I am a licensed Broker in VA, formally an associate at RE/MAX Peninsula. I recently moved to Los Angeles to be with family, but continue to serve as a consultant and referring agent in Virginia, as well as internationally throughout the RE/MAX system. I offer real estate consulting and planning services, and investment advice. I specialize in helping people make their dreams come true through sound real estate investing. I am an Accredited Buyers Representative, always keeping a balance of working with buyers and sellers 50/50. I have helped many investors over the years- both to "fix and flip" and hold as rentals and have done both myself.
I have been managing properties for over 19 years-- up to as many as 102 single-family and milti-unit properties at one time-- and selling and marketing real estate for over 13 years. I work mostly by referral, treating my customers with such outstanding care, that they want to refer their friends and family to me. That way, I get to work with great folks and don't have to spend any time cold-calling, door knocking or sending out junk mail like the average real estate agent.
I was among the first to become a Certified Distresssed Property Expert (CDPE) so I can better serve homeowners who are behind on their mortgage, or are anticipating getting behind, due to a change in cirmumstances or who HAVE to move and are "upside down" on their property. It is possible to save your home from a foreclosure (which will lower your credit score an average of 300 points, stay on your report for 10 years, and even effect your job or security clearance). People have options they don't know about, so I want to be able to help as many as I can. I achieved the Seller Representative Specialist (SRS) designation so I can better advise Sellers in this Buyer's market. Probably, though, I am most noted for my aggressive Buyer advocacy, having been an ABR for a number of years.
I am a member of the National Association of Realtors, the Virginia Association of Realtors and the Virginia Peninsula Association of Realtors, where I served on the Public Policy Committee. I take the Realtor Code of Ethics very seriously- trust me, I have seen some doozies out there! Whew! I also take the professional aspect of my field very seriously too. I ask my clients, customers and co-brokers to hold me accountable-but I am my own hardest critic. I think people pay a lot of money for real estate services and they deserve top service, reliability and constant care and contact. I hate salespeople who try to just get the "deal" done. I like to give personal attention and therefore only work with a handful of buyers at one time.
With a strong conviction of the need to give back to the community that I serve, I have volunteered for several organizations including Save the Bay, HR Pride and the local SPCA, Equality Virginia, fighting for equal rights for ALL Virginians, Hampton Roads OUTreach Center where I served as the president of the Board of Directors. I am a founding member and recently retired from the BOD of Hampton Roads Business Outreach, too. I donation a percentage of all my sales to The Children's Miracle network and have raised money for the Koman Foundation.
I am also a proud Jersey Girl and so pull no punches, as you will note by my answers on the Trulia Q and A. Any time you have a question and need a non-nonsense answer from a seasoned professional, feel free to email me directly.