The Soul of a Home - You can't see it, but it's there.

Reblogger Christine Pappas - REALTOR®
Real Estate Agent with eXp Realty 442805 Ohio

 The Soul of a Home - You can't see it, but it's there.


I've had Debb James' fabulous post on my mind when I was out showing houses last evening.  I arrived at the home about 10 minutes prior to my client, so I went inside to turn on the lights and just get the house ready for them.  As soon as I opened the door it hit, the home's soul and it was a beautiful one too!  I smiled thinking back to Debb's post and I waited for my clients to see what they would say too.  Often, we've been in homes together where they've said, nope just doesn't feel right.


Of course as soon as they came in, they stood in the foyer and said this house really feels great!  I chuckled and told them about the great post I read about The Soul of a Home and how I felt it as soon as I walked in and wondered if they would too.  

As we continued to move through the house they just felt more and more connected to the home and truly love it!  

We've heard it time and time again that buying is emotional and honestly, I think Debb James did an excellent job of putting it into words.


  Enjoy the post by Debb James below...


The Soul of a Home - You can't see it, but it's there.

HomeYou can sense it, or the lack of it, in homes. It’s a feeling, often a physical or emotional connection one seems to get in a certain house. I remember when we sold one of our own homes 7 years ago, the other Realtor told me the buyer dropped to her knees and cried when she walked through the door. “ This is it,” she said happily, “ I’m home.” 

While that might be an extreme example of the link one can feel to a specific property, it illustrates this phenomenon. It’s a powerful sales closing tool, and yet, we have absolutely no control over it. One person’s instant comfort and recognition of “home,” is often processed quite differently by another. 

In Search of the Right “Vibe”

HomeRight now, I’m working with buyers who not only fully grasp this concept, it’s how we’re finding their next home.  As baby boomers, the next property they purchase will be their last. They have a very finite set of requirements - two masters, two offices, a guest room, lots of natural light, a sense of privacy, a large kitchen with gas cook stove, and a certain vibe. 

The vibe they seek is one of warmth and relaxation, akin to a retreat. Not only do they thrive in that environment, but they want their guests to feel the same. They believe a home is far more than a structure, and if purchased with a pure and loving intent, can provide a foundation for profound success and contentment. 

The Process 

In the meantime, I’ve spent enough time with them to know when a listing has a certain set of criteria, beyond the obvious, to be a possible match. In order to spare them trips, they’ve entrusted me to visit a home first, to see if it’s worth their hour drive to see it in person. It’s an honor - and a lot of responsibility. 

Yesterday, we almost found it - the only caveat - a pool on the property. After much thought, they decided that the addition of that feature went beyond the scope of what they’re trying to accomplish. They even toyed with the idea of filling it in and using the space as a music room. Eventually, we concluded, the expense and energy wasn’t worth it. 

When we left the home ( after the third visit ) Mrs. Buyer thanked me for capturing the essence of what they’re looking for, and said, “You nailed it.” It takes a lot of extra thought and energy to find a home in this manner, but when you finally find it,  the sense of accomplishment is enormous. It’s going to bring me great joy to find a home with the right soul-match for these terrific people. 



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Ginny Gorman
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A great re-blog share Christine...very well said by you and Debb!

Apr 30, 2014 09:42 PM #1
Christine Pappas - REALTOR®
eXp Realty - Willoughby, OH
eXp Realty - Because Experience Matters

Thanks Ginny!  I rarely re-blog, but it really hit home - pun intended 

Apr 30, 2014 10:08 PM #2
Debbie Gartner
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Christine - That is so great.  So timely, too.  Great choice for a reblog.

Apr 30, 2014 11:08 PM #3
Christine Pappas - REALTOR®
eXp Realty - Willoughby, OH
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Thank you Debbie!

Jun 14, 2014 03:34 AM #4
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