House keys ready for my 1st time home buyers in the Silicon Valley, CA

Today is one of those delightful days--it's almost time to hand the house keys over to first-time home buyers.

1st time home buyers' house, Silicon Valley, CATwo years ago there would have been no way, on their budget, for them to have purchased a single-family home--they definitely would have been looking at a condo or possibly a townhouse. Ours is a high-cost area, and $500,000 or so doesn't go far in the housing market. Today, with about a 14% decrease in entry level home prices, we were able to get them into a lovely 3-bedroom, 2-bath home in the heart of Silicon Valley, with a family room, updated kitchen, and their own yard. The FHA loan has funded, client funds are in, and we're set to do a walk-through tomorrow and close on Thursday.

client gift basket

I took great joy this afternoon putting together this gift basket. In addition to a couple of plants, the Sunset Western Garden Book (our gardening "bible" here on the West Coast), a trowel, a hand rake and gardening gloves, I included a gift card to Home Depot, where I'm certain they'll be spending many a Saturday morning, making their home just the way they want it.


kitchen, 1st time buyer's house, Silicon Valley, CAWhen they move in, they'll find some beverages and snacks in the refrigerator, and every month for the next year, they'll receive the current issue of Sunset Magazine.

It has been a blast putting this together with this particular client in mind. And it will be pure joy to hand them their keys on Thursday afternoon!

--- Come for a visit; Stay for a lifetime!

Lottie Kendall, Realtor®


CA DRE#10215160; 650-465-4547

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Comment balloon 15 commentsLottie Kendall • June 22 2010 07:54PM


Lottie:  Maybe it's the Dad in me, but I so agree with you ... there's nothing like facilitating the purchase of a home for a first-time buyer.  You're wonderful for putting together such a thoughtful and useful gift.  They will get to know the aisles of Home Depot well, won't they!!


Posted by Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi, 708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience (NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656) over 10 years ago

Lottie.....that's an adorable house......I can't imagine what the price would have been at the height of the market!!!!

Posted by Barbara Todaro, Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team (RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired ) over 10 years ago


Lottie, nice looking property. I am sure your 1st time buyers are really tickled...

Helping you help others live their American dream...


Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) over 10 years ago

Gene, this transaction has given me a huge amount of pleasure, from start to finish. It's always satisfying to help a client be successful, but I do have a soft spot for first-time buyers. It's such an exciting step in their lives.

Barbara, this house sold for around $600,000 2 years ago. Fortunately, it was not a short-sale, and the seller is moving up to a larger home, so it was a perfect transaction.

Hi Michael - yes, the buyers are tickled. I hope I can get a picture of them with their keys in hand!

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 10 years ago

Lottie, I am so with you regarding the pleasure derived from helping first-time home buyers.  I know they will love the gift basket and other goodies almost as much as they appreciated your help.

Posted by Mary Kay Hopkins, e-PRO,GRI,CRS (Mary Kay Hopkins, LLC e-PRO, GRI, CRS, CRB) over 10 years ago

Hi Lottie, how awesome for those kids that they get to skip the condo, townhouse route and go right into a single family lifestyle!  What I live best is that you took the time to put beverages in the fridge and made up a nice welcome basket. Not many Realtors go the extra mile to add that personal touch. That makes you a special lady. I'm sure they will be thrilled to refer friends and family to you in the future.

Posted by Peggy James, Woodbridge Virginia Area Real Estate Specialist (EXIT Realty Associates) over 10 years ago

Hi Mary Kay - this is one of those feel-good transactions for everyone.

Peggy, It's fun to add those special touches as a surprise for people. It's easy to think of cool things for buyers; harder for re-locating sellers.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 10 years ago

Lottie you are such a gem!  I love how you welcome them into their new home!!!  They are sure lucky to have YOU as their agent!!!  I'm with you as my 1st time home buyers are my absolute favorites!

Posted by Lee & Pamela St. Peter, Making Connections to Success in Real Estate (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices YSU Realty: (919) 645-2522) over 10 years ago

Hi Lee and Pamela - it was at least as much fun for me to plan my welcome as it will be for them this afternoon when they discover it.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 10 years ago

Hi Lottie ~ It has been a really nice stretch - great to work with buyers and see how much further their money takes them.  I just love your creative ideas for a housewarming gift - top notch!


Posted by Elizabeth Bolton, Cambridge MA Realtor (RE/MAX Destiny Real Estate Cambridge, MA) over 10 years ago

Hi Liz, putting together just the right gift for each particular client is a lot of fun. This was an easy one to know what to do. And it's fun to have a surprise waiting for them in the refrigerator, too.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 10 years ago

How lucky your clients are to have you as their agent! Wow, I remember when we bought our first house out in Davis and we picked up our own Sunset "bible" - that is one heck of a gardening book. We still love it and use it all the time. And nothing makes me happier than seeing a first time buyer get into a (nice) home in the South Bay (my original home) ;-)

Posted by Cari Anderson over 10 years ago

Cari, I remember my first Sunset Garden Book, too. I used to pour over it by the hour, imagining all the gorgeous transformations I would make in my garden. And I'm with you about first-time buyers.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 10 years ago

So cute and fresh!  The gift is perfect from the looks of the house, and it is easy to construct a story in your head with visuals of twirling in the garden, being scooped off your feet and carried over the a 50's intro to a movie...It's got to feel good for you to help them achieve their goal!

Posted by c m over 10 years ago

Hi Cheryl -- it was wonderful helping them get into a great first home. I like the imagery in you mind!

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 10 years ago