Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker! (Fathom Realty Washington LLC)

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Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

when they move? nah, home is where the heart is.  When their house floods, burns, etc.... it breaks my heart to see people lose sentimental possessions that can't be replaced. 

Sep 06, 2017 09:07 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Change is hard, but as Neitzsche said, what does not kill us makes us stronger.

Sep 06, 2017 08:41 PM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

   It's hard on senior citizens, when they downsize, or move in with family members.  

Sep 06, 2017 08:36 PM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

Sadly to survive in this business, you do have to separate yourself from many emotions. Of course you can care, but can not dwell. I like to focus n the positives such as the new dream home they will start to make new memories in

Sep 07, 2017 05:49 AM
Nathan Gesner
American West Realty and Management - Cody, WY
Broker / Property Manager

I can't imagine losing everything but I do fantasize about it!

Sep 07, 2017 05:03 AM
Brenda Mayette
Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc. - Glenville, NY
Getting results w/ knowledge & know-how!

I try to focus on the excitement of their new chapter.  A nice closing gift for those in this situation has been a book w/ all of their listing pictures as a keepsake of their "forever house". 

Sep 07, 2017 04:40 AM
Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

It is sad but life comes in chapters and its also very hard to turn that page on the next(last) chapter of life.

Sep 07, 2017 04:26 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Having moved many, many times myself, I'm not all that "attached" to property. My memories go with me as do my personal things that mean a lot to me. I've learned that I can make a home anywhere.

Sep 07, 2017 04:21 AM
Jim Cheney
Saint Francis Property Santa Rosa, CA - Santa Rosa, CA
Rincon Valley Realtor 707.494.1055

No but I'm not sentimental.  I wonder, how could you have lived here so long? 

Sep 06, 2017 09:55 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Yes, it is - it breaks my heart to see people who have lost everything in a natural disaster (especially items of sentimental value). I cannot even begin to fathom what they're going through right now.

For the elderly who have had to move to downsize or to a retirement facility, I would hope that they have taken care of giving those sentimental items to other family members and friends.

Sep 06, 2017 09:47 PM
Allie Angeloni
Long Realty - Oro Valley, AZ

Fortunately, most of the clients we have worked with, have totally cleaned out (or had it done by an Estate Sale Company or family) their home, so no items of any kind are left for us to dispose of Paul S. Henderson, CRS, REALTOR®,.  If I have seen anything, it was just trash (and easy for us to toss), and nothing in the Memory Category . . .   I will read replies below.

Sep 06, 2017 09:33 PM
Melissa Jackson REALTOR
Trinity Premier Properties - Azle, TX
Helping You Make The Right Move

We spent a few years in Rockport, Tx Yes, I feel so sad for friends and families that have lost everything.  Could you imagine? 

Sep 06, 2017 08:18 PM
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

Things can be replaced. People can't. But there comes a time when everyone has to downsize. 

Sep 07, 2017 03:58 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I watched Ron's mother do it, and she was amazing at getting rid of stuff.  Like Nina Hollander she took a few things that meant a lot to her.  When she moved to Denver where the rest of the family had relocated to, my sister in law and her daughter decorated her 2 bedroom penthouse apartment to look like here home in Brentwood.  She was so delighted and comfortable as a result.  A

Sep 07, 2017 03:56 PM
shirley cicero
Continental West Realty - Livermore, CO
Northern Colorado Mountain Homes and Vacant Land

Sometimes. It depends on the situation of why they are selling. One of clients had a family owned cabin since the 70's. It was sad to see they had to sell. As a closing gift I gave them a mousepad with a pic of their cabin on it and had the family name printed at the bottom. They actually cried when they saw it.

Sep 07, 2017 09:17 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

NO..... it's sticks and bricks and they made the decision to move....and they are also receiving a chunk of change..... I feel badly when there is devastation....

Sep 07, 2017 08:10 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

No, that never bothered me.  Even when I moved and thought I would miss a home, it was never as I thought.  It was just moving on to another chapter in life.   I was deeply affected when a good friend lost her home to wildfire and all her sentimental family possessions were lost.  She was frantically reaching out to people who might have pictures of her children as they grew up.  

Sep 07, 2017 07:17 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
CEO of Vision Drive Realty - Coastal San Diego

No, I get more attached to people in my business than houses; houses are just products in my business I build my career with. I'm empathetic to the sellers though, I understand their challenge leaving those memories, for I feel for their pain. In my personal life, I'm sentimental about the homes I've lived in so I can understand their emotions, but never sentimental about my rentals or other peoples' homes. 

Sep 07, 2017 06:45 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I am not over sentimental but if you ask my wife...

Sep 07, 2017 06:40 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Estate Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

It was at first.  These days I stand in a moment of silence and look around and ponder.  I allow myself to process the magnitude of it all and move forward with what needs to be done.

Sep 07, 2017 06:26 AM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

Yes but most of the time it's for the better. In older folks, they really should have done it years before. Get out before the property declines.

Sep 07, 2017 06:22 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Paul - Are you talking about leaving when selling or under different circumstances(natural disaster, foreclosure)?   Under the first, each situation would likely be based on the individual.  In the second, I imagine the feelings could be even more overwhelming.   

Sep 07, 2017 05:59 AM
Dave Halpern
Dave Halpern Real Estate Agent, Inc., Louisville, KY (502) 664-7827 - Louisville, KY
Louisville Short Sale Expert

Take 3D pictures of your home. Backup to the cloud.

Sep 07, 2017 05:07 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

It is hard when the place they are going to is by necessity and not choice.

My experience has been those leaving are seeing a new chapter, a new era in their life opening up and they are energized to write this chapter of their legacy in an inspiring manner. 

It is my job as their guide to keep them focused on their transformation and new reality and loosen their grip on what no longer exists. Most often all that is needed is to listen while they listen to themselves process in their words their new reality.

Sep 07, 2017 05:02 AM
Peter Testa
Nationwide Homes - Danbury, CT

When I know the family & someone's passed, yes, it is sad walking through the empty house. 

Sep 07, 2017 04:53 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

So sad


Sep 07, 2017 04:26 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

It is difficult for many home sellers and we are in the position to offer good advice.

Sep 07, 2017 03:59 AM
Wayne Zuhl
Remax First Realty II - Cranford, NJ
The Last Name You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

No, because I'm helping them build new memories.

Sep 07, 2017 03:46 AM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

Yes. Too many people don't think to take precautions and plan for disasters. Hopefully lots of people have put their old family photos in some type of cloud storage.

Sep 07, 2017 03:32 AM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR

No sir, it does make me wonder sometimes

Sep 07, 2017 03:03 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Actually I find that many are taking their memories with them. Yes, they had memories in the home but they move on. I think when they have lived there for a long time that it;s much more difficult.

Sep 06, 2017 11:53 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Paul S. Henderson, CRS, REALTOR®, - well, it always happens and we have to see that - being in the REAL business.

Sep 06, 2017 10:36 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Sometimes moving helps some move on after life altering events.

Sep 10, 2017 04:05 PM
Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Not at all, unless it was a home lost to a foreclosure

Sep 09, 2017 03:37 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

It is difficult.

Sep 09, 2017 03:59 AM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

I have a little speech I give. It has to do with their many memories are not being left, they are going with them where new memories will be made. Nobody can take them away from them.

Sep 07, 2017 06:47 PM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Nope.  Never enters my thought train.

Sep 07, 2017 02:14 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Lucky I do not get that close to them.


Sep 07, 2017 01:59 PM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Sometimes, it is sad.

Sep 07, 2017 08:42 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Its actually a glimpse of reality i.e. eventually all gets left behind

Sep 07, 2017 07:31 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Paul S. Henderson, CRS, REALTOR®, The nice thing about memories is you can take them with you.

Sep 07, 2017 06:20 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I always remember a foreclosure I sold where the owner left a template for where the tuplips would come up.

Sep 07, 2017 05:36 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Nope, done it many times myself!

Sep 07, 2017 04:51 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Praful Thakkar nailed this one!

Sep 07, 2017 03:42 AM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

No, I've had to empty several parents homes

Sep 07, 2017 02:51 AM