June is Homeownership Month in North Carolina

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Preferred Realty


There's No Place Like Home!


National Homeownership Month

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!







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Raleigh Cary Apex Realtor Carla Freund Realty

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Comments (6)

Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Oh, I love your take on homeownership and the fact that you also included thoughts on sellers as thus far, I've only read personal thoughts or those of buyers. 

The No Place Like Home thoughts of sellers, especially those who have lived in their homes for quite some time, can be quite emotional. I love hearing their stories also, Carla.

Thank you so much for not only participating in the challenge but, helping promote it in Q&A today. You rock!

Jun 03, 2019 06:20 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Carla Freund -  buying a home is an exciting process but selling can be full of emotion.

Jun 04, 2019 09:03 AM
Carla Freund

Oh yes I agree. It's one of the bigger stress factors in a person's life.

Jun 06, 2019 05:12 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Yes, I do like that quote too...and there really is no other place like home-sweet-home!

Jun 05, 2019 04:16 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Home buyers and home sellers will be in very good hands when they seek your advice and use your professional real estate services.

Jun 14, 2019 02:37 PM
Carla Freund

Thank you Roy, you're the best! 

Jun 15, 2019 05:45 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Thanks for sharing your personal thoughts on Homeownership Month, Carla. I echo what Debe said about sellers! Anyone thinking about buying or selling in June, or whenever, should be in touch with you!


Jun 18, 2019 05:51 PM
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

I had to chuckle a bit when you mentioned someone wondering where the Christmas Tree would go as they viewed a potential new home, Carla Freund ... as you described my wife to a "T" during our last home search.  Vitally important thing to have cemented in her mind, to be sure!


Jun 27, 2019 09:33 AM