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As an agent who's an expert in this local area, I bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise about buying and selling real estate here. It's not the same everywhere, so you need someone you can trust for up-to-date local information. Below is my Real Estate Resume for you to review to get an idea of my background and experience in Real Estate:
I first obtained my Real Estate License in 1994 and worked for two years as a Mortgage Broker and learned the financial side of the business. I keep abreast of loan requirements and know what questions to ask due to my prior experience as a lender to help clients obtain financing and to protect Sellers by analyzing and probing the buyer's lender to make sure they're on track and not wasting the Seller's time with a lending scenario that's not going to work out.
From there I next spent 1996 and early 1997 working as a Transaction Coordinator for a Broker Associate at RE/MAX of Chico. It was here that I learned the "nuts and bolts" of Real Estate, including putting together the file paperwork, explaining contracts to clients, writing up addenda, dealing with and working with other Realtors, setting appointments and helping my employer close transactions. Things were slow in our local market at that time so my employer had to lay me off. I took the time, some family money had come available, to build a house for my wife and I on a vacant lot I had purchased in South Chico a few years earlier. I have a strong background in Construction working in my late teens and early 20's as a skilled laborer in many trades and in property management. I picked up a lot of knowledge during this part of my life which has been very helpful in my Real Estate career as I am able to advise clients on the condition of properties with confidence having helped build many homes and income properties from the ground up as well as participating in many remodeling projects.
In July of 1999 I jumped back into full time Real Estate Sales with a local discount broker called For Sale by Owner Realty. Over the next few years I refined my knowledge base, built up a clientele, and in 2003 became a part owner of the corporation. In 2006 I became the Broker Designee in charge of file review, trouble shooting escrow problems for the agents, dealing with other offices in a dispute, approving new listings, and being the "front man" for the office at the request of my partners.
In 2007 we sold the business to the local Prudential California Realty Franchise where I went back to being a full time Realtor and continued to build on what had come before in terms of knowledge, client base and experience. I worked there for the next 9 years, helping out with some of the same things I did at my old brokerage in an unofficial capacity and got more involved in my local Association of Realtors as a member of the Board of Directors and some additional sub-committees. I was nominated and served as President of our association in 2011 and 2012. My Realtor peers were kind enough to nominate me to be Realtor of the Year in 2012 for my service to the Association and greater community. The latest career chapter is going to work for Chico Homes Real Estate Sales in 2016 where I continue to work with my clients and have joined my broker Sandi Bauman's team to work with her to service new Buyers and Sellers that need help with North State Real Estate. I look forward to providing you with exceptional service long after the sale is over.
Find Your Next Home
You need someone who knows this area inside and out! I can work with you to find the right home at the right price for you, including all the neighborhood amenities that matter - not to mention the essential criteria you have for your ideal home. I listen to what my customers tell me and then go hunt down the right property that they want to buy, you won't finding me reaching beyond your financial comfort level or trying to sell you something you don't want.
Sell a Home
When it's time to move, you need someone who will advertise your home, show to prospective buyers, negotiate the purchase contract, arrange financing, oversee the inspections, handle all necessary paperwork and supervise the closing. I can take care of everything you need, from start to close.
Consult on Home Selling Tactics
Oftentimes buyers don't visualize living in your home the way you do. I can make your home attractive to its ideal audience - which can help you get top dollar. Things like staging the home, making repairs or minor improvements, or even simply painting the walls can be the difference between a home resting on the market and one that's sold fast. In today's digital world where just about everybody is shopping online for months before they decide to buy, prep and presentation is everything. Planning how best to present your property to the world is a big part of what I do these days in terms of representing Sellers.