This is a story about a person of rare integrity and character. This is about our friend and Realtor, Jen LeVea.
We first met Jen in 2008 while searching for our first home with another Realtor. One home we had particularly fallen in love with was listed as a “short sale.” Being new in real estate, and without much knowledge, we leaned on our then-agent to educate us. We were taught everything this agent knew…and submitted an offer. Three days later, when documents finally arrived, we had more questions. Unfortunately, there were few (if any) answers. And for weeks following, nothing. Phone calls went unreturned; questions went unanswered; and no other houses were seen.
After two weeks of near total silence, we drove back out to the home and looked at the listing agent’s name. We made a phone call that – in a very real and long-lasting way - changed our lives. On the other end of the phone was Jen LeVea, who spent 20 minutes explaining how “short sales” work; what a Realtor is expected to do; what a Buyer is expected to do; and how the two should form a partnership of open communication and managed expectations.
By the end of the call, we had a new Realtor…and we never looked back. In the weeks that followed, we saw dozens of properties and wrote many offers…each explained thoroughly. We can’t count how many homes we walked through…Jen taught us to expect that. We can’t count how many offers we wrote - and how many were rejected…Jen taught us to expect that. We lost a lot of sleep and experienced the emotional “roller coaster”…Jen taught us to expect that.
In due time, the call came: “I have a house for you!” In the days following, Jen walked us through the financing process…helped us get the property inspected and appraised…and took us step-for-step from renters to buyers. August 30, 2008…we went home.
Fast forward to February 2016…now as “empty nesters,” we renewed our professional relationship with Jen. Now it was Jen’s turn to educate us about the selling process and, once again, there was our friend and trusted ally. We staged our home; repaired, cleaned and painted every inch of our home; and made it “move-in” ready – and every step of the way, Jen was teaching, calming, guiding, advising and, often as not, working side-by-side through the physical process. We had a shared goal: top dollar for our home. In less than four weeks on the market at the highest price-point in the area…our house was SOLD - at OUR ASKING PRICE!
Now, as we write this, we begin the other side of the process…buying our next home. With Jen once again as our advocate, our Agent, and – most importantly – our friend.
In business, integrity is EVERYTHING. Jen LeVea is a person of unquestionable, unwavering integrity. Jen will NEVER tell you what you WANT to hear, but she’ll always tell you what you NEED to know – in detail, in plain English, and with an eye focused on the “big picture.” In Jen, you have a rock-solid force whose experience, integrity, connections and expertise will make one of the most stressful processes of anyone’s life easier to bear, and ultimately more lucrative.
Jen is an advocate…a partner…a leader…and in simple terms, she’s the BEST IN THE BUSINESS. And it’s not close. When you’re in business with Jen LeVea, you’re in business with an experienced professional who holds your best interests close to her heart…and puts all of her energy into making your dreams and ambitions come to fruition.
We cannot recommend Jen enough. Spend 15 minutes with her…and you’ll begin to understand.
With great appreciation,
FRANCINE & STEPHEN GOSS