Posted July 18, 2015 in Realtor Spotlight
How long have you worked in Real Estate?
What is your specialty?
1) Listing and marketing properties
2) Training, mentoring and managing real estate brokers
What is one tip you have for someone looking to buy or sell a home?
Work with a professional REALTOR® and listen to their advice.
What is the most unique property you’ve listed or sold?
It was, at the time, a million dollar plus home on the Columbia River which I listed and it sold. The house had a wine cellar with a “wine elevator” terminating in the master bedroom suite, television screens integrated into the bathroom mirrors, a fully stocked bar which could be hidden behind a remote controlled artwork, and many other amenities.
What is the most unusual thing you’ve encountered while working in real estate?
I had a home listed which had an in-ground swimming pool and the sellers were in the midst of a divorce. The soon-to-be ex-wife was still living in the home. When we received an offer on the property she insisted that the counter offer contain a statement that whenever the new owners had a pool party they would have to invite her. The buyers just laughed and signed the counter.
What is the most challenging/gratifying aspect of what you do?
Training and mentoring new to the business brokers so that they understand that they have to run their real estate business as just that, a business. My profession does not do a very good job of preparing new agents for a long and rewarding career, for being able to survive the bad as well as the good markets, and for knowing how to schedule their time to include personal and family time.
What do you see in the future for real estate sales/prices?
General economic and industry-specific indicators point to a strong market for sellers and buyers for at least the next 18 to 24 months. However, we may be seeing some early signs of the market overheating – things such as relaxed loan underwriting standards, multiple offers on a property, and pressure on appraisers to make their appraisal values equal or exceed sale prices. Those are the same problems that created the housing bubble and collapse in 2008 which triggered the recession.
What do you enjoy doing when you are not working? Hobbies, volunteering, family, fun?
Traveling with my wife; horseback riding with my oldest granddaughter; playing basketball; family activities with all four of my grandchildren; fishing and hunting.
What do you like about living in this area?
Anything else you would like our readers to know about you and your company?
Buying and selling a home is the largest financial transaction most of us will ever be involved in. It pays to hire a good REALTOR® that you have confidence in. With my 44 years of experience I can help clients and customers with any of their real estate needs, including commercial and investment properties, through my local, national and international network of contacts with professionals in all fields of real estate.