In Ellen’s own words:
They say you never forget your first love and, in my case, that first love was a house. I distinctly remember as a child the first house I fell in love with was an old Bungalow home right here in Brookside. Ever since then, I’ve continued to be passionate about old homes, loving and learning more about old homes for most of my life.
I’ve been in and around the home industry since my earliest years. Growing up in the small town of Parsons, Kansas, I was happily immersed in the home building business as my family owned a large kitchen cabinet manufacturing company, Grandview Products for over 72 years. Later, life took me to Madison, Wisconsin where I worked as a kitchen and bath contractor, and then another home products supplier, Pella Windows.
My experiences growing up working within the housing industry on the contractor side and then on the manufacturing side (with Pella) paired well with my love for old homes and naturally developed my knowledge and skills and prepared me for my current role as Realtor and old house specialist.
When I returned to Kansas City to be closer to my family, I knew exactly where I had to live: In Brookside! I purchased my home from an agent at Brookside’s best home-buying center – Brookside Real Estate Company. After a long renovation of the old house I purchased, it has now truly become my absolute dream home. And through that process I became certain what the next career move was for me. I reached out to Brookside Real Estate and told them about my wonderful experience with Brookside Real Estate was as a buyer – and also that I knew I had to join their team. As fate would have it, today I am fully immersed in the Brookside neighborhood working my dream job as a Realtor for Brookside Real Estate!
As a Brookside agent, I especially love working with would-be home buyers and sharing my knowledge of old homes with them. I want each and every buyer to know exactly what they are buying (as every old home has such an amazing story to tell), and I also want potential buyers to learn how to get past the skin of the home to also understand that work and commitment will be necessary not only to buy the home, but also to maintain it.
My past home buyer clients tell me that working with me comes with the peace of mind that I will not let buyers make a mistake. Long after the purchase of a dream home, I want to be the first call from my past clients for any house-related question they may have. (In fact, I’ve started my own video series called “I’ve Got a Guy” to help buyers, sellers and homeowners with commonly asked questions, little known facts, and “tricks of the trade” from my ever-growing list of tried and true home repair contractors.)
When I’m not hard at work helping find my clients find just the right house, I enjoy being active in the community. I am an assistant Girl Scout troop leader at St. Peter’s School, and as a 50-year Girl Scout and lifetime member, I am very active with the Girl Scout Council. In fact, you may have spotted my Buick convertible with the license plate “GRLSCT” driving around the neighborhood or with the top down driving in Brookside’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
I also host an annual backyard party for clients and friends every September to share my love of live blues music and my joy in introducing one friend to another. This “little” party is growing every year to the point it has nearly overtaken my backyard – but there is always room for new friends! Stop by and see me in the window of Brookside Real Estate Company – I’d love to meet you! Until then, I’ll see you around the neighborhood!
I've Got A Guy –
When it comes to finding experts to help customize and repair your vintage Brookside home, Ellen is your gal. With years of experience working with old houses in the area, Ellen is not only your “old home expert,” but she also specializes in helping to find just the perfect professionals for your job. If you are looking for a contractor recommendation, Ellen doesn’t just talk the talk, she lives right here in the Brookside area and knows the best of the best for the job. No matter what project you may need help tackling, Ellen knows a guy.
What They’re Saying –
Ellen was fabulous! My husband and I were looking for our first house in the Brookside/Waldo area and Ellen was by our sides through the entire process. She has a wealth of knowledge that she bestowed upon us and helped us find our dream home! I would recommend Ellen to anyone looking to buy a house in the Brookside/Waldo area. Not only was Ellen a great agent, but she has turned into a friend. We will use Ellen for all of our real estate transactions. Thanks Ellen!
I sold my home by owner last summer and dealt with many agents. Ellen brought some prospective buyers by who ended up purchasing my home. Unlike a lot of agents, she had no bias toward me as a sell by owner and not only had her buyers interest at heart but also mine as a seller. She made the entire process smooth and very enjoyable. Extremely personable and professional. It was more like working with a favorite aunt instead of a hardcore real estate agent. Of the 5 star rating I would give her a 10. She is my go to next time I have a real estate transaction and I have recommended her to all of my friends and family for their real estate needs!
Ellen was our buyer's agent for our first home purchase, and we could not be happier thanks to Ellen. We choose Ellen particularly for her wealth of knowledge of older homes and the Brookside area. She was always available and worked quickly to set appointments. As novice homebuyers with little knowledge of older homes, Ellen advised us candidly and honestly. She went above and beyond to make sure we were very satisfied. Ellen was very much a trusted partner and friend.
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