“You will probably lose out to a cash offer.”
I was already jaded from the way the rest of our property hunt had gone. So, when we heard these words from our realtor I said, “Okay” and cut the whole idea loose.
Handy Hubby on the other hand was holding out hope! He encouraged me to write the owners a letter and let them get to know us. I pretty much thought it was a waste of time but our realtor said it might help and hubby was insistent. So, I wrote this:
July 12, 2017
We are Victor and Colleen Cummings and we are hoping that you will choose our family to be the next residents of your beautiful home. We imagine that this venerable building is has seen many of your family’s firsts and lasts and everything in between! We hope to honor the home’s past while making many fun memories in the future!
Please allow me to introduce our family. Victor is a homebuilder and renovator by trade. He has been building in the Hill Country since 2001. So, he is qualified and experienced in the maintenance and upkeep of such a stately residence! Together, we have three sons ages 13, 11, and 8, whom I homeschool. Our 13-year-old son enjoys nature photography, hunting, and fishing. He would especially be interested in learning, which birds of prey are native to the Kerrville area. Our 11 year old is a bit of an outgoing, old soul. He loves to garage sale, salvage, and repurpose odds and ends into new creations. He is anxious to help his Daddy set up a workshop and dig into the woodworking they both enjoy! Meanwhile, our youngest son enjoys playing games and running and playing outdoors with our dog! The whole family enjoys competitive target archery and would look forward to the opportunity to practice in such a peaceful and inspiring venue!
Personally, I began to imagine swinging on the porch swing, tending a garden, and baking bread in the kitchen as I walked from room to room in your old home. It is obvious that life has been lived within these walls! Now, as we submit this our best possible offer we hope that you will allow us to add the next smiles in your home’s album of memories!
The Cummings Family
I wrote it.
Our realtor sent it their realtor and I privately kissed this house goodbye!
Because it is usually the money that wins in the end, right??
We found out the next morning that they accepted our offer!!