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Buying or selling a home is a huge deal. It sets your life, your family’s life, on a new course. Moreover, whom you choose as your real estate agent will impact your decisions along that course and ultimately your destination. No one understands that better than Fred Ashkar. He had a regrettable first-time home buying endeavor and decided from that day forward to get his own real estate license to prevent others from having the same experience.
Over 20 years later, Fred Ashkar is among the top 200 Realtors® in the country and a recipient of RE/MAX’s prestigious International Chairman’s Award. To this day, Fred is still motivated to help others avoid what he went through decades ago and, instead, have a positive, profitable real estate experience.
“The reason I can get up every day and spend most of it at work is because my job changes lives. Seeing people benefit from my services is my motivation. It’s an honor to serve my clients.” —Fred Ashkar
According to Fred Ashkar, home values were rising over the past couple of years, but now they are reaching a plateau. It’s still a good market to sell if the property is well-priced and well-presented. To remain competitive, the condition and pricing of the property have to match or exceed those of the competition—that includes investing in any necessary repairs. For an edge over the competition, Fred utilizes aggressive marketing for his clients.
Fred is a buyer’s and listing agent who specializes in residential, income, and commercial properties in the San Gabriel Valley and surrounding areas, from starter, single-family homes to high-end properties (average price range is $2-5M). His specialties also include consulting, foreclosure, and property management. He is currently ranked among the top one percent of RE/MAX’s elite Realtors® worldwide.
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Though Fred works hard, he is also a family man and a sports fan. If you love talking about your kids, soccer, going to the gym, or enjoy swimming and playing tennis, then you and Fred will have a lot to discuss on top of real estate!
A skilled Realtors® is necessary to educate the homebuyer, particularly a first-time homebuyer, Fred advises. The buyer needs to know about all housing components to make informed decisions. Without full knowledge, a buyer cannot know what he or she is buying, but rather only make discoveries after the fact.
“The goal is that when we close escrow, the buyer is already making equity.” —Fred Ashkar
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Fred has instilled his drive to help others in his two children. His son works alongside him in real estate to make a difference in their clients’ lives; and his daughter serves the needs of the homeless throughout Los Angeles via nonprofit leadership. Doesn’t that speak volumes?
Fred helps his clients add cost-effective value to their property by giving them access to his network of skilled craftsman so that the seller can sell fast and for a much higher price than he or she initially estimated. The savvy seller recovers over and above the costs of improving the condition of the house.
The smart homebuyer understands the true condition of an “as is” property and the value of repairs and amenities and has a Realtor® who knows how to successfully negotiate favorable terms and pricing. This saves the buyer an exceptional amount of time, hassle, and money.
Metric Mortgage only works with honest, top-ranking agents who are good people and provide the best service, like Fred Ashkar. Contact him to discuss your real estate needs. For your home finance needs, meet our team of mortgage professionals!