Sticking close to their roots, Tommee Briggs and Kathy Withrow (aka Team TomKat) have built a solid reputation in El Dorado County’s real estate community.
The longtime business partners opened their Intero Real Estate Services office on Placerville nearly two years ago and, along with Realtor Associate Nadean Music, do everything they can to help clients buy and sell their homes. By “tapping into a client’s personality” the women use all their resources to find a home that fits their wants, needs and, of course, budget.
“I like the challenge of finding that perfect property or finding a buyer for a unique home,” Briggs said.
Briggs, a fifth generation El Dorado County resident who raised the sixth generation here, said she’d thought about a real estate career for years and took courses while she worked as an ROP contract director. She’s been in the business since 2001 and Withrow, also a longtime county resident whose family owned the Ace Hardware on Broadway, joined the following year. Withrow’s husband is a broker and led her into the career. A love of houses and decorating sparked Briggs’ interest through both she and Music, a 12-year real estate veteran who previously worked in ad sales, said the reasons that pull you into a real estate career aren’t necessarily the reasons you stay.
All three credited their successes to their persistence and commitment. Last year, they sold 40 homes out of one office.
“(Real estate) is challenging,” Music said. “It keeps you on your toes all the time and it stretches you … you’re always learning.”
The three professionals said they enjoy their partnership with Intero, which has a big market share in the Bay Area (from where many new El Dorado County residents migrate). This, and Intero’s commitment to technology and saturation, allows them to effectively market county homes to those seeking a more rural and peaceful life. Intero also has a luxury division — Prestigio — that markets upscale homes all over the world.
They also said variety and people they meet — clients and industry professionals — make the job fun.
“I like the fact that every day is different,” Withrow said, “and I meet a lot of interesting people.”
When they’re not closing deals, each Realtor has their ways to unwind. Briggs travels to Vancouver, Wash., to visit her four grandchildren. Music loves to hit the slopes and noted the disappointing ski season thus far while Withrow often travels to the Bay Area to visit her children.
Predictions for real estate in 2014: It’s a good time to buy and sell. “After that, we’ll see,” Music said.