Take Away: Fairy-tale-endings happen every day, even in this current real estate market that is challenging for everyone involved, from lenders to appraisers and everyone in between. The fight to "win" a property intensifies as our median house price continues its upward trajectory, inventory remains low, and interest rates inch up. In any fight, one can emerge a bit bruised by the experience. Even seller's holding the upper hand with property equity are not immune as they work with buyer's that are stressed and second guessing themselves. I remind myself that the real estate market is akin to a living organism that changes with each closed property and that over time fluctuating cycles are inevitable. In times like these having a Realtor you trust is imperative. There is a lot at stake, and I'm more grateful than ever for the relationships with highly principled professionals with whom I come across when representing my clients.