Kristin's Blog: Every home has a story, every room a memory.

Every home has a story, every room a memory.

Every home has a story, every room a memory.

I have been listing a large number of homes so far this year.  Not bragging or complaining, just stating the facts.  Alot of the homes have been from folks that were referred to me, some I know personally, some were random finds.  I'm happy to work with all of them, heck, i'm LOVING the surge in business to be quite honest!

It's our job as listing agents to tell the story of a home to potential buyers.  The features it has, what has been done to it for upgrades, what catastrophes it might have been through & maybe even why the homeowners are selling it.  It's too small or it's too big, it's too far from work or they lost their jobs & have to sell it. 

What potential buyers may or may not hear about are the memories their home brought to them, the people who lived in it.  Good or bad, happy or sad, every home has them, right? 

Maybe the home now brings too many memories of a loved one that has passed or it's too big since your children have grown up & moved on.  You brought your first born home to it or it's the home you & your spouse bought together & have since divorced.  Or very simply, your family is growing & you've outgrown the home. 

I've seen every scenario and heard many, many stories, every Realtor has.  Some are so happy to be rid of the home, other's get saddened even when they didn't think they would when it sells.  I've laughed with homeowners & even cried, i've hugged them, looked them in the eyes & told them it was going to be ok.  I've looked at pictures of their grandchildren & heard about all the memories the home has brought them.  Their home, their memories.   

I love selling Real Estate, don't get me wrong.  I am not so sentimental about the memories a home holds that I won't sell it for you or sell it to you so you can make new memories.  I've just heard a few stories about the memories the home holds for sellers lately that are making me appreciate the homes and the people in them more.




Kristin Moran

Specializing in San Antonio & surrounding cities
RE/MAX Access - Realtor®/Owner 210.313.7397

Buy a home from me, use the truck to move for free!



Comment balloon 29 commentsKristin Moran • February 28 2012 10:21AM


I think it's wonderful that you can share some of these memories with buyers.

Posted by Victor Zuniga (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services California Properties) over 8 years ago

You're right...our role is to present the story of a home so that it allures another owner forward.   Nice post....

Posted by Li Read, Caring expertise...knowledge for you! (Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring)) over 8 years ago

Kristin, you are right on.  Every home has some kind of a story that can be shared with buyers.

Posted by Sharon Parisi, Dallas Homes (United Real Estate Dallas ) over 8 years ago

Hi Kristin. I am sure many of your buyers would love for you to share the memories all these homes have to share. Some memories are better than others, but each home has it's own special memory.

Have a Great Day! Keep on Listing!!!!!

Posted by Jerry Newman, Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation (Brown Realty, 210-789-4216, over 8 years ago

When you think back to the homes that you have lived in you can bring forth all the memories of each particular house.  I think that homes do posess a life of their own as they have sheltered the inhabitants. If you can capture it's memories and bring that house to life for potential buyers, it's not unlike telling a story about a pet that's up for adoption to garner more interest.

Posted by Leslie G. Rojohn, GRI, ABR ~ MoonDancer Realty (MoonDancer Realty) over 8 years ago

I read a blog post a few days ago from an agent who turned down 3 previous offers on her house because the buyers weren't right for "her" house. Though an agent, she didn't know how to let go of the memories of her own personal house. She said she finally took the last offer and liked the buyers so much that she reduced the price for them.  Really?

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - over 8 years ago

I remember my very first listing was a couple who raised their family in the home and now were retiring and moving to Florida.  Let me just say, stock in Kleenex skyrocketed the day that listing closed!!

Posted by Jayne Esposito, SRES, GREEN (Coldwell Banker ) over 8 years ago

The more loved a home is, the more stories it has.  I think potential buyers would love knowing some of them!

Posted by Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate (Baird & Warner Real Estate) over 8 years ago

Boy can our home here at Canyon Lake Texas tell some stories since we have been here headed toward 40 years. I remember the first time Ceil came home and said she found the perfect home for us. My reaction was whoa! It really needed a good cleaning and lots of work. Of course her vision turned out and we have enjoyed every minute and made it our home. She saw potential and I saw lots of work.

Carl Winters

Posted by Carl Winters over 8 years ago

Hey Kristin, thanks for sharing.  I'm still new to Real Estate and have only shown vacant REO homes.  When giving a tour of a house I just tell them the proactical uses of the space or room.  I guess I levae the memories to their imagination.


Posted by Eric Salonga, Your Key to the Central Valley (The Salonga Brothers at Reed Realty) over 8 years ago

Kristine - this is a great post! Thanks for the reminder to us to remember to try to tell the stories that make a home special.  Congrats on the feature.

Posted by Barbara Hensley, Homes for Sale in Rockwall County, Texas (RE/MAX Properties) over 8 years ago

Kristin, you are right in a home it can contain MANY good or sad memories or some of both. In the end to a buyer it is a new fresh start.

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) over 8 years ago
So true! Every house had a story. Keep up the great work!
Posted by Kimberley Rosenstein, Superior Service (HomeSmart) over 8 years ago

Kristin, if the walls could talk, the stories they would tell. Sometimes you can feel the negative or a positive energy of the home just emanating from the walls.

Posted by Shannon Jones, Long Beach CA Real Estate (The Shannon Jones Team) over 8 years ago

You are so right... homes are such personal things, truly a part of the lives of the folks who live there. That's one of the most fulfilling parts of the job... getting to play a small part in setting the stage for someone' life.


Posted by Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate, Customized Choices for your Real Estate Needs (Kelly Right Real Estate) over 8 years ago

Kristin, I'm glad you pointed that out. I find it rather offensive when I hear Realtors say that it's not a home anymore, it's a house. I don't care why you have to move, when leaving your home you leave a piece of history behind. I like to remind sellers, you're building new memories, but still......

Posted by Cathy Criado, Making Real Estate Profitable (Criado Realty ) over 8 years ago

It is so true about the memories that are imprinted on homes and the rooms within.  Last year, I had the oportunity to go back through the first home I owned back in the 1960s.  In recent years, the home had been foreclosed on, rehabbed, and put back on the market.  I hadn't been in the home for over 40 years.  It was wonderful to see that it had received good care.  As I walked through, I could visualize my children in cribs and beds as they were decades earlier.  I remember my parents being alive, and sitting around the table for a Thanksgiving dinner.  It was hard to keep from buying that house all over again:-)

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) over 8 years ago

I think that some people have very emotional ties to their homes. My folks have lived in the same home for 50 years. I've owned 4 in 20 years, so I'm probably a little less tied to the homes and more to the areas.

Posted by Melissa Zavala, Broker, Escondido Real Estate, San Diego County (Broadpoint Properties) over 8 years ago

You are right and it's our job to share that story in an appealing way so buyers can feel they are part of the story.  Thank you! :)

Posted by Joy Daniels (Joy Daniels Real Estate Group, Ltd.) over 8 years ago

Great post Kristen. Each home has their unique story and is special to the seller but we still need to remember te objective of why the house is on the market.

Posted by Mike Yeo (3:16 team REALTY) over 8 years ago

Kristen, it is wonderful to know the story of the home, especially if there are many happy memories that you can pass along to the buyer to make them realize what a special place they are buying.


Posted by Sharon Alters, Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL (Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308) over 8 years ago

Congrats on the feature! Great post. Home ownership is powerful on so many different levels. Thanks for sharing and have an excellent week.

Posted by Laurie Clark CRB Angel Realty LLC Your Monument Realtor 719-502-6572, Angel Realty, LLC (CRB-CCSS-ASD-HBS-RSD-Denver Short Sale Agents) over 8 years ago

Buyers want to know the story of the home.  I know that sometimes buyers get spooked when they hear nothing about the home.. Keep me posted.

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) over 8 years ago

Only Investors do not care, we have a lot of homes where celebrities lived, such as Charlie Chaplin as an example and people love to hear and would love to know what went on...

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) over 8 years ago

If I would have known the story of my house I probably wouldn't have bought it.  I found out about it after I moved in, and it made me sad, to turn the negative into a positive I thought that I was the rescuer.  I am glad my walls can't talk!

Posted by Jo Olson, Retired - HOMEFRONT Realty @ LAKE Roosevelt (HOMEFRONT Realty) over 8 years ago

Good stories make for feel good emotions which we all know support the buying process. However, what do we do with the not so good stories? thank you Kristen

Posted by Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author (people first...then business Ran Right Realty ) over 8 years ago

Good morning Kristen, that's really a good idea. Telling clients or buyers the stories about the house can make clients or buyers be more interested. Every home has its own story and memories, no matter it's good or not, it is special for house owners anyway.

Thanks for sharing this great post with us!

Have a great day!

Posted by Jark Krysinski *PREC (Personal Real Estate Corporation), TeamYVR Team Leader, BA,ABR,IRES,IMSD,LLB (REMAX CREST REALTY WESTSIDE) over 8 years ago

Nice post.  As we all know, there are usually lots of emotions, good and bad, in the home selling/buying process.  And, I'm always interested to hear stories about the properties too.

Posted by Carie Shapiro (North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate) over 8 years ago

Every home  has a story is a good way to approach the marketing of a home!

Posted by Cheryl Ritchie, Southern Maryland 301-980-7566 (RE/MAX Leading Edge over 8 years ago

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