Anthony Self & Courtney Self
Harcourts Hunter Mason Realty is a full-service real estate company. Owners and husband-and-wife team Courtney Self and Tony Self both have been actively engaged in the real estate industry for more than 30 years. They joined Harcourts international real estate company in 2017.
Should I choose a large real estate company or a boutique firm?
“It’s not the company; it’s the agent. We recommend clients hire an agent experienced in the area and type of property they are buying or selling. They also need an agent whom they can trust and relate to. Their best bet is to get a referral from someone they trust who has worked with the agent they are referring. At Harcourts Hunter Mason Realty, we are committed to providing the best real estate experience for our clients, but what makes our firm special is our amazing agents and support team.”
Do you anticipate that mortgage rates will stay low this year?
“Yes. Although we are expecting rates to increase by the end of the year, they will still be historically low.”
In what ways is the real estate industry an emotional business? How do you deal with those emotions?
“This is one of the most emotional businesses out there. You’re dealing with a very large investment for most people, and they are dealing with contracts and real estate terms they may not be comfortable with. We keep our clients informed of every step and help them stay calm, which assists them through the emotional roller coaster that is every real estate transaction. It is important for clients to enter into a transaction trusting that the agent they hired to represent them is knowledgeable and working in their best interest.”
Is there still a market for purchasing vacation homes?
“Absolutely. We have clients buying vacation homes and rental properties in states like Arizona, Idaho, Colorado, Tennessee, Texas and Nevada. We assist these clients by referring them to top agents in the market where they are looking.”
What are your favorite ways to unplug and relax?
“Unwinding is important both on and off work. Our office is located near the beach, so during our workdays we take walks to the beach or through Riviera Village—often with our Great Dane puppy, Beowulf. Just stepping out of the office for 15 minutes can do a lot to change your attitude. Off work, we love traveling and spending time with family and friends. This year we had to forgo any travel, but we spent much more time with friends and family, either via Zoom or social distancing.”