An Open Letter to Realtors and Homebuyers

Posted by: Nikki Buckelew

An Open Letter to Realtors and Homebuyers

To Whom it May Concern:

If you're a real estate agent interested in listing our house or someone who may eventually buy it, you should know something:

I still love this house. I loved it when we first moved in so many decades ago and nothing's changed.

I remember that hot June day when the small modest house first became our home. It was 1968, my wife and I had both graduated from college a few years previous, and we both embraced the American dream of home ownership.

Of course, our parents helped out a bit, and we were able to buy the kind of home that would be ours for years, complete with extra bedrooms upstairs for the day that we'd choose to expand into a family.

We spent that first summer in our new home laughing and drinking wine on the living room floor as the record player (yes, we used records) shouted out one Beatles song after another, with some Doors and Janis Joplin thrown in for good measure. It's nearly impossible for me to walk into that room without hearing those sounds and visualizing my wife lounging in a bean bag in her tattered jeans.

Then the '70's rolled in and by the middle of that decade, we'd welcomed the first of our three children to the house. In our backyard is an old oak tree that still bears the scars of serving as a playground for the children.

If you buy or list our house, you should know that the nails in the tree came from a treehouse we built in 1979, and the scars on the largest branch serve as a reminder of the thousands of rope strokes that made our tree swing (made of an old tire) the centerpiece of a play area for the neighborhood kids.

If you buy or list our house, you should know that the dining room bears the air of a center of higher education. Our children were all lovingly tutored there, from the day they entered kindergarten until the end of college. That dining room means a lot to me.

I still love this old house, especially now that my wife and I are well into retirement. But it's time for us to go, transition into a smaller home, and begin the next phase of our lives. But oh, how I love this house.

If you are the person who buys our house, I guess I feel I needed to tell you these things because this home is so much more than just a house to us: it's been the centerpiece of our entire lives, a loving nurturing place where the memories will always live.

If you're the real estate agent who helps sell our home, or the lucky family that buys it, I wanted you to understand why we may be a bit morose at times and even somewhat cranky at the thought of leaving it. I hope you'll honor and cherish our memories as much as we do.

We're ready to move on, but we ask that you please love our home as we do. In return we promise to leave it with a blessing and a prayer that you and your family will enjoy many years of love, laughter, and friendships here too.


The Morris Family

P.S. We know you will probably paint and change out the floors and we would expect that. If you can though, leave that tree in the backyard. There is something special about. And if you ever need help raking the leaves, just call and I'll be happy to help even if all I can do is hold the bag.



Nikki Buckelew is the Founder and CEO of the Seniors Real Estate Institute and administrator for the Certified Senior Housing Professional® (CSHP) designation. A veteran REALTOR® of over two decades, she holds a bachelor’s degree in gerontology and a master’s degree in counseling psychology. As a professional speaker, coach, and trainer, Nikki is committed to empowering, equipping, and educating real estate sales and senior housing professionals seeking to better serve the mature market segment. 

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