I have been a Realtor(r) since 1995. I graduated from Erie Community College with an Associates Degree in Data Processing and worked in a variety of data processing positions in Buffalo, NY, Atlanta, GA, and Coral Gables, FL. My last "real job" was as Manager of Research and Development for the Wackenhut Corporation in Coral Gables, FL. While employed full time, I served in the US Army Reserve for 20 years and retired in 1997 as a Staff Sergant. My primary job in the Army Reserves was Medical Supply Sergeant.
Once I completed the 75-hour Salesperson Pre-License course, I realized that the course did not come close to preparing me for my every-day duties as a Realtor(r). In my mind, there was only one answer, take more courses. Georgia Real Estate License Law requires that real estate agents take 12 hours of continuing education training every four years. I sometimes take 12 or more hours of continuing education a year.
Since getting my Sales Person's license, I obtained my Associate Broker License (I could, technically, hang out my own shingle). I have earned a number of advanced designations:
• Graduate Realtor Institute (GRI)
• Certified Residential Specialist (CRS)
• NAR Technology Certified (ePro)
• NAR Short Sale and Foreclosure Resource certification (SFR)
These courses gave me the tools and resources to perform my day-to-day duties in a professional manner, taught me how to run my business like a business and provided me with the depth of knowledge to be able to give top-notch service to my clients and customers.
Periodic changes to real estate law, financing, building products, etc. and daily changes in technology require agents to stay up-to-date with the industry, thus requiring a myriad of seminars, webinars, meetings, etc.
I have also been an active, contributing member of her local board of Realtors(r), the Metro South Association of Realtors(r) (MSAR). I am an Active Life Member of the Million Dollar Club and received the Zenith Award in 2006. She has served as Chairman of the Education Committee, Local Director for MSAR and State Director for Georgia Association of Realtors(r) as well as serving as Vice President of Administration and Finance.
I served in the US Army for 29 years with service in Vietnam. I retired as a Colonel in 1995. I earned a Bachelor of Scinece Degree from Central Michigan University with a minor in Jornalism. I also attended the US Army War College in Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania. I have years of management experience.
I have been licensed since 1995, and share Carla's quest for knowledge and excellence. I, too, am an Associate Broker and a Certified Residential Specialist (CRS).
Additionally, I am an Accredited Buyer's Representative (ABR) through the Real Estate Buyer's Agency Council.
Like Carla, I have held leadership positions with the Metro South Association of Realtors(r) serving as Chairman of the Grievance Committee and Chairman of Administration and Operations Committee. I have been a contributing member on the forms committee for the Georgia Association of Realtors and have served as both State Director for the Georgia Association of Realtors and Local Director of the Metro South Association of Realtors. I have also achieved Life Member of the Million Dollar Club.
We have been married for about 4 years and work very closely together.
There is a difference between a real estate agent and a Realtor(r). Real estate agents who are Realtor(s) voluntarily subscribe to a Code of Ethics. As proud Realtor(s) we will do all of the following for you:
A REALTOR can help you determine how much home you can afford.
A REALTOR, in addition to knowing the local money market, also can tell you what personal and financial data to bring with you when you apply for a loan.
A REALTOR is already familiar with current real estate values, taxes, utility costs, municipal services and facilities that could affect your decision to buy.
A REALTOR can research your housing needs in advance through a Multiple Listing Service--even if you are relocating from another city.
A REALTOR can show you only those homes best suited to your needs--size, style, features, location, accessibility to schools, transportation, shopping and other personal preferences.
A REALTOR is sensitive to the importance you place on this major commitment you are about to make. Look for a real estate professional to facilitate negotiation of a win-win agreement that will satisfy both you and the seller.
How do you spell Value?
• I do what I say I'm going to do.
• I'm bound by the National Association of Realtors® Code of Ethics - over 75 years old - defines rules between Realtors® & duties to the public. Just because you have a real estate license doesn't mean you're a Realtor®.
• I sweat the small stuff.
• I try to predict problems, avoid them if possible and respond if they happen.
• I ensure total representation whether I'm working with buyers or sellers.
• I Give back to the community, participate in Board of Realtors® & fund raisers.
• . . . for challenges & needs - attend more than 24 hours of education per year instead of 24 hours per 4 years -
• received GRI designation (Graduate Realtor® Institute - held by only 20% of agents state-wide),
• received CRS designation (Certified Residential Specialist - held by only 3.8% of agents
• received ePro certification (Internet Professional) - to be able to handle today's challenging marketing efforts and respond effectively to buyers and sellers via advanced web tools.
• NAR (National Association of Realtors®), GAR (Georgia Association of Realtors®) & MSAR
(Metro South Association of Realtors®) help bring organization to chaos of the industry - all ensure
that we have the most up to date information, training & tools.
• I set limits & expectations for service and availability to be able to adequately serve family & clients; nevertheless, I keep my cell phone by my side and am usually very reachable - even on evenings and weekends.
We always spell it R E A L T O R ®