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Neighbors Growing Together | Nov 1, 2014
You are Here: Finding our way in Washington

Simpson plans to be involved

By David Hotle | Feb 14, 2014
Sherry Simpson

It has been about a year since Sherry Simpson began working as a realtor at Ruhl and Ruhl in Washington. Last Thursday she moved to town.
Simpson has about six years of real estate sales behind her. She grew up in Ottumwa and lived there 45 years. She sold real estate there from 2005 to 2009. Her parents still live there. She moved to Iowa City in 2010, where she continued working as a realtor. She left the business for a while as the real estate market recovered. She started with Ruhl and Ruhl again at the end of 2013.
The move to Washington had been in the works for a few months. Simpson said that she is a good friend with realtor Connie Larsen. She said that she is thrilled to be in Washington.
She has one son, Jordan, who is in the Army.

Since you have been in Washington, what do you think?
I like it. It is a nice smaller community and people are very friendly. I have been to one Chamber luncheon and met some people there. Hopefully when the weather gets warmer, it will be nice to get out and meet more people. I plan on being involved with the community as much as I can to let people know I am here and am willing to help them with any of their buying and selling needs.

What’s your favorite thing about Washington?
I don’t know yet. Probably just small-town feel. Ottumwa was bigger than Washington, but it was still small town. It is nice when people know who you are and will speak to you at the grocery store or on the street. It is nice to have that communication with the other people in town.

What made you decide to go into real estate?
I had an art and custom frame gallery in Ottumwa for 10 years and that was kind of winding down because of the economy back in 2003. So, I was looking at other options and thought real estate would be fun to get into. I am kind of a “people” person and like to help people. I thought that would be one way I could help them out and still have the communication with people I like to have on a daily basis.

What goes into becoming a realtor?
In 2005 you had to take 60 hours of classes. Now it has changed and it is more than that. You have to take the classes; then you have to take a real estate test, which is on the national and state level. You have to pass both of them at a certain percentage to get your license.

What is the most challenging thing about your job?
The most challenging thing would be to make sure everything that gets done when you have a listing or a buyer with a purchase agreement … making sure everything gets done in the timely manner that it needs to so you can move to close.

What is the most rewarding thing about your job?
The most rewarding would be absolutely helping someone find that next home for them or selling the one for someone who wants to move on. Again, to help and serve people. Buying a home is probably one of the biggest investments in your life. Trying to help them through the steps makes it easier and they kind of know what is going down the pipeline. If you help them every step of the way, there are no surprises.

What are some of your hobbies?
I love to read. I love to bake. I love to cook. I love to decorate. The house I am staying in right now I spent all weekend decorating. I like to stage homes to sell. I can’t forget working out.

What does the future look like for you?
I see myself selling the snot out of Washington. Connie and I together would like to sell Washington. That is the goal. You can sell real estate anywhere, but it is whom you share an office with that makes a difference.

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