“Rowing is a huge part of my life,” Gerri Schiffman will tell you. She’s been organizing Master Women’s Sweep Rowing at the Narragansett Boat Club on the Seekonk River since 1985. But what she might not tell you is that rowing actually shaped her future, and placed her on the path to become the successful, well-established East Side realtor that she is now.
“One of the rowers on my team managed a real estate company, and suggested I would do well as a real estate agent,” Gerri says. “I followed her advice, got my license, and fell completely in love with this all-consuming profession.”
Gerri has been working with Residential Properties LTD since 1994. “It has always been my goal to match buyers with the house of their dreams,” she says. Though Gerri is originally from Connecticut, the East Side became her adopted home. She and her husband Fred raised their four children on the East Side, and she has focused her career on helping clients buy and sell their own homes in the Providence area. “Selling houses is my passion,” Gerri says. “I love all kinds of houses: large or small, old or new, traditional or contemporary. I find the beauty, purpose and potential in all of them.”
Having built and renovated several homes of her own, and having worked closely with contractors and subcontractors on many projects, Gerri really understands the inner workings of a home. She knows what to look out for when considering a home purchase, and is particularly adept at using that knowledge to negotiate the best price for her buyers.
Gerri is equally comfortable working as a seller’s agent. “When I list a property, I am very particular about how that property is presented to potential buyers on the internet, during open houses, and for private showings,” she says. Gerri also has a fantastic aesthetic sense that helps sellers boost their home’s earning potential. “I always assist my sellers with getting their home ready for the market by giving thoughtful suggestions,” she adds, “and by putting them in touch with other appropriate professionals to get any needed work done as seamlessly as possible.”
“I just love matching people up with the perfect house,” she says. That house doesn’t always have to be the biggest and most expensive on the block. “I’m proud to represent an extensive range of properties in age, size, style and price,” Gerri says.
During rowing season, Gerri is up at 4:30am most mornings to be on the water by 5:30am. “I love it,” she says. “It keeps me organized - and the discipline required in competitive team rowing helped me hone many of the skills I needed to become a successful realtor.” Hard work has always been in her DNA. Gerri started working in her grandfather’s clothing store as a young girl, and earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania in just two and a half years.
She applies that same dedication to real estate, always making herself available to clients no matter the day or time, especially with first time homebuyers who might need more help being guided through the process. “She takes people under her wing,” her husband Fred says. “She advocates for them in every way, even long after a sale is completed.” Gerri’s numerous repeat clients speak to her unparalleled level of knowledge about East Side real estate, and her devotion to the profession.
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