What Sets Me Apart? I'm Your Go To Agent for Estate Properties

Real Estate Agent with United Real Estate TX #0552717

Certified Probate Real Estate Specialist What Sets Me Apart? I'm Your Go To Agent for Estate Properties.

Most buyers and sellers know me as the "Addison agent" but selling Addison Texas real estate is only part of my real estate world. I got into real estate because I manage and conduct estate sales. It made sense to be able to sell the house AND the contents, or either.

Back when I had a Texas auctioneer's license, I earned the Certified Estate Specialist (CES) designation through the National Auctioneer's Association (NAA). And recently I took the Certified Probate Real Estate Specialist class to earn the CPRES designation.  I also have the Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES) designation which helps when working with downsizing older adults.

Because I understand the probate process and the players, I can more easily work with executors, bank trust officers, and estate/probate attorneys when there is real estate left in a will, or when a person dies intestate.

And when there is a lifetime accumulation of household goods and memories, I can work with the executor and heirs, helping to take the emotion out of the process of selling the contents of the house for them.

The probate timeline begins with the preparation and the filing of the petition  at the county courthouse. This can take one to two months. The probate timeline ends nine to eighteen months later, on average, (at least in Texas), with the final distribution of funds in the estate.  There are many steps in between, but the most important for the sale of any real estate in the estate is the issuance of the Letters Testamentary.  Real property can't be transferred without the personal representative receiving this. And it can take two to four months if the will is NOT contested. 

Lots of patience is required when working with estate properties. I enjoy working with my executor sellers to help with settling and closing the estates.




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Lorrie Semler, e-PRO, GRI, SRES, CPRES, CRS
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Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Lorrie, specialized training in probate does set us apart from other agents.  Congratulations on your CPRES designation.

Jun 26, 2014 12:40 PM #1
Lorrie Semler, REALTOR® in the Dallas area. Call/text 972-416-3417
United Real Estate - Addison, TX
Real Service. Real Results. Real Estate

Thanks, Kathleen. I see you've got the CPRES designation, too. It's relatively new in Texas.

Jun 26, 2014 12:41 PM #2
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

There certainly is a need for agents who understand the probate process and can market a house so that it will benefit the heirs.

Jun 26, 2014 12:47 PM #3
Charles Stallions
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services - Pensacola, FL
800-309-3414 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl.

Hi Lorrie and sounds like a niche to me and all the best to you 

Jun 26, 2014 12:56 PM #4
Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities
Charlemagne International Properties - Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A.

Yes, helping to settle estates can be time-consuming and requires a skill set not every agent possesses.

Jun 27, 2014 07:16 AM #5
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

That is a real niche and takes a special person to do it with compassion and care. Thank you for participating in the contest

Jul 04, 2014 11:56 PM #6
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