Amy's Real Estate Blog

Nov. 7, 2017

We've Got A Birthday In The House!

TERESA GEIKEN 

Realtor® | Broker Associate

We can't say enough great things about this birthday girl, Teresa Geiken?! Teresa is a class-act all around. Her number one goal in every real estate transaction is to ensure that her clients are satisfied and stress-free, and she goes above & beyond for them to make that happen! Not only that, but she is a phenomenal team member that will go out of her way to lend a helping hand. We hope your special day was everything you deserve & more!

 

Favorite snack food:

Beef jerky

 

Favorite animal:

My son (I'm not an animal lover). But I think monkeys are entertaining to watch!

 

Favorite restaurant:

Bro's Bistro

 

Best friend:

My husband but when I'm annoyed by him it's Jennifer Anderson

 

Title, company name & location of your first job:

Server at Perkins in Worthington, MN

 

If you could have an endless supply of any liquid come out of your belly button, what would it be?

White Monster

 

What is the most underrated feature of a home?

Storage

 

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The Amy Stockberger team offers the highest level of service in creating a smooth transaction which is made possible by using the array of systems and checklists that have been developed with years of experience and knowledge. With the best technology available, The Amy Stockberger Team surpasses their competition and is consistently dedicated to making their client’s goals their number one priority. Call us today and put the top real estate team in Sioux Falls to work for you!

Amy Stockberger Real Estate

"Real estate . . . .real easy"

Posted in Team News
Oct. 26, 2017

And The Purple Cow This Week Goes To . . .

ANDREA SIMUNEK 

Licensed Executive Assistant

Not only does this little spitfire know the real estate biz inside & out, she has an answer to absolutely everything. She can operate well in whatever environment she’s placed in. She does things in a timely manner and is willing to put in extra work to make life easier for others. She is more than deserving!!!

Start date with the AS Team:

When I was 7.

 

Originally from:

The Motherland, also known as Canton, SD

 

Education:

Canton High School, major area of study was Drivers Education

Jamestown College, SDSU

 

Birthday:

January 11th, no year

 

Best concert you’ve ever been to:

It's a toss up! Either Jimmy & Alysia's' high school band concerts where they thought they were J.J. Johnson on the trombone and Miles Davis on the trumpet....or my daughter, Presley's, rendition of Lip Sync Battles in our living room.

 

If someone was looking for you in the mall, where would they most likely find you?

Lost and Found

 

One actor/actress you would like to have dinner with:

Gary Busey - that should make for one interesting conversation

 

Drink of choice:

Diet Coke by way of IV

 

What jam can always get you going?

"You're the Best" by Joe "Bean" Esposito

 

Guilty pleasure TV show:

Batman - American Television Series 1966-1968

 

Favorite weekend activity:

Stacking my dimes

 

In your opinion, what’s the most important feature in a home?

Indoor toilet

 

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The Amy Stockberger team offers the highest level of service in creating a smooth transaction which is made possible by using the array of systems and checklists that have been developed with years of experience and knowledge. With the best technology available, The Amy Stockberger Team surpasses their competition and is consistently dedicated to making their client’s goals their number one priority. Call us today and put the top real estate team in Sioux Falls to work for you!

Amy Stockberger Real Estate

"Real estate . . . .real easy"

Posted in Team News
Oct. 23, 2017

Wish This Wonderful Lady A Happy Birthday!

This gal is one of our favorites! Colleen has been showing up with nothing but a smile on her face every since she joined our team in early 2016.  She speaks fluent in quotes from the show The Office, full of useless knowledge so pick her for your trivia team, is well known in all drive throughs that sell iced coffee, and has an absolute love for life! The Amy Stockberger Team would love to wish her a Happy Birthday! 

Posted in Team News
Oct. 10, 2017

A Warm, Amy Stockberger Team Welcome To Megan Albers!

Here are some quick facts about our new Transaction Coordination Assistant, Megan Albers:

  • Originally from Sioux Falls
  • Studied Accounting at the University of Sioux Falls
  • Best (and only) concert she’s been to is Snoop Dogg

  • If you found her at the mall, she’d be in Bath & Body
  • "Hands Clap” by Fitz & The Tantrums is her jam
  • Her guilty pleasure TV Show is Impractical Jokers
  • Celebrity crush is Bradley Cooper (who can blame her)

  • Most important home feature in her opinion is the ability to hosts lots of people!

 

Welcome to the team, Megan!!! ????

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The Amy Stockberger team offers the highest level of service in creating a smooth transaction which is made possible by using the array of systems and checklists that have been developed with years of experience and knowledge. With the best technology available, The Amy Stockberger Team surpasses their competition and is consistently dedicated to making their client’s goals their number one priority. Call us today and put the top real estate team in Sioux Falls to work for you!

Amy Stockberger Real Estate

"Real estate . . . .real easy"

Posted in Team News
Oct. 3, 2017

Birthday Girl, Katie Day!

We've Got Another Birthday In The House!!!

Katie Day | Realtor® | Senior Real Estate Specialist | The Amy Stockberger Team

Katie joined The Amy Stockberger Team in the beginning of 2008, became a licensed REALTOR® in 2013, and earned her Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES) designation in 2016. Katie's acute attention to detail gives her the skills she needs to ensure all elements of the transaction follow the systems needed to close seamlessly. She has lived in the Sioux Empire for the majority of her life and she holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Management. Katie very selflessly has given hundreds of hours of her time to various charities around Sioux Falls including Make-A-Wish, Meals On Wheels/Animeals, The Banquet & a mentor for Lutheran Social Services, as well as a major animal rescuer/advocate.

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See what Katie's raving clients have to say about her all-star service:

Katie, you've been phenomenal throughout our home buying and selling process. I recommend you to everyone I talk to that needs a Realtor!

--Chris

 

Katie is an amazing realtor! We found our dream home, and she was on top of it the second we sent her a message. Always a quick response to anything no matter what day or time it was. We couldn't have been more pleased with all her help! Highly recommended!!

--Melissa

 

Katie is a pro. She's been great to work with and I look forward to closing on many more properties with her!

--Chris

 

Great personality. You always made things worry free.

--Kelly

 

Very honest and fair to deal with.

--Client, The Amy Stockberger Team

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The Amy Stockberger team offers the highest level of service in creating a smooth transaction which is made possible by using the array of systems and checklists that have been developed with years of experience and knowledge. With the best technology available, The Amy Stockberger Team surpasses their competition and is consistently dedicated to making their client’s goals their number one priority. Call us today and put the top real estate team in Sioux Falls to work for you!

 

Amy Stockberger Real Estate

 

“Real estate . . . .real easy”

 

 

 

 

Posted in Personal
Oct. 2, 2017

Teresa Geiken - 3 Years Under Her Belt!

Teresa Geiken just celebrated her third year with The Amy Stockberger Team!

 

When Teresa moved to Sioux Falls in 2007, she instantly felt at home. Growing up on a farm in Southwest Minnesota, Teresa was raised to know the value of hard work and dedication. She developed her passion for real estate from her mother who has been a realtor for fifteen years. Teresa has an extensive background of customer service and prides herself on honesty and loyalty. With her energetic personality and love for people, she would be privileged to represent you in finding your new dream home.

Teresa, you’re nothing short of fabulous, a rockstar in every way, always willing to help your fellow co-workers, and we absolute love having your energetic passion on our team!

 

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Want to know what clients think of Teresa? Read some of her glowing reviews below!

 

“Teresa, you were always energetic! Very patient! You were honest, helped ease my nerves, and answered 1,000+ questions that came along with being a first time home buyer.” -Erin Voss

 

“Teresa, excellent service… you helped me from start to finish, this was the first home I had purchased and she helped me understand everything and was always working in my best interest.” -Danielle

 

“Teresa was there for every new home buyer question I had. She was always available and made me feel I was important, and not just another client.” – Samantha Weatherton

 

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The Amy Stockberger team offers the highest level of service in creating a smooth transaction which is made possible by using the array of systems and checklists that have been developed with years of experience and knowledge. With the best technology available, The Amy Stockberger Team surpasses their competition and is consistently dedicated to making their client’s goals their number one priority. Call us today and put the top real estate team in Sioux Falls to work for you!

 

Amy Stockberger Real Estate

 

“Real estate . . . .real easy”

Posted in Awards
June 23, 2015

Summertime Fun

Summertime is filled with sunshine, warm weather, swimming pools and, sometimes, boredom! Thankfully, we live in a city that fills summertime with baseball, First Fridays, concert series’, block parties & so much more!

Here are a few of the more unique summer activities Sioux Falls has to offer:

The Storyland Children’s Theatre offers eight productions through the months of June and July at McKennan Park. The shows are free, welcome audience participation and range from Commedia Rapunzel to Sleeping Beauty to Goldilocks and Da Bears. 

Farmers markets are offered in three different locations in downtown Sioux Falls. What a great way to find fresh produce & locally grown items! 

The Summer Concert Series is a great way to spend your lunch break! Every Friday from noon to 1pm, the Old Courthouse Museum’s Reardon Plaza offers free music.

Moonlight Movies at Fawick Park are a weekly event that begins at dusk and includes popcorn, candy & soda for purchase. Bring a blanket, chair or picnic basket and enjoy a free family-oriented film!

Other fun activities include Hot Harley Nights, Automania, Sioux Falls Canaries games, Wild Water West, fishing at Family Park and the Sioux Empire Fair. No matter what your liking, there is always something exciting to do in this awesome city we call home.



Posted in Things To Do
June 1, 2015

Volunteering

 

Helping out and being a part of your community comes in many forms, but volunteering is a great way to meet new people, strengthen existing relationships and can be both fun and fulfilling! Often times people are wanting to get involved and find a way but are unsure as to where to start looking or what is out there for options.

Volunteering opportunities range from being a shopping aide for those unable to shop for groceries to delivering meals to those that need assistance with cooking to mentoring or tutoring young individuals. When considering helping out your community, thing about what your interests, hobbies, what you are good at and what you are looking to gain from volunteering in your community.   

Sioux Falls offers a few websites to where you can get started on your volunteering adventure:
     VolunteerMatch.Org

     HelplineForce.Com

 

These sites are a great start to finding what you are interested in and all the different ways you can help a variety of people from all ages in your community! 

Posted in Community
March 18, 2015

Home Loans

We are often asked about the different types of home loans. Below is a guest blog from local lender, Kyle Swiden, Mortgage Banker NMLS #776910 with Plains Commerce. 

Types of Home Loans

There are many different types of loans to choose from in the home buying process. Getting into the correct loan that fits your needs is a very important part of the process that can greatly affect your monthly budget. See below to learn more about the different programs offered.

FHA (Federal Housing Administration): Designed for lower credit and low-income households that don’t have much for a down payment. Required down payment is 3.5%, and  this option typically has lower interest rates than a conventional loan.

VA (Veterans Administration): Designed for veterans. With this program veterans do not need to have a down payment, and they also do not have monthly mortgage insurance. This is usually the best route if you are a veteran.

Conventional: Typically the most common mortgage. You need to have 5% down for the purchase of your home. The interest rate is determined by your credit score and how much money you put down.

Rural Development: Designed for smaller communities under 25,000 in population. It also has income limits to qualify as well, but is nice for lower rural development annual fee, and typically lower interest rate.

 

South Dakota Housing (FHA, VA, Conventional, Rural Development): Specifically designed for the first time homebuyer. All programs have a 3% down payment assistance that you can do for your down payment. Also must qualify for their income restrictions. 

Posted in Home Buying
Feb. 18, 2015

Preparing Your Home To Put On The Market

 

Thinking about putting your house on the market? Here is a sample of a few of the ‘MUST-DOs’, ‘Should-Dos’ and ‘Nice-to-Dos’ that we have put together for our clients.

The items that you must do before listing your home for sale include:
De-clutter. A fun way to de-clutter is to utilize the 10-10-10 game. Find 10 items to donate, 10 items to be returned to their proper place, and 10 items to throw away. What an easy way to
organize items in your home; the kids will even enjoy helping you de-clutter when it is turned
into a game!

Neutralize. This can almost be described as taking the ‘home’ out of your house. Create that clean, neutral background. Let the buyer imagine what it would be like to live there and let them
visualize the home as their own. Removing pictures, trophies and even painting the walls in neutral colors will increase the buyer pool for your home.

Eliminate Odors. It is easy for homes to accumulate odors whether it is from pets, cooking, trash or a musty basements. Just be careful to not use too strong of scents when eliminating these other odors.

Shampooing the carpet, spring cleaning, addressing pet stains and rearranging furniture items are a few other easy items to get your house ready to sell!

Some of the should-dos that we advise our clients include:
Focus on curb appeal.
In the hustle to get the inside of your home ready, don’t forget about the exterior! First impressions are important and making that lawn immaculate is the first step to that great first impression.
Replace bathroom mats, curtain & towels. Give a new & fresh look to all rooms, but don’t forget the bathrooms!

Some items that are nice to do, but not necessary include major repairs, organizing the garage, kitchen cabinets and basements. Updating doors & cabinets, replacing windows and servicing or repairing HVAC are all great ideas as well.

And, don’t forget that interviewing and finding a top-notch, professional real estate agent to market and sell your home is always important. Our team is filled with agents who are more than qualified to market your home!

 

 

 

Posted in Home Ideas & Tips