Recently I was out showing homes to a young family. The perfect Canadian family. Good couple, 2 young kids and one on the way. They seemed happy just to be together. Then the statement came. Don't be stupid. Husband to wife in front of the kids. Being a licensed REALTOR in Red Deer means being a lot of things. It means being a friend, advisor and sometimes a father figure. If you know me you know I did not let that fly. My comment may have cost me a client but hopefully he will think twice about calling the mother of his kids 'stupid' again. After all it was her 'stupidity' why she was still with him.
That situation made me think about my life and how that mentality creeps into our own worlds. My wife Kelly and I have a blended family of 6 kids and 4 grandkids. The one thing I learned a long time ago was more is caught than taught. Kids are monkeys and monkey see monkey do. If they see you spending money on things you cannot afford then they will do the same, if they see you mistreating each other expect it back. If you take belittling from Dad well that must be the way to talk to Mom. Dads - be a man, treat her with love and respect. Moms be a lady - demand and deserve his love and respect. Once that respect is gone so is the relationship. There is a better person waiting out there for you.
How does this tie into real estate? I meet young families all the time. The ones that make it live in happy homes. I am proud to be their realtor, their advisor and their father. The ones that don't is very evident. Buying a home is still the best financial investment you can make, kind words is the best emotional investment you can make.
If you are thinking of buying a home in Red Deer or Central Alberta let me know. I can help. I will point you in the right direction.
Make smart life decisions.
Thanks for reading
Ken Devoe REALTOR in Red Deer AB