Thanksgiving Conversations

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc 10307

Yesterday while having a heavy Thanksgiving lunch we started reminiscing about the wonderful clients and customers we had, had over the years.  Two of my favorite people came up again this year:  Gordon & Evelyn.

Gordon and Evelyn were in their 80's when they came through the area.  They were thinking they wanted to get out of their house in Florida and spend their last days in the Carolinas.  I showed them a couple of properties and then we came back to the office.

Gordon thanked me for my time and shared that that day was their 61st anniversary.  Then Mrs. Evelyn popped up and told me she was his 2nd wife.  All kinds of thoughts ran through my mind -- but she explained.  She was hired to care for his newborn son.  His first wife died in childbirth and he did not know anything about babies.  The pastor of their church suggested he hire Evelyn to help him out.  A year later he was performing a wedding for Gordon and Evelyn.  

They have 6 other children for a total of 7.  No difference as she was mother to them all. They never bought any real estate from me or any other agent,  as when they got home the kids told them they were too old to think about moving.  Real estate is not all about the money, sometimes it is just good memories to share at a Thanksgiving lunch.


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Gwen Fowler-Brown

Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc
317 South Highway 11
West Union SC 29696
Serving Oconee County, from the banks of the Chattooga River to the shores of Jocassee, Hartwell & Keowee Lakes.


Contact me about property in Oconee County, Seneca, Walhalla, Westminster, Long Creek, Salem, Mountain Rest, Richland, Sunset and Six Mile, SC.  2nd homes are our expertise. 

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Comments (8)

Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Helllo Gwen and so glad to see your post here again in the Rain.  Always good to get together with friends.


Nov 26, 2021 09:48 AM
Gwen Fowler-864-638-3599 SC * Mountain* Lake*Home


thanks for the continued encouragement to blog.  I guess I am back.


Nov 26, 2021 09:49 AM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Hello Gwen Fowler-864-638-3599 SC Mountains Lakes Homes you are right, real estate is not always about money, sometimes it is good memories to share at a Thanksgiving lunch. 

Nov 26, 2021 10:50 AM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

That is quite the story and seemed to have worked out very well for both

Nov 26, 2021 12:04 PM
Gwen Fowler-864-638-3599 SC * Mountain* Lake*Home

I often wonder where the next Gordon & Evelyn will come from.  They were an inspiration to this day.  Not sure if they realized, or if I realized I would be talking about them 15 years later.

Nov 27, 2021 05:41 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Gwen loved your post, people that come in for the money are so transparent... I find it you take care of your clients the money will come. Happy Thanksgiving to you, Endre

Nov 26, 2021 03:24 PM
Gwen Fowler-864-638-3599 SC * Mountain* Lake*Home

Money never works for me.  I try to build the relationship first and money usually follows.  Happy Thanksgiving to you too!

Nov 27, 2021 05:42 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Gwen - the interesting stories we hear in real estate are an unexpected surprise.  Often they come with a lesson.  

Nov 27, 2021 04:36 AM
Gwen Fowler-864-638-3599 SC * Mountain* Lake*Home

I keep notes and one day I will write a book or inspire one of the grandkids to write one...but of course there will be fewer books so maybe I will just keep blogging about the people I meet.

Nov 27, 2021 05:43 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

How wonderful. People come into our lives for all sorts of reasons.

Nov 27, 2021 04:55 AM
Gwen Fowler-864-638-3599 SC * Mountain* Lake*Home

Yes they do.  I have had several uh huh moments when meeting different people.

Nov 27, 2021 05:44 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

It is good to see you in the Rain again, I hope that you will stay active.  That is a wonderful story that you have shared with us!

Nov 27, 2021 05:28 AM
Gwen Fowler-864-638-3599 SC * Mountain* Lake*Home

Brian, good to be back, I have put it on the schedule...but we all know how schedules work.

Nov 27, 2021 05:45 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi Gwen... one of the most wonderful aspects of our business... the people we meet and remember whether they buy something from us or not.

Nov 27, 2021 06:53 AM
Gwen Fowler-864-638-3599 SC * Mountain* Lake*Home

They were such sweet people I hope they found what they were looking for.  Thanks for the comment.

Nov 27, 2021 07:08 AM