Q & A with Your Ascension Parish Real Estate Agent – Maria Cardwell Thorn

Why did you become a real estate agent?     I initially became an agent to be able to buy my own Investment properties.  Then “life happened”, I got divorced and had recently passed my Real Estate exam, so I started selling Real Estate – and absolutely LOVE it !

Why should I work with you?    You should work with me because I am passionate about what I do because I do love it so much. I am the lead agent with a team of professionals that work along side of me – consisting of an Assistant and a Buyer Specialist.  I also have a proven track record as being one of the top Realtors in my Keller Williams office, in the Greater Baton Rouge Board of Realtors and was also  recognized by Keller Williams Realty in 2012 as being in the top 200 agents in the Gulf States Region and in 2013 I was in the top 5 teams in the Keller Williams Gulf States Region.

What do you do better than other real estate agents?   My team and I are genuinely concerned with helping our clients finding the PERFECT home!   We love working with people and being a part of helping them with one of the biggest purchases in their lifetimes is quite rewarding.

We also have true state of the art technology available to us for helping you search for homes.  You will be given a mobile website that you can use to search properties directly from you smartphone and given instructions on how you can be alerted of any  new properties that come on the market almost the minute they are listed.

You can start that search here www.mariathorn.com

Download Smartphone APP to search for Property.. text KW2LKSJ09 to 87778 for a free “property search” app.

What process will you use to help me find the right home for my particular wants and needs?  We meet with our clients to do a Buyer Consult before actually showing any homes.  During this consult we go over the whole buying process from searching for homes to getting you in touch with a lender for pre-approval to the inspection process and then the closing.  We will be with you throughout the entire process and will always remain in touch with you for the ongoing Real Estate needs of yourself and your friends and family.

What are the most common things that go wrong in a transaction and how would you handle them?   Even the smoothest of transactions have a “hiccup” now and then.

When  purchasing a home of course, one of the biggest factors  is  the price. We will negotiate with the buyer or sellers agent to get you the best possible deal.

Inspection time can also be a bit stressful.  Again, we will negotiate on your behalf what repairs are needed and how those repairs will be handled.

Appraisals can sometimes come in a bit lower than expected.  This can be a problem for the seller and again, we will be here to do what needs to be done to make a deal work for you.

What are some mistakes that you think people make when buying their first home?   I think sometimes when buyers get an initial preapproval – they push that number to the limit and buy more of a house than they really need, which can cause financial difficulty.  Just because you are pre-approved for $200K doesn’t mean you need to buy a $200K house.  If you are more comfortable with the note on a $175K home – that’s what we should look for.

Doing an inspection is a VERY important step in the home buying process.  It will cost you approximately $275-$450 to get an inspection done by a licensed home inspector.  However, in my opinion, this is very well spent money.  The inspector may find something in the house that if not found during this inspection – could cost you $1000’s of dollars after you have already purchased the home – at this point of course, the seller would no longer be responsible and you cannot go back to the seller “after the fact”.  Doing an inspection in the allotted inspection period can save you from potentially buying a “money pit” and also we can negotiate these things in the inspection repair request and have the issues resolved before closing.
What other professionals do you suggest we work with and what are their credentials?  I have a list of trusted Lenders, Inspectors, Licensed Contractors that I work very closely with.  This list will be provided to you during our initial consult.

Can you provide me with references or testimonials from past clients?   YES… Here are a few:

    My husband and I had very poor credit and were working to improve it for over 2 years before we could actually purchase a home. Maria stuck by our sides, offering advice and market knowledge the whole time. When it came time to buying our home, Maria and her fabulous team (especially Aimee), exceeded our expectations and made a very stressful situation so much easier. Our original loan fell through and they managed to convince the sellers to sign an extension on our purchase agreement so we could secure another loan and get the home of our dreams. My husband and I had all but given up, but not them. If you’re looking for a team that will help you realize your dreams without pushing you to do more than you really want, then Maria Thorn is the way to go!                                       Steven and Tracy Babin purchased home in 10/13

  What we enjoyed most about working with Maria was the level of comfort we felt.  We always felt Maria was truly concerned about getting us what we wanted.  Maria was very patient in helping us find just the right home even when out needs changed.  She helped us with any obstacles.  We never felt like she was pushing us toward any specific home or location            Rhett and Jennifer  purchased 12/13

Mrs.Maria and her team (Sheryl and Aimee) were very attentive to our home sale, when they took over after 3 months of us trying to do FSBO everything went very quickly. That being said, they had my home sold in under 14 days, they had the pictures done in less than 24 hours and on the market immediately! Technically they sold my house within 7 days of signing with her and her team if you look past the initial “entering” period where they have to input info and get pictures, etc. The pictures she had taken of my home were AMAZING, they made me want to STAY!!! She was available at all hours of the day (and night) to answer any questions or concerns i had. They worked with our schedules for showings since we had 4 dogs and 2 kids (keeping the house show ready was a bit difficult, especially with our work schedules) Mrs.Maria was ready to help in any way possible! Closing was the easiest I have ever experienced (whether it be buying or selling). She always has your best interest in mind. She really loves her job and is an absolute go-getter! Wish I would have never wasted 3 months trying FSBO and had went with her from the beginning! I am someone who tries to do everything on my own, strong headed and independent, but after having a wishy washer buyer drag us around on our FSBO contract, its just not worth the hassle when a realtor can handle everything and make sure you have the right kind of buyers entering your home! STRESS FREE experience with her team! I will use her to buy my next home/land and if I ever sell again, I will be using her then too!                                                                                                              G. and B. Sellars   Sold home in 2014

Maria Thorn is very professional yet personable and made the process of searching for and purchasing my home so easy! She is an amazing realtor and a wonderful negotiator!                                                        Kristen Rivet   Purchased in 2014

Let Maria Thorn be the agent you call for your Ascension Parish Real Estate Needs

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Would you like to be a Real Estate Agent ?                                            Call me at 225-933-9542 for details

Maria C Thorn                                                                                                Keller Williams Realty First Choice                                                            37325 Market Place Dr., Prairieville, LA 70769                                               225-744-0044 (office)  225-933-9542 (Cell)                                  maria@mariathorn.com                                                                             Licensed in State of Louisiana                                                                       Each Office Independently Owned and Operated


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