In the eyes of a child . . .

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Cornerstone Business Group Inc 0225086119

Most days in real estate are pretty similar.  There are the typical events that each deal goes through, and for the most part, it's pretty routine.  I did an open house Saturday, and then I had to race back to town to meet a new client.  The new client was a nice family of 5.  There was the mom and dad and two little boys and a very petite little girl. 

While we were looking at the house the kids were deciding who would get which room.  They staked out their territory, and they carried their choices to mom and dad.  It was very much the norm.  When we were leaving the second floor, everyone has headed down the stairs except for the little girl and me.  I stepped onto the top step, and the little girl was following along behind.  Then I felt this little hand insert itself in mine and grab on.  She looked up and smiled knowing that I would help her navigate the long staircase, and I smiled back and she knew she was safe.  It was a precious moment. 


In the hustle-bustle of the sales world, it's easy to forget the benefactors of our craft.  A home should provide a sense of safety and security for the little ones in our lives, and her gesture just reinforced that.  With that simple gesture, she let me know that she trusted me with her safety.  Home-buyers and home-sellers do that everyday.  They entrust us with one of their biggest life choices.  That trust should be the motivation each of us needs to do a world class job with each and every client.  They are trusting us with their futures, and we should handle them with great care.


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Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I love that you shared this moment. It really just made my day.

May 20, 2013 11:58 AM #24
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Mike, I love the thoughts of them trusting us with their future!

And I am a baby-sitter to my buyers' kids when they are previewing the homes. Not sure what bond it is.

May 20, 2013 12:25 PM #25
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Mike, this is such a sweet post.  And that little girl was indeed in very good hands.

May 20, 2013 12:29 PM #26
Mike Cooper
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Sales Pro

Jimmy, it was so sweet.  Her parents didn't even see it.  I told them about it tonight. 

David, it was like time stood still for a few seconds, and the world was at peace.  It was a really sweet moment.

I'm so glad to hear that, Tammy.

I've had my baby-sitting days too, Praful.  8-)

Thanks, Pat.  Hope you're doing well.

May 20, 2013 12:54 PM #27
Deborah Byron Leffler BzyBee Real Estate Lady!
Keller Williams Realty Boise - Nampa, ID
Oh I love it!!! Nothing is better than gaining the trust of a little ne!!!
May 20, 2013 01:44 PM #28
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

It's all why we do most things: to offer something to the next generation.

May 20, 2013 01:59 PM #29
Sheila Morales
Kauai Property Shop - Kapaa, HI
Your Kauai Hawaii Agent

It's the little things that make us just stop and appreciate life.  So inspirtional.  Pass the tissues.

May 20, 2013 02:04 PM #30
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Wow - that brought real tears just thinking of a little girl trusting you to make the right decision for she and her family.  How sweet.  Great blog!

May 20, 2013 02:48 PM #31
Conrad Allen
Re/Max Professional Associates - Webster, MA
Webster, Ma, Realtor

Hi Mike.  Kind of focuses you to see what is really important.

May 20, 2013 08:26 PM #32
Mike Cooper
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Sales Pro

It was a sweet moment, Deborah. 

Well said, Laura.

Thank you, Sheila.

It was precious, Jan.

It really does, Conrad. 

May 20, 2013 08:53 PM #33
James Dray
Fathom Realty AR LLC - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Mike what a priceless moment. Isn't it interesting how children can know when they are safe even with a stranger.  :~)

May 20, 2013 10:03 PM #34
Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group - Alexandria, VA
Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

Mike, it's moments like these you'll never forget. I love that you shared it, can't help but, smile. Kids and animals are the best judge of character surprise they both trust you!

May 20, 2013 11:49 PM #35
Jordon Wheeler
The Jordon Wheeler Group - Fairburn, GA
J W Group Real Estate Sales and Service

Hey Mike,

That is a beautiful story and truly motivating.  Much appreciation for sharing!

May 21, 2013 04:30 AM #36
Beth and Richard Witt
Long Island Cash Home Buyer - Huntington, NY
Long Island Cash Home Buyer 516-330-6940

Hi Mike... thanks to Pat I was given an opportunity to come over and enjoy your post... Happy Day

May 25, 2013 11:01 PM #37
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Hey, Mike!  I included this post in today’s Last Week’s Favorites.  Please drop by and check it out, and and have a terrific week!


May 25, 2013 11:24 PM #38
Mike Cooper
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Sales Pro

It was a sweet moment, James.

Thank you, Amanda.  8-)

Glad you enjoyed it, Jordon.

Thanks, Beth.

Thank you, Pat.  I'm honored to be in that group.

May 25, 2013 11:37 PM #39
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

I saw your post on Patricia's weekly roundup...glad I didn't miss it!  Have a wonderful day!

May 26, 2013 12:04 AM #40
Andrea Swiedler
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties - New Milford, CT
Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT

Mike, oh  my, such a wonderful post and a great reminder that we are trusted and should behave as such. That must have been one of those Kodak moments in life for sure.

May 26, 2013 02:49 AM #41
Dagny Eason
Dagny's Real Estate - Wilton, CT
Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo

Mike - That was sooo sweet!   I love helping kids find their way through the houses and navigate them past all of the enticing toys.....   sometimes we pick up one toy to enjoy for the trip around the house, and return it to exactly where it came from.

May 26, 2013 09:56 AM #42
Helen and Larry Prier- Re-Max Gateway - Residential Real Estate
RE-MAX Gateway- Residential Real Estate Sales - Anacortes, WA
Anacortes & surrounding Skagit & Island Counties

Hey Mike, A great post. Makes my day. This is a very rewarding profession.

May 27, 2013 09:22 AM #43
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