You have probably heard from me on Facebook that we’re moving our offices to the Tatitlek building on Dec. 1st. Negotiating the lease terms, planning the TI’s has been quite a challenge and I have learned a lot about commercial real estate in the process. Selecting the space was pretty easy. We wanted to stay in mid-town to be close to our lenders, title companies and other real estate brokerages. There is a lot of interaction and synergy between all of us in the residential market place and so that narrowed our selection down. We also wanted to do a modest expansion, thanks to all the support and acceptance Dwell Realty has received from our buyers and sellers. In particular, we’d like to thank Hultquist Homes and the John Hagmeier Company for their commitment to us when we first opened our doors over four and a half years ago.
Dwell’s new office will be 7,700 square feet and will have room for seven more experienced realtors, making our total number approximately forty. In my many years of experience, that’s a manageable size for quality control and excellent customer service. Many of our realtors have been with us from the first year and I want to thank them for having faith in me and my team in a start-up brokerage. Our goal is not to be the biggest brokerage but one that buyers and sellers can count on to receive accurate real estate information, aggressive marketing, both online and in print, and true to the principles of honest representation and full disclosure.
In January 2018, we’ll be having a series of open houses so that you can see what we’re all about. Willodell Construction is our general contractor and I’ve probably driven him a little crazy with all my requests, including a barn door, living edge, farm sink, quartz countertops and stacked rock wall (not the kind you climb). We’ve also got some new art from V Rae, for our expanded lobby area. We want to continue to support Alaska’s contemporary artists.
Our physical move begins Thanksgiving weekend. Desks, copiers, data cabling, color coded boxes, furniture placement, computer hook-ups, WIFIs. —it’s a challenge but there is a Dwell team in place to make it happen.
November is the month we all give thanks for where we are in life, family and work. So Thank You, Alaska!