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Dreams Do Come True When Love is in The Air

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 Wasn't sure if it was a joke until Grace called me from the airport to say she was here. She wanted to see as many houses as I could set up. She wanted to start tomorrow and could I pick her up at the hotel

 

Grace was from a TV show called Home Team. We needed to find a house that needed a little work. Some updating and could be vacant. We started our journey the next day. We hit it off right away. Grace knew exactly what she was looking for.

 

 

It had to be great for the TV cameras shoots. Need work but the bones had to be good. Heater roof plumbing the real expensive stuff had to good. The other stuff we were going to get local people to donate their time and some of their merchandise to freshen up these houses. In return they would get free advertising on TV she explained.

 

 

We found one house she liked until I took her to a condo on State rd called Rivers Bend. It was on the second floor with a loft. It was in the price range. The lighting was perfect. The location was even better. She called her boss sent him pictures. This was the one. 

 

 

 

In the meantime, I asked her if she had a buyer for the show. The answer was no. My heart started to pound. She had told me they did this for special people. Buyers with a story  I explained to her I thought I had the perfect special buyer. Someone with a story

 

 

My sons best friend had cancer he was looking for a house. He was in remission and one day he was in a tragic car accident. They had to cut him out of the car. He was in an induced coma for almost a month and it was touch and go. He was a fighter and he survived. While in the hospital he met a nurse and they fell in love. 

 

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It was his dream to own his own home. Now he was looking for a place. Grace wanted his families phone number as it had to be surprised. John and my son Eric were best friends and he got me his Mom's phone number.

 

 

 

Grace called and met with the family it was set.  His Mom could not believe it. His family was so grateful. I was amazed at how many people were willing to give. I talked to Bud Gabriel he would do the appraisal and Diane Flarety from All Service Abstract was doing the Title Insurance  Diamond Furniture was giving Furniture so many other people gave their time and services including friends and family even mortgage companies waved fees where they could. 

 


This was one of the first posts I ever wrote on Active Rain in 2009 here is a link with pictures and more information about John and Home Team every now and then the show is on TV I do have a DVD  of the show and it always warms my heart and breaks it too

 

John was 25 years old when he moved into his home.

He passed away two years later at the age of 27 years young

 

 

Learned there are so many good people in this world willing to give when given the chance

 

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Comment balloon 40 commentsHannah Williams • February 02 2019 12:20AM

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What a GREAT story Hannah Williams ! I don't see how that could ever be topped but I still hope you have even a greater experience in your future!

Posted by Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor (Ward County Notary Services) 6 months ago

Bob "RealMan" Timm  It is a bittersweet story for more reasons than one

Thank you for taking the time to read

Hannah

Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) 6 months ago

That is a great story, Hannah. You must have felt so good and how serendipitous how everything fell into place.

Posted by Jane Peters, Los Angeles real estate concierge services (Home Jane Realty) 6 months ago

I like clienets like Grace who know what they want and need

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) 6 months ago

Hi Hannah- these are the stories that bring a huge smile to my face!!!  Love it!!!

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) 6 months ago

 

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Posted by marti garaughty, a highly caffeinated creative type... (garaughty.com) 6 months ago

Hannah Williams I'm glad you had a part to play in such a lovely story. And I'm crying for his family's loss.

Posted by Lauren Williams, CPO, Professional Organizer: Puget Sound homes (Casual Uncluttering LLC) 6 months ago

Good morning, Hannah Williams what powerful story..... happy and so sad, too...but memorable forever.... you truly the pieces together and made many people very happy....

Posted by Barbara Todaro, Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) 6 months ago

This is a wonderful story. We used to live in Bakers Bay . I remember when they built Rivers Bend. 

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) 6 months ago

Good morning, Hannah. I understand why this story was hard to write... I started crying halfway through and and had tears in my eyes right to the end. One of those stories that is both sad and happy at the same time.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage ) 6 months ago

Hannah, this is such an emotional story and I'm crying. The amount of people, yourself included, who gave in order to help someone else is incredible. Heartbreaking that John passed away. 

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty) 6 months ago

Jane Peters helping to make John's dream come true will always hold a special place in my heart

William Feela  Grace flew in from Washington State  we kept in touch for many years then lost contact

Kathy Streib  This post was very difficult to write as it is very bitter sweet

Thank you for reading and your kindness

Hannah

 

Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) 6 months ago

Hello Hannah - thank you for this story which covers so many emotions.

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 6 months ago

Thank you Marti garaughty, for a

Special Place in Your Group

It is An "Honor'

Hannah

Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) 6 months ago

Lauren Williams, CPO  It was a sad story with a dream coming true for a young man who was very deserving 

Barbara Todaro  Thank you.  Means so much coming from you

Gita Bantwal  I also remember when they were built

Thank you for your input

'Hannah

 

 

 

Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) 6 months ago

Nina Hollander There is even a part of the story that makes it more emotional that I do not care to share at this time. 

Amanda S. Davidson, He fought so hard but sometimes Cancer is a battle that cannot be won. He will always hold a special place in my heart

Michael Jacobs, We have to be thankful for every day as we never know what tomorrow brings. So glad I could bring joy to John if only for a moment

Love was in the air

Hannah

 

 

Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) 6 months ago

Wow, that was quite a story!  So, it was on tv and everything?  Such a cool experience.

Posted by Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ (Arizona Focus Realty) 6 months ago

Brian England  Every now and then late night the show Home Team it will appear. I learned so much about people some more than I cared to learn. The good and bad. It was quite an experience 

Thank you for your comment

Hannah

Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) 6 months ago

Hannah Williams This is an inspiring and bittersweet story that is perfect for this contest! So proud of you and all the others that helped make this young man's dream come true. 

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 6 months ago

Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland  I learned so much from this. Good and Bad. Most of all I will never forget the look on this young man's face when he found out this condo was his new home.  Making dreams come true. 

Thank you for your wonderful comment means so much

Hannah

Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) 6 months ago

Hannah that is an amazing story.  An opportunity to be a part of something like this does not come along very often.

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) 5 months ago

What a terrific "happily ever after" and I am sure it will always be etched in your real estate memory.

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) 5 months ago

Hannah, what a heartfelt story, and this is a perfect entry to Lisa's challenge.  Sad to see he passed away.

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) 5 months ago

George Souto, I was not sure Grace was for real when speaking to her on the phone until she called from the airport.  You are right an opportunity to make dreams come true like this does not come along often.

Sally K. & David L. Hanson, It was an experience that is etched in my mind. 

Love was in the Air that Day

Hannah

Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) 5 months ago

Joan Cox, Yes it was very sad that he passed. It made me good inside  that his dream did come true in his last days 

Thank you for your kind words

Hannah

 

Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) 5 months ago

Hello Hannah,  This so so sad but a good story for this contest.  You are right about dram did come true in his last days!

Posted by Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!" (Hamm Homes) 5 months ago

Hello Will Hamm  So glad you took the time to read this story 

Thank you for your kind thoughts

Hannah

Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) 5 months ago

Thank you very much, Hannah, for telling us about this very special transaction.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 5 months ago

Roy Kelley  It was a transaction that has stayed in my mind and when I was asked to share a post that had

Love  in the Air

Hannah

Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) 5 months ago

Hello Hannah Williams this is certainly a lovely story for our contest this month.  How wonderful that so many people came together for this young man and how heartbreaking that he left his loved ones much too early.  Thank you for sharing this with us.

Posted by Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless! (Lisa Von Domek Team) 5 months ago

Hello, Lisa Von Domek  It was a difficult story to write. So many people came together for this young man. Love was in the Air

Thank you for sponsoring this contest 

Hannah

Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) 5 months ago

HI Hannah Williams - What a feel good story.  It sounds exciting also to work with a TV show.  I have done that once and it was a lot of fun.  This is a great story!

Posted by Sheri Sperry - MCNE®, (928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR® (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) 5 months ago

Sheri Sperry - MCNE® It was fun to work with the TV people. All the neighbors came out to help too . Even the condo association was helpful . Love was in the Air

Thank you for your thoughtful  comment

Hannah  

Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) 5 months ago

What an especially wonderful story Hannah Williams ! That kind of thing is rare.  so sad the saying "Only the good die young!"

Posted by Bruce Hicks, Your Lifetime Friend/Helper! (Best Homes Hawaii) 5 months ago

Your story made me sad, but made me smile. So glad he had at least some time to enjoy his new home. Truly a wonderful story to share Hannah!

Posted by Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400, Long Island Home and Condo Specialists (The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803) 5 months ago

What a wonderful story, Hannah.  Though it is sad that he only lived another 2 years.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) 5 months ago

What a wonderful,but sad story. Glad he had two years in his house, I am sure it brought him much comfort and his nurse/girlfriend could see the and feel his joy afterwards. You did a wonderful job connecting all the dots and finding the right home and people.

Posted by Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) 5 months ago

Bruce Hicks, I was fortunate to meet Grace and the Home Team

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400  So glad he was able to enjoy his home.  It was a bittersweet experience. Learned so much about people the good and bad.

Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543  His wife did not live there long after his passing

Thank you for your kind thoughts

Hannah

 

 

 

Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) 5 months ago

How wonderful that you made this incredible connection and a dream come true for him, Hannah. I was crying tears of joy until the very end. So sad that he left a young wife behind - such a young age too. 

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods (www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) 5 months ago

Debe Maxwell, CRS I was crying at the end too. It was a very emotional post for me to write for many reasons. Perhaps some things are better left unsaid and unwritten. But there was...

Love in the Air

Hannah

 

 

Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) 5 months ago

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