Hello. I grew up in Pleasant Hill. In 1977 when I was 16 I went to work for Albertsons. When I moved into the dorms at Sacrmaento State University I continued working for Albertsons. At graduation they called me an put me on a management path which included a transfer to the Town of Paradise and later Chico. It was in Chico that I got my real estate license and landed at a Century 21 office. In year 1999 Albertsons went through a big merger and I was asked to be a part of the integration project. So for about six years I left real estate behind and was on the road helping the new stores integrate with Albertsons.
In the middle of 2005 I decided to leave Albertsons, 28 years, and go into real estate full time. Shortly after that the real estate market came to a screaching halt. So I took a few years off!! It was April of 2008 that houses started to sell again after the crash. Asking prices had fallen far enough that people were comfortable buying. And we have been in a multiple offer situation every since.
It was right about then that I decided to sit for the Broker’s exam. I wanted to have more control over what I do with the commissions I earn. Working for the big office was great…but I knew I could be more helpful on my own. In 2008 I created a company called Tree House Real Estate Solutions. At the time the word “solutions” was an appropriate term. We are now back to a much normal real estate market with buyers and sellers making decisions because they want to…not because the have to. So it must be time for a new company name!!
I have now created Equity Preservation Realty. Property values have risen…so the listing broker commission percentage comes down. I had offered a reduced commission at Tree House and my gross commission had been growing about 25% per year…by charging less. And that helped my business to expand to many new territories. But it’s now time to get serious. I can do this through efficiencies. It’s just me so I give all my time to my clients. And I don’t have a big office to pay for…so almost no overhead costs.
If you’re thinking of selling I can help preserve your equity by offering a 1% Listing Broker Commission. If your house is $900,000 or more…it’s fixed at $9000. It’s your equity…take more of it with you. The marketing program and customer service are still stellar. Do the math…how much could you save over a 2.5% Listing Broker Commission.
If you’re thinking of buying I can help you too. I offer my buyers a 1% of purchase price Buyer Rebate Credit. Yes it has to be a credit inside the transaction. But I can show you options on how to use the credit to help get your offer accepted. It’s a seller’s market…buyer’s need an edge.