Having over 15 years of experience as a licensed real estate agent and working as a member of the National Association of Realtors with local and state boards I am happy to be back in the saddle! I recently re-licensed after recuperating. All the while, I continued to invest in real estate and to peruse the Van Eaton & Romero site! My interest in real estate is not new! Real estate and its numbers caught my attention as early as elementary school when I learned that 75% of the Nations Wealth was held in real estate. I was fascinated that it was one of the few opportunities to transform a debt (rent) into an investment(home ownership)! We had a choice! I chased one of my other dreams, Acting, and landed in California where I couldn't help but redirect my focus to became a REALTOR and a real estate investor! I truly enjoy helping people buy and sell homes and properties by listening, educating, helping them identify their needs. Once that is done, I coach them to present their strongest negotiation position! I studied finance, claims management, loss mitigation, foreclosures, 1031 tax deferred exchanges, and more. I ranked in the Top 20 of the most productive office in our region with over 200 agents in the San Fernando Valley with Jon Douglas Company (later Prudential-Jon Douglas and then Coldwell Banker - Jon Douglas). All excellent top notch companies. Of course, something was missing! Family and Louisiana! I brought my self back home to Lafayette! Ahhhh gumbo! TIGERS! CAJUNS! Festivales Acadiennes (my favorite)! My mother and I earned the Van Eaton & Romero Sterling Production tier. I liked real estate so much I talked my Mom into the business! Now I am back! I am so happy to be back in the business of helping folks with real estate. I truly believe real estate is one of our most important support structures. It is not only a home, but also an investment. We are able to not only write off taxes in many cases, but concurrently gain equity! For those who are on a tight budget it has the unique characteristic of a sort of forced savings. Even in a 'down' market, there are many benefits to Home Ownership! That's why I believe that... NO MATTER WHAT THE MARKET IS DOING, ITS ALWAYS A GREAT TIME TO BUY AND SELL REAL ESTATE! Call me and I'll tell you why! Your Real Estate Professional, Stephanie McConnell!