“The secret of joy in work is contained in one word – excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it.” – Pearl S. Buck.

This quote perfectly epitomizes Debbie (Deborah) Hooker’s approach to real estate. Co-owner, of The Bovender Real Estate Team, Debbie is a warm, friendly, one-of-a kind team member with a passion for helping others. Debbie was born in Danville, Indiana, grew up and attended schools in that area culminating in her graduation from Taylor University in Upland, Indiana. After university, she worked as an assistant to an editor on documentary production projects for television. The singularly best thing to come out of her stint there, was of course meeting her husband, Bill. Bill remained in that industry and currently works for ESPN. Debbie and Bill then moved to Charlotte where they settled and have lived ever since along with their two sons, Jack and Will.

Have you ever had a bad experience with a professional and thought to yourself, “if it was me in their shoes, I would’ve done that so much better”? Well that’s exactly how Debbie got involved in real estate. When she and her family first moved to Charlotte, they had a bitter experience with a realtor which prompted Debbie to go out and get her real estate license. Debbie joined Allen Tate at that time and in 2002 partnered with Andy Bovender to form The Bovender Team, which has become one of the top producing teams for the company. Debbie and Andy started off at Allen Tate around the same time and were both assigned “phone duty” as rookie agents. They first worked together on a $1 million listing. Debbie recalls the defining moment that solidified their partnership and created one of the best experiences in her life. Debbie and Andy were hosting a Wine & Cheese event at a listed home, but unfortunately no one showed up. But as they say, when one door closes, another opens. Debbie and Andy spent several hours drinking wine, eating cheese and getting to know each other better. That was the moment they decided to form The Bovender Team, and as they say…the rest is history.

A real estate agent for over a decade now, Debbie truly enjoys going out in the field and being a tangible part of people’s lives. She loves matching clients with their dream homes and often likes to put herself in their shoes…. asking herself “would I buy this house?” or picturing herself in it to help determine if it’s a good fit. People buy houses for many reasons, and they sell for just as many reasons. Debbie’s philosophy is that there’s always a way to make the process fun, no matter the underlying reason because buying/selling a house is the beginning of a new chapter in life.

2018 has proven to be a year for the sellers so far. When dealing with home sellers, Debbie says that she focuses on making the home as marketable as possible. Her “Rule of 3” dictates that if a buyer finds 3 things or more wrong with a house, they will move on and keep looking. Therefore making the house appear as flawless as possible is part of the process, and she’ll often stage a home if necessary. Being mindful of the market and setting a good price is also important. The further away you get from the date you put the house on the market, the further away you get from the listing price. Debbie and her team work with sellers to get their listing on every website and social site possible so that the property doesn’t sit on the market for too long and the seller gets an offer they deserve and desire.

On the flip side, when working with buyers, her most important advice to her clients is to decide on what are their priority items/ things they simply will not negotiate on. Because potential buyers can end up seeing up to 20 homes in a search, eliminating choices that don’t have a client’s priority items helps to narrow things. She also advises having your ducks in a row, paying special attention to factors like loan approval, proof of finances (if buying in cash), commute time to work, taxes, insurance and closing costs.

If she were to go back in time and give her younger self just one piece of advice, Debbie says it would be to “keep doing what you’re doing because hard work pays off…be confident in yourself and don’t let people intimidate you.” One statement that resonates in how she operates her business, and her life in general is “everyone wants someone that will take care of them” therefore she makes it her mission to take care of the people in her life, whether close family members or complete strangers, as best as she can. We invite you to come by and meet Debbie and embark on a truly professional and enjoyable real estate experience.