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Experience Collage 5Selling Crofton area houses, townhomes, and condos – that’s what REALTORS do, but it’s NOT what I do.  

A few weeks ago, as Christine and I were doing some re-organizing in my office, we came across a box containing hundreds of photos of homes I’ve sold over the years. She seemed a little surprised to hear me describe the buyers and sellers of each home, as we went through the photos, and why it was the “perfect” house for them… or where they went when they relocated.  It wasn’t the home’s features, location or price that came to mind. 

You see, real estate is not about the houses for me… it’s about the people!  Perhaps this is the reason I’m still doing real estate (and loving it) after four decades!

Through many ups and downs in the market, war and peace, recessions and inflation, extreme highs and now extreme lows in interest rates, there is never a dull day in real estate.  Real estate practices, training, and technology have evolved constantly… always creating new challenges and new opportunities for career success. Over the years, my friends have become clients and my clients have become friends.  Now I really have to think about it to recall whether our relationship began as clients or as friends – because they are both.

My clients would probably be surprised to learn how often I think about them.  On Christmas morning, for example, I know that my buyers are experiencing their own family traditions in homes we found together.  And admittedly, I do gloat just a little to think that I had a teeny little role (which they have probably long ago forgotten) in helping to shape their memories of this day and so many other special occasions in their homes. 

Corny, I know, but true.

Yet thoughts about my clients are not limited to Christmas or occasions when I come across photos of their home…

It’s rare that I show property today without passing a home I listed or sold in the past (at which time, it’s likely my current clients will hear all about those past clients – kinda like a proud parent bragging about their children).   And, of course, I think about each and every one of my clients whenever I put a mailing label on a postcard addressed to them. 

I’ve watched as my clients’ children have grown up, delighting when those grown children also become my clients. And I’ve treasured my clients’ loyalty over the years – last summer I had the honor of listing the home I sold to my first Maryland clients in 1973.  To me, my client database feels like a giant family album of very special people who allowed me the privilege of sharing an important milestone in their lives. They’ll always have a special place in my heart, not just in my file cabinet!

Knowing a lot about homes, communities and the real estate market is necessary in real estate – and I strive to be “the best” at that – but focusing on the people is my passion.  YOU, my past and present clients, are the reason I’m still doing (and loving) real estate today!

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P.S.  Christine, who I mentioned early in this post, is my son Tim’s wife and another member of Team Woda.  If you haven’t met Christine or talked to her yet, you’re in for a treat when you do. 

 

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