Realtor Spotlight: Meet Brooke Bass of Keller Williams CAP and owner of Gracious Moves, Senior Transition Specialists, LLC
Where did you grow up?
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
I live near my Mom in the Landings. It’s the first time we have lived in the same town, both single, so we are having fun together. My brother and family live in Atlanta, whom we visit frequently. And last, but not least, I treasure every day with my aging Beagle, Molly.
What do you enjoy most about living in the Savannah area? Savannah’s southern hospitality and beauty are unsurpassed. I love the energy, history and activity of downtown, but driving home across Moon River, I decompress and thank God for the opportunity to live in such a beautiful place.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working? I enjoy writing for the Savannah Morning News, playing the piano, and enjoying the outdoors: fishing, biking, hiking and boating. I love to travel, when I have time…snow skiing is a favorite. I also frequent concerts, theater, art shows and farmer’s markets with family and friends.
How long have you worked in Real Estate? Licensed in Florida and Georgia, my 27 years of real estate experience includes development, luxury home and condominium sales, and commercial sales and leasing.
What would you consider your specialty? My Baby Boomer friends and I are facing the realities of aging parents, so I specialize in senior transitions in addition to real estate services. I founded Gracious Moves, Senior Transition Specialists LLC to do everything from A to Z: prepare the home for sale, sort, pack, floor planning, unpack, organize and stage. We make moving day seem effortless: the beds are made; towels and soap are in the bath rooms; the kitchen is set up and the refrigerator is stocked. Our clients actually enjoy moving day! They come home after we are finished, and we love to see their happy faces when they walk through the door!
Do you have any accreditations or certifications? Seniors Real Estate Specialist; Council of Residential Specialists; Graduate of Realtor Institute; National Association of Senior Move Managers certification. Past awards include Double Platinum Medal winner, as one of the top 5 Keller Williams agents internationally, and Top 200 Real Estate Professionals in the nation by the Wall Street Journal (for closed transactions).
What is the most challenging/gratifying aspect of what you do? I love it when clients thank me and say they could not have made the move without me. I enjoy helping families every step of the way.
What is the most unique property you’ve ever listed or sold? In 1985, I sold the 4th largest sale in Broward County, with 200 feet of waterfront for a 75 foot yacht. The guest house was 2000SF and overlooked a 9-hole putting green. It was my third sale and sold for $1.2 million…a lot of money in those days.
Describe your most memorable real estate transaction…Oh my, this brings back memories on my first sale. I was standing with my clients in front of a condominium, and going to write an offer on a unit they had just seen. They spotted a For-Sale-by-Owner sign on a balcony, and of course they wanted to see the condo. I knocked on the door and a naked, drunk lady answered, inviting me inside. She proceeded to get dressed and show the buyers the condo! Three times I drove 2 hours trying to catch her sober enough to sign the Purchase and Sale Agreement. She then kept changing her mind about selling, and I was not sure she would show up at the closing until she walked through the door. What a relief when she arrived dressed and sober!
What is the one tip you have for someone looking to buy a home today? Get pre-qualified, and have a lender’s letter available for your Realtor® to attach to an offer. This letter adds strength to your offer and gives the seller confidence that the buyer can afford to buy their property.
What is the one tip you have for someone looking to sell a home today? Make your home a star in the sea of available properties. It must be in tip-top condition, and priced ahead of today’s market.
What do you see in the future for real estate sales/prices? An economics major, I look at the slope of real estate sales history. It is upward, with dips along the way. I have experienced 4 dips during my career, and this one is by far the worst. However, history repeats itself, and our economy will recover in due time. We are starting to see some improvement in our most recent local and national reports.
Why should someone use you as a real estate agent? My professional team provides seamless, stress-free service, taking care of every aspect of house preparation and sales, packing and moving. It’s a one stop shop to meet all your needs.