Closing days are bittersweet

Real Estate Agent with Thompson Company, REALTORS® MD594797

Closing days are exciting but always a bit bittersweet!

Today I converted another buyer to a 'boughter' (Congratulations again!). I am very happy for them but I'm also a bit sad that this relationship has ended. We got along great and have A LOT in common and I know I've made some new friends. But still ...

Every time an initial contact request or first meeting results in a client-agent-relationship we spend a lot of time together. We email (a lot), we talk (a lot - I'm good at that), we listen (I'm good at that, too), we map out a plan (I'm a planner by nature) and we look at houses together (a lot) if you are a buyer.

I think about you and your wish-list (a lot), your wants and needs, your must-haves and don't-really-care-for and I set out to find the perfect match for you (very determined)! Chances are we'll be communicating quite often which will result in multiple times a day when we plan a home tour, get ready to prepare an offer or receive an offer, negotiate an offer, schedule, take care of inspections, negotiate repairs, follow-up with the other agent/lender/title company/inspector ... Your number is saved on my phone - speed dial - and your email comes up as soon as I enter the first letter of your first name.

Your Real Estate transaction cannot be a successful one if there is a lack of communication. Sure, you could close but I not only define successful as completed but also as pleasant.

So, when we get to the settlement table that intense relationship is over. You sign the papers (a lot of them), receive your keys and a little token of my appreciation and you are happily on your way to your new home (I always imagine you with a skip in your step and whistling a tune while you unlock the door for the first time)! I close out your file and for a few days I'll have that constant feeling that I need to call you about something and how odd it is that I actually don't need to!

My dear buyers turned 'boughters': I am excited for you! I wish you well and many happy years in your new home! Please know that I'll always be there for you if you have any questions or concerns - our relationship does not end at the settlement table - just the part that I'm talking to you more than my mother!

I'll miss you as a client but am happy to have gained you as a friend.

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Thompson Company, REALTORS

16910 Oak Hill Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20905
o: (301) 384-9177 c: (240)593-2860

Andrea is a REALTOR® based in Silver Spring, MD, who has enjoyed assisting buyers and sellers in Montgomery and Howard County, MD (and beyond) for 16+ years now. She always answers the phone with a smile, enjoys running, hiking, and traveling, speaks German, reads a lot, blogs a little, and drinks too much coffee. 


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Raymond Kennedy
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Orland Park, IL

I am not sure "boughters" is a word but I like it. Can I steal this from you? Not your actual "boughters" but the word. Congratulations on helping another buyer meet their goals. It's a great feeling to see their excitement when they get the keys to the new home. Probably one of the best part of our jobs.

Dec 20, 2011 04:27 PM #1
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® - Silver Spring, MD
M.A.; REALTOR® Silver Spring, MD and beyond

Hi Raymond: Definitely not a word but I thought it had a nice ring to it and is describing the buyer-who-successfully-closed-on-their-new-home perfectly ;-) Steal a way (royalties?)! Thank you - it's always such a great moment!

Dec 20, 2011 04:32 PM #2
Mike Cooper, GRI
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro

Congratulations.  I know that feeling.  I do follow up in a couple weeks just to see how the transition is working out, and once in a while I drop an email to say hi and I hope things are going well.  But, I do know that feeling, and over time they drift off into a different place in my life (most of the time anyway). 

Dec 20, 2011 08:39 PM #3
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Andrea. What a wonderful story you tell, and yes, I often feel the same way. Immediate intimacy, and then......nothing. Happy hoildays. Suggested.

Dec 21, 2011 12:28 AM #4
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® - Silver Spring, MD
M.A.; REALTOR® Silver Spring, MD and beyond

Thanks Mike! I do, too, or stop by if I'm in the neighborhood!

Hi Sheila: Thank you very much! Happy Holidays to you, too!

Dec 21, 2011 07:36 AM #5
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

My relationship doesn't end at closing either.  And it's always so exciting when it's young first time buyers. Congratulations on your closing and I hope your family has a wonderful Christmas.

Dec 21, 2011 02:24 PM #6
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® - Silver Spring, MD
M.A.; REALTOR® Silver Spring, MD and beyond

HI Tammy: Thank you! I'm always just so excited for them ... with them, it is such an awesome moment and I feel very blessed to be part of it time and time again!

Merry Christmas!

Dec 21, 2011 03:42 PM #7
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