Sold On Valentine's Day

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

Margaret Rome Valentine Settlement


It was a Monday, thirty-three days ago, that I first spoke with Megan about listing her Baltimore home.



Look at this timeline


January 13 Our first conversation and a first blog

January 14 Received the house keys via Fed Ex and a letter to the house

January 15 Professional photography and entered 1149 Linden Ave into the MLS

January 16 Two  impromptu open houses and had a ratified contract before midnight

January 20 Home inspection

January 25 Met the appraiser

February 14 Final walk-through before noon.


Today Megan, John, and I met for the first time, and it was at the settlement table.

We've had an excellent rapport for the past 33 days, and we all felt a bonding from the beginning. In thirty-three days, we probably know more about each other than many others who have had long term friendships. 

John and Megan reminded me of another January 16th and my best close ever.

The final settlement was at one and then a celebratory lunch at 2.

Now That's a good Valentine's Day

Congratulations John and Megan

We found the lucky buyer for your home!


Too Late Margaret Rome


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Joyce Marsh
Regal | Christie's International Real Estate - Ormond Beach, FL
Regal Christie's International Real Estate

Happy buyers, sellers and agent!  What a great Valentines Day Margaret!  

Feb 15, 2020 12:04 AM #2
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Margaret.

Well, that was quick, just the way we like it.

Feb 15, 2020 01:50 AM #3
Megan Martino

Good morning, Margaret! John and I have enjoyed some pretty spectacular birthdays and anniversaries together, but for the first time Valentine's Day became a massive celebration for us, in no small part because we finally got to meet you in person.

During our second phone call on January 13, you said, "I like you and want to work with you. Are we doing this?" I said, "I'm doing this if you're doing this!" And here we are, on Day 34, down one house (the original purpose), and up one great new friend (the surprise and lasting outcome). Your background as a nurse also came in handy during our brief real estate journey. You coached us through a trip to Urgent Care one Saturday afternoon, then encouraged me over the phone the next morning at the ER after a bad fall on icy steps. Your words to me while waiting on concussion protocol and spinal X-rays for John: "If a problem can be solved with money, it's not a problem." Even though in the middle of negotiations on 1149, your words of comfort on the real problem at hand - my husband's health - will stay with me forever. Then, later that morning, after being cleared of major injury, John and I returned home, and I promptly followed up on your negotiation advice, to great success!

Today at the settlement table, followed by the lunch table, we confirmed what we already knew. Margaret, you are one special lady. Thank you for deciding to work with us. Our experience selling our home "The Home Rome Way" was delightful, beginning to end. Never doubt - you will be hearing from us when we are back in Baltimore.

And before I forget - today is 3,083 days from 9/8/11, and 2,622 days from 12/12/12. Yet another thing I learned from you!


Feb 15, 2020 02:25 AM #4
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland - that was a wonderful Valentine's Day for all of you.  Sometimes people click and trust is formed instantly.

Feb 15, 2020 04:33 AM #5
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

How wonderful, both this post and the note from Megan above! Making new lifelong friends is one of the benefits of a real estate career choice.

Feb 15, 2020 05:14 AM #6
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

I closed escrow on my own home on Valentine's Day 1983.  I put it into contract late on Christmas Eve 1982.  

Feb 15, 2020 06:14 AM #7
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Margaret - a nice timeline presentation and as usual, this closing came together due to your superb knowledge and handling of the details.  

Feb 15, 2020 06:28 AM #8
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

What a great story and a wonderful testimonial from your cleint as well in your comments.

Feb 15, 2020 06:50 AM #9
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Congratulations Margaret. You celebrated Valentine ‘s Day in perfect style. Once again, exemplary customer service nets optimal results.

Feb 15, 2020 07:38 AM #10
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Wow, Margaret, that's a speedy time line, indicative of your marketing acumen. What a Valentine's Day treat.

Feb 15, 2020 08:02 AM #11
Anna Banana Kruchten Broker, CRB, CRS
HomeSmart International - Phoenix, AZ

What a wondeful Valentine present!  And I love the comment from your client.  Sweet!!

Feb 15, 2020 10:21 AM #12
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

That was a wonderful story Margaret. So happy for you both & for it to happen on Valentine's Day makes it even more special. Congratulations!

Feb 15, 2020 04:06 PM #14
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Deepak Chauhan Thanks for being the first to comment.

Feb 15, 2020 05:44 PM #15
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

My Dear Megan and John, You keep surprising me with your kindness and our bonding. I am going to take this comment and make it into a stand-alone post. I love that you are taking the time to count the days. Each one is a gift.

What a wonderful Valentine's day spent with both of you.

Feb 15, 2020 05:48 PM #16
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Well done my friend, well done.  And I adore her comment.  Congratulations to your lucky sellers who called you and to you too.  

Feb 15, 2020 07:46 PM #17
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland - Everything you do, you do so well! There are no exceptions to doing business the Rome way. Congratulations on the sale of this home, fully adopted and purchased on Valentine's Day 2020. 

Feb 16, 2020 05:28 AM #18
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Tammy Lankford, We were both incredibly lucky!

Feb 16, 2020 06:24 AM #19
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP  What a sweet comment! You know how to make everyone feel special!

Feb 16, 2020 06:27 AM #20
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Margaret,
That was a quick sale with the outcome of long-term friends.  Love Megan's testimonial comment! A wonderful way to celebrate Valentine's day. Congratulations! 

Feb 16, 2020 07:20 AM #21
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Carol Williams Everything about this transaction was wonderful! Thanks for stopping by.

Feb 16, 2020 07:30 AM #22
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