Realtor Spotlight: Meet JoAnn Risher of Keller Williams CAP
Where did you grow up? Arlington, Texas
Children-Becky Risher, who is a writer, married to Rod Morton, a graphic designer, parents of my one and only precious grandson, Will Morton, age 14. Clay & Rebecca Risher. Clay is a writer and PR person. He’s a regular contributor to Fairfield Magazine on fly fishing. He also teaches fly fishing for Orvis occasionally. Rebecca is an event planner. Her glitziest event this year was Keith Richards birthday party in Weston, Ct. They all live in Fairfield, CT but love winter breaks in Savannah. I love summer breaks in Connecticut!
Pets- Bogey, a six year old shih-tzu who was named by Carman Goldsmith, because that’s the kind of golf we play. Well, to be honest, sometimes, it was double or triple bogeys.
What do you enjoy most about living in the Savannah area? The people and the sense of history, architecturally, one could never be bored. Film festival, the arts, Tybee, St. John’s church on Madison Square, soft winters, it’s a feast really.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working? Reading, cooking, going out with friends, chamber music…I’m pretty easy to please really.
How long have you worked in Real Estate? Five years here in Savannah. I had my license in Boston, too.
What would you consider your specialty? Residential Real Estate.
Do you have any accreditations or certifications? I’m an associate broker and also have my GRI. That’s one of the neatest things about real estate, always learning something new. One of the noblest lines in the English language is the beginning of the real estate creed, “underneath all is the land.”
What is the most challenging/gratifying aspect of what you do? Banks have been a bit truculent in the past few years. Things are easing up in that quarter recently. The most gratifying thing is easy, clenching the deal! Sometimes, you don’t know until almost the last second, and then it’s a great feeling to be able to tell a client that it’s a go.
What is the most unique property you’ve ever listed or sold? I sold the most amazing house on 52nd St. It was built by Dr. Ralston Lattimore back in the 30s as a gesture of solidarity with his brothers, who were developing Ardsley Park. Wesley & Mary Kramer, the new owners, are doing a fantastic job of bringing it back to its former glory.
Describe your most memorable real estate transaction…Well, the happiest transaction was the sale of Grits and Gravy, a small commercial property on Habersham. It was going into foreclosure, and the tenants had already built a thriving restaurant business there, so to be able to get that transaction done was just a great feeling. Howard & Renee Reid are the owners. They are such a blessing to this community, and the business is still thriving!
What is the one tip you have for someone looking to buy a home today? Seize the day! These rates cannot last forever, and the prices are so low.
What is the one tip you have for someone looking to sell a home today? Pricing is key. There is still so much inventory, people just move on, if the price isn’t right.
What do you see in the future for real estate sales/prices? Well, I’m always a pie-eyed optimist. One would hope onward & upward, although, clearly, growth is going to be slow for the next few years. Frankly, I would hope that we never return to that craziness of speculation which has played havoc with the industry for years now. An old friend in Boston, who was very good with investments, used to say, people are crazy to expect more than about a 3% return annually on anything. I sort of subscribe to that.
Why should someone use you as a real estate agent? Well, I’m dogged and extremely patient in negotiations. You just have to keep the conversation going. Getting out of sorts or losing your temper gets you nowhere, so I’m pretty good at calming things down. “It’s just business” is my mantra, it’s not personal!