There may come a time...or maybe it has happened already ...when you are the Personal Representative for your parents estate. It may be the house you grew up in...and it is sooo not "just another property"....it was a part of your life for a long time....from all the firsts....the first day of school...the first date...the first prom when you floated down the staircase to meet your date. All the stockngs hung by the chimney ...the Easter baskets that were hidden in the same familiar places. Holiday dinners... birthday celebrations ...graduations...the most memorable times of your childhood were unforgettably experienced at what is now another address on MLS...it will never be that to you. It was not for me...when my Mom said many times in her last months..."You and David will take care and sell or house." We did ....the very hardest sale ever...with all those memories flooding back every time we showed the house.
We have for some time worked with estates as an added niche in our practice which has grown considerably during this past year. The situations vary from well maintained to dated and everywhere in between. There are heirs who are able...and choose to do some updating...some to keep peace with siblings and/or other heirs minimize or eliminate what they put into the house before it is listed. But preparing an estate for sale is not why we wrote this post.
This post is written for all those Selling agents who write offers on Estates. While to the Buyer...it may be just another house or in some cases an investment to flip or rent. It is not that to the Seller(s) ...be kind...know it is a piece of their hearts...a huge part of their life that is coming to an end and put away carefully in their memories. Respond promptly....be gentle...be considerate. Make the last memories...and the good bye as pain free as possible. Some day...you may be in that position and walk in those shoes...the ones you wore since childhood.
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