Posted February 28, 2015 in Realtor Spotlight
How long have you worked in Real Estate?
I got my license in February of 2004 and joined my brokerage shortly thereafter so I am going on 11 years in the real estate business.
What is your specialty?
I specialize in residential real estate in Clark County. I have consciously decided not to pursue a license in Oregon so I could stay focused on the wants and needs of my clients in Vancouver and Clark County. If I had to say I specialized in anything, it would be that I am a natural coach, trainer, encourager so I take the time with my first time buyers and sellers to slow down and make sure they understand the process and enjoy the experience.
What is one tip you have for someone looking to buy or sell a home?
Find a real estate professional you can trust and who has good character as well as competence. You’ll want to use a little discernment, but once you know you have the right agent, commit to them and let them lead you through the home buying or selling experience.
What is the most unique property you’ve listed or sold?
That would have to be a property I sold almost 10 years ago. It was hand crafted by the owner back in 1973 and had a gothic arch style design. From the outside, the house looked almost like a barn, but on the inside the walls were inlayed with tongue and groove cedar from floor to ceiling in the vaulted 2 story home. It was a beautiful property in the north of Clark County with 5 acres on a bluff looking north across the Lewis River.
What is the most challenging/gratifying aspect of what you do?
I find it is always a challenge to find the right balance between managing external demands and run my one man small business. What I find most gratifying are the days that I can accomplish multiple high value activities with a lot of variety. Every day is different but the ones where I am able to find the right home for a client, handle some difficult negotiations, prospect for new possibilities, and still have time to take my son to piano lesson or a quick trip to the park makes me appreciate my career choice.
What do you see in the future for real estate sales/prices?
We saw about a 10% growth in real estate value in Clark County in 2014 and I do see the values in Clark County continuing to rise in 2015. We still have historically low interest rates and a higher demand for housing than the supply so that bodes well for our future.
What do you enjoy doing when you are not working? Hobbies, volunteering, family, fun?
I’ve recently started to learn to make origami style paper airplanes with my 5 year old son Miles. It is amazing what you can learn on Youtube. I also play basketball regularly and do the crossfit workout program which is helping this old guy keep up with his son. I enjoy salmon and trout fishing and I spend plenty of time with my church family helping with a variety of ministries and activities with my wife, Heather, and son (Miles).
What do you like about living in this area?
I moved to the Pacific Northwest from Indianapolis, IN so I love the fact that I can see hills and mountains, visit the ocean with little preparation, and fish the fine waters in and around the Columbia River. There is always something new to explore in Clark County and the northwest and I don’t plan on leaving anytime soon.
Anything else you would like our readers to know about you and your company?
In the past few years, I’ve become more involved in our local Realtor association and I’ve really enjoyed the opportunity to get to know some of our local leaders in the community. It’s a pleasure serving my fellow Realtors and it is just my small part in contributing to making Clark County a better place to call home.