A little about me
and why I love real estate
Real estate is good fun, most people like dreaming about homes, interiors and lifestyles… but the actual purchase and sale of real estate usually comes with other life changes and it can be full of emotions and questions. This is where I come in!
Owning my own real estate business since 2003 has been an interesting ride. I have had the opportunity to experience a major boom in real estate sales, or 'the bubble' as it has been dubbed, to the 'bust' and beyond! No matter what the state of the economy, ask me about real estate price trends or winning strategies and we can talk for hours. Ask me about Seattle’s neighborhoods and I will take you on a tour. The years I have spent in this business matter, as does my dedication to those I am lucky enough to call my clients.
I have been lovingly building my network of happy real estate clients through the following:
Honesty and Keeping it Real
This goes beyond just 'telling the truth.' I am here to protect your financial interests and to guide you with my experience to making the best possible decisions in your home sale or purchase. My business depends on future referrals, so I have every incentive to make your experience a good one.
A Strong Advocate
I am a very strong advocate for my clients and enjoy finding solutions for your real estate needs. I believe in active listening, building connections, nurturing relationships and continued learning. Client privacy is respected and personal and financial information is always treated with discretion.
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I was born in Helsinki, Finland and my family moved to the Bay Area in California when I was nine years old. After high-school, I moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin to attend Marquette University where I obtained three degrees: International Relations, Economics and Political Science. On a visit with a friend, I fell in love with Seattle, stayed and have been here for the past 11 years. I have lived in Ravenna, Eastlake, Capitol Hill and now call Ballard my home.
Prior to real estate I worked in various sales and marketing positions, from managing folks who install those red machines that spit out coupons in grocery stores to coming up with schematics to place POS (point-of-sale advertising) in stores to draw attention to 'important' items. During the time I was working for an office systems company, making a grand effort to sell networking systems and a copier to a RE/MAX office, the RE/MAX office actually succeeded in selling me on becoming a REALTOR.
When I am not with my clients you can find me at Bikram Yoga, at the Farmers Market, cooking, gardening in my street-side veggie box, listening to music with friends, reading without moving for hours, drinking my pantry-full of tea, and most of all hanging out with my family... my other-half, Cory and our wonder twins, Nico and Luna!
I would love to meet you and answer your questions. Please contact me anytime and we can set up a casual meeting over coffee, tea, or a nice craft beer or glass of wine, perhaps?
Areas of Specialty:
- Building wealth through real estate
- First time buyer education
- Preparing a home for sale
- Sustainable building and communities
- Licensed broker since 2003
- Managing Brokers License
- Real Estate Investment Advisor Certification
- SRES – Senior Real Estate Specialist
- VAMRES – Veteran and Military Real Estate Specialist
My clients are awesome
and here is what they are saying
Excellent knowledge and prompt communication. We strongly recommend to anyone and thank you again for finding us our perfect home!”
Maya and Casey, Kirkland
Amity and John, Queen Anne / Interbay
Susanne went over and beyond the regular real estate agent to help us call the city and find out what the regulations were and pre evaluate the property for our needs. Being in another state she Skyped and Facetimed us to look at house and really understood our needs as a buyer because we couldn’t see the houses in person until we put in an offer. We also had a lot of issues with the seller and things coming up with the house and our bank and she was always on top of things communicating with the other agent and the loan officers.
She is not only a great real estate agent but an ethical one. She always conducted herself in a manner that made my family believe she didn’t just want a sale but wanted us to feel happy with our home choice. Susanne is truly a rare find as a real estate agent and you won’t be disappointed!”
Terese and family, Shoreline
She is not only a hard worker, but a realtor who is true to her clients. Susanne excels at listening to her clients needs, staging a home to be sold, and doing everything in her power to make her clients happy. I would recommend her without a doubt to any who are considering buying or selling real estate.”
Shelly and Brett, SOLD Ravenna BOUGHT Capitol Hill
At the time we made the first offer, the seller didn’t really want to sell and the seller’s agent didn’t seem to want to help her sell. Our offer was rejected, we made another offer, it was also rejected and we chose to walk away. A few weeks later and many unfortunate looking houses looked at, the seller’s agent reached out and said they would now be interested and we decided to risk it and made a new offer. Success! Unfortunately we then learned about the inspection process and the importance of the sewer scope.
The house had some major issues, including a broken sewer pipe, which Susanne helped us navigate. Even though the seller refused to be cooperative, we kept optimistic with Susanne’s support hoping that we could reach a deal with the owner. She refused to work with us and again we chose to walk away from our dream home. We then paused to get married 🙂 On our honeymoon our family noticed the original house had been having work done and that it was relisted at our last asking price. Crossing our fingers we decided to make one last attempt and called Susanne back into the ring to fight out the battle. She was incredibly graceful and didn’t once say “are you nuts!” to us, but instead, pulled out her phone and got to work once again dealing with a difficult seller and incompetent seller’s agent. Something must have worked because we are now in our new home and it is wonderful. On top of that, Susanne is now our friend and we can’t say enough good things about how professional, fun and knowledgable she is.
There are lots of agents out there to choose from, but Susanne is the best and she is amazingly good at helping home buyers navigate the chaos that is the Seattle housing market.”
Corina and Ian, Ballard
Philip and Joan Irvin, sold in Ballard
This is a challenging market both in terms of pricing and inventory, but over many weekends Susanne was happy to tour us around homes we found online, and would send us suggestions of homes we would consider looking at.
We had a fairly clear idea of what we were looking for, and Susanne would give us realistic insight into why she thought particular homes did – and didn’t – meet our criteria. We left every house feeling like we were considering (or, more often, rejecting) it based on a good, objective understanding of its good and bad points. In particular, we didn’t have the “hard sell” experience we have heard others talk about from their “buyer’s” agent – it always seemed that she was as interested as we were in finding the right house, not just pushing any house to close a deal.Then, we found the home we wanted. For myriad reasons, it seemed to be out of reach: it was offered above our budget, it had great craftsmanship inside and out that made us wary of whether the price would be reduced further, and on top of that it was much smaller than what we initially thought we needed! We decided we wanted to wait and see and, a few months after the home was listed, the price dropped closer to our range. Susanne helped us through the contract and negotiation process and paperwork, and we agreed a price we could afford with the seller. In the next few weeks, there were tons of subsequent ups and downs and moments of drama over which we had little control – problems found in the inspection, subsequent contract changes, more negotiations. Susanne took call after call, offering advice, experience and suggesting possible paths for us to consider – always as an advisor, but leaving decisions clearly up to us.
Right through the whole process we felt that thanks to advice from Susanne (and a great mortgage company who will get a separate review!) we were doing everything we could to get the deal done. She connected us to excellent professionals at various stages – never demanding that we use them, but relaying her experiences of them having worked out well on other transactions – and just generally just helped us feel really good about the decisions we were making.
You will not be surprised to learn after this that we cannot recommend Susanne enough. We are sitting in a wonderful home today that we only like more every day, and that a year ago seemed might be out of reach. Much of this is due to Susanne and the her team who helped us work through the entire process, didn’t give up, and who went the extra mile for us when it counted. Ultimately the reason I would recommend her is her ability to actually get the job done, and in such a friendly, professional and supportive way.
Buying and selling properties are definitely processes, and I can’t imagine more highly recommending anyone to help you anywhere along the way than Susanne Stauffer.”
Rebekkah and Andy Madden, Ballard
Maya and Casey, Kirkland
Dan A., Ballard
She was also very fair in negotiating commission and with her housewarming gift. We felt very lucky to work with such a genuine and professional agent, especially since we’d met a few who we did not get good vibes from. I’d recommend Susanne to anyone!”