Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
A. For buyers we have an office session to really understand the needs and desires, and to firm up financial capability with a lender.
We help you find the property appropriate for the client.
Bob will describe the tax impact for the price range and financing of the property.
We are present at all inspections, walk throughs, settlement, etc.
Q. Describe three recent jobs you've completed.
A. I mentor wounded warriors as a volunteer. Executed a demanding negotiation for a foreclosed property for one.
We got it.
Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. Check the web sites for skils and background.
Ascertain skills of provider.
Meet for consultation before engagement.
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. Pick your lenders carefully. Consult agent for options
Pick your agent based on skills and experience.
Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?
A. Any and all items of interest are fair game to be asked
Lay out the process
Experience level of the agents
what additional skills related to the serices offered are available.
Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?
A. Know your financial situation. Talk about what you need and want in a property. Consider your commute (we can help with ideas on that). Be prepared to talk about needs and desires.
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. We hold the following certifications
CPA (Certified Public Accountant)
ABR ( Accredited Buyer Representative)
SFR(Short Sale Forclosure Resource)
CDPE(Certified Distressed Property Expert)
Neither us nor any client of ours in over twenty years of work has ever lost a dispute or appeal.
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. The opportunity to help people with their largest investment of their lives is rewarding. We also make a lot of friends.
Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A. Am i getting a good price? (We do a CMA (comparable market analysis for every property).
What lenders can I trust? Who performs? Ask us for referrals for lenders with good rates an who can perform.
Q. Do you have a favorite story from your work?
A. We took a listing for an elderly lady that could not manage the property. We wound up as her contract manager for :
wet basement, replace wiring, replacing insulation, painting, weatherstriping, A/C repair, jacuzzi repair, and moving help.
We loved it. She was thrilled as we sold it in a day.
Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?
A. I am a CPA and Associate broker with Keller Williams in Old Town Alexandria. To get a full bio, check our website at "soldonalexandria.com". We are full service REALTORS, but can save you money with our programs.
Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?
A. Bob has been licensed for 32 years. As an MBA he assisted with financing etc in the early days when
REALTORS did it all.
Nicole is a recent American, and wanted to use her skills in the American economy.
Q. Tell us about a recent job you did that you are particularly proud of.
A. Recently helped a first time vet get his house after another agent and lender refused his financing. My contact financing saved him $32,000!!
Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?
A. The CPA on the team does 40 hours of continuing education annually. Agents do 15 hours every biannually.
Certifications are extra courses taken to achieve higher levels of skill.
Q. What are the latest developments in your field? Are there any exciting things coming in the next few years or decade that will change your line of business?
A. The internet has changed everything to our advantage. The people can demand a higher quality of service and get it!
Q. If you have a complicated pricing system for your service, please give all the details here.
A. It is not complicated. Call us for the specifics if listing or buying . All propeties will have a warranty. All transactions will not have broker admin fees. Lets talk about the rest
Q. If you were advising someone who wanted to get into your profession, what would you suggest?
A. Arrange an appointment with us. We would be pleased to sponsor new agents. We can show you the difference between agencies, compensation, etc.
Q. What is your greatest strength?
A. Integrity, additional tax based knowledge to assist owners in understanding their tax benefits of ownership.
Q. What are you currently working on improving?
A. Beginning broker coursework. Nicole recently completed her ABR (Accredited buyer) certfification. We recently both became BPOR and SFR certified.