Moving - A very public exposure

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Homes By Cross, Inc.

We had too much stuff

A couple weeks prior to moving you stage a garage sale and expose your "stuff" to the enquireing public.

People mull over your past choices and reward your decisions with meager offers. Most likely you accept the offer and watch a once precious item scurry off in the clasp of a stranger. This process continues until all is gone or any offer at all is accepted.

Most of the people who come by are neighbors. Common questions arise:

Why are you selling your "stuff"?

You respond ...We're moving. Then the ambigious and gossipy question follows: Why? and where are you moving to?

You have exposed your story to all the public. Many conjour thoughts of financial harm or worse divorce, illness, or heaven forbid secret information of doom about the neighborhood. 

The only doom and gloom is that we have to pack-up All our stuff and Unpack All our stuff. Exhausting.

I followed all the past advise I had given my clients. It all went fairly smooth but in the end still wore us out.

It gives me fresh first hand empathy for all our clients. The only thing nice to say about the exposure of moving is that it ends, and life transitions back to normal. Your Tool Box for All Your Charlotte Real Estate needs






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standing by iron railingClaude,

I can empathize having gone thru several moves over the years.  However, let's put ourselves in the position of homeowners facing foreclosure, having done what they thought were the right things and not being able to hold onto their dream home.

How much worse would the public exposure be when the move is not voluntary, but mandatory?  We would be humiliated; not just uncomfortable.

I just read an article in our national newspaper, The Globe & Mail, that states foreclosures are on the rise in Alberta & BC, not due to our banks, but due to other lenders not held to the same standards.

This grim situation is not going away any time soon.

Mar 16, 2009 03:25 AM #1
Claude Cross
Homes By Cross, Inc. - Charlotte, NC
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Involuntary moves was not my message but my heart goes out to those that are immersed.

 I deal with short sales and foreclosures more frequently than I wish.  Public exposure on any move is unwelcome but inevitable. 

My post was only empathy for all who move because it is very exhausting.



Mar 16, 2009 12:28 PM #2
Jean Terry
Keller Williams Realty Spartanburg, S.C. - Spartanburg, SC

Moving is never a good experience and it seems to bring out the worst in some people.

Mar 16, 2009 03:44 PM #3
Claude Cross
Homes By Cross, Inc. - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte NC Homes For Sale

Thanks Jean

Mar 20, 2009 07:23 AM #4
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