Message in a Bottle


House hunting can be a grueling process, but during this ordeal, don’t forget about humanity and decency. Although we are dealing with a tangible item and structure, there are people and personalities behind them. The faces that have walked through their halls and the stories they’ve told. For some, selling a home is an extremely difficult attachment to let go of. A seller may have lost a loved one, are forced to move because of unfortunate circumstances or are trying to close a toxic and painful chapter in their lives. This is as much about them as it is you. Be mindful of this and proceed with kindness.

We were already grateful for what wasn’t yet ours..

Breaking the third wall for a minute, what really put our offer above the many others we were competing with was a genuine, heartfelt letter to the seller. We recognized the love, hard work and years of living that went into this space. Every detail was personal and thoughtful, from the interior to the garden. We wanted to honor the lives that were lived, and ultimately lost, in this house. We wanted to relay how appreciative we were of the home and how we hoped to be an extension of the vision that had been crafted within these walls.


We were already grateful for what wasn’t yet ours and we wanted the seller to know his memories were in good, safe hands (that’s Allstate’s stand. HardWorth’s, too.) And we truly meant it. And he felt it and knew it. And so began our journey. We still are humbled and grateful for being given this shot at our dream home when greed could have prevailed over some kids’ plea for adulthood. 

Move forward with compassion!

Lori Hardworth

Lori is a native New Yorker with a chip on her shoulder who found it as hard, as it was easy, to embrace the west coast culture and vibe. Three years and many trips to Whole Foods later, she is working in the film industry (Hollywood, babe!) and is happily in love with Eric and their new home. As an evolved punk/ska kid, Lori embraces a compassionate lifestyle complete with a thick Long Island accent. She enjoys cooking for others, eating snacks, being in nature and making South Park references wherever possible.

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