The Chivalry of this Fifteen Year Old Blew Me Away

    The silvery-haired woman stepped into the utility room of her new house to receive instruction on how to maintain the furnace and various mechanical doodads. She’d been recently widowed and had spent the last weeks and months searching for a home for this new chapter of her life. It was a huge undertaking for her to prepare the house for sale, then de-clutter and pack. She sifted through thousands of items, each…

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The Man Whose House No Real Estate Agent Would Sell

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This tale might be fictional, but it’s based on several real, local people and events. On things that actually, really happen around here. Bill had been turned away from every brokerage in town. No one was willing to sell his house for him. No agent, whether moral or shady, would touch it. And it wasn’t because of the property;  the home and yard were in great shape. The problem wasn’t the location.  Actually, it…

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Why I Showed Them a House I Knew They’d Never Buy

    I recognized the address right away. I had been there before. The foundation was in deplorable condition.  I knew they would not buy it.  But, I booked the appointments anyway. We saw five houses on a beautiful Saturday afternoon. Once they saw the house with the crumbling foundation they exclaimed they would never invest in a house like this. “I know,” I said. “I knew about the foundation, and I knew you…

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