I grateful that I have a career that I love. I am grateful that I know that everything works out as it should. I am more than thankful for the clients I have met that become more like friends by the time the journey to owning a home or selling a home comes to the closing table. Today I am going to focus on just this one transaction because this home sale was bittersweet for several reasons and they just celebrated their first year home anniversary.
Jennifer and Ray came to me as a referral as what better statement of trust and great experience is there then when friends, family and business partners send you other clients? After I hung up from our initial phone interview, Q&A session and game plan for what to do next I knew we would work well together and she would be right on top of her game. I love my clients that are always responsive to what’s needed as it truly helps to make the process go more smoothly. The weather was warm when we starting home shopping and they just couldn’t seem to find that right place for their family. We looked at many homes and initially we looked at one in Baldwinville that needed some work and at that moment they were unsure. Jennifer spoke as if she could envision her home there as she was placing kids in rooms, furniture and how the kitchen would be arranged. That is how we Realtors know emotionally you are already invested and that is probably the home for you. But, they decided to keep looking.
Through the months of looking, talking, preparing and looking more Jennifer and I talked and texted everyday, texting becaame a great way for us to talk more often with our schedules it never failed that at some point THAT house would come back up in conversation. As the weather grew colder and the inventory became sparse the home in Baldwinville became a front runner and the price was adjusted so we decided to talk another look. This time they brought other family members to help talk out the work that was needed and what other issues to consider.
As we were going through the house I opened one of the upstairs closets and inside was an entire shelf wall full of yearbooks from Narragansett and I found the one from 1982 and showed Jen my high school photo… yes, we laughed. I wondered who lived there and knew it must have been a teacher or administrator that had been in our school system a long time. Then in downstairs kitchen cabinet there were the glasses that are in the picture below and it only further served to pique my curiosity. Jen was in love with the fact that a teacher may have lived there and education was so important to them and you could tell that house had been loved. It was dated, but well cared for. I knew it was the house for them, but waited for them to make that choice.
We made an offer and it was accepted and my buyers were SO excited. It was one of the best phone calls I have ever made because Jenn was always emotional in a great way whether it be tears or laughter. The sellers of this homewas the Bockus family. Mr. Kenneth Bockus our teacher and principal and long time advocate for everything education in our district. I loved that man as did so many others. He treated us all with dignity and fairness and taught values not just facts. His glasses, a suit and his mannerisms is what I remember most, but he was well respected and truly loved all the students. It was an honor to be a party to selling this home.
During the transaction unfortunately Mr. Bockus passed away and I went to the wake. It was a pleasure to meet all the children, although not under those circumstances, and they were happy to meet the buyer agent and were even happier when I told them I graduated from Gansett. It was amazing to see all the photos and memorabilia and to celebrate a life well lived. In my head I promised that the family that was moving in was perfect for their home.
The transaction had a couple of bumps in the road, but everyone was to thrilled to be selling and buying to one another it made it so much easier. Being at the closing table with my buyers and the Bockus family was special. They told some stories about growing up there and about their mom and dad and my buyers told them they would take good care of their home. I cried. They cried. It was awesome. I went to their house warming and it was so fun to have a tour of the house they started making changes too. It was perfect for them and they were totally in love with the house and their neighborhood.
This is why I am a Realtor. This is why my clients become more like friends. I keep in touch with Jennifer via Facebook and to be honest we text every so often because I miss our daily conversations. Thank you Jennifer and Ray for all the trust you placed in me on your journey to buying your first AND forever home.