This week, we would like to welcome our guest contributor, Rachel Meadows, to our blog. Rachel is a new member of our Eastwood Homes team who also just recently closed on her new Eastwood home! We’ve asked her to share her story with you.
I remember it like it happened yesterday. My husband and I had come to visit our soon-to-be new hometown of Charlotte. He had just accepted an offer from Siemens, and was to start work in the next three months. I had never lived more than one town away from my family, and I was now moving over 400 miles away. Goodbye Alabama, hello Charlotte. It was on that trip that we also first said hello to Eastwood Homes.
We drove all around Charlotte that weekend trying to get to know our new city. There was an Eastwood Homes community right across the street from Siemens called Riverwood. We parked in front of the model home. It was after hours, so we decided to just take a walk and look at the homes. We both immediately fell in love with the look of the homes. Every home was different, each having character in its own ways. In no way was there a “cookie cutter” feel about the homes at all. We weren’t in the position to buy a home at that time. After all, we were moving for my husband’s job, not mine, which left me jobless in Charlotte. So we ended up leasing an apartment for a year.
Several months after that first visit to the Eastwood Homes community, my husband decided to stop by after work and talk to the New Homes Specialist, Elaine. It didn’t take much to get us ready to contract. We took an entire weekend driving to different Eastwood Homes communities so we could look at the different floor plans. I found myself talking to other people looking for homes, too. I had been to so many communities, and had seen so many floor plans that I found I could share my knowledge and help them, too.
When it came time for us to write our contract, we realized I would need to take half a day off work to go to the Design Center appointment. All of a sudden I was upset, because I knew my manager at my temporary job would be unhappy with me for wanting half a day off. Yet, I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to design my own home! As I shared my feelings with Elaine, one thing led to another, and I ended up going home that evening and applying for a position with Eastwood Homes.
As of today, we have been in our new home for four weeks. This entire experience with Eastwood Homes has been so wonderful, but it has much more than just building a beautiful home. When I first met my new neighbors they didn’t reach out to shake my hand, instead they hugged my neck and said, “You’re family now.” However, my new neighbors aren’t the only family I’ve gained because of Eastwood Homes. I also gained my work family now that I am a New Home Sales Associate for Eastwood Homes. There is a great sense of pride to be able to stand behind a product that you work every day to sell. We could not be happier with our new home, but gaining family in Charlotte was the cherry on top. I went from moving over 400 miles away from my family in Alabama to gaining my Riverwood family and my Eastwood family. For that, I am so thankful.