Posted August 30, 2015 in Realtor Spotlight
How long have you worked in Real Estate?
I have been a licensed agent for almost two years, but have been involved in many aspects of real estate for over 20 years, from having homes built, remodeled, being the general contractor, designing, selling and relocations.
What is your specialty?
With inventory being so low, I have found myself expanding my specialties to include all types of residential and land transactions. You have to adapt and be a quick study to satisfy all of your client’s needs, but also know when you need to refer them to someone that may have more knowledge in a particular specialty than you do.
What is one tip you have for someone looking to buy or sell a home?
Work with a licensed real estate agent. They have the most accurate information and the best tools. They know how to guide you in preparing your home for the market and can create a personalized marketing plan to expose your home to the largest audience. This will ensure that you receive a fair market price.
When it comes to buying, your agent needs to have the skills to make sure that you (a) are a qualified buyer, (b) that your offer is the most attractive offer to the seller and (c) ensures that all important deadlines are met so that you do not jeopardize your transaction which could cost you thousands of dollars.
Additionally, your agent should be helping you with your property searches. A buyer can waste a lot of time searching websites that are getting their information by sweeping other sites, and this information can be outdated. Quite often, by the time a buyer becomes aware of a property, it can already have gone pending.
What is the most challenging/gratifying aspect of what you do?
Problem Solving. I had one transaction that was dead at least 2 times. But I knew how much my clients really wanted the home so I didn’t give up on negotiating and ultimately made everyone feel like they walked away winners.
What do you see in the future for real estate sales/prices?
If the interest rates stay low, sales and prices will continue to move upward. Historically the trends show 10 year timelines. We are now in year 4-5 of the current upward cycle. With information being so easily available and instantaneous, this could shorten the cycle a bit.
What do you enjoy doing when you are not working? Hobbies, volunteering, family, fun?
I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, riding horses, horse camping, outdoor activities, soccer and tennis. I also love giving back to my community by volunteering and coaching youth soccer, contributing time and money to the Windermere Foundation and the Children’s Justice Center.
What do you like about living in this area?
It is usually always green and you are close to two major cities, several mountains, water sports, outdoor activities and the beach. I have lived in several areas in the U.S. and we are truly blessed with all that our area has to offer.
Anything else you would like our readers to know about you and your company?
I have the mindset that my clients wants and needs always come first and, once that happens, everything else falls into place. I am not about being a sales person, but more about what I can do for my clients to receive the optimal outcome. “Building Relationships One Home at a Time.” Working for Windermere Steller fosters the same philosophy and allows me to service my clients in a manner that is comfortable for me.