Blog Stories The Cookie Home ~ Real Estate through the Eyes of a 4 Year Old

The Cookie Home ~ Real Estate through the Eyes of a 4 Year Old

By Kristin Winter, September 12, 2018

When I first met Auden and his mom, Judy-Ann, they had just stepped off a plane coming from Washington DC that had been postponed for hours.  I was skeptical at best that Judy-Ann would be up for seeing homes after that kind of day, let alone her 4 year old son.  But he did GREAT!  I mean truly great.  It was my first time showing either of them houses, and I was just so impressed with that little man.


Over the next few weeks, Auden and I developed a friendship and saw many homes together.  He was thoughtful and wise in the process … he didn’t like the “smelly” house, and I can’t blame him!  Another didn’t have a very good yard for playing.  But after hearing about the house that served cookies at their open, I knew it was true love!


We went back to see the cookie house together, and although there were no longer cookies there, I know he had picked a winner!  An adorable 1920s bungalow on a quiet tree-lined street of the Roseway.  Such a sweet home, complete with two fireplaces, craftsman charm, an oversized lot, and maybe some hardwood under the carpet!  I’m so excited for Auden and his family to have many happy years in this gem of a home.  Well done Auden!

Kristin Winter

Earth Advantage Broker

The short(ish) story:  Growing up, I had two parents with an obsession with “fixers.” My mom was an artist and my dad was an engineer. They would find a house and make it a home. Then, my dad would be transferred for work, making them inadvertent flippers. The first time they tried this I was 9 ~ I cried when I saw the house. But by the time we moved, the 200 year old farm house in rural Pennsylvania had been transformed to it’s former splendor with things such as a walk-in fireplace with a bread oven in the kitchen, a restored spring-house, an attic redesigned as a “kids only” playhouse, and a working barn. It was pretty magical. This childhood has given me a passion for homes and a deep understanding of what makes a house a home. I pull from both my father’s “logical” engineer’s brain and my mother’s ability to turn whimsical dreams into reality. I love immersing myself in homes and getting to know my clients as unique people in order to make their dreams come true, whether they are buying or selling.
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