You deserve an agent who has taken the time and effort to learn what you really want and how to work for YOUR interests as a home buyer.
As a Buyers Agent with the ABR, CRS, and GRI designations I am a specialist in representing home buyers in all phases of the transaction. My specialized knowledge and expertise in assisting home buyers will insure that you are getting the best Agent possible!
As a home buyer you have a lot of questions, and you need straightforward, accurate answers provided by an expert who will LISTEN to you, and who will protect YOUR interests.
As a Buyer's Agent, my first priority is to get to know you. I cannot give you what you want unless I learn what your wants, needs, and dreams are. I ask a lot of questions. I am dedicated to making YOU happy with your real estate purchase.
Our counseling sessions are not just about property. By the time we are done, I will know about your wants, needs, jobs, children, pets, dreams, fears and goals, as well as how prepared your are to buy a home.
I will help you determine what you need at the moment and I will learn how I can best help you in reaching that goal. Just as every home is unique, so are the needs of each individual. Some common concerns are "I need to live close to a hospital", "I need additional information on schools in the area", "I need to know for sure that you will stay in my price range", "I would like some addresses of houses to drive by and look at", or even "I just need someone to hold my hand, because this stuff is scary!"
Whatever concerns you have you will be addressed, and together we will search for a solution.
ABR (Accredited Buyer Representative) assures you that I have the specialized buyer representation training needed to help you find the right home.
CRS (Certified Residential Specialist) and GRI (Graduate, Realtor Institute) means I am committed to being the very best agent I can be. (Less than 5% of Realtors have earned the GRI designation but these same agents participate in 25% of the real estate transactions.)
Serving home buyers in:
Sarasota, Siesta Key, Longboat Key, St. Armands, Bird Key, Casey Key, Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch, Venice, Osprey, Nokomis, North Port, Florida
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Economic Stability-A declining employment rate in a area spells trouble for the future resale possibilities of a home.
Community Pride-How well is the community maintained? Is there litter in the streets and lawns that are obviously not cared for properly?
Municipal Services-Is there a public library and how well is it stocked? What are the crime statistics? Is the police force effective and responsive to community needs? Are fire stations located nearby so that they also can respond quickly in an emergency? Does the city have well maintained and parks? Community events, such as an annual parade? Are there activities available for all ages from children through senior citizens?
A good real estate agent will have amassed a wealth of information on these subjects.
Schools-Even if you don't have children or your children are grown and gone from home, schools are very important. They reflect the community's willingness to invest in it's future by providing a quality education for their children. Check to see how local students score on the standardized tests. You can ask your agent about these things, and there are also school reports available for free on the Internet. You can also obtain the phone number of the local school district and check with them yourself.
Property Taxes-While we all like to see lower property taxes, as some point they can be too low and not provide enough money for the city to provide proper services for their residents. While you do not want to live in a community that taxes it's homeowners excessively, it is important to strike a balance between taxes and quality of infrastructure (streets, sewers, water supply).