One of the most daunting tasks when thinking about purchasing a home is contacting a Realtor. The questions start running through your mind, and there aren't a lot of places to get answers. "Am I really ready to purchase a home?" "What neighborhood would I want to live in?" "Can I afford the house I like?" "What is my budget?" And then if you do find a house, and call the listing agent, you may end up with one of those "Used Car Salesmen" types, and wish you had never called. Come on, you know the type! It's really unnerving to make that first move. I know, it was me not so long ago.
When I purchased my first home in 2001, I obsessed over the Homes & Land magazines, and newspaper pullouts. When we decided to purchase in Rancho Sahuarita, we grilled the assistant sales agent at Rancho Sahuarita for nearly 3 hours with every question I could think of about buying a new home. Looking back, it would of been a little more to my advantage if I had had my own agent representing me, instead of the salesperson who represented DR Horton Homes. I loved my first home, but I think of all the little things I did wrong during the sale.
(Found on Zillow.com)
I loved that first house, and my neighbors as well. I often drive by and see the old neighborhood, to see how the trees and roses have changed. The picture above is my neighbor's house, now being resold by the third or fourth owners. I helped trim that tree up after the wind storms were making it grow sideways, and my purple house and window is seen to the left.
We sold our house January 2005 in search of more land and a bigger house for our growing family. I found a fixer-upper in Cochise County, AZ and contacted a Realtor to help me sell my house and move out to wide open spaces. Many, many mistakes were made in the contracts, and I lost much of my equity to concessions in the contract that we thought were null and void. It was then I realized that during the rush and sale of homes during the "bubble," the Realtor I had chosen did not catch some of the details that would of made the sale and re-purchase of another home less stressful, and less expensive. It was then I decided to become an agent myself.
I attended Hogan School of Real Estate in the fall of 2006 and became a Real Estate Agent January of 2007. There have been many ups and downs in the real estate market since I started, but I have never lost the love of helping clients find their home, working through a tough sale, and representing my clients with the best of my knowledge and ability. Throughly explaining the contract terms and details in simple English, and helping my clients gain the knowledge needed for real estate transactions is one of the most satisfying parts of this job.
In August 2012, I became a member of The Homefront Team working with Vanessa Crelia. Vanessa and I have worked together since 2003 on a volunteer and friendship basis with BP Spouses. Developed in 1999, Vanessa Crelia created the BP Spouses website and forum dedicated to the significant others of those entering Customs and Border Patrol duty. The unique adjustment to life on the Southwest Border, and the life an Agent while working for CBP was an issue that was sometimes ignored, and the site has helped numerous spouses and significant others adjust.This unique perspective has helped both of us become fine-tuned to the needs of our clients, and we have learned to truly listen to what our clients are asking for.
Educating and helping our clients is our passion and while working with Tierra Antigua Realty, our goals of reaching clients throughout Pima county is more obtainable than ever. Contact us early in the process of buying or selling your home, and we can help guide you and help you find the answers you are looking for.