By William Jacko
Special to The Laker/Lutz News
When a former client referred his brother, a first-time homebuyer, to April Barra, she knew she would do whatever it took to help him find his future home
“He was looking to purchase a starter home an hour’s drive away. There were several trips to show homes, written offers, inspections, and even a couple of contracts that fell through, due to reasons outside our control,” Barra says.
“Someone asked me how many times I was going to keep driving over there to help this guy, and my answer was, as many times as it takes. He wanted a home, and I was committed to helping him get it.”
It’s apparent that Barra always puts the needs of her clients first.
“Most people need an experienced and knowledgeable Realtor to help them navigate the home-buying process, keep them informed and give them peace of mind. I want people to see me as their trusted advocate and knowledgeable real estate resource. If you are looking for someone who will talk less, listen more, and be the steady calm in the sometimes stormy sea of real estate, call me,” Barra says.
To educate her clients, Barra offers a complimentary Real Estate Review to inform them of local real estate trends and to monitor the market for potential bubbles. She invests much of her time in training and continuing education, and has earned certificates as a Certified Negotiations Expert and Seniors Real Estate Specialist.
“I am passionate about helping seniors, and that’s why I became a seniors’ specialist,” said Barra. “I also have a network of partners I work with, so I can connect seniors with experts to help them with specific questions and problems.”
Barra also is certified as a Real Estate Collaborative Specialist in Divorce, and is accustomed to helping home-owning couples navigate the difficulties of divorce.
“When it comes to working with divorcing couples, early is best,” said Barra. “It is very important to help both parties understand the real estate part of their divorce, and how to protect themselves.”
With access to Florida Executive Realty’s many resources, Barra makes listing and showcasing a home a professional process. She always uses a professional photographer to market her listings on websites, YouTube and social media.
“It’s not just putting a property on MLS and waiting for the phone to ring. We create beautiful brochures and buyer packets, and always provide an extra level of service,” said Barra, who was recently recognized with a Rising Star Award with Florida Executive Realty.
While Barra specializes in residential real estate, she also helps with referrals for commercial and foreign real estate. Partnering with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, she can find real estate agents anywhere in the U.S., and 70 other countries.
813-404-7992 • www.AprilBarraRealEstate.com
15802 Amberly Drive, Tampa, FL 33647 •