Herald JournalHerald Journal, Aug. 23, 2004

Real Estate office opens in Waverly

By Darla Swanson

A family operated real estate office is open for business in Waverly this month on North 5th Street.

The Independent Brokers Realty office, operated by Brendakay Thomas of Waverly, promises to offer more than just basic services.

Thomas is a Realtor and a loan officer, offering mortgage and investment services, in addition to helping people buy and sell homes.

Her children are involved in the business, fulfilling her dream of running a family-operated business, she said.

Thomas’ son Joshua is an assistant and will soon be a qualified loan specialist. She also hopes her son, Curt, takes on a similar role to his brother’s in the future.

Daughter Angelica is in charge of maintenance at the office, and Gabby, Thomas’ other daughter, answers phones part-time.

“This has been my dream, to have my children working with me; all of us, together, have a lot to offer,” Thomas said, also indicating that the office has room for growth and more Realtors.

Thomas’ number one goal is to create a “teaching office.” She plans to educate the surrounding communities in a variety of topics including (but not limited to) getting into real estate as a career, how to deal with a foreclosure, what a first-time homebuyer needs to know, and mortgaging seminars.

The office will also include a free fax service to the public and will eventually have a notary seal available.

Thomas, who promotes community support, contracts with local business whenever possible.

For example, the office is being painted and decorated by local professionals, and their business cards will be displayed at the real estate office.

“We’re all in it together in this world, so we might as well work together,” Thomas said.

Giving back to the community is important to Thomas. For the past five years, she has been a Montrose Lioness. And through her educational seminars, she hopes to offer locals valuable information about the real estate market.

Someone once told her that people who have something always should always help the people who don’t. And Thomas plans to put that wisdom into action by taking what she knows and sharing it with the community.

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