Life Gets In the Way of Real Estate

You’ve finally made the decision to buy. After years of painstaking toil, saving, and reverie, you’re taking the plunge. The kids are growing up and summers in the city aren’t cutting the mustard—you want more for them and yourself.

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Researching great spots for a vacation home, you decide why not hike back to the Catskills. After all, your own childhood brought you there and fond memories have always come to mind when Sullivan County popped up in a conversation.

Shellie decides she wants to be near the Delaware River Corridor and remembers the “River Towns” she visited with her sister several years ago. Callicoon seemed a lovely town with just enough activity to please. Honesdale, PA was ½ hour away and that also seemed a good shopping bet.

So I get a call from Steve explaining the plan. He and Shellie were coming up and wanted to tour a few properties along the River. I made the arrangements, we scheduled the date, and everything was set for this coming Saturday.

A call comes in on Friday evening. Steve says: “Hey John, my brother flew in from Brazil unexpectedly to surprise my Mom and Dad with a special anniversary dinner. I can’t miss this”. Sorry, I’ll call you to set up another showing date.”

And… life goes on because lots of events intervene between the idea of buying or selling real estate and the actual realization of that aim. Births, funerals, birthday parties, baptisms, Bar Mitzvahs, weddings, concerts, your mother-in-law and more prevent a concerted effort to find new surroundings.

Although a pressing or momentous decision, like a job relocation, change of career, or divorce may force a more focused approach to buying or selling property, a more leisurely approach is the norm—especially when the purchase of a vacation home is on the agenda.

Fits and starts are part of the real estate business. We like to bob and weave with our client’s lives. The ability to adjust schedules and truly serve our client’s best interest always is our main focus. Give us an opportunity to be part of your lives so just the right place, at the right time, at the right price arrives.

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Excuse me, I have to go load the kayak and raft—Regina called – traffic accident on the George Washington Bridge and no way can she get up here for 2:00 pm showing today. I’m going down to Skinners Falls with Ma and the dog.