Put yourself in their shoes. See what others see from their perspective. Great advice but how often is it practiced? I have definitely done this the last few months in regards to my real estate clients. I sold my home and purchased our (hopefully) forever home with my soon-to-be husband. Even though these were not my first personal buy/sell transactions, they were more taxing on me than in the past. Selling on (what I believe to be) the downhill slope of an insane market should have been a breeze. But when our home did not sell after the first weekend, I had to take a step back. What did I do wrong? I know I priced it correctly. Was it staged incorrectly? I spent days cleaning up and clearing out. Who wouldn’t love my house? I know it is the best on the block. All things my clients have asked and all things I had answers for. But now it was myself asking and having to answer the questions.
Ultimately, the home sold in 3 weekends to a lovely couple that I know will enjoy the home as much as we did. Inspection, appraisal and closing went as smoothly as they come. But that does not mean it was a breeze in my head. However, as I typically try to do, I turned this experience into a positive one. I now have more patience and understanding when my sellers are freaking out when the buyers do not provide feedback 5 minutes after viewing the house. I understand why people think their home is better than everyone else’s (even if it probably is not). And most of all, I can sit down with someone and have a good cry, when that is the only thing that will provide the much needed relief. Thank you life experiences, for making me a better REALTOR.