You never know why people sell or their motivations.
This post should have been labeled...you never know until you walk a mile in someone else's shoes. I listed a beautiful home a couple days ago. We were going through the home...taking photo's and had the listing contract done.
The seller is a divorced professional. Not unlike many in today's world. The divorce was a few years back and the home was purchased after the divorce which happened in another state. So this wasn't a painful issue.
The seller burst into tears and told me she really hated to sell this beautiful home. I told her she didn't have to sell we could rip up the contract. She cried all the harder. I had no idea what I said or did to cause her emotional outburst.
It wasn't me, it wasn't the divorce of a few years ago, it wasn't moving her child from the only school he has every attended. She had terminal cancer!
She had been fighting the disease with all the available tools and options science has to offer. She learned from her latest test results that she is not going to survive.
My motivation went up several notches to sell her property and give her at least some peace of mind that her mother will have some money for her son's education.
I have encountered all kinds of reasons for people selling. Even those with cancer before but one spouse was always left behind to care for the family. The tragic issues is the father is in another state and not willing to take the son for whatever reason.
This is a business where business is business...but the truth is we are also in the people business.
I always work hard for my clients but sometimes you get a bit of a wake-up call. This one did it for me.
Have you had yours?