Through that cloud of devastation and grief, Leigh stepped in and showed me so much compassion and friendship that I can never imagine having navigated this process with anyone else.
This property was a family property originally owned by my maternal grandparents - the actual house was built for them by my father and his cousins. This little cottage immediately became the gathering spot for my mother's extremely large extended family, with a massive July 4th reunion held there every year until the mid-70's when my grandparents were forced to move to Charlotte for health reasons. The cottage was taken over by my uncle, then by my mother and me, and she and I again turned it into a wonderful family retreat for many years for my brothers, her remaining family and many of my friends.
When I retired I had planned to move there and enjoy the warm memories, relaxed living and easy life that I knew Oak Island could offer, but by the time I retired I had suffered the loss of my mother and youngest brother, so after running into significant roadblocks from the town on installing adequate fencing for my beloved 150lb dog and a storage building, I lost heart in trying to continue fighting with to reclaim the cottage - I just wasn't sure what direction to take.
I placed the cottage out on Zillow just to see what would happen and researched heavily into long-term rentals. After thinking I had identified a good management company who wanted to rent the property to what I thought was a responsible tenant, I decided to go that route. Boy was I ever wrong about both of those things!
Luckily, I also got a call from Leigh, who talked to me about other options for the cottage. We immediately hit it off, and though I had already committed to the rental, I asked her to stay in touch. Over the lease term, she reached out to me several times, more as a friend checking in than business, and I always appreciated how caring she was about those contacts.
As the lease drew to a close, my remaining brother decided that he wanted to take over the property and potentially move there. Leigh rolled with it, offering to help any way she could. One week before Thanksgiving in 2018 my brother was killed as he tried to help a female friend being harassed by a man stalking her.
Through that cloud of devastation and grief, Leigh stepped in and showed me so much compassion and friendship that I can never imagine having navigated this process with anyone else. Over the year or more of conversations we had had, she knew what that cottage had meant to me, financially as a nest egg for the future, emotionally as a connection to family and my past, and when I was in totally no position to have made good decisions on what was going on with it, what to do to make the most of any sale, how to proceed forward, Leigh fought hard to look out for my interests. She checked in on things to close out the rental when I was traveling to handle my brother's affairs, helped me figure out the most cost effective expenditures to maximize what I could get, came up with a phenomenal sales strategy to ensure we would have the best options in buyers and made all the paperwork side of things as stress-free as possible.
Leigh has been a true light when I needed one, and I can never speak highly enough about her. I totally understand business, and that business is always the goal. But it is HOW you do business that will always matter to the people that you do business with, and I truly feel Leigh exemplifies what good business should be about!