Posted November 15, 2015 in Realtor Spotlight
Phone #: 360-936-5343
How long have you worked in Real Estate?
I started my 28th year in real estate in May of this year.
What is your specialty?
I specialize in residential real estate, working with both buyers and sellers. 97% of my business is from referrals from clients, sphere of influence, and other Realtors®, so the type of residential property and price range varies from the first time home buyer, to selling the parent’s home who is downsizing.
What is one tip you have for someone looking to buy or sell a home?
Whether you are buying or selling, the relationship with your Realtor is not a short term relationship. Pick the right agent to work with the first time, and interview the agent to determine the right fit for you. You need to feel comfortable that you can place your confidence, trust, and confidence in the Realtor you choose to work with as your trusted advisor.
What is the most unique property you’ve listed or sold?
One of the most unique properties I listed was a couple of years ago. It was a 3 car garage with an apartment above that was constructed with high end finishes. The garage was designed to have a 5,000 square foot home added on to it in the future, but after the recession the sellers decided not to build the rest of the home. The property had 10 acres, unobstructed view of the Columbia River, and we had buyers come and look at it from the as far east as New York and as far south as Phoenix, and a local buyer from Longview eventually bought the property.
What is the most challenging/gratifying aspect of what you do?
The most unusual thing I’ve encountered is hard to answer because just when I think that I’ve seen it all, I am surprised by some new experience. Most gratifying is the relationships that I’ve developed with my clients during the process of helping them with their real estate needs. The most challenging aspect of what I do is to make the process of buying and selling a fun and enjoyable experience. The business has changed dramatically over the years, and there are a lot of new and constantly changing pieces of the puzzle to figure out to make the transaction go smoothly. Some things are out of my control, but what I can control, can make all the difference of having a good experience at the end of the transaction.
What do you enjoy doing when you are not working? Hobbies, volunteering, family, fun?
What I enjoy doing when I’m not working is spending time with family and friends. I enjoy the outdoors, and love to go camping, clam digging, fishing, and traveling and seeing new places. I also enjoy Pilates, and taking long walks outside enjoying the sites and sounds of nature. Our company has a foundation, and we’ve been involved with fund raising for the Children Justice Center, helping with food and coat drives, and helping those in our community that need assistance with housing. I feel very passionate about giving back to those causes, as well as helping seniors.
What do you like about living in this area?
What I like about living in this area is that you can drive within a couple of hours and be at the ocean, or up in the mountains. We have some of the most incredible sights to enjoy in our own backyard in the Pacific Northwest. I love all the green we have around us because of the rain, and I really enjoy having all four seasons.
Anything else you would like our readers to know about you and your company?
I’ve been with Windermere Stellar since 1992, which was the Stellar Group at that time. Part of why I enjoy real estate so much is because of the relationships I have with the other agents. I feel fortunate to be able to be surrounded by agents who will share their knowledge and expertise, and we can all learn from each other. Our company is very involved with our foundation, and giving back to our local community, which is also very rewarding.