Fresno/Clovis Area Expert dedicated to helping families realize the "American Dream" of homeownership. From first time buyers, to investors, to helping those in financial distress, I am here to help.
Get to know Kim Darling
How It All Started:
Real Estate is in my blood. I grew up the only child of a very successful and respected Realtor, Sandy Darling. As a child, I was always helping my mother, making copies, organizing her MLS binder, filing papers, and going to walk thrus. I actually used to memorize the streets and quiz myself as we were driving all over town everyday. I never knew that someday I would actually be a Realtor myself. After a 5 year teaching career, I decided to dabble in Real Estate as a part time hobby. I knew the business and it seemed like a perfect extra job to take on during the weekends and summers off. Well, the part time idea only lasted 8 weeks, I immediately fell in love with Real Estate. I loved working with people and helping them find their perfect home. I also enjoyed listing my clients homes and helping them find a buyer who would appreciate their home as they had. I enjoy the marketing aspect of it, as I have an undergraduate degree in Advertising. Real Estate was just a perfect fit for me.
Since beginning as a licensed Realtor in 2001, I have made many friends and enjoyed the relationships I have built with my clients. It warms my heart that I have helped someone find a home where they will live their life and have many wonderful memories in the years to come. I realize that your home is more than just a financial investment, but a home is truly where the heart is. When working with clients, I understand this on both the sellers and buyers side. Real Esate as much as we want it to be a sound financial decision,can be a very emotional and sometimes stressful event. I realize change is hard for many people, and changing where you live is a very big deal and I work with my clients knowing this.
Education and Credentials:
GRI-Completed in December 2009
Prudential Certified E-Team Member
Prudential Relocation-Designated Destination Services
Real Estate License-Obtained in 2001, Active member of FAR, CAR, & NAR since 2001
California Teaching Credential-Multiple Subject w/emphasis on Early Childhood
Bachelor of Arts Degree-Mass Communication & Journalism obtained from California State University, Fresno
Associate of Arts Degree-Kings River Community College (Currently known as Reedley College)
Diploma-Bullard High School, Class of '91
Tenaya Middle School, Starr Elementary School, St. James, Lone Star
Attended California State University, Long Beach for 1 year after graduating from Bullard High
Kim Darling's Blog Posts
I am a Bullard High School Alumni and will have kids at Bullard for the next 13 years, so I specialize in homes located in Bullard High School Area, which covers most of Northwest Fresno. I am, however, very familiar with all neighborhoods in the Fresno and Clovis area. As a former teacher, I am especially in tune to all the different schools and their strengths and weaknesses. I am very experienced with first time home buyers, investors, move up buyers/sellers, and distressed properties. I am experienced in negotiating short sales for homeowners who owe more than they can sell for. If I don't know how to help a client, I will find the right resource to ask for help or refer the client to.