Posted August 19, 2017 in Realtor Spotlight
How long have you worked in Real Estate?
I have worked in real estate for over 10 years with Re/Max equity group in Vancouver, Washington and will be getting my California license next month! My best friend down in Southern California and I will be starting the California/Washington connection. One stop real estate for anyone in either state needing to buy or sell!
What is your specialty?
I don’t really have any one specialization. I have been fortunate to deal with all types of transactions whether it be first time home buyers, short sales, foreclosures and relocations.
What is one tip you have for someone looking to buy or sell a home?
Choose a broker that you really feel comfortable with and trust. This is a major life investment when purchasing or selling a home. Also, listen to your broker for advice and don’t be afraid to ask questions or address any concerns.
What is the most unique property you’ve listed or sold?
I listed a floating home in very poor condition. The seller’s brother flew up here from Arizona to meet with me. His brother passed away and he wanted to sell the floating home. I didn’t want to insult him with the price I was going to advise him to sell at and told him I wasn’t sure if I was the broker to do it. He said, “Why?” I asked him if he had been to the floating home and he said, “Yes, it’s in very bad condition.” I asked him what number he would be happy at selling it for and came up with the exact number I came up with! I listed it and it sold in a few days for full asking and all cash. He then told me that all proceeds were to going to Make a Wish Foundation so I lowered my commission so that we could send more proceeds to Make a Wish. It was a win-win for everyone!
What is the most unusual thing you’ve encountered while working in real estate?
Unusual things happen every day as no day is the same in real estate. One time I showed an elderly woman a vacant home. As I was entering the home with her, there was a squatter in his underwear sitting on the living room floor drinking a beer. I had to immediately escort my client out to my car and call the police.
What is the most challenging/gratifying aspect of what you do?
The most gratifying aspect of my career is making new relationships that mostly turn into lifelong friends. The most challenging aspect is low inventory in today’s marketing resulting in multiple offers.
What do you see in the future for real estate sales/prices?
I think we still have a few more good years with prices rising. Also the Vancouver/Portland area is such a popular place to move that we are seeing so many out of state people moving here! Who can blame them…Portland/Vancouver Metro area is amazing!
What do you enjoy when you are not working? Hobbies, volunteering, family, fun?
Spending time with my British husband Paul, my 13 year old son George and our two Basset Hounds, Guinness and Stella, the brew hounds. We love to travel and just hang out being goofballs! We love to laugh! Also love working at the gym, cooking and reading.
What do you like about living in this area?
I am a native Southern Californian and we moved up here in 2004 to bring our son up here. I love everything about this area…from the gorgeous mountains and rivers to the fun Portland/Vancouver area! There is always something to do!
Anything else you would like our readers to know about you and your company?
I was a professional blues singer songwriter for the last 35 years. Once I had my son, I had to retire from the music business due to the hours performing don’t work well with a little one. I got into real estate and have never looked back! I LOVE my career and I have been with Re/Max equity group for the last 10 years. I also have a Bachelor’s degree from Cal State Fullerton in Public Relations and serve on the Clark County Association of Realtors Professional Standards Committee.