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Love letter for my client

By Shannon Baird, September 12, 2018

This is the first time I have ever written this type of letter in my 16 year real estate career. When there was a tight deadline and my client, Kim, was not able to write a letter to the seller about why she wanted to buy their home, I stepped in and wrote a letter to include with her offer. The letter outlines our relationship why I am so passionate about helping Kim. It is all about love, friendship and service.

To whom it may concern,
Kim is an upstanding human and a lovely woman who I am proud to call my friend. I met Kim through her mother, Sadie, who was the matriarch of the family and the light of our neighborhood.
I live in the Sabin neighborhood and moved there 8 years ago. As part of getting to know the area, I would take morning walks daily. One morning, Sadie was walking near my home and I greeted her, she had just missed the bus and I offered her a ride for an errand she needed to take care of.  She immediately extended blessings to me. I was drawn to Sadie and quickly fell in love with her and her family. She had the care of several grandchildren and great grandchildren. On any day there could be 4 generations under one roof. Moving into a new neighborhood can be challenging but Sadie accepted me and my family with open arms.
Sadie was a natural caretaker and so too is Kim. She is just like her mother – kind, loving and looking out for others. When Sadie fell ill, it was Kim who took care of everything. She was the caretaker for her mother, her advocate and often her friend. Out of 6 siblings, it is Kim (the youngest) who rises to every occasion. She is grounded, organized and the anchor for the family. Kim works at a local hospital and her calmness and kindness are other assets that make her an exceptional employee.
When Sadie passed away 2 years ago, I worked with the family to put the home on the market. Having been their family home for over 35 years and having seen many generations live there, the home was in need of extensive love. I worked side by side with Kim, hauling out old clothes, papers, arranging for furniture removal. We pulled carpet, cleaned the floors, scrubbed the kitchen. The entire time Kim was upbeat and positive. During the listing process she put all of her trust and faith in me to guide her and her siblings to make the best possible outcome for the sale of her childhood home. There were several offers and while Kim looked to me for guidance she also listened to her heart when choosing an offer to accept. While she misses her family home, she and I are both happy to see that the new owners fully restored it to be enjoyed by future generations to come.
Kim‘s trust and friendship means the world to me. Since the sale of Sadie’s home 2 summers ago, we have been searching for a place that Kim can now call her own. It has been a tough journey. We have been outbid time and time again, most recently on a bank owned home when the bank only cared about making a profit. We have been hoping to find a seller who leads with the same kind of heart as Kim. One that wants the best buyer for the future of their home and their community. 
Kim has gifted me her love, acceptance and trust. There is nothing more I could hope for than to gift her the opportunity of buying her first home.

Shannon Baird

Earth Advantage Broker

About Shannon As a native of Portland, Shannon is well acquainted with all areas of the city, the surrounding suburbs, and what the various neighborhoods have to offer. Her 14 years of experience working in the real estate industry has helped to develop a true understanding of how a house has to function to become a home and knowledge of architecture and design, which can help in the evaluation and potential enjoyment of a home. Shannon has the ability to provide solid counsel. Her knowledge of real estate matters and absolute trustworthiness are invaluable in the process of any transaction. Having worked for 15 years as a manager of assets for executives living locally and in Europe, Shannon has developed and maintained the trust, organization, professionalism, and effective negotiating skills inherent to the business of real estate. Recipient of the Elizabeth Potter award from the State of Oregon Historic Preservation Office for work in restoration, remodeling and design in residential homes and commercial buildings in Oregon. The award provided for the attendance to a week long historic preservation conference in Mobile, Alabama where the art of preservation was taught by national and internationally renowned craftsman. A member of the National Association of Realtors (NAR), the Oregon Association of Realtors (OAR) and the Portland Metropolitan Association of Realtors (PMAR), Shannon also holds a Diamond-Platinum designation in the Million Dollar Club of the Portland Metropolitan Association of Realtors. Other designations include: Seniors Real Estate Specialist
For a look into the history of Shannon's real estate business before she joined Living Room Realty, you can view her blog that documented her sales, press exposure, testimonials and insights as an agent from 2009-2016. Arts + Culture New involvement in the arts, along with music projects completed this year. My 25 years of experience and knowledge in design and project management were directly related to the following. Founder and Principal of SBaird Design - A locally based boutique design firm with a global soul. Serving clients locally + internationally in a diverse range of projects: smaller and large residential remodels, commercial design, furniture design, home staging consultation, color consultations and branding. One of the founding members of YU Contemporary – A visionary art center empowering artistic imagination and cultural life, destined to become the most provocative supporter of the arts that the region has ever seen. Co – Executive producer – From the Land of Ice and Snow, a compilation CD, 6 years in the making. Led Zeppelin covered by eminent NW musicians. I co-produced the live show ( it sold out ) and the release of the album at Doug Fir Lounge. Press from National Public Radio and all of the local print media. Websites/blogs wrote stories on an  international level. Co-producer – of the final  live concert held at the venerable Berbati’s Pan, venue opened in 1994, closing show on New Years Eve 2010. Hired publicity, managing band necessities, managed merchandise sales, venue and supporting staff’s expectations.
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