Real Estate Listing Story in Stillwater, Minnesota
Back in February, I did a CMA for a guy here in Stillwater. His name is Brad. When I first spoke to him he was quiet and kind and he wanted to know how much his house was worth. He and his wife lived in a large house and the kids were gone and they thought it was maybe time to downsize.
Of course he knew that the real estate market in Stillwater has gone down with the rest of the Twin Cities over the last four years, but he thought he would see how much that had affected his house.
I put the CMA together for him and drove over to present it to him. He was as kind in person as he had been on the phone. I was also struck that while he was a person of considerable authority at his workplace (maybe even the owner), he would apologize for interrupting me and pick up the phone to talk to a customer since his other employees were busy.
After the presentation, he said he felt like he and his wife needed more money out of their house and that they would probably wait to list it. I asked him if I could follow up in a few months, shook his hand and drove home setting a reminder to call him in May.
Flash forward to April, and I looked at the latest FSBO listings for Stillwater and found someone named Brad selling a house in Stillwater. When I called I didn't know for sure it was him but when he gave me his last name I knew. "Why did you choose to list your home yourself?" I asked. There was a pause, and Brad said, "Well I found out I have cancer."
This really threw me for a loop. I asked him if it was operable. "Yes, it is." he said optimistically but with a bit of concern in his voice.
I told him about how my 5 year old son prays every night and how every time I add someone to the prayer list, that my son never forgets to pray for that person even though most of the time, he's never even met them. I asked Brad if he would like us to pray for him to which he enthusiastically replied, "I sure would!"
That got me thinking, maybe more people out there would pray for Brad too. His operation is in May so if you have the inclination, please pray that the doctors get all the cancer and that Brad will get healthy again so he can spend many more years with his family and friends. That's what is important in this life!
To all of those who do, Thanks!