It was the gloomiest of days here on the south shore of Long Island, taking back any promise of spring we'd witnessed in recent weeks. But, on the agenda, weather not withstanding, was a long awaited closing that had magic written all over it from the first phone call. The seller was referred to me by a friend many months before. It felt like a foregone conclusion from the moment I met this delightful and straightforward couple that I would represent them in the sale of their home.
If we could custom order the perfect clients, they would have been these people. My first visit to the house was last summer, when everything was in bloom and they were searching for information on the best way to prepare for the perfect sale. We talked about the things that needed to be done in the coming months and I put them in touch with the experts in each field.
Their decision was to wait till after the holidays and their aftermath to put our marketing plan into action. The home was prepped and staged, though in truth it needed very little, and I scheduled an open house for the following weekend. As fate would have it, the next few days brought one of the many snow storms that besieged much of the nation. I had no great expectation of a turnout as I climbed one of the smaller mountains to plant my sign in what had to be two feet of snow.
Serendipity is a funny thing though, and one of the several stalwart souls to venture out on that wintry day turned out to be a young woman with a story all her own. If you've been in the business of selling real estate for any length of time you just know when that match made in heaven happens.
Sitting at the closing table today, with drenching rain showing no signs of abating, the atmosphere was upbeat and friendly. Buyers were thrilled with their good fortune in getting the house of their dreams and sellers knew the home they'd loved would be in good hands.
It was with mixed emotions that I walked back out into the storm. Yes, I had helped facilitate dreams on both ends, but in the process I was losing people I'd really come to care for. I can only wish them much happiness as they prepare to head south and take their place as part of my extended family.