Well, we are back with another edition of the FazBlog. Before we get started this week, we would like to apologize for the week off. We are implementing some new changes over here at the theFazblog.com. If you are reading this on Facebook, or LinkedIn you should pay a visit to our site to see some of the layout changes we have made. Also, we will be re-posting some of our first round of reports. That way you can go back and catch up on the stories you missed. You can search them through the category selection tool on the top right hand of the page.
Alright let’s get to today’s article:
We will catch up on our REALTOR® Profile as we have the privilege to visit with Jerry & Marla Jean Alstead. Here at Roger Fazendin REALTORS® we honor our top two agents every month. Those names are displayed on a board at the office to credit their accomplishments. Needless to say Jerry and Marla Jean have been on that board a lot lately…four consecutive months to be exact. This impressive run was capped off with the recognition for our top agent in the month of November. Like I said, we had a chance to catch up with Jerry and Marla Jean and we feel lucky to do so with how busy they have been recently.
Q: First of all, congratulations on being recognized as Roger Fazendin’s Agents of the Month for the 4th consecutive month. In such a volatile market what has been key to maintaining success at such a high level?
A: We’d like to think that maintaining a high level of success in this volatile market is due to our hard work, intelligence and good looks…actually; it’s mostly because of our looks. In reality, a good portion of our success is due to our longevity. This is our 21st year in residential real estate. During our tenure we’ve been involved in over 1000 transactions, met a lot of awfully nice people and made many friends along the way.
Our base of clients/friends has enabled us to maintain a high level of sales, and we work every day to add to our client base. Our experience, our knowledge of the real estate business and our commitment to serve our clients has enabled us to provide the best possible service.
At Roger Fazendin Realtors we have stayed at the forefront of the industry. When buyers and sellers retain us to represent them, we give them a “competitive advantage” in the marketplace. Our market knowledge, business experience, negotiating skills, energy and enthusiasm gives our clients maximum representation and brings results.
Q: Upon meeting you two, most people will agree that both of you are very enthusiastic in helping each individual client. Where does that passion come from?
A: Our enthusiasm and passion comes from experiencing the results of what we do. Most often there is a lot of joy in being able to help people move on with their lives – selling their house and buying a new one, the excitement of buying their first house, the emotion in saying goodbye to the family home and downsizing, helping buyers relocate to the Twin Cities and helping sellers as they relocate to another state. You get to know people quite well during these times. We take pride in helping people through the process. Our goal is to make it as rewarding, enjoyable and stress-free as possible. For us, it’s more than just selling houses. We get involved!
Q: Your nickname around the office is the Dynamic Duo. How would you describe the “dynamics” of your relationship? How are you able to complement one another?
A: We have worked side by side in residential real estate for 21 years and we’re still together. In fact, we’ve been married for 45 years, so we must get along pretty well! We complement each other in a number of ways. Marla Jean works most often with buyers and Jerry with our listings.
We both meet with our sellers when listing their house, but Jerry follows through with the listing process, the advertising and promotion. We are both involved in the negotiating process when an offer is received, while Marla Jean handles the closing process. Marla Jean is a fabulous people person. When she meets a buyer or seller for the first time, there is often an instant “chemistry”. She loves to take buyers “shopping”, and usually packs a picnic basket with treats in the car as they spend time together seeing houses. She is also very knowledgeable about communities, neighborhoods, schools and knows every roadway and back route. Jerry generally spends more time analyzing competitive properties and monitoring market activity to keep our buyers and sellers abreast of the market dynamics.
When listing houses, we go well beyond the norm in promoting and exposing the home in the marketplace. We provide an extensive step by step marketing plan, and are both in touch with the homeowners through the entire selling process. We are both detail oriented and committed to get the job done! Our buyers and sellers get the two of us – our knowledge, experience and years of proven results – and that gives them a “competitive advantage” in the marketplace!
Q: Recently we had a chance to see all of your grandkids. What is the best part about being grandparents?
A: We have two sons and a daughter and each has two children. We went from zero grandkids to six in a hurry. We have two 5 ½ year olds and two 4 year olds (boys), as well as one 3 and 2 year old girls.
We were “hands on” parents and totally involved with our kids and their activities. Marla Jean was the ultimate team Mom and was the first woman on the Wayzata Youth Hockey Board. Jerry coached our boys in football and baseball, and we went to their hockey practices and games. We went to our daughter’s soccer practices, games, and other activities. We were at their swim meets, we skied together, rode snowmobiles, built skate board ramps, hosted parties and events, traveled, and were together at school and church activities. From youth through college, we were there; but always careful to give them their space.
Now, what’s really neat is that, as adults, our kids still allow us to hangout with them! Since three months old, we have taken all of the grandkids one day a week at our home. It gets chaotic, but it is fabulous. We love to baby-sit, and we volunteer all the time. We read stories, play games, play at parks, we skate together and play baseball and soccer. We are now back at the old Wayzata arena watching the 5 ½ year olds play hockey! So, for us, like the expression says, “It’s déjà vu all over again.” Being grandparents is absolutely the best ever! It keeps us young and active. But, as most grandparents will admit, we’re glad it’s not full time.
A big thanks to our Dynamic Duo for taking a moment to share their expertise, passion and personal connection here at RFR. If you are interested in working with them visit their contact page. Check back to see if the Alsteads can continue their streak with a 5th consecutive Agent of the Month honor in December. Later this week we will post our Finance 101 segment with an update from Cathy Robin on some developments from Advisor’s Mortgage.