Posted June 7, 2015 in Realtor Spotlight
Owner & Broker
Ginn Group | Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty
How long have you worked in Real Estate?
I’m proud to say that I’ve been working in Real Estate for 10 years. Before I began my journey in real estate I had been working on a career in the wonderful world of public accounting. During my short time with a local tax preparation office, several clients of the firm who were real estate brokers suggested that I get into Real Estate. It seemed like a great idea at the time. It was fun, challenging, and there was virtually unlimited potential for someone who worked hard and ran a good business. Since then I’ve been through some of the best and worst real estate markets in history and I can honestly say that I still love all aspects of the real estate business!
What is your specialty?
It may sound cliché, but it’s service. Any Realtor can help clients buy or sell a home, but it’s a commitment to providing an extraordinary experience that really separates my team and I from everyone else. Along with being knowledgeable, determined, and results driven, we’re passionate about what we do and really enjoy helping buyers and sellers navigate the complex world of Real Estate. The relationships we build with our clients are ones that we want to maintain for years to come.
What is one tip you have for someone looking to buy or sell a home?
I always tell my clients to keep an open mind throughout the entire process. For buyers this could mean considering different neighborhoods if the one you want is out of your price range or reevaluating your needs and wants in a home. For sellers this could mean taking a look at your list price to attract a wider range of buyers or exploring options when negotiating a deal with a potential buyer. As the real estate market is constantly changing, it’s imperative that you are flexible and keep an open mind.
What is the most unique property you’ve listed or sold?
The most unique property I’ve listed and sold was a luxurious Cape Cod style home overlooking the Columbia River. It was as if the Hamptons came to Vancouver. The 6 Bedroom/7.5 Bathroom estate had every luxury under the sun including a theater room, in-ground pool, hand-laid parquet floors and one of the most well-equipped kitchens I have ever seen. It was one of those homes that you only see once every 10 years.
What is the most unusual thing you’ve encountered while working in real estate?
Although we run into all kinds of interesting things while showing various properties each day, I think the most unusual thing I have encountered was during the last downturn. During that time, vacant houses that were on the market often had random people (not the owners of the home!) staying in them because it was a free roof over their head. It was always unusual and awkward trying to show these homes to potential buyers and trying to explain what was going on while working around the people in the home.
What is the most challenging/gratifying aspect of what you do?
The most gratifying part of my job is knowing that after the papers have been signed and keys handed over, I’ve helped my client accomplish one of the most important purchases they’ll ever make. It’s an honor knowing that they placed their trust and confidence in me as their advocate and representative. And it’s very gratifying delivering on what client trusted me – and hired me – to do.
What do you see in the future for real estate sales/prices?
Right now, the real estate market has rebounded sharply and the market is very active. I expect to see the market stabilize, with steady, consistent growth providing ample opportunities for both buyers and sellers. Thanks to the principals of supply and demand, this growth will be complimented by an increased average sales price. Looking beyond 2015, I expect that the market will continue to see consistent growth.
What do you enjoy doing when you are not working? Hobbies, volunteering, family, fun?
I am a huge Portland Timbers fan! I attend as many games as possible. In addition to having a passion for the real estate business, I enjoy running marathons and continuing my education. Each year I attend Harvard Business School Executive Education to ensure I continue to work and think at the highest levels possible. Also, starting next month my team and I will be taking time to volunteer at the Boys and Girls Club of Southwest Washington.
What do you like about living in this area?
It’s proximity to some of the most beautiful parts of the region. Mountains, beaches, national forests, rivers — it’s all within a day’s drive. The people also make living here very enjoyable. They are kind, humble and really value the relationships they build with one another.
Anything else you would like our readers to know about you and your company?
This community has a special place in our hearts and we understand that when it thrives, we thrive. We have made it our mission to support organizations that make Southwest Washington a better place to live. As part of our Ginn Gives initiative, we have pledged to make a $500 donation to the Boys and Girls Club of Southwest Washington at the end of every real estate transaction. My team and I are committed to helping them continue to provide a positive environment, quality programs, and lifelong learning skills for all school age youth in Vancouver and its surrounding areas.