Sheltered with Love

Sheltered with Love

The typical home value in the United States is $308,220, according to Zillow as of November 2021. While many dream of home ownership, achieving that goal can be difficult. The median price of a U.S. home more than doubled from $111,000 in 1999 to $269,039 in 2021, according to World Population Review.

How does one navigate market complexities? Seeking local professional advice can be beneficial for significant purchases. Stephen and Madalyn Batman of Lakeland, Florida, received their real estate licenses in 2014. The couple works to help those hoping for a better future.

“We want to add value to people’s lives,” Stephen said. “Buying and selling real estate isn’t just a financial transaction. It is an avenue to leverage dreams.”

Clients may be upsizing to accommodate a growing family or solidifying options for retirement. “Most of the people we see are in a major event,” Madalyn said. “They are dealing with intense phases of their lives, and it’s cool to be a part of their changes.”

These Realtors coach that knowing budget is the first step to successful contracts. “If you don’t know your expenses and income, it is like going grocery shopping and when you get to the cashier, you realize you forgot your wallet,” Stephen explained.

They help qualify buyers and establish realistic goals. “Knowing your budget is the scariest step to figure out what you can afford, but understanding finances is essential,” Madalyn added.

Vested in their community, the Batmans believe in collaboration for long-term benefits. “Seeing client satisfaction blesses us in the end,” Madalyn said.

"Whoever fears the Lord has a secure fortress, and for their children it will be a refuge” (Proverbs 14:26 NIV).

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