Every home realtor has a story – about how they got into the real estate business. Here’s my story….
Buying our first home was an eye-opening experience for my fiancé and I. We knew this first property was a fixer-upper, but it was in a great location and we were eager and willing to invest sweat equity into a home that would increase in value over time. It was our precious nest egg.
I’ll never forget that closing… We signed a seemingly endless stack of documents in rather rapid succession and without having a ton of knowledge about the different options that ought to have been considered. You’ve heard that old saw… “Marry in haste, repent at leisure”??? Seems that applies to some real estate transactions as well!
We could have avoided several problems that cropped up AFTER completing the sale, from finding out about a cracked foundation to discovering, to our shocked dismay when we later decided to refinance the original loan, that there was an “early payoff” penalty.
Wow… so much pain could have been avoided if only we’d chosen a good realtor who would have educated us about our options, like having the right to a full home inspection that would have exposed the cracked foundation, or to making sure that we understood about the early payoff penalty of our loan.
The upside of these early and difficult real estate stumbling blocks and lessons is that I learned first-hand how important it is to find a realtor who will provide real guidance, feedback and expertise so clients can avoid potentially disastrous and expensive mistakes.
A few years after that first home purchase, a friend of mine asked if I was interested in job-shadowing her in her real estate business. She knew that, although my corporate job had taught me a lot, like perseverance, organization and time management, it didn’t “set me on fire.” I was looking for something more purposeful and satisfying.
For six weeks I watched her. I liked what I saw! Visiting clients, matching people to homes that fit THEIR needs, writing contracts, EXPLAINING to the clients each of the provisions of the contracts, insisting on the proper reports and inspections. My friend was really making a difference for her clients. I wanted to do that!
It was a scary decision to go from a steady, corporate salary with benefits to being self-employed, but I made the leap and I haven’t looked back since.
That was over fifteen years ago and since then I think I have encountered just about every type of property sales situation out there. It seems that virtually no real estate transaction is ever flawless – something almost always crops. But there is always a solution to every problem, and helping you work through and solve those problems is where I get the most satisfaction from my job. That’s when I KNOW that I am making a difference in peoples’ lives!
There’s a reason why the bulk of my clients are repeat customers. I believe in the Golden Rule – I treat my clients the way I would want to be treated. Trust, transparency and integrity are paramount.
I educate my clients about all those aspects of a real estate transaction that I wish I’d known about at the time of my first purchase. I am always available, and I pride myself on offering “white glove service.”
Whether it’s walking you through the complex and myriad documents that make up a home purchase offer, working with an appraiser, help with finding a lender, canceling an escrow, getting a home ready for sale, or providing the necessary marketing that brings in the most potential buyers to a property – my clients’ needs come first. I am always looking to provide the best solution for YOU, not what is easiest or most convenient for me.
I recently partnered with Alta Realty Group because they offer the best marketing support and digital technology that helps me offer you better and more streamlined service. And their continuing education and information support keeps me current with important industry trends because I will always be committed to offering my clients – YOU! – the best.
And know this – the MOST IMPORTANT decision you’ll make when you decide to sell or buy a home is selecting the best realtor for YOU, your interests, your style of interaction.
I hope you will give me the opportunity to interview with you and explain how my services and talents will fulfill your needs.
As a self-motivated, conscientious real estate agent with a strong work ethic, my underlying philosophy of “service first” means that my clients’ needs are paramount. I work diligently to understand each client’s goals and to always exemplify trust, transparency, and integrity. Working closely with buyers and sellers allows me to educate and inform them at every step of a transaction while keeping in mind both their immediate and long-term goals. My reputation for honest communication and active listening has made me a trusted advisor for the people with whom I work. As a dedicated, personable, and approachable real estate agent, I give clients highly personalized attention and work around their schedules.
REALTOR®, AC Real Estate
San Francisco Bay Area 2013 – Present
REALTOR®, Infohome Realty
San Francisco Bay Area, CA 2005 – 2013
Assisted clients with the purchase and sale of residential real estate. Negotiated contracts, ensured document accuracy, guided and educated clients through the transaction process.
Pricing Analyst (Finance Department), Autodesk
San Rafael, CA 1997 – 2005
Representing Sellers and Buyers all over the area.
Need your house sold tomorrow? Call me today!