Spokane Real Estate Voice: It's not just a House

It's not just a House

I have been thinking over my past 10 years in this business.

One thing I have learned, if nothing else, is: "It's not just a house."

When people are selling and buying homes, unless you are an investor- there is a myriad of emotions, extenuating circumstances, and stories behind each sale. Handling this with empathy is something I stive to do.

The highest of highs and the lowest of lows can come along with the sale or purchase of a home. New beginnings, saying goodbye, losing a job, gaining a new job, leaving what you call home for a strange place, death, a growing family, an aging parent, a new baby, empty nesters, divorce,financial crisis, a wedding, an inheritance, a new job, a promotion, the list goes on and on.

It's a fine line, as Realtors to empathize with our clients personal situations, and remain professional. It's tough not to take in the intensity of the stress some people are under as we attempt to navigate the course of being a trusted advisor.

Each transaction comes with a story, one I want to handle with great care and individual attention. After all, home is where people hang their hearts- and while I don't want to get caught up in the emotion of what people are going through when they are moving- it's essential to be aware, sensitive and caring.

It's not just a house. Its a dwelling where hope and heart lay their heads at night and say a prayer. Where memories are cherished, and new stories begin. It's an amazing reality, a house. 







BethAnn Long ~ Spokane Realtor with RE/MAX Inland Empire


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6 commentsBethAnn Long • March 25 2012 09:18AM


Well said, you cannot merely see it as someone buying or selling, there is always a story behind Why.

Posted by Bud & Beth McKinney, Cary/Raleigh/Apex NC - The Team That Cares, RE/MAX United (RE/MAX UNITED) about 3 years ago

A home in California represents a place to raise the family, set up roots and provide shelter.  However, being from Detroit, Michigan, I know the major difference out here is that a home is also our life savings and our savings account.

Posted by Tony Lewis, RE/MAX Valencia, Stevenson Ranch, Santa Clarita (RE/MAX of Valencia (Hall of Fame) 30 year Valencia Resident) about 3 years ago

The saddest walk I often make is going into a vacant house. The laughter is gone and the silence is deafening. I always say a little prayer to myself, that each vacant home can once again find happiness under it's roof...

Posted by Paul S. Henderson, Tacoma Washington Broker/Realtor & area expert! (RE/MAX Professionals.) about 3 years ago

Bud and Beth... ALWAYS a story...

Tony: yes, so true- many people's life savings are in their homes. 

Paul, it is very sad. :( lot's of vacant homes for sale these days.


Posted by BethAnn Long, Realtor, CRS, e-PRO, Spokane Wa Real Estate (RE/MAX Inland Empire) about 3 years ago

BethAnn, you're so true. I remember early on in my career I took a listing and the homeowner told me that they had interviewed a couple other agents and chose to hire me because the other agents referred to the home as "the property" and I referred to it as their home. When I'm working with home buyers who are making offers on houses that the sellers are clearly attached to, I usually suggest they include a letter to the homeowners.

Posted by Shannon Jones, Long Beach CA Real Estate (The Shannon Jones Team) about 3 years ago

Shannon, I have done the letter as well. :) 

For most people selling a home or buying a home, is a HUGE DEAL, and I try and put myself in their shoes, but maintain a strong professional stance to get the job done!

Posted by BethAnn Long, Realtor, CRS, e-PRO, Spokane Wa Real Estate (RE/MAX Inland Empire) about 3 years ago

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