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First Team Agents Help Family Part With Childhood Home

May 14, 2012

Siblings Ken and Terri knew it was time to sell their family home, but with 40 years of memories, they found parting with the house of their childhood difficult. Their First Team agent was sympathetic to their attachment, helping them move while selling the home quickly for a great price.

This emotional sell is the subject of the newest video of the award-winning First Team “My Story” campaign, which can be viewed at www.FirstTeam.com/MyStory.

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Seller Ken (left) and Terri (center) meet with First Team agent Erin Kociela of Team Kociela.

Ken and Terri’s father was a rocket scientist who had worked on Apollo 11 and their mother ran the family business. But after both parents passed, the family home with memories of family jam sessions and folk dancing parties was more than a house on the harbor – it was a scrapbook with water views from every room. Ken and Terri weren’t sure how they could part with the house let alone maximize its value.

When they contacted First Team agents Richard and Erin Kociela and Jay Gaylen, the three-agent team rolled up their sleeves and got to work making repairs and updates to the home. Ken, Terri and Team Kociela worked 12-hour days for nearly two months, painting baseboards and walls and fixing the home’s dock. Erin even painted a mural in the living room to add a final, personal touch.

“The house looked great when we were through, and it sold faster than we expected for an excellent price. Letting it go was bittersweet,” Terri said. “Our agents had the most creative ideas to market the home and the compassion to help us through an emotional time.”

Highlighting the profound impact First Team agents make in their clients’ lives, “My Story” videos feature First Team clients sharing how their agents helped them solve problems, overcome challenges or reach personal or professional real estate goals. Readers are encouraged to submit their own First Team stories at www.FirstTeam.com/MyStory. The campaign was launched in Sept. 2011 with the announcement that First Team had been voted top real estate firm in the Orange County Register’s 2011 Best of Orange County readers’ poll. First Team is California’s top-ranked, independent, non-franchised real estate company and is ranked eighth in sales volume nationwide, according to RISMedia’s 2011 Power Brokers Report.

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