Sometimes wonderful things happen by chance. That is exactly what happened when I called John J. Howard Realty in La Grande at Christmastime last year. By chance, a realtor named Kristie Albrecht answered the phone, and we set a time to meet just after New Year’s Day. She listened to what my family wanted in a home. She took us to every house we wanted to see. Throughout the search, Kristie was proactive. Anytime there was a question about possible structural issues or remodeling possibilities, Kristie would contact an expert. She got answers to our questions. One day she took us to a house she thought was perfect. I did not think so. I wanted to keep looking. Kristie kept on showing us houses, but asked again what we really wanted in a home, and I realized that the house Kristie had thought was perfect really was the house for us. We made an offer, and Kristie made it work. In less than three months, we were moved in to our perfect place. It was all by chance with the first phone call, but it will not be by chance the next time I need a realtor. I will call Kristie directly for any realty needs I have. She is professional whom I can trust to get the job done.