Barney Our Little Love Bug!

Barney Our Little Love Bug!



When I saw that Lisa Von Domek was hosting another Love Story contest I immediately thought of many clients that I absolutely loved working with over my 30 years in the biz. This story is from 4 years ago and it's a story that keeps on giving love each and every day!


I received a call from an anxious lady about selling their home. You see they were upside down (short sale) and they had no idea of how to go about the sale.  Gary and I met with them and guess who was the first 'person' to greet us?  Barney! We spent an hour or so getting to know them and discussing their situation.  Their first step was to meet with our attorney to go over the legalities of short sales and to make sure that was the right step for them at this time. After that it was time to list the home and wait.


It was a smaller home and typically would sell fast but we were in the height of  the short sale/foreclosure time and they knew a lot of patience and belief would be needed. And I might add..........a lot of patience was needed!


The first offer fell through because the buyer was in a hurry and didn't want to wait for the bank so they walked away.  It broke my clients hearts but I said - hang in there we can get this done for you.  Let's just give it another try and see what happens. Thankfully another great offer came in, the bank accepted and actually got it in the loop to close before the end of the year.


Two days before the Christmas holiday the buyer called me in a panic. The buyer was supposed to keep their little BichonPoo (they couldn't take him with them) but the buyers changed their mind.  He said - I know you guys have loved  our little guy this last 6 months and we were wondering if you really meant that you'd take him? Yes we'll absolutely take Barney!  I knew it was going to break their hearts to give him up so we went over that evening to pick him up so they could move forward.


And the rest is history. Honestly this was the smallest transaction I've ever done but it didn't matter to me, I wanted to help out these sweet senior citizens that had fallen on tough times.   We've often said over the 4+ years Barney has been with us that it's the best commission EVER! Barney gives us so much love each and every day. Right now he's napping right by my feet as I type out this story!  Soon enough he'll want to go back out to 'prospect' with the other neighborhood dogs and of course want yet another treat! Barney is such a sweetheart!


PS Guess who woke up and wants to go out!!  Told ya!!



Barney Our Little Love Bug!


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Anna "Banana" Kruchten
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Your story brought tears to my eyes...And everyone lived happily ever after.  A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) over 1 year ago

What a sweet story, Anna.  Sounds like that was a win/win/win transaction.

Posted by Carol Williams, Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager (Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals.) over 1 year ago

I didn't know that's how Barney entered your lives!  Truly meant to be.  

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) over 1 year ago

Featured in the group:  BARTENDER, MAKE IT A DOUBLE.

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) over 1 year ago

Hi Anna Banana Kruchten CRS,CRB, I read the story before but never gets old. Barney is a Love Bug for sure. 

Posted by Beth Atalay, Cam Realty of Clermont FL (Cam Realty and Property Management) over 1 year ago

That is a great story Anna Banana Kruchten CRS,CRB. Now I know the story of Barney 

Posted by Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents (Godzyk Real Estate Services) over 1 year ago

What a beautiful story. I'm a sap for happy endings. 

Posted by Paul Antonelli, Broker Owner; Antonelli Realty (Antonelli Realty) over 1 year ago

It is ok to let them play but watch what they download...

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) over 1 year ago

Barney is an absolutely adorable little pooch, Anna.  I'm glad things worked out for both you and Barney.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) over 1 year ago

I remember you mentioning taking Barney and how much he has become part of your family. This story brings a smile to my face.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) over 1 year ago

I LOVE this story Anna Banana Kruchten CRS,CRB and it is definitely one of my favorites for our contest.

Posted by Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless! (Lisa Von Domek Team) over 1 year ago

Good evening Anna Banana - I am sure that Barney has brighten your live in a way a commission could not.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) over 1 year ago

HI Anna -- this is the BEST love story about a transaction, but so much more than a transaction. Do the sellers know how much love and care you give Barney??


Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 1 year ago

Anna, sometimes the smallest transactions can bring the biggest rewards!

Posted by Carla Freund, Raleigh - Cary Triangle Real Estate 919-602-8489 (Keller Williams Preferred Realty) over 1 year ago

Aww, I didn't know before this how Barney came into your life, I am sure he is happy with all of the love he has been shown through the years!

Posted by Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ (Arizona Focus Realty) over 1 year ago

Good morning Anna. I think you are right, there is no better pay off than the love a a doggy companion. I remember this story but enjoyed hearing it again today.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) over 1 year ago

OMG, Anna Banana Kruchten CRS,CRB the same thing happened to us. A client had to move out of state into a condominium and she had a VERY active hunting dog. She was still ambivilant about taking the dog but preferred that it stay with us. We have two other big dogs, a big yard, and she knew her dog would be well taken care of. Yes, we took "Daisy" into our hearts and family. We LOVE that high energy dog, gets our two older ones off their beds to play more often.

Posted by Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®, Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea over 1 year ago

Anna many times the side rewards we receive from our transactions far exceed the monetary gain we make, and far more satisfying.

Now take Barney out for his walk

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) over 1 year ago

Talk about a constant reminder of a transaction. How cool is that?

Posted by JL Boney, III, Columbia, SC Real Estate (Coldwell Banker) over 1 year ago

Wow...what a fabulous story! They were so lucky you wanted Barney. What a relief for them to know how loved he would be. 

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) over 1 year ago

Anna Banana Kruchten CRS,CRB Hands down or should I say paws down...this is my favorite entry for the contest!!!

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) over 1 year ago

Anna,  I may be late to this party, but I loved your story about Barney.  I already love Barney and I haven't even met him yet!  What a great story.

I have been MIA from AR for a few months trying to clean up a website and link disaster.

Posted by Elyse Berman, PA, Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824 CRS, ABR, GRI,ePR (Best Connections Realty, Inc.) over 1 year ago

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