Choosing an agent to represent one of your greatest financial investments is an important decision. I believe that it is essential to know who you're working with. Do you have confidence in their experience? Do you trust their character? Will you get along well? Hopefully this section will help you determine if we'd be a good match.
On the Real Estate Front...
I feel like I've been around real estate in some form all my life. My father did various kinds of construction, including designing and building our own house. I spent most of my childhood playing near the job-sites or helping with sheet-rocking, painting, landscaping, you name it. I knew early on in my life that I would someday be involved in real estate. It was a fascinating process for me to watch our house transform from a dirt lot into a home.
However, during school I got excited about accounting (I know, kind of unusual) so I pursued a degree and career in that field. After working in corporate tax for several years, I found myself driving around on my lunch breaks looking at houses and doing mortgage calculations on hypothetical properties. After years of knowing my heart wasn't in it, I moved into the field that I am so passionate about… real estate! It was the best decision of my life.
To start with, I began investing in real estate - buying, selling, remodeling and renting investment properties. You can see my investment projects (link at the bottom of this page) for some fun "before" and "after" pictures. Through the course of investing, I worked with many real estate agents and sadly was disappointed by their overall level of service and expertise. I would often have to explain contracts and inspection issues to them. Through my own investing activities over the years, I had become very knowledgeable in real estate. I realized that I love to teach and work with people, so becoming a real estate agent seemed like a natural transition. It has been a great choice! It's been a decade since making the transition and I am very happy!
On the Personal Front...
In my free time I love to be outdoors - doesn't everyone in Seattle say that?!? My sweet dog Nova loves walks so we get outside as often as possible. Our favorite places within Seattle are Greenlake, Discovery Park, Lincoln Park and the Arboretum. I also love mountain and rock climbing, hiking and backpacking. I've climbed Mt Rainier, Mt Adams, Mt Shuksan, Mt Baker and Mt St Helens and backpacked all over the Pacific Northwest.
I volunteer with youth programs throughout the city, especially with girls. I love the outdoor-related programs like those through The Mountaineers, Girls Rock and Girls on the Run. I have also been a volunteer mentor at Seattle Girls School, an independent middle school for girls.
Thank you for taking the time to get to know me! I look forward to knowing you!
Remodeling is a passion of mine. Check out some of my investment properties - including before and after pictures!
Jessica was a dream Realtor! She took the time to understand what we wanted, worked with our busy schedules to view houses, and then when it came time to put in an offer and throughout the entire purchasing process, she educated and "held our hand" through it! We felt that she always had our best interest at heart and that she kept us in the loop through the whole process. We HIGHLY recommend having Jessica as a Realtor!