I don’t think there is anyone out there who would not agree that the real estate market in the Reno-Sparks area, and in many other areas around the country,  has been hard hit over the past several years.  We have all seen our property values decline pretty significantly.  Many folks are struggling to find jobs.   And many homeowners have been faced with tough decisions such as foreclosure and short sales. 

Being a REALTOR has taken on a whole new meaning for me.    I have gone from a salesperson who specialized the marketing of property for sale and helping buyers find their new home, to so much more than that.   Helping homeowners avoid foreclosure by successfully finding alternatives such as short sale has made me so much more than a salesperson.  I am a problem solver, listener, helper, and facilitator.    I am genuinely helping people and making a real difference in their lives.  For buyers I am assisting them in navigating the more complicated web of purchasing short sales and REOs.  Helping them avoid the obstacles that arise in these types of purchases.  It has become harder than ever to be a buyer with tighter lending standards, distressed properties and long wait times. 

We look around in this industry and are often hard pressed to find positives and things to be thankful for.   But, there is plenty that I am thankful for.  The challenges of this market have made me a better REALTOR.  I have been given the opportunity to not only help my neighbors buy and sell homes, but help them improve thier lives.  By necessity I have been motivated to learn more, so I can help more. 

This REALTOR is thankful… 

Happy Thanksgiving to Everyone!