The days are growing longer, the temperatures are warming, and my garden is once again, coming alive. Spring is my favorite time of year with each new day unveiling a fresh and colorful revelation, AND as I genuinely enjoy gardening, I'm known to putter in it quite a bit. Forget your designer jewelry, Manolo Blahniks, or Birkin bags, if there's any shopping in my future, it's likely to be at a local nursery, because long after those expensive accessories are out of fashion, my roses will still be delivering bouquets.
“Thank you for a seamless transaction,” the email said, “We couldn’t have done it without you.” (That’s true.) "It was entirely smooth sailing." (Not exactly, but we didn't share the riptides we encountered - we changed course instead.)
At the risk of blowing our own horns “seamless” doesn’t happen by accident. It requires a great deal of planning, orchestration, knowledge, and execution on everyone’s part, AND no small amount of faith and trust from the sellers as well. In other words, "smooth sailing" requires an experienced captain at the helm, not to mention a highly-trained and responsive crew if we're going to avoid choppy waters.
You wouldn't necessarily know it from our reputations as scrappy, gritty, enthusiastic salespeople, but Realtors actually employ a great deal of etiquette when it comes to the art of the deal. Knowing that we'll likely be facing one another time and again, the savvy Realtor makes a habit of being respectful to their colleagues, texting when they are showing a property, and keeping the appropriate parties informed as to whether they'll be submitting an offer or not.
Having sold hundreds of homes at this point in the game, I believe "secret" Agents should be left to the world of James Bond . . .
"I'm worried about the war in Ukraine," the Seller said. "How quickly can you get my house on the market? (We're all worried about the war; we are sending our prayers and donations.)
And while we live in a global economy, AND there are certainly bound to be major disruptions here at home as a result of increased instability overseas, with respect to the war's impact on housing prices here in the Bay Area, it's important to note that the U.S. housing market is still woefully short of the required housing stock we need just to fill current demand - four million units short NATIONWIDE, in fact!
Julie Gardner, has been writing The Perspective for 18 years and has published more than 670 essays on life and real estate.