Information about Cheri & Ashley

Cheri has been in the industry for over twenty years and joined the Van Dorm team in 2002. Ashley entered real estate and the Van Dorm family in 2015. Cheri’s husband Jerry pitches in too, he’s their marketer, networking specialist, and behind-the-scenes lifesaver. Together they specialize primarily in residential listings and focus on helping two often anxious client groups: first time home-buyers and senior citizens.

With their business spread almost equally between the two, Cheri and Ashley have worked hard to maintain the skills and education that best benefit their customers. Cheri is an Accredited Buyer Representative, a  Seller Representative Specialist and a Seniors Real Estate Specialist. Ashley is a Certified Negotiation Expert and a Military Relocation Professional. This showcases their passion and talent for working with “people who need help through the process and appreciate the knowledge we use to explain everything clearly and provide resources.”

Even before recent tough financial times made such things a necessity, Cheri focused her career on the popular real estate trend of “right sizing.” As opposed to downsizing, Right-Sizing is choosing to buy a home that contains only the space you need and will use. “Simply stated, right sizing means making your home fit your lifestyle.” Whether you’re an empty nester with extra bedrooms or a Baby Boomer anticipating future physical changes, Cheri and Ashley can help figure out what space you require and find the house, grounds, and neighborhood that works best.

While the Thurston County market is definitely on the up-swing, Cheri warns that there is currently low inventory so “if you want a house, you’ve got to be ready to jump.” Properties are selling quickly so they encourage potential buyers to make sure financing and financial paperwork is in order before viewings.

With that the case, this sellers market means parties wanting to list their homes are a hot commodity. Cheri and Ashley encourage sellers that “the most important thing is to find an agent that will work the way you want them to; to find a professional who fits your needs because it can be a very stressful process.” Whether this is as simple as honoring your preference for phone versus email updates, the right agents can streamline an often nerve-wracking experience.

There’s a sense of security that comes from working with a family owned and run business. Next time you’re in the market, drop by Van Dorm Realty, you won’t regret it.

Our goal is to make the home buying or selling process as smooth as possible, for our customer, by providing the best service and consideration for their needs and timeline.

As motivated and committed REALTORS®, we are here to help you find the home or investment that you are looking for in Thurston County.

Whether you are a first time home buyer, you have outgrown your present home, or you are in the process of downsizing, we will help guide you through the entire process.

We have lived in the Northwest since 1984. We are very involved in helping people access community resources from finding a home mortgage lender to accessing public services in the area.

The following designations demonstrate our commitment to be highly qualified to serve you:

ABR (Accredited Buyers Representative):

This designation shows you that we have the qualifications to work for you as your “Buyer’s Agent”.

CDPE (Certified Distressed Property Expert):

Demonstrates we are certified and have the completed specialized training in short sales and foreclosure prevention and transactions.

CNE (Certified Negotiator Expert):

This designation shows you that we have the qualifications to professionally negotiate on your behalf for the sale or purchase of your home.

GRI (Graduate REALTOR® Institute):

We have a commitment to continuing education through this extensive training course.

MRP (Military Relocation Professional):

Demonstrates our qualifications to work with current and former military service members to find the housing solutions that best suit their needs and take full advantage of military benefits.

SRS (Seller Representative Specialist):

This designation shows you that we have the qualifications to work for you as a “Seller’s Agent”.

SRES (Senior Real Estate Specialist):

This designation shows that we specialize knowing the resources necessary to help the customer who may have special needs or are looking for a special community, find the home they are looking for at this time in their life.

*Specializing in Residential listing and selling

*Honest, Knowledgeable and Reliable

*Reputation built on service – since 1996

*Soft Sell, Strong Service

If you are considering a move to the Olympia, Lacey, Tumwater area, you will get the most complete information and services by contacting us. We will help your move be a smooth process.