On The Move
"On The Move". That seems to be my motto! Anyone who knows me best, knows that I never sit still. I am energetic. enthusiastic, and very knowledgeable in the field of real estate. I have several years of experience as a consumer, commercial, and construction lender at the local bank. I have retired and have embarked on expanding my real estate career. As a full-time professional Realtor, with Real Estate One, I am in a position to help you with all of your real estate needs utilizing my strong real estate and financial background. Please keep me in mind for all your real estate transactions. I look forward to assisting you when you buy or sell residential, new construction, condominiums, lots, acreage, lake front, commercial, or investment property-whatever the need may be. Next time you are thinking of making a move, go "On the Move" with me.
Relocating back to Michigan from out of state is a process that is full of challenges, with perhaps the most stressful task being the finding and buying of a new home. Working with Carol to find and purchase a house was the best decision that we could have made! She patiently worked with us ? while we were still out-of-state ? to choose potential properties and arrange viewings for the weekends when we could be in Michigan. When we finally found ?the one?, Carol was ready to go with the offer (as well as some good advice) and remained in close contact with the listing agent to ensure that the process was kept in motion. Carol sat with us through the entire home inspection and worked closely with our mortgage broker to make sure that he had all the information that he needed. From our initial contact with Carol through to the final signature at closing, she was attentive to our concerns, fully engaged (she answered all our calls/texts/emails within minutes!), and an absolute pleasure to work with. Thanks to Carol, our move back to Michigan went much more smoothly than we ever imagined it would. We would not hesitate whatsoever to recommend Carol to anyone ? local or out-of-state ? looking to purchase a new home.
> -- Dave & Cheryl Knoch
Here is my testimonial in reference to Carole Smoter, who worked as our realtor in the sale of our home:
I would like to thank Carole Smoter for doing such a fantastic job selling our house in Hartland! When we decided to list our house for sale, we were competing with two other homes within walking distance of our house that had both a deck and finished basement. Our house did not have a deck or finished basement, which made us think we wouldn't be able to compete. We were hesitant to list our house as high as the others, however, Carole knew the market for our area very well. She reassured us that our home could sell for a higher amount than we had anticipated, even without the deck or finished basement. She not only sold our home in 12 days, she sold it for ABOVE asking price and for HIGHER than the other two homes!!
We especially loved the quick and responsive communication with Carole. She emailed us, texted us, and called us about every stage in the selling process as quickly as possible, and stayed in constant communication with us every step of the way. I don't think I ever waited more than ten minutes for a response when I asked a question. And believe me, there were lots of questions.
In addition, Carole used many photos to advertise the sale of our house. She even let me use my own photos of our backyard and landscaping at different times of the year to see changes in the scenery of the woods and lake, as well as wildlife photos I captured. I really do think this helped sell our house quickly, because without it, the buyers wouldn't have known about the beautiful view of the wooded lake they had since the summer tree leaves were blocking it at the time. Carole made sure to have her photographer include panoramic photos and a professional video of our lake access, beach access, and dock in our subdivision, as well as our home. She also had beautiful, colorful booklets printed for prospective home-buyers to take with them as they toured our house. The booklets contained colorful, crisp photos of each room and details about the house, including the upgrades we made.
Carole is very knowledgeable about every phase of the home-buying and selling process. Her resume is impressive! She has extensive experience not only in real estate, but as a banking lender. Carole's many years of experience resulted in a smooth, painless, quick, and stress-free sale for both me and my husband. I have the utmost confidence in Carole as a realtor, for our experience with her was truly wonderful. I highly recommend her as a realtor to all of my friends and family, for she is such a pleasure to work with, and her professional knowledge and service is outstanding!
Thank you so much, Carole!
Tracy & Jeff Frasier, Hartland, MI
Scott and Julie
In past years we’ve had some bad experiences with listing agents who wouldn’t respond to calls, emails, or text messages in a timely fashion, and were generally just not engaged. Our recent experience with Carole Smoter was exactly the opposite. She was extremely responsive, returned each one of our calls and emails very quickly, got our questions answered, and went above and beyond to help us with all aspects of our listing, showings, and sale, even helping us line up contractors for work we needed to get done. We always felt that she was aggressively working on our behalf and looking for ways to make our home sale experience faster, better, and easier, and not just sitting back waiting for things to happen. As a result of her efforts, our home sold quickly and the whole experience from initial listing through final closing, rather than being frustrating, was as painless as we could have hoped. We can highly recommend Carole to anyone looking for a smart, motivated, knowledgeable agent in the area.
It is with pleasure that I share comments on my experience with Carole Smoter in the listing and sale of my home. While I have bought and sold a number of houses, I encountered a high level of excellence and service with Carole.
The experience at each phase of the sales effort has been superior, such as innovative efforts in developing prospects, useful insights on pre-listing renovations/staging, effective showings and proactive facilitation during the sale negotiations/due diligence. All of these tasks, whether business-related or interpersonal, were accomplished with a noticeable degree of competence, humility, integrity and grace. Even several months after the sale has been complete, Carole has worked to make sure that all of the items in the closing were complete.
Thus, I highly recommend Carole Smoter for your residential real estate needs.
Carole Smoter was absolutely wonderful to work with in the selling of our house. She is extremely professional in every way. Her knowledge and background help to make her a very versatile and successful real estate agent. She worked very hard to sell our house - more than any other real estate agent we have ever worked with. Her recommendation regarding the value of our house was spot on. Her preparation of the listing and the numerous sites she posted our house on certainly helped our home reach a wider audience. We can, without hesitation, highly recommend Carole Smoter to anyone interested in selling their house.
My Husband and I were looking for a house. We went through listings as usual. Called realtors.
Rarely got a call back. We finally met Carole Smoter. That changed everything. She was persistent, professional and comfortable to work with. We looked at house after house. Carole was always patient. We finally found a home that we were excited about. We put in a bid and it was accepted. Then the hard part. The house was a short sale that means this would be in limbo forever. Carole and we persisted and finally nine months later we closed. It was worth the wait. We highly recommend Carole if you want a realtor you can trust.
We knew Carole Smoter before she went into real estate and when it was time to sell our home,she was our first choice. We chose her because she is one of the most honest, knowledgeable, and hardest working people we know. We thought it would take quite a while for our house to sell but three days after listing it, we had a signed purchase agreement for more than we were asking! there were times I would email Carole late at night or early in the morning not expecting to get a answer until later in the day or even the next morning but she always surprised me by answering me almost immediately. Carole goes the extra mile for any of her clients. She used her years of banking experience to get everything closed quickly and efficiently. If we ever need to do any type of real estate transaction in the future, there is no doubt that Carole will be getting our business again. We have already recommended her to several people who are thinking about buying or selling their property as well. Carole is truly an amazing person inside and out. Thank you Carole!!
Carole, I did want to tell you thanks again for being such a great representative to Mom with the selling of our Spaulding Homestead. You were great for her and your attention to details and my mother was incredible. I will miss the frequent emails from you updating me of the progress. You are an excellent real estate professional because you realize that you are just not selling and buying real estate, you are dealing with a very personal and emotional aspect of people's lives. That is priceless! I would always refer you to people in the future. Thanks again.
Dear Carole, I wanted to take the time to write this letter to you on behalf of myself and my associate, Kenneth, to thank you for giving us the opportunity to work with you on our recent acquisition of our investment property in Fowlerville, Michigan. As first time purchasers of investment real estate, we were understandably apprehensive when considering the property market and purchasing process during these difficult economic times. Your expertise, thoughtfulness, diligence, efficiency, and overall effectiveness are all greatly appreciated by both of us. Where a lesser Realtor may have failed, you were successful in not only securing acceptance of our initial offer, but were instrumental in the completion of our purchase under considerable stress and with very difficult time constraints. For all this, and for your flexibility and excellent advice, we would like to thank you. We look forward to working with you in the future as our business continues to grow and expand over the year to come.
To whom it may concern, We would highly recommend Carole Smoter to anyone in the real estate market. We met Carole in 2005. She handled the sale of our farm in Cohactah Twp, MI. When we decided to enter the market again in 2009, there was no question that Carole would be our agent again. In the current, disappointing real estate market, Carole had an offer on our home in two days after placing it on the market. It was a full priced offer (not a short sale) and the home closed in 30 days. Carole is always on top of every detail. Her work ethic, knowledge of the real estate market and her undying enthusiasm makes her truly a gem to work with. She has proven herself to be honest, ethical and she always follows through with what she says she will do. Her business plans are clear and thoughtful. She has earned our trust and loyalty over and over. There are so many positive descriptions that apply to Carole's ability, but what stands out is simple: Carole Smoter is the best.