There are literally hundreds, if not thousands, of Real Estate Agents to choose from when looking for a home. Having worked with a few less than stellar agents in the past, I spent some time researching agents in the Conway area before contacting any of them. We were in the market for income properties, and we wanted an agent that we could work with on several transactions, so advance research was key for us.
After creating a short list of 5-6 potential candidates from the dozens we had sifted through online, we came across Dara's Agent Profile and it was immediately apparent that she should be at the top of the list simply due to the fact that she paid attention to detail and took the time to keep her online information current (if an agent can't take the time to properly market themselves, how are they going to market a house effectively?).
She soon proved to us how invaluable she was going to be as a part of our team buying and selling single family homes as investment properties. At one of our first meetings, she put together an entire detailed packet of current rental rates for the different areas of Conway, and she highlighted all the pertinent information in the entire packet (it was a HUGE packet of information, and she had gone through page by page to pick out the important pieces). There were also some nights, during hours when most people would be asleep, that Dara was researching properties and emailing us details and her thoughts on them for what we were looking for.
I'm sure there were some times when she wasn't working on looking at properties for us, but from our perspective, my wife and I felt like Dara was ALWAYS looking at properties for us. We know she was working with other clients as well, but she always made us feel as if she was working only with us, and we always felt like we were a priority and that she was an active member of our team. While some people may prefer that the agent do all the work, my wife and I typically do all of our own research and digging, and honestly, had found more suitable properties on our own than any agent we had ever worked with. Dara, on the other hand outperformed us - which had never happened before, but was a very nice turn of events.
If my wife and I could clone Dara, we would. She is probably the most detail-oriented, hardest working, nicest and most caring person we have ever had the pleasure of working with. Even though we set impossible and ever-changing goals, Dara never complained; she simply accepted the challenge and excelled at finding exactly what we were looking for, many times over. She went well above and beyond, even when it wasn't necessary, but she never tried to push anything on us that we didn't want. She listened well, and took what we said and ran with it.
Although several reviews of agents say "Best Realtor around" or something along those lines, I think you would be hard pressed to find anyone who is better than Dara - in the area, in the state, or even beyond that. Yes, she is that good and is extremely enjoyable to work with.
Why we would recommend Dara to anyone:
Communication - She is excellent at communicating and choosing the proper method of communication for the message. She will text, email or call as appropriate for the situation.
Responsiveness - Most of the time her response to a text, email or phone call is immediate (within just a few minutes). Her response is not an "I'll get back to you", but is a meaningful response to your question.
Extreme Attention to Detail - Not only does she pay attention to details, but she keeps track of any and all communications involved in a transaction. The amount of correspondence she kept from our lender, the appraiser, title company, selling agent, seller, in addition to our communication was impressive. I can't imagine how impressive it would be to see a record of all her correspondence with all of her clients.
Team player - From day one, Dara was on our team and was looking out for our interests. Rather than trying to push us into something that we did not want, it was obvious that our satisfaction was her primary focus.
Hardworking and Diligent - Dara spent many long hours researching for us, running neighborhood comps, as well as compiling a list of rental rates for areas we were interested in. I'm sure she took some time off during the period we worked with her, but it was never obvious to us when she wasn't working. It seemed as though she was working 24/7, from the time we started looking for a house, to the time we closed on the house, and she has even followed up with us a few times after we closed. She is completely committed to her clients and their happiness.