Pat Kennedy - Your Washington, DC Real Estate Connection


The Carrier Pigeon Has Landed!

In my last post, you heard my tale of botched electronic communications

It had a happy ending!

In the middle of the night, a fax showed up at the listing agent's home office, she emailed it to me early this morning, and my buyers have now initialed the minor changes in the counter, and we have a deal.

And this is a deal that has me thinking about a couple of things that helped to make it work.

First, three out of the four people involved here in Washington are certified Type-A personalities, and everyone stayed pretty calm.  There were forces that were clearly beyond our control - power outages in a far off land.  When the power came back, there was a huge storm and whole country's internet connection went ka-plu-y.  If any of us had gotten at all loopy about any of this stuff, it might be a different story.

Second, real estate is a business where an agent is worth what his or her word is worth.  The listing agent is a woman named Sheila Mooney, she's with Coldwell Banker's Georgetown office, and if you get a chance to sell one of her listings, do it!  You can take her word to the bank.

She has a reputation for being a real pro and we knew and completely trusted each other.  When she told me that things were goofy in Sri Lanka, I knew things were goofy in Sri Lanka.  With some agents I have suspected that my offer was being shopped or worse.  With Sheila, that was not an issue.  Things were goofy in Sri Lanka!

So I'm off to my office meeting with that spring in my step that comes from putting together a hard one!   

And later today, I'm going to make it a point to sit down and take a few deep breaths and "OOOHHHMMMM,  OOOHHHMMM..." 


Comment balloon 21 commentsPatricia Kennedy • November 06 2007 10:12AM


Yay! A happy ending! Good job and so nice of you to give props to the other agent involved. Integrity goes a long way in this business, doesn't it?
Posted by Kelly Sibilsky (Licensed Through Referral Connection, LTD.) almost 13 years ago
I agree so many people are not that good to work with.
Posted by Dwayne West, Canton Georgia Real Estate (Atlanta Real Estate) almost 13 years ago
I always get the hard ones.  Good to know that someone else out there is having trouble too.
Posted by Brandon Causey, Realtor, Coastal Palmetto Realty LLC (Coastal Palmetto Realty LLC) almost 13 years ago


I try to read your posts as they arrive because you always have something interesting to your special point is: "...real estate is a business where an agent is worth what his or her word is worth." Thanks for that reminder...and how true it is! 

Congratulations!  We need more trust in our business.  Our grandparents did most of their business on a handshake and the spoken word.  It is sad how far away from that we have gone.
Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) almost 13 years ago
Sounds like a happy ending. All the best. Thanks for posting.
Posted by Bob & Carolin Benjamin, East Phoenix Arizona Homes (Benjamin Realty LLC) almost 13 years ago
Glad it worked out.  In the end we are what's left in this business so it's nice when we can say such postitive things about one and other...
Posted by Josette Skilling (Keller Williams Capital Properties) almost 13 years ago
It helps when we know our clients can be trusted for their word, too. I always let the other agent know whether/how long I've worked with my client, because it's important for them to stick to their word as well.
Posted by Sharon Simms, St. Petersburg FL - CRS CIPS CLHMS RSPS (Coastal Properties Group International - Christie's International) almost 13 years ago


Congrats on the feature!!! Isn't it nice dealing with people you can trust...wish everyone was honest! Thanks,   Fran

Posted by Fran Gaspari, "The Title Man" - Title Insurance - PA & NJ (Patriot Land Transfer, Inc.) almost 13 years ago

Hi, Patricia!  Are you one of the Type A personalities?  :)  Congrats on the contract! 

How was your Buffini workshop?

Posted by Yolanda Hoversten, Broker - O Fallon, IL Real Estate (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties) almost 13 years ago

COngratulations.  And, I must say that it's a nice thing to publicly praise the other agent.  Good job.

I always appreciate your comments.  Thanks for commenting on The Shortcut To Attracting Whatever You Want

By the way to the AR staff my graphic for this comment is "grumixameira".  Why do these words have to be sooooo long and difficult to spell?

Posted by Dan Forbes almost 13 years ago
Thanks for finishing the story...before the lights went out!  It is amazing how keeping calm can help the buyers and sellers stay calm too.  Me I am a triple A so I keep them calm and go outside and scream....well not really....but I am on the inside!  Nice post Patricia you deserve the feature and the deal, congrats.
Posted by Gary White~Grand Rapids Home Selling Pro Call: 616-821-9375, Real Estate Services You can Trust! (Flexit Realty "Flexible Home Selling Solutions") almost 13 years ago
Cool, you had me glued. Hope all is well now and no feathers were ruffled.
Posted by Keith Perry, REALTOR - West Metro Atlanta (Coldwell Banker) almost 13 years ago
Glad your deal ended up going through.  It's nice to know that you are working with a true professional.  They certainly have all kinds in this business and not all are up to par if you know what I mean.
Posted by Tracy Santrock, Raleigh - Cary Realtor/Broker In Charge (Fonville Morisey/Santrock Realty Group, Inc. ) almost 13 years ago
Congratulations!  I knew you would get it done.  'Glad it was sooner rather than later.
Posted by Margaret Woda, Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.) almost 13 years ago
I love happy endings!  Well...I guess it's not over yet.  Good luck with the transaction!
Posted by Natalie Langford, Winchester, VA Real Estate (Realty Negotiations) almost 13 years ago
Pat--It must feel rewarding to get a tough deal signed, sealed and delivered.  It is so mportant to have honest and trustworthy relationships in this business. 
Posted by Sandy Bacon (MacDoc Realty) almost 13 years ago
I am glad to hear that it worked out patricia. I knew it was going to work out. Two real estate professionals with class always seem to do whatever it takes to get the deal done. Great ending. Great post.
Posted by Lanre-"THE REAL ESTATE FARMER" Folayan, I don't make promises.I deliver results.SOLD HOMES (Keller Williams Select Realtors-Buy a home in Washington DC. Sell a home in Washington DC) almost 13 years ago
Hi Patricia,
I love a story with a happy ending.  Dealing with an agent you can trust is like money in the bank.  Congratulations.  
Posted by Cynthia Tilghman, RealtorĀ® Onslow County NC Home Specialist (Kingsbridge Realty, Inc) almost 13 years ago

Got to love happy endings and keep us informed of when it actually closes! I'm always worried with owners who live in foreign countries because of the tax implications that they may not have been warned about.

Posted by Respect Realty LLC, Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate (Respect Realty LLC) almost 13 years ago
Patricia- What a great turn out. Congrats on the feature.  I just love working with certain agents here in our town, mostly my good friends. Katerina
Posted by Katerina Gasset, Get It Done For Me Virtual Services (Get It Done For Me Virtual Services ) almost 13 years ago