Dear Mom and Dad,
I know you love me more than life itself and I appreciate all you’ve done for me. I am ready to spread my wings and become a first time home buyer. You have equipped me with the requisite knowledge for this journey and I have listened well! I’ve spent countless hours with my Realtor researching prospective houses online and visited many, many homes. I have found a house I could call home and want you to see it. I know it’s not perfect. Your first home wasn’t either. I know that some rooms could use a coat of paint. I’ll invite you over to help! I appreciate that the laundry room could use another outlet but I recall Mom ironing in the kitchen of our first home. The home inspection will detect any major defects that would preclude the sale and I trust that process. Please don’t compare my first home to your beautiful house that has taken you years to complete. You see Mom and Dad; I simply want you to see the potential in this first house that I see. It’s a house I’ve decided to make into my first home. I want you to be as proud of me as I am to call it mine. Please be happy for me.
Your First time home buying child
William D. Tammeus once said, “You don't really understand human nature unless you know why a child on a merry-go-round will wave at his parents every time around — and why his parents will always wave back.”
The eternal bond between and parent and a child is everlasting.
I’ve observed many transactions where parents were invited by their child to view the home that they LOVE only to be derailed by those same well-intentioned parents.
Parents, I'm going to share what I wish you knew, before your child invited you to the house they LOVE. How do I know this? Your child has told me!
I appreciate the parental obligations you feel to share advice. After all, you have a lifetime of experience. Your child however, often simply wants your endorsement. This first home isn’t a home you would currently live in but it’s probably similar to your own first home. It’s probably not perfect. Chances are, neither was yours.
The privilege of working with your child comes with terrific responsibility and I don't take that lightly. I have your child’s best interest at center of my heart. I will never pressure them into buying any home. I will be an advocate for them throughout the transaction, supporting and guiding them in important decisions. I will never allow them purchase a home I could not resell. I will always honor their budget and will not pressure them to exceed it.
This is my promise to you. I’ve already made the same one to them.
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