This is a picture of our client --and now friend -- Laura in front of her new home.
Her smile really says it all, doesn't it? She closed this week on the first place that will truly be a home of her own.
Both my teammate Kristina and I are thankful for clients like Laura who remind us why we began careers in real estate in the first place: to help people find their piece of the American dream of home ownership.
Women going through a life transition are a special group of clients. Whether it is divorce, the death of a spouse, a sudden empty nest or relocation to a new community, they often are setting out on their own for the first time and finding that life can be both exciting and a little scary.
So it's especially heartwarming at this time of year to know how to help someone navigate the process of loan pre-approval, home search, contract negotiations, inspections and closing with no bumps or glitches.
As Laura said, "You guys made it painless!"
Laura's goal was to close on a home by November 30, 2009 to take advantage of the federal tax credit for first-time buyers. Now that the deadline has been extended to contracts accepted by April 30, 2010 and closed by June 30, 2010, we hope more buyers will take the same leap that Laura has taken. She's now building equity in a home instead of paying her landlord's mortgage. (And, as a bonus, buyers often find that their house payment -- with principle, interest, taxes and insurance included -- is equal to or less than their former monthly rent payment.)
I know we'll be thinking of Laura and her new home when we give thanks at this year's celebration with family and friends. Pass the turkey and raise a glass to all the Lauras you've helped this year.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, friends.