This month we had the opportunity to chat with Kristen Childers, an established Realtor in the Austin, Texas area and valued Realtor partner of The Home Inspectors. Kristen shared how she created her own business, her advice for new Realtors and buyers, and why she chooses to partner with The Home Inspectors.
I began my real estate career in 2016 with a vision to create my own brand. Now in 2020, I have successfully launched Austin & Hill Country Real Estate Group which is brokered by Keller Williams Cedar Park.
After reaching my career goals in the multi-family industry, I realized I was ready for a new challenge. Single-family residential real estate has so many similarities that it was an easy transition and it afforded the opportunity to create my own business.
I absolutely love the day I get to hand a set of new home keys to a client. For them, it represents new beginnings and possibilities. That’s definitely the highlight of my career.
I love to feed my family! Gathering everyone together over a home-cooked meal is one of my favorite things to do. I am also a soccer mom and enjoy getting decked out in “spirit gear” to cheer for my daughter at the games. Lastly, it warms my heart to get involved and give back! You can be sure I am in some way supporting Operation Liberty Hill and the amazing work they do for the community.
Get a mentor you feel comfortable reaching out to often. In the beginning you will have a ton of questions but it can be very lonely. Also, be realistic with goal setting. If you think you are going to conquer the real estate world in your first year, you might be setting yourself up for disappointment.
Your real estate agent matters! Avoid the bully – the agent who “knows it all” and will make up your mind for you. Avoid the timid – in this market, you might have to fight to get the house you want. Avoid the lazy – if you are selling your home, your agent should do more than stick a sign in the yard.
In the Austin market, time is everything and having an inspector who can come out quickly can be the reason I win the offer for my client. The report is generated right there on the spot and reviewed in the home with the potential buyers. This is an invaluable service. They are also thorough and realistic.
Everything! The customer service is paramount, the quality of work is fantastic, the termite inspection is automatically included, the cost is competitive and the response to questions after the inspection is extremely prompt.
You can’t find a better partner! After having a variety of experiences with other inspectors early on, I recognized the value The Home Inspectors brought to the client experience and have been loyally referring them as a top choice partner ever since.