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We Changed Our Minds

Real Estate Broker/Owner with HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 311291


A few years back, a lovely young family hired me to help them sell their house. They were looking for a bigger space for their new baby and a better school district and wanted my assistance. After completing all the necessary paperwork and agreeing on a listing price, we took photos of the property and made a list of required repairs and updates. Unfortunately, there were some deferred maintenance issues that we had to deal with before selling the property.

When I called to check on their progress, I was pleasantly surprised that they had almost completed everything on our checklist. They had done a lot of purging to prepare for their next move, evident in the sparkling clean house. I stopped by for a visit and was amazed at how different the house looked.

What happened next was something out of a TV show! They loved the house so much that they decided not to list it for sale. They enjoyed the makeover of their home, which seemed like a brand new space, providing more room and looking great.

They fell back in love with their home all over again and experienced  another form of "Listing Remorse."

We changed our minds.

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Margaret Rome
HomeRome Realty

Baltimore, Maryland

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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Margaret - people decide to buy/sell for many sorts of reasons.  For real estate practitioners understanding client motivation can seem like a never-ending challenge.  

Apr 13, 2024 02:38 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Michael Jacobs 

Real estate agents have to determine what motivates the buyer, as there are many reasons why people decide to buy or sell.

Apr 13, 2024 05:33 PM
Joyce Marsh
Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC - Daytona Beach, FL
Joyce Marsh Homes

Hello Margaret,

What a great story! You obviously did such a good job that you ended up selling them on their own home. It’s amazing how a little redo can help you fall in love with your home again.

Apr 13, 2024 04:18 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Joyce Marsh,

It was nice that they didn't have to move and could enjoy what seemed like a new home.

Apr 13, 2024 05:36 PM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

How wonderful for them! Owners have been known to change their minds about selling and it all works!

Apr 13, 2024 04:45 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Good to see you, Kat Palmiotti  

I had another client who was moved into assisted living against their wishes. After several months, they chose to return to their empty home, which had been listed on the MLS. Their reason for returning was a desire to pass away at home.

Apr 13, 2024 05:44 PM
Kat Palmiotti

That makes sense to me Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400 - I'm sure I would want the same.

Apr 13, 2024 05:58 PM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em: golfArizona@cox.net

I have had that happen.  We took great pictures and listed it.  They fell in love with the photos. and changed their minds. Thanks for sharing, make it a great Saturday and enjoy your


Bill Salvatore, Realtor- Arizona Elite Properties

Apr 13, 2024 05:19 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Thanks, Bill Salvatore - East Valley. This happens when there is a lot of strength or stubbornness. 

Apr 13, 2024 05:48 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Margaret. It has happened to me more than once especially when selling waterfront homes in Florida. Enjoy your day.

Apr 13, 2024 06:25 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Wayne Martin

And all the time you spent preparing it for the market was for nothing.


Apr 13, 2024 05:53 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Margaret. I still think that buyer remorse comes about more frequently than listing remorse. I've had quite a few clients say they should have done all that work they did to get their home ready for market long before and enjoyed. But to-date, none have decided not to list (thankfully).

Apr 13, 2024 06:30 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Nina Hollander, Broker  

There's a lot more buyer remorse, for sure!

Apr 13, 2024 05:56 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services


Miss Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400 I've had clients say they love their home after preparing it for sale. However, none decided not to sell. It amazes me how much clutter people live with. Less if more for me.  I love open spaces without a lot of "stuff".  

Congratulations on helping your clients so much they love their home again! 

Apr 13, 2024 09:29 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist 

I am glad I was there during their decision-making process.

Apr 13, 2024 06:05 PM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

That is both sad and funny. We did such a good job of cleaning and prepping that we decided it was perfect for us.

Apr 13, 2024 09:37 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Ed Silva, 203-206-0754

Yes, that is just what happened. 

Apr 13, 2024 06:09 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Margaret you are right this is almost like the TV show "Love It Or List It".

Apr 13, 2024 10:40 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

George Souto: Yes, that was my reference. 

Apr 13, 2024 06:10 PM
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 Margaret,
I never had that specific thing happen, but I did have a few sellers tell me a similar thing after they saw the flyer (with pictures) I put together for them. Fortunately, none of them actually changed their minds.

Apr 14, 2024 08:37 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Carol Williams

We do love it when they compliment us on our outstanding marketing, photography, blogging etc. 

Apr 19, 2024 05:09 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

I once had a buyer client, who would change his mind.  We'd get house under contract, and then he'd get cold feet.  Finally, on the 4th such incidence of this occurring, we managed to make it to close of escrow.  It was the home inspections that disclosed certain things, that was the culprit. 

Apr 15, 2024 07:42 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Myrl Jeffcoat

And who says we don't need extreme patience in this wonderful world of real estate?

Apr 19, 2024 05:13 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

Emotions are a powerful thing and your story hits home, Margaret. I just experienced a strong connection that a seller has with her home. It was supposed to be her last one but she met Mr. Wonderful and she is moving forward with him!

Apr 19, 2024 09:46 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! 

Those emotions can be powerful. It sounds like she loved the new guy more than the house. Good for her

Apr 19, 2024 05:16 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

Your post serves the following phrase well...There's no place like home. Congrats on being featured in BananaTUDE, Margaret!

Apr 19, 2024 09:48 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Why thank you, Miss Wanda, I am honored!

Apr 19, 2024 05:17 PM