In early 2021 Rogers Neighborhood Realty opened an office in downtown Lowell in the old Superior Building. Since opening, owner Amanda Rogers has made changes by adding additional space at her location and welcoming three people to her team. However, her focus has remained the same – providing a high level of service to her customers and continuing education in the real estate market.
Adding to the Team
Rogers became involved in real estate in early 2017 and opened Rogers Neighborhood Realty in December 2020. Since establishing an office downtown, she has added three people to her team.
“I think it’s good practice to have more than just a single person for an office. I’m able to provide better service to my clients with help, and that, in turn, helps our office to serve more clients,” states Rogers. “ I also want to provide a platform for others that want to learn what I do and how I’ve gotten to where I am to replicate that in a way that fits themselves and their own goals.”
A year ago Amanda Hernandez was hired as an assistant. She is still in this role but has also added a licensed realtor to her title and is helping her own clients buy and sell. Hernandez and her husband moved to Lowell five and a half years ago. The two have been married for seven years and have a two-and-a-half-year-old daughter. She enjoys the aspect of how homeownership can change lives and is a safe investment, where it’s never too early or too late to consider buying. She especially likes working with young homebuyers.
“This is my first role in the real estate industry and it has been so stimulating to learn something new! Prior to meeting Amanda Rogers I never pictured myself in a ‘sales role,’ but real estate has been a surprisingly perfect fit,” says Hernandez.
Kristy Nora joined the team last fall as a Real Estate Agent. She spent 15 years working for Lowell Area Schools. She has lived in Lowell for 21 years, is married, and has three adult children and six grandchildren. Nora has moved several times in the last 10 years and has been paying close attention to the market. She loves to help people, making real estate a great fit.
Nora is happily embracing her roles and says, “I feel so privileged to be a part of this amazing team with such genuine people! Everyone here has the same goal, to serve and help people with the utmost integrity.”
Rachel Vandenbosch is the newest member of the team having started in March. She has lived in the Lowell area for 16 years alongside her husband and their three children, as well as an energetic puppy and two cats. Vandenbosch has had an interest in real estate for about six years and decided to finally pursue her dream. She has nine years of prior experience as a mortgage banker.
“As a banker, I became very familiar with the process of homeownership and the documentation required to have a successful transaction. I assumed I would get back into banking after raising kids, but as time went on that desire developed into a curiosity about the front end of the homeownership transaction,” she comments on why she became a real estate agent.
Keeping it Local
The entire team at Rogers Neighborhood Realty lives and works in Lowell. “I feel it’s right to work here and support the local economy I live in as well,” says Rogers. The office services Lowell and up to 45-60 minutes away from the community.
Being situated in downtown Lowell, the business has also been able to easily participate in events like Girls Night Out and Spring Fling. This also helps Rogers and her team stay connected with the people in the community. Rogers says she enjoys learning the personality and needs of those she helps as they work together to find the perfect home or sell an existing one. She hopes that she’s able to make the process, even when it can be complicated, as smooth as possible.
The entire team encourages those who have real estate questions to reach out, even if buying or selling is just an idea. The more knowledge people have the better prepared they are when making the decision to move forward.
Preparing for the Market
Rogers Neighborhood Realty has helped more than 30 families and individuals buy and sell a home or property, equating to over $9 million dollars in sales volume. Rogers says that increasing interest rates “may slow it down ever so slightly” when referring to the housing market throughout the rest of 2022. However, she also indicates that a lack of inventory will continue to keep demand high.
A lack of inventory and broad misunderstandings of the market are two of the largest challenges right now according to Rogers. While she can’t control the number of homes available for sale, she is making strides to educate herself so that she can pass this knowledge on to her clients.
In 2021 Rogers earned the Greater Regional Alliance of REALTORS’ Diversity, Equity, Fair Housing, and Inclusion certificate. She was also voted a top 10 Realtor by GR Kids, earned a spot in Grand Rapids Magazine’s Real Estate All-Stars for being in the top 5%, and is now Better Business Bureau accredited. “My goal is to always keep learning and moving the industry forward,” she says.
In the coming years, Rogers and her team look to further educate themselves and stay on top of market trends. Rogers also hopes to be able to purchase a building downtown to continue to expand her business.
Those seeking additional information or who are interested in working with Rogers or a member of the Rogers Neighborhood Realty team can visit their website. There is also a Facebook page and Instagram page where real estate tips and information are frequently posted. Their office is located at 318 E Main St, Suite A in the old Superior Building.
Photos courtesy of Amanda Rogers and used with permission.