Are You Suffering from Communication Withdrawal?
A Letter to Buyers and Sellers
We just closed escrow and suddenly things are very different. You sold your treasured home, or you just bought a new one!
Are you suffering from communication withdrawal?
All of a sudden the hundreds of emails, text messages and phone calls have stopped. Maybe you’re glad, but doesn’t it feel a little weird?
I often feel I am suffering from withdrawal when I finish a real estate transaction, whether a sale or a purchase, or both. No matter how many times I’ve done it the sudden change in communication feels a little odd.
Perhaps you feel this way too? I’ve actually had a few of you comment on that.
You are well aware there have been numerous emails during our time together…hundreds and hundreds of them in fact. And multiple text messages, too. Not to mention many phone conversations to talk about offer strategy, updates (or lack of), questions, frustrations around delays, lender questions and issues, inspection issues and repairs requests, and so much more.
And sellers – lots of conversations about preparation for the market, deciding on the price, dealing with showings, updates and feedback from showings, reviewing offers (in most cases more than just 1), choosing the right offer to counter and how, discussing repair requests, waiting anxiously for the appraisal and loan approval, and so much more.
Believe it or not there were moments here and there when there was little to no communication because things were moving along the way they were supposed to and all was good, but in the first couple of weeks of your transaction, and in the last few days right before closing, we have been tied to the hip, so to speak.
Then, all of a sudden it was over. In a wonderful way, of course.
I called to congratulate you on your sale, or let you know you were new homeowners and we needed to get together so you could get your keys. Congratulating sellers or handing over keys for the new home to buyers are truly the most rewarding moments in this business for me.
Oh, there was more to it than just a quick call, with a gift, a thank you, a short visit. But all of a sudden everything changed. Does it feel different to you, too? I bet it does!
Perhaps in some ways it’s a relief! You bought a new house, or sold your home, and now you are moving on with your life…getting unpacked, learning your way around, perhaps moving to a new home if you were a seller, and building those new memories, and so much more.
I’ll stay in touch. I’d love to see what you do with your new home, or hear about your next adventure. I want to be there to help in any way I can for the long term, with recommendations about the community, tips about vendors you might need, information about the market over time, sharing information I believe will be of value to you, and just being there because I care, and we worked well together.
I am honored to have been a big part of your life during this very important life change. And now there are other important things for us both to do. But I won’t forget. I hope you don’t either.
No doubt you’re glad all the craziness is over, the emails and texts have stopped, the pressure to make yet another phone call, or the anxiety waiting for a call or email, is gone.
Your life is moving on. And mine is, too.
But my life has changed, having been part of helping you buy or sell a house.
I’ll get over the communication withdrawal. You will too! It’s all been worth it, hasn’t it?
Until, perhaps, we do it again!!