Posted May 7, 2016 in Realtor Spotlight
How long have you worked in Real Estate?
10 years. I got my real estate license after serving 27 years at Clark College as an administrator. Since becoming a Realtor® in 2006, I have become a multi-million dollar producer.
What is your specialty?
I serve as both a listing and buyers agent for residential homes and vacant land. Occasionally I also sell commercial properties.
What is one tip you have for someone looking to buy or sell a home?
Be sure to find a broker who has success in buying or selling homes within your community. Can they answer basic questions about local schools, recreational opportunities, the history of a community and any future plans for development? And, of course, do they know current home values within the community?
What is the most unique property you’ve listed or sold?
I once helped a buyer purchase ten acres of land that was landlocked, but we were able to gain access by obtaining permission to use an abandoned county bridge over a creek and then an easement across the neighbor’s property to the ten acres. It required working very closely with county and city officials to get this accomplished.
What is the most unusual thing you’ve encountered while working in Real Estate?
I once had a client who was an American citizen working in Vietnam as a shoe designer. He contacted me over the Internet about buying a home in Vancouver. He told me he wanted me to find him a home “sight unseen” (except for pictures) and he would complete the sales documents via email. I must have viewed 40 homes until I found what I felt was the perfect fit for him. He came stateside about two weeks after the sale was completed. When he walked into the home he said: “This is a perfect home for me.” That was a stressful experience, but very rewarding.
What is the most challenging/gratifying aspect of what you do?
I enjoy helping people realize their dreams. Some are buying a home for the first time. Some are downsizing, or up-sizing – based on their family’s needs. I enjoy turning over the keys to them after the sale is completed, or seeing the satisfaction on their face when the sale is funded and recorded. Real estate is without a doubt a service industry. I get the same joy working in real estate as I did in helping students at Clark College with academic planning, obtaining scholarships, campus employment and completing a degree or certificate.
What do you see in the future for real estate sales/prices?
Recently, values have begun to rise again. Not rapidly, but steadily. I’m seeing opportunities for first time home buyers for properties under $200,000 starting to dry up. Most sales occur between $250,000 – $400,000 in Clark County. But we are still seeing buyers looking for properties between $400,000 – $800,000. Many of them come from outside of the state and are interested in Washington because we don’t have an income tax and our quality of life is exceptional.
What do you enjoy doing when you are not working? Hobbies, volunteering, family, fun?
I volunteer for a number of organizations and serve on the board of directors for the Washougal Schools Foundation, Camas Montessori School Board, Statewide Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Advisory Committee, Fire District #1 Commissioner, and have chaired previous school bonds & levies, and currently serve on the Art & History advisory committee for the Port of Camas Washougal’s new waterfront park.
What do you like about living in this area?
I love our beautiful environment. The Columbia River, Mt. Hood, hiking trails in the Gorge, proximity to ocean beaches, fishing in our local rivers and streams, proximity to Portland and to fine restaurants and entertainment venues.
Anything else you would like our readers to know about you and your company?
I specifically chose to work at Windermere Crest in Camas because it is a locally owned company, but it is also part of a national franchise. The owners, Linda & Steve Stoller, are great people, and our managing broker, Bob Raymond, has years of experience to help us understand some of the nuances of this industry. I enjoy the cooperative atmosphere of our office and friendly demeanor of our brokers. It truly feels like “family.”