“To say it was an honor to help Alvin find a home would be a complete understatement,” shares Buyer Specialist Marcel Warfield.
After hearing about Alvin’s nights in the military sleeping on market streets, rock hard beds with town mosquito nets, or in Army barracks in the Middle East and South America—not to mention a long list of other sacrifices—Marcel knew he had one duty: to find Alvin Antwi the perfect home.
Buying a home is a huge milestone in life—for most people, it is the largest investment they will ever make. And more often than not, real estate is about so much more than just a transaction.
Alvin began his home search in July 2017. He was ready to buy his first home, and he hoped to find a townhome or a single-family home. “[I] wasn’t truly sure what to expect or even what to look for,” says Alvin. “Originally I was working with another [real estate brokerage] but they vowed very little interest and had poor communication to address my desire to buy a home.”
It wasn’t long before Alvin messaged one of our Buyer Specialists: “In true 2017 form, I met [Alvin] after he slid in my DM,” says Marcel. “We knew each other in high school. We weren’t the best of friends, but now after working together for nearly three months, we are brothers.”
Home of the Brave
Finding his first home wasn’t the first big decision that Alvin had to make in life. When he was 21 years old, he left his five siblings and mother behind to join the military. It certainly wasn’t an easy endeavor, but Alvin knew that he had a greater purpose to serve. As Marcel and Alvin worked together to find Alvin a home, Marcel had the honor to learn more about Alvin’s experiences in defending our country.
“This man gave up everything he knew to keep our country safe,” shared Marcel. “While working with Alvin, he told me about the dangers he faced and his heroic actions. At that moment, I knew it was my duty to find him the perfect home. I’ll never be able to repay him for his sacrifice I know it wasn’t easy. He kept us safe, without ever complaining about where he slept, so it was my duty to find him the perfect shelter back here at home.”
Finding “The One”
Alvin had toured several homes in his home search, and ended up being disappointed over and over again. That is, until “The One” came along: “When we arrived at this house, I knew he’d love it. It was completely renovated and met everything on his checklist,” shares Marcel.
Alvin confirmed what Marcel had already guessed: “I knew the house was the one when it had all I wanted and more and I could visualize my family happy in our own space.”
“I knew it was ‘the one’ when he wobbled down to the floor with his broken arm in the master bedroom and said, ‘The bed will go here,’ pointed up and continued, ‘the TV right there,’” elaborated Marcel.
Home Sweet Home
For Alvin, the wait is finally over—the home is officially his! “Seeing you smile from ear to ear as I placed the keys in your hand at settlement, assured me that I served you well,” Marcel told Alvin. And through the process, Marcel realized that real estate really has nothing to do with him, but rather, it’s all about the client.
“My experience was incredibly smooth,” says Alvin. “Featherstone & Co. really took a direct interest and helped me each and every step of the way, going above and beyond to work with me and making the entire process more of an adventure than an ordeal. They truly helped impact my life being that I was the first person in my family to own their own home and for that I’m entirely grateful.”
But the pleasure was all ours: “I am so fortunate that he chose me to assist him in making one of the most challenging and emotional decisions of his life,” shares Marcel. “Alvin, thank you will never be enough, but it’s what I have to offer. Thank you for choosing me. Thank you for giving me that moment. Thank you for allowing me to be apart of your home buying journey. Thank you for your service.”
“You’re family now,” adds Marcel. “This is not where our story ends, but where it begins. I cannot wait to see the memories you and your family create in this home.”
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