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April 30th, 2011
There’s been a lot of hoopla surrounding the Royal Wedding this week, and the real estate community has joined in on the fun. Throughout the week, I received numerous emails and blog posts from colleagues around the globe who have creatively integrated the royal wedding into their businesses. Many have shared their childhood dreams of growing up to be a Princess (surprisingly, no one expressed dreams of becoming a Prince…I blame Disney for that!) or their adult dreams of working as the Royal Family’s Realtor!
One of my favorites was entitled “Will and Kate – Above the Clouds”
The author asked the question? “If Will and Kate ventured across the pond to buy a home, what might be the perfect match for them?”
The answer? Her listing of course, “Above the Clouds is an 18,000 square foot, 15 acre property located in Stowe, Vermont offering quiet elegance and local craftsmanship…and ample room for Kate’s hats, Will’s Ducati bike, new heirs and the Royal Protection Squad.” And according to the author, “The approximately £8.82 million price ($16 million) would hardly put a dent in the royal coffers.” I thought it was very clever…and since I don’t think that Will and Kate will actually venture across the pond, Above the Clouds is still available…give me a call if you’d like to purchase your very own castle!!! I’d love to help you 🙂
One of my least favorites expressed how stressful it would be to actually represent a Prince and Princess in a real estate transaction. How stressful it would be to try to find a suitable home, in a neighborhood that would meet their needs. The pressure to find the best inspectors and the best lenders (which the majority of Princes and Princesses probably wouldn’t even require), to cross every “t” and dot every “i” in the contract, disclosures and other paperwork…to make sure that everything went smoothly.
My response: WHAT?!? Isn’t that what Realtors are supposed to do for EACH OF THEIR CLIENTS…ALL OF THE TIME? Isn’t that what “fiduciary duty,” means? Isn’t that what we owe our clients? Our absolute best. Isn’t that why we take so many continuing education classes and network with other professionals? Isn’t that why we got into this business in the first place? To help people with one of the biggest purchases of a lifetime…to help make their fairy tale dreams come true! I can honestly say that I give each of my clients my very best…whether they’re purchasing (or selling) a castle or a condo, I treat them like Princes and Princesses! So I guess I can safely market myself as the Realtor who represents Princes and Princesses!
And on that note…drum roll please…I wanted to let you know that I’m working with a REAL, LIVE Princess right now! One of the fairest in the land!!! My oldest daughter is buying her first home…and I’m fortunate enough to be working with her and her future Prince! Their royal wedding will be taking place in September…stay tuned!