Listener Keeps Maryland Home

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

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As most of you know, I host a live weekly radio show called All About Real Estate.

After a recent Sunday show, I received an email from a listener who had heard about the couple who changed their minds about selling their home. I love it when one of my topics helps others. 


"Good Afternoon Margaret,
I listen to and sometimes call your Sunday Real Estate Show weekly, and I wanted to tell you how much I really enjoyed hearing your story of a couple who changed their minds about listing their home and fell in love with it again once it was fixed up and cleaned up."


Here is that story:  They changed their mind.



“I have been going through a lot of emotional turmoil about selling my Maryland home and have found myself making a complete break from MD to my house in FL full time. I have had multiple emotions: happy and sad. Worry etc. 

Originally from New York, we moved when I was 5, and I have spent most of my life in Maryland.  My current home is only a few blocks from where I was raised. I have had my current home for 22 years this month. Remembering how thrilled I was with it when I first got it, being within walking distance to my parents (now sister's home) meant so much.

I never thought leaving MD permanently would be so difficult for me, so at this point, I decided just to fix it up, keep it, be a 'snowbird' for a couple more years, and play it year to year.

Once it's fixed up, I'll fall in love with it again. It does need a lot of work, and now it's worth more. It's surrounded by nearly a million-dollar big colonial homes, like my parents' home, which I grew up in. So, if I did sell it, chances are, I would never be able to live in this neighborhood again if I wanted to move back.

I like the change going back and forth, as I admit I start getting bored after a month or so in Florida. Another factor was that Florida summers are brutally hot, so I'd summer up here and make sure I spent my 183 days in Florida broken up through the year.

Also, I am hurricane skittish, and I hear Fla is gonna have a record-breaking hurricane season this year with La Niña. And I don't want to stay in a hotel for a year or two if my home is destroyed and needs rebuilding. I'll feel better knowing I still have my home here. I sent my realtor the link to your story about the couple changing their minds and my feelings, and she loved it and fully agreed I made the right decision for now. She said she enjoyed speaking with you when I talked to her. 
I thought of the phrase, 'Sometimes you really can go home again.' 


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Michael Elliott
Fathom Realty - Burlington Township, NJ
Burlington, New Jersey Residential Sales

Moving is a huge decision for sure, and relocating is even more difficult.  Great post, Margaret!

Apr 26, 2024 10:56 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Thanks, Michael Elliott

Sometimes, it is important to recognize when it is not the right time to sell for the client's benefit.

Apr 26, 2024 11:04 AM
Michael Elliott

I recently suggested that to a family friend.   

Apr 26, 2024 11:08 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Michael Elliott

And I bet your friend was glad to hear that. It's not about getting the listing; it is about doing the right thing for the seller.

Apr 26, 2024 12:17 PM
Michael Elliott

Yes, she knows that we all care about her   :-)

Apr 26, 2024 12:20 PM
Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
NC Real Estate Transition & Relocation 919-602-848

I've had many people say they how much they love their home once it's ready to go on the market and/or they wish they had done certain things before instead of waiting until it's time to sell.

Apr 26, 2024 01:42 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Good to see you, Carla Freund 

If they had done certain things before they planned to move, it would have added to their enjoyment of the home. 

Apr 26, 2024 08:20 PM
Carla Freund

Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400  I know what you mean. People don't want to spend money which I understand so they don't do anything to their house. Then, when it is time to move and they have to rush around and spend money as well, they wish they had done it sooner. 

Apr 27, 2024 11:19 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Margaret sometimes we need to come to the realization that the grass is not always greener on the other side.  ☺️

Apr 26, 2024 01:49 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Good to see George Souto 


The grass is always greener until you have to mow.

Apr 26, 2024 08:21 PM
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860 - Silver Spring, MD
Fluent in Real Estate & German, M.A. ABR ASP CIPS

You have loyal listeners, Margaret (of course, I am not surprised, it's YOU!), and I love the interactions you get from your weekly show. 

It always makes me happy to hear when people are thankful for the guidance we provide, even if it doesn't result in a sale for us. Real Estate is about so much more than just closing deals, it's the relationships and the journeys we get to be a part of. 

Apr 26, 2024 02:01 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Andrea Bedard 

You could write numerous posts about your enthusiastic fans. I have never seen anyone invest so much of themselves in a listing.

Apr 26, 2024 08:24 PM
Andrea Bedard

You are so sweet to say that, Margaret! 

Apr 27, 2024 02:22 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services


Hello Miss Margaret,  The story is a good one that I am sure many people can relate to. If the reasons for moving are not "sound" then keeping the home is a good decision. 

Apr 26, 2024 02:34 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist 

That is true, but some people have the ability to over-encourage others to get the listing.

Apr 26, 2024 08:27 PM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

That is a great story, but one Realtor is going to be very upset with you.

Apr 26, 2024 03:05 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

I'm smiling, Ed Silva, 203-206-0754 

I have already contacted his agent in Maryland, and she is happy with his decision. When he is ready to sell, it will be her listing. 

Apr 26, 2024 08:31 PM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Aww, I love it. It sounds like that listener made a perfect decision for now!

Apr 27, 2024 05:31 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Kat Palmiotti

He did make the right decision for the time being. This also gives more time to get the house ready to sell in the future. 

Apr 27, 2024 10:25 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

I only had a handful of clients, who decided to stay and not sell after listing homes.  Two were a product of divorce, where on partner decided to buy out the other, or was granted ownership through divorce. 

Apr 27, 2024 07:36 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Myrl Jeffcoat, It does not happen often, but we should not be the ones standing in the way of having a seller remain in their home 

Apr 27, 2024 07:54 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Margaret, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Clubgroup!  

Apr 27, 2024 07:37 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Thanks so much, Myrl Jeffcoat, for the feature in OFC.

Apr 27, 2024 07:55 PM