Photographs and interview by Angela Karen
Name: Ashleigh Timmerman
Hometown: Blountsville, Alabama
As a residential realtor, how do you make homes more marketable?
Every home is different and has unique features. During a listing appointment, I start my marketing plan by asking the following question: “What are 10 things you love about this home?” I can learn more about the home this way, and more than likely, those 10 items that made them fall in love with the home will help the new homeowners love the home.
Do you offer a marketing plan with all listings?
Yes, all of my listings come with a marketing plan.
Could you tell us what prompted you to become a realtor?
I grew up wanting to become an attorney and got my associate’s degree in paralegal studies, and then my bachelor’s in political science. My personality is more about helping people, and being a realtor really is the best of both worlds. There are many legal components to the job, and I love helping people start their next chapter.
What is most rewarding about your job?
Watching families grow and make memories. I love it when a client has a baby or gets married after they move in or seeing a photo on social media of them having people over and loving the space they are in.
What’s something that your friends or clients would be surprised to learn about you?
That my office isn’t always as organized as my Google spreadsheet is.
What advice would you give to anyone looking for a new home while putting his or her current home on the market?
Have patience, and understand it’s a long-term gain for a short-term pain. No one loves having a request to show their home 10 minutes before a showing. You must keep your long-term goal in mind during the short-term issues you might have.
Selling a home can be stressful—what are some ways to get homes off the market quicker?
Deep clean your home. It sounds like it would be a standard, but I’ve had clients remark many times how gross it is when the fan blades have 10 years of dust on them, or if the baseboards are not clean enough. Buyers often times look in your stove or your microwave, too, and they judge off of it. I try to make people looking at my listings feel at home, leaving some water and a mint or chocolate so that the people feel a little more comfortable once they go into the home. It’s not always easy to be in someone else’s home, so trying to make the potential buyer more comfortable will usually in turn make the seller more comfortable.
What is your negotiation strategy?
Keeping in mind what is most important to my client. Some clients care most about an item that has sentimental value, some care most about timing, and others care most about their bottom line. It’s important to remember throughout the process what is most important to my client!
What is your biggest achievement?
The joy I have in my life. That might sound strange to most, but my biggest goal in life is to be happy and make others happy. I have so much joy in my life and am so very grateful for the life I have been given. Not all days are perfect, by any means. I do my best to learn the lessons and try to be thankful for the wisdom I’ve been given on the bad days!
When was the last time you cried?
There is a song that I can hear currently that will make me tear up. It mostly relates to growing up and the decisions that you make. It really makes me think of my niece, who is 3 now, and how overwhelmingly amazing it’s going to be to watch her grow into adulthood. It’s an amazing process, which is literally making me tear up now. Yes, I’m a softie. It also makes me think of the wonderful things that are to come in life.
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Those days when you get in bed, smile, and say, “Today was a great day!” For me, it’s usually the little things in life that make it a good day.
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
When others get under my skin, and I shouldn’t let them. The strange thing is it’s usually a stranger.
What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Wasting the time you are given here and not focusing your energy on the positive things that happen in your life. I want people to know me as a person who loves life and appreciates and takes chances on the opportunities she’s given.
Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
“YAY!” I think that’s mostly via text, but I feel like I type that about eight times a day!
What’s your motto?
The best is yet to come!
How to connect with Ashleigh Timmerman: by phone at (205)243.8590 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.