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Why Real Estate?

Why Real Estate?

Let’s dive in… I first became interested in real estate in High School. See, at the time, I was dating a girl for a few months and her mother had been working for Remax in Grand Rapids. I was younger and more impressionable, but to be fair… I was HOOKED on the things that she was saying. Granted, I look back on it now and realize she was only sharing the “good” side of the business, I.e. the commission checks, building client relationships, etc… But from then on, I yearned for more information.

Time went by, I broke up with my girlfriend at the time, lost touch with her mother, the agent, and I began bartending to pay for expenses and the upcoming college experience. Not saying I gave up on real estate at the time, but it definitely got pushed to the back burner of my life. Moving forward, college was okay, bartending put a lot of food on my table, but I wasn’t happy working at a bar indefinitely, so I looked to other options.

My boyfriend (Kyle) and I, bought our house about 8 months ago through a family friend, Rhonda Faber. Rhonda and her husband, John Faber, own Encompass -Realtors over in Holland, MI. It must have been all of the house searchings, lining up showings with Rhonda, and the excitement of moving that re-ignited my desire to learn more about the world of real estate.

Approximately three months ago, I had set up lunch with Rhonda to learn more about Encompass. I was fascinated, and I felt as though I finally knew what I wanted to do with my life. What could be more perfect? We got to chatting and looking more in to Encompass and the careers it had to offer. Safe to say I went home and immediately signed up for my real estate classes. Again, I was hooked.

About a month ago, I feverishly studied for my finals, and killed the real estate licensing exam! Soon after, I was blessed to sit down with Rhonda and John Faber and discuss my new career…

Now, here I sit today, beginning my new career at Encompass – Realtors. It’ll be a long road, but I see rewards and blessings down the entire way. It must be something about the relationships, co-workers, beautiful homes, oh and don’t forget about the flexible hours… The only thing that I know for sure? I’m home.

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Real Estate – Part time VS Full time

It’s no myth that full-time workers accomplish more than part-time workers, generally speaking. When it comes to real estate, wouldn’t you want someone who is dedicated to giving you their all? By “all,” I mean more than your standard 8 or 9 hour work day, if they are full-time, that is. For a lot of agents, especially in the area of West Michigan, they are part-timers. I’m already sold on the fact I’d want someone dedicated full-time if I am trusting them with my home, money, and family. It’s not to say that part-time agents aren’t successful, they just usually lack the time aspect that full-time agents have.

That being said, keep this in mind when you are choosing a real estate agent. It makes a big difference to have someone readily available, especially in today’s markets where homes are being sold exponentially fast. For me, being full-time, I rely very heavily on my clients and friends for my finances.

Maybe it’s just me, but I am getting sick of trying to get ahold of agents who seem too busy to care about what you want, let alone stop what they are doing to take a phone call or answer a message. Granted, we all have to make our living, but with this… It takes a certain type of person to be a successful real estate agent. I do not go into a conversation with someone expecting to buy or sell their next home. I go into that conversation with an open mind and schedule ready to assist you, if and only if, you choose to work with me. I am a full-time agent because I like what I do. I like going to work and knowing that I will be helping others with important, life-altering, decisions, and being entrusted with their dreams, goals, and fears.

My Dream Book

The beautiful thing about working so closely with your friends is the relaxed atmosphere, always being pushed to be your best, and knowing everyone has your back. Here at Encompass, we work with a Dream Manager. This title is given to our friend, Julie. She works weekly with us to hold the team accountable for being successful and full of life. With that, we all fill out what we call out Dream Books. It’s mainly shorthand scribbles for all of the things that we want to accomplish. I have everything from charitable 5k’s written down, to bettering my patience level. Now, who would have thought that a couple weeks after writing these ideas down, I would accomplish two of them, and one without even knowing!

“Donate my time to a church in need this Holiday season”

This was an accidental accomplishment, to be fair. Nevertheless, I was still able to cross this off my Dream Book. The week of Thanksgiving, I got a call from a church in North Muskegon, that I had never even heard of. Apparently, my name was given to them as someone willing to volunteer time. So, I got a call from the Church asking for a few hours of my time to help prepare their Thanksgiving dinner. I obliged and ended up having a miraculous time talking with people I’ve never met, networking with future clients… Oh, and cutting roughly 200 apples for apple pies. Did I chop off a finger? SHOCKINGLY, no! Win. Anyways, the atmosphere was delightful, and I stayed longer than my assigned time, simply because I lost track of the time talking with everyone. This Holiday event is something I am already anticipating doing again next year. I’m very thankful for the opportunity and the new friends I made.

“Get over my fear of flying”

I’m 23 and I’ve never been on a moving plane. Sad? Yeah, I know. I only ever vacationed if we drove, I just never had the opportunity to fly anywhere. Also, the idea of being that high in the air in something so heavy gave me HARDCORE anxiety…. So, getting into it, last weekend was my boyfriend Kyle’s 26th birthday, and I wanted to surprise him however I could, even if it meant sucking up my own fears. A fellow Realtor with Encompass, complete with a pilot’s license, might I add… Suggested taking friends up to go sightseeing in a small aircraft. Well, I made it happen. Without Kyle knowing, I drove us to Ottawa Executive Airport in Zeeland, and his first response to my turning in the lot, “We are not going skydiving, and you won’t be going flying… What are we doing here.” Ha! Got em… 30 minutes later, after a brief meet and greet with our new friend and pilot, Roger Littlepage, we were off in the SMALLEST aircraft either of us has ever had the pleasure of being near. Well, an hour and a half of scenic views over Grand Haven, Holland, Zeeland, Saugatuck, Douglas, and more as well as some ariel maneuvres that made my stomach tighten just a touch, we couldn’t stop smiling the entire time. We both had the most fun we have had in a long time with ZERO issues. So now, my fear of flying has blossomed into a yearning to do it again, and again, and maybe a few more times after that. Goes to say, that our biggest fears can turn out to be our best friends in the end.

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Who are you trusting with your money?

So, a thought crossed my mind yesterday… Why would you trust ME with helping you find your dream home? What makes me the person I claim to be? Well, I feel I have some explaining to do to earn your trust before we build out working relationship. So, here it goes. This is Casey Hamberg.

It began roughly 23 years ago. I was born in Holland, raised in both Holland and Zeeland, and eventually moved to Grand Haven. Meaning, I’ve been fairly localized my entire life, which makes me feel very confident about the area that I am promoting. I was born the youngest to a family of five. Two (still happily married) parents, and two older brothers. Growing up in Zeeland and always yearning to grow me, I found myself trying as many new things as I could. I attended 6 or 7 different churches, made easy by the fact in Zeeland, there’s a church on every corner. Friends came from every nationality, sex, and demographic imaginable. I craved to have as many personal touches in my life as I could. It made me happy to see others happy, even if it meant making myself vulnerable and putting myself out there for the world to judge.

Once I made it to 18, I moved in with my long-term boyfriend, Kyle. During that time I was a full-time, lead bartender at a nightclub, working on my Business Management degree from Grand Valley State University, and beginning a career in Project Management working with a local marketing firm. As it sounds, I got around. I pride myself on trying to accomplish as many things as I can. Eventually, Kyle and I bought our first home together in the beautiful city of Grand Haven.

Let’s back up… The things that make me who I am? Well, here’s a list I can rattle off… Friends, family, pets, God, neighbors, my real estate career, outdoors, running, fishing, hunting, guns, photography, coffee, technology, cars, travel… The list can really go on forever. With this, if there’s something here that you can relate to, shoot me a message, I would love to chat. This biggest thing that makes me who I am, is my desire to see others succeed, profit, and love themselves, God, and their lives.

Moving to Grand Haven was a surprise. Kyle and I looked for homes in Holland for months and nothing stuck out to us. The intensity of the housing market didn’t help either. The fact that homes could, and did, hit the market and have an accepted offer all on the same day was our biggest obstacle. Thankfully, we trusted our agent, Rhonda Faber, and she made miracles happen. We found a home in Grand Haven and on the first night we went to see it, we pulled into the driveway, I looked at Kyle, and we both just smiled. Why? Because we could already feel the warmth, the love, the compassion of Grand Haven’s community and sense; that we were truly home.

Today is the 22nd of November. Also known as the day before Thanksgiving. Today, I start my day early in the office, sipping coffee, writing this blog post, and reaching out to the people around me looking for a forever home. This afternoon, I will be leaving early, heading up north to a small church that I read needed support for their cooking efforts prior to their Thanksgiving Day feast. The thing that makes me want to do that? Knowing that it will make others happy and feel cared for. It’s not like I am sacrificing anything, except for time. Even that, in my own mind, is time worth spent.

I hope this gives you a little more insight into who I am. I encourage everyone to read this and talk to me personally before any business relationship begins. Sure, I would love to sell you a house, make a check, and continue my day. That’s not who I am. I’m a Realtor who puts relationships ahead of monetary compensation. Please, feel free to reach out to me, share your stories, and make a conscious and informed decision to who you’d like to represent you, your family, and your life.

Food For Thought​

The housing market is incredibly hot in today’s economy. With that being said, the amount of people wanting to buy a home is exponential as well. But how do you find buyers? It’s not as simple as waiting for a client to knock on your door and walk in with exactly what they want, how they are going to get it, and are ready to proceed. No, that’s generally not how it goes, sadly… Prospecting, cultivation, marketing, personal connections… There is so much to be done BEFORE you can even introduce yourself in person to a client. Did I mention this is unpaid time? The time I spend meticulously writing emails, knocking on doors, creating advertisements, calling every number I can get my hands on is all UNPAID. Crazy, right? To me, it’s exciting. In prospecting for new clients, there is one quote that I adhere to. “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds you plant.” -Robert Stevenson

I do all of this for YOU, the client, in hopes that we can grow a lasting relationship together. I am a firm believer that relationships are much more important than monetary compensation.