I Live For Home.

I wish I had something profound to say about how I got into real estate… a sign… some divine intervention leading me to a path I had no Idea would become the best life choice I ever made, but I don’t!  I literally fell into real estate by chance.  The company I had been employed by shut down and I found myself out of work with bills to pay and my former boss felt bad for me so he called in a favor.  My friend’s mother needed a bookkeeper for a part time gig and hired me.  She was a successful real estate agent and I quickly earned my place as her full time assistant.  I learned the business from the ground up and was running the office of a 100+ transaction a year team on the back end.  Life was good; bills were paid; I had stability; I had home.

…But…  something was missing.  My drive, my dedication, my focus was on making someone else the hero in so many families stories… I wanted that.  I wanted my own business and to be the boss; but I also wanted that feeling of pure joy when I handed over the keys to my clients at the settlement table and capture the smile on their faces.  I knew NOTHING about sales…or business for that matter.  I had been a nanny, and a student, and a receptionist my entire life… so little knowledge and experience in sales that it was almost laughable when I said I wanted to get my license and become a full time commissioned salesperson!  But I knew I had to try.

Now, I can sit here and tell you that I have all the skills needed to make an amazing agent and that I put in time, energy and effort into being very knowledgeable about the local market and about the industry as a whole, and I do, but more importantly I have a strong desire and passion to help people into home ownership.

Ill tell you a little story, Ill try to make it quick.  My mom never went to college, heck, she tells me she barely passed high school.  We lived in NJ and we were POOR.  We moved to Virginia when I was 6 due to my parents splitting up and we lived in the basement of my aunt’s home while my mom worked three jobs to get us on our feet.  She worked so hard to provide us a life.  It took several years to get her to a point where she had earned enough business cred to get a “big girl” job and I will never forget the day that all of her hard work paid off and we walked through the doors of our very first home.  No basements, no sharing bathrooms or bedrooms with my little brother; we walked through the door of a 3000 square foot home with a backyard and a fence and a garage and my mom just stood there… and cried.  HOME.  Its more that just a building with a mortgage payment attached to it.  HOME.  Its more than 4 walls and paint and appliances.  HOME.  Its everything.  Its family, future, security, independence, lifestyle, design, live, love, grow.  Its HOME and I wanted to relive that feeling over and over and over again.  Ill never forget it.   I got into this business to help others have that feeling.  Its the best!

As a real estate professional, I pride myself on bringing more to the table than just my knowledge of the local market, and the number of homes I have helped people buy and sell over the last several years.  I put you first.  I make you my number one priority.  I take the time to get to know you, your goals, motivations, likes, dislikes and everything else that makes you…well you!  Buying a house is a BIG DEAL!  You need a professional who understands that and all the other factors that go into this exciting experience.  Phone apps and websites with homes for sale cannot provide you the same level of service that a real live person can.  We need to get back to the face to face interaction with real people and that is how I do business.  I would love the opportunity to sit down over a cup of coffee and get to know you… earn your trust and earn your business… and hopefully earn your friendship when it is all over and I get the amazing privilege of handing you the keys to your NextHome.

 

Tips To Get Settled In A New Home

Moving into a new home? We know how exciting it can be! I’ve compiled a list of a few things you can do after your move to make sure your experience is comfortable. The hardest part of a move is getting settled in, after that, let’s handle a few loose ends that sometimes get forgotten about till the last minute.

Tips To Get Settled In A New Home

CHECK MAJOR APPLIANCES

Be sure to check all the appliances to ensure everything is still in working order after the move. You want to make sure nothing was broken in the move or stopped working suddenly. Look at things such as your stove, dishwasher, washer and dryer, refrigerator, and microwave. If you brought any appliances yourself and you used movers, you’ll want to make sure everything still works with them, since mover’s insurance companies give a limited timeframe for when you can make a claim.

CHECK ALL OF YOUR BOXES & FURNITURE

Be sure to go over all your boxes and furniture to make sure nothing got damaged during the move. Be sure that everyone has arrived and didn’t get lost in the process. If you notice something is missing a month later, it may be too late to file a claim with the moving company. Even if you don’t plan on unpacking everything as soon as you move in, just do a quick review and inventory everything you brought to protect yourself and your belongings.

SET UP UTILITIES

Did you remember to set up your utilities before moving in? There’s nothing more frustrating than moving into your home to realize the lights don’t work. Make sure you’ve gotten with all of the necessary utility companies to have everything turned on in time for your move.

REGISTER INTO A GOOD SCHOOL

You may have already known to look for a school for your kids prior to your move, but if you haven’t yet found one, be sure to research all the schools local to you to find the right fit for your family. The sooner you can find the right school and register, the easier and less stressful it will be to get them in and settle.

REGISTER YOUR CAR

If you’ve moved to a new state or country, you’ll want to make sure to register your car in your new hometown and update your driver’s license, tags, and plates.

CONNECT TO YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD

Join sites like Nextdoor.com or get a subscription to your local magazine/newspaper to stay in touch with what’s going on in your neighborhood. Be sure to also join local community Facebook groups. You can find out about events or concerns relating to your community.

GETTING YOUR MAIL

Have you updated your address from all the people you’ll be expecting to get mail from? Like your bank, friends, family, and services you still pay for after your move. Check with the post office to have things redirected to your new address while you work to update your info with everyone else.

FIND THE RIGHT PROFESSIONALS

If you’re moving far from your last home, you’ll want to have the right connections. Find a new doctor, dentist, vet, handyman, plumber, etc. Add them into a contact book that’s easily accessible.

EMERCENY CONTACT LIST

If you’re moving to a new country, 911 won’t be the local emergency number. Make sure you have all the correct numbers in the case of an emergency. This can also include doctors, the local police station, a vet, etc.

INSURANCE COMPANIES

More than likely, you handled home insurance and home warranty during the purchasing process. If you haven’t, be sure to get those taken care of right away. You’ll also want to get your auto, health, and any other necessary household insurances sorted for your move.