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June is National Homeownership Month!

 

 Homeownership 

Comfort, stability, privacy, and personal expression define my pride of ownership. 

 

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For a Realtor ®, I bet there are not many who are still, by choice, in their original home after forty years.

I fell in love with a home and neighborhood close to our friends...he was the best man, and she was matron of honor at our small wedding of only ten people.

While visiting this couple, a FSBO (for sale by owner) put a flyer in our friends' mailbox. I remember what the brochure said and know in today's world; it would not have been acceptable language. Driving by, I loved the house and stopped in. 

At that visit, the sellers were away, but their daughter in law with a new baby was home. As a Pediatric RN, we bonded over her newborn and had a good conversation.  During that time, she shared the reason, the time frame, and other bits of information about the house, not realizing that it was advantageous to my future negotiation.

The owner, a physician, was moving to Tennessee. He and his wife had already found a house, needed a quick settlement and down payment to secure that Tennesee property. We were able to provide both.

There were only three small negatives to keep it from being the perfect house. There were steps from the garage going up to this rancher. There was an old stove, and there was no fireplace.

By the way, our real estate agent told us we would never find a suitable home. He only showed us homes that we found. Proactive...he was not!

When I called to say to him we found the right home and bought it; I couldn’t understand why he wasn’t happy for us.


After forty years, the house has gone through many changes and continues to make it my perfect forever home. 

The three negative things have been taken care of. When needed we added a chair lift...that took care of the stairs from the garage. A brand new kitchen took care of the old stove, and a room addition with a gas fireplace was added in the past few years.

 

 

 And I love my home office...

my command center.

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Over the years, I've seen many many homes. I've sold many many homes. But there has never been a home that I felt could have been better. 

When working with buyers, my goal is to find them a home that they feel the same pride of ownership that  I feel in mine. 

 

 Thank you Debe Maxwell, CRS for sponsoring June's Homeownership month.

 

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Comment balloon 16 commentsMargaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland • June 05 2019 03:38PM

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Oh, I read every word, Margaret - I love that story and can't imagine why your agent wasn't more proactive but, you know, what happened was what was meant to happen. You & Lee wound up in the perfect forever home near yuor friends and made it your own.

I'm curious if your best man and matron of honor still live in the neighborhood?

Happy Friday, Margaret!

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods (www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) 2 months ago

Good morning, Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland what a great story....pride of owning your home is a "forever" feeling....I'm an original in my neighborhood.... no one sells here until they pass away and the heirs take over....some just move in ..... and your improements were the finishing touches.... I doubt if your agent was only concerned about his income!

Posted by Barbara Todaro, Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) 2 months ago

I love this story, Margaret.  I also remember buying my first home, and only being shown the homes I had found.  I would cruise through neighborhoods I liked and look for signs on the lawn.  That was way before I became a Realtor.  The first home was lacking in many ways, but over my time living there, made it more into my vision of what it should be.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) 2 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) 2 months ago

Good morning Margaret. New meaning to "forever" home! Wow, is all I can say as I never owned a home for even 20 years! Enjoy your home!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) 2 months ago

Home offices are just the best !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) 2 months ago

What a delightful story. So happy you found the right home, and smart you to make it the perfect "forever" home with a few changes. That's often what it takes. Great illustration of what "home" is all about.  

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) 2 months ago

Hi Margaret,
Your story reminded me of the first home I bought.  One of the things I told my agent I really wanted was a fireplace.   When he showed me a home that met all my criteria except a fireplace I was disappointed.  But then he informed me he had already researched the viability and cost of having one put in.  I ended up buying that house and having a fireplace built just the way I wanted it. I got to pick out the bricks and the design. It was perfect and, honestly, think it is what sold the next buyer on the house when it was time for me to move on.  

Sometimes it's actually better to make a home "perfect" in your own way, isn't it?

Posted by Carol Williams, Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager (Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals.) 2 months ago

Carol Williams You actually had an agent that listened and had a solution...... did research for the cost of adding a fireplace. 

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 2 months ago

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD Thank you. It has been the perfect home for me.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 2 months ago

Sally K. & David L. Hanson Yes they are...especially since we spend so much time in them. Good to see you.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 2 months ago

Wayne Martin I do believe in forever homes.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 2 months ago

Myrl Jeffcoat Sounds like you found a house a truly made it into your home.

Thanks so much for the feature in the OFG!

 

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 2 months ago

Debe Maxwell, CRS Thanks for sponsoring the contest. I sold their home just a couple of years ago. 

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 2 months ago

Margaret, what a lovely story about your home, and how you had turned it into the comfort and personal expression you love. I am sure it will be fascinating to tour, knowing that you are an artist, too.

Posted by Steffy Hristova, Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work! (HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 480-966-9353) 2 months ago

Thank you  and it is always so nice to see you Steffy Hristova 

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 2 months ago

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