Sometimes, home tours look like this...

Real Estate Agent with Thompson Company, REALTORS® MD594797

One of the perks of being a REALTOR® in Silver Spring, MD and beyond is definitely the beautiful homes I get to tour with my buyers. Some just make you happy, others inspire, and many showcase the love that lives there. We can feel the warmth as soon as we enter, we can hear the laughter, and imagine the family gatherings around the dining table.

Home, it's where we get to paint with the colors of our soul. Home, it's our sanctuary, and our safe place. 

But not all houses are happy homes. Sometimes, I see properties that render me speechless. Sometimes, I show houses that have been abandoned and destroyed with holes in walls that would tell tales of suffering, and hardship, and unimaginable sadness. Sometimes, home tours look like this...

Fixer upper in Montgomery County, MD

My buyer's agent brain is, of course, excited for the opportunity such a home presents, and the deal my buyers could get. But my heart? It can't help but wonder, what happened? I leave houses such as this one with a heavy heart, but with lots of hope, too. Someone will be able to look beyond the stains, and the holes, and the dirt, and breathe life back into it. Someone will be able to make the numbers work, envision and design a new home that will welcome new owners with open doors. Someone will turn this sad property into a happy place once again.

I much prefer to show happy homes, warm and cozy ones, but sometimes home tours do look like this. 


Andrea is an ABR (Accredited Buyer's Representative) who loves helping her buyers fall in love! Whether you are looking for your first home, or your forever home, a new project or investment, put Andrea's experience to work for you, and enjoy a smooth and fun home buying journey.  

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Thompson Company, REALTORS

16910 Oak Hill Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20905
o: (301) 384-9177 c: (240)593-2860

Andrea is a REALTOR® based in Silver Spring, MD, who has enjoyed assisting buyers and sellers in Montgomery and Howard County, MD (and beyond) for 15+ years now. She always answers the phone with a smile, enjoys running, hiking, and traveling, speaks German, reads a lot, blogs a little, and drinks too much coffee. 


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Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good evening Andrea Bedard - It is wonderful for those move in houses but perhaps the right person will find this house.

Feb 17, 2020 06:25 PM #1
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Andrea - there is a certain joy attached to a move-in ready, turnkey and showcase condition property for sale but that same excitement can exist for a property that needs some work regardless of the reason.  Opportunity along with other factors can enhance those happy emotions.  

Feb 18, 2020 04:13 AM #2
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® - Silver Spring, MD
M.A.; REALTOR® Silver Spring, MD and beyond

I am positive Grant Schneider, the right person will find this house, and will turn it back into a home!  

Feb 18, 2020 07:07 AM #3
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® - Silver Spring, MD
M.A.; REALTOR® Silver Spring, MD and beyond

Michael Jacobs, I've seen some stunning, jaw-dropping transformations, the eye-sore of the neighborhood turned into the jewel. I can see beyond the filth, and sadness - one of those days this house, too, will be a happy place again. 

Feb 18, 2020 07:11 AM #4
Mimi Foster
Falcon Property Solutions - Colorado Springs, CO
Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor

Good article, my friend. Sometimes it breaks my heart to go into homes that are filthy and trashed and see the toys lying scattered and think of what kind of upbringing that is for children. Thanks for sharing.

Feb 18, 2020 08:53 PM #5
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® - Silver Spring, MD
M.A.; REALTOR® Silver Spring, MD and beyond

Thank you Mimi Foster, it really is tough to see at times! I always race home to hug my children real tight and count my blessings. 

Feb 19, 2020 01:06 PM #6
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