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Feeling Good But Also Bittersweet

 

 

 

 Most of the time my transactions are wonderful experiences. Buyers get their beautiful new home. Sellers get to move to a better home, children get their own room, a move for a job promotion, retiring to paradise or moving  for year round vacation weather.  

In real estate we are just  making dreams come true.

 

 Not every closing we go to is a happy one. Sometimes sellers  come to the table due to  a financial disaster, other times an illness or  job loss. Some settlements are bittersweet.

This was a situation a few years ago.

 The buyers were getting a large terrific home, at a price they could afford and  just perfect for their growing and extended family situation. Yes, I was so happy for them..but my enthusiasm needed curbing. 

My wonderful  sellers had just lost their dream home, the one they worked so hard for. Many years of love, sweat and tears went into their special house. 

 

But now we were  sitting at the closing table after many months of trying to sell in a declining market with  numerous medical and personal problems including a family death.

 Instead of tears of  joy..there were just tears. It was bittersweet. Yes they were thankful (as thankful as could be) and they took time to write me a wonderful note of appreciation. 

 

love the house Margaret Rome

 

This transaction was one that I loved because it ultimately helped the sellers get out of their financial debt and move forward. It also allowed a very deserving family get a home they would not have been able to afford under normal circumstances. 

 

Some settlements are bittersweet but I did feel good helping both families.

 

Margaret Rome

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Comment balloon 21 commentsMargaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland • February 02 2018 09:07PM

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Margaret,

What a lovely story you shared with us.  So glad it all worked out in the long run.  A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) 9 months ago

Ron and Alexandra Seigel Always a pleasure to see you two!!

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 9 months ago

What a beautiful post and such kind words Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland you always have that way of saying things that touch my heart bananatude

Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) 9 months ago

 

My Dear Hannah Williams  What a lovely thing to say and a great big thank you for the honor of being featured in Bananatude.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 9 months ago

Good evening Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland,

I love your story....yes closing was bittersweet for your sellers but you brought them a good buyer to love their home and they could move on..there might have been tears but it was a good match and you helped them both realize their dreams..and that is what our profession is really all about it.

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799) 9 months ago

During the last economic downturn, I chose to not list short sales, or distressed properties.  It was such a difficult time for so many sellers, that I thought it almost took a good therapist rather than a real estate agent.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) 9 months ago

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

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) 9 months ago

Good evening Margaret - this at least was a satisfactory resolution for both sides in the transaction.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) 9 months ago

Congratulations Margaret, I am sure you handled the situation with much grace and poise as only you can.  

Posted by June Piper-Brandon, Piecing Dreams One Home at a Time (Remax New Beginnings ) 9 months ago

Bittersweet indeed, Margaret. I'm sure your gracious nature, kindness, and empathy really helped in this difficult time for the family. Lovely story. D 

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) 9 months ago

I can see where this  one might not make you overjoyed, but at least you were able to help out the best you could at the time.

Posted by JL Boney, III, Columbia, SC Real Estate (Coldwell Banker) 9 months ago

Margaret, for me it is never about the money it is helping my clients buying or selling, and clearly you have the same attitude, Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) 9 months ago

Charlene and I did over 250 successful short sales which were always bittersweet but ultimately there was gratitude for not going into foreclosure.

Posted by Joe Pryor, REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties (The Virtual Real Estate Team) 9 months ago

Myrl Jeffcoat My medical background helped prepare me for RE. Thanks for the feature!

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 9 months ago

 

That's a lot of bittersweet Joe Pryor 

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 9 months ago

Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland I've had many of these bittersweet transactions as well.  Although joyful for the buyers, it can be heartbreaking watching the sellers go through the loss.  The ability to move forward, though, is the door opening that they need.

Posted by Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless! (Lisa Von Domek Team) 8 months ago

Lisa Von Domek Going through these transactions makes you realize that RE is not all about bricks and sticks. Moving forward is a necessity.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 8 months ago

And if anyone in our profession ever forgets or ignores that we are dealing with and taking care of people Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland it is time for them to find a new profession.  (IMHO)

Posted by Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless! (Lisa Von Domek Team) 8 months ago

Lisa Von Domek What a perfect comment:

''And if anyone in our profession ever forgets or ignores that we are dealing with and taking care of people .... it is time for them to find a new profession. ''

 

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 8 months ago

Thank you Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland as you can tell, I am passionate about our profession!

Posted by Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless! (Lisa Von Domek Team) 8 months ago

Lisa Von Domek And it shows very nicely!

 

 

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 8 months ago

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