Real Estate Agent
I moved to the Valley of the Sun when I was 3 and attended high school at
Phoenix Union. I am the oldest of eight children - Seven girls, one boy!!! (That's Bing). I am married to my
sweetheart, and now live in Mesa. We have a blended family of six children and 16 grandchildren. We are west coast swing dancers and fell in love in 1991 on the dance floor. We enjoy many dance styles, including country western, waltz, cha-cha, and hustle. We visit our children and grandchildren whenever we can get out of town, and we have one daughter who lives in town and is an RN at a local hospital. For many years, I worked in the Los Angeles area as a paralegal, published a newsletter for legal secretaries, and earned my paralegal certification. After 20 years, I knew I wanted to make a change to a non-adversarial environment and be my "own” boss. I love working in real estate, love my buyers, my sellers, and the challenges that occur in any real estate market.
As an experienced REALTOR, I have taken advantage of the many opportunities for continuing education. I achieved my Real Estate Broker's license in 2006 which was the most challenging achievement of my career. Being the Designated Broker
ofHomes Arizona Real Estate
LLC, is a HUGE milestone in my real estate business achievements. During my first year as a REALTOR, I earned the GRI (Graduate of Real Estate Institute) which requires approximately 90 hours of paid education in a classroom setting. I continue to take GRI classes to keep myself up to date with current issues.'The GRI designation is a national designation delivered by the state REALTOR® associations. The 90-hour course of study meets the accreditation standards established by the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®. Upon completion of the program, students are awarded the GRI designation (Graduate REALTOR® Institute). Only members of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® may hold the GRI designation.
After completing my GRI designation, I attended classes for the ABR designation (Accredited Buyer Representative). The ABR designation, which is the only nationally recognized designation for buyer's agents, is available through the Real Estate Buyer's Agent Council. The next year I completed my e-PRO designation which definitely helped me see the need for a website and to continually learn new technologies. Then I focused my attention on the CRS (Certified Residential Specialist) designation requiring many hours, and out of town trips to get the education. I think this is my proudest education accomplishment. I still continue to take CRS courses as well. Real estate professionals, much like others in the working world, benefit from education. The NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® encourages its members to continue to build their knowledge and expertise through designations that signify to consumers the real estate professional's expertise in the real estate transaction.