Q. Describe three recent jobs you've completed.
A. Short sale approval on home in Montgomery where sellers needed to relocate to different state. Was able to negotiate no seller contribution due to reduction in income on seller side. No deficiency for seller. Obtained higher than list price on buyer's side.
Short sale approval for homesellers that needed to move to different parts of metro Chicago and relationship was no longer viable. No seller contribution, no deficiency for either seller.
Short sale approved for homeowner that had townhome for sale which was vacant and they had moved to single family home. No seller contribution and no deficiency judgement for homeowner.
Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. Interview at least 3 and find one that fits your personality and goals.
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. Make sure they are a member of the National Associaton of Realtors and their state and local MLS. Members have a Code of Ethics they must follow.
Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?
A. How can they help them reach their real estate goals and what type of marketing plan do they have, how often will the communicate with me.
Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?
A. My father passed away and left my mother several 2 unit apartments that they owned. Neither my mother and I had experience managing rental properties so I took a introductory real estate class and passed the course, then passed the state licensing test.
The same year I decided to buy my 1st home after years of being a renter. My Realtor(tm) and I started talking and I told him I had my license but that I doubted anyone wanted a part-time realtor. Long story short I ended up signing up with his brokerage and worked for them part time for many years.
When I was "downsized" from my corporate job of 16 years I had my "part time" real estate job and made it into a full time position.
In 2006 I decided to go solo and open up my own brokerage firm....of course, in 2007 the bottom fell out but I have managed to continue doing what I really enjoy - helping people find their dream home and now - assisting homeowners get out from underwater mortgages and start fresh!