Impactful Real Estate News


March 2020

Laura Petersen

Who Cares if the Ground Hog got it right, Spring is STILL Coming. I promise.

Spring is Springing!  Yay!  I just came inside from shooting a video outside and WOW!  It’s nice out!  Yes, I realize that when you get this and read it that it could be cold and rainy, but those cold days are just about over.  Everyone loves Spring, primarily because it means… summer is near! 

For many across this great country though, it’s still COLD, grey, and snowy! One thing is for sure, this winter season is coming to an end.  It does every year without fail.

Just like the weather seasons come and go, so do the seasons of life.  Are you with me when I say that these seasons seem to come and go faster and faster as well as the time? 

Some of life’s seasons will be HOT and others will be COLD, some high and some low.  The lows we want to move by quickly, the highs we want to stay in forever.  But it’s in the low points; those tough times, that I have learned the most from.  All of the experiences through these seasons make me who I am. 

So, what does this have to do with you and real estate? 

Spring is a reminder of new beginnings and fresh starts, a time of action, a heating up of the desire for a new place to call home for many.  Maybe you or someone you know is right now looking or considering it.  That’s great!  We are here to help.  Whether it be a list of the 10 best buys matching home buying criteria or delivering top dollar on a home sale along with our written guarantee of the asking price, our award-winning SYSTEM and TEAM are eager to help. 

Unfortunately, there are some that will have a Springtime they would much rather forget.

With all the beauty this Springtime brings, there is also the ugly for some.  Not far from my office, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Florida has a full house of families with their children fighting for their lives, in hospital, next door.  For them and their families, Springtime is the furthest thing from their minds. Don’t get me wrong, these families long to see their kids out in the yard playing or riding their bikes – but for now, they are praying this will be a season of healing. 

We are on a mission to raise $10,000 for RMHCCF. We do this by donating to them a portion of our income from the homes we sell.  As you know Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Florida does awesome work in helping parents (and families) whose kids are fighting through nasty life-threatening diseases like cancer, Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, leukemia and a myriad of other illnesses.  They provide relief of housing and food for these families that are suffering.

Most don’t know though that RMHCCF is a non-profit, so they depend on sponsorships and donations to provide their world-class care, by keeping housing and food costs for families of these beautiful kids to a minimum.  So, when you or anyone you know does business with us, not only do we deliver on our award-winning service, you can rest assured a very worthy cause benefits as well.  

If you or anyone you know is considering selling, give me a call or pass on my number.  Thank you in advance for your referrals! My number is 407-566-2555.

Over the decades of helping hundreds of families sell or buy the place they call home, we have met so many wonderful, loving, caring people. We are so grateful. Thank you for reading over this month’s Homeward Bound and thank you for referring anyone you know considering buying or selling to my team. They will be in good hands and a very worthy cause will benefit as well.

Go Serve Big!!!

Laura Petersen

Your Home Sold Guaranteed Realty


P.S. Please read over the great story enclosed.  It will help tell the story of the great work RMHCCC is doing, better than I can.

The Hange Family

Life took a drastic but wonderful turn for the Hange Family when their four little miracles were born.

Doug and Michelle welcomed the “Miracle Quad Squad” when Michelle’s water broke at 29 weeks, 2 days. They were rushed to Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women and Babies where she delivered four healthy, but tiny babies: two boys and two girls. Jackson, Oliver, Kate and Elle each weighed between 2lbs, 12oz and 2lbs, 15oz.

For Doug and Michelle, it was a time of joy and love but also a heavy emotional toll. The Hange Family lived in Melbourne, which is 1.5 hours away from Orlando. They were aware of Ronald McDonald House and Doug had even volunteered for the Share-A-Meal program before.

A New Way of Life

They checked into the RMH at Arnold Palmer Medical Center where Michelle spent countless hours each day at the hospital visiting and helping care for the quads while Doug visited on weekends and worked to support the family during the week in West Melbourne.

“Being able to walk to the hospital each day was an incredible blessing,” Michelle said. “The House provided solitude and a break from the hospital environment where we were able to rest and be refreshed. It was such a relief to know that we were just a few minutes away if the nurses or doctors needed us.”

A New Perspective

Michelle said staying at RMH also gave the Hange Family perspective on their situation. “Early on during our stay, we met a family whose baby was suffering from kidney failure. He had been at Arnold Palmer Children’s Hospital for 8 months and was undergoing additional treatments at that time. To see the heartbreak that family was going through, not being able to hold or comfort their son, was indescribable. We left with an appreciation for the health of the quads,” said Michelle.

Michelle remembers how the staff cared for her family as well. “Anytime they would see us, they made it a point to ask how the babies were doing and how our stay was. We appreciated feeling like they cared enough about us to ask,” she said.

A New Home

After 80 days in the NICU, the quads were able to go home, and life hasn’t been the same. “Although our days and our hands are full, our hearts are overflowing with joy and love for these sweet babies. We consider them to be our greatest blessings,” Michelle said.

Now Michelle and Doug love to tell their story and spread the word about how RMH helped them as they continue to support the House that supported them. “We think the Ronald McDonald House is an amazing organization and answers the call of an extremely important mission: to never let families be separated during medically trying times, due to financial difficulties. The individuals who support this organization are touching more lives than they will ever know.”