When work is a road to blessings given and received

Real Estate Agent with Solid Source Realty GA 320764

Our professional lives are not wholly separate from our personal lives, are they? Real estate professionals are daily about the business of being a blessing to others, helping them achieve their dreams and step into new chapters of their lives. In doing so, we are also uniquely positioned to receive blessings back, in the form of new lifelong relationships forged, and important life lessons learned.  


Helping people realize their dreams is the fun part of our job.


But sometimes we are also witness to, and even partners in, the pain that comes with the loss of those dreams. We are privy to the most difficult situations some people will ever face.


One thing I’ve come to realize while working with, talking to and especially listening to people who are suffering the untimely loss of their home through short sale or foreclosure, or dealing with the heartbreak and depression that often accompanies this loss, is that depressed, despondent people all tend to demonstrate one trait in common: their thoughts tend to dwell darkly upon themselves and their lot. It is hard for them to recognize that there might be opportunity up ahead.


Understandably so. They are experiencing one of the most traumatic occurrences that a family or person may ever face in life -- the loss of home and hearth. The American home represents security and achievement, and the loss of it can be a devastating blow to self-esteem and confidence.


Keeping people's eyes trained on the prize is part of the job, too.


In these situations, I make every effort to make things easier, keeping the transaction on a straight path, with as few unexpected twists and turns as possible. Let's face it, Georgia short sales are always harder than traditional sales. It can get discouraging when things bog down. So I work to help them to avoid unnecessary obstacles, and eliminate as much stress as possible. While lending support in every way that I can, I also try to encourage my short sale clients to keep their eyes and thoughts on the road ahead, rather than regretting what lies in the rear view mirror. Repeatedly, I remind them that, once this painful chapter is behind them, there lies a new future ahead, full of possibilities and  -- most important -- unencumbered by the crushing weight of unmanageable mortgage debt.


When it’s all finally over, often I find that I've grown a little along the way, too. Most importantly, a new and lasting relationship has been forged in the fire. We stay in touch. We have mutual and lasting respect and affection. It’s a two-way street. That’s the best payoff of all.


If you need to short sell your Georgia house, don't wait too late to get expert help. Call on the specialists at Best Atlanta Short Sales today for a confidential consultation. Maybe we can help.


Comments (3)

Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, Elva Branson-Lee the psychology of listing and selling real estate  is  a complex one and it takes a well-versed real estate agent to give the proper guidance....nicely written....

Jun 27, 2017 03:25 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Elva working with short sale isn't an easy gig for agents or the clients involved. I know of what you speak because we helped people through shorts during our down market. One of the first things I used to say - this is NOT a reflection on you. You've done everything right all your life, you're a good person. You simply got stuck in a bad situation with about 60% of the rest of our town.  You will get through this situation! And they did and are all doing well now! Your clients are very lucky to have you on their side!

Jun 27, 2017 04:49 PM
Mike Frazier
Carousel Realty of Dyer County - Dyersburg, TN
Northwest Tennessee Realtor

Elva, most of our clients just want to be treated fairly and honestly and yes staying in touch will help them feel that we care.

Jun 28, 2017 01:03 PM