is Mary Greenberg.
Okay, I know this is wrong on lots of levels. First, it's outright nepotism - no way I can argue with that. Second, we're supposed to get permission, but Mary is way too modest to let me write this. And lastly, it could be argued, again on lots of levels, that this is just self-serving, and I'm going to benefit from it. True again.
I've been in the real estate business almost 20 years, and Mary really is the best Realtor I've ever met. Here are just a few reasons why I believe that:
She has an over-riding dedication to our clients' goals and well-being. Choosing the benefit of our clients over the benefit of our bank account is not only a default setting - it's the only setting. I've watched her lose sleep and make herself sick with worry over the pursuit of getting something - sometimes a small something - right for our clients.
In 20 years, I've seen her make a few piddling technical mistakes, but I've never ever seen her come within shouting distance of an ethical slip. She knows the difference between right and wrong, and always wants to feel that what she does is not only legal but the right thing to do.
Mary knows her market, which is the result of several visits each day to the hotsheet, to see what's come on the market, what's selling and what's not. And her market is big, encompassing 2 counties, 7 cities, and everything inbetween. She has an encyclopedic memory of pretty much every home she's ever showed, and is curious enough to ask and then remember the answers to a lot of good back-story questions about homes and people. She knows contracts and real estate law, and is a pretty good negotiator - her clients are usually the happy ones at the closing table.
She is extremely personable - our clients, and other agents as well, like her and enjoy working with her. She's great at remembering their names and their interests, but even better, she has a gift for understanding what they're really saying about their needs. After the first round of looking at homes, Mary will know what they want and what's going to work for them. They almost always wind up trusting her advice and guidance, and relying on her as a valued partner.
Mary has a lot of other outstanding skills and talents, but fortunately, she isn't perfect. She doesn't have any enthusiasm for technology or systems, doesn't really want to spend time blogging, and has no appetite for conflict. That leaves an adequate opening for me to snag a ride - I get to play with the internets, design the marketing materials, keep up the databases, explain contracts to the clients and, on those rare occasions when it's absolutely necessary, be the designated bad guy. Plus I get to pinch hit and show homes when we're stacked up.
Mary & I make a good team, but I'm honest enough to know that Mary's excellence in real estate makes it easy for us. I'm in awe of her, proud of her and immensely grateful to her. So it's an easy thing, self-serving or not, to recommend her without reservations.