There's No Place Like Home!
June is National Homeownership Month! My favorite quote about a home is "There's No Place Like Homes" from The Wizard of Oz.
As I reflect on all the people I've assisted with buying and selling homes, I see evidence that there really is "No Place Like Home". I see up front and personal the excitement that comes with it. For sellers, there's preparation, anticipation, and letting go. For buyers there's excitement and a little fear of whether they're making the right decision.
When I first meet with a home seller, of course they want to know about me and my experience. Then the table turns to what they can sell their house for, what they need to do to get it ready, and how the process will work for them when they're moving out and possibly purchasing another home. The process can seem a little daunting. It truly gives them an appreciation for other sellers.
We also discuss the people who will likely be purchasing their home. If it is a typical first time home buyer purchasing their home, we have to stage their house to appeal to those buyers. If it is a family, we have to think about that and make sure their personal items are somewhat baby proofed. If it is an over 55 community then we consider that as well. There are many different scenarios to consider.
What a seller may not expect is the feelings they'll experience with letting the home go. Some sellers have already prepared themselves to let go by the time we meet. Others go through the process while preparing the house or selling the house. I've had a couple clients who have had to postpone selling their home because they just weren't ready to let it go. You see, our homes are more than brick and morter. They carry very specific memories to the ones who dwell there.
It's important we're understanding and empathetic as Realtors.
So how about home buyers? Their excitement is often off the chart! As a Realtor, we want to match their excitement while keeping it real. We want to look out for their best interest and give them tidbits of wisdom as we go through the process. Such wisdom might include reminding them they need to get permits when they finish that third floor they're talking about or letting them know the HVAC is old and could need replacement at any time. If I hear them discuss putting up a fence, I make sure they check the HOA documents and confirm they can do this and know they type of fence. Many opportunities come up to add some advice for their years to come.
It isn't uncommon to see them measuring for a refrigerator or figuring out if their king size bed will fit. Oh, and where will the TV or Christmas tree go? Can they put a swimming pool in the backyard? Does the flow of the home fit or improve their daily life? Will the house work well for entertaining?
I can already see memories in the making. Next to having a baby or getting a puppy (or pet), there not much like the excitement of buying a home. I'm so blessed to be a part of their process!
Happy Homeownership June 2019!