About the Smart Living Team
Meet the Team
Realtor®, GREEN, EcoBroker®, ePro®, Team Leader
Renee is the founder and team leader for The Smart Living Team at Keller Williams Realty in Las Cruces. A real estate professional since 2006, she has focused on understanding green building technology, and about living better with energy efficiency, solar power, water conservation, and clean indoor air. In 2007 she became the first certified EcoBroker® in Southern New Mexico. As an EcoBroker®, Renee helps her clients save money and live more comfortably through energy efficiency, renewable energy, and better indoor quality.
Renee is a founding member and past President of the Las Cruces Green Chamber of Commerce. She has also served past President of the Las Cruces Association of Realtors and has served on numerous other boards including the United Way of Southern New Mexico.
A long-term resident of the Las Cruces area, she is excited to see Las Cruces come into its own as a vibrant, thriving community. She is a strong advocate of local business, local art, and local food. She is passionate about building health and quality of life for our community and everyone in it. She is a developing “foodie”, and loves spending time with her family and friends, bicycling, hiking, reading, and playing with her dogs. She loves to travel but is always happy to return home to Las Cruces.
Realtor®, Transaction Coordinator
Gabriella is a New Mexico native. She absolutely loves Las Cruces! She’s been in the real estate industry for 3 years and she actively sold real estate in the Las Cruces area for the first year. For the past 2 years, Gabriella has worked as a licensed assistant helping other realtors with their transactions. She is communicative, thorough and detail-oriented. Gabriella absolutely loves working with the Smart Living Team, guiding sellers and buyers with the necessary steps to a successful closing.
Cynthia joined the Smart Living Team at Keller Williams in August of 2019 and recently received her New Mexico Real Estate License and will be working with both sellers and buyers. She has an Associate of Applied Science in Hospitality Services and a Bachelor of Science in Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management with experience in administration, business finance, management and 17 years in the hospitality industry.
Cynthia was born in El Paso and has lived in New Mexico for most of her life. She loves the unique beauty of New Mexico and enjoys camping, hiking and has traveled all over the state of New Mexico. She has volunteered within the community and is passionate about helping others improve their quality of life and to live more sustainably. Cynthia is eager to start her new career in Real Estate, allowing her to work with clients with the same passion, in a different capacity, still providing the best service possible.
Realtor®, Buyer Specialist
Megan grew up in Kent, Washington but has always had family living in northern New Mexico and visited them frequently. She chose New Mexico State University due to a full-ride swimming scholarship, amazing coach, and the extended family she had close by. Megan graduated from NMSU with two degrees, a Bachelor’s in Biology and Bachelors in Criminal Justice. After which she moved back to her home town and found a passion for traveling and work. She became a program coordinator for a local non-profit and in addition became a Head Age Group Swim Coach for a club team. These positions offered her the ability to take an extended amount of time off to travel the world and experience life overseas every year.
In 2014 her nephew was born and fell head over heels. She definitely did not want to be the Auntie that lived 1700 miles away who gets to see her nephew once or twice a year so she settled back in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Megan feels that it is nice to be back in a more laid back tight-knit community where she can watch the beautiful desert sunsets on the Organs, smell the fresh desert rain and eat some of the best Red and Green Chile in the world. She enjoys working as an Associate Broker with Keller Williams Realty and Buyer Specialist with the Smart Living Team. Megan looks forward to each and every opportunity she is given to help people with their real estate needs.
Nancy joined the Smart Living Team at Keller Williams in Las Cruces in August 2019. She has an AAS degree in Secretarial Science and has a strong background for many years in Administration. Nancy has worked in the Real Estate industry for the last 12 years and we are delighted to have her on our team as our Executive Administrator.
Nancy moved to Southern New Mexico in 2018 from the East Coast and is excited to be living in some of the most beautiful areas in the country. She loves taking advantage of all that the Southwest and New Mexico has to offer including hiking (especially exploring the vast and amazing beauty of the Organ Mountains), camping, off-roading, exploring and experiencing the Southwest and the beauty of New Mexico, spending time with friends, family, and her Shih Tzu dog “Rocky”.
The Smart Living Team Difference
Although many people think that all Realtors do pretty much the same things to sell their listings, the truth is that not all Realtors are alike. The Smart Living Team offers a comprehensive approach to marketing your home that goes beyond conventional real estate practices, incorporating innovative strategies and technology to sell homes faster and for more money.
The secret to success in selling homes is to excel in all three “Ps” in selling homes – Preparation, Pricing, and Promotion.
The first “P” is preparation – making sure the home is ready to compete and be the very next home to sell in your neighborhood. Three essential elements to home preparation are:
It is important to identify and address any repairs before putting your home on the market. Buyers often overestimate the cost of repairs, and negotiations with buyers can cost sellers hundreds, even thousands off your bottom line. Many sellers are opting to hire a home inspector to pre-inspect their home to avoid unpleasant surprises and get more money for their homes.
CLEANING AND MAINTENANCE
Your home will sell faster and for more money if it looks clean and well maintained. Buyers will discount the value of a home when they see items that are worn, dirty or broken. Our team works with a variety of reliable contractors who can help you make your home shine – and stand out from the competition. We have the resources to help you get your home into tip-top condition.
Buyers often have a hard time envisioning themselves living in a home with the current owner’s furnishings. According to US Housing and Urban Development, a staged home will sell, on average, 17% higher than a home that is not staged. A survey done by the International Association of Home Staging Professionals®, shows that staged homes are on the market an average of 79 days less than non-staged homes.
The second “P”, pricing, and preparation go hand in hand. The pricing decision can have the biggest impact on how much you can make from the sale of your home. We go beyond the conventional comparative market analysis (CMA) to help you strategically price your home to get top dollar based on your home’s location, amenities, and condition.
The third “P”, promotion starts with a thorough understanding of the features and benefits of your home and your neighborhood develop a market profile to identify the buyers most likely to be interested in and able to buy your home. In this age of tech savvy buyers, it is important to put your home in front of as many of the right buyers as possible.
Our 12 week promotional plan uses innovative ideas and technology to get your home in front of up to 3 times more buyers. In addition to listing your home in the Multiple Listing Service, placing a sign out front with a box for flyers, and placing a lock box on your home to make it easy for other Realtors to show your home, we use the following methods to reach more qualified buyers:
- Professional photography and marketing materials to tell your home’s story effectively.
- Blogs and Social Media Promotion to get the word out about your home and neighborhood, making sure information about your listing gets out to the broadest range of potential buyers.
- Strategic open house and/or networking events to highlight the unique selling features of your home, and promote your home to buyers most likely to be interested in your home as well as to the Realtors throughout Southern New Mexico. We don’t want to miss a single opportunity to make sure the right buyer finds your home!
We are a true team. When you hire a member of the Smart Living Team to manage and market your listing, you get the experience and expertise of the whole team. We meet together regularly, train together, and share information, ideas and business expertise.
We provide great service. When it comes to service, it is our intention to take care of you in a way that makes you feel special. We listen to your needs, goals, and desires, and look for ways to exceed your expectations.
We are highly-skilled real estate professionals. Our team members already hold top credentials in real estate for our respective areas of expertise. As part of the Keller Williams Real Estate family, we are continuously learning and practicing our skills.
We are innovative. We continuously look for new ideas and technology to help meet our clients’ goals.
Our Easy-Exit Listing Agreement. The Smart Living Team proudly offers a cancellation guarantee through our “Easy-Exit,” no-questions-asked listing contract. Either you are completely happy with our services, or you can terminate the listing agreement at any time.
Why Choose the Smart Living Team?
Things have changed significantly in the real estate world. Because the internet has made it easier for people to find prospective properties and to access market statistics in any market across the country, the need for a traditional real estate sales agent has diminished. Today, the focus of real estate on YOU, the client.
That makes it more important than ever to work with a trusted real estate advisor who is committed to 5-star customer service, making YOUR experience the best it can be. It is important to choose a professional who is intimately familiar with real estate in the local market, and who is dedicated to staying on the leading edge of real estate trends, technology, legal/regulatory requirements, as well as economics and finance. Someone who puts YOU at the center, bringing together the information, experience, resources, and technology to help you meet your goals.
The Smart Living Team puts our values to work for you. Here’s how…..
What that means to you
5-Star Customer Service: Extraordinary service focused on meeting your goals
Professionalism: Continually building our knowledge and skills to stay on top of our game
Expertise: Offering a full range of specialization and expertise to better serve yous
Integrity: We earn your trust by living up to our promises
Innovation: Keeping up with technology and trends means better service to you
Doing the Right Thing: Doing right for our clients, our community and our environment