Wake up call...

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Title Insurance with First American Title

Somewhat ironically, I actually grew up about 2 1/2 miles from where I now live in Renton, Washington. We moved to the Earlington neighborhood in 1958 and it was the family home until we sold the place after Dad passed back in November of 1998. It was a challenge to let go.

Back in the day Renton was a small town with a population of about 12,000 or so. Our home was across the street from the “Little Woods” and west of that, down the alley behind the Shaw’s and a short zag on the path around the Hofmeister home, was the “Big Woods”. Many an adventure we had here as boys.

As I look back on occasion I can’t think of a better place to have grown up, even though in my teens and 20’s I’d think a lot about getting out of here. Then the years would pass as they do and when I returned from California after grad school in 84 it hit me. Where I came from was a pretty special place. 

The point in this little tale is kids and families. I was reminded of it the other day at one of our escrow branches. A young couple in their late 20s with 3 kids (about 3 and 5 years old, and a new baby) were closing on the purchase of their new home.

Large metal rooster out front of the Fireworks Store at University Village, Seattle.

As I walked through the entryway I immediately picked up on their energy. Mom and Dad were a little anxious yet the loving looks they gave each other and their children were priceless. And more than anything I felt their excitement. The kids were as little kids are, kind of oblivious to the whole affair (Are we done yet?) and kind of bored until I overheard mom say, “And you’ll each have your very own bedroom.” That brought smiles!

I finished up my work and as I was leaving the office the signing had just finished. I couldn’t resist and had to say hello and congratulations on your new home! Dad smiled and was more relieved than anything I think, and Mom, she was over the top full of joy; and the 5 year old looks up at me and exuberantly states, “And I get my own room!”

Though my wake up calls are no longer provided by the neighborhood roosters of my youth, today I’m so very thankful moments like these are in my life. Times change and so has the industry, but one thing hasn’t. All of us in the real estate industry play an important role together and make dreams like this one come true.

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Dick Greenberg
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Hi Rene - Nicely written, and one of the many special moments we get to witness in our industry. And your story took me back to my days as a kid haunting the nearby woods with my friends.

Sep 15, 2015 08:52 AM #1
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I remember when my parents moved when I was a girl and I finally didn't have to share my room with my baby brother.

Sep 15, 2015 09:11 AM #2
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Thanks Dick Greenberg ... We so totally lived in those woods as kids!

Sep 15, 2015 09:53 AM #3
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Hi Tammy Lankford ... Me too! When we moved to Earlington, well I didn't get my own room until my older brother left for the service. But my younger brother and I share a nice room. Way better for us than our little home in the Highlands where all 3 of us were jammed into 1 bedroom! :O)

Sep 15, 2015 10:20 AM #4
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Great story, Rene.  So many young people can't wait to get out of the towns where they grew up, only to return because they found that the grass was not greener elsewhere.

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Rene - What a great story. This is exactly why I am an agent, because I want to help people buy, sell, and invest in real estate.

Sep 16, 2015 07:44 AM #6
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Hi Gabe Sanders ... Indeed, that green grass grows where we live too! :O)

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Thanks Troy Erickson ... real estate can be (and is for many) a very honorable and noble pursuit! Though it seems to get more complicated every year, we do, especially when we work together, make wonderful things happen for people!

Sep 16, 2015 07:54 AM #8
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I like how you mention that you noticed that Renton was pretty special when you returned after college.  I think we sometimes take places for granted, until we get away from them for a time.

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Hi Myrl Jeffcoat ... Agreed! Absense makes the heart grow fonder :O)

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That truly is why I am still in the business. One good one makes up for many that are not so special. Living in your hometown is a treat. My husband is from Clarksville and has abundant memories of riding his bike up and down the streets and who lived here and there are shared every week.

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Hi Debbie Reynolds ... I travel so much that I could realistically live anywhere I want within in a sphere of where I work most of the time. But I like it here in Renton. It's unpretencious with a great mix of people from everywhere on the planet. Like your husband, I catch myself remembering bike rides, my old paper route as a kid, walks to school, and crusing the loop with friends from long ago.

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