New Employee Boosts Builder Relations
- Tell us about your professional/real estate background. From working with the first time homebuyer to mega investors, I’ve done it all in residential real estate. Although it’s been lucrative to work with residential investors, there is nothing like the appreciation of helping someone purchase their very first home or condominium. I’ve handled REO and short sales, as well as the typical home seller and purchaser. Handling the rental contracts and leases on the investment properties also became part of my assistance to investors.
- Describe your new role with us and what you will be working on. I am the new Manager of Business Development, a job in which I will mainly focus on the new construction industry. I am able to assist builders in finding lots, as well as secure financing for deals if needed. I also assist the builders with an “exit strategy” as we work together to market and sell their homes. Morris and Raper has a fabulous reputation for onsite sales and marketing, and I am happy to establish the onsite sales teams for my clients.
- What do you most look forward to about working with our company? I love a challenge and am looking forward to working with homebuilders to secure land or lots for construction, and then helping them by setting up a sales center, furnishing a model or spec home and staffing the subdivision. Building homes in Atlanta today is very different from the heyday that ended in 2007. I am also working with several banks to help them dispose of unusual properties, and putting them together with the homebuilders who need financing to build. Investors and builders have sharpened their pencils for today’s market, and are looking for something other than the traditional resale agent to work with them.
- What are your predictions for Atlanta real estate in the next two to three years? I expect the housing market to experience a slow, steady growth as evidenced by the last six months of activity. Diminished inventory has created a supply shortage, leading to multiple offer situations and causing prices to increase. In addition, there are many pipe farms leftover from the building crash that are absolutely ripe for the picking for solid builders, and with more companies moving to Atlanta, much of the excess vacant office space will be competitively leased once again.
- What is your favorite thing about living in Atlanta? Atlanta is a very diversified city with many business opportunities; it is very urban, and yet it has many outlying communities perfect for raising a family. Atlanta is truly the “New York” of the south, and its growth and stability have attracted people from all corners of the world. Having the world’s busiest airport, the expansion of the movie and entertainment industry and many Fortune 500 Company headquarters all help to protect the economy.
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