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Realtor Spotlight: Carla Burton, Keller Williams, Gardendale

September 01, 2020

After she became an empty nester, Carla Burton decided to capitalize on her love of looking at houses and helping others by becoming a real estate agent. She began her journey in April 2017 with Keller Williams, where she remains today.

Q: What are some of the biggest changes you have seen in real estate during your career?

A: The biggest change I have seen so far are all of the rapid changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic, including changes to qualifications, falling interest rates, and higher credit scores required.

Q: What is the best advice you can give to first-time homebuyers?

A: In the beginning, a lot of clients are not forthcoming with information, especially around funds for down payment. I encourage buyers to be open and transparent with your lender and Realtor. This allows both of us to best assist you with one of the biggest achievements of your life.

Q: How did you hear about AHFA programs?

A: Through lender Sally Knox at LoanDepot. I’ve been promoting and recommending the Step Up program ever since.

Q: Why do you recommend the Step Up program to buyers?

A: The program is simple and allows buyers to purchase a home with little to no funds needed for down payment. When I hear potential homebuyers say, “I can’t buy a house with no down payment,” my words are, “You can, and let me tell you how.” I would like to thank AHFA for providing a program that turns the “can’t” into “can” for a lot of buyers.

Q: What do you find most rewarding about your job?

A: The smile on my client’s face at the closing table is so rewarding to me. The ability to help homebuyers that thought they could never purchase a home is a remarkable feeling.