Posted November 5, 2017 in Realtor Spotlight
Real Estate Broker
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Northwest Real Estate
How long have you worked in Real Estate?
Almost four years, I got my license in in late 2013.
What is your specialty?
What is one tip you have for someone looking to buy or sell a home?
Before starting their search, Buyers should meet with a reputable, local lender to determine their price range. Sellers can make the process easier on themselves if they speak with an agent early enough to get advice on getting their home ready by cleaning, decluttering, and staging before it goes on the market.
What is the most unique property you’ve listed or sold?
It was a property on Old Evergreen Highway that was one house on four tax lots. The sellers were adamant that they did not want to sell to a developer that would break up the property where their children were raised. My buyers were thrilled to buy that much beautiful land in a beautiful and central location.
What is the most unusual thing you’ve encountered while working in real estate?
A couple of years ago my clients and I were looking at a home in downtown Vancouver. It had some nice upgrades, but there was an owners’ suite upstairs under the eaves. The only access to the room was through a downstairs bedroom. I thought it would linger on the market – but it sold in three days. It was a good lesson for me that people have different tastes and priorities.
What is the most challenging/gratifying aspect of what you do?
I have found that the most gratifying aspect is the relationships that are built during a transaction. You spend so much time with sellers helping them to get their house ready for the market and so much time with buyers while looking for homes that you really do get to know them and their families. After a lengthy search with a young family, their three year old daughter assumed that I would be moving into the house with them!
What do you see in the future for real estate sales/prices?
According to an economist who spoke at a Realtor® event recently, our climbing housing prices have been based on job and subsequent population growth. Once those level off, our housing prices should as well.
What do you enjoy doing when you are not working? Hobbies, volunteering, family, fun?
My husband and I have a large blended family with many grandchildren in the area which is fun. Traveling, wine tasting, and supporting locally owned and operated restaurants are what we enjoy.
What do you like about living in this area?
As a born and raised Washingtonian who has traveled extensively, I find the natural beauty of our area to be without parallel. Vancouver is uniquely situated so that we can travel to the beach, mountains, and wine country in a short time. Throw in typically mild weather, an international airport, and the growth of small, independent restaurants, wineries, and breweries and you have an awesome place to live.
Anything else you would like our readers to know about you and your company?
I have found Berkshire Hathaway Home Services NW Real Estate to exhibit high levels of professionalism and ethics in all aspects of our business. From our transaction coordinators, marketing staff, brokers, and branch managers all the way up to the CEO and Chairman of the Board we are lucky to be surrounded by professional, caring and highly ethical team members. It takes a team to do what we do and I feel fortunate to be a part of this one.