The top ten things this dirt lawyer is thankful for professionally…
As a happy United Methodist (by virtue of my marriage 42 years ago to a P.K.* who refused to be baptized again at a Baptist church) I believe an attitude of thankfulness makes life better.
So, from a real estate standpoint, here are the top ten things for which I’ll give thanks this Thursday:
- We live and work in a state where closing real estate transactions is the practice of law and where, by hard work and vigilance, we are in a position to protect the interests of our clients.
- We help our consumer clients achieve one of their biggest dreams, home ownership.
- We help our commercial clients purchase, lease, finance and refinance properties. These activities allow our clients to make money and allow our communities to thrive.
- We don’t ignore title problems. We find them, discuss them, cure them, obtain insurance over them, and, hopefully, make them better for the property owner and lender, and for the next lawyer.
- If things go well, everyone involved in the closing is “happy”.
- We generally, as a community of real estate lawyers, seek to get along with each other. (Don’t make me point out exceptions to this rule!) Older lawyers mentor younger lawyers. Lawyers ask each other for guidance and, generally, that guidance is given with a smile. We train lawyers and paralegals, we serve on committees, we speak at seminars, write papers and books, participate in the Bar’s and the law schools’ mentorship programs and handle pro bono matters. As lawyers, we try to be good citizens.
- Those of us who weathered the financial downturn that began in 2007 encourage those of us who have not that there is life on the other side. If we suffer from another downturn in 2023, we will get through it.
- Technology has made our lives easier in the last few years, and improvements in technology will continue to make our lives easier. (I know that technology has also led to a great deal of fraud that we must fight every day, but I’m being positive here! Work with me!)
- I am thankful for the team of dedicated professionals who worked with me before I retired and who continue to take the best care possible of title insurance agents (dirt lawyers and their staff members.)
- I am thankful for the network of attorney agents who ably handle real estate matters throughout the Palmetto State.
I know. I know. Many of you are shaking your heads and pointing out that I no longer work “in the trenches” and don’t see the problems that plague real estate lawyers in the form of the constantly changing environment, changing technologies, difficulties in hiring and retaining staff members, increased competition and encroachment into “our” part of the closing by third parties. I do see those difficulties, I am sympathetic, and that team of professionals I used to work with are constantly seeking improvements.
But, for Thanksgiving week, let’s pause for just a moment to be thankful!
*I’m guessing most South Carolinians know what a P.K. is, but, just in case you don’t, it’s an acronym for Preacher’s Kid, which I am told means the worst kid in church. My husband tells two stories to demonstrate: (1) His father once spoke to him from the pulpit and threatened to have him sit with him during the sermon if he didn’t behave; and (2) There are unconfirmed rumors that my husband’s initials have been carved in various church pews across South Carolina.