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SetSchedule Member Spotlight: Pamela Montero with Equity Real Estate-Utah Valley from Spanish Fork, UT!

August 10, 2020

Pamela Montero

Pamela Montero
Equity Real Estate-Utah Valley

Experience: 18 years
Specializations: Residential resale and new home construction
Areas Served: Springville, Spanish Fork, Mapleton – Utah County, Utah

Q: What made you become interested in real estate?
A: I love to look at houses

Q: What is the most interesting thing that happened during an open house you hosted?
A:   That I actually found a buyer!

Q: What was your favorite moment in your career so far?
A:  It is always a joy to assist first time home buyers, but one of my favorite experiences was helping some buyers who were out of state and basically choosing the house without them ever seeing it. They did get videos and help from their kids, but it is always different seeing a house in person. I was waiting at the house with breakfast and hot chocolate when they arrived! It was winter — just before Christmas. They were ecstatic! 

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SetSchedule Member Spotlight: Brad Davis with Just Real Seattle of Keller Williams Greater Seattle from Seattle, WA!

August 5, 2020

Brad Davis

Brad Davis
Just Real Seattle of Keller Williams Greater Seattle

Experience: 15 1/2 years
Specializations: Relocation, Move-Up/Move-Down, Luxury
Areas Served: Greater Seattle (King, North Pierce and South Snohomish Counties)

Q: What made you become interested in real estate?
A: Initially because of an interest in real estate investment. A close second was on account of the difficulty finding a good agent when buying my first home in 2002.

Q: What is the most interesting thing that happened during an open house you hosted?
A:   Not sure about interesting. Most memorable was on a very hot listing. I had at least 100 people through inside of a few hour window without a moment to excuse myself to use the restroom. Maintaining professional composure was challenging. Other than being very uncomfortable until I could close out the open and having a horde of people through, it was thankfully uneventful.

Q: What was your favorite moment in your career so far?
A:  A past client, my friend’s mom and now also my friend, is a retired teacher and three-time cancer survivor. She asked me whether she would be better off going into retirement living or buying her last condo. I told her I couldn’t give her that answer, only to encourage her to explore her options with an open heart and to lead with her heart. She looked into and visited a few retirement communities. I showed her some condos in the neighborhood she wanted to live in. At the first showing, we ran into a woman who also attends her church and knew her late husband. The following week, we visited a really lovely unit in a very upscale building. She’s a voracious reader and the building has a common area library right outside the unit door. She’s also very sociable, and so is the building. Because it’s so nice, she was worried it was too expensive. It was well within her budget and most importantly it spoke to her heart. She made a contingent offer, and I knew the broker so they convinced the seller to work with us. I sold her existing condo in five days. The seller invited my client to the building’s annual holiday party in the lobby, which was held before we even closed. She met several of her soon-to-be new neighbors. She was so happy with her new home, it moved her and subsequently me to tears. This was at the end of 2018/beginning of 2019. She is still doing well and loving her home!

Q: What do you wish you had known when you first got your real estate license?
A:  How to be a successful entrepreneur.

Q: In what ways have you seen the real estate industry change since you started?
A:  The process overall is mostly unaltered. Technology has really disrupted and shifted how we approach the process. Even so, technology has missed the mark on how relational a business real estate is. We have the opportunity to impact and change lives, thus important to do so with the intention of leaving every client better off for a transaction.  

Q: What’s the most challenging part of your job?
A:  Being randomized, and I’m very hard on myself in the meeting expectations department. 

Q: If you could sum up being a real estate agent in five words or less, what would you say?
A:  Most challenging entrepreneurial gig ever.

Listing of the Day: An outdoorsman’s dream in Magnolia, TX from Sharon Gilmore of eXp Realty

August 4, 2020

The Listing of the Day for August 4 is over at 22385 Magnolia Hills Drive, Magnolia, TX. Provided by eXp Realty.

You can escape the hustle and bustle of the city with this exceptional home, tucked quietly away on 10 beautifully wooded acres. It offers a large family room with floor-to-ceiling fireplace, row of tall windows across the back and high ceiling; a great place to relax, watch TV, or gaze out into the scenic backyard. Entertaining is easy in this gourmet kitchen with an island, stainless steel appliances plus, tons of counter and storage space, ideal for large groups or a cozy meal for two. The master suite has vaulted ceilings, a large walk-in closet, and a separate tub and shower, plus his and her vanities. This home is an outdoor paradise offering several decks, a covered patio, fire pit and walking paths: a great spot for parties or just unwind after a hard day. You’ll enjoy the stocked pond with lakeside cabin (needs some TLC). It offers the best of country living with city amenities just minutes away. Great Home. Great schools. Low taxes. Make your appointment today…you’re almost home!

3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1972 square feet. Listed for $475,000. 

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SetSchedule Member Spotlight: Erin Maldonado with Realty One Group from Indian Trail, NC!

August 3, 2020

Erin Maldonado

Erin Maldonado
Realty One Group 

Experience: 5 years
Specializations: Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist
Areas Served: Charlotte and surrounding areas 

Q: What is the most interesting thing that happened during an open house you hosted?
A: Built a relationship with new clients   

Q: What was your favorite moment in your career so far?
A:  My most heartwarming moment was sitting at the closing table with a 64 year old lady that had lost her home to foreclosure years before. She had worked so hard to get back to owning a home. We spent a challenging year working together towards her goal. She held my hand and said, “Thank you my dear; thank you.” That thank you was worth more than she will ever know. 

Q: What do you wish you had known when you first got your real estate license?
A:   Real estate agents are psychologists! 

Q: In what ways have you seen the real estate industry change since you started?
A:  In the past few years, listings have become extremely limited in our market. Agents must be knowledgeable on listings of all price ranges and the new buildings going up. Without tracking the market, agents will struggle to achieve their clients’ goals.

Q: What’s the most challenging part of your job?
A:  The most challenging part of my job is balancing home and work. This job is about hustle. The more you work the more you achieve. Turning off work is often hard to do!

Q: If you could sum up being a real estate agent in five words or less, what would you say?
A:  Exciting, Earnest, Engaging, Efficacious, Electric

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