Al and Cal Homes and Community: A Moving Experience A Realtors Confession

A Moving Experience A Realtors Confession

A Moving Experience A Realtors Confession

For those of you that know me, know that I have been selling and marketing real estate for the past 24 years.    I love helping folks move into or from their homes.     I feel that I am an empathetic person with a good ear and heart.    Moving

For my Sellers, the process begins as I hire a professional stager to come in and help them get their home ready for market.   We all know that we don't present a home for market like we actually live in it.   Once we are ready to go, it's showtime and the showings begin.         Those photos have to be perfect, the home has to be ready, and once we secure a buyer they have to be ready to move when that closing date comes.... and so the tale begins.

Be it ever so humble

Humble pie that is......    

For the first time in those 24 years, this Realtor has decided to make a move.    Moving within the area no less, but moving just the same.   I have always held the opinion that moving across town is the same as moving out of state.    That opinion is for the moving process, not the rest of the stuff that goes with it...  

never the less...it's  time to make my move.

I have been packing and cleaning and lifting and making trips to the goodwill for days now.   Where did all this stuff come from??    It seems never ending and certainly overwhelming!

My Confession!

When I think of all those times that one of my Sellers balked at the Stager coming in and changing their home around and I nodded understandingly... NOW, I Really Get IT!

When I think of all those times that one of my Sellers didn't want to show the house one day because it wasn't show ready and I encouraged them to show it anyway....    Now I UNDERSTAND!

When I think of all those times that one of my Sellers was crying because the moving process was stressful and I gave them a hug... NOW, I UNDERSTAND!

When I think of all those times that one of my Sellers needed more boxes and I thought to myself, wow, where did all that stuff come from as I brought them more boxes... NOW, I GET IT!

When I think of all those times that one of my Sellers couldn't get out fast enough as I picked up a broom and helped them sweep...   NOW, I REALLY UNDERSTAND!

When I think of all those times that one of my Sellers needed to take a day off from getting ready to move and I encouraged them to forge on ....   HELLO????

And, Last but not least, when I think of all those times, when a Seller told me how emotional it was to leave their memories behind and I said I understood....  But really didn't.   I DO NOW!

 

Will this Moving Experience Make Me a Better Realtor?

Honestly the answer is no.    I will always do my job to the best of my ability.     What this moving experience will do though, is make me have a better understanding of how difficult the process is no matter the reason for the move.     I can know from experience how hard it is to pack box after box and take trip after trip to the transfer station.   I can know from experience how hard it is to have every inch of that home sparkle for the new resident.      I will encourage folks at any age if they financially can to hire a professional mover and cleaner.  

And last, but not least

My thoughts on closing gifts have shifted.     I am now thinking a gift certificate for a massage might be just the ticket!

 

 

 

 

 

Carol-Ann Palmieri

Al and Cal Realty Group

Remax Executive Realty

www.AlandCal.com

 

Cal@AlandCal.com

 

508-494-9061

 

Comment balloon 23 commentsCarol-Ann Palmieri • February 18 2012 04:53AM

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Good morning, Carol Ann.....  packing and preparing for a move is a horrible experience.... when I sold my house, I had no clutter and it was such a chore to get my home ready to close.... everything was perfect when it closed but it was a huge effort....

Posted by Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes" (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) over 6 years ago

Carol Ann - it has been years since I moved myself, but I can see how every thing would have much more relevance when you are in the same exact place.

Posted by Carol Zingone, Global Realtor in Jax Beach, FL - ABR, CRS, CIPS (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty) over 6 years ago

Carol Ann, congratulations on this move...i said i would not do it again...i removed the clutter and like simple now...suggested post ...we all need to put ourselves back then!

Posted by Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond (RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate) over 6 years ago

Carol Ann...not that we like it but I think it's good when we walk a mile in our sellers shoes.  Gives us a better understanding of what they are going through.  Suggested!

Posted by Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA (ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055) over 6 years ago

Hi Barbara.   It is a huge effort  and I really didn't think I had that much until I started!  

 

Hi Carol.    I think my "words" of wisdom will have a different meaning from now on!  

 

Hi Ginny.    Thank you.  Simple is going to be my new motto!

 

Hi Anita.   Exactly right!   I have a higher degree of appreciation for my Sellers now.   Thanks.

Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) over 6 years ago

Terrific post Cal, moving is such a chore but the experience you gain will enhance the counseling and support you provide your clients.

Posted by Al Raymondi, Ormond By The Sea Florida - Home and Condo Sales (Ocean View Realty Group in Ormond By The Sea Florida) over 6 years ago

Carol Ann, I think of the packing every time I tell my clients they need to de-clutter and pacl aay the non essential stuff, and then I think of trying to tell my wife that same stuff. It does change perspective, good luck

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 ) over 6 years ago

Good morning Carol Ann. I think that your insights are valuable and helpful. Now you do know, and knowing is better. Good luck in your new home.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) over 6 years ago

Love it girl :)!  Being in the Military, we moved every 3 to 4 years, so I am able to empathize with my sellers (and buyers) with the moving process.  It is a pain EVERY time.  Each time we moved we said, NEVER again will we collect so much junk...but we do anyway lol :)!

I think it will help you to empathize with your sellers a lot better going through the experience yourself...you are already a GREAT Realtor® so getting better is relative.  Good luck with the move and treat yourself to a massage :)!

Posted by Brenda Mullen, Your San Antonio TX Real Estate Agent!! (RE/MAX Access) over 6 years ago

My last broker advocated moving every 3-4 years just so we can remember what folks go through.

Posted by Doug Rogers, Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent (Bayou Properties) over 6 years ago

Carol Ann... moving IS stressfull. And emotional. And physically exhausting... no doubt about it.  Enjoy your new home!!

Posted by Peggy Hughes/pha logistix, inc., SF NYC LA (pha logistix inc) over 6 years ago

The only thing you are missing that your clients have had is an understanding agent to encourage throughout the moving process.  Let me know when you need it.  I'll be right there on the phone.

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) over 6 years ago

Featured in the group:  BARTENDER, MAKE IT A DOUBLE.

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) over 6 years ago

Carol,

Great blog. It is always more difficult to be the person who has to do some project as opposed to the straw boss giving directions. Now most sellers do have to be pushed if a home is to sell in a reasonable amount of time and at a decent price. Most folks wait till the last minute to do dirity jobs and I am guilty. I tell all my clients moving is never an easy job and has many ups and dpowns  along the way. Sorry to hear about all the hard work you are having to endure. Hopefully it will all be over and you can laugh at this experience. I really like your last comment about the client gift!

Posted by Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties) over 6 years ago

Carol Ann...where are you moving to?  When we bought our first house, it was just my husband & I.  Three kids & lots of "stuff" later, we moved again to our current house.  At that move, I vowed never to keep anything I did not love, use or want.  I have done pretty well with that but still would not look forward to the actual move again.

Posted by Christine Smith, Exclusive Buyer Agent & Attorney, Canton, MA (Buyers Brokers Only LLC - www.BuyersBrokersOnly.com) over 6 years ago

Hi Al.    Thanks for checking in.   Counseling is what I will need when this is through!   LOL.

 

Hi Ed.  It most certainly does change perspective.    Good experience.   :)  

 

Hi Sheila.   Thank you!

 

Hi Brenda.   I think you are right.   I've been here for 20 some odd years.    I'll miss the place.

 

 

Thanks all for commenting!

 

Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) over 6 years ago

Carol,

I hope you are relaxing this weekend and not working at the moving thing. You need to tell all of us about your new home. Take care..

Posted by Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties) over 6 years ago

Hi Doug.  I don't know about that one!   LOL.

 

Hi Peggy.   Thank you.   I have seen a lot of your post about declutter.    Paying strick attention now! 

 

Hi Chris Ann.   No wonder you are a star agent!    Thank you for the very kind words and thoughts (and feature!)

 

Hi Christine.    Bellingham.     Just down the street.   Consolidating households.    I am being very careful as to what I bring with the next move in mind!   

Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) over 6 years ago

Hi Bob.   Thanks for reading.    I did a little of both this weekend and should be finished this week.    My other half and I are consolidating house holds.    Most of the stuff is in the garage until we figure out what stays and goes.   I'm afraid the man cave is going to get a new look.   Very traumatic for all involved!     LOL.   

Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) over 6 years ago

After moving twice in 6 months, I certainly have much greater empathy for what my buyers and sellers are going through!  I wrote much this same blog 2 years ago when I did my moves.  I said then that I think realtors should have to experience a move every 10 years just to give them a fresh view over the other side of the fence!

Posted by Margo Otey (REMAX EXECUTIVE REALTY) over 6 years ago

Hi Carol Ann,

Hopefully you have busy this week making lots of money and not just killing yourself with moving! Take care..

Posted by Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties) over 6 years ago

Hi Margo.   You can say that again.  It really is a valuable lesson! 

 

Hi Bob.    Thanks for checking in!!    Back at it full force and have to get back to checking out what's happening on AR.  

Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) over 6 years ago

Hi Carol,

Thank you very much for for your wonderful comments on my blog and your confidence in me as a Realtor. I really appreciate my AR virtual friends such as you. What totally blows my mind as I feel I have much better real friends on AR than in the flesh. Thanks for being one of those friends..

Posted by Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties) over 6 years ago

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