A Little Bit About Me
Born and raised here, I love calling Alamance County (and the surrounding areas) home. There are so many great reasons to be here; proximity to the highway, major universities and hospitals, a diverse area economy that grows stronger by the day as well as quality living and opportunities for growth, recreation, and engagement!
There are a couple of mottos and cliches that I tend to live by, some intentionally, some unintentionally, that I think will give you a pretty good idea of who I am as a person. First, I wholeheartedly believe that the folks looking to buy or sell the $50k home deserve the same level of service and attention as those with the $500k home. I’m not someone who determines the value of a job to be done by the dollars involved. Indeed, I need the income to help keep my family afloat, but what good is that if I can’t sleep peacefully every night? I don’t have a prescribed “market range” within which I am willing to work. If you need assistance, I am more than willing to help.
And while a SALE does, indeed, take place, I don’t see myself as a “SALE-SY” person at all. I view my job as that of a partner and collaborator, whose job it is to educate you about the current real estate market and how it affects you, walking with you through all of the ins and outs of the process, looking out for your best interest. There’s another important thing I’d like to note. If I were to only tell you the things you WANT to hear, I wouldn’t be doing my job. In fact, I think that would be a grave disservice to you. It’s really important to me that I give you a true reflection of the situation before you, not just limiting information to the rainbows and butterflies that might get me the job of working for you.
I’m not a bumper sticker person, but if I were, I would surely display the COEXIST sticker, composed of recognizable symbols, reminding us to be respectful of the different views and opinions we each hold dear. The other sticker I would proudly display says, “Wag More, Bark Less.” Every day is made better having had the opportunity to exercise care and kindness toward those we encounter! I joke that I’m not organized enough to do “regularly scheduled” good deeds so I rely on “random acts of kindness” to keep my heart full!
Lastly, I think it’s only fair that I forewarn you of an “I resemble that remark” scenario. I unabashedly say that I know that I am one of those folks you may see down the aisle at the grocery store and think to yourself, “Hmmmm (looking down at your watch). She’s real nice, but I don’t have an hour to chat. I’m gonna have to go the other way.” And I TOTALLY understand, lol!
"The “cost” of using a REALTOR?
As first time home BUYERS, many moons ago, my first thought was, “We can’t afford a REALTOR?.” Fortunately, the real estate industry operates by dividing the commission paid by seller to compensate those on both sides of the transaction. Whether or not you use an agent to represent your best interests, the seller will almost certainly still be paying the same rate of commission. There is really no advantage for you, fiscally or otherwise, not to enlist the services of a REALTOR?. Having said that, using a REALTOR? to represent you is essentially a free service so why not take advantage of that? (This may not be the case with a For Sale By Owner property if the seller is unwilling to compensate the buyer’s representative, but they frequently will. Not to worry, your REALTOR? will ask the seller and let you know in advance.) My husband and I learned, the hard way, that the person we thought was working FOR us was really just working WITH us. Buying a home is usually the biggest investment you’ll ever make. You should feel comfortable and informed about the process. Never be afraid to ask questions!
Well, the years flew by and (before I had become a REALTOR?) we eventually found ourselves in the position of home SELLERS. I have to admit that it was tempting to toy with the idea of trying to sell our home ourselves and hang on to those precious dollars. After all, we were reasonably bright adults and I had watched a ton of HGTV! The problem with that theory? “You don’t know what you don’t know.” In other words, there is no way to envision the scope of things of which you SHOULD be aware if you have no concept that those issues/angles/avenues/obstacles/opportunities even exist.
As it turns out, there’s more to a real estate transaction than I had gleaned from a compilation of HGTV, public records and “gut feeling.” Had we ventured down the For Sale By Owner path, how would we have determined an appropriate asking price for our home? (Buyers and their agents will eventually recognize when your home is overpriced and simply skip over it.) Perhaps we’d have been lucky and ended up with someone who shared our price enthusiasm -- only to be disappointed when the appraiser wasn’t able to substantiate that amount. (The buyer’s lender would not have approved THAT loan.)
And just what about the folks who would have come by for a look? Would they have been serious or just out for an afternoon of entertainment? Would it have been a wise use of our time and/or dollars to follow up with every would-be buyer? Maybe not. But then again, maybe? And speaking of following, would we have let those folks walk around as they pleased while we waited, politely, out of view? I have “been there and done that” as both a buyer and as a buyer’s agent. It’s already an unnatural feeling to look around someone else’s home (even though they want you to, hoping you’ll buy it). That awkward discomfort is multiplied in a For Sale By Owner scenario, sometimes to a level that will have a buyer turn away from a desirable opportunity in an effort to shed the odd discomfort.
Was I ever glad that we chose to work with a REALTOR? to help us with our home sale and subsequent purchase! Most of those concerns turned out to be non-events, due, simply, to the procedural framework within which REALTORs? operate. And if something had come up? Our trusty REALTOR? would have put our minds at ease, led us down the necessary path, over or around, and out to the other side of a successful transaction.
I’d like to be that REALTOR? for you!"