Philadelphia Real Estate Helpful News and Views : How Much Love is There in the Pride of Homeownership?

How Much Love is There in the Pride of Homeownership?


Thinking back on my first home purchase. I was not a Realtor. My close friend was going through a divorce. She was going to sell her cute row house close to both our parents. I was just 1973 I was  married with a gorgeous two year old daughter Johanna. The house was $21,000 both our parents helped us with the $1,000 each and we had some money saved. My husband worked at an attorney office who took care of everything. 


Six years later there was now a nine month brother Eric and we decided to move. We now had a considerable amount of equity in the house. The interest however were very high around 18%. I did find a very nice lady Realtor. She worked for Fox & Lazo (now Berkshire Hathaway) She found a cash buyer right away for top dollar. I respect her even more thinking back as I wanted to live in a townhouse in Neshaminy Valley Bensalem that was not her area and she referred me to another agent in Bucks County. The problem was he did not listen to what I wanted. He was more comfortable showing me singles in Levittown. He would also make pit stops to his own house in  Levittown.



Being who I am this was a big turn off..This agent was foolish. I was ready to buy he did not listen .Always listen to your clients wants and needs.


I started looking in the newspaper this was way before computers. I found a "for sale by owner"  I loved it. It had every thing I wanted plus it was a hop skip and a jump from the Elementary School. I took my husband Joe he loved it too and again we had the attorney's handle the sale. Also the sellers  bank was willing to give us a 15% interest rate. Wow what a great deal



To make along story short I decided to go back to work once both of my children were in school. So I took a vocational guidance test. Real Estate Agent was top of the list. The rest is history ---


After a year at Realty World I went to Re/Max. One day builder representatives came in the office to show us plans for a new development behind the Golf Course which was close to our office. Five of us in the office ended up buying a house there I was the first. I called Joe who was convinced we would go broke if we moved again so I did the Ben Franklin approach and showed him how we could do it. We had lived in our townhouse more than seven years and had quite a bit of equity. Especially because when we bought interest rates were high so when the rates came down prices went up. We purchased at the right time and had a nice amount of money to put down.



Real Estate was a great investment for us as a young couple. We did not buy the house of our dreams the first time but it was a nice house. We had wonderful memories there and it was a great investment.. It allowed us to step up into a spacious townhouse that today would cost a quarter of a million dollars. From there into a beautiful single house that today our daughter Johanna and my son-in law John with my beautiful four grandchildren live in with the pride of home ownership 



So if you want to talk about the pride of ownership I can . Even if I do not own this house any more every-time I visit my family I feel pride . Pride that I taught my daughter how important home ownership is .Pride in how much love my son in law John puts into this house .


Pride of ownership is what you put into a house it gives back to you -

Most of ALL PRIDE of Ownership is how much LOVE is in Your House

I have always had compassion for my clients when they moved   I understand the stress of packing ,turning on utilities ,change of address , dealing with movers , mortgage companies, title companies  and all the stress that is involved in the moving process .


What type of agent do you want to represent you ? 


If you are looking for an agent who will understand and work hard to make it an

easier transition for you please contact me




 This  post is an entry to Debe Maxwell, CRS challenge Pride of Homeownership

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Comment balloon 25 commentsHannah Williams • June 13 2019 05:02PM



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Posted by marti garaughty, a highly caffeinated creative type... ( 2 days ago

marti garaughty  You Featuring this to your group means so much to me  Thank You so Much you really touched my Heart 


Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) 2 days ago

Hi Hannah Williams what a wonderful story.... I loved reading every word of it... and the fact that your children understand the importance of homeownership is wonderful... reminds me of my children.... and now my grandchildren...

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

Hannah what a beautiful post on home ownership!  I am so glad that Barbara Todaro brought it to my attention with her reblog.  A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) 1 day ago

Hello Hannah - you made that first purchase because you "cared" and subsequent purchases showed how understanding became a part of the picture.  That care and understanding combines with understanding along with market knowledge to become a part of who you are. Thank you for sharing your story. An excellent entry. 

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 1 day ago

HI Hannah Williams - What a touching story.  I can feel the pride of ownership in your post.  Fortunately, you can relate this story to young people who will have a better understanding of what home ownership can mean for them. 

Posted by Sheri Sperry - MCNE®, (928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR® (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) 1 day ago

Hi Hannah - wow   I have a similar story with my first agent.  He knew condo I wanted but took me everywhere else.  He came around before I fired him 

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) 1 day ago

Hannah- I loved your post and I loved "being on your journey" as you purchased your first home. Your post shows that our homes are not just a roof over our heads but a place where we grow with our famlies. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) 1 day ago

I had to smile at your story, Hannah.  I also remember buying a first home.  We borrowed, $500.00 from each of our parents, and even the Realtor provided us a small loan which came out of her commission.  

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) 1 day ago

CONGRATULATIONS Hannah, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) 1 day ago

Hannah Williams Loved reading about your journey through home ownership. So glad that Debe Maxwell, CRS sponsored this contest. You really shared what pride of home ownership means. Thank you.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 1 day ago

I too read every word Hannah, and enjoyed reading your about your journey. How wonderful it must be to see your family now living there to make even more memories!

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) 1 day ago

Barbara Todaro  when Debe Maxwell, CRS asked us to write this  about this serious subject I pondered this subject. Then this story came to mind. How best to convey our messages then through true experiences. Home-ownership  has meant so much to me and has made me proud to own my own home and then to hand it down to my children makes my heart feel full of love

Thank you for the re-blog means so much to me 


Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) 1 day ago

Michael Jacobs  You are so kind to say so. My parents always owned their owned their own home and so did  everyone in my family. My husbands family were renters so it did take some coaching on my part to convince Joe that we were making the right decision 

Sheri Sperry - MCNE®  Funny you should say this as when I have first time buyers I do tell them this story. Many times they want the homes of their dreams for their first home. I explain that  you have to take stepping stones as I myself did . You know what they listen and understand. The best part is they usually come back to me too when they are ready for the next step . 

Thank you both for your very kind comments 



Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) 1 day ago

Ron and Alexandra Seigel  So glad you did find my post and I was able to share my story with you as you are so important to me .

Grant Schneider  It is so important to LISTEN to what clients say . My last hairdresser told me not to tell him how to cut hair he doesn't tell me how to sell Real Estate - I told him I do not take my clients to Feasterville when they want NE Philadelphia then I found a new hair dresser who listened to what I wanted and now my hair looks awesome . I will never leave her .

Kathy Streib  I enjoyed writing this post and it did come from my heart. I hope I was able to convey it . I do tell this story to my first time homebuyers. 

Thank you for taking the time to read and your kind comment 



Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) 1 day ago

Myrl Jeffcoat , What a kind Realtor to loan you money. I do not remember how I found this wonderful Real Estate agent who sold my house. She was terrific . Someone referred her to me and she did her job and then some. It was shame she referred me to the agent she did as he was horrid and lazy.

Thank you for sharing 


Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) 1 day ago

Myrl Jeffcoat  I can not thank you enough to honor me with a Feauture in your group the Olds Farts Club --

Thank You So Very Much 

You are so Kind 


Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) 1 day ago

Good afternoon Hannah. I really enjoyed this post. You were smart and went with your gut: two good things. You also listen! Yeah.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) about 21 hours ago

Such a wonderful story!  I bought my home before I was an agent and now I look back upon that experience and learned from being on the other side.

Posted by Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ (Arizona Focus Realty) about 19 hours ago

Sheila Anderson Yes that was something I learned early  LISTEN 

Brian England  If we do not learn we are doomed to repeat them -

Thank you both for taking the time to read and comment means so much to me 


Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) about 14 hours ago

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400  Yes it is wonderful it fills my heart with The Pride of Home-Ownership 

Thank you for You Kindness it is greatly Appreciated 


Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) about 14 hours ago

Hannah like you homeownership is something I am also proud of, and have been fortunate to have owned two homes.

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) about 13 hours ago

What a sweet, sweet story. I love that your kiddos now live in the house. And yes, loving your house and showing pride of ownership is so wonderful. It's what we all should do...

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) 19 minutes ago

Hannah, what a heart-warming story of your home-ownership. I think I will reblog it, too. You made the right decision what and where to buy, and you have illustrated beautifully what Pride of ownership means. I enjoyed reading your essay.

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

Hey sista,
Your story reminds me I need to write about my journey of homeownership.  We all have our special journeys, don't we?  I'm sure glad I started young, like you did.

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.) about 6 hours ago