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While a degree in finance & experience in the banking world is the foundation for my career in real estate, it’s my focus on finding new & better ways to serve my clients that has helped me grow my business. Although my approach to customer service is old-fashioned, I am focused on the future & committed to learning & utilizing cutting-edge internet & marketing tools to more effectively serve you. Contact me anytime to schedule a private consultation to discuss your real estate goals. I proudly serve the residents of Linn County as well as Cedar & the surrounding areas.


I have a very satisfied base of clients! I return phone calls promptly, I spend time with Buyers/Sellers without rushing them into a 'quick decision', and I treat each client like a personal friend. Always using the 'Golden Rule' as my guide! Integrity is Key!!


I am eager to satisfy all of your real estate needs. I am offering a premier resource for all real estate information and services in the Cedar Valley. I am an Iowa-licensed Realtor.


When you choose a real estate professional, the most critical thing is to look for someone who you can be confident in. I have a real estate record of integrity and success that you can rely on. I've been in the real estate industry for 18 years, and a licensed Realtor for 10 years. During this time, I have been associated with such facets of real estate as remodeling, property management, renovation, as well as literally moving houses. It is my belief that this broad range of experience, as well as the fact that I grew up in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and also went to school here, gives me a unique ability to gauge what is going on in the market, as well as to better represent the best interests of my clients. I'm a member of the following organizations: the Cedar Rapids Area Association of Realtors (CRAAR), the National Association of Realtors (NAR), as well as the Iowa Association of Realtors (IAR). I'm also a Certified Negotiation Expert (CNE), with a adept comprehension of the local market, as well as a notary public. I completed my education from COE College here in Cedar Rapids in 2004. I had a triple major in administration, public accounting, and economics business. Real estate is my real passion. When I was 21, I purchased my first investment property, and I have not looked back or slowed down since. Being a Realtor permits me to share the pride of home ownership, as well as the reward of reasonable investment with others. You can rely on me to always work with your interests in mind, as well as to represent you and your goals effectively.

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What does a real estate agent do?

Real estate agents help their clients buy, sell, and rent commercial and residential properties. There are also real estate agents that sell industrial and agricultural real estate, but the majority sell residential properties. To become a real estate agent, you must be at least 18 years old, successfully complete real estate courses, and pass a real estate exam. Be sure to check for any required licensing, too. Often real estate agents will earn 5 percent to 6 percent of the total home sale price for their work in representing their client. Typically this commission is split equally between the buyer’s agent and the seller’s agent. Here is an overview of what a real estate agent does, according to the United States Department of Labor:

  • Represent clients who are looking to buy, sell and rent properties.
  • Stay knowledgeable about regional real estate prices, mortgages, market conditions and related information, and advise clients accordingly.  
  • Determine competitive market prices by comparing properties.
  • Create and publicize lists of properties for sale, including details such as location and features.
  • Market properties through advertisements, open houses and listing services.
  • Show prospective buyers or renters properties.
  • Present purchase offers to sellers for consideration.
  • Mediate negotiations between buyer and seller.
  • Ensure that all terms of purchase contracts are met.
  • Prepare documents, such as loyalty contracts, purchase agreements and deeds.

What should you look for in a real estate agent?

When you’re hiring a real estate agent you want to find a qualified pro who can negotiate the best deal for your home — whether you’re buying or selling. Reading reviews will help you weed out obvious bad operators; you want to work with someone who treats their clients with fairness and respect. That said, you also want someone who can play hardball and maximize your real estate deal. Ask for references from recent clients, and be sure to call them.

Experts encourage you to interview more than one prospective real estate agent before hiring. A home sale or home purchase is a big deal — sometimes the biggest deal in a person’s life — and you want to find an agent who will work hard for you. In today’s market, having a real estate agent who is social media savvy and has an attractive online presence is critical. Ask the agent how they plan to market your house. Review their listings, and ask yourself if they have professional photos with homes that are professionally staged. If the answer is no, they might not have the marketing savvy you’re looking for. Ask what price they would list your house at and why. Pay attention to how they communicate with you during your initial interviewing phase. Are they too busy to respond for several days? Are they clear and helpful? This information is a clue to how they’ll engage during the entire process.

What's the difference between a real estate broker and an agent?

Real estate agents and real estate brokers both help clients buy, sell, and rent residential and commercial properties. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, real estate brokers are licensed to manage their own real estate businesses. Real estate agents cannot have their own real estate office and must work under a broker. Real estate brokers often have real estate firms and employ real estate agents. Those real estate agents may be employees of the firm, or they may work on contract and earn part of any commission they bring into the firm.

If you are a homeowner ready to sell or a buyer in the market for a new home, either a real estate broker or a real estate agent can help you achieve your goal. What is more important than their title is their track record and client success stories. When interviewing real estate agents or brokers to help you buy or sell a home, ask about their recent sales history as compared with the original listing prices. If you’re selling a home, ask how they would market your home and what price they would list it at. Whether you hire an agent or broker, you want a professional who will have your best interests at heart.

What do real estate agents charge?

Real estate agents typically don’t charge a set rate to their clients, but rather earn a commission on the price of the final home sale. In traditional real estate, there is a buyer’s agent and a seller’s agent. The two agents receive 5 percent to 6 percent of the final home sale price and split it evenly, meaning they each earn roughly 2.5 percent to 3 percent of the total home sale. If you are a home seller, you may have fees associated with the sale that are above and beyond the commission the agents earn. The real estate agent may have you pay marketing fees, MLS fees, early cancellation fees, or more. Always ask pricing details before signing a contract so you clearly understand your financial obligations. Here are some of the average (and common) costs that can arise when selling a home:

  • Home inspection: $200-$350 or more, depending on region.
  • Home appraisal: $250-$400 or more, depending on region.
  • Professional real estate photography: $275-$550 or more, depending on photographer, square footage of house, and special requests like sunset shots.
  • Closing costs: Often split between the seller and buyer. An average range for the buyer to pay is between 3 percent and 4 percent, with the seller paying a lower fee at 1 percent to 3 percent of the home’s price.
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