What did you do before real estate and how did you get started in the business?
Before becoming a Realtor, I worked in marketing and finance, and I loved doing both. I was a brand marketer for Welchs and Kraft Foods, and one of my favorite parts of the job was creating detailed marketing plans to best promote and sell the product. Prior to that, I was a commercial lender for Bank of Boston, and to this day, I still love delving into spreadsheets and performing analyses. One of the things that I enjoy about being a Realtor is that, in order to do the best job for my clients, I rely on both my marketing and finance skills daily.
I got started in real estate by staging homes, which was a natural transition from my brand marketing jobs. I really enjoyed helping to create additional value for homeowners by staging their home. I soon realized that I wanted to bring together all of these experiences and my real estate passion, so I secured my real estate license so that I could work with clients from start to finish. Ultimately, its my clients' happiness that brings me the most joy in this business. It really is a relationship business.
What is one thing your clients find comfort in that make them turn to you for their real estate needs?
My clients find comfort in knowing that I will work tirelessly to get them the best outcome with the least amount of stress. I listen carefully to their goals and needs, and they know and trust that I have their best interests in mind.
Do you keep your clients updated on market conditions?
I think communication is key to being an excellent Realtor. Buying or selling a home is a critical investment, so I work hard to keep my clients updated on all aspects that affect the transaction. I do this through a combination of in-person, voice and electronic communications, and Iadjustit tohow each individual client prefers to communicate.
Do you go all out with marketing?
For each propertythat I represent, I create a custom marketing plan, tailored for the needs of the homeowner and property. I look forward to learningabout what the homeowners have loved about their home and then carefully crafting the messaging that best highlights these aspects. Todays buyers love video, so I create custom property videos for each home, and I utilize both traditional advertising and social media campaigns to maximize exposure. Additionally, I capitalize on the incredible Sothebys International Realty network to get key market exposure both domestically and globally for the listings I represent.
What are some of your favorite local activities or organizations that you participate in?
One of my favorite local organizations to support is the Foundation for Belmont Education. Belmont is known for its great school system and as such, attracts tremendous and caring teachers. These teachers are dedicated to teaching with the most up-to-date methods, and the Foundation for Belmont Education helps support the teachers with leading edge tools and training. Our kids are the future of this country and I believe in supporting their growth and learning.
Describe your perfect day off.
My perfect day off usually involves family, food and fun. We are a family that likes to explore, so finding a great place to hike or go fishing tends to top our list of adventures. Inevitably along the way, we find ourselves talking about where and what we will eat that night for dinner and look forward to a great meal, typically involving some kind of seafood. And we usually top the day off with a board game or movie. I never tire of that combination.
What are three sources of joy in your week?
My biggest source of joy every week, and every day, is my family. I am so grateful for my husband and three boys. And my biggest joy has been watching our kids grow from boys to men. Ive said this over and over, but I love each stage of their growth more than the last. My friends are another large source of joy in my life, and I have a great group of women who I get together with weekly, and weve been doing this for nearly two decades. Its a great way to stay grounded and supported. And my third weekly joy has to be my dog Tucker always happy and delighted to see me, even if Ive only been gone for 15 minutes.
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