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Joel Stalder

Posted April 26, 2015 in Realtor Spotlight

Joel Stalder, Clark County WA real estate agent

Designated Broker/Owner
Stalder Realty Group Corporation
360.362.0085
StalderRealtyGroup.com

How long have you worked in Real Estate?
I have worked in Real Estate for 16 years. I started when I was 21 years old working two additional jobs before transitioning into Real Estate full time.

What is your specialty?
Stalder Realty Group specializes in land development and new construction. I spend a lot of time driving around Clark County looking at land and crunching numbers trying to discern its potential to be subdivided. Of course, my brokers and I take traditional residential listings and help buyers looking for homes; it is fulfilling to help our clients find the perfect home. However, having been in this business for so long, I have grown to love the challenge of land development. I can help builders find land to build on, help investors find land deals for varying time frames and returns, or help land owners develop their own land or package it for sale as a development.

What is one tip you have for someone looking to buy or sell a home?
The one piece of advice I would give someone looking to buy or sell their home is to seek the help of a Realtor. If you are a buyer, it won’t cost you a dime, and a Realtor will streamline your home search and go to bat for you to make sure you get the best price possible. As a seller, a Realtor’s commission might seem like a cost you want to save, but a Realtor’s marketing, advice, negotiation skills, and expertise really will get your home sold faster and for more money. This means you will be making fewer mortgage payments on the house and getting a higher sales price.

What is the most unusual thing you’ve encountered while working in real estate?
One of my brokers was recently helping buyers with the purchase of a new home, and before it closed he got a call from the listing agent informing him the sellers’ horse had just passed away and they had buried it in the front yard. So, he got to disclose to his clients that there was a dead horse buried in front of their new home. Each deal really does have its own unique set of challenges!

What is the most challenging/gratifying aspect of what you do?
Honestly, getting up every morning and getting to do a job that I truly enjoy is a huge accomplishment in life. It is a challenge being a small business owner and getting out from the umbrella of a larger scale brokerage, but knowing that I own my business and I am helping my brokers succeed as well is truly gratifying.

What do you see in the future for real estate sales/prices?
We are in a sweet spot right now for sellers where prices are going up because inventory is so low and rates are so low that buyers are motivated. Prices might steadily rise over the next year or so, but I don’t see them skyrocketing. Right now really is the time to buy or sell if you are looking to make a move, before the inventory goes up or interest rates spike. The marketplace is also getting a shot in the arm from buyers who foreclosed during the market crash seven years ago; many of these buyers are starting to qualify to buy again.

What do you enjoy doing when you are not working? Hobbies, volunteering, family, fun?
I am currently studying to become licensed in Oregon, so free time is limited right now. My girlfriend, Andrea, helps make sure I take time out to enjoy my family and have some fun, and I also take time to get to the gym every morning. Work/life balance is really important to me. I have three kids: Micah, 15, Auralyn, 9, and Indy, 10 months. The kids definitely keep us busy; we are so proud of each of them. I am also a huge Seahawks, Blazers, and Mariners fan, and this weekend we are all going up to the Mariners game in Seattle.

What do you like about living in this area?
Well, today it is 70 degrees and sunny. On days like this, what’s not to love? Ask me again when it has been raining for two weeks and my answer might be different. I really do love my community, though. I live in the Camas/Fisher’s Landing area, and almost anything I could want as far as restaurants or shopping is within about a 2 mile radius of my house. Most of the neighborhoods have little parks in them, which is great for my littlest guy. The schools are fantastic; my oldest son Micah goes to Union and the band program there has been an excellent experience for him. I couldn’t ask for a better place to raise a family.

Anything else you would like our readers to know about you and your company?
I want readers to know that Stalder Realty Group is a small team of quality brokers who love what they do for a living. I have really worked to bring on agents who are experienced and passionate about what they do. All the brokers I have brought on board have a proven record of success, and it is really exciting for me to work with such a motivated team.