Carrie Colby owns Premier Properties and runs the business with complete control. She knows which of her clients are looking for property, which ones want to sell, and she makes sure that what her clients want, they get.
Colby bought the business from Liz and Steve Harvey in 2008. She learned about real estate from Liz before she bought. It has been a rollercoaster ride since then and now with over $18 million in sales between the eight agents, with $8 million in sales belonging to Colby, she doesn’t expect to slow down.
“Things are changing all the time. The way we do business changes all the time. It’s a lot more complicated than just driving around showing pretty houses,” Colby said.
Premier Properties, especially Colby, sell and list a lot of waterfront properties. “This is the listing season,” she said.
Colby has a background in advertising and graphic design and she knows the power of getting her name out there. She creates books containing her listings and puts them around the area. She makes sure it’s her properties that are featured in real estate books.
Business comes from referrals, people she knows and has followed up with, and a lot is Internet based, she said.
Colby is very involved in her community. Living and playing in Raymond means that she knows the area and sells a lot of houses here. “One house brings in $65,000 into the community,” Colby said, emphasizing the addition to the economy by hired workers and shopping needs.
Service during the sale is a strong point for Colby. She is thorough and will often take the time to stop by a house again to take new pictures for a website or brochure. “I get excited about new listings,” she said. “The worst thing is to have a client to buy and not be able to find what they want,” she added.
Her agents work from Harrison to Old Orchard Beach and everywhere in between, but primarily in the Sebago Lakes region.
“It makes sense to own a home,” she said. “Whether $79,000 or $2.3million, I sell them all and I treat everyone the same,” Colby said.