The Ache For Home

“The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.”

– Maya Angelou

Having trouble finding your happy place? It’s not easy in today’s market. The inventory of homes available is low, making it even more challenging to compete once you find the home you want. And, finding the right home is the easy part (though it’s not that easy). It’s what comes next that gets complicated. First, you make an offer (sounds easy, but FYI, an offer is a 10-page contract). You may be competing against other buyers. If the seller accepts your offer, there’s so much more to do. You’ve got to get your loan approved by submitting paperwork and financial records to your lender. Hire a home inspector and other professionals like a WDO (wood-destroying organism) inspector. Deliver your deposit on time based on a date you agreed upon in your offer. Review your home inspection results. Make more decisions: possibly negotiate needed repairs, or request a repair credit, or renegotiate your offer price based on your inspection findings . . . all within contractual deadlines. And these are only a few of the spinning plates you have to balance.

There are 185 tasks on my to-do checklist that I use to help you during the process of selling and/or buying your home. Seriously, Dee? Yes. It’s that complex and sometimes very complicated. Though somehow, I manage to run smooth transactions and make it look easier than it really is (thanks to my checklist). And I’m proud of myself for that. It takes knowledge, organization, excellent communication and negotiating skills, and an unwavering attention to details to successfully care for people’s “ache for home” (oh yeah, and the ability to balance about 185 spinning plates at once!).

My goal is, after all, to help you find that “safe place” where you can go as you are and not be questioned — your home.

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