Honor the space between no longer and not yet.” - Nancy Levin
A Light in the Window
Is a referral and advisory service that provides guidance, information, and targeted real estate agent referrals to individuals and families in the process of re-locating, at no cost to them. While A Light in the Window began as a resource for clergy in transition, it serves all who are on the move, anywhere in the world...
...And the world is moving. And shaking. You've heard it a thousand times - "We live in unprecedented times." We started saying that due to the pandemic. In May the meaning of the phrase grew exponentially, after the murder of George Floyd. What is unprecedented now is the world-wide response to the an act of violence against a person of color. Not the first and, already, not the last. To sustain this current movement toward justice and equality each industry must do its part.
What we are doing: A Light in the Window maintains a racially, and otherwise diverse group of REALTORS as its referral partners. That's the easy part, because there are excellent black and brown and LGBTQ agents out there, though not enough - talk to me if you are interested in a career in real estate. Systemically there is much to be done. The real estate industry made progress over the past fifty years in terms of housing law, but we remain largely a segregated country. The industry has a powerful lobby. We believe it is in the industry's best interests to lobby to remove all obstacles to home ownership, loan approval, and neighborhood safety for people of color. Which means we will have to take a justice-oriented stance on numerous issues the industry may not ordinarily consider within its purview. A Light in the Window is exploring how it can be a part of making change in this field.
When it comes to COVID-19: the 50 states are in different stages of reopening, as you well know. In some states buyers are signing contracts on a new home sight unseen, after viewing videos from their agent and family/friends who live at their destination. Others are using safe practices to view homes in real time. It's a confusing time for people who need to move. We are here to help you sort all that out. What I do is find you an agent who is savvy in all aspects of the real estate process, including best practices when it comes to COVID -19, is a good listener, and comes well recommended.
As you journey through that liminal space between "no longer", and "not yet" A Light in the Window is here to guide, reassure, and make a one-to one, highly skilled referral.
FOCUS ON YOUR JOB SEARCH WHILE WE FOCUS ON YOUR HOME SEARCH.
Maj-Britt (pronounced My-Britt)
Transition Specialist, Minister, & REALTOR®
Maj-Britt Johnson, founder of A Light in the Window, is a veteran of moving. As a PK (preacher’s kid) she lived in eleven homes in seven states, and Japan while (sort of) growing up. She estimates she unpacked over 2000 boxes in her family’s several fabulously historic (read: shabby-"chic"), parsonages in the Midwest and New England, as well as their three Bronx apartments, and their ranch-style house in El Paso.
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I am grateful for the service Rev. Maj-Britt Johnson can provide for ministers who are moving to new locations. Finding a good place to live is so important to ministerial satisfaction.
Keith Kron, Director, Transitions Office, UUA
Christy and I are so relieved to have found Maj-Britt’s referral services and have been telling our friends how wonderful it was to go into the home-buying process with her assistance! Maj-Britt interviewed us, then searched for a Realtor who knew the area and worked well with our family. Our Realtor was great, he went the extra mile, and helped a great deal when we could not be there in person to follow up with some inspections. I trusted Maj-Britt’s recommendation, and I am so glad for the smooth and stress-free result. Maj-Britt also referred us to a mortgage broker who is very easy to work with, and we’re pleased with the low loan costs and excellent interest rate, and how quickly everything went into place. We highly recommend “A Light in the Window.”
- Rev. Bob & Christy Renjilian
When I moved across the country to begin my retirement Maj-Britt was a trusted and reliable resource to help me get settled. She helped me find a house to purchase two months before my actual move. As a colleague I always knew she held my interests as priority while understanding my values. I highly recommend Maj-Britt as your referral guide while you are in transition.
Rev. Nan White
Maj-Britt (pronounced My Britt) Johnson was my minister for seven years. For part of that time, she was also my boss--since I was the Director of Religious Education. In both those roles, I found Maj-Britt to be an exceptionally intelligent woman who knew how to accomplish any task put before her. She is someone you can count on--if she says she'll do it, it will be done! Furthermore, she understands that a new minister has to get established quickly---and without blurring the boundaries between minister and congregant(s). I think that having other resources available to help locate housing would be an invaluable help to those who are moving. I would recommend that you give her services a try.
Sally Daniel, Coastal Virginia Unitarian Universalists
I had the pleasure of working with Maj-Britt for eight years when she served on the Fund for Unitarian Universalism. In that work we evaluated and made grants to innovative projects to grow Unitarian Universalism. Maj-Britt's ability to speak with applicants, understand their needs and dreams, and then translate that to the rest of the group was fantastic. She was able to combine a deep appreciation of what it takes to bring a vision to reality in terms of nuts and bolts as well as the emotional and spiritual components of the projects. She is open, trustworthy, intuitive and committed. I would work with her again in a heartbeat.
Hillary Goodridge, Program Director, Unitarian Universalist Funding Program