L to R above: Chelsea Schneider, Michael Dodd, Nick Schneider, Mark Leddy, Mary Bracewell, Tina Griebenow
Schneider Properties is a South Bay team whose members collectively have more than 40 years of real estate experience. They serve buyers and sellers throughout the South Bay, with a strong focus on the Beach Cities. Founder Nick Schneider has worked in the industry for 12 years and started the Schneider Properties team seven years ago. He is a founding member of Giveback Homes, a global network of real estate agents committed to giving back and building homes for communities in need.
What do you love most about your job?
“There are so many things we love about our jobs. No two days are the same, and every day brings a new combination of activities: new properties, new people and new hurdles to overcome. We are in an industry where you get out what you put into it, and our team gives everything we have to create an amazing experience for our clients. Anything can happen with a dedicated mindset backed by hustle and heart.”
What is your team known for?
“Delivering a full-service concierge approach to each and every client. We pride ourselves on going above and beyond in every detail of the process, lending a helping hand and adding a personalized approach to each client. Our business is primarily based on client referrals, so it is crucial that we deliver a level of service that exceeds expectations. In partnership with Compass, we deliver an unparalleled suite of technology and innovative marketing that helps our clients during every phase of the real estate process.”
What are key factors for finding a good fit when choosing an agent to work with?
“This is a huge financial decision in your life, not to mention it can also be a very emotional one, so finding someone who can be compassionate and understanding is a significant benefit for this process. You will want someone who has strong local market knowledge and contacts to help position you ahead—whether it be finding off-market opportunities or putting your home in front of the right buyers. The right agent is someone who efficiently works to ensure all your goals are met and the desired results are attained.”
In what ways is real estate an emotional business?
“Buying or selling a home is an emotional experience for everyone involved. It’s our job and primary goal to navigate the entire experience with tact and empathy. If emotions run high, the first step is always reminding our clients of their ‘why.’ Why did they start this process in the first place? The key to transforming a stressful situation into a successful transaction is our commitment to remain empathetic to everyone’s situation and always establish and maintain a level of respect for all parties.”
Speak about the level of flexibility required to be successful in the real estate industry.
“To be successful in this industry, flexibility is a vital piece of the puzzle. You have to be responsive and adaptable to your clients’ needs. We tend to work off hours so that we are available for clients in the evenings and on weekends. This gives our clients a competitive edge. The current market is moving quickly, and that means we are constantly having to pivot and find solutions on a moment’s notice.”
How do you help your clients beat the competition?
“There are a lot of technical strategies we use to help our clients, but there is not a one-size-fits-all strategy. We provide a custom-tailored plan for each client based on their specific goal. Having a team has proven to be a huge asset for our clients’ success—whether it’s getting early access to properties, leveraging our different strengths or being able to service different needs.”
How do you feel about working as a dual agent?
“We don’t ever set out to do a dual agency, but if the situation presents itself we are confident with handling that type of transaction. Communication is key, and we lead with trust. Because of that, we’ve successfully navigated many dual-agency transactions for our clients.”
Do you think home prices will continue to soar in 2022?
“It’s difficult to predict the future, especially after what we’ve been through the last two years. But inventory remains at an all-time low, and increasing buyer demand is still driving the market. The cost of lumber and building materials is decreasing the number of new construction opportunities for buyers, which will continue to keep driving the prices upward.”
Give us some tips for improving curb appeal.
“The old saying goes, ‘There’s no impression like a first impression.’ This could not relate more to curb appeal and a buyer’s first impression of your home. Some easy, quick fixes include updating light fixtures and door hardware, improving landscaping and adding pops of color, and don’t forget to power-wash the exterior. Another small change with a lot of punch is updating your house address numbers; this instantly gives a fresh feel to the home’s exterior. A home should also shine from day to night, so don’t forget to add landscape lighting. We have access to professionals who can help refresh your home prior to selling. Ask us about Compass Concierge—the easiest way to make improvements and increase your home’s value without incurring any up-front costs!”