Guilderland, NY – I recently had someone say to me, “Your job must be so fun, you always get to go in nice houses, and see how people decorate.” Although I have heard many comments like this, it affected me this time because I had just left a home of a divorcing couple. This husband/wife, mother/father, had me over to look at their home. Family pictures hung on the walls, 3 kids faces smiled in frames from this years school photos, however, the familiar tension, stress, sadness and uncertainty was in the air. This couple wanted my professional opinion of their home’s market value and common decisions needed to be made:
- Do we sell and both move?
- What about the kids/school/friends?
- Should one of us stay and buy the other one out?
- If I stay can I afford it?
I am not sure what they are going to do yet. They have each called me a couple times with questions. Each one has tried to vent a bit to me about the other. This too is common. My 14 years experience in real estate and graduate studies as a counselor help me to keep the situation professional, and allows me to help my clients keep a level head in an emotional territory. One of the most difficult aspects of working with a divorcing couple are the feelings associated with the divorce itself.
If the decision is made to sell, I will guide these clients, as I have many others who were separating, with all efforts to minimize their stress. Obviously it will be there, but my job is to keep it at a minimum, while providing options to help them problem-solve rather than getting hung up on emotions. My job will be to maximize their equity in as timely a manner as possible. Of course this is always my job, but when divorce is the motivation to sell, it is a unique stressor to the sellers.
So, if I honestly responded to this person at that moment, my answer would have been no, my job is not always fun. It is not like that at all, especially today. Certainly there are very happy times in real estate, but this was not one of them, and never will be.
I have been through this myself. I can empathize on a personal level. If you are going through the unfortunate life event of a divorce and would like to talk to me about possibly selling your home, I am happy to provide you some answers and options.
3425 East Lydius St., Guilderland, NY
$342,900 – 5 BR (1 On 1st Floor) • 3 Full Bath • 3077 sqft.
Meticulously Maintained Guilderland Colonial! Spacious Eat-In Kitchen Offers Granite Countertops, Plentiful Cabinets, Some Newer Appliances. The DR, LR & FR Feature Hardwoods, FR with Built Ins & Gas FP! 5 BRs (3 With Hardwoods) & 3 Full Baths! Awesome Opp. For 1 Floor Living with a BR, Full Bath & Laundry on 1st Floor! You will be Wowed by the 4 Season Rm with Gas Stove and Panoramic Views of the Forever Wild Backyard. Front & Back Decks! Newer Roof, Furnace, AC, H2O Heater, Comfort Windows!
Kellie has consistently been an award-winning producer in her field. She has a vast knowledge of Guilderland and the market. Kellie’s network of local resources and professionals will help ensure a smooth and worry-free transaction for you and your family.
Kellie is a proud gradute of Siena College and a life long resident of the Capital District. She and her family live in Guilderland. She has two children in the Guilderland School District and is actively involved in many community organizations. To help give back, Kellie will be donating $100 from every closing in 2018 to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Together we can help defeat childhood cancer.