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March 30, 2013

Rietta Costa

 Rietta Costa.

Broker, MacPhersons RHB Realty
Phone: 425.232.3387

Where were you born? How long have you lived in the Snohomish County area? What do you like most about it? I was born in California, where my dad was in the Navy. I have lived in Snohomish County since 1967, with the last 42 years being in Marysville. What I love most is the proximity to the Sound and the many beach activities, plus fishing, crabbing, and beachcombing.
How long have you worked in Real Estate? I have been in real estate since 2005, following in the footsteps of many others in my family. One of my aunts had the first woman-owned brokerage in San Diego, Calif., many years ago and I still have several cousins working in real estate. It's a natural career fit for a socially oriented person with a very strong work ethic.
What did you do before that? I was a clerk at the USPS in Marysville for 18 years, serving the needs of my community as a window clerk for the majority of that time. One of the most enjoyable things I did there was organizing the pictures with Santa as a food bank fundraiser. It was a diversion from the monotony of the post office routine.
What is your specialty and what does that mean for the people you work with? My specialty is customer service, making sure my clients are informed and educated in all aspects of their transaction from start to finish. My tenacious attitude and outside-the-box thinking means I find answers to questions my clients haven't even thought of yet. From seniors, first-timers, and move-ups to land, tribal, and commercial properties, I have done it all!
What is the most challenging aspect of what you do? Currently, the most challenging thing I deal with is lien holders in short-sale situations who treat clients as files rather than people. Another challenge is helping buyers and sellers come to grips with what is happening in the current market - not previous markets - to better their experience.
What is one tip you have for someone looking to buy a home? Get prequalified before shopping! There is nothing worse than seeing the home of your dreams then finding out it's just out of your financial reach. No other home compares and your search becomes frustrating. Keep communication open with, and loyalty to, your broker.
What is one tipe you have for someone looking to sell a home? Get a good look at your area market, not Zillow and not some other neighborhood. Have a local broker give you a CMA and listen as far as market price range and preparation to sell. We see the market daily and do know what's going on. And curb appeal matters, so take time to make your house sparkle before and during the listing.
Why should someone choose you as their real estate agent? I treat all of my clients as if they are a member of my family. What is in their best interest is my focus. I had a bad first-time-buyer experience myself and never want anyone else to go through that. I have sold my own properties as well. I know the ups and downs associated with the selling and moving process. And I get 'er done!
What do you most enjoy doing when you're not working? I enjoy travel with my husband, spending time with my sons, my granddaughters, and my extended family. I am the family event planner. I am a recycle artist and crafter and love to have kids art days. I hold classes on using doTERRA essential oils for better health. I enjoy giving back to my community by donating my time to several nonprofit organizations locally.


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