Remember the Grimm's fairy tale, "Hansel and Gretel?" The one where the young children are led deep into the forest and can't find their way home? Overhearing their father and stepmother's nefarious plans (why is it always the stepmother?), Hansel very smartly leaves behind a trail of bread crumbs so he and his younger sister can find their way back.
Unfortunately, hungry birds eat the trail of crumbs and alas, Hansel and Gretel are lost in the woods until they come upon an enticing chocolate-shingled, candy house.
On Tuesday, I met with my weekly BNI lunch group (Business Networking International) and because Valentine's Day is dedicated to "love," most of the 30-second introductions went something like this: "I love my job because. . . '
So by the time my turn came to stand and finally identify myself, I played along and jumped in with "I'm Julie Gardner with McGuire Real Estate and I lovehomes and I love Buyers who love homes, who love ME showing them homes, who love the process of home ownership, who love me guiding them through that process, AND I love Sellers even more . . .
It's been an interesting week for me. I put 150 Fairview Avenue in Piedmont into contract, (with seven offers, it had an incredible result, thank you very much), met with homeowners who are interviewing several Realtors before deciding whom to work with (me please!), gave a tour around town to new clients, showed an "off-market" home to repeat Buyers, and created a CMA (Comparative Market Analysis) for my Seller's neighbor. My day is never quite the same - nor is it ever boring.
Julie Gardner, has been writing The Perspective for 14 years and has published more than 500 essays. She is also a frequent contributor to the Sound Off column in the Real Estate section of The San Francisco Chronicle.