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Do not go it alone. We're happy to provide whatever level of service you need. We customize each transaction because it's not a one size fits all. If you need a little help or a "make it happen and let me know when closing is" kinda help, we're flexible. We specialize in getting the house ready to sell and getting your family ready to move! There's lots to be done. We’ve compiled a list of things the good agents are doing all day when you’re not watching. This is the standard:

We shop property online, all day. 

We don't just eyeball a few pretty photos, I'm looking at property taxes, schools, flood zones, year builts, other homes on the block, surveys, mortgages, historical appreciation, property lines...it's an endless list of data available to review.     

We go prospecting

Of course, there’s nothing like seeing a house in all its brick-and-mortar glory, which is why I spend tons of time driving around checking out new listings. I crawl around property, usually can find an open door, sometimes set off alarms (cops know me), it's a contact sport. Ya gotta get out there. I love love love the online resources -- sure beats how we used to do it.

BUT you don't fall in love online.   

We spend our own money on marketing

In addition to not getting paid until a deal is done, I'm investing more than just my time in making this happen. I'm hiring photographers, landscapers, painters, repair people, printers, sign installers, caterers, premium placements on listing sites, Facebook and Google ads, etc.

We smooth the bumps in the road

Not every sale goes smoothly—practically none of them do, actually. Buyers and sellers get difficult all the time, of course, this is N O R M A L.....everyone is stressed! tensions are high! everything is amplified! BUT .... I shield you from the drama. I put out fires, I smooth ruffled feathers, I take punches, I deliver a few punches back and bada bing bada bang, we're packin', we're closed. 

We keep calm when the pressure’s on

I don’t just hand you a house. I hold the baby while you measure the closets, I convince the parents you know what you're doing, I pick you up and drive you to the houses I want you to see, I manage the other agent who melts down at least once during the transaction......none of it surprises me. For a few months, I'm your therapist, I'm making your life much less stressful and you're gonna remember that for the rest of your life. 

Tell that to your therapist.

Testimonials

Helped me sell a home | Maureen knows how to evaluate a home to maximize its appeal and value. Although I had to swallow my pride and make the aesthetic changes that Maureen recommended, all of the minor changes had major affects on the sale of my home. Maureen immediately held an open house where everyone wanted to buy my house and it sold for more than my asking price in a few hours. It was a perfect transaction. kenbryk 11/18/2015
Helped me sell a home | I have worked with Maureen on four properties that she has helped me find/purchase/sell in the last 10 years, from houses to condos. She has been a tremendous asset in guiding me on pricing/staging a home we sold to helping us find/maintain tenants for our investment property. Each property has presented unique situations and she was able to guide us on the right thing to do, even if it wasn't something we wanted to hear, as it ultimately benefited us in the end. I have referred her numerous times (6-10 off the top of my head) to family, friends and colleagues and would continue to do so. Love working with her! aforster2 11/18/2015
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Research Behind the Scenes at the 2019 REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo: Research Committee

On Thursday afternoon, the Research team presented the committee-directed redesigns and findings of several surveys and data projects to the Research Committee..  The purpose of the committee is to focus on market conditions in the real estate industry as well as developments in the general economy and to identify topics on which research and information is needed with an eye to improving the productivity and profitability of REALTOR® firms, state associations, and local boards, and how that data can be utilized.  The committee is comprised of three state or board association staff, 10 residential specialists, 10 commercial specialists (including 1 auction specialist), one REALTOR® appraiser, one AEC Representative, and 15 at-large members.  The Committee is Chaired by Karen Crowson and Vice-Chaired by Joanne Zettl.

Brandi Snowden, Director of Member and Consumer Survey Research, presented the findings of the 2019 Profile of Home Staging to the Committee.  New this year in the report was a discussion of the impact home staging-related TV shows have on consumer staging expectations.

Amanda Riggs, Research Survey Analyst, spoke about the findings of the 2019 Profile of Real Estate Firms, newly redesigned under a directive from the Research Committee.  The report includes new topic areas, such as career direction after staff leave the firm, and whether the firm utilizes virtual assistants.

Nadia Evangelou, Research Economist, and Jessica Lautz, Vice President of Demographics and Behavioral Insights, presented on a tax study and how the reduced SALT deduction will affect taxpayers by each state.  For more on the reduced SALT deduction, click here >

Research Behind the Scenes at the 2019 REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo: Commercial Economic Issues & Trends Forum

On Thursday afternoon on May 15th, NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun gave a commercial update to members.  In his update, Yun discussed opportunities and challenges facing the commercial market in the year ahead.

 

Brian Ball, Secretary of Commerce & Trade for the State of Virginia, spoke about the impacts of Amazon HQ coming to National Landing, Virginia.

For a full summary of the outlook, read the news release >

For the presentation slides, click here >

Research behind the Scenes at the 2019 REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo: Residential Economic Issues & Trends Forum

Bright and early on Thursday May 16th, NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun presented his economic outlook on current and forecast trends to members attending the 2019 NAR Legislative Meetings & Expo.  In his update, Yun spoke about challenges facing the economy, as well as positive developments that members should watch for.

 

Also speaking were Danielle Hale, Chief Economist at realtor.com, and Dr. Johannes Stroebel, Associate Professor of Finance at New York University.  Hale gave a market outlook and spoke about affordability trends nationally and on state and county levels, and Stroebel spoke about the effect of a potential buyer’s social network on their desire to purchase a home.

For a full recap of the session, read the press release here >

For the presentation slides, click here >

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