This Agent Did It Just Because…  

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This Agent Did It Just Because…


Many years ago when I was an affiliate member of the local Board of Realtors, I met one of the most giving agents.

In 2007, Yvonne saw the importance of learning as much as she could about short sales and foreclosures. The writing was already on the wall. She learned so much that she was holding seminars with and for attorneys.


One of the ladies I’d met on our walks at Green Cay in Boynton Beach was, like many in 2007, having a difficult time.

She and her husband had lost their jobs and even though both were actively looking, opportunities were not opening up for them. They were eating through their retirement savings to pay their mortgage and their lender was not even responding to their requests for a meeting.

When I asked Yvonne if she could help my friend, she did not hesitate. She met with my friend and her husband and in short order, their lender was working with them. They were able to sell their home and return to their home state and save their retirement funds.

A few months later,  Yvonne called with a special request. At least once a year she would work with a client and charge them nothing. This, she said, was her way of giving back, since she had been given so much. 


She asked if I would provide a consultation at no charge for her seller. Of course, I would!!

The home had not been maintained and was in need of updates but with some elbow grease, and editing, we could help show buyers its potential. 

These were not the only instances when Yvonne gave with her heart.

When I asked her why did what she away her time and services...she told me it was because she could. And she went on to say that it really hadn’t cost her anything to show someone some kindness. 

Never stop doing little things for others. Sometimes those little things occupy the biggest part of their heart. 

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Comments (42)

Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Beth Atalay I totally agree!!!  And even if it doesn't come back to us right away...we feel so good when we give. 

Andrea Bedard I agree with you.  I think we can all use some feel good stories. 

Oct 05, 2021 04:33 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Bob "RealMan" Timm That's the way to go and look at the example you're setting for your children. 

Grant Schneider I know what a very giving person you are. 

Oct 05, 2021 04:35 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Thank you Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker  You can't go through life equating what you do to how much money you'll get or how much it will cost you. 

HI Liz and Bill Spear Bill, she is the kind of person you want to work with!!!

Oct 05, 2021 04:42 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

George Souto that is so sweet of you, Thank you!!!!

Oct 05, 2021 04:42 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

I love this story, Kathy.  When I was first licensed back in 1981, I chose an office close to home.  When I walked through the door, there were about 10 experienced agents, who all warmly took me under their wing, and brought me up to speed.  I owe my early successful start to their willingness to share knowledge with me.

Oct 05, 2021 05:19 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Kathy, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Oct 05, 2021 05:19 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello kathy, such a good feed story to share with us here in the Rain.  Great seeing you at the zoom meeting today!


Oct 05, 2021 05:31 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate Brokered by Real - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Where is the L💗VE button Kathy? Selfless acts are all about kindness and showing it to those who may be in need. They will not ask for it but are very appreciative, if offered!

Oct 05, 2021 06:21 PM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

It doesn't surprise me at all that you would easily find someone that gives from the heart

Oct 05, 2021 07:22 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Kathy:

This is such a powerful lesson and inspiration. We can all do this!


Oct 05, 2021 08:04 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Kathy loved your post and I learned from my father that every $ is a $ and it adds up so I do vacant lots that are south of $20k as a service to my clients to the $25million ones it is all about service... some of the lots take me five to seven years to sell but I do it to help the clients... so I get it when you work for free have been doing it for decades and still live very well, Endre

Oct 05, 2021 09:42 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Kathy Streib ,

What an inspiration! It's a wonderful fulfilling feeling when you take time to think about others and do something special for others. Not only are they are too for the opportunity to help!

Oct 06, 2021 05:38 AM
Erik Hiss
Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty - Worthington, OH
You can trust me for all your real estate needs!

Our business is to help people...that should be our passion. The money follows, but if that's your main reason for selling real estate you're in it for the wrong reasons. 

Oct 06, 2021 05:41 AM
Steffy Hristova
HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 602.710.8161 - Tempe, AZ
Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work!

Kathy, what a wonderful expression of kindness - it happened in 2007, and you remember it, and so does the Seller, I am sure. "Be the kind of person you'd like to meet" is a powerful message that invites us to think again about our practices, and  how we approach our business.

Oct 06, 2021 07:53 AM
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Such a wonderful story and dedicated agent helping others.  Rising tides lifts all boats as they say, and with her acts of generosity all spirits were lifted.  Thank you for sharing!

Oct 06, 2021 02:37 PM
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

I love this story, Kathy. Thanks so much for sharing it.

Oct 06, 2021 02:40 PM
Dr. Paula McDonald
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

I love this Kathy! And you are absolutely correct–kindness is key.

Oct 06, 2021 03:33 PM
Dick Betts
REALTOR® The Villages, Florida

Great story, I think many of us need to read it again and practice in our own life!

Oct 07, 2021 12:11 PM
Scott Seaton Jr. Bourbonnais Kankakee IL Home Inspector
SLS Home Inspections-Bradley Bourbonnais Kankakee Manteno - Bourbonnais, IL
The Home Inspector With a Heart!

cool story for a Friday. Thanks for the feel good.

Oct 08, 2021 09:09 AM
Gwen Fowler-864-710-4518 SC * Mountain* Lake*Home
Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc - Walhalla, SC
Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc.

My pastor once told me, the only things you take with you are the things you give away.  The Lord loves a cheerful giver.  She will be blessed.

Jan 26, 2022 05:44 AM