It's About Life...

Real Estate Broker/Owner with EXiT Metro Realty

This has been a challenging this week. Thursday night I was involved in a four car collision. I was in car number two. The worst thing that happened... we had some injuries and several damaged cars.  The best thing that happened...everyone was kind and gentle to one another and made what could have been a horrible situation as pleasant as possible.  We all worked together to see who was most injured.  We were all in a dazed state...and yet...all of us seemed to be working to our strengths.  Good Samaritans stopped to make sure we were OK and called for help since we were still thunderstruck.

I was wearing my real estate badge and my car was loaded with real estate signs and inflated balloons from an afternoon open house.  When we opened my trunk to pass out water bottles all these teal balloons came flying out making everyone laugh.  I was able to get all our shared information and get everyone to trust me after the officer left by handing out my card and promising to email all the information to everyone on my way home.  I was able to use our scan to email feature to help take care of everyone.

My head and neck are still achy, my car is quite a mess, I have to deal with collision centers, insurance and rental cars... but we all survived and that still makes me feel better.

Two days later one of our clients died suddenly from an asthma attack. He and his wife had planned to buy one of our listings and sell their home with us. Suddenly, I had two agents in my office in shock looking for the right way to help. We spent the week end unraveling all the intricacies of two contracts while making sure the family was taken care of.  My agent sat outside their house all day Sunday to ward off buyers coming to her open house. It was too late to pull the ads. She brought flowers and comforted the family.

Real's about life.  We deal with something no one can live without...shelter.  People love their houses, they live in their houses, they make them homes and have holidays, babies, laughter and tears in those houses.  When it comes to people, to doesn't matter what market we are in.  The interest rate doesn't matter.  The size of someone's bankbook doesn't matter.  The realtionship matters. Bottomline. I love it and I couldn't ever do anything else.

Comments (9)

Andrew Trevino
ADT Real Estate - Wilkes Barre, PA
Wilkes-Barre Homes For Sale


It's so true. If you take away all of the material things, the only thing you have left is the people and that's what matters most. Sorry you had such a tough week. Hang in there and it'll get better.

Sep 16, 2007 12:20 PM
Faith LaRosse
Springer Realty Group - Limerick, PA
Serving Berks, Chester & Montgomery Counties

Wow, Shawn, what a week you've sympathies in all situations...You are so right though, real estate, as in everything comes down to human, concern and genuine interest in each others well being.  My best to you and all of yours...

Best wishes...Faith LaRosse

Sep 16, 2007 12:20 PM
Diana Corcoran
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Hudson Valley Properties - Rhinebeck, NY
Rhinebeck Real Estate
Shawn: Glad you are okay.  My husband was in a bad accident this past January and had a similar experience with good samaritans and people reacting in the best possible way rather than the worst.  We see so much that is awful in the news it is reassuring to see kindness in such situations.  You are so right that in the end the relationships matter and not the $$$.  Hope you feel better soon.
Sep 16, 2007 12:20 PM
n d
Naoma Doriguzzi - Virginia Beach, VA
Shawn,  it kind of puts things into perspective and opens your eyes to reality when things happen like that.  I am glad that you are okay.  My sympathies to all the families that are involved and it is good to know they are in the hands of such a compassionate realtor.  Best wishes....
Sep 16, 2007 12:31 PM
Karen Inch
Kenmore, WA

Wow, what a week.  I am glad you are okay.  My sympathy to the family.

Our true perspective comes out when bad things happen to us.  Awesome to see you are one of the good agents out there.  Keep up the good work.

Sep 16, 2007 12:36 PM
Ann Cummings
RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine - Portsmouth, NH
Portsmouth NH Real Estate Preferrable Agent

Hi Shawn - what a week you had.  I'm sure you're glad to put it behind you, even though you're still dealing with several aspects of it.  That family is going through a difficult time, and it sounds like you and your agents are taking good care of them.


Sep 16, 2007 12:56 PM
Shawn Harris
EXiT Metro Realty - Alexandria, VA

Hi, Everyone!

Thank you so much for your kind words.  I am SURE I am going to be fine. Just need a little time :-) To me real estate is about the human touch.  Dealing with a client death ( in this case, he was involved in the sale of his home and the purchase of another) is challenging.

As a Broker, it takes on lots of dimensions. take care of the clients. also have grieving agents and agents who aren't sure what to do. You also have to start researching all the legalities, talk to the mortgage broker, the sellers of the house they are purchasing. It gets very complicated. We'll see how this all ends up. Like many all takes time.

Sep 16, 2007 02:02 PM
Ann Heitland
Retired from RE/MAX Peak Properties - Flagstaff, AZ
Retired from Flagstaff Real Estate Sales
Remember to take care of yourself as well!
Sep 16, 2007 02:51 PM
Shawn Harris
Thank you, Ann. Sometimes that is the hardest thing to do :-)
Sep 17, 2007 11:00 AM