Webster's dictionary defines breakwater as "a wall that is built out into the sea to protect a harbor or beach from the force of waves". Along the way, there are places in life where each of us needs a "breakwater". During the school age years, it may be a teacher who offers educational assistance or a guidance counselor who provides direction to a career path. There may be a coach who inspires you to be on a team or a friend who tells you maybe that team or sport isn't for you. If you look deep enough at each step of life, there is someone who knows more or is better informed to protect you from the force of the waves.
The business of real estate may be one of the largest waves most consumers face. It is easy to get lost in the details and it pays to have a good agent by your side. In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, property owners in beach towns along the east coast suffered a devastating loss. Real estate agents attended seminars on flood insurance, FEMA directives on base flood elevation changes, construction and zoning updates, etc. Even though most buyers/sellers start their real estate searches online, the type of information agents have access to on a daily basis is impressive. The guidelines of the flood zone map not only determine the cost of insurance but in certain zones, if you modify an existing structure and add space, the foundation of the house must be raised. How many buyers/sellers have the time to gain all the knowledge needed to complete a transaction?
The next time life presents you with a challenge, surround yourself with people you can count on to be your "breakwater".