'Meet the Agent' - Monica Dobbie, Kitson Real EstateThis month for 'Meet the Agent' we interview Monica Dobbie, a Sales and Rental Agent at Kitson Real Estate. Monica discusses how her previous experiences working in reinsurance and as a therapist have assisted in her transission to a Real Estate Agent. Monica also discusses favourite listings on the market currently and also some top tips you should consider when looking for a new home.
How long have you been a real estate agent? Just over a year – but it seems like ten! Every day is different and every deal provides a unique set of challenges, so one has to learn a lot quickly and be flexible in this business.
Why do you like working for Kitson Real Estate? It is a friendly family owned business, where one gets involved in all aspects of real estate transactions. I enjoy working with both Sales and Rentals.
What is the favorite part of your job? My favorite part of the job is interacting with people and helping them to achieve their objectives. I was in reinsurance for decades. Problem solving and communicating effectively, both verbally and in writing, was important in that industry. I was also a therapist which meant that I had to listen well, in order to help my clients to achieve their goals. These skills are helpful and add to my enjoyment as a real estate professional.
What is your favorite property on the market right now? My favorite listing is Forty Palms in Tucker’s Town. The rooms flow so well into each other. I love the big pool and it has sensational views!
What property on the market right now, in your opinion, do you think is really good value? A really good property on the market is a colleague’s listing – “Kennington” on the Pembroke/Devonshire border. A lovely classic Bermuda home, close to town.
How do you see the Bermuda property market over the next 12 months? The current market is a buyers’ market and there are some lovely properties available in all price ranges. And yet, people are hesitant to buy right now. Markets are cyclical and, ironically, once it changes back to a sellers’ market, people will probably want to buy! But these great buying opportunities may not be there in 12 months’ time…..
What are your top 5 tips when looking at a potential new home?
1) Envision how a property can look after adjustments. Use your imagination.
2) Make a list of “needs” and “wants”. Compare this to every home you visit.
3) Once you have completed the intellectual side –research, survey, explored the area - listen to your intuition and go with your gut-feeling.
4) Ask yourself: “How will I feel living here 5 years from now?”
5) Take a compass.
What do you think of propertyskipper.com (we promise not to edit!)? It is a wonderful tool for agents, vendors and buyers which I use every day. If there are any technical issues which arise, they are handled very promptly by Property Skipper.
To contact Monica you can e-mail or phone her at:
Phone: (441) 505 7531