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My job is helping my clients buy, sell, and rent real estate. It’s fairly simple and fairly complex – a mixture of transactions and emotions that I work very hard to navigate through to bring about the best possible result for my clients. After all, some people have remarked that real estate is a commodity and how hard could it be.

This week I’m reminded of the depth of just how hard it can be and how houses are homes, and lives and memories resound within those walls. I am putting my grandmother’s house up for sale. She’s not my biological grandmother as she passed away more than two decades ago, but the woman who became my grandfather’s companion for the better part of my teens and all my adult life and has treated me as her grandson.

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                                                                            By Norman Rockwell

I’ve walked around her home thinking about staging – a polite term for removing clutter, and I am painfully aware that each table decoration, each photograph, has meaning. There are yellowing photographs of me on the refrigerator and photographs of other family members on the walls, mantel, and bedside tables. I’ve known this home most of my life and I could navigate it with my eyes closed. Yet, by the nature of my job I have to see it also as a house and prepare it for sale and then market it to prospective buyers.

I’ll do my job, and I’ll do it well, but it’s a milestone in my life. My grandmother will move to a smaller home that will be easier to care for – that’s a positive. A new family will buy her home and create new memories – that’s a positive. Somewhere in between will be an emotional vacuum as two families go through milestone transitions.

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                                                                            By Norman Rockwell

With all this coursing through my head and heart, I am reminded that I am one month out from my own milestone. I’m getting married September 27th. Two lives colliding and forming a new family. My grandmother will be there.

It’s a pretty cool thing I do – being a realtor, becoming a husband, and having my family around me.

From Your “Running Realtor” Andrew Gonzales…

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Andrew Gonzales

As a lifelong resident of Ocean County, New Jersey, Andrew Gonzales brings exceptional insight into local market trends, and full knowledge of ordinances, insurance requirements, and FEMA standards. A....

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