My overriding philosophy is "SERVING MY CLIENTS IS MY BUSINESS". I always strive to do what is best for my clients. Buying or selling a house is an emotional time. My job is to take the stress out of the process by taking care of the multitude of details, scheduling inspections, providing guidance, explaining the endless stream of documents, disclosures & inspections, and making sure everything comes together in the end.
After I received my real estate license, I decided to take the extra step and become a REALTOR®. To do this, I had to take some extra classes and agree to be bound by the Code of Ethics. The Code of Ethics reflects how I want to conduct my business anyway, so why not formalize it? The gist of the Code of Ethics is the Golden Rule – Treat others as you would want to be treated. Good words to live by and a great way to do business
When I signed up for the SRES® class, I thought, "Real estate is real estate. It doesn't matter what age you are." While the mechanics of the buying/selling transaction are pretty much the same, there are a lot of other considerations for older homeowners - and many of them do not involve selling their homes.
Many older homeowners have lived in their homes for 20, 30 or more years, and have accumulated a lot of Memories, Treasures, and “Stuff”. Just the thought of trying to sort and pack it all can be overwhelming, and cause people to remain in a home that no longer meets their needs simply because the thought of moving is so daunting. Guess what?! There is help available!
Many older homeowners are "house rich and cash poor" - meaning they have paid off their home which could be worth a lot of money, but they can't afford to maintain it, pay the taxes on it, or upgrade it. Or maybe they would like to buy a vacation home but can't qualify for a loan because their only income is a pension or social security. Wouldn't it be nice to be able to tap the equity in your paid off house, buy a vacation home, and never make another house payment? Well, it's possible.
An older homeowner may need to make some modifications to the house, like putting in grab bars or ramps, so they can continue to live in their home rather than move to a facility or in with their children. They may just need some assistance with home maintenance, laundry, running errands, etc. I now have a much better picture of the options and services available to older homeowners for whatever path they choose. Some of the options don't involve selling the house at all! Give me a call if any of these apply to you or someone you know, and I'll be happy to assist in finding the necessary resources.
Seniors Real Estate Specialist®
Real Estate Education & Certifications
I grew up in a military family, so moving was a part of life. It was always hard to leave our friends, and it was a bit scary going to a new place. My mom was smart though - she would write ahead to the Chamber of Commerce (no internet in those days) and get information about the area we were moving to. She would start talking about it, so we started getting excited about the new place.
Moving so often meant we weeded through our belongings so we didn't accumulate so much "stuff". Having lived in one place now for a long time, we have accumulated a lot of "stuff". Almost makes me want to move so we will go through the "stuff" and get rid of some of it!
I started working in IT when it was still called "data processing". I worked my way up from data entry clerk VP of IT over the course of 30 years. I liked the variety of things I got to work on, and the many people I got to work with. About 10 years ago, I decided I was tired of the corporate rat race, and quit. I had started investing in real estate and really liked it, so I decided to become a Realtor. As things have evolved over the years, I have sort of naturally gravitated toward the seniors market.
I have lived and worked in the Bay Area for over 30 years, so I've seen a lot of changes. I'm married and have 2 daughters and a stepson. I have 4 grandchildren (so much fun!!!). I like to read, play the piano, line dance, and have fun with friends.