When my husband and I first started contemplating selling our home and buying a new one, we really weren't sure where we wanted to start. We had a less than stellar experience buying our first home, and we knew we needed a fresh start with a new real estate agent. We wanted to find someone we both could work with, and didn't necessarily want a referral from a friend or family member, in the event the relationship wasn't working out.
Interestingly, while we were trying to decide what to do, my husband had the opportunity to meet Marjorie at an open house he attended. Although the house wasn't quite what we were looking for, he and Marjorie immediately hit it off, as he was impressed with her knowledge of the market and her genuine interest in learning about our needs, despite the fact that it wouldn't lead us to purchasing that particular home.
Marjorie made time to meet with us promptly at our home, and did a thorough assessment of our property. She listened to our concerns about selling our home, including the fact that we had a young child, and we could not live through an extended period of keeping a house staged and showing ready. She came back with excellent comparables, and some reasonable suggestions as to the work she felt was necessary to get our home ready to sell. Marjorie also connected us to a great stager, who helped bridge the gap between the current state of our home and where it needed to be to "wow" potential buyers. Perhaps most importantly, she provided us with the right price to attract a lot of traffic to our home, therefore increasingly the likelihood that it would sell quickly.
With great turnout from brokers and potential buyers at showings and open houses, we were able to sell our house in less than a week. We even had multiple offers to choose from!
Of course, with our house sold, we needed to find a new home for our family. The house we had our eye on for several months was well above our target price, but after a few inquiries, Marjorie encouraged us to consider the property more seriously. She was able to gauge the seller's level of interest in moving the property, and was a true advocate for us in the negotiation. Even more important, however, was the fact that she tempered our emotions in the process by reminding us of things we needed to keep in mind, such as comparables and her assessment of the value of the home. After a tough negotiation, we did indeed get our house - a house that without Marjorie's help, we highly doubt we would be living in today.
In short, not only does Marjorie care about her clients, but she is highly competent and the consummate professional. She is responsive - at all hours! - and kept us informed every step of the way. She worked for us, and earned every cent of her commission(s). We would highly recommend her to anyone thinking of diving into the real estate market, as she made what can be an emotional and draining experience (almost) enjoyable. Go with Marjorie - you will not be disappointed!