To Whom It May Concern:
Well the dust has settled (literally), and I can take 2 minutes to remark on my gratitude to and my admiration for Nancy Valentine.
Nancy was the agent who acted as our agent in the sale of my father’s home. I should point out that I conferred with several Brokers throughout the sale of our house and they all agreed that Nancy was to a wonderful job for us. She was understanding of the fact that we were trying to secure a comfortable future for my father and really seemed to share in that goal.
It should be noted that I live in New York City and my father’s house is in Alhambra, California. There was a lot of cross-country faxing emailing and phoning. There were various tasks required that could only be described as above and beyond the job description. Everything from liaising with the “Bee” man we hired to extract the hive living in the eves of the porch, or moving my daughter’s car out of the garage when the house was going to be unexpectedly tented, and even stopping by our garage sale to lend moral support.
Nancy was at all times courteous, professional and diligent (almost to the point of annoying for a jaded New Yorker like myself, so used to barreling through any situation and suffering the consequences afterwards). She was always gracious and unflappable. She was good natured and very kind, almost what I would describe as prim and proper. And yet, every time anyone tried for even a moment to take advantage of us (or even cheat us if you will), Nancy caught it before it happen and would in the sweetest way, have none of it. On numerous occasions Nancy had to catch/educate our buyers broker on the proper procedure and paperwork. Several times this concluded with Nancy negotiating money back for us. This didn’t necessarily offer any additional commission for Nancy, but she fought the good fight anyway. No one got away with any shenanigans of her watch!
As to whether or not it is common practice, I don’t know, but I do know that Nancy came, she networked, she listed, she open housed, she brokered, she schlepped, she monitored, she negotiated, she gently listened when I was impatient, and she was at every turn vigilant.
So, did we get the highest price that we could have for our house? I reallythink that we did. Was there minimal disruption of my life? Considering the long distance nature of the situation? I think so, yes. Did Nancy do the best job for us that anyone could have? I would have to say absolutely. Would I have rather worked with someone else? Absolutely not.
I think that sometimes sellers can have a bad attitude about people whom they will pay a commission to. Nancy did not sit back and wait for the house to sell. There were no bon bon’s and casual chats about how she would spend the fortune that magically appeared after the droves of anxious buyers battled it out to see who would have the privilege of living our never kept up, very old house. Nancy earned every penny she is paid, and then some! This was not our money that we “gave” her. Nancy worked like a Clydesdale to get our house sold for the best price, as quickly as possible and to our best advantage. I am very grateful to her and would highly recommend working with her.
Nancy has been licensed to sell real estate since 1991. This includes sales experience in residential, land and investment properties. Due to her vast experience and expertise in the handling of complicated real estate transaction, she as the chosen as the Official Real Estate Sponsor of the Pasadena Bar Association for 5 years.
Nancy approaches each home sale as a new work that will be given a glorious Premiere! The staging, set design, and presentation all result in her listings being the “buzz” all over town. Nancy harnesses the power of the Internet to give her listings a competitive edge. She sees the Web as the most valuable way to respond to the constantly changing real estate climate. Nancy has the experience, knowledge and flexibility to harness the power of the Web in real estate transactions to get her sellers’ properties the best exposure, worldwide.
Like most people in this field, Nancy had another career before entering real estate. After graduating from Northwestern University School of Music, she attended the Juilliard School. Nancy went to Europe for the summer to continue her vocal training and stayed for 12 years! She sang professionally as a lyric soprano soloist in Austria, Switzerland, and Germany. Nancy is fluent in German and has a very good ear for languages! Her years of living abroad have given her a deep understanding of Buyers and Sellers from varying cultures and traditions. This experience is a valuable tool in understanding client needs and translates into a superb skill in negotiating on behalf of her clients. The experience of living in Europe as well as recent trips to visit family in Asia, she has a deep understanding of varying architectural and decorating styles.