Milestones Make Market Move

Carole Smith

“It must be so tough to be in real estate right now.” “No one is moving. You must be struggling.” If we had a dollar for every time we hear these comments, we’d have heftier wallets! Yes, the market has shifted and inventory remains stubbornly low but life changing events keep the real estate business circulating even when other economic conditions slow the market’s growth. Several milestone events require people to move  including family-size growing, empty-nesting, or professional relocation.

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) compiled these clear stats highlighting impactful shifts that may require households to buy or sell a home, or both! 

These seminal moments recently referred to by Compass’ President, Robert Reffkin as the "5 D's" - Diapers, Diplomas, Diamonds, Divorce, and Death are driving factors for the housing market at any stage. During these pivotal moments, a real estate professional can provide invaluable assistance, offering guidance and support.

We personally have represented South Florida families whose transactions have spanned each of the “5 Ds” and they each require a nuanced approach often bolstered by knowledgeable resources who we recommend or leverage to ensure a positive outcome.

When purchasing a home, a skilled agent can help navigate challenges such as higher home prices and mortgage rates. Their expertise in the local housing market saves time and stress, ensuring suitable options are presented based on specific needs, budget, and preferences.

When selling a house due to retirement, separation, or divorce, an agent's expertise shines through accurate market value assessment, strategic marketing plans, and negotiation skills. This ensures a fair price for the property, allowing individuals to move forward confidently. Our team specifically has been trained as Real Estate divorce specialist and we understand the complexities of these transactions.

No matter the situation, leaning on a trusted professional during real estate transitions is crucial. If life-changing events prompt the need to move, connecting with a local real estate agent can provide the necessary support and guidance.


Carole and Cristina believe that our homes are an important part of our lives, giving us shelter, security, and a means of self-expression. Separate from the constraints of necessity, many homes are a microcosm for the things we hold most dear — family, memories, relaxation and sense of belonging.

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