Martha and her husband, Gregg, have lived in the Auburn/Opelika area for 42 years. She became a realtor 13 years ago after retiring from a long career in public education. She worked as a teacher/counselor in Opelika City Schools (13 years) then Auburn City Schools as Guidance Counselor at Auburn Junior High School (9 years) before retiring. She understands the importance of families' decisions to move as it relates to the schools and education for their children. She is also aware of the difficulties seniors have when making the hard decisions that come with retirement, down-sizing or up-sizing, and relocating. She earned a BS Degree from UAB (1972), MA Degree from UAB (1974), and did post-graduate work at Auburn University earning a AA Teaching Certificate in 1976.

Memberships:

  • Member of the National Association of Realtors
  • Member of the Alabama Association of Realtors
  • Member of the Lee County Association of Realtors
  • Member of Auburn United Methodist Church
  • Master Gardner Class of 2008
  • Leadership Lee County Class of 2010
  • Past Member of Auburn Beautification Committee
  • Past Member of Lee County Retired Educators

Realtor Designations:

  • Associate Broker
  • Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES*)

Community Volunteer Organizations:

  • Past Member of AUMC Homebound Food Pantry
  • Currently serving on Board of Directors for Village Friends Village Values (VFVV**)

*SRES is a new real estate designation requiring an intense two-day training course followed by an examination. In 2010, 17 million baby boomers (20% of the US population) were 60 or older. This generation has 70% of disposable capital. This course has given me an insight into what is important to this generation. Individual preferences, lifestyles, how to best communicate and market to them, motivations, lifestyles, hopes, and fears are all part of understanding this market. Seniors’ biggest fear is making a mistake that they will not be able to correct, as most of their assets are in their home.

**VFVV is an amazing concept for "aging in place." The cost of hourly home care assistance is astronomical. We are a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting seniors in Auburn/Opelika so they can maintain a quality life IN THEIR HOME at a ridiculously low price per year thanks to a group of dedicated volunteers. We are one of approximately 200 Village-to-Village groups, part of a national network. We are the ONLY village in the state of Alabama. This concept is truly revolutionary and began in the Beacon Hill area in Boston several years ago. As Baby Boomers become less independent, this is the best solution.

Hobbies: Yoga, working in her vegetable garden, cooking, and reading. Her newest pastime is holding her first grandson, Parker.