• Interview •
Dealing with Brenda is like working with a trusted friend. Success, to Brenda, is measured by a happy client after their transaction is closed.
Growing up in the Charlottesville area has given Brenda a unique perspective on the local market, the people and the community. This knowledge, along with her ability to relate to clients and understand their needs, results in total customer satisfaction.
Brenda works in Charlottesville, Albemarle and several of the surrounding counties. She works tirelessly to handle all aspects of a transaction for her buyers and sellers. Customer service is the “Solution” Brenda offers to her clients.
Brenda, why Charlottesville?
I grew up in the Yancey Mills, Crozet area and have lived within 30 minutes of Charlottesville my entire life. I love to travel but it still takes my breath away when I catch that first glimpse of the Blue Ridge Mountains when returning home.
Where is your favorite place to eat?
I enjoy Whiskey Jar, Shabeen, Duners, Three Notch'd Grill, The Ivy Inn, Bella's and Southern Way just to name a few.
What is your favorite event or show you have seen?
I always look forward to Martha's Market, the Crozet Arts and Crafts Festival and The Fall Foliage Festival in Waynesboro.
What is your favorite time of year?
I would have to say that Fall is my favorite time of year. I love the change in color of the leaves and the cool crisp air! School has started again and it seems like the beginning of another year to me.
What about Charlottesville surprises you the most?
It still maintains some small town charm while offering lots of cultural activities.
Tough to list a favorite vineyard as my husband and I love visiting so many of them! Glass House, Stinson, Veritas and First Colony are among my favorites.
Why Real Estate?
I have always been drawn to jobs that were customer service oriented. After working for State Farm Insurance for 30 years I decided I needed to do something different. I had always been interested in Real Estate so I took the classes and became a full time agent in 1998. I love helping people find a great place to live!
Duck NC for 2 weeks with some extended family!
Favorite Tech Tool?
I would have to say my phone! Love being able to open lock boxes with it!
Favorite Place to Shop?
Belk located in Fashion Square Mall
Advice for Buyers?
When listing your search criteria divide it into 2 categories: have to haves and things you would like to have. If you put too many things in that you have to have, you might miss a house you would absolutely love. Carpet can usually be replaced with hardwood floors, often times a garage can be added, and counter tops and appliances can be replaced. Be flexible and be sure to use a Buyer's Agent! I would not buy something in another area without using one myself.
• Testimonials •
Brenda, thank you for all your advice and assistance in getting my current house listed for sale this week. Being associated with someone of your vast experience in the field, who I fully trust to provide good guidance, has eliminated worries before they even arose. We’ve spent a lot of time together exploring housing options both while I was living away from VA and trying to return, as well as when finding my present house. You’ve been exceedingly generous with your time, unfailingly patient and always available for questions and sound recommendations. I owe you many thanks!
We relocated from out of state. Brenda was recommended to us and was just terrific to work with. She was patient and knowledgeable while we looked around, getting to know the area. We never felt rushed or pushed into making a decision. She listened to our concerns and requirements and set up appointments in a way that used our available time well. All the way through to closing, she was prompt getting back to us with answers to questions. Her information was accurate and the closing process was smooth and without surprises. We have recommended Brenda to our daughter, who is buying her first house with her fiancee.
M. Kemp (Irv)
Brenda was wonderful to work with and her knowledge and understanding of the home buying process is excellent. She was very patient with us as this process took six months or so and for us. When my partner and I were looking for homes and we became overwhelmed/dazzled by all of the details, Brenda pointed out the hidden costs or things that were not quite right with the home. Due to her years of experience as a real estate professional, she helped us stay out of trouble with the purchase of our first home.
Sarah and Chris
The process of buying our DREAM HOME was years in the making for Brenda, Buddy, Mark and I. Brenda showed us countless houses ALL over Albemarle county, some at her suggestion, but mostly whenever we came across a listing that we wanted to see. Brenda was readily available to show us the houses, no matter the day of the week or time of day. In addition, Brenda did NOT try to persuade or dissuade Mark and I when considering making an offer on a house, however she did want to make sure Mark and I had the right house for our family. Brenda worked with Mark and I for over 5 years until we found our perfect home in the exact neighborhood we wanted to live. Throughout this process, Mark and I were very grateful to have Brenda not only as our realtor, but also as an advocate for us. Her patience, tact, and intuitiveness with us, as well as other realtors made the entire process much, much more palatable for all parties. Buying and selling houses is incredibly stressful for all parties, and Brenda was certainly the calm in the eye of the storm for us. Going forward, Mark and I wholeheartedly plan to continue our friendship with Brenda and Buddy, as well as having Brenda as our realtor as the need arises.
Kim and Mark
My husband and I were very impressed with Brenda's knowledge of real estate, professional demeanor , and courteous treatment. She was a delight to work with when we looked for a new home at Lake Monticello. She paid close attention to what we stressed as our criteria and showed us properties that truly met our needs and then guided us along in the negotiation phase. We were able to get the house of our dreams for a very good and fair price and closing was a breeze. Brenda even picked us up and went to closing with us to be sure everything went smoothly. We highly recommend using Brenda if you need to sell or buy a property!
Jack and Diane