For any potential home-buyer:
Although this was my first home purchase, this was not my first interaction with a real estate agent. In my experience, it seems that there are essentially two kinds of realtors. One is a salesperson who is your agent because they wish to sell you a home (much like the dreaded car salesman). While the other kind of agent resembles what is more like a personal guide than a salesperson.
Susie Stephens and her family/staff at Chico Real Estate are guides. Never was I pressured to buy a home that they had in mind for me, nor was I even pressured to maintain Susie as my agent. Because of this, I felt comfortable and secure in making my first home purchase through her. And with nearly twenty years of experience in the Chico area, I found Susie to be knowledgeable, organized, and incredibly efficient. For this reason, I knew that I could trust Susie in not only asking for, but also following, her advice.
Yet, it is not her experience alone that sets Susie apart from other realtors, for there is a plethora of agents with equal experience in Chico. Rather, it is Susie's unmatched level of positive energy that makes her a head above the rest. Purchasing a home is not just another business transaction in the course of a career for her. Instead, it is a special time and investment of one's life that is to be cherished; not cheapened by the business end of home buying. So if you wish to have a guide who is willing to invest 100% of her energy toward your needs and best interest, Susie Stephens is no doubt the agent for you.