7th time's the charm! A happy ending in Brookeville, MD.

Real Estate Agent with Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860 MD594797

Back in February of this year, I was interviewed by Sarah Allen with Blue Canoe Realty in Maine. Sarah has family who relocated to Maryland and were looking to purchase a home. I am honored that Sarah and her family chose me! 

We set out on their home-buying journey in March with the goal to close no later than mid-June. Things didn't play out quite as we had hoped because this market with its record-low inventory levels is a tough one to navigate... even for the most qualified buyers. 

In total, we went on 28 home tours, and even more showings, and wrote 7 offers. My clients came in second-best 5 times and ratified one contract that didn't work out. This was a case of an extremely unreasonable seller who not only overpriced but also refused to make any repairs which were extensive. This home needed all new windows, two new HVAC systems, plumbing and electrical repairs, new flooring, bathroom upgrades, and it had extensive wood rot. My clients were willing to work something out, find a middle ground, and tackle many of the upgrades and repairs themselves. The seller, however, was not willing. And so we walked and continued the search. 

But in June we wrote our seventh and last offer on a beautiful, turn-key home in Brookeville, MD. My clients wrote an offer that the seller could not refuse. We did a walk-and-talk preinspection with Springirth Services Home Inspections (highly recommend!) to be able to waive the home inspection contingency and offered a bit more than the list price. After a little negotiating, the sellers accepted and canceled the open house as well as all other showings on the book! 

Much gratitude goes out to Dino Broccolino with Truist and RGS Title in Silver Spring who made this transaction as smooth as possible. 

7th time's the charm! A happy ending in Brookeville, MD!

Brookeville's Manor Oaks is a beautiful subdivision to call home! Amenities include walking trails, a tot lot, tennis courts, and an outdoor pool. It's just minutes from Olney with its many restaurants and retail stores, and not one but four beer farms/breweries! 

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Andrea Bedard
Thompson Co., REALTORS®

Silver Spring, Maryland

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Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Congratulations Andrea!!!  And congratulations to your happy new home owners!!!!

Jul 24, 2023 05:15 PM
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860 - Silver Spring, MD
Fluent in Real Estate & German, M.A. ABR ASP CIPS

Thank you, Kathy Streib, it's been a long road but my clients hung in there and now have a new beautiful place to come home to! I am just thrilled for them! 

Jul 24, 2023 05:17 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Andrea - while it can happen, it's not usually a "one and done" case in real estate.  Yes, sometimes it takes seven, perhaps even more, until a happily ever after moment occurs.  Congratulations to all involved.  

Jul 24, 2023 05:53 PM
Andrea Bedard

Thank you, Michael Jacobs! It's tough when you are always *that* close, but I am thrilled that we found them a beautiful home. 

Jul 26, 2023 09:49 AM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster Real Estate - Gainesville, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Congratulations on getting the job done.  It is not easy to navigate this insane market, but you helped your buyers prevail.  

Jul 24, 2023 08:06 PM
Andrea Bedard

We definitely experienced some moments of frustration - especially when that one seller was not willing to do any repairs or give a credit and we had to walk. Thank you, Chris Ann Cleland

Jul 26, 2023 09:50 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Brookeville is a wonderful town filled with history! Congratulations on a job well done! 

Jul 24, 2023 08:07 PM
Andrea Bedard

Brookeville is definitely one of my favorite areas in MoCo. Thank you, Lise! 

Jul 26, 2023 09:51 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Wow super congratulations to you and your client, how many realtors would have stayed the course writing seven offers??? Endre

Jul 24, 2023 09:23 PM
Andrea Bedard

Thanks so much, Endre Barath, Jr.! It was a long road but succeeded! 

Jul 26, 2023 09:52 AM
Jeff Masich-Scottsdale AZ Associate Broker,MBA,GRI
HomeSmart Real Estate - Scottsdale, AZ
Arizona Homes and Land Group/ Buy or Sell

Alrighty then! The 7th time is the YES time! Hanging in there with your clients to the finish line is a compliment to you Andrea. Jeff

Jul 24, 2023 10:01 PM
Andrea Bedard

Thank you, Jeff Masich-Scottsdale AZ Associate Broker,MBA,GRI! I am not a quitter and these were wonderful buyers to work with. 

Jul 26, 2023 09:52 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Oswego, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Andrea. The pre-inspection was worth the gamble. It worked out well. Congrats to your patient and determined buyers. Enjoy your day.

Jul 25, 2023 04:23 AM
Andrea Bedard

It doesn't always work, but I am thrilled that it worked in this case! Thank you, Wayne Martin!

Jul 26, 2023 09:53 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Congratulations, Andrea! Patience is definitely a virtue in the real estate world... for both agent and client. I'm always telling my own clients to "chill" and not worry because there's always a door out there with their name on it. You just proved that with this sale.

Jul 25, 2023 04:37 AM
Andrea Bedard

It's tough when you come *this* close a few times, but you are right, there's a right house for every buyer. Sometimes it just takes a bit to get there. Thank you, Nina Hollander, Broker

Jul 26, 2023 09:54 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Congrats!  I know how much of a relief it is for a buyer to finally get under contract and then close on a home that they love!

Jul 25, 2023 07:35 AM
Andrea Bedard

To finally get a "yes, let's ratify" was such a relief for all of us! My buyers are the best and I am thrilled that they now have such a beautiful property to come home to. Thank you, Brian England

Jul 26, 2023 09:55 AM