We are asked to share a transaction that was special to us - what we LOVED about it and share what we learned from the transaction without compromising confidentiality.
When I read the contest rules there were several transactions that came immediately to my mind. The first transaction I shared was:
Celebration of Life
This post is about my love for working with a new client. This particular client found me on the Internet and needed my help in selling a home after her mother passed away. Her mother had a trust and she became the successor trustee. That means the sale of the home will not be a probate sale.
There were some issues that needed to be addressed prior to listing the home. I immediately became a trusted resource. During this process, and in a relatively short period of time, we connected in ways that cannot be defined in words. What's not to love about connecting with people?
On a Friday afternoon I received an email from my client which said, "I know we just recently met and haven't known each other long, but I would like to invite you to my mom's Celebration of Life tomorrow. Please forgive me for this being last minute."
Words cannot convey how touched and honored I felt to be invited to her mother's celebration of life. Of course I wanted to be there. I made a few calls and juggled my Saturday schedule so that I could attend. It meant so much to me to be there. I know she appreciated me being there as well.
Not Open For Business
I was not there for business. In fact, we agreed she would simply introduce me as her friend. The person that sat next to me at the reception asked me how I know Becky, the daughter of the person whose life we were celebrating. [The name of the daughter is changed for privacy]
I simply stated that Becky reached out to me to help her sell the home. The person gasped and said: "You are the one! She has told me so much about you." She went on and on about how Becky is a raving fan and how much she appreciates all that I had already done to help her. She shared that she has lived next door to Becky's mother for over 20 years.
We chatted. She shared a few stories. I shared a few stories. We laughed. We cried. We connected. What's not to love about connecting with people?
No new lessons here. Follow my heart. Do the right thing. Be true to myself. Be willing to be vulnerable. Do what I love. Let kindness, compassion and love lead the way.
I have to confess that when I started out in real estate I had no idea how deeply I would connect with my clients, or how they would connect with me. I am so grateful for the blessing of having met and helped so many truly wonderful people. My life is enriched for it.
People hire me for my training, education and experience.
Given my personality, it makes perfect sense that I specialize in probate and trust properties. I connect with all of my clients. However, working with clients that have far more to do than simply list a home for sale means I get to put all of my other skills to work for them as well. Helping people brings me joy. What's not to love about helping people?