This past month my husband, Shawn, and I were sellers for the first time since I became a Realtor. We sold the home we lived in as newlyweds, and where we brought home Hadley from the hospital. It’s the last home I’ll have memories of my dad in. We sold the home to our tenants, so I know that they will love the home just as much as we did.
Sometimes when I take a step back and reflect on my job, I’m struck by the diversity of experiences of my clients as they buy and sell their homes. Today I’m writing an offer for first-time buyers who are at the start of their real estate story. Another client sold the home last month that they have lived in for 33 years, raising three children, and are looking forward to their next chapter in a new state. Sometimes preparing a home for sale is something that takes months and I help coordinate staging, landscaping, and repairs, and other times it’s ready to put on the market immediately. I have sellers who after they sell their condo will be moving back to the home they lived in for the first 18 years of their marriage, after living in their condo for 18 years. This home has been in their family for more than 100 years and the last time they lived there together without children, they were just 20 years old.
Shawn and I are about to embark on a new adventure as homeowners. We are about to break ground on our forever home, and have been working with the builder for the past year. This will be the home that our kids and grandkids will come home to, as we experience our lives moment by moment. It could very well be the home that is passed down in our family for the next 100 years, well beyond the time Shawn, our girls, and I live there.
I wanted to create the Maddoxville newsletter as a place to share small stories about my life and the life of my clients, the best part of the my job is being part of your milestones as your Realtor.
The regional real estate market is continuing to make headlines, as the median home price in King County climbed to $514,975 in February. The Seattle Times ran a story recently on what is driving prices, and what to expect for the typically busy spring home-buying season. In order to position yourself to be ready to buy when the time is right for you, make sure you are pre-approved with a lender and be familiar with the in and outs of credit through the infographic below.