With more than 15 years of experience in real estate, Terri Alves has made a name for herself in the industry from day one. Her successful real estate career is the serendipitous result of not being able to find a home after she’d just sold hers back in 2000. Terri, now an agent at CornerStone Real Estate recalls, “it seemed like every home I found was sold by the time I got there to see it. “It was really hard to find an agent who was readily available on the weekend and in the evenings, so it was suggested that maybe I should try real estate,” says Terri. “So I got licensed and sold my first house on my very first day on the job. I’ve been busy ever since!” because I’m available and STAY IN TOUCH.
Serving the beautiful Central Coast which boasts beaches, wineries and agriculture, Terri has clients both local and afar. “it’s always been my philosophy that if they call, you go; and if you can’t go, you have someone else available to fill the need.” That philosophy is just one of the many aspects Terri’s clients have come to rely on her for, aside from the smooth, stress-free transaction process they experience when working with her. “I’m always available to keep them informed and answer any questions they have, no matter what time it is. I’ve been on the other side of that coin and the waiting and wondering is just brutal. I want to treat others the way I would want to be treated. I’ll work as hard as I have to in order to find just the right property.”
Terri’s honesty and transparency have resulted in client satisfaction and industry accolades such as the Top Producer award during her time at a franchised agency. However, Terri’s true reward stems from helping her clients achieve their real estate goals. “It’s the closed transactions and making the dream come true for so many people that mean the most. Buying or selling a home is often the most expensive and emotional purchase my clients will ever make, so it’s very fulfilling to be part of that.”
Outside the realm of real estate Terri has become an advocate for the Epilepsy Foundation of Northern California and the Stanford Epilepsy Center. “They saved my son’s life twice and I will always be grateful for that. I support them and urge anyone and everyone to donate to them,“ Terri says. “ There’s just not enough awareness and information about Epilepsy, even though every year it takes more lives and receives less funding than breast cancer.”
Although her business keeps her busy most days, it doesn’t keep Terri from real-estate related projects during her time off. “my work is also my hobby. I love selling homes so much that I research them in my spare time, says Terri with a chuckle. And when her granddaughter comes to visit during school breaks, she has a partner who is ready to learn the ropes. “If you think the apple doesn’t fall from from the tree, my 11-year old granddaughter has the same characteristics. She files for me and does everything I do. It must be in the blood,” Terri says with a laugh.
As for future plans for her business, Terri is quite content with when she is right now. “I’d like to grow a little bit,” she says. “But not too much because I never want to lose that personal touch. I always want to be involved in every step of the process with my clients.