Posted January 30, 2016 in Realtor Spotlight
How long have you worked in Real Estate?
After 30 years as a City Land Use Planner for Vancouver, I started my second career as a REALTOR® in January 2007.
What is your specialty?
I love doing all aspects of residential sales but I would say my specialty is properties with development potential.
What is one tip you have for someone looking to buy or sell a home?
Sellers: Work with a good agent who will help you prepare your home and price your home correctly for the maximum return. Choose an agent who has strong negotiating skills to help get you the best deal possible.
Buyers: Work with an experienced agent who is responsive and aggressive in showing listings as they come on the market and who will represent you well in multi-offer situations. Choose a good lender who will let you know your options and approve you before you find a home.
What is the most unique property you’ve listed or sold?
A 300 square foot cottage on a 2500 square foot lot in Camas. It was built in the 1920s before any “tiny homes” were popular. Very active listing!
What is the most unusual thing you’ve encountered while working in real estate?
I presented an offer to an elderly seller who lived in a tent behind her condemned house. She was ill and couldn’t get out of bed so she had me sit on the edge of the air mattress while we discussed the offer. Made me count my blessings.
What is the most challenging/gratifying aspect of what you do?
The most challenging is providing guidance to clients for making such major financial/investment decisions. I try to counsel them as if I were in their shoes. I’m okay with discouraging someone from buying or selling if the timing isn’t right for them. The challenges of my job also bring the most gratification. I love the connections I’m able to make and the new lasting friendships that come as a result of a real estate deal.
What do you see in the future for real estate sales/prices?
SW Washington continues to have a shortage of listings and a pent up demand from buyers. I believe prices will slowly increase because of the strong demand. I’ve noticed more buyers from Oregon and California than ever before. The draw to this area seems to be better quality of living for tax reasons.
What do you enjoy doing when you are not working? Hobbies, volunteering, family, fun?
I love spending time with my family including my husband, three kids, son-in-law and two grandkids. In my spare time I enjoy hanging out with my family, traveling, and riding my horse. My husband and kids are probably laughing out loud as they read this because my real estate career has not exactly allowed me much free time to spend on family and hobbies as I would like, but doing my job also fits the “hobby/fun” category. The rest of my spare time is spent serving as a Board director for CCAR, member of Facilities committee for iQ Credit Union, proud supporter of Nutter Foundation, and member of Kessid Church.
What do you like about living in this area?
There is no place like the Pacific Northwest and SW Washington has the best of everything including four distinct seasons. I love seeing what this area has become and what future developments will bring.
Anything else you would like our readers to know about you and your company?
I’m blessed to have a job I truly love doing that gives me the opportunity to connect with new people including buyers/sellers and others in the same industry. Most connections result in long lasting relationships. I have a wonderful assistant who helps me with the mounds of paperwork and I work for a good company who believes in providing the best tools to their agents and finds ways to give back to the community. We have an awesome team of agents at Vancouver Hasson.