New meaning to hanging in there...

When my friend Lavern told me she was getting married I was so happy for her.  I hadn't met John but I know Lavern and I knew John would be a special guy.  They planned to be married in Hawaii, where Lavern is from.  It was all perfect!

One day I got a call from Lavern telling me that she and John wanted to buy a new house after they were married.  Lavern owned a house in Belmont Heights and wanted to keep it as a rental.  They were looking for a new house in Long Beach or Naples, something a little closer to the water.  Needless to say, I was ecstatic when Lavern asked if I would help them.  It was one of the best phone calls I got last year.

We began the process took a break for the wedding and resumed after the nuptials.

After only a few times out looking I had a pretty good idea what they were looking for.  We discussed this crazy market and the ups and downs of buying in this economy.   During this time, I listed an amazing home in Seal Beach.  Lavern and John met me there during an open house one day and fell in love.

We knew this was going to be a difficult and complicated sale when we presented their offer in July.  The big question to ask John now is 'was it more stressful than he imagined?'  On Valentine's Day, which also happens to be Lavern's birthday, I called them during their lunch celebration to congratulate them on their new home!  The details aren't as important as the end result.  For seven months, from July to February they waited patiently.  I was happy that I could give them such wonderful news at the birthday and Valentine's Day celebration.  Now that's a present.

They are up to their eyeballs in renovations and upgrades.  I haven't seen the house yet but I'm anxious to see what they have done.  Most importantly I want to cross the threshold and toast their good fortune for having the courage to hang in and reap the rewards of patience and planning.

I am grateful to be a part of Lavern and John's life together and for being able to help them through the difficult process of purchasing a home.  Thank you, Lavern and John, for having confident that I could help you fulfil one of the dreams of your life together.