Closed with Love!


February is the month for Love! And along with love, Lisa Von Domek is hosting a fabulous contest February Contest, It's February And Love Is In The Air! I have so enjoyed reading so many of the 'love' posts!


I've got many 'love' stories about my clients as I've been selling homes for many years. It always makes me smile when I think about our  clients as there is so much to love about them! I've said, many times how blessed I am so to have truly great clients that come back year after year to us and they send their friends and family to us as well. I love helping them buy and sell homes!



Recently we closed a home for a fabulous couple that was referred to me about 5 years ago from a CRS agent. He had been in the service for twenty years and had just accepted a position here in Phoenix. His lovely wife Rie is from Japan and their daughter Annalisa is adorable. She's quite grown up now, 12, and a beautiful young lady! Over the years they've attended many of our parties and events and  they have become like family to us.


This past year or so David & Rie started talking with me about their 'dream' of moving back to Japan. But yet they were thinking of relocating to Iowa for a new position he had just been offered. We had a heart to heart talk one evening and I asked them - why Iowa?  Why not believe your dream of  moving back to Japan can come true? David wasn't so sure but Rie smiled and knew it would happen - some day. Well low and behold, out of the blue,  on David's birthday, he received an incredible offer for a position - you guessed it - in Japan! They were so excited and called me right away to tell me the good news. YES!!!


They had to be in Japan in less than a month so they had a lot of work to do to get everything accomplished, including getting the home ready for sale, selling both cars etc.  Once they were totally moved out our cleaning crew made the house sparkle, then we staged it and our photographer did a photo shoot. It all turned out perfectly!


Their home went on the market and received multiple bids within days. They accepted an offer and we were off to the races, closing at the end of the year. But 4 days before COE we got bad news from the lender, the buyer was unable to close. Ugh. I quickly called the other agent that had presented the other offer and let him now it was going to fall out of escrow. Were his clients still interested? YES, he thought so, as they loved the home! Within a day we had another offer on the table and sellers accepted the offer. Once again, off to closing. Thankfully this time it closed perfectly. To say David and Rie were very relieved and happy  that it finally closed, just 30 days later than planned, would be an understatement!


We're going to miss them a lot AND we're also very happy that they are off living their dream lifestyle in Japan! And our plan is to visit them in a year or so which will be fabulous!


Yesterday a package arrived, a bottle of Dom Perignon Champagne! David and Rie wanted to express their thankfullness to us for getting their home closed (finally) and caring about them for so long. So so very sweet! Another 'love' story that really is just starting a new chapter...


This is  exactly why I love my business - my awesome clients!


 Closed with Love!




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Anna "Banana" Kruchten
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What a great story, and I enjoyed reading it and the fast thinking you did to save the deal...Bravo to all parties.  A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) 7 months ago

Hello Anna - even love stories have a glitch but this move was meant to take place and it did. Congratulations to all!

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 7 months ago

Hello Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886  This is what makes our work so wonderful. stories like this.When clients become friends. Friends become clients and all is right in the world. Love this story 

Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) 7 months ago

Anna sometimes things come together perfectly, and it is great to be a part of those transactions.

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) 7 months ago

Anna- what a wonderful story. You did more than sell their home, you helped them realize their dream.  Not every seller is lucky enough to have someone like you looking out for their interests. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) 7 months ago

Good evening Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886 - that is a great story of developing and relationship and making a friend from a client.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) 7 months ago

That is a great story and appreciate you sharing it with all of us Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886 

Posted by Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority! (RE/MAX Northwest.) 7 months ago

Anna so glad that Lisa Von Domek  inspired you  to write again on AR we missed your post and wow what a great one to jump in the thick of things, nice story and great bubbly:)Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) 7 months ago

The other day I was studying my address database of past clients.  Each name, each address had visions of past transactions and wonderful people prancing in my head.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) 7 months ago

CONGRATULATIONS Anna, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) 7 months ago

Good morning Anna. Wow, can't wait for the follow-up post about your trip to Japan. Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) 7 months ago

Hi Anna,
Wow... a trip to Japan with your own private tour guides waiting in the wings.  That will be awesome! 

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.) 7 months ago

Hello Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886 what a lovely entry for our contest, thank you for sharing this with us!

Posted by Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless! (Lisa Von Domek Team) 7 months ago

This is just one of the reasons you are top banana. 

Posted by Sharon Lee, Retired and loving life (Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance) 7 months ago

Yep, love how you shifted into a solution to the problem. That is why you're the top Banana.  I bet it is bittersweet to have them move to Japan...but yes, you'll have friends to visit now. ;) 

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) 7 months ago

PS, how did I miss these posts of yours...? Glad I came over and found them...

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) 7 months ago

You are so quick-on-your-feet, girl! Congratulations on another successful sale! I know your clients are thrilled to have you in their corner, Anna!

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods ( | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) 6 months ago

Hi Anna:

I missed this but glad I saw it today - what a great story and happy ending. Thank goodness it all worked out with some quick thinking and other buyers who were ready, willing and able.


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) 6 months ago

Anna just checking in is the bottle empty yet? If it was at our home it would be long gone:)Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) 6 months ago

What a fabulous story, am a great believer if you put an intention out there it will come to pass, you just have to leave the timing to the universe sometimes.

Posted by Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) 6 months ago

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