Donna M. Roberts
Posted February 14, 2016 in Realtor Spotlight
How long have you worked in Real Estate?
This will be my 10[th] year as a Broker in Washington and Oregon. I got into real estate just as the market was falling and short sales as well as REO properties were the industry norm. That volatile market was quite an education for a new agent. In 2015 I expanded my business operations. I received my Washington State Managing Broker’s license and have two licensed team members as well as various clerical subs on call to assist The Donna Roberts Group.
What is your specialty?
I love the variety of working anywhere in Washington or Oregon but my largest market share and specialty is East Clark County, specifically Camas. My kids and I have lived in Camas since 1999. In 2006 when I got my Broker’s license I decided to become the expert in my own community. I wanted to be familiar with all the inventory, know all the subdivisions, and interact with all the businesses so I could speak from a position of knowledge when representing my clients.
What is one tip you have for someone looking to buy or sell a home?
If you are buying a home, get your own representation. Also, find out how many homes your representative actually sold last year.
If you are selling a home, know that who you work with matters. Find a professional team that is able to actively market your home and respond in under 5 minutes to internet buyer calls. Don’t get caught up in the “Commission Trap.” A skilled negotiator is worth their weight in gold and will be worth that extra percentage.
What is the most unique property you’ve listed or sold?
My most unique listing sold was an incredible large $1.1M ranch up in Ridgefield. Tons of acreage, three separate barns (from a llama farm) and a huge grand old house with hunter green carpet that was a gem back in the early 90’s.
What is the most challenging/gratifying aspect of what you do?
I love the end of the transaction when you see the HUGE smiles when you hand over the keys. It can be so stressful to people and knowing that we helped navigate them to home ownership is such a wonderful feeling.
The biggest challenge for me has been technology and availability. Technology can be critical to building your business yet we are constantly changing to stay ahead of the curb. Some clients believe they should have access to you 24/7, which can also be difficult.
What do you see in the future for real estate sales/prices?
My resources have predicted a 4 – 5% gain/year for the next 3 – 4 years (barring some major national fiasco).
What do you enjoy doing when you are not working? Hobbies, volunteering, family, fun?
This past year we had such an awesome long summer and I was able to go out boating with friends quite a bit. I also was able to golf more. I just got back from my first cruise to the Caribbean. I was able to be gone 10 days and get “off the grid.” It was awesome!
For volunteering, I’m very involved with the Santa’s Posse Organization (www.SantasPosse.com). It’s a great nonprofit joint venture with the Clark County Sheriff’s association and Rotary. In 2015 Santa’s Posse was able to provide food and gifts to over 800 needy Clark County families.
What do you like about living in this area?
I love the “small town” feel that still exists in this area. I am able to drive to the “big city” when I want, while staying local and connected to a small community the rest of the time.
Anything else you would like our readers to know about you and your company?
We are growing again in 2016 and are looking for talented people to bring on board.