Q) What is your business’s name?
A) Sasha Vermel – Montana Homes with ERA Lambros.
Q) Can you provide me with a description of your business?
A) I help people buy and sell homes and investment property in Western Montana.
Q) What is your role with the company?
A) I’m a realtor, which means I’m a salesperson, listing agent, and independent contractor for ERA Lambros.
Q) What is unique about your business?
A) I specialize in giving my clients a personalized experience- from helping walk new home buyers through the process, to setting up spreadsheets to compare financials for investors. I tailor my involvement to what my clients need.
Q) How did you get started in this business?
A) I had more than a decade of being a home buyer, and managing our personal rental property before I got my Real Estate License. Funny enough, good friends of mine noticed that I was really passionate about Montana real estate, and suggested that I turn it into a career. I’m really grateful for their observation because I love working with clients and helping them buy and sell homes
Q) What is your background?
A) I have a BFA in Theater Design from the University of Montana, have worked in costume design, fashion design, and product design. I had my own business making custom wedding dresses, and there is a surprisingly large overlap between helping someone design their dream wedding dress, and helping someone find their dream home.
Q) How long have you been a part of MBN?
A) I’m a brand new member! A friend of mine suggested I look into it, and I joined after my first meeting.
Q) What is your favorite part of MBN?
A) I really appreciate how active and involved everyone is. So many people volunteer to be part of leadership. I felt welcomed even though I only knew one person in the room.
Q) What are you involved in outside of work?
A) I am the mother to a 5 year old son, and an 8 year old daughter, so I can often be found running them to soccer practice and martial arts. Outside of my family, I volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, and make weird art for Zootown Arts Community Center. I’m looking to offer sewing workshops to encourage those around me to extend the life of the clothes they already have.
Q) What is the best piece of advice anyone has ever given you?
A) The best piece of advice anyone ever gave me about negotiation is that it’s their job to go for it, and your job to know better. It means that I always do my homework, and arm my clients with as much information as possible so they “know better.”
Q) What is the one thing you wish you’d known before you started your journey to your current position?
A) I wish I would have known how much I was going to love working in real estate, and how well it suits me. I would have started sooner.
Q) What “failure” of yours taught you the best lesson? What was that lesson?
A) When I was 20 I went into a work situation where I felt overwhelmed, and didn’t know how I was going to solve the problems, but instead of asking for help or advice I just pretended like everything was fine. Unfortunately, it negatively affected both me and my coworkers. The lesson I learned is that sometimes your job is just to be able to identify the problem. If you ask for help, and share that there is a problem early on you are going to have an easier time solving them and have better outcomes for everyone.
Q) If you had one piece of advice to someone just starting out, what would it be?
A) It’s okay if your first job or your first career isn’t the right one for you. All of the experience you earn will be of use to you later in life, and the skills you gather in your early career will serve you later down the road even if you change paths.
Q) How can we get in touch with you? Find more information?
A) Please give me a call, or send me a text message at 406-404-6241. I love to talk about real estate, and meeting new people is my favorite hobby
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