Queen Elizabeth spoke about the importance of family and friends in her annual Christmas broadcast today. As is often said when we look back upon the life we lived, it is family and friends we recall with great joy and love. It is not the number of deals closed or lost, or the amount of money we made or lost. I think the wise words of 85 year old Queen Elizabeth are ones to remember as we embark upon the New Year.
My real estate family may play second fiddle to my other family, but they play an important role in my life's purpose. When I look back on 2011 I choose to focus on the nice memories and let the naughty ones dim with the passing of time.
A few of my fondest real estate moments of 2011 were:
1) The Newlyweds: Four couples were married during their house hunting adventures with Norma Toering & Team this year. I even served wedding cake in my office as a congratulatory surprise to one couple as we structured a counter offer. I think I will always remember 2011 as the year of the weddings!
2) The Empty Nest Syndrome: Years ago when I sold them their dream home there were four young children at home, but now the youngest is off to college, dad retired and it was time to restructure the dream. They traded the big home with a pool for a small home with a big view.
3) Relocating Seniors: It's a wonderful feeling to help seniors find a new place to call home and I was fortunate to help two this year. Uprooting and leaving the family home behind, often after the death of a spouse, is not easy but both are now happy in their new digs closer to family members.
4) Twins: There is nothing like two new babies to drive home the fact more space is needed! The babies arrived before we found a house, but find it we did.
2011 clients included relocating buyers (still searching for the perfect home for two families), children selling their childhood home after their mother's death and other buyers and sellers with needs driven by life changes. Change keeps the wheels of real estate turning no matter what the interest rate or state of the economy may be in any given year.
I welcomed these new, and not so new, clients to my 2011 real estate family and I welcome them as friends in my life too. Thank you for the gift of your business and your friendship.