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.
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.