“This was One Way to Get to Know the Neighbor”

“This was One Way to Get to Know the Neighbor”




“I know it’s been a while since we spoke, when you flipped the house next to me. However the reason why I am writing to you is, because I am getting ready to sell my house at 40 cedar street and I have to give it a fresh look before selling, I did like the work that your contractors did, and I was wondering if you can put me in contact with the contractor for an estimate.”


I let Angela know that our contractors work exclusively for us, but gave her a couple of referrals. We also discussed a new mortgage for her once she finds another home.


The property we purchased was a two family that had a unique situation pertaining to the garage. There was a two car garage, one owned by us and the other by Angela. The problem was the roof needed to be repaired and we couldn’t replace just half of it. I contacted her, introduced myself and told her that we purchased the property to renovate and resell.


I let her know that I wanted to repair the entire roof and it wouldn’t cost her a penny. Immediately suspicious, she wanted to know the catch. No catch, we would handle the cost. We did not want to put the home on the market with a garage that would have made the property look bad to potential buyers.


During the renovation process she had sent us a handful of prospective buyers, unfortunately none of them worked out but we found a buyer when we did the open house.


With any home that we have ever renovated we believe getting to know the neighbors is always a great idea. There is no one better at that than Gail.


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Comment balloon 33 commentsJoe Petrowsky • October 06 2015 06:52AM


That is a really nice story, Joe.  It just shows what operating w/ integrity can do for you.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) about 4 years ago

Joe, sometimes you do what you feel you must do rather than be obligated to do it! It comes back to you! Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) about 4 years ago

When you do right by your clients, you get more clients. Great story!

Posted by Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate (Samsel & Associates) about 4 years ago

Hi Joe.  You and Gail make an awesome team.  Did you have a zero lot line with the garage?

Posted by Conrad Allen, Webster, Ma, Realtor (Re/Max Professional Associates) about 4 years ago

Good morning Joe Petrowsky,

Loved your message to us through your story. Always doing the right thing in all walks of life always come full circle to you!

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899) about 4 years ago

Joe: Having a harmonious relationship with the neighbors is a smart move. Classy move with the garage roof too!

Posted by Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA (ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055) about 4 years ago

 Good Friday morning Joe. Nice story! So much to be said about operating with integrity. It wins in the end.

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) about 4 years ago

As Dorie mentioned..the "right thing" doesn't always mean getting paid for it.

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) about 4 years ago

Very interesting Joe. I hope that Angela takes advantage of your referrals and future services.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) about 4 years ago

Good morning Joe.  As most everyone else what a nice story.  It seems that it worked out well for everyone involved.

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty) about 4 years ago

Good morning Joe. Thank you for sharing the story. Have a good day.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) about 4 years ago

Good morning Joe. Getting to know the neighbors really matters in owning investment properties.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) about 4 years ago

Good morning Joe,

Love to have the neighbors know a home is coming on the market and always invite to the first open with refreshments.

Make yourself a great day.

Posted by Raymond E. Camp, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester (Howard Hanna Real Estate Services) about 4 years ago

When it comes to networking, you da' man Joe......always good to know the neighbors.....from a distance IMHO.  

Posted by Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today! (Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092) about 4 years ago

Hi Joe - this story says so much about the caliber of the person that you are.  Everyone can learn something from you and this story.

Posted by ReadySetLoan Condo Approval Team, The FHA/VA Condo Project Approval Specialists (ReadySetLoan Condo Team LLC) about 4 years ago

Thank  you for sharing your personal story and how getting to know the neighbors is the right thing to do.  Sometimes in this busy and cautious world we live, we forget to be friendly and neighborly!  

Posted by Anna Hatridge, Missouri Realtor with Goodson Realty (Goodson Realty) about 4 years ago

Nice story Joe. Eveyone is learning from this...

Posted by Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400, Long Island Home and Condo Specialists (The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803) about 4 years ago

Joe Petrowsky The referral should be worth at least as much as half a roof. Good move.

Bill Roberts

Posted by Bill Roberts, "Baby Boomer" Retirement Planner (Brooks and Dunphy Real Estate) about 4 years ago

Joe you must be a great fishermsn.  No matter the waters or direction moving you have your lines in the water.  Mark

Posted by Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint, North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227 about 4 years ago

Good for you and Gail.  You both are very smart and creative. A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) about 4 years ago

Great idea.  It was so nice of you guys to incur the cost of the roof.  So many would have insisted that the neighbor split the cost.  I'm sure Gail is great at striking up a conversation and making sure the neighbors know who you are.

Posted by Belinda Spillman, Colorado Living! (Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado) about 4 years ago

I don't know if I would have been as nice as you, Joe, and just gone ahead and paid for the other half of the roof. If I had thought there might be a disagreement over it, though, it would probably be worth it just to avoid the hassle.

Posted by Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%, Put 40 years of experience to work for you (RE/MAX Gold) about 4 years ago

That's an act of kindness that was appreciated and remembered. It actually brought on a "pay it forward" mindset, and you now have her business.

Posted by Jill Sackler, LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate (Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500) about 4 years ago

Sounds like the two of you certainly have your ducks in a row when it comes to real estate!

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) about 4 years ago

Joe good job.  I would not be surprised that if it were someone else besides you, they would have been asking her to contribute towards the roof replacement.

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) about 4 years ago

She got a new roof and you got the renovation done the way you wanted.  I hope she found a good contractor when she was ready to update.

Posted by 1~Judi Barrett, BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK (Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745) about 4 years ago


Thanks for sharing the success story . . . . and in selling the home.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) about 4 years ago

Saying hello and then offering to give the garage a free roof sounds like those will be happy neighbors

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 ) about 4 years ago

I bet Gail is a great ambassador for you. It sounds like you did a nice thing for the neighbor and now you have a potential client. What a great deal for everyone involved. 

Posted by Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO (Cedaredge Land Company) about 4 years ago

Hi Joe --- a renovation with a garage roof that needs repair/replacement will often lead prospective buyers wondering what else is wrong -- this was a smart move(on multiple levels) to achieve the best possible results from your efforts.  

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 about 4 years ago

This is a great topic. When you are doing work on a house, it is a very good idea to take the opportunity to have good relationships with the neighbors.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) about 4 years ago

Joe, How funny that she was suspicious … and wanting to know the catch. There are good and well intending people in the word … even though they may be hard to find … they are there.


Posted by Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist (KD Realty - 408.972.1822) about 4 years ago

Like my husband, sometimes our "better halves" can be our best resource.   Kudos to Gail.

Posted by DEANNA EARLY - - ( NMLS # 268590 ), Highest Ranked Mortgage Loan Originator Virginia (American National Bank & Trust) about 4 years ago