A Swipe of a Scraper....Stroke of A Brush....Paint it Forward....

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams 414-525-0563

    referralsWe were recently referred a listing which was an estate. The woman who had lived there was well into her 90's and her only child was the heir.  The woman had been concerned that her daughter would be left with repairs or updates in the house and every year made improvements...from a new roof to appliances, carpet, furnace, painting the interior....the house was in great condition.  It was our honor to be chosen to list the house. When we met the daughter, she had emptied the house, had carpeting and the house cleaned. We added a little staging to warm up the interior and listed the house. fha loans
   A wonderful family fell in love with the house. The brick ranch was exactly what they wanted in the perfect location near family and friends and the Seller was thrilled to have someone who appreciated the house about to become the next owner.
 
scraper  The buyers chose FHA financing and we ran through the well maintained home to see if there was anything an inspector might find that needed correction.  The exterior trim had seen a Wisconsin winter and the dreaded peeling paint syndrome struck the house.  With the inspection in a few days, and the Seller retired and not in the best of health....we got up with the sun, scrapers and paint brushes in hand and shop vac for any chips that "fall where they may" and scraped and painted any areas in need of attention.
   
Painting a houseFHA guidelines present lots of opportunities to "pay it forward"....Sellers are not always able to pay contractors...and timelines may forbid a contractor's schedule.  Pay it forward with a scraper, brush and don't forget making those chips disappear. Do it because you can...because you should...Pay it forward one scrape, brush stroke at a time...you'll find good all over...and know that you helped both the buyer and the seller live happily ever after...isn't that what Realtors are supposed to do ? 
  

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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

I'm not sure I understand what the phrase "pay it forward" means, but sounds like you did a lot of good there!  My Boy Scouts would be envious that you performed service "over and above."

Jul 07, 2011 07:32 AM #1
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
Keller Williams 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS

Pay it forward Jay...visit this group....when you have the opportunity to take an extra step to help someone...you make like Nike...and just do it !

Jul 07, 2011 07:36 AM #2
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Cindy Marchant
Keller Williams Indy NE 317-290-7775 www.marchantteam.com - Carmel, IN
"Cindy in Indy" , Realtor, Fishers Real Estate

What a great story...well written sure...but the message is so important.  You've obviously been around and know exactly what FHA will find...kudo's to you!  Very heart warming to read!

Jul 07, 2011 07:54 AM #3
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Kristin Johnston, Waukesha Realtor 414-254-6647
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
Waukesha County Realtor, RE/MAX Buyer Agent

YOu guys are always going above and beyond your realtor duties...you are just good peeps!

Jul 07, 2011 09:52 AM #4
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
Keller Williams 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS

Peep Peep...Paint paint

Jul 07, 2011 10:25 AM #5
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

That's me Sally, every time I do a home inspection.  I try to give the client a product that exceeds their expectations.  Normal behavior.  Not a payment...  methinks.

Jul 07, 2011 12:32 PM #6
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Anne M. Costello
Weidel Realtors - Yardley, PA

Sally and David: your customer service is unparalled! Only you guys would think scraping and painting part (all?) of a frame house was a little thing. I am thinking back to the appliance story for the young couple.  You guys are amazing!  Also like the word honor. It's a word I use a lot as well. We should be honored that a seller entrusts their most valuable asset to our care.

Jul 08, 2011 08:25 AM #7
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I had no idea that the FHA was concerned about cosmetic issues like peeling paint. Wow.

Jul 08, 2011 09:17 AM #8
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Margie Kopp Sorrell
Coldwell Banker Lake Oconee Realty and Lake Country - Greensboro, GA
Lake Oconee Real Estate

Sally & David- I used to paint houses during college to make extra money. I know exactly what kind of task you took on and that's an unbelievable pay it forward! You went way and above the call of duty!

Jul 08, 2011 09:23 AM #9
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Cara Marcelle Mancuso
Long Realty - Dove Mountain, Marana AZ - Tucson, AZ
Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE!

What a wonderful story and you set such a lovely example.  That's really going above and beyond in the expectation department.  Wish that such was contagious...

Jul 08, 2011 09:56 AM #10
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
Keller Williams 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS

You know Russel...someone might find lead under the layers, eat the peeling chips and be dead...thanks for all the comments !

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