, Carol! It was challenging in the beginning but, everything happens for a reason and we were meant to go through what we did initially to wind up with these lifelong friendships in the end. I totally agree, it definitely makes for a Hallmark movie!

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Dec 27, 2019 12:18 PM #36
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Thank you, Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS and thank you for the challenge - we could repeat this one several times a year! LOL I actually went through so many in my mind but, wanted to share a happy one to go with the season. So, I know you could definitely write a book! 

Dec 27, 2019 12:22 PM #37
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And, you can't go against the kismet - none of those other buyers who submitted Offers stood a chance, did they, Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD?!

I was definitely blessed to have been a party to that deal - it's certainly one I'll never forget.

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Love this post, Debe, and a happy ending... makes it very special.

Dec 27, 2019 07:57 PM #39
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Thank you, Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®! I'm a big fan of happy ending stories too!! 😊 

Dec 27, 2019 08:10 PM #40
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Oh, goodie! I can't wait to hear your suggestion - this one was fantabulous, Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS!

Dec 27, 2019 08:11 PM #41
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What a sweet story Debe! It was a win win for everyone and the sellers found new "friendmates". Happy New Year!

Dec 28, 2019 05:32 AM #42
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This is a heartwarming story. Their commonalities drew them to each other. You are a sensitive and kind person Debe as this would have not impacted you the way it did to you if you were not. 

Love stories like this.

Dec 29, 2019 01:18 AM #43
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Debe Maxwell, CRS - This is a really good story worth repeating for many others to continue reading into the future. I love to hear stories like this. They make me happy and gives people hope. 

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Yours is a very heart warming story.  Lucky #7!  Congratulations!

Dec 31, 2019 08:40 AM #45
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Thank you, Carla Freund! They are absolutely precious - I love that they became friends. It's truly heartwarming knowing them both as well!

Dec 31, 2019 09:52 AM #46
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Oh, Maria Gilda Racelis, once we got through negotiations, I knew this would happen because I knew my clients so well from past transactions. I had no idea the buyers would be so receptive (since I didn't know them at all) but, boy, the two couples and their stories of friendship have made my heart smile so many times!  These are the clients/situations that we live to have in this business!

Happy New Year, Maria!

Dec 31, 2019 09:54 AM #47
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Thank you, Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP! I love giving hope, even if it's through third parties - it's still sincere and if it gives just a little hope that gets someone past a tough time, even better!

Happy New Year, doll!

Dec 31, 2019 09:56 AM #48
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Funny, Raymond Henson but, you know what, you're the first person that recognized that! The sellers and I have joked about that for years - lucky #7! 

Hope you have a wonderful New Year, Raymond!

Dec 31, 2019 09:57 AM #49
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And that domino effect is exuberating, isn't it, Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP?! Don't you just love what we do?! We are blessed in every way!

Dec 31, 2019 10:37 AM #50
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LOL Me either and I'm not a gambler so, I know it's not that - ust have been a John Wayne or Clint Eastwood movie or something! LOL

Raymond Henson 

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