1. Heard you opened another office. Why did you choose East Bellevue?
We opened a beautiful second office because our thirty two brokers would be busting out of our downtown office above the 520 Bar and Grill. Having a second office allows us to bring luxury real estate to the communities beyond Bellevue.
2. What differentiates Brazen Sotheby’s International Realty from other brokerages?
As the first Sotheby’s Realty affiliate in Washington, I can say that Sotheby’s International Realty is the best. Sotheby’s global reach enhances our local company by giving us international exposure, showcasing our listings in 17 languages and on the highest traffic websites in the world including the WSJ and the NYT. Additionally, Sotheby’s Realty’s commitment to quality is unparalleled.
3. What is the typical homebuyer in Bellevue in 2014?
The typical Bellevue buyer comes for the great schools, our neighborhoods, the incredible jobs, and the Northwest lifestyle. The average buyer brings a strong down payment and is frequently cash heavy. Buyers are from all over the world. The strong economy attracts a diverse and highly educated population.
4. What do you forecast 2015 to look like?
2015 is slated to be the best year we’ve had in 10 years. Because lenders are loosening up on first time homebuyers guidelines. Therefore, I predict there will be a positive ripple up effect in the luxury home segments. Also, banks are bringing back NIV (Non-Income Verification) loans which will help self employed people start buying.
5. What inspires you?
Successful people. I love seeing how people go from 0 to 60. I love people just going for it. I love the drama of life. Rags to riches stories. I came from a broken family that made very little, we didn’t have much of anything. I married Randi and once had to borrow $2,000 from her parents just to get moving again. We’ve had an amazing life and it keeps getting better. Every day inspires me- the challenge of creating success. It inspires me that in life, you never know what’s around the corner. I met Randi and got married 10 weeks later. I’ve come to say ‘yes’ when life opens a door.
Interview conducted by Brazen Sotheby’s International Realty Director of Marketing, Hanna Penberthy
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