Several Years Ago I received a call from a woman who wanted to talk about selling her home. Her name was Valerie. We chatted for awhile on the phone, and then we set aside a time to get together.
When I visited her home, I didn't find a "house"... I found an immaculately taken-care-of "home." There were pictures of all her family members on her "wall of fame." This wall was all along the right side of the stairway leading from the first floor to the second floor. It was very easy to tell that she was very proud of her family.
One of Valerie's prized possessions that was on her wall... was the quilted wall-hanging below. I complimented her on it, and asked her if I could take a picture of it. She seemed very proud that I asked, and quickly gave her ok. I know the picture is on an angle, but the quote at the top reads...
"Families That Are Stitched Together With Love Seldom Unravel."
As my seller and I walked slowly up the stairway, Valerie pointed out her children, her grand-children, and her youngest child... who was her first child with her new husband of three years. (Her first husband had passed away some years before.)
After showing me all through her lovely home, we finally made it to the kitchen table. We went over pricing, and after sharing with her all the neighborhood comparables, we agreed on a price. We went over all the details, we signed all the listing paperwork, and then she asked me if it was ok for her to bring up something "personal."
Very nervously Valerie began to "explain." It seems her second husband was a very dear man she originally met at her church. Valerie shared with me how kind and loving he was, and then... after hesitating... she said that he was an African American. Her first child with her new husband is in the picture above... on the lower right side.
Valerie had said that she had heard from some friends of hers, who said their Realtors had told them they needed to de-personalize their home of all family pictures before they put their home up for sale. Valerie shared with me that before I had arrived at her home, she wondered if she needed to remove all of the pictures of her husband... just because he was "black." She said her friends told her she needed to do that... because it might "hurt the sale."
I could see from the look on Valerie's face that she was hurting inside, and was already dreading my answer. I told her that, unfortunately, there was some truth to what her friends had told her. She was silent for a few moments. Fortunately her silence allowed me about ten seconds to think. I felt ashamed that I even needed that long to give her an answer.
As I mentioned above, I had told her there was "a bit of truth" to what her friends told her, but that I really, really wanted her to keep the pictures of her husband and their child up on the wall. I told her that I felt her home was so gorgeous... and had so many amenities that the typical buyers were looking for... that I really felt she would be fine leaving her home just as it was.
I also share with her that personally... I wanted her to leave her home just as it was... a warm, caring home for the family she loved. I told her I thought her home very probably would appeal to a similarly "family-oriented" buyer... one who would immediately fall in love with it. So together we decided to leave all her pictures... just as they were. As I was leaving to plant the sign in the ground... we stopped in the foyer for a hug. What a very nice lady... what a very nice family.
Valerie must have said some extra prayers... because within a week I presented, and they accepted a full price offer on their home. I know I went against the "conventional wisdom" by not going along with Valerie's fears... but I felt in my heart... way down deep... that what she personally stitched on her wall hanging was true...
Families That Are Stitched Together with Love Seldom Unravel
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