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Peter, DC, & Bella

Sequoyah Hills

With three of us, ours was less straight-forward than your average home purchase.

Single-story, glass walls, sunlit atrium, heated floors, quiet neighborhood. The 1964 Eichler home that Peter, DC and Bella now own is a gem straight out of the hit TV show Mad Men.

The family of three – married couple Peter and DC, and DC's mother Bella – had a list of specific needs when they first met with their agents Cherie Carson and Elena Ronquillo. They needed an in-law unit or a single-family home with distinct, private living areas. They needed a single level with no exterior stairs. And with Bella's love for gardening, they were really hoping for outside space as well.

After just a few conversations, it was clear to Peter that the agents understood exactly what they were looking for and what kind of lifestyle they liked. "They really 'got' us," he said, which he knew by the careful selection of listings the agents showed them.

"Cherie knew just the right neighborhoods, not only in terms of what would be convenient to our situation, but also what we'd feel at home in, and the personality of the place," said DC.

The transaction itself was a bit complicated because Bella was living in New York at the time and also trying to sell her house there. But the agents were able to keep things moving efficiently with electronic signing, enabling Bella to sign everything from across the country. Cherie even recommended the agent in New York who helped sell her home there.

The family was impressed and grateful for Cherie's recommendations for their contractors, electrician and tax preparer. "She knows great people and her referrals are outstanding," said DC.

The three were happy to work with someone who understood them and helped them to see what life could be like in the houses they saw.

"In the end, it's not just the house, but the potential that's there," said DC.

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