Harriet Cameron &
Harriet Cameron has worked in the real estate industry for 40+ years and helms the Harriet Cameron Group, which includes her associate, Jenny Birchfield-Eick, agents Barbara Morden and Doris Bonnelly, and Jenny’s assistant, Julia Constanza. Harriet joined what is now Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices in 2002, and Jenny joined the agency in 2018.
What makes your team different from others?
“There are many qualities of the Harriet Cameron Group that set us apart from other agents and teams. Several of us have succeeded as single moms—giving us unparalleled qualities that directly benefit our clients. Our entire team is smart, grounded, experienced, resilient, creative, communicative, truthful, loyal and mentally strong with a big sense of humor. We confidently go to battle for clients armed with creativity and knowledge to win. There is no crisis that we cannot manage. Our business is focused on the client, and clients know they are in the most capable hands because our team takes care of every detail with expertise, speed and heart. Reputation matters, and that’s why clients keep coming back and referring friends and family.”
What would you like potential clients to know about your team?
“Both Harriet and Jenny are luxury specialists who live and have raised kids in the Valley. Barbara and Doris offer expertise as licensed Realtors and marketing and transaction experts who have worked on all sides of real estate for 18 years. Our dynamic group knows the neighborhoods, schools and housing market, and we have strong relationships with other brokers and vendors. This means we offer our clients a smooth transition from the first offer to the time they move in.
Clients’ happiness and satisfaction is of the utmost importance. They are heard and taken care of and receive quick response time and continuous communication. The Harriet Cameron Group offers experience, expertise, intelligence and class. We have a reputation as one of the top listing agents in the area with a powerful strategy and multitiered marketing plan that is always expanding. We help first-time homebuyers find starter homes, and we also locate the most luxurious mansions. We do it all with style and grace.”
What is your agency known for?
“It is impossible for other firms to compete with Warren Buffett—the visionary leader of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties, who affords us the best in support, resources, technology, advertising, in-house legal teams and so much more. His investing skills and business acumen are unmatched. He shared one of his secrets to success: ‘I learned to go into business only with people whom I like, trust and admire.’ Warren trusts us, and so can you.”
Why is real estate such a profitable, stable market in this country?
“Real estate is a wonderful way to build wealth. Over the last few years, we have experienced historic lows in mortgage rates and more stringent lending requirements to compensate for the flood of short sales and foreclosures we saw several years ago. Unlike Wall Street investments, which can take huge tumbles in value and are easily influenced by outside sources, real estate is generally stable. It is a physical asset that can be improved upon, which further increases the equity—sometimes at huge margins. It is also a wonderful source of passive income.”
Speak about the flexibility required to be successful in this industry.
“An agent must possess a huge amount of flexibility to be successful. We never know when a property will hit the market that may be exactly what our buyers are searching for. We have to make ourselves available to see the inventory, sometimes during very small windows of time. Weekend or evening plans can change on a dime if a client wants to write an offer or list their home, or if we place a property into escrow or a buyer wants to see a listing last-minute.
That’s why our team approach works so well. We are always reachable to make sure our clients’ questions and needs are met in a timely fashion.”
Give us some top tips for improving curb appeal.
“Curb appeal is so important because many people judge the proverbial book by the cover. The emotions that a home conveys during the first look leave a lasting impression. Great curb appeal comes down to color and lack of clutter.
It is always good to make sure there is a pop of color with flowers or plants in the front of your home. If you have planter beds, add new bark to make them look fresh. A new coat of paint on the entry door is an easy way to spruce up the front of your home, as is landscape lighting or a new porch light fixture. Sometimes even replacing the address numbers with new ones will add a touch of polish.”
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