Posted December 10, 2017 in Realtor Spotlight
Real Estate Broker
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services NW
How long have you worked in Real Estate?
I just recently joined Berkshire Hathaway Home Services. As a licensed contractor in interior designer and mural arts, I started working with real estate agents in 2000, working with agents and contractors in home design, decluttering, staging homes for resale. I have been a licensed broker in Clark County for the past two years.
What is your specialty?
I specialize in residential and investment properties. I also work with a ‘lease with option to purchase program.’ Families who are waiting to qualify can shop for their dream home and can move in with a lease, then purchase the home once their qualifications have been met. This program also helps relocating families who are not quite sure where they want to buy.
What is one tip you have for someone looking to buy or sell a home?
It is important to choose an agent you like and get along with. You will be spending a lot of time with this person. Their personality is as important as their knowledge of the market.
What is the most unique property you’ve listed or sold?
I find them all to be unique in their own little way, the smells, the creaking floorboards and the way families react when viewing.
What is the most unusual thing you’ve encountered while working in Real Estate?
Opening a hot tub lid only to be faced with ‘frog soup’, the whole thing was full of frogs of all sizes, some alive, some not so lucky.
What is the most gratifying aspect of what you do?
My second language is American Sign. Being able to work with the deaf community is always gratifying, I have met so many great people.
What do you see in the future for real estate sales/prices?
Oh, I wish I had that crystal ball! It is a very different market right now. Going into the winter months is always a different time. Sellers think no one will look at their home in winter, so they tend to hold off listing, which leaves buyers with little inventory to choose from. I think given the current economy and new construction, 2018 is going to be very similar to 2017 with regard to price and inventory. Buying a home is usually a person’s largest investment and like investing in the stock market the long term return is usually up but there are always ups and downs.
What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?
Not working? When does that happen? Lol… My husband and I love to travel. We try to go to a different country every year. Studying the history and learning about the culture of another country is great fun. We also love our classic cars–driving them, showing them and educating youngsters of the importance of keeping these lovely old things alive.
What do you like about living in this area?
Being from England (via Canada), I love the weather ha ha… No, I really do. It is very like England, with its rolling green hills, large mature trees and the stuff that falls from the sky here doesn’t need to be shoveled. There is definitely a small town feel here but with a big city not too far away.
Anything else you would like our readers to know about you and your company?
Everyone I have ever helped buy or sell a home keep in touch with me, which is very important to me. I pride myself on the fact that I have helped change their lives in such a positive way that they want me to stick around.