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“Redefining the residential real estate experience through
integrity, market knowledge, and professionalism.”

-Casa Crew Mission Statement

There’s more than one way to make a mark

Many MBA graduates follow traditional ‘corporate’ career paths.  I started down the same path, but realized I didn’t experience the sense of satisfaction that I had expected to find.  Life’s too short to work a miserable job and everyone dreams of being able to combine work with something they feel passionate about.  For me, it was real estate.

After much soul searching, I left the comfort and security of a salaried job to focus on building my successful real estate business.   Graduate school and work experience had taught me how to build a brand and manage a business.  What could be more satisfying than leveraging my skills for the benefit of my own company and my own customers?!

It got even better.  Once a full-time Realtor, I quickly recognized the need for a higher level of service than the industry standard — an opportunity to redefine the consumer experience.

Turning negatives into positives

During my first week at real estate licensing school, our instructor shared an article about a survey of the general public that indicated real estate agents landed one spot above used car salesmen on an opinion scale, which resonated with my own less-than positive personal real estate experiences.

Sighs and comments across the room signaled that most agents viewed the article as bad news, but I was encouraged because it further validated my perceptions of the market and represented an opportunity to make a positive impact and set myself apart from the crowd. Though my technical skills in real estate were far from developed, the strategic marketer in me was excited because I had identified an unmet market need.

Putting the plan into action

Many years and even more escrows have passed since then and I’ve always focused on finding ways to better serve my clients.  Every one of them will tell you that at some point I’ve asked them about their experiences with other Realtors.  The good, the bad, and the ugly.  Not only does their feedback help me relate better to my clients, but it keeps me in tune with the qualities that customers are looking for in a great real estate agent.

My mission statement captures the qualities that home buyers and sellers have consistently told me they seek in a Phoenix real estate professional.  Actually living by my mission statement has resulted in generations of satisfied clients, extensive repeat and referral business, and a solid reputation in the industry.

Lovin’ it, and it shows!

Any experienced real estate agent will tell you that no two transactions are alike.  There are many variables in the process, many participants, and ongoing flux in the industry at every level.  Every escrow has its challenges.  Indeed, the only constant is change.

Despite the occasional frustration, I love my job!  Interacting with lots of interesting people, viewing hundreds of properties each year, negotiating contracts, solving complex problems — it’s hard to call it “work.”  I’m blessed to have the opportunity to engage in a profession that I enjoy and that I believe brings out the best in me.

Many clients have told me that that they appreciate the passion that I bring to my job because it’s made what can be a very challenging process more fun for them.  The most rewarding feedback I receive is when a client tells me that it’s clear I put their interests first.

Some people measure success by number of sales awards and media appearances.  Well, I have plenty of those.  However, I believe that the very best gauge of success is how well you serve your customers.  Instead of a high volume, ‘churn and burn’ business model that follows the path of least resistance, I’ve elected to pursue a customized ‘high-touch’ model.  It’s not as lucrative in financial terms because it’s much more involved, but I find it eminently more satisfying and enriching.

You can read more about my high touch real estate representation model for Phoenix area home buyers and sellers by clicking here.

What do my clients say about my service?  Click the link below and read for yourself:

 

My Life in a Nutshell

Graduate Education
Master’s of Business Administration (Marketing concentration)
Thunderbird School of Global Management (Glendale, AZ)

Extra-curricular highlights:
Thunderbird Student Government Executive Committee Member
Thunderbird Student Government Career Services Student Committee Chairman
Arizona Business Leadership Association scholarship recipient

Undergraduate Education
Bachelor of Arts – International Studies
Bachelor of Arts – French
Minors: Sociology and Psychology
Trinity University (San Antonio, TX)

Extra-curricular highlights:
3-Time All-American and Collegiate National Record Holder – Trap and Skeet
2-Time Assistant International Trapshooting Coach, U.S. Olympic Training Center Jr. National Camp

Professional Experience Prior to Real Estate
I have worked or consulted for: Intel, Honeywell, Motorola, Boeing, Visitalk.com, First
Virtual Communications, U.S. Department of Justice, and others.

Real Estate Experience
Licensed full-time Realtor since 2004
Currently the Designated Broker and Owner of Stone House Realty of Arizona
I have previously worked for Keller Williams Realty, Phoenician Properties Realty,
and Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate.

Real Estate Highlights
ePRO-certified
Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR)
Keller Williams Platinum Team of the Year
Multiple awards for unit sales and sales dollar volume
Featured in the Phoenix Business JournalNorth Valley MagazineThe Globe and Mail, and others
Residential Executive Magazine – Featured Agent

Saving the Best for Last — The Important Stuff

My family is my ultimate prize.  I was blessed to meet the woman of my dreams the summer before my first year of college, and crafty enough to trick her into marrying me almost five years later, in 1994.  Now we’re the proud parents of 2 beautiful, energetic, fast-growing children.  When I do find free time, I enjoy watching my kids compete in karate tournaments, cooking, hiking, hitting the gym, participating in church activities, anything at all with my family, and traveling (which never seems to happen enough).