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As a real estate consultant, I spend time getting to know your needs before I ever discuss how many bedrooms and bathrooms are required. The first thing I tell you is "there are thousands of agents who can sell you a house, but only one that can help you find your home". You see, if I don't find out what's really important to you, I will NEVER be able to find your home. After we have spent some time talking and I get to know you and get to know what is most important to you (not necessarily related to real estate), then we can get down to finding your new home. The best way to illustrate this is with a short story.
I had a couple come in the office and they were looking for a two story colonial, 4 bedrooms, 2.5 bath. Seemed like a simple request. In talking to the couple, I found that the wife's to priority was to have a fenced yard for her children. The husband was a car buff so, the garage was very important to him. I showed them two story colonials in the areas they were interested in and nothing really seemed to leap out at them. I asked "do you mind if I show you something that I think may suit your needs". They agreed and we went to look at a ranch home with a detached three car heated garage with an attached workshop and a fenced yard, sitting on a large lot. As soon as we walked in both the husband and the wife fell in love with the property. I made their dreams come true.
As a real estate consultant, I don't help clients buy and sell houses; I make their dreams come true.
BS in Mechanical Engineering - Rutgers University
MBA - Florida Tech
US Navy Reserve - 10 yrs (Mustang. SK2 - LT, Supply Corps)
Why I Do, What I Do
I first became interested in real estate when I purchased my first home 15 years ago. I enjoyed viewing all of the homes that were available for sale. I must have looked at 100 homes and burned through 3-4 agents. What I found was that the agents could not keep up with my requests. What I have since learned is that the agents I was using at the time were not consultants. They were showing me homes that did not meet my needs. In essence, we wasted a lot of time. However, it was fun for me.
I figured that I could do the job better than those original agents that I contacted. I have learned to ask the right questions up front to my potential clients. I have learned that its not about trying to push my clients to buy or sell a property....it's about helping them find a win-win situation. When we pull up to the house that my client will eventually buy, they know...THIS IS THE ONE!. All I have to do at that point is stand back and let the magic work.
This is why I do what I do....I want to help you and I enjoy it and I get paid for doing something I REALLY enjoy.
I also enjoy sharing. Below you will find links to previous posts that I have written which may be helpful to you.
"I must say that I was a very difficult customer. I didn't know much about buying a house and I kept changing my mind about what I wanted. You always told me....don't let anybody push you into something that you are not comfortable doing. I really appreciate that. You took your time with me and always explained my options. When I get ready to buy my next house, I will call you first. Thank you again and God Bless you" Richard Tomlinson - Sicklerville, NJ
"When I wanted to sell my house because another agent told me I could get $200,000 for it. A friend of mine recommended that I call Mr. McClain before I made any decisions. Mr. McClain was ready for our first meeting and he showed me that houses in my neighborhood were selling around $146,000. He then sent me to a mortgage consultant who helped me find a mortgage with lower monthly payments and helped me set up a plan to pay off of my bills. When I am ready to move, I WILL CALL Mr. McClain and I will send all my family and friends to him" Sondra Murray - Willingboro, NJ
"Leander, I just want to thank you for being so patient with my family during the purchase of our first home. You are not only a real estate agent, you are a teacher and a coach. Things got crazy for awhile, but we always felt that you had everything under control. Thank you so much for your help. My sister now wants to buy a house, she will be calling you in a few days. See you soon." - Charles Jackson Jr., Lumberton, NJ
"My family and I were relocating to burlington county and we wanted an agent who was familiar with the area and would handle all of our needs. We did not understand how we would be able to handle all of the details while we were in California. Mr. McClain assured us that he would guide us in fiding our new home and everything else that had to be done. On our first house hunting trip, Mr. McClain helped us to locate the perfect home. He handled all of the negotiations, inspections and paperwork. When we showed up for closing, everything was in place. I have recommended you to everyone at my old base. Thank you so much." - Courtney V. Ziegler, Capt. USAF
"Leander, All I can say is Thank You, Thank You, Thank You. You helped me and my family so much that I feel like you are a part of the family. You helped us negotiate a great deal on the house we purchased and you showed us how to get the seller to pay most of the closing costs even though they were not offering to pay. And to top it off, you explained the whole process to us step by step. If it were not for you, we would still be living in a cramped apartment. I am now telling everyone I know that mentions buying a house.....you must call Leander, you won't be sorry. Thank you so much again. We can't wait to spend our first Thanksgiving and Christmas in our own house". - Stephanie Kaitell, Burlington, NJ
"When I was looking to buy my first home, I was nervous. There was so much bad news everywhere about the real estate market. I didn't even know how to find a real estate agent. I Googled Realtors in Burlington Township and found many listed. Then I read and article that Leander wrote online that dealt with a definition of happiness. I was having a really bad day and that article really lifted my spirits. I decided to find out more about him, so i googled him and saw that he had a lot of information on line. I signed up for his blog and read his posts for about a month before I called him. When I finally talked to him, I knew I had found the right agent for me.
Leander was kind, informative and most of all patient. He explained everything to me in a way that I could understand. Not only was he this way, but the people that he worked with were just the same. I have never met such a positive bunch of people. Anyway, to make this long story short, Leander helped me find a great townhouse in a wonderful neighborhood. I absolutely love my new home. I love coming home everday to MY HOUSE :). I owe a big debt of gratitude to Leander. When I am ready to sell this house and move to a larger place....there is only one person I will call....and his number is on speed dial...Leander McClain. Thanks so much" - Stacy D. Harris, Burlington Township, NJ
All I can say is CALL LEANDER!!!! If you are looking to buy a house, you will not find a more patient and intelligent man - - Abu Karim Muhammad, Marlton, NJ
Disclaimer: ActiveRain Corp. does not necessarily endorse the real estate agents, loan officers and brokers listed on this site. These real estate profiles, blogs and blog entries are provided here as a courtesy to our visitors to help them make an informed decision when buying or selling a house. ActiveRain Corp. takes no responsibility for the content in these profiles, that are written by the members of this community.