First let's try to understand the home selling process as the worst of times. Look at the primary word in the previous sentence, hopefully you've all focused on the word "HOME", that's what delineates our task whether we are on the Buyer side or the Seller side of the transaction. We try to empathize with all parties as much as possible but it is a most difficult task at times. The parents who raised their entire brood in style and now are forced to downsize into a tiny condominium. The newly divorced barely able to survive their court costs let alone a comparably sized house to raise the kids in. I won't dwell on the negativity. The best of times, where you first learned to ride your two wheeler. Your first kiss or when you got your very own puppy. A wedding day where you were carrying or being carried over the threshold. Is that tradition still in existence? The memories can be endless when it comes to remembering your "HOME". Having a tangible piece of your life's history is always a good thing. A house cannot procure this emotion. It takes the innate qualities of a home to sustain these endearing thoughts.
With that we arrive at one of our most popular closing gifts, the charcoal sketch of the family home! This was before major companies or professional artists competed for this tiny slice of the visual arts market. We would ask the local students of the nearby High School and often talented middle schoolers too if they would like to test their abilities with some sketches of our listings and or closed sales. We provided the materials to sometimes an entire class and had the teachers distribute pictures of the subject properties to the students of their choice. Other times some would stop by the office(s) on their own to see if they could help with our new novel idea. What transpired was a plethora of local talent seemingly immersed in a project that had no time limitations and also offered some non-classroom oriented creativity. Essentially, a free form of human engineered Photo-Shop that moved and / or matured the landscaping, eliminated telephone poles and electric wires from view , generally giving a fresh look at what was once the "place where we lived". This started almost 40 years ago and has been an infrequent gift of recent years. The impact, though, has spanned a few of our customer's generations with the fabulous memories they provide. Most were proudly displayed and of course nicely framed in a matted, sometimes double matted design which appropriately matched the owners tastes and decor. I know that the memories of my lifetime are intertwined with the homes in which I lived. Giving a piece of each home back to it's owner is something that most will cherish in ways we cannot always grasp with the exception of knowing that not all houses are homes, it's the people, our customers who make that happen, we only provide the means.