I was lucky.
When my family started to grow and I needed to sell my home and buy a new one, I didn’t have to search for a Real Estate agent. This was, of course, before I got into the business myself. My mom was a Mason McDuffie agent and even though Berkeley was not her beat (my folks lived in Orinda, as did I growing up) she was eager to help me and my family out.
At the time, I didn’t realize what hard work is involved with being a real estate agent, especially before the computer simplified many aspects, but my mom made it look easy.
Wearing her “Seller Agent” hat, she sat at our open houses and negotiated our very favorable sale. Putting on her “Buyer’s Agent” hat, she found homes that might meet our needs, figured out where they were–remember, all this was before the real estate business became computerized and no cell phones meant connecting with other agents much more time consuming– and took us along with our not so happy two year old all over the Berkeley area to find our new home then negotiated that purchase.
All in all, it was minutes and hours, days and weeks of work and worry that she devoted to us: telephoning, driving, negotiating and contract writing. Then she waved her fee.
I had great trust in my mom, and not just because she was, well, my mom. I knew from watching her as I grew up that she was an excellent agent. She also had a great reputation in Orinda for being a professional, competent and tireless advocate for her clients. She was everything the above graphic said she should be.
I learned from her what good agency was all about and I try every day to be the agent she’d expect me to be. She’s gone now, but I still think of her often and strive to make her proud.
If you are buying or selling a home in the Berkeley Area and interested in hiring an agent like me, give me a call at 510-527-0174 , I’m never too busy to take care of you or your referrals.
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