As a Realtor, we work with clients going through so many different major life events. From divorce, death of a loved one, loss of job, relocation, health issues, natural disasters, foreclosure, marriage, baby on the way, empty nesters, upsizing, downsizing, first time home buyers, you name it.
Realtors not only sell homes but become friends, confidants, trusted advisors & compassionate listeners. We help our clients get through these major life events and help them sell their homes or find new homes to live in. In addition, we handle a constantly changing market that brings forth low appraisal challenges or multiple offer situations. The emotional weight at times can be tremendous for all parties involved.
This past year having worked with clients going through these events, I am amazed and in awe of how it always works out. A wise woman told me often, “Debra, I don’t know why you worry, you always find a way to make it work”. In our business the worry can consume you. I pray a lot, and give my worry for my clients to God (as much as my mind will let me), & trust in Him, while doing everything that is humanly possible to make it all work out for my clients. Staying positive & focused on the end, and not letting the negative challenges or emotions get to you.
Last week, I truly witnessed a Christmas miracle for a family of 5 relocating here from Florida (fixed income & disabled family members who had to be out of their Florida rental by Dec 20th). The true reality of the situation 8 days prior to closing, if you had looked at the situation at hand, one would have thought that there was no way this was going to close in December. Yet no one working on this voiced or thought that.
Everyone did everything they could possibly do to make it work out, and I prayed to God for his guidance & trusted Him to help guide all the parties involved to do all they could. My clients were buying a Bank of America foreclosure (for all my Realtor friends I probably don’t need to say any more) but these are challenging to work through. Add to that the weather was in the 20 degree range, the heat didn’t work & we couldn’t get the water on (the home was winterized with temps dropping nightly to below freezing). And these were the least of the concerns.
Through it all, everyone involved kept focused on the end & remained positive. Was it the Christmas Spirit at hand? We all worked through every challenge. It took a coordinated effort from my amazing clients, the lender getting it to close in 21 days, the appraiser, the underwriters, home inspector, plumber, heat & air company, listing agent, BOA asset manager & closing company. I am still amazed it all worked out last week, we closed and my clients got a new heat & air unit and hot water heater, and were moved into their new home by Saturday the 21st.
I am thankful, and feeling very blessed that I work with so many amazing people & companies that made a miracle happen last week for a wonderful family. Ameris Bank-Armando San Miguel & Sandra Flowers (who found a way to translate a German pension into English!), Premier Home Inspections, DHC Heat & Air Co., Art’s Quality Plumbing, All American Pest Control, co-op agent Amanda Bell with At Home Realty & yes, even the BOA asset manager.
In a week filled with closing on a development I had had for over 4 years, and successfully working out a low appraisal that’s closing next week, the Christmas Miracle Closing as I call it, where a family was blessed with a home, and having SO many people working quickly & positively together to make this happen for them, was the most rewarding. I found the Christmas Spirit truly alive and well in real estate.