I had the privilege of being invited to a "thank you dinner" at Lieus this past Sunday night by a for sale by owner that I worked with in the purchase of his house in Gower.
When I first met Mr. Marke, he was very hesitant to work with a buyer's agent, having lived in the same house for 50+ years. After much discussion, I assured him that it would be worth every penny to have an agent in the deal to keep things on track and that I would not only help the buyer's through the process, but I will also be there to help answer any questions that he had as well.
There is so much more to buying and selling a house than just finding the house. That is such a HUGE misconception. People think that a REALTORS sole job is finding the house. That is sometimes the easiest part, and it is certainly only the first step. After that there are inspections that have to happen, repair negotiations to go through, appraisal process (which has become more and more difficult, with fewer houses appraising these days), scheduling with closing attorney, title issues, financing delays and issues, etc.
At the end of our dinner, the for sale by owner, who I now consider a good friend from this process, said "You know, I had no idea just how big of a help you would be to ME through this process and just how much I would need you through it. I cannot thank you enough." He also told me at one point during the process that he had no idea just how much a REALTOR does through the purchase and sale of a home.
It is my job to make sure that everything works out smoothly and efficiently, and while they are not all "easy" -- it makes a big difference having a good REALTOR, good lender and good attorney to make things go seamlessly.
While this sale was challenging in it's own ways, I am so thankful for this experience. This seller had lived there and raised his family for 50+ years, and sold it to a darling couple that absolutely loves it and is excited to start their married life in it, and make many more memories than the house already has. It was an honor to get to be part of this process, and we gained a new friend because of it.
We spent the night catching up on the updates/improvements the couple has already made to the house, talking about sports, grandchildren, and life advice.
I heard one time that you should purposefully spend time with people under the age of 10 and over the age of 70 -- that it will give you a good life perspective. I could not agree more. There is so much that we can learn from the older generation about life, work, marriage, raising kids, stress, and what really matters in life.