The Highs, Lows and Absolute Joys of Being a Realtor.

This day was a doozy. It ran the gamut of emotions…lows, highs and pure joy.

Real estate is emotional work. For us as Realtors as well as for our buyers and sellers. There are highs and lows to the process and plenty of stress for all involved. Some days are more challenging than others, but for us at least, every day is absorbing.  Not everyone can say that about their work. That’s part of the reason we love it. Never a dull moment and no two days are ever alike.

We were in two multiple offers today — both VERY competitive — representing buyers in Greater Seattle. This morning our buyers competed for a home that got 28 offers (yes, 28!). While our offer was in the top three according to the Listing Broker, we lost out. Cash is still King. The second home we had a buyer bidding on received 11 offers — and our buyer got the house! So, some heartbreak…and an equal dose of buyer elation this day.

(By the way, here’s what we know and absolutely believe. You get the house you were meant to have. If you miss out on a home, it’s because a better house is coming. The bar has been raised certainly, but there’s some reason it didn’t happen and it often goes beyond the terms of an offer. In our 30+ collective years of representing buyers in real estate transactions, we believe this with absolute certainty.)

Today was also a day of celebration — CLOSING DAY — for two of our buyers who purchased homes in January (both in bidding wars, as well).  It doesn’t get any better than delivering keys and seeing the jubilation of new homeowners as they embrace their future. Whatever difficult emotions came with the transaction, they all become a faint memory that morph into joy as new beginnings are made.

If you’re thinking about selling your home, there isn’t a better time. Our inventory is the lowest in 22 years. If you’re looking to buy, be prepared to step up and give it your best. We can walk you through what it takes to make a winning offer and not overpay. In the end, all you can do is the best you can do. With some good direction, that’s often enough! And when it is, joy all around.

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Sold and Closed, 2/25/2015. Congratulations to Amanda and Alex, new owners of a beautiful Kirkland rambler!

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