I am the keeper of schedules. Of lists, key dates, and appointments.
I am the keeper of home and pool inspections, appraisals, contingency releases, of sewer lateral videos. I am the gatherer of written reports, building permits, HOA docs, solar energy transfer paperwork, offers, counter offers, addendums, and disclosures. I am the purchaser of yard signs, filler of brochure boxes, designer of property flyers, producer of postcards and open house advertising, tireless networker, and creator of Instagram™ posts. I am the opener of escrows, the maker of house keys and protector of alarm codes. I am the arranger of move-outs, move-ins, rent backs, and notary signings.
I am the keeper of information. Of conversation logs, emails, and texts, voicemails, receipts, invoices, title reports, roof reports, bank statements, living trusts, power of attorney, and home warranty orders.
I am the wiper of fingerprints, the toucher-upper of paint, the polisher of refrigerators, and the detailer of details.
I am the keeper of time whether or not the gas tank is filled, MLS dues are paid, or lock boxes are removed. I am the installer of smoke detectors and the tracker of mileage. I am the collector of continuing education units. I am the wiper of fingerprints, the toucher-upper of paint, the polisher of refrigerators, and the detailer of details.
I am the keeper of solutions. Of leaky water heaters, low appraisals, critter nests in chimneys, wood rot, pet odors, mold discovery, missing shingles, big dogs, homeowner’s insurance claims, baby nap times, and day sleepers. But, also of emotional balms and metaphorical security blankets.
I am the keeper of preferences and aversions. Of likes and dislikes. I am the remember-er of criteria. Of the “must-haves” the “just-wants” or the “it would be nice-s.”
I am the keeper of reminders for common courtesy, to not let the cat out, to not let the cat in, to not sit on the bed because the cat is under the comforter, to lock up tight, to turn out the lights, and to leave a business card behind when showing.
I am the keeper of advantages and disadvantages and buyer memories of what paint color was in the upstairs bathroom eight houses ago
I am the keeper of advantages and disadvantages and buyer memories of what paint color was in the upstairs bathroom eight houses ago. I am a keeper of current market movements and values. I am the arranger of showings, home staging, professional photography, and property videos. I am the opener of doors, the taker of copious notes, the protector from litigation, the advisor for personal safety, the composer of repair requests, the analyzer of comparable sales, and the finder of window cleaning and carpet estimates. I am the marketer, the merchandiser, the financial counselor, the questioner, the listener, the communicator, the negotiator, the follower and the leader. I am the organizer and facilitator. I am the expediter, the risk-manager, and the problem solver.
I am the keeper of emotional security. The repository of comfort, the navigator of bad moods, the bearer of bummer news, the teacher of the less experienced, the ear for sad days, the rejoicer for the triumphant, a calm for the anxious, the holder of hands, and the soother of fears.
I am the keeper of the peace. The mediator of fights, the tip-toer through death or sickness or loss, the navigator of divorce, the arbiter of disputes, the facilitator of language, the interpreter of intention, and I am the handler of differing personalities.
I am the keeper of worry. Theirs and my own.
I am the keeper of the good and the bad, the smooth and the scratchy, the beautiful and the hard. Most of the time, the weight of these things I find effortless to carry.
But sometimes the magnitude and urgency of these things bind me up until I am fighting for a moment to indulge time for myself to grab a bite, to daydream, to hit the restroom, to stop strategizing, to read a book, or wash my hair.
Most of these things I keep are invisible, intangible, they go unnoticed and unacknowledged until they are missed. They often are not peer appreciated and only observed by few. And frequently they are taken for granted.
This is a most meaningful job for me, a close second to parenting. But being the Keeper is usually exhausting.
So to all of you who are Keepers, I see you.
I know the weight, burden, and liability of the things you keep.
I know the invisible work you do, which doesn’t come with guaranteed pay, nor pension or health benefits, no sick leave or overtime compensation. Few are the unencumbered weekends and rare are the peaceful evenings. Those dreadful quarterly IRS tax payments can strangle. No holidays or vacations uninterrupted, but all of this is exactly what makes the world go round for our clients.
I am the keeper of this license number 01308896 because I am the keeper of real estate laws. I am the keeper of an intensely challenging and rewarding purpose, numerous clients-turned-dear-friends, and countless opportunities to have served others well in what is likely the largest transaction of life.
Because these things I keep are constantly flickering in the back of my brain, waiting to be forgotten, they scatter my thoughts and wake me often. Therefore, I am the keeper of a grateful heart, infinite blessings and French roast. Most of all I am the keeper of my faith in Jesus.