A few months back I received a phone call from a lady who said she had gotten one of my letters I had mailed out months ago and she decided to hang on to it because she liked what I said. She wanted me to meet her at her home and get my opinion on what I thought of her home and how much she could sell it for. We set the appt up for the following day at 10:00. As I pull up infront of the home here she is pulling out weeds on her hands and knees and curlers in her hair. She gets up and greets me and we go inside her home and get to know each other a little bit and go through the home inside and out. I'm thinking how am I going to tell this sweet little old lady that she needs to invest some money into this home before I would put it on the market. So I just told her your need to do a face lift on the home and give it some street appeal. The roof is 20 years old, needs repainting inside and out and these posts outside need to be beefed up and the tree's and bushes need to be trimmed up. I'm feeling bad inside not knowing if she has the money to do all of this.
To my surprise she said you know I was thinking the same thing. What a relief I had. I decided to drive her around the neighborhood to show her what I meant about beefing up the posts and compare her home to others that were on the maket. She loved the idea after she seen the difference. Now we have spent the last 4 hours talking and driving around. Time for me to get back to the office so I gave her some phone number of contractors and suggested to get several quotes and said give me a call back once this is done and we'll discuss the listing price.
The following week she calls and asks if I can come up to the house again to help her pick out the colors for the roof and exterior of the house as she had decided to keep the interior white. As I pull up the yard is spotless , trees and bushes trimmed up nicely. We got the colors picked out and she is so excited on how nice her house is going to look for a moment I didn't think she was going to list it. We get to the listing price and we don't agree but we are close. She then says I might just keep the house and rent it out. She loves the area and is having a hard time letting go as this was the house that her husband had bought for them to retire in but he had past on and never got to enjoy the home. I just gave her a big hug and said, lets list it for 3 months and if it doesn't sell maybe by then you'll have some renters lined up. I didn't get it sold but she did find a great couple to rent to and I was invited up to meet them.
I didn't get it sold but made a great friend. She wrote me a letter and was so thankful for my help. When she does come to town she stops in to see me and calls from time to time just to say hi and thanks again. What a sweet lady she is.