Oh, the euphoria I felt! And that feeling of accomplishment and pride!
In the early days of my real estate career, each settlement was great cause for celebration, not just on behalf of my clients, and not just because it was payday, often after many months of work. There was a sense of having helped, having sacrificed time and sanity for a good cause, and having successfully maneuvered the cliffs and hurdles that presented themselves over the course of the transaction. Most of the time, the parties were happy and cheerful when they walked away from the settlement table.
Now, ten years later, they're still happy most of the time. The technicalities are more routine now, and many of the last minute issues have repeated themselves over and over again. There's less tension, and it's a lot easier.
But I've seen pain, tears and anger at closings as well. Residential real estate transaction are rarely just about business.
And more and more, I feel a bittersweet component. Sometimes, I've grown close to the clients and feel I will miss their daily emails or phone calls. Sometimes, I've fallen in love with the house and feel I will miss its beauty and all the little quirks and secrets I discovered while "taking care" of it.
The hundred-st kiss is never quite like the first, right? This doesn't mean it's bad -- just different. A little more familiar, and a little more in the knowledge that time doesn't stand still.
© 2012, Catarina Bannier