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Susan has been selling real estate since 1998, and has practiced Interior Design for 34+ years. During that time she spent 11 years as Lead Designer for HOMETIME, the PBS/HGTV show, where she developed a strong background in new construction and remodeling. Susan began Buying & Selling Real Estate on speculation while working with HOMETIME; her team had done so many remodel & new construction projects that she eventually built the courage and confidence to try a few projects on her own. That, of course, led her to pursue a license in Real Estate.
Thru Susan's years of experience she has developed the ability to understand, visualize and identify what a Buyer is searching for. For Seller’s, Susan brings years of experience in Interior Design and offers complimentary Professional Staging Services as well as professional quality photographs of your property. She knows when clients ready to list their property, they have but one chance to make a first impression - she will make certain your property shows to its best advantage and looks its very best the moment it hits the market!
Whether Buying or Selling, Susan's background brings the vision & expertise that is crucial to guiding you in making the right decisions.
Susan has developed clientele in the Metro area as well as in the Greater Lakes area of Brainerd/Baxter to service a client base she splits their time between both areas. Once a month she shares her expertise in Real Estate by co-hosting a Radio Talk Show dedicated to Real Estate. She also writes bi-monthly articles for local newspaper’s and publications addressing the many issues of Real Estate. She is a Free-lance Writer for Lake & Home Magazine, a regional Lifestyle publication and has earned the National Board of Realtors SRES Designation. In addition, Susan hosts “Lifestyle Transitions,” an on-going quarterly Seminar that explores the Financial & Legal issues of a maturing population. She enjoys every moment she spends in Real Estate, no matter what she is I’m doing.
Susan's love of homes, dedication to my clients, and goal to make every transaction a wonderful experience for everyone involved, will make the journey a memorable one for everyone she works with!
HOME STAGING SERVICES**:
"I counsel my Sellers to prepare their homes for today’s market, and provide complimentary 'Home Staging' which includes a critique of all interior and exterior spaces to insure that the property is shown to its best advantage."
"My background brings the vision needed to help guide Buyers past objections and to realize the full potential of a property. Thru my 32 + years of experience of working with Luxury Home clientele, I have the ability to understand, visualize and identify the home a client is looking for. I know that understanding a clients needs are of the utmost importance, and that educating the clients and providing them with pertinent information will enable them to move more quickly toward their final decision regarding a home purchase.
One of my strength’s is that of a problem solver. As a Realtor, people come to me because of a change in their life, either because they have chosen to make that change, or because of circumstances beyond their control. It is a very stressful time, and one in which they feel very vulnerable. My job is to help my clients find a way to move forward, and to see the light at the end of the tunnel."
**Coordination of any sub-contracting and services that may be required to get your home ready for market is included in Susan's special services package (call for more details).
Awards & Designations
Seniors Real Estate Specialist Designation,
SRES Council, National Association of Realtors
Certified SRES, CDPE
Member, Institute for Luxury Home Marketing
Member, National Association of Realtors
Member, Greater Lakes Association of Realtors
Member, Minnesota Association of Realtors
Allied Member, American Society of Interior Design
Recipient, American Wood Council
“Design for Better Living” Award
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