I have worked in numerous fields and have a very diverse background, which I have found is a great asset in the real estate business... IT, Finance, Fashion, Cuisine, Real Estate, Research, Medical, Legal, Bond Market, Executive Assistant, and Private Multi-generational Family Equity & Asset Management. My goal is to utilize my diversified skills to keep a special focus on the particular needs of clientele and the luxury market. i bring extensive experience in all levels of residential real estate and have been a consecutive top producer in the real estate industry.
Would you like to discover how my aggressive marketing plan can get your home SOLD for top dollar in any market?
From the initial meeting until the day you exchange keys, I will provide you with uncompromising service, guidance and diligence. I will work with you on each and every detail, making sure to consistently exceed your expectations. That’s my promise to you.
For buyers, this native St. Louisan takes great pride in custom designing each and every search to reflect the visions and individuality of my customers. I will give you my full attention, as I truly share your desire for finding the perfect home at the ideal price. I will be invaluable in saving you time and energy and avoiding a lot of frustration by directing you to the most appropriate and attractive properties.
Sellers benefit from my comprehensive background in technology, marketing, sales, use of creativity to develop and implement personalized marketing strategies to position your property with maximum and diversified exposure. This results-focused approach, coupled with my reassuring nature, will generate the strongest offers for you in the shortest possible time.
I welcome you to work with me as I meet - and hopefully exceed - your expectations.
What do you like most about your profession?
I appreciate that I can make a huge impact helping so many people with an important part of their lives. Apparently, my competency is in much demand so I am humbled and honored to make a difference. I enjoy getting my clients the most amount of money in the shortest amount of time in their property sales. I relish helping my clients attain their home at the best possible price.
What questions do clients most commonly ask you? How do you respond?
At what price would you list my property? It really depends upon your preferred strategy. How fast do you need to sell? I show them the price range and value for their home. I do not set the price. If they overprice it, we have an agreement in the contract that if we have no showings or offers in 2 weeks, the price will be adjusted to $x,xxx,xxx. How many open houses will be held? Open houses do not sell homes. There is a 2% chance a buyer will choose your home and make an offer on it. I do hold a weekend open house and give you a headcount, feedback and I follow-up with attendees. I do hold a Broker's Open House on a Tuesday and all feedback is unfiltered to you as well. This also puts the property at top of mind for the agents with buyers for your property.
Describe a recent client engagement or project.
I sold a property in 2 hours at full price closing in 3 weeks. The family was unprepared because it took them 6 months to a year to sell their other properties. My client was very happy with the results but it made me realize I need a broader service base. My current project: I am collecting as many strong professional resources as possible to assist my clients with estate sales, temporary housing, assisted and unassisted living communities, landscapers, electricians, plumbers, roofers, and moving companies to ease the transition for all of my clientele.
What are 3 attributes you need to be successful in your industry?
1. Personable - At the end of the day, this is still a relationship business. 2. Tech savvy - 94% of buyers start on the internet in their home shopping quest. Since I have over 20 years in an IT background, I am very strong in this arena. 3. Result driven - There is a high turnover in my industry because agents cannot close deals and/or do not run their business as a business. You need to be on top of your game in negotiations and closing with systems in place to survive in my industry.
What are the most important things to consider when hiring a service provider in your field?
1. who is professional in appearance, attitude, demeanor and capability. 2. whose company has a strong local reputation for service, ethical performance and available resources. 3. who is willing to prepare, present and commit to a written comprehensive marketing plan. 4. who is willing to commit to a schedule of communication, follow up activities and attending to details. 5. who has experience and knowledge of the local marketplace. 6. who is skilled and accomplished in formulating and implementing effective negotiating strategies. 7. who has a reputation for caring, committed and trustworthy service.
How are you different than others in your profession?
I am in the top 1% of agents in Saint Louis with a strong IT background which makes a BIG difference. High Tech. I have many strong negotiating techniques for my clients. I avoid dual agencies so I only protect one side of the deal which allows me to be very aggressive. I am a quick study of people and personalities so I can get to the bottom line in a timely manner. Result Driven. My diverse background, world travels and fluency in French give me a global mindset. I do have friends all over the world which is also why I work for the oldest, global real estate company. Global.
What are your biggest professional influences (books, mentors, events)?
Mother Theresa - She is forever imprinted on me for her wisdom and devotion to the world. Richard Branson - His risk-taking catapulted his business beyond all barriers. Kate Moss - She showed up 15 minutes early at every go-see. It assisted to her success. The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss - This changed my life with resources and concepts to give me a more competitive edge.
How do you typically handle disagreements with clients?
In 3.5 years, it has happened twice. I explained they need to be upset with the buyers that wasted their time looking yet made no offers instead of the ones that took the time to make one they found offensive. Let's counteroffer them with a respectable amount and take it from there. Everything worked out and closed.
Describe your proudest professional accomplishment.
My rapport with my clients and business associates is my proudest professional accomplishment. My above average numbers in the Saint Louis Market are an added bonus. As of April, 2014: My average days on market is 28 days vs. 64 days for the agent average. I sell 50% of my properties with no price reductions at 98.4% list to sale price vs. 84%. I also close every contract once it is accepted (100% success rate) which is very uncommon in my industry. I attribute this to being a quick-study from living in New York 13 years.
Full-Time REALTOR® at Coldwell Banker Premier Group - Monica Brewer
September 2010 - Present
Hi Tech. Result Driven. Global. Full time REALTOR® that must abide by a strict code of ethics. My support team includes a full-time Office Manager, a Marketing/Transaction Coordinator, a full time Receptionist, Administrative Assistants, and additional support staff.
French/English IT Analyst at Surrex Solutions Corporation
October 2008 - April 2009
IT assistance over the phone in French and English. Working in Active Directory, MS Office, PC Anywhere to remotely connect, SOTI for APEX PDA's, etc. Training French SDA's in Santiago on APEXware and Intermec troubleshooting and handling. SDA for Nestle Canada. Assisted Nestle employees with troubleshooting their computers, blackberries, Intermec handhelds, etc. I was using my French to assist French Canadians, but Quebecois is too different from Francophone for communication, so then translated emails, tickets and requests from IT guys at North York headquarters as requested. All the time assisting English callers. Trained the guys in Chile for the Intermec troubleshooting and APEX calls as well.
Personal Assistant to High Profile Individual at Laura Shaw Murra (aka Laura X)
February 2008 - September 2008
Personal Assistant to Laura X, Activist and Founder of NCMDR/Women's History Library. Constant dictation and recordings taken for Laura. Laura is already published in numerous libraries around the world. Worked with her in her hotel, from home when she was at her home in California or away on business. Also, drove her as needed, ensuring we had everything (meals from her chef, medicine, etc.) Most importantly, ensured she was in a scent free environment at all times I worked with her. Screened visitors and trained other assistants for other shifts on this process. Arranged interviews, screenings, database files for internships on her archivist position at UMSL working with the Missouri History Museum.
Event Coordinator at Sarnoff Corporation
May 2000 - September 2001
Tracked project and employee billable hours on SAP and SMP for the Business Unit (approx. 50 employees). Patent Research, import/export, government security clearances, setting up offices, meetings, luncheons, presentations, contracts, proposals, ordering computers, office furniture, events, etc.
Model at Various Agencies and Myself
June 1993 - May 2006
5/22/06 Barbizon St. Louis, MO; Tylenol PM Spokesmodel, USM&P Marketing.
1/3/06 Barbizon St. Louis, MO; Nu Dimensions, Informal Fashion Show for Scrubs & Beyond buyers.
6/23/05 Barbizon St. Louis, MO; Catalog printwork for BBQ grills for Maritz catalog.
05/02/05 Barbizon St. Louis, MO; Farouk Hair Systems Show Technical Model.
04/30/05 – 05/01/05 Barbizon St. Louis, MO Olay Skincare Spokesmodel.
04/21/05 Barbizon St. Louis, MO; St. Louis Post Dispatch Belt Fashions. Printwork.
03/13/05 Barbizon St. Louis, MO; Covergirl Nice-n-Easy and Trublend Foundation Promotion, USM&P Marketing.
02/22/05-02/23/05 Barbizon St. Louis, MO;Nu Dimensions, Informal Fashion Show for 2 different buyers.
01/02/05 Encorenationwide St. Louis, MO; Motorola Promotion, Savvis Center.
02/05/05 Barbizon St. Louis, MO; Rimmel London Volumizing Mascara Promotion, The Sunflower Group.
01/22/05-01/23/05 Barbizon St. Louis, MO; Olay Promotion, USM&P Marketing.
01/29/05-01/30/05 Barbizon St. Louis, MO; Olay Promotion, USM&P Marketing.
11/18/04 Barbizon St. Louis, MO; St. Louis Post Dispatch Hosiery Fashions, Printwork.
06/18/04 Independent Model; Fiona Fizz Promo for the new Asti drink, Major Brands.
11/23/03 Barbizon St. Louis, MO; St. Louis Mills Grand Opening.
10/01-10/03 Access Talent Agency; Wine Promos for Major Brands every weekend at various stores and VIP private events/parties.
1996-2001 Independent Model, NJ & NY; Runway, Lingerie, Printwork, Leg work, photoshoots for various photographers in New York, Chicago, New Jersey, Baltimore, Pennsylvania, Connecticut.
1998 Bikini Model on local news channel at Jones Beach, NY.
1997 Trentonian (New Jersey Local Newspaper (Page 6 girl), Model of the Month, bikini model, Printwork.
1993-1995 Barbizon Princeton, NJ; Runway work throughout New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York. 2 year exclusive contract.
St. Louis Association of REALTORS®
Graduate Realtor Institute
Degree: GRI Certification
Field of Study: Graduate REALTOR® Institute
St. Louis Community College
Field of Study: International Business
Southeast Missouri State University
Field of Study: Pre-Med, Nuclear Medicine
Top Producer 2013
Issuer: Coldwell Banker Premier Group
Date: Dec 31, 2013
I am in the top sales production arena in my office of over 100 agents.
Oustanding New Member Award 2012
Issuer: Webster Groves, Shrewsbury and Rock Hill Chamber of Commerce
Date: Dec 31, 2012
Heart of the Community Award Ceremony for the Chamber of Commerce honored me as Rookie of the Year.
Top Producer 2012
Issuer: Coldwell Banker Premier Group
Date: Dec 31, 2012
This means I am one of the top sales performers in my office out of over 100 agents.
Missouri Real Estate License
Proficiency: Native or Bilingual Proficiency
Proficiency: Professional working proficiency
2203 S Big Bend Blvd., Ste. 200
Saint Louis, MO