Here at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Snyder and Company, we’re more than just Realtors. Each month we like to take a moment to shine a light on one of our magnificent real estate agents. This month’s agent spotlight is David Wallner!
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan in a very modest home with two hardworking parents and one older sibling. My parents were perfect examples of people willing to make sacrifices for the benefit of their children. Money was always tight in our home and they could have lived elsewhere for less but the quality of schools in the Grosse Pointe system was their first priority.
What do you enjoy the most about living in the Greater Ann Arbor area?
I enjoy the broad range of activities and opportunities that enrich the quality life without having to be locked in a megalopolis type urban setting. I tell newcomers “there is literally something for everyone including those people who just want the simple joy of a hiking trail or an afternoon on the river.”
Tell us a bit about yourself and family.
Louise and I celebrated our 34th anniversary this year; something that I am proud to say has resulted from a generous dose of commitment along with heaping measures of love and devotion. One of my favorite quotes (Reinhold Niebuhr 1952) is “Therefore we must be saved by the final form of love, which is forgiveness.” Our son Kyle is devoting his life to delivering Chiropractic Care and Nutritional Medicine Therapies in his Livonia practice. (check out Michigan Family Wellness on the net). Kyle married a delightful woman he met when a local church sponsored a bike ride to the Dexter Cider Mill. Daughter Gretchen just moved to Manhattan to pursue Graduate Gemologist certification at the GIA. How excited is she?
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
We spend family time aboard our 24 foot speedboat during the summer months and I try to get to the ski hill a couple of times each winter. I receive a lot of enjoyment out of just keeping the yard and our cars looking good and I enjoy a meal cooked on the grill. During the cold weather months I enjoy reading fiction and American history.
How long have you been a real estate agent?
2016 is my 17th year as a full time Realtor and my 11th year with Sharon Snyder (who will always remember our first conversation and how I told her I was too busy to talk to her).
What do you like best about working in real estate?
To me the best part about real estate is the satisfaction that comes from successfully accomplishing the objective that my clients have entrusted to me. To most people buying or selling a home is a major event and I am always honored to be able to help people reach these goals.
Describe your favorite memory of working with a client.
I can think of very few clients that were not smiling at the closing table but some of my favorite memories were the clients I helped but never met face-to-face. That’s right; on several occasions I listed and sold homes for out of town sellers who knew me only by my reputation. In another instance I had previously met the owners but they moved away thinking they had sold their home privately only to have that fall through and it was David to the rescue. The trust that these people put in me was even more meaningful due to the geographic separation and the satisfaction of accomplishing their goals even sweeter.
What is the one tip you have for someone looking to buy or sell a home today?
Buyers and sellers both must understand that “market forces” will influence the outcome of their efforts. It is important to know how these forces are likely to impact their specific situation and to recognize they are neither consistent nor forgiving. A Realtor with ‘boots on the ground’ is the best person to interpret these forces.
Interested in working with David? You can see his contact information and current listings here.