Before getting into a business relationship with someone, people learn as much as they can about that person. They research to see if they have similar goals, are reliable, have the financial means they need to follow through on their obligations and most important, can they be trusted.
Buying a home is a relationship that goes beyond merely “business”. This person is not only helping you negotiate what will probably be your most expensive purchase but help you find the place where you will make friends, raise your family or spend your retirement. Hiring a real estate agent shouldn’t be a quick, easy decision or one made off the cuff.
So, before getting too involved in my blog, you should know more about who is writing this. First off, here’s my professional bio.
Raised in a real estate family Dana always had a passion for real estate. In 2005 she made the jump from Human Resources Director to REALTOR®. With her experience in contract negotiations and attention to detail, Dana gained a reputation for protecting her clients’ interests. Honesty, strong negotiations and clear and consistent communication join uncompromising integrity as the hallmarks of Dana’s service.
Dana is licensed in two states but keeps her focus on Arizona where she lives with her husband in the Phoenix valley. Dana is known not only for her professionalism and high ethical standards but for being honest, friendly and hard-working. She does absolutely everything in her power to ensure her clients satisfaction. Dana’s father and brothers all served in the US military, giving her a unique understanding and empathy for those who have served. Dana is a Certified Military Residential Specialist (CMRS designation) and proud member of the Heroes Home Advantage, a real estate rebate program for those that protect, serve and care for our country and community: military, law enforcement, firefighters, health care, emergency personnel and teachers.
In her personal time, Dana is committed to giving back and serving not only her community but also nationally and internationally. Locally she volunteers with children and seniors. Nationally Dana volunteers and raises funds to rescue victims of human trafficking.
If that answers your questions, great. If you want to know more, read on…
I enjoy people and love learning about their life, passions, beliefs, and values even when they are diverse from mine. I’m perpetually curious and enjoy watching historical documentaries, reading books and visiting museums.
You should be aware, it’s not unusual for me to try a new look from time to time, so don’t get too pent up on what my picture looks like. I may be blonde, brown, red or black, straight or curly, glasses or contacts etc. It really depends on my mood and what my Stylist will let me do. Currently she is opposed to letting me go black again. Darn it!
All of that being said, I do care about people and believe deeply that we should not leave this world without having made positive differences during our time here. While I actively support various charities with my time and finances, I have a passion for the work in Cambodia through Water of Life Asia and the people they help. I try to visit them every 1 to 1.5 years, bringing a small group with me. Occasionally I have an opportunity to speak about their work.
Why am I writing this blog? When I decided to relocate to the Valley of the Sun, we had a very hard time finding a real estate agent who could assist us. Having grown up in a real estate family and being an agent for several years, I knew what to look for. The problem is, I couldn’t find it. I interviewed countless agents, hired and subsequently fired around half a dozen agents before I found one that I trusted enough to help us find the place we were going to begin our life in Arizona.
On top of that, I had a ton of questions about various areas, businesses, new construction, shopping districts etc. I ended up doing a lot of research online, on yelp, at http://www.spotcrime.com etc. Of course, I now have clients with similar questions so I decided to start this blog to help them find the right community to raise their family.
To sum it up: Your home is where your life happens. Choosing where you live isn’t just a matter of a nice house, but what is around it. Helping you find that place for you and your family, is why I started this blog.
Who am I? A person that loves what I do and believes in working hard, playing hard, laughing often, loving deeply and doing the right thing.