A recent update that I received from my clients after their house sold brought tears to my eyes and I feel I just need to share it with you. A satisfying reminder of why we are in this business.

My clients were from out of state and just couldn't easily make the trip to utilize their vacation home anymore and decided to sell it with reservations. They have owned the home and used the home often for over 20 years and did have an emotional attachment to it.  Before they listed the home they even had it inspected to be certain that their were no problems with the home for the potential buyer and any and all items that were on the inspection report were completely taken care of.

Well, we put the home under contract and had the inspection. The new inspection report showed a few more items that needed to be repaired. Well, before I even had a request from the buyer for what he would like to have repaired they had their repairman out there fixing everything that was even "slightly" mentioned on the inspection report so needless to say when we received his request for certain repairs they had already been taken care of or they were in process to be done, along with the other little things that he did not request be repaired.  Next, they came to an agreement on what they would leave in the house and what they were taking with them as the buyer was using the home as a vacation home also.  On the day of closing the sellers went to the house to remove their remaining items and naturally left a 'gift" for the new buyer. Closing went off without an issue (seems so rare these days) My clients ended up leaving many more items in the home than they had originally said they would and those that they sold to the new owner were for a very minimum amount.

Here's the most amazing heartwarming part. The new owner was so appreciative for what they left behind and so pleased with dealing with them throughout this transaction they he sent them "the most beautiful flower arrangement they have ever seen" along with a very nice note. They both felt that certain items of the home added to its "charm" and so the sellers left them there for him to enjoy so he could continue to feel the "charm" of the home and he very graciously showed his appreciation. Isn't it wonderful!

I am so touched by this story.  I have never heard of this happening before and I felt it was a great story to share.  It was very satisfying to hear.

If you have a story to share of a similar heartwarming item I would love to hear your story. Maybe we should start a new blog or group. The moments you are really glad you are a Realtor. Thanks for reading. Bobbie

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Comment balloon 7 commentsBobbie Smith • May 03 2007 06:31AM



That IS a hertwarming story.  Based on my years of experience, I read your story waiting for the generous deeds of your sellers to be rewarded with an unappreciative buyer response.  It is really refreshing to hear a story where both the seller and the buyer acted with empathy and class! 

Posted by Brian Schulman, Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA) about 12 years ago
This is why this job is worth it.  It is so wonderful when wonderful sellers are fortunate enough to know they have wonderful buyers.  Especially for your couple who, obviously, have a strong emotion for their home.  I am going to bookmark this one.  What a wonderful story.
Posted by Virginia Halter, ABR, CDPE, CRS, GREEN, SFR, SRES (RE/MAX Signature Properties) about 12 years ago


Glad you did not get the response you were expecting. There are refreshing stories out there every now and then arent there.

Thanks for commenting. Bobbie 

Posted by Bobbie Smith, 570-242-1891 about 12 years ago


Yes, they definitely did have a strong emotion for it and the buyers and sellers seem to take to one another right away and I truly believe that is why the sellers decided to be so generous. They liked the person who was getting "their" home.

Thanks for commenting! Bobbie 

Posted by Bobbie Smith, 570-242-1891 about 12 years ago
This is a great story and I am so glad that it worked out that way for your sellers.  It makes it so much easier for people with a strong emotional attachment to "leave the home in good hands."  Thanks for sharing.
Posted by Lea Deo - REALTOR®, Johnson County REALTOR®| Shawnee KS Homes for Sale (Keller Williams Legacy Partners, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Hi Lea,

You are right. It does make it easier for the sellers and the entire transaction for that matter.  

Posted by Bobbie Smith, 570-242-1891 about 12 years ago

I am also in a vacation home area and I often find that cabins and condos can be very hard for older people to sell.  They have so many memories of fun times with friends and family, and selling it is often a bit like giving in to old age and infirmities.  Many times it is the widow selling and they take a little extra care our part.  It is difficult when they are so emotionally attached to things that are really worn out and outdated.  I find that lots of hugs and emotional support help to make a difficult situation a little easier for them. 

Posted by Joanne Hanson, Summit County, Colorado Realtor (Coldwell Banker Colorado Rockies Real Estate) about 12 years ago