Relocate to Wisconsin : Short Sales Leave Long Lasting Memories

Short Sales Leave Long Lasting Memories

   When we saw the real estate market taking a tumble in other parts of the country....we knew it would at some time, make an unwelcome viChicken Littlesit to southeastern Wisconsin.  Agents were leaving the business and if Chicken Little could be might have head the sky  was home prices took a severe dive.  As  Real Estate wanted to put your finger in the wanted it to stop...and for what seemed  like forever, it would not. 

    We went to classes in three states and worked with an attorney in Wisconsin developing our own methods of working our way to successfully closing the dozens of short sales that streamed into our practice. 

     There were many sad stories....and we are thrilled that years later, we have been able to help these same, once underwater Sellers become Big Doghomeowners once again ....getting back to living the American Dream and a fresh start.       In one case, a newly single Mom of three girls had become a widow. The girls had a dog that had been their comfort during this difficult time...he was HUGE...bigger than they were then....and he slept with them, cuddled and comforted them.  He was their security blanket.

      Their Mom knew that finding a place to rent with a dog that size would be very difficult....and so it becoame a daily ritual..."Sally, I know you can fiind a way for me to buy a house." If EVER I wanted a miracle...this was the time. The government would not allow any govenment backed mortgage for years...not iminute after closing on a short sale.   The daily calls and pleading continued....and the sleepless nights ensued...I am sure at their house as well as ours.

     Finally I spoke with the head of mortgage lending at a local credit union...and tugged at her heart strings and urged her to talk to this really Upside down housevery credt worthy Mom who just needed a smaller house....and immediately after closing on a short sale of a much larger one. Becoming a widow very unexpectedly had made it unaffordable.  After what seemed like forever....a preapproval was issued....we went house shopping and found just the right house at the right  price with a big back yard that the both the kids and the dog were going to love. 

     We closed on the short sale in the morning and the new house in the afternoHappily ever afteron....not even I believed it was happening....tears all around...and the happily ever after that this family deserved was finally reality,

     This is a post honoring Short Sale Sellers who not only survived their tragedy but found the strength to once again thrive and grab that great second chance  they so richly deserve. With respect, Sally K. & David L. Hanson, Broker Associates with Keller Williams honored to serve southeastern Wisconsin for all things real estate.

Sally K. & David L. Hanson, ABR, CDPE, CSS, e-Pro,ILHM, REDS

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Comment balloon 20 commentsSally K. & David L. Hanson • February 05 2018 04:10AM


Good morning Sally. No matter what you do, emotions get involved in some transactions.! A great success story. Enjoy your day!





Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker (Wayne M Martin) 5 months ago

Good morning, Sally K. & David L. Hanson (Sally).... what a nice story....and this post is a testament to your professionalism and your sincere desire to help others who deserve a second chance....

Posted by Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes" (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) 5 months ago

Good morning Sally and David. You are incredible and this story has made my day. You went really above and beyond and I cried as I read it.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) 5 months ago

Great job Sally.  Not many agents could have done what is really an impossible task for most.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) 5 months ago

Such a terrific story Sally. You two are the best part of Wisconsin Real Estate!

Posted by Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400, Long Island Condo & Home Sale Specialists (The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803) 5 months ago

Good morning Sally K. & David L. Hanson ,

What a hear warning story. You are right if you're only interested in real estate for the money are missing the best part!

Posted by Dorie Dillard, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799) 5 months ago

I sold dozens of short sales as well, and staye din touch with many clients who re-established credit and have been buying new homes as of late. It is nice to see happy endings Sally K. & David L. Hanson 

Posted by Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents (Godzyk Real Estate Services) 5 months ago

This is truly a lovely story, Sally and David. I remember showing short-sale homes when there were so many of them... and it always tugged at my heart-strings when I was in a beautifully cared for home which was clearly loved by its owners who could no longer stay in it.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC) 5 months ago

Thank you very much for sharing your experience and this success story.

Posted by Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs (Realty Group Referrals) 5 months ago

Love it when I hear these wonderful examples of excellence. You two lead with the heart, and obviously purchasing a short sale was her answer to affordable housing. Great story - and the addition of the dog makes it that much sweeter. 

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) 5 months ago

Good morning Sally and David - it certainly is heartwarming and emotional and none of you will ever forget. 

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) 5 months ago

Another good story!  As to short sales, some of my longest lasting memories weren't in the good category!  Disasters!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) 5 months ago

Sally and David there is nothing short about short sales, and not everyone can pull them off.

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) 5 months ago

I remember the days of being able to talk with the lender and underwriter and personalize the buyer. Now it is so mechanical and unrelenting. Nice story, Sally and David.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) 4 months ago

Morning Sally.

I have dealt with several of these in my short time in this business.  One cannot allow themselves to get emotionally involved, but it happens.  Good for you and David.  I'm sure she'll be singing your praises for a long time

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty AR LLC) 4 months ago

Helping people, especially the ones that are a tough situation that needs housing the most with kids. Lead the charge like Sally K. & David L. Hanson do. You are a great example of how you adjusting your "sales" when real estate winds change direction. You weather the storm and help your short sales make the long leap to the dry land of real estate closings one after another in your market place. Shore sales should be called long sales.

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) 4 months ago

Thank you for sharing the story. Your clients are lucky to be working with you.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) 4 months ago

I do short sales now - and they are rewarding in many instances - I have people cry to be done with that misery! 

Posted by Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA, (Keller Williams Capital Properties) 4 months ago

Sally and David, Many local banks and credit unions really did come through during the rough years as your story pointed out.  Such a wonderful ending to a very hard situation!  Great work!

Posted by Gloria Todor, & Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA (Century 21 Absolute Realty ) 4 months ago

What a lovely story Sally K. & David L. Hanson and one that makes us all love what we do when we can help someone like this during such dark times.

Posted by Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless! (Lisa Von Domek Team) 4 months ago