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My LOVE for Real Estate!

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

What wakes you up every morning and gets you excited about life? Of course mine is family but anyone that has spent time around me knows that I have an absolute love addiction to ANYTHING real estate related. Here is how it began!

 

My love for Real Estate actually began when I was in college.  I went to school at the University of South Florida and received my degree in Marketing and Communications. 

While I was in college I worked full time in the leasing office where I lived so I could receive a discount on the rent.  I quickly realized I LOVED helping individuals find the perfect place to call home.  I really enjoyed helping them settle in their new home and making it what I called "COZY".  I loved the relationships and bonds I made with my clients and enjoyed being a constant resource for them when it came to anything "HOME" related.

 

After college graduation, I went to go work for a mold remediation company.  Why in the world would I work in mold remediation, right?!?!  Well, it was perfect for me.  I knew I wanted to do anything related to homes.  I also loved the idea of helping families renovate their homes after the mold was remediated.  I loved the look on my clients faces when I would put on my Tyvek suit to crawl under a pier and beam home to check for mold.  While I was working for the mold remediation company I also purchased my first home.  It was a major fixer upper.  I would work on the home at night and on weekends and sold the home two years later for a great profit.  That is when the Real Estate bug began.

 

After about four years in the mold remediation business, I was recruited by a large commercial real estate firm to manage a new building that was being built.  It was about a mile from my house and I thought it would be a great change of pace for me.   I would be responsible for leasing and managing the building with about 100 office spaces. After about a year, I was at almost 100% occupancy.  I loved the sales side, but I strongly disliked the property management side of commercial real estate.  I knew at this point commercial real estate was NOT a fit for me.

 

Thankfully, I was very involved in the community as an ambassador for my city’s chamber of commerce.  At one of our meetings, I went up to the President of a local home warranty company and asked him for a job.  I started as a sales rep and within a few months I was managing the state of Texas.  I hired reps from San Antonio to Austin to Dallas.  I really enjoyed this job.  I already knew about the construction of a home from my mold remediation days.  Now, I was getting a wealth of knowledge about the mechanics of a home.  I was also building my sales team and marketing myself to Real Estate Agents, Title Companies and Lenders all across the state of Texas.

 

My favorite part of this job was going into Real Estate firms and teaching classes to the Realtors.  While I was teaching Realtors, I realized, "Why not get my Real Estate license?"

 

At first, I used my license for just personal real estate investing.  After a few years of watching me transform homes; my friends wanted me to start helping them as well.  I am very blessed that I built my entire real estate business off of referrals.  After my second daughter was born, some of my friends wanted me to mentor them in real estate.  So, that is when I decided to take a BIG leap of faith and start Caine Premier Properties (my baby).  The rest is history.  As of today I am now a Broker in two states and have AMAZING Realtors that I have the privilege to work with every day.  I look forward to seeing what the future holds for my business in the years to come. I LOVE my Caine family and these people are not just Realtors apart of my company they are kind, loving, hard working, determined, sincere and strong individuals. I am not your typical brokerage that will take ANY new Realtor that has a license. I only want the best and won't settle for anything less. My favorite quote for our team. "We don't settle or ORDINARY because we are EXTRAORDINARY"!

 

Cheers to seeing what the future holds for our fantastic team!

Our house on HGTV "Clear to Close"

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Nothing better than the words "Clear to Close"! Those words make me do a serious happy dance! We purchased this property a year ago on an online auction. I love buying homes online it sure beats waiting at a courthouse. You might have seen us on the front page of Naples Daily News. Also, this home was featured on House Hunters, HGTV. Here are a few pictures from that article:

After this article was posted it got syndicated nationally and our phones literally rang off the hook for a week with production companies. These companies were from LA to NY and wanted to see if Katie and I would be interested in filming a Real Estate Renovation show. (This is a long but fun story and I will share it with you but in another post) :-)

Let's get back to the house. :-) The house renovation took about 5 months to completion, thankfully none of the walls I wanted to remove were load bearing so I was able to create an open concept and make the home feel very spacious. We sold this home for $345,000 and the buyer that purchased the home called me crying saying that she NEVER thought her dream home could exist in her price range. Those words have literally stuck with me because it makes me incredibly happy that I was able create her PARADISE in this home.

This is the only picture that we had of the home when we bid on it online. Is it weird that I get super excited to see what is inside after closing? It's like Christmas morning and I am so thankful that Naples Daily News was able to capture these pictures. 

 

After I put the home on the market, I received multiple offers and was able to do a "Pre-Occupany Lease to Purchase" with the buyer. It worked perfectly because the buyer needed more time and we weren't in a rush to close.

We ended up doing a full house transformation. Look at these after pictures!



Farewell beautiful home,  I am so happy another wonderful family gets to enjoy our "Caine Difference"! 
 




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