One question that frequently comes up from buyers is "Do you think this is the right house for us?
This is what I tell them.
How does it FEEL to you? Can you see yourself living here? How would your furnishings look in this space? Are you comfortable with what you hear? (Traffic? Quiet? Barking dogs?) Is the space adequate for your needs? Your lifestyle? Etc....
THEN I tell them MY story - whether they want to hear it or not. Actually, they always do. Just kidding.
Thirty years ago this week (I cannot believe it has been that long!) my husband and I put a deposit on an acre of land with the intent of building a house. We were just a few days short of signing the contract. We decided to take a ride up to the lot and just look around one Sunday afternoon in December.
After leaving, we saw an open house sign on a very nice dead end street, just a little closer to where we preferred to be. I told my husband - it's almost 5:00 - the agent is ready to leave. He said, let's go take a quick look. We pulled into the driveway and said, ‘Wow, this is a really nice house, and it's a little different'. (I like different).
So we went inside and my husband knew the agent and they got into a conversation. (I was not in RE back then) I made my way around the house and emerged a few minutes later. I can still remember the feeling I had when I took that first look.
I exclaimed, "This house feels so HOMEY. It just FEELS right." I proceeded to look over the open floor plan and the sunken living room which I thought would be THE place to have parties and celebrate the holidays. It didn't just feel like someone's house; it felt like a home. I could definitely see us living there.
Long story short - we did not purchase the lot and we have been in that HOME for almost 30 years. Every party, every life event, even mundane daily chores have been special in our HOME. It felt right then, and it feels even more right NOW, all these years later... and not just during the holidays, but every day of the year.
When my buyers finally decide on the house for them, I always ask them, DOES IT FEEL RIGHT TO YOU? Is this where you can envision making a HOME for yourself?
My house - my HOME - I love it - and I love helping others find their HOME! As my family and I prepare for our annual Christmas party in a few weeks, we again will know that we are truly HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS - where we love to be!
.... For the holidays you can't beat home sweet home!
P.S. Did anyone catch that we purchased our house on an open house AND right before Christmas? Who said open houses don't bring in serious buyers?
When You're HOME for the Holidays AND Every Day of the Year