Over the years, my family and I have moved… a lot! As someone who has worked for newspapers all their life, the rule of thumb was if you wanted to move up, you had to move on.
Since my husband and I were married 20 years ago we have occupied a total of nine homes in six states. Each time we entered a new community one of the first people we got to know was a Realtor.
Realtors were the first to get to know us and our family. They took time to drive us around and help us get to know the area. Not only did they offer advice on schools and neighborhoods but they also helped us find places to shop, the best food in town, where to see live music and what to do on the weekends.
Buying or renting a new home in a new state, often times hundreds of miles from our where we had lived, can be extremely stressful. Being together as a family has always been a priority, so when we move, we all move at one time, normally within two to three weeks of accepting a new position. This is intense, nerve-racking and not exactly great fun. It doesn’t seem to get easier the more times you do it, and there is always a surprise or two along the way.
The person we have learned we can lean on time and time again has been our Realtor. They have walked us through negotiations, home inspections and finding contractors; but most importantly, they find solutions to the inevitable obstacles all home sellers and buyers encounter along the way.
There were many times a Realtor went above and beyond to assist my family and I, but one memory stands out in particular. This was in 2012, when we moved from South Dakota to Southern Illinois.
My husband and I had been driving back and forth (many, many times) between South Dakota and Southern Illinois to handle the sale of our old house and move our belongings the 1,069 miles to our new home. On the last trip back to South Dakota, we needed to drive our Can AM Spyder down to Southern Illinois.
As we pulled into our driveway in South Dakota, we realized we left the keys to the Spyder in my husband’s car in Illinois! Who do you call for help when you know nobody in your brand-new town? Well, we called our new friend, our Realtor!
We were able to make arrangements to overnight the keys for my husband’s car back to her, so she could get the keys for the Spyder. She then overnighted the keys back to us. She was amazingly helpful, went above and beyond and saved us time and money.
Many times, when we moved into a new town, we wanted to rent first. Even though the potential to sell a home to us is not immediate, the Realtors who worked with us were always willing to help us get settled, sale or not. We still have connections to most of these wonderful professionals and could call on them now for advice or assistance if we needed to.
Now, we are settling into our new home, in one of the most beautiful places we have ever lived. We are renting this time and not only did a local Realtor find us a few weeks of temporary housing in the most charming home, she also made it so easy to move into our current home in record time.
Moving is always going to be a chore, whether its across town or across the county… but thankfully, there are hardworking and caring Realtors to help you navigate the twists and turns along the way.
Kim Fowler is publisher of the Curry Coastal Pilot.