I’m from England, originally, but I’ve lived in the US since 2004. I was married in 2005 on a beach on the edge of Lake Tahoe, my two girls were born here, and I consider this great country my home.
I came here for love and I don’t regret it for one second. Even when one of my girls wakes me up at 3 a.m. Sigh![/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]No regrets, huh?
OK, I do regret one thing: I spent my youth renting and didn’t buy my first home until we were engaged.
I thought that being single meant that renting made more sense. Boy, was I wrong.
If I had bought earlier, I could have brought some significant equity into our first home together.
I could kick myself!
Please don’t make the same mistake that I did. If you’re single, don’t wait to buy a home, buy one right now![/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]I am a colossal nerd!
When my career in I.T. was cut short (I was laid off), I dusted myself off, quickly realized that I had no interest in continuing on my current career path, and decided on a career change. I became a Realtor.
I soon realized that it was a much tougher job than I.T. but that I loved it anyway. I had no background in Sales or Marketing so I had to learn fast. I did a lot of reading. I still do. If a new book on marketing comes out, I’ll read it to see if there’s any new ideas in there. I read books by other Realtors. I read books by business gurus. In other words, I’m as much of a nerd as I ever was when I worked in I.T.
Maybe more![/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]The Big Why
One of the things you learn from reading about marketing is The Big Why: finding the single reason that made me choose real estate as a business, and why I stick at it.
It’s not the reason that gets me up in the morning and off to work – that would be providing for my wife and kids, of course, and would be the same reason no matter what I was doing.
No. It’s the reason why I do this thing rather than that thing, why I chose to be an entrepreneur rather than an employee, and why real estate as a business instead of owning a bricks-and-mortar store or a consulting firm.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]So what’s mine?
My Big Why is pretty simple. It’s the same reason I chose I.T. when I left college.
I want to help people and Real Estate is a great place to serve others.
When you buy or sell a home, you’re making a financial transaction, the largest most people will ever attempt.
Whenever money and the law are involved, things can go wrong. Spectacularly wrong. A mistake, or unforeseen event, can cost you money, a lot of money, it can even cost you the purchase or sale of your home, leaving you back where you started, and poorer, and more frustrated, than when you started.
As part of my commitment to providing exemplary service to you, I never see you as a pay check. No good business person does. I see you as someone needing my help, and I do everything I can to provide the help you need.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]Life in Service
“If you first set out to serve others well, the rest will take care of itself.”
I believe that absolutely.
It’s why I try to focus on taking on clients that are not being best served by other Realtors in my area.
It’s why I specialize in single women looking to buy a home.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space]
- What you need to get a mortgage (you’d be surprised)
- Whether you’re really ready to buy
- How simple it is to get pre-approved
- What you should expect from a buyer’s agent
- How to look for a home without viewing fatigue
- Why negotiation doesn’t need to be confrontational
I’ve kept it short and value-packed in the hope that you read it right away.
Please don’t download it and then forget about it. Buying a home really is one of the best ways to start creating personal wealth, and the sooner you start, the more financial security you’ll create for yourself.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_text_separator title=”Request “8 Crucial Steps“ cheat-sheet above” border=”no” color=”chino” border_width=”4″][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]Single Women are being Ignored
When it comes to buyers, Realtors love couples. Two people have a better chance of buying a more expensive home, and there’s more chance that one of them will have good credit. Many Realtors are wary of working with a single person, and some are even less likely to work with a single woman.
Sorry, but it’s true. Shouldn’t be the case, but there you are.
A lot of Realtors see their clients as a pay check first, and boy do they want to get paid. They think they have less chance of a pay check, and of a smaller one at that, working with a single woman as a client, instead of a couple.
This is foolish, and short-sighted, and based on an old-fashioned view of society. After married couples, single women are the largest home-buying demographic. But they’re not being well-served by my fellow professionals, who either don’t know or refuse to accept this fact.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]
Let’s talk about my Mum
When my mum left my dad, we were living in an army base in Cyprus. We had no home outside of that base, so when she divorced him, she had nothing. She was a single mum forced to move back in with her parents (with whom she did not have the best relationship) and to work every hour she could.
That’s another reason why I want to help single women buy a home. Getting a measure of financial security early on helps you later on, through both the rough and the smooth.
So now you know why I focus on single women looking to buy a home.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image=”3908″ img_size=”medium” alignment=”right” qode_css_animation=””][vc_empty_space]
No, I’m more than just a Realtor. I don’t just serve my clients to the best of my ability, I also try and give back to the community. I’m trying to build a legacy. I want to be able to show my girls what I’ve done with my life, and to give them a reason to be proud of me.
I donate 10% of every dollar I earn to a worthy charity. That’s 10% of every gross dollar (before I take out tax and my business costs).[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space]
Women like my mum.
And so I sought out specific charities that I felt had a mission statement that resonated with me, and my experience. I leave it up to my clients to choose the charity they want me to donate to on their behalf, but here are three that I can heartily recommend.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_text_separator title=”Suggested Charities below)” border=”no” color=”chino” border_width=”4″][vc_empty_space]
Their mission is to transform society’s response to sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse, support survivors’ healing, and end this violence forever.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_text_separator title=”Joyful Heart Foundation” border=”no” color=”chino” border_width=”4″][vc_empty_space height=”16px”]
Their vision is a community where all families are healthy, financially stable, and living in affordable housing.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_text_separator title=”Bridge Communities” border=”no” color=”chino” border_width=”4″][vc_empty_space height=”16px”]
This charity envisions a future where all children in America get the care they need to be healthy and ready to reach their potential in learning and in life.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_text_separator title=”Children’s Health Fund” border=”no” color=”chino” border_width=”4″][vc_empty_space height=”16px”]