Carol Toups-Bray – RE/MAX Associates Northeast How long have you been a Realtor? I have been a Realtor since 1999. I’ve found this profession to be an enrichment to my life and extremely rewarding.  Now I find myself working with two wonderful Realtor partners, Rita Price and Toni Moss, and I feel that together we provide exceptional service to our clients. What made you become a Realtor?   I feel that we were all placed on this earth to help one another – to make life better for those that we interact with. I love helping people and I love working in the real estate market, so being a Realtor was a natural choice for me. I consider my clients and their confidence in my service, as the sign of true success. Some measure success by the volume of homes sold – I count happy and satisfied homeowners. What is the most expensive home you’ve ever sold? It was a gorgeous 1.6 million dollar property in the Bunker Hill area. This experience opened the Luxury Home Market niche to me and I now have earned my Certified Luxury Home Agent designation. I also hold a certification in Distressed Property Sells. I like to be prepared to help my clients make well informed decisions as they buy or sell a property, whatever their particular needs may be. Do you have any words of encouragement for homeowners trying to sell in this market? Be patient. There are buyers out there, and more people are coming off the sidelines to take advantage of the buyer’s market and historically low interest rates. Make sure your home is at its best, both inside and out. Most importantly, you need to price it correctly. Price it aggressively, close to the price you are willing to sell it for, so that an inflated price does not deter qualified buyers from considering it. What is your best advice for people shopping for a home now? If you are looking to buy and stay in it for a long time, look for a home you can comfortably afford, a home that you love, and don’t worry about the market. People have gotten into trouble by taking on more home than they can afford. But if you can live comfortably and remain in your home for the long haul, history shows that you’ll do fine. What brought you to the Humble/Kingwood/Atascocita area? My job relocated me and my two young children to Houston from Beaumont in 1995. The moment that I arrived, I just felt right at home. It felt like a haven for my little family and it was strategically located for a short drive back to Lumberton, where my parents and siblings lived. All of the area’s natural beauty and the communities’ family-centered ideals gave me the sense of security that I was seeking for my children and myself. Now, I cannot imagine living anywhere else.

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