Chocolate Equity

Chocolate Equity
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What’s a real estate broker to do in order to celebrate a client’s “house-iversary” when there’s little or no equity in the house?  OFFER CHOCOLATE!!  I love making people feel special and when it comes to a client’s house-iversary (I probably made up that word – I’m known to do things like that), I like to come up with a new way to celebrate it each year.  Sometime I’ll have to do a blog post about the house-shaped cards I’ve made for clients.

I was happy to use my new “Handy Man” Cricut cartridge for the first time.  I bought it because it offered a way to cut a house shaped basket!  Last year when this particular family bought their house, I made them a replica of their new home as a card and featured a picture of them in the front door.  For their first house-iversary, I made them this basket and filled it with chocolate equity a.k.a chocolate gold coins!

A tisket, a tasket, a paper house-shaped basket!

A tisket, a tasket, a paper house-shaped basket!

When I drove out to Issaquah just to deliver this I shouted, “HAPPY HOUSE-IVERSARY!” and was immediately shushed because the baby was sleeping, but that was followed by a huge hug and a tour of the house.  I had a fun impromptu visit with her and after she gave me my empty pickle jars from last year, I headed back to my office in Kent.

Here are the goodies I filled the house with.  Below the chocolates in yellow shredded “sizzle” paper.

Chocolate equity!

Chocolate equity!

When I first made an attempt to take a picture of the paper house basket, my cat hopped onto the table… naughty kitty!

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Something is wrong with this picture.

Finally, here is the house without the chocolate:

House Shaped Basket made with the Cricut

House Shaped Basket made with the Cricut

Tell me, does your real estate broker do this kind of stuff for you?  😉  Thanks for reading my blog!

About Stephanie Chumbley

Growing up in the shadow of the Space Needle, I loved drawing portraits with a #2 pencil and sometimes a ballpoint pen because I liked the challenge. I collected pens and pencils and enjoyed looking at fonts and logos and replicating them by hand. I was in AP art classes in high school and took some graphic design classes at Seattle Central. While in college, I had a part-time job making signs for Drug Emporium / Longs Drugs with my "Steph Font." In my 20s, I made a lot of invitations for dinner parties and later, when I bought my Cricut Expression electronic cutter in 2008, I started making cards for all occasions. In 2009, I discovered Close to My Heart and enjoyed being my Consultant's best customer... but in May 2011, I finally gave in and became and Independent Consultant. It was a very good decision! :-) Nearly everything I make is given away or sold so others can enjoy some handmade art. I've made over 1,000 cards and projects and this blog serves as a way to share and hopefully inspire others to create projects of their own. Someday I hope to catch up and blog about all the cards I've made.

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  1. Ok, I wanted to move to Seattle area anyway, but now I want to move there just so you can be my Real Estate Broker 🙂 Haha! This is darling. You are so incredibly thoughtful…your clients are lucky to have you as an agent and a friend who goes the extra mile to genuinely make them feel special. I LOVE your basket…that cricut cartridge was a great buy.

    • Awww, that is so sweet! Thank you very much – your comment made my day!! I would love to work with you when you move here someday. 🙂

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