Most of the time my transactions are wonderful experiences. Buyers get their beautiful new home. Sellers get to move to a better home, children get their own room, a move for a job promotion, retiring to paradise or moving for year round vacation weather.
In real estate we are just making dreams come true.
Not every closing we go to is a happy one. Sometimes sellers come to the table due to a financial disaster, other times an illness or job loss. Some settlements are bittersweet.
This was a situation a few years ago.
The buyers were getting a large terrific home, at a price they could afford and just perfect for their growing and extended family situation. Yes, I was so happy for them..but my enthusiasm needed curbing.
My wonderful sellers had just lost their dream home, the one they worked so hard for. Many years of love, sweat and tears went into their special house.
But now we were sitting at the closing table after many months of trying to sell in a declining market with numerous medical and personal problems including a family death.
Instead of tears of joy..there were just tears. It was bittersweet. Yes they were thankful (as thankful as could be) and they took time to write me a wonderful note of appreciation.
This transaction was one that I loved because it ultimately helped the sellers get out of their financial debt and move forward. It also allowed a very deserving family get a home they would not have been able to afford under normal circumstances.
Some settlements are bittersweet but I did feel good helping both families.