If you're looking for a home or, like me, helping someone look for a home, you know that this is an awesome responsibility.
The Merriam-Webster on-line dictionary defines awesome as: inspiring awe or expressive of awe. Awe is then defined as: an emotion variously combining dread, veneration, and wonder that is inspired by authority or by the sacred or sublime.
Yup, that pretty much sums it up for me. It inspires dread: What if we can't find what they're looking for in their price range? How am I going to break it to them that the offer didn't go through?
It inspires veneration: I am continually amazed at how intimate the process of putting your home on the market is. We cannot treat the individuals involved in this process with anything less than the utmost respect.
And the process of looking for a home inspires wonder: Like the feeling you get when you enter a property and it speaks to you, when you see yourself living there, and when you start smiling from the inside out.
Finding a home? That is both sacred and sublime.
As a real estate agent here in Montreal, it still amazes me that it's a HOME that I'm helping someone to find. The place where they will rest, play, love, eat, relax, be themselves, nest, raise their kids, greet their friends, host their families and get away from this crazy, crazy world. It is also the place where they will likely be making the biggest financial commitment and investment of their lives.
I'm honoured that they trust me -- out of all the other real estate agents out there -- to do this with them. I don't take this responsibility lightly. And I am ever conscious of the need for this to be just the right home for THEM, in all of the ways that are most important to them.
Because this will be their HOME.
I love my job.