You Gotta Move On
I have attachment issues – to animals. There. I said it. If you are like me, you love animals so much that you even get attached to “celebrity” animals you’ve never even met. Social media is full of pages dedicated to all kinds of animals. Dog pages, bunny groups, Cats of Instagram, a famous raccoon. You name it, they have it. It is so much more enjoyable to follow and read about animals than anything else being reported in the media right now. The only problem is when they get sick, or don’t work out with other pets and have to go back to the shelter, or the ones that have been in shelters for most of their life, and you know, when the inevitable happens.
You may wonder how this relates to real estate. Well, if you own a home, remember when you bought your first place? Maybe you started dating your spouse while living there and have wonderful memories. Or perhaps the home your children grew up in. There are even still families that have had the same house for generations and the children all go back to visit or maybe move back in once parents are unable to care for it.
I have had clients who have told me they want to sell their home so we discuss everything that needs to be done to get it sold. We get professional photos, it goes on the market, we get a great offer and all of a sudden, the Seller seems to start being unreasonable about the negotiations. They don’t want to budge on anything and they begin to be difficult to the point that the Buyer is getting close to walking away from the deal. That’s when I sit them down again and discuss their objectives. Inevitably, there is a reason they are being stubborn and it comes down to the memories. They are still thinking of it as their home but when you go to sell, it needs to turn into your house. You gotta move on. Hold those memories close but begin to detach yourself from the building. You will make many more wonderful memories in your lifetime. You may have many houses and your home will always be where you make it.
So, like the turtle we just released back into the wild, or my precious pup we said goodbye to just a short time ago, no one can take away our story – our memories. The house you are selling is going to be loved by someone that is likely in a very similar position as when you bought it and they are excited. Be excited for them. They will write a new chapter. The circle of life of a house is just that. You gave it life and filled it with laughter, sweat, and probably some tears. Now you gotta move on.
Michelle Froedge is a residential Realtor and Principal Broker in the Greater Nashville and Williamson County areas of Tennessee. “Mom” to four-legged fur baby, Tyler, Auntie to Zelamie, she is a vegetarian and sings in her spare time. Michelle has lived in Nashville and Franklin since 1997 and has been selling homes since 2004.