My job can be very lonely. Most of the time I’m in the office working on paperwork, or marketing for new clients. Me and my two dogs. Nobody else.
It’s not the ideal situation for me because I love people. I love being around people. I love watching people. I love helping people. It’s my job to guide people. It’s the part of the job I love the most. The ultimate blessing is when a client becomes a friend. Many of my best friends started out as clients. (Hi Anthony and Jason, hi Nick)
Most people don’t realize how intimate you become with a client over time. The typical real estate transaction starts with a meeting for coffee and somewhere between 6 months and 2 years later they will actually purchase or sell a home. During this time you really get to know each other. Normally, they are going through some major life change. You know, some major change that requires a move. A new job. The loss of a job. A new kid. A divorce. A death. Sometimes it’s the formation of a new family.
Saturday, I had the opportunity to attend the wedding of two very special people, who happened to be forming such a new family. Jeff and Kathy, clients of mine but so much more, were married in one of the sweetest ceremonies.
The two of them were very emotional during the ceremony as Jeff’s children stood behind him and Kathy’s children stood behind her and as they pledged their love, the new family officially came together.
The visual was striking. Two very special people on two separate roads for so many years meet and bring together two separate families and form a new one.
Our journey began with the idea to build a home. However, after meeting with a home designer and finding a builder, the lumber prices and associated labor costs skyrocketed, so we had to regroup and put together a new plan. We started a search for their home.
Although everyone was disappointed at the time, the rising costs to build turned out to be a blessing. A blessing for them as they ended up finding something better and for less money. A blessing for me as I got to know them better.
As I showed them houses, I was blessed to see them interact. I was struck with how kind they were to one another. How he made her laugh. How the kids were excited about their parents finding a life partner. How excited they were to help them pick out a new home for a fresh new start.
You see, without this new home build falling through, I’m not sure I would have had the chance to see this interaction.
The entire experience was a lesson in how life sometimes doesn’t always go the way you plan, but ultimately good people find a way to live happily ever after.
God bless the Whitakers and their new family.