What do you do at Flyhomes? VP of Marketing
What did you do before joining Flyhomes? I’ve been in Seattle for 15 years working at different start-ups and larger companies, and I was most recently working in ecommerce. I’ve worked on really fun businesses – daily deals, sports and outdoors equipment, telemedicine and now, real estate. Since the homebuying process is a really personal, important decision, I love working on ways to make it less stressful, more transparent, and a more human/less transactional experience. It doesn’t have to feel overwhelming to buy a home.
What’s something unexpected that you’ve learned on the job? All of the different contingencies that can be part of an offer and change a seller’s willingness to accept an offer. I am a little reluctant to admit this in Seattle’s competitive housing market, but we were the only bidders on our house. We made a straightforward, traditional offer, but listening to customer stories and stories from our agents, I appreciate the certainty and competitive advantage that Flyhomes’ Cash Offer and Trade Up programs provide.
What’s your #1 tip for homebuyers? Someone shared this advice with me, and it’s great – think about where you’d want to wake up on the weekend when you buy your home. It’s easy to spend a lot of time mapping your commute to work or distance to your favorite restaurants, but really, the best part of choosing a home is choosing the neighborhood where you’re going to spend your down time.
How do you like to spend time when you’re not working? I’m a snowboarder, and our whole family goes to the mountains during winter weekends. It definitely helps me get through the long, damp Seattle winter.
What’s something about you that surprises people? I have a MA in Film and Digital Media, so basically, I went to film school instead of getting an MBA. One of the best decisions that I’ve ever made! I love translating ideas, thoughts and feelings into a visual design or photo/video frame.
Pets, plants, or both? What makes you happy at home? Plants, for now, but probably pets in the future. We’re an aspiring urban-farm family and are slowly converting all of our grass to garden. We spend most of our summer evenings outside in the yard.
What neighborhood do you live in? Where else have you lived? I live in North Queen Anne, but we affectionately call it South Ballard. Most of our favorite hangouts are right on the other side of the Ballard Bridge, so we go across the bridge (and wait for the drawbridge to close) a lot.
What’s your favorite place in Seattle? Spill a best-kept neighborhood secret spot (where do the locals go?) I love the waterfront trail north of the Seattle Art Museum’s Sculpture Park. It winds along the shore and has both amazing views and a nice bike path to/from Downtown. A best-kept secret is the Fisherman’s Terminal in Magnolia. You can walk on the piers and see the big fishing boats (including, for TV fans, the Deadliest Catch boats). The fish market there has the best selection and staff to answer questions, and there’s a great, old-school diner called the Bay Cafe. It’s a good place to explore, have brunch, and pick up dinner provisions all at the same time.
What do you love most about your home? Our “library.” It’s a back room in our house that has two full walls of built in bookshelves (and the desk that I’m now using for work) and opens out with barn doors to our covered patio. We are readers, so when we saw the library in the listing photos, we were convinced that we HAD to get this house!