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 agents. This month’s agent spotlight is Todd Waller!
Where did you grow up?
What do you enjoy the most about living in the Greater Ann Arbor area?
The variety. Not only is there a plethora of things to do and see, the people of the community make the Ann Arbor area unique beyond belief. With the universities (U of M and EMU), there are students, academics, internationals, and locals all around. Learning more about our world can be as easy as stepping off your front porch for a walk.
Tell us a bit about yourself and family.
My wife and I were both born and raised in SE Michigan. We met at the University of Michigan – Dearborn. She went on to graduate from U of M’s nursing school, and I completed a Political Science bachelors at U of M – Dearborn. Our two young men keep us busy, running from music lessons, to fencing lessons, to time with a rather large family spread across the area.
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
What is “spare time?” 😉 I thoroughly enjoy a good book, classic jazz on the speakers, and a great wine or beer in my glass.
How long have you been a real estate agent?
I was licensed in July of 2002, so that puts me at a bit over 13 years practicing real estate.
What do you like best about working in real estate?
There is something inherently and deeply satisfying, for me, in helping clients achieve their real estate goals. With the experience I have gained through the years, I have found it a benefit to my clients to be able to clearly articulate what the process will look like, where the potential road bumps are located, and then smooth out those bumps when they appear. Walking clients successfully through that process, and removing as much of their stress and worry as possible, is extremely rewarding for me.
Describe your favorite memory of working with a client.
Honestly, there are too many great memories to peg to just one as my favorite. Perhaps the most memorable for me, was assisting a family with a special needs child, in selling their home. While we were reviewing the paperwork to list their home, I was asked by the mom if there was anything I could do to cut down on the, seemingly, random scheduling of showings. You see, their child would take a day and a half to get back on routine, if there was an interruption to the daily routine. I crafted a listing plan that promoted their home online for 4 days prior to the open house, and held off any showings until that open house. Short story: the open house was very well attended, we generated multiple offers and sold significantly over list price. And the child’s routine was only interrupted for one day.
What is the one tip you have for someone looking to buy or sell a home today?
For those considering getting into the real estate market, as a buyer or a seller, know that even with all the information that can be found online, a real estate professional’s advice will help you discern what is good information, bad information, and even assist you in determining how this information applies to your specific real estate goals. Find a real estate agent that can clearly communicate with you, and don’t be shy about peppering them with real estate questions. Education of the real estate market is key, and so is finding, and utilizing, the good information.