When you are purchasing a property it is imperative that your realtor be someone you can trust, someone that is knowledgeable not only in real estate transactions but also in the area that you are looking. When you are doing this from 3000 miles away you also need a realtor that is willing to go the extra mile in terms of researching properties. Who will put in the extra effort to communicate not just the basics of the property, but all the little things as a long distance buyer that you aren’t able to look for. Rachel did all of this, walking through properties, taking videos, pointing out pluses and minuses so an informed decision could made. Rachel was recommended to me by a friend, in the Pinehurst area, so my first meeting with her was a ‘blind date’ as the saying goes. It was clear from our first meeting that Rachel was enthusiastic about finding the ‘right’ property, not just any property. Rachel listened to my plans/goals for the property, asking questions, and providing input based on her knowledge of the local market. Her overall knowledge of the local area, her understanding of the demographics of the neighborhoods made up for my lack of local knowledge. Rachel did an outstanding job of keeping me apprised of where things stood during the negotiation process. She was available via phone, text, and email, which with the time difference between the west coast and Pinehurst was invaluable. While I have purchased and sold property in the past, I don’t do it as a profession. Rachel always made sure that I understood what options were available, and that I fully understood each step of the process. When I balked during negotiations on the first property found, she didn’t push me to accept, so that she could ‘make the sale’. She offered her opinion, and then supported the decision that I made. During the negotiations for the property that I did purchase, her input and experience and knowledge were invaluable. I would not hesitate a moment to recommend Rachel, and when I next need a realtor she will be my first call.