Blogging Success

Real Estate Agent with Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 PA License - AB067198

I chose the photo that goes with this post for two reasons. Firstly there are two parts, one non real estate related and the other definitely real estate related.

The Marines

When our son joined the Marines, I blogged about his progress, and when he went to Iraq I shared his emails and photos. It was a way for me to cope with the stress. He was in a Special Forces Unit that was at the sharp end of the spear, a Recon Marine.  Initially, his emails were light and it sounded as if nothing was happening. Then we got a call from his girlfriend. "Had we heard from Jeremy, something had happened to men in his unit." Well, everything changed then, on that first tour he lost twelve of his friends. As I blogged I was supported by friend and aquaintances here in the Rain. That was a success for me that I will always appreciate. One day I get a call from a number I did not recognize. It was an agent here in the Rain who said her office wanted to send his unit some boxes of supplies what did they need? As I write this now I am getting emotional, that someone I did not know would do that for my son and his friends because of my blog posts. A few weeks later I got a call from my son, he had just returned from a mission that had required they be away from camp for a long time. He said they could not get into their cabin because of the boxes of supplies. It took them several hours to share out the toothpaste, socks food etc that had been sent. I will always be eternally grateful to all of you here in the Rain and I only wish i remembered the name of the agent whose office had sent those supplies to give her a shout out.

Berwyn Real Estate

One Sunday I get a call from a young woman, did I have time to talk. Yes, of course, how could I help. She had found my blog post with videos I had recorded about Berwyn and new construction opportunities in and around the Village of Berwyn. She had then found some of my other videos as a result and thought it seemed as if I knew what was going on and she had a few questions.

It turned out she had gone to an Open House at a new construction and she was very interested. But she wanted to know what was going on with a site in the Village that had just sold and could I help her. We agreed to meet at the house and a few days later we met up. I answered her questions, and she said I feel as if I know you because of the videos. She decided she wanted to write an offer and could we meet with the builder. We set this up and she ended up buying the house. During the process it turned out she had a young friend who did real estate in the city, but she chose me because of my blog and videos in and around the Village of Berwyn.

We became good friends and were actually talking/texting this week about her current plans and life situation. Who knows where your blogging will take you or who it will bring across your path.


Entry to October 2022 Challenge: Blogging Success Stories hosted by Carol WilliamsAura Alex, and Leanne Smith 

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Nick Vandekar
Nick is a Tredyffrin Easttown Residential and Commercial REALTOR selling The Main Line, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery Counties.

Giving you the confidence to make
the right decisions.

92 Lancaster Avenue
Devon , PA 19333
Mobile: (610) 203-4543 [call or text me]
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If you are buying or selling on or around
Tredyffrin Easttown or along the Main Line, 
we can help you, contact us.

Comments (26)

Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Nick... your story about your son got me emotional, too... so I can just imagine how emotional you were writing about it. Congratulations on the Gold Star... totally deserved!

Oct 05, 2022 04:17 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Those are definitely two success stories from blogging. I love the story about your son - talk about a blogging success.

Oct 05, 2022 04:38 AM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
Relocation to NW AZ with elbow room & more freedom

Good morning Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 your first story was incredible and thanks so much for sharing it.  Funny when the second story started our with "Berwyn"  I immediately thought of the Chicago are and the TV show Svengooglie.

Beyond that memory, my sense is you demonstrated your knowledge by caring and that young lady sensed your caring attitude.  Again, thank you for sharing your success story.

Oct 05, 2022 05:10 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I guess that I got connected with you after the posts about your son because I don't recall them but surely would have enjoyed following along with his journey and being supportive.

Oct 05, 2022 05:20 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Nick, what a beautiful post, and not sure if I was following you while your son was away, but what a lovely gesture that agent did!    It is amazing how close you can get to some clients, it just clicks.

Oct 05, 2022 07:46 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Good for you. Hard work  actually payes off.

All the best,


Oct 05, 2022 08:02 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Nick - life is definitely multi-part.  It's a series of special events and moments that simply seem to happen.  We continue to learn along the way.  

Oct 05, 2022 09:24 AM
Peter Mohylsky, Beach Expert
PMI. Destin - Miramar Beach, FL
Call me at 850-517-7098

I am not sure that anyone can forcast where the road may take them  but it is still no reason to start on the journey

Oct 05, 2022 11:03 AM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Selling the Main Line & Chester County

Jeff Dowler, CRS I knew I had to share that story, because it has stayed with me for so long.

Bill Salvatore - East Valley thanks for stopping by.

Dorie Dillard Austin TX very true.

Kathy Streib thank you.

Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker thank your son for his service. There were many evenings I did not want to go home. Our son told me that they would always come to the house if he was injured. Whenever I drove home I was scanning cars in the neighborhood, It felt as if i wasn't there they couldn't tell us if anything had happened. So weird what we think and do.

Oct 05, 2022 01:53 PM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Selling the Main Line & Chester County

Aura Alex thank you, I appreciate your comment.

Nina Hollander, Broker I am glad those days are past.

Kat Palmiotti you never know who is reading, as so many read, but do not comment.

Leanne Smith I have not heard of that TV show, will have to track it down. I did know that there was a Berwyn, and many other Main Line towns in Chicago area as well.

Brian England it seems a long time ago. thankfully it has passed.

Oct 05, 2022 01:57 PM
Leanne Smith

The show has been on for years and it showcases horror, sci-fi, films some of which are really bad, but some are pretty good.

Oct 05, 2022 03:03 PM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Selling the Main Line & Chester County

Joan Cox it took my by surprise their generosity. I also had a client who supplied his unit with new gun springs for their rifles and magazines.

Sam Shueh thanks.

Michael Jacobs learning is always good, and enjoying the moment of the journey.

Peter Mohylsky thanks for stopping by and commenting.

Oct 05, 2022 02:00 PM
Vickie Teel
RE/MAX PALM REALTY - Port Charlotte, FL
Sharing Florida sunshine one homeowner at a time!

Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 - thank you for sharing these stories.  Please let your son know how grateful I am for his service and sacrifice.  It’s so great to also hear of the sweet things fellow bloggers do for each other

Oct 06, 2022 04:05 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

Hi Nick,
I love love love this post! It is proof that blogging can benefit us on a personal and professional level. Thank you to your son for his service and thank YOU for sharing your stories.

Oct 06, 2022 04:09 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Glad you included this one about your son Nick. What a great story and what a kind and thoughtful gesture to send those supplies!

Oct 06, 2022 06:22 AM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Selling the Main Line & Chester County

Vickie Teel so many people here on the Rain have become more than acquaintances and when I travel, I always try to connect and get to know someone better.

Carol Williams those in the rain have hearts of gold, so generous and all willing to share what they know and have.

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 so true, I just wish I could remember who it was. I know I thanked them profusely at the time, but it was now a long time ago.

Oct 06, 2022 06:46 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Nick, for sharing these stories.

I love the story about your son.

Oct 06, 2022 07:55 AM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Selling the Main Line & Chester County

Roy Kelley me to, I was getting all emotional remembering that time. Too many young men lost.

Oct 06, 2022 07:59 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543  What a touching story I did read this and thought I commented. So happy this beautiful post was Featured 

Oct 06, 2022 11:01 AM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

Thank you for sharing your inspirational story about your son and please thank him for his service.  It is heartwarming to know that there are people like your son and the agent that organized and sent him so much. 

Oct 09, 2022 05:09 AM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Selling the Main Line & Chester County

Hannah Williams no problem, glad you got a second chance.

Ray Henson in typical fashion these guys are so humble they actually do not like all the attention, and get embarrassed when thanked. I think they know those who gave their lives gave far more than they did. It is hard to explain.

Oct 09, 2022 08:07 AM