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My name is Ginny Sheppard, Rick Sheppard’s wife. I handle a lot of Rick’s real estate related work but my main responsibility is coordinating all of the marketing for Rick and his clients. We both work full-time in the business, meaning our clients get two for the price of one! I am not a licensed real estate agent but I have a lot of knowledge and experience in the real estate business. That said, I’d like to share my perspective as a non-agent on what you should look for when hiring an agent to assist you in buying or selling your next home.
Many people when looking for a real estate agent choose a family member or friend regardless of their experience. Why? Because the agent is a family member or friend! But does that agent have the business knowledge, skills, experience, and full-time dedication to truly get the job done for you? Remember, we’re talking here of what will likely be the biggest financial transaction of your life! I’ve often wondered why a buyer or seller would put such an important matter in the hands of an inexperienced and/or part-time agent, yet it happens.
I’ve watched and listened to Rick over the years and found he regularly outwits and out negotiates his competition, to the benefit of his clients. And part-time and inexperienced agents are especially vulnerable! When I hear or see this I really feel sorry for the clients of those other agents. Hey, we all know that we learn from our mistakes. So ask yourself – do you want your newbie real estate agent learning from the mistakes he or she made on the purchase or sale of your home? It happens more often than you think and costs consumers thousands and thousands of dollars.
It’s true – experience matters. Anybody who has bought or sold a home (or two, or three) will likely agree that a real estate transaction can be difficult, confusing and downright stressful. And no two real estate transactions are exactly alike, which is why experience is so important. Experienced agents know how to solve problems, work well under pressure and are expert communicators and negotiators. And they do right by their clients.
My advice? Do your homework when hiring a real estate agent. It’ll be one of the biggest financial decisions of your life. As I mentioned, I’ve watched and listened to Rick outwit and out negotiate the competition over and over again – costing that agent’s buyer or seller thousands of dollars. Please don’t be that buyer or seller! Hire the best! Hire Rick! You’ll find that message to be a common theme when you read his clients’ reviews and hear it when you speak with him. Give him a call/text or email him and you’ll see for yourself. Below you’ll find more information about Rick and his real estate experience.
Rick Sheppard is an Associate Broker and seasoned real estate veteran in the Philadelphia and suburban real estate markets and is based in the area he grew up in and lives in – the Perkiomen Valley region of Montgomery County, PA. In addition to handling real estate transactions for buyers and sellers, he’s a published blogger, real estate investor, landlord, property manager, and entrepreneur. As a licensed realtor since 1988, Rick has closed hundreds of real estate transactions and has worked with thousands of sellers, buyers, landlords, tenants, real estate agents, title agents, mortgage reps, municipal authorities, and various other industry professionals. His belief is that the most important task for real estate agents today is to get the client – buyer and/or seller – successfully to and past the settlement table. An essential part of his job begins after a sales contract has been signed by a buyer and a seller. The home inspection, mortgage, appraisal, title, and municipal processes can be complex and can easily cause a sale to fall apart. No one wants to find out 6 weeks into a transaction that the settlement scheduled for week 7 isn’t going to happen. Rick’s motto: “The best way to solve a problem is to prevent one in the first place”. Accordingly, he manages his transactions closely, making sure every “I” is dotted and every “T” is crossed.
When you read reviews and testimonial letters from Rick’s many clients, you’ll notice a common theme. In short, Rick treats his transactions and his clients the way he likes to be treated – with care and respect – the Golden Rule. He asks questions, listens closely to the answers, and focuses hard on handling the transaction in the best way to fit each client’s unique needs. The Golden Rule philosophy is especially evident when Rick is negotiating on behalf of a client, a skill he is particularly good at. Ever hear the expression, “Find something that you love to do and you’ll never work a day in your life”? Well, Rick comes pretty close to that with his 30 year career in real estate and he sure appreciates it. Says Rick, “I receive countless thank yous, smiles, warm handshakes and heartfelt reviews from my clients and colleagues. How can I ask for any more than that”?
Rick and I work hard to serve our clients with excellence and we hope you see that throughout our website and in our monthly newsletter. Feel free to sign up for our newsletter right here. In the meantime, please come back often – you’ll find we are constantly updating our website. Thank you for visiting!
– Ginny Sheppard – March, 2018