As real estate agents who work with sellers and buyers in the real estate industry, we often have to deal with death, whether we want to or not. It comes with the territory. There are buyers who die in the middle of escrow, especially if they're waiting for a short sale. And there are buyers who just feel like they have died in the middle of waiting for a short sale. There are sellers of homes who have inherited them from relatives who have passed away. The homes are filled with memories, and it's not always easy parting with them. It's like selling a part of your soul, to some people, like cutting off a leg.
I had to sell a home last year for a guy whose wife died in her bed and wasn't discovered for 3 days. Even though this couple was divorced, it was still painful for the seller to deal with selling the home. We need to always be as empathetic as we can when dealing with clients who are going through pain. When we're going through the same painful process ourselves, it can intensify the situation, but it can also give us an opportunity to be more sensitive. You can never be too sensitive about how other people feel.
Read more in my professional blog today on my business website about this very matter. A New Listing: Home in Citrus Heights for Sale. We all struggle with balance when we're grieving.