Dear readers and friends, this month Homestead Real estate is celebrating 20 years in business. We want to thank you all our past and current clients for keeping us in business for two decades and we want to celebrate this success with YOU! We are creating a gift basket that includes 20 amazing items and it will be raffled off to one winner! Keep an eye out on our next post to find out how to enter.
In 20 years, we all learned so much, we had our ups and downs and we, as a team, are grateful for everything we accomplished along the way. To find out what Homestead means to our owner, Dagmer Chew, and what’s been happening in the past 20 years, keep reading the Q and A below.
Q: – Homestead: what is it to you?
A: Homestead is like another child to me I gave birth to it, I’ve nurtured it I’ve fought with it and I have loved and laughed with it.
Q: – Describe your past twenty years in one sentence.
A: Interesting and challenging filled with too many hours and lots of hard work and sacrifice.
Q: – Twenty years of a successful, prospering business is tough, let alone one in the Real Estate world. What kept you going in those dark times?
A: Good people keep me going, great employees keep me striving to do better, doing the right thing in a world that wants to cut corners and be entitled I see my cup half full not half empty. I am thankful for each day and each decision that enables others to rise above or to be successful. I’m never afraid of successful people, I thrive to surround myself with like minded individuals.
Q: – What is the greatest achievement of the business?
A: Being in business for 20 years with the ups and downs of this business and the market crashes we are blessed to have survived. I equate that success to my husband’s championing me and my longtime staff making sacrifices in the lean years.
Q: – What is unique about Homestead?
A: We truly are collaborative, we have an amazingly different culture in our office. Contrary to popular belief we have an amazing support staff with daily encouragement and pride in each other’s successes.
Q: – Does Homestead give back to the community?
A: In many ways but we tend to make all of our donations private, it’s about the cause not about our giving. We have causes that we believe VERY strongly in and we support them with all of our time, talents and finances when possible.
Q: – Why do you think clients choose you over other competitors?
A: The have been referred to us by satisfied clients and customers.
Q: – Do you consider your employees a family
A: We at Homestead believe FAMILY FIRST and then work. If an employee’s family is in need, then we support that family member and expect the employees to be there for them too.
Q: – What is your favorite part about being a successful business woman?
A: I LOVE the mentoring and teaching part of my life now. I truly enjoy imparting the wisdom learned along the way. We now have an extensive training program that I created in place and I am thoroughly enjoying the journey with our newest agents.
Q: – What in you sparked opening up Homestead? And where did you get the name from?
A: I never thought I would own my own company it happened at the closing table when I was buying the old Homestead building. The seller gave us the old deeds and Rusty said look at this Phillips Farm Homestead “wouldn’t Homestead make a great Real Estate company name” and the rest is history. My Grandfather was Sol Needles of Sol Needles Coldwell Banker now so it’s in my blood. We would play Real Estate when we were kids when my Aunt Kate, my Grandfathers sister who ran the company after his death. When she went home for the night, we would sneak downstairs, my grandmother lived over the office just like I’m doing now. We would sit in the big office chairs and play real estate little did I know all those years ago how history would repeat itself.
Q: – Where do you see the next twenty years taking Homestead?
A: Continued growth and keeping yet again our strong competitive edge.