Numbers Never Tell A Story Specially After Someone Died

Dated: June 11 2016

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Life transitions and real estate go hand in hand and that is what has driven me as a real estate consultant for the past 8+ years. From the excitement of the first-time home buyer, the mixed emotions of the empty nesters and the soon-to-be-divorced couple to the sadness of the family morning the loss of a loved one, I have had the privilege to be involved in all of those. 


One of my recent listings involved the sale of a family estate, a charming home in Crestview near Burnet Road and Anderson Lane.  "Mother" has lived in the property for 65+ years and her oldest daughter was now in charge of getting the home ready for the sale. Having been through the sale of my family's estate in Buenos Aires, Argentina 33 years after my father died, I know first-hand how difficult it could be to let go of the home and the items in it. The responsibility of how to handle the sale and the disbursement of the items in it can be overwhelming for a lot of people. My client, chosen by her mother to take care of the estate after her passing, had to clear the property so that prospective buyers could get a more accurate picture of the home. I witnessed how she and her adult son disassembled an above-ground pool and its wrap around deck, a large storage unit and a chicken coop in the backyard. They threw away, donated and stored items in a matter of days. She and her son did an incredible job and I feel privileged to have witnessed one more time how resilient human beings are. 


I find that it is very important to allow my clients to go through the process of clearing and cleaning as part of mourning the loss of a loved one even when that process gets in the way of a "fast" sale.  Numbers never tell a story and many times it is needed to take an "overpriced" listing so that families  have time to go through the process of "letting go" of the family estate including the expectation that a property will sell for a much higher price than the one suggested by the listing agent. 

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Marcela Alfonsin

Born and raised in Argentina, Marcela is calling Austin "home" since 2004. She is versatile and multifaceted - being fully bilingual (English-Spanish) and possessing extensive experience with national....

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