Realtor Spotlight: Meet Heather Booth of Cora Bett Thomas Austin Hill Realty
Where did you grow up? Grand Rapids, Michigan area
Spouse - Charles Thomas Booth III , Clinician Department of Behavioral Health
Years married - 9
Isabelle Booth, 7, Veritas Academy, Sydney Booth, 5, Veritas Academy
Pets- Tybee/ 9 years old, “Little One”/ 1 year old
What do you enjoy most about living in the Savannah area? I love the beautiful climate, the rich history and charm of the historic districts, having access to all of the various waterways along the coast as well as the warmth and humor of “The South.”
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working? I enjoy spending time with friends and family at the many festivals and events Savannah has to offer. I also enjoy trying new restaurants and exploring new cuisines, taking day trips to nearby cities, and playing water sports.
How long have you worked in Real Estate? 6 years
What would you consider your specialty? The Historic District and the Islands
Do you have any accreditations or certifications? The only designations I have in addition to the normal real estate license is a master’s degree in Counseling and Professional Counseling license. This training and approximately 15 years of experience in the field assist extensively with listening ,understanding client’s needs, negotiation and overall customer care.
What is the most challenging/gratifying aspect of what you do? Taking the time to really listen to and get to know the people I help with either selling or purchasing a home. This helps me gain a better understanding to either finding them their “perfect match” or representing their homes in the best possible light.
What is the most unique property you’ve ever listed or sold? The most unique home I have ever sold was a Mediterranean style home on Modina Island with several acres of meticulously landscaped gardens, a three tier fountain, a saltwater pool, pool house, cabana, dock, and floating dock.
Describe your most memorable real estate transaction...My most memorable real estate transaction was one in which I represented a couple who was thinking about selling their home to return to Connecticut and be closer to their children and grandchildren. It was the beginning of 2009 and real estate sales were stagnant due to the financial crisis and newly imposed lending limits. After careful valuation of their home, analysis of expected days on the market and marketing efforts we listed it and pushed it to the $10,000 plus websites our company utilizes. Within two hours we had our first showing and within 5 hours it was under contract… with a couple moving from Connecticut to be near their children and grandchildren. This speaks to my first words of advice in buying or selling “be “flexible” whenever possible”.
What is the one tip you have for someone looking to buy a home today? CALL ME!!! We will never see interest rates and values this low again in our lifetime. There is abundant opportunity to buy low!
What is the one tip you have for someone looking to sell a home today? CALL ME!!! You must be strategic in positioning your home to sell. Due to the sheer inventory of homes on the market, it is absolutely necessary that you work with a professional that is a marketing expert that understands the nuances of your area and has the ability to reach local, regional, national, and international buyers.
What do you see in the future for real estate sales/prices? I have had my best year thus far in 2012. Savannah is extremely popular because of the climate, rich history, charm, coastal access, and ease in and out of our airports. I anticipate we will continue to attract an eclectic group of new neighbors.
Why should someone use you as a real estate agent? Customer service, knowledge, experience, professionalism, and honesty.