Home Is Where Your People Are

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Real Estate Broker with Long & Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA VA License # 0225089470

Home Is Where Your People Are

You would think by the number of times that Shadow (pictured on the right) jumps up and lays on my work folders and notebooks, or even on top of calculators and pens, that my desk and everything on it was as soft as a down comforter.  Certainly, as a multiple cat household, there are many places were Shadow could rest where he would be more comfortable.  Unfortunately, his people are not often by those beds.  They are busy working to pay the bills, and so he jumps up and makes himself comfortable wherever we are.

The three year old son of some recent buyers seemed as though he was going to have some trouble adjusting to his new home.  The thought of leaving the only home he's ever known seemed to terrify him.  Yet, on closing day, there he was smiling in his new home with Mom and Dad, Grandma and Grandpa buzzing around him getting things in order.  Changing locks, Cleaning bathrooms.  Hanging curtains.  All the fear of his new home had drifted away.  When I asked him if he wanted to go back to his old home he said, "No.  I want to stay here with Mom and Dad."  The old home was already fading in his memory. 

It's easy to get sucked into having this upgrade or that type of home on a particular lot.  At the end of the day, that's not the stuff that really matters.  It's who is sharing the space with you that makes a house a home.

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Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker- Licensed in Virginia, GRI, SFR, Northern Virginia Short Sale Specialist. Affiliated with Long & Foster, 7526 Limestone Drive, Gainesville, VA 20155.  To contact Chris Ann, call 703-402-0037 or email chrisann@LNF.com.  Or you can visit her website:  www.nvarealestate.net.

Header photos taken by Chris Ann Cleland.

The opinions expressed in this post are those of Chris Ann Cleland, not those of Long & Foster REALTORS®.

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Is Shadow doing feelies in the air or does Shadow need his toenails clipped? :) My cat Jackson does that, too. Makes a better door than window, right? It's like, hey, lie down and stop blocking my monitor . . . but mommmmm, stop typing and pet me . . .

August 11, 2012 08:16 AM
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Hi Chris Ann - Lovely thought about the things that are really important, and not surprising that it's our little furry friends that draw our attention to it. With a couple of acres, rabbits and ground squirrels and birds to supervise, and tons of things to smell, our dogs much prefer being wherever we are - they know.

 

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Chris Ann, That's so true, but not only for animals.  It helps clients when they are in the middle of a short sale to be reminded of this fact as well.  Thanks for reminding me as well since we are selling our house, too.

August 11, 2012 09:26 AM
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Pat:  After I gained his trust, we got along fine.  His Mom also wanted me to help him understand that he can't go look at any old house when they are out for a walk now.  Had to tell him we were done.  We found the one that he is living in now.

Gretchen:  That's right.  Kids get really wound up about moves, but end up doing just fine.

Leslie:  Same here.  I love my furry family.  Without them and my husband, this house would feel so empty.

Marte:  We get aggravated too...especially with Shadow because he is not graceful like most cats and has a tendency to frighten easily.  If he hears a loud noise, he'll go peeling off the desk leaving all kinds of disaster in his wake.

August 11, 2012 10:46 AM
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Carol Ann:  That's true too.  Their experience is so limited, how would they?

Scott:  That's such a sweet story.  That would've made my day.

Elizabeth:  He's doing feelies.  We call it "making biscuits."  As for trimming his nails, he doesn't mind at all but it's difficult because he wants to chew on the nail clipper handles while you are trying to trim the nails.  If you can keep his head restrained while doing it, he is perfectly happy to let us manipulate him.

Dick:  That's right.  They know who loves them and takes care of them.  

Linda:  I am often refocusing my Short Sale clients on this fact.  It can feel absolutely awful to have no choice about selling.  They aren't ready to leave the house.  But they take the memories that happened in that home everywhere.  That was a concept my Mom had a hard time with when we sold our childhood home.  Because she had so many memories of my Dad, she felt she'd be leaving him behind there when she left.  She soon realized that all those memories will be with her forever.  She isn't about to forget the home she spent over 30 years in.

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