Maybe you have already picked up on this from her photo, but there’s a warmth in Jennifer’s eyes that just makes you feel as though you are an immediate part of her circle. If you already know her, you know exactly what we are talking about. There are so many things that make Jennifer so special to her peers. But if you ask around, the overwhelming reply is that she truly listens to every word you say and you instantly become a fixture in her mind. Building a business like she has over the past 20+ years is far from easy, but the hand-selected group of professionals that surround her at Spencer Properties carefully ensures that her vision and goals are achieved … not to mention that they have a ridiculous amount of fun together!
Jennifer was born and raised in North Raleigh, right off of Honeycutt Road. Her roots run deep and she rarely meets a stranger – it’s also evident that her husband and four children are just as warm and friendly as she is. In this neck of the woods, there’s a Spencer family fan everywhere you turn. When Jennifer is ready for a little breather from her impressive to-do list, you can find her doing adventurous things like downhill skiing out west, traveling to some small village, or exploring our National parks. No matter what she’s doing though, you better believe that she has an adorable outfit, comfortable fantastic shoes, and a themed playlist perfectly coordinated for each and every outing.
Jennifer has a “Go Big or Go Home” outlook on life, she’s both an early riser and a night owl, and she is a mentor by nature. So yes, you could say that Jennifer put the Spencer in Spencer Properties, but we all know that it takes more than just a name: it takes a tremendous amount of heart, an unmatched level of loyalty, and true sacrifice to be the real deal. You’ll quickly see that anyone connected with Spencer Properties is an immediate member of the Spencer family, so welcome home!! Now go make sure your room is cleaned up, grab a fuzzy blanket, get ready for family movie night. Remember to grab your matching slippers, too. It’s always all-in at the Spencer’s.
People often refer to this guy as “John *The Mayor* Spencer” because he will talk to absolutely anyone and he is genuinely interested in each and every person he meets. But don’t think for a second that he is too busy to help – helping is his passion. John is the kind of guy that you can call to 1. catch and release a snake from your screen porch, 2. talk about grilling, boats, and skiing, and 3. meet in his workshop to build cool stuff like birdhouses (and other secret projects to aid in future snake captures). Little known fact: it was actually John’s idea to get involved in real estate investing over 20 years ago! He and Jennifer got their real estate licenses together, bought old houses and fixed them up to make nice homes for families who then rented them. It was like a home improvement show without all the cameras and fame! Seriously, he would have been the darling of the small screen, we just know it! (insert long heavy sigh) Oh well. Timing is everything.
John is originally from upstate New York – born in Buffalo, grew up in Syracuse and went to college at SUNY Geneseo where he was a competitive swimmer. He moved to (then from) Boston to North Carolina in the early 90’s. John traded his snow skis for water skis, began his career as a commercial real estate broker, and then worked as the Real Estate Director for the NC Railroad. He has slowly lost most of his distinctive upstate NY accent because when you marry a true southern girl like Jennifer, that tends to happen. He’s a very proud father of four, and according to his family, his “corny dad jokes” are both totally annoying and not at all entertaining. Every single time it snows, he asks everyone “hey guys – how does a penguin build a house?” And the kids all answer at the same time in monotone unison, “Igloos it together, Dad”. And with that, he exits the room with the biggest smile on his face, barely being able to save the next corny dad joke for tomorrow’s carpool.
John is the master of growing our business, nurturing our strategic alliances, and taking great care of our clients. It’s what makes the TEAM at Spencer Properties the best of the best. So if you see *The Mayor* while you are out, please introduce yourself! And if you hear a super personable guy in front of you in the grocery line, “just grabbin’ some milk on my way home”, he’s bound to tell the cashier to “leave the milk in the carton” when he’s asked if he wants his milk in a bag. Fair warning: if you let out even just a tiny chuckle, you’ll quickly find yourself invited to a mayoral-style networking group for ridiculous joke inventions. He’s that good.
You’ll easily find something you have in common with Lisa because she’s full of surprises and experiences like no other. Lisa’s roots are deep in both of the Carolina’s – born in South, raised in North. You can’t get any more Carolina than that … except that she’s not a Tarheel, but a Wake Forest Deacon. When Lisa is “off” from being one of the most successful Senior Listing Brokers in Spencer Properties’ history, she is having a fantastic time with her three grown children who are the light of her life. Being an amazing chef is just one of the many talents that Lisa has, and most certainly why her kids keep showing up for dinner. If you ever need a great home cooked meal idea, stop by and she’ll write up a shopping list faster than you can attempt to spell the word quinoa properly. Lisa is also a highly respected referee for NCAA swim meets, she absolutely loves a getaway with her friends, and she’ll give you an excellent recommendation for a perfectly-paired bottle of wine.
We playfully call Lisa “the Bulldog” because there is absolutely nothing that will stop her from giving her clients the very best service during one of the biggest life events – selling a home. Her expertise is unmatched, and our clients absolutely rave about her market knowledge and contract execution. Lisa is the complete package, and we thank our lucky stars that she makes Spencer Properties her home. And we’ll never stop fighting for a seat next to her at lunch for a bite of her leftovers.
So many adjectives could be used to describe Misha, and since she is a former teacher, we will also need to make sure that we spell them all correctly and use them properly. Words like genuine, consistent, accessible, and kind will only scratch the surface. Misha is both patient and persistent – something about being a mother of four (one set of triplets!) will do that to you! She is most certainly a born nurturer, and her clients feel the warmth she exudes within seconds of meeting her. As a Senior Buyer’s Agent, Misha will be your biggest advocate during the home buying process, and she’s always listening to ensure that her clients have the very best experience possible.
Raised in North Carolina since she was nine years old, her expertise is unmatched when it comes to guiding her clients and serving as a resource – both in and out of real estate. She’s a fast friend, and an even better participant in the annual talent show at the Spencer Properties team planning retreat. Trust us when we say that having Misha on your team is a guaranteed win. Every time.
I wanted to write you in praise of Misha Cashion, a Spencer Properties agent who assisted my wife, Michelle, and me in finding a home in Cary. Well, eventually Cary. We started in Wake Forest. But that’s another story.
From the time that we first contacted Misha by phone, she was immediately engaged, detail oriented, and interested in what we needed. She was eager to let us know that she is a buyer’s agent – an important point, as clearly her focus has resulted in a well-honed ability to deliver on buyer expectations.
As our requirements were especially complex (having a mother-in-law requiring her own living space in the home amongst a host of other insane considerations), it could have become very easy to get frustrated. But Misha’s great attitude and hard work resulted in a wonderful new home we can’t wait to move into.
Barring that, I hope you’ll accept this letter as a tool to demonstrate to potential clients the power of a top-shelf agent: even with our almost ludicrously complex needs, Misha pulled one out of the hat for us in just two short visits to the Cary area. Even now, as we move toward closing, Misha is a tireless advocate for us with the legion of service personnel needed to prepare the home for our occupancy. Spencer Properties has a real asset in Misha, and I’m sure you appreciate her as much as we do. She is a delight to work with, a wonderful person, and a dedicated professional who represents the very best of what your business can hope to accomplish. We’re very grateful for having found her, and Spencer Properties.
~Adam & Michelle Junkroski
Steve and I would like to thank you for all of your advice, hard work and help with our 3 moves. We can hardly believe it has been a year since this all began with a postcard from the YMCA! I am so grateful to your whole team, from Misha, Paul and our Closing Coordinator. What a wonderful group of professionals Spencer Properties has. Your high standards and integrity means so much to me, especially dealing with such difficult agents and their clients.
Take care and best of luck to all of you.
~Lauren & Steve Tichenor
How is it possible that you feel like you’ve known Brooke your whole life, but just met her? Well that’s because she has an amazing ability to connect with absolutely everyone she meets. Imagine it’s freshman year, and some random person grabs a seat next to you in class (it’s Brooke). What you didn’t know is that you just landed a friend for life … and she also knows everything for the test. That exact scenario happens with all of her clients – over and over again. So while Brooke was definitely not a chess major in school (not that we can tell anyway), she does have a keen ability to anticipate one killer strategy after another. She knows our market like few do because she gets to know *exactly* what her clients want, matches them perfectly, and wins them the home of their dreams. You just don’t find that level of commitment from everyone – and it’s evident that her clients are all #teambrooke.
Brooke lights up a room, she always has a hilarious story from one of the adventures of her three kids, and she’s the heart and soul of Spencer Properties. We are so lucky to have her as a Senior Buyer’s Agent, and now we just need someone to teach her which way the little horsey moves from the black square on the chess board.
I can’t believe that just a few months ago I randomly found your website while I was doing a search for Wake Forest realtors, and asked if you could help me find a home in North Carolina. When we arrived in North Carolina for our first visit, we were not even 100% sure that we wanted to move there, but after meeting Brooke and touring lots of beautiful homes, we were hooked.
Now here we are, less than a week from closing and we couldn’t be more thrilled with our new home and our Spencer Prop team – Brooke and Mark. Brooke has gone out of her way to show us home after home, driving us in endless circles around neighborhoods, and answering every question we’ve had along the way. I hate to think of how many midnight texts she has had to answer from me. Mark has been very helpful and thorough during our closing. He is a great communicator and is very detail oriented, which is something that I greatly appreciate.
Kudos for picking a great team. We couldn’t be more pleased!!
~Tony & Robyn Hartt
There is no beginning and no end to the wealth of knowledge that Paula brings to the team at Spencer Properties. She’s been part of “the business” for longer than she wants us to share (honestly, we think it’s been erased from the internet somehow). If you’ve ever been part of a real estate transaction in our area, you are most definitely part of the 6 degrees of separation that no longer belongs to Kevin Bacon. It’s all Paula now. She is the glue of the entire Spencer Properties team, and her career-long relationships with builders and other brokers in our area make her the secret weapon that other firms do not have. They also don’t have her recipes. Only we get to enjoy those.
Paula’s connections and her insider knowledge pays off big time for her clients, and they keep coming back to her for their next home, or one for their family members. Paula cannot be matched in any form – and you’ll want her expertise on your side. She may even share a secret recipe or two. Ask for the cornbread first.
The Spencer team is great! They handled all the details from finding the right house, having a survey done, inspection done and making sure all the repairs were done correctly and on time. We had a quick closing on our home in Clayton, they made sure everything was ready to go on time. Our realtor Paula is the BEST! She is professional, very informed and gave her expertise on the houses we looked at. Paula kept in constant contact with us no matter the day or time, to answer all my questions. Paula sent me reminders on having the home owners ins, electric and water set up prior to closing. Paula made sure we were in a good school district for my son which is important since he has Autism. Paula did above and beyond for our needs in making sure we were in a good location, especially since we are from Florida. Paula made this big move an easy process for my son and I. Paula is more than a realtor she is a friend to us 🙂 I would highly recommend the Spencer Team!!!!! – Sue Bond
We recently purchased a town home in Raleigh with Paula Brantley and it was a GREAT experience!! Paula was always available to show us properties per our schedule. She was quick to respond to my emails and questions and she was very knowledgeable about the area and current market. I highly recommend her and look forward to working with her again. – Cynthia Winborn
Spencer Properties landed a gem when Andrea joined the team several years ago. She’s originally from California, but she has called North Carolina home for over a decade now. Andrea and her family enjoy vacationing in Hilton Head and spending quality time together. Her daughters will be in high school and college soon – so they love to soak up every ounce of family time they can find. Andrea is a skilled negotiator, fierce competitor, and a true client-focused broker. Being a mother of two girls does not define her, but it sure does influence her love of all things feminine and fashionable! However, don’t think for a second that she can’t fire off stat after stat of some Alabama football with (shocking) accuracy.
During the home buying process, Andrea will impress you with her knowledge and tenacity, and her dedication to your goals is truly unsurpassed. As a matter of fact, she always finds a way to make each and every client feel like a part of her family (regardless of your team loyalty). And trust us when we say Andrea has one fun and successful family … win/win. And just because it makes her smile … “Roll Tide”.
As first-time home buyers we came into this process extremely nervous. Andrea and the team at Spencer Properties was the most amazing group of people we have ever worked with. We were able to get in touch with anyone anytime we needed about anything we wanted to know. They calmed our nerves about everything and anything! Everyone was kind, caring, and ALWAYS there when we needed them. We are extremely happy with our experience with Jennifer Spencer’s team and will definitely be recommending them to friends and family!!! – Matt and Amanda Lester
Andrea was a God-send to me!! I couldn’t have asked for a better agent. She was absolutely amazing to me from start to finish. I can’t thank her enough! – Dave Thomas
If Anne Marie isn’t happy, then no one is happy. Thing is, she’s always happy! Anne Marie is an absolute lifeline to the listing side of the team at Spencer Properties – one could say that she actually knows it all! She is so pleasant to be around, she gets along with absolutely everyone she meets, and the stories about her husband, daughters, and extended family are so entertaining!
Anne Marie is originally from New York, so some of her favorite things to do involve colder weather: picking apples, making hot soups, and celebrating the winter holidays. And while she’s not big on being in the spotlight, Anne Marie is a star in the eyes of our clients and our team. If you ever need anything, don’t hesitate to contact Anne Marie. She’ll always find a way to help you, and she’ll surely have a fantastic story to share along the way.
If it has to do with marketing or special events at Spencer Properties, Kara is the driving force behind everything you see! She supports our team in every way with her meticulous attention to detail, her sharp wit for all things social media, and a keen gift of organization that seems to come so easily for her. Kara was born and raised at Wrightsville Beach, so the coast is her home and it’s truly her happy place (so is a great coffee spot, but that doesn’t have nearly the same ring to it). Kara coordinates all of our community involvement activities and heartwarming give-back initiatives, she orchestrates our social events so we can enjoy time with our clients and their families, and she ensures that the Spencer Properties team is running like a machine – is there anything she can’t do? Well if there is, we will just call on her identical twin sister to step in, I doubt we would even be able to tell the difference!
Kara is a bright start to every day here in the office, and she leaves us all with a smile each evening that makes us excited to see her again in the morning. She’ll greet you with the same friendliness, so stop by anytime for even just a little dose of Kara. It will be the best thing you do all day.
There are very few people who can be a dedicated closing broker quite like Kelli can. The team concept for Spencer Properties is perfect for her because she can focus her efforts on doing what she loves – getting our clients to closing and making sure they are well taken care of during the process. Kelli is so far from average in every way … she’s not just a closing broker, but she’s also a paralegal (ideal for her role!), has a wicked determination to make sure all of our buyers and sellers are being kept in the loop at all times (you’ll feel like her only client!), and she leaves behind great props for us to use in our office shenanigans when she goes to visit her family back in New York (hysterical footage available upon request).
Kelli has an amazing way of helping make this process as smooth as possible because of her quick and accurate replies, amazing memory, and her calming personality. This is exactly why she earns those 5-star reviews – it’s just who she is. So if you want a closing team to get you from executed contract to the closing table, you’ve found the best of the best with Kelli. You’ll quickly see that she is truly one of a kind.
The old adage “Measure twice, cut once” even falls short of Mark’s unparalleled attention to detail. We think he must measure at least five different ways before he executes the closing process with laser precision. When you combine his broad experience as a broker with the widest knowledge base of pretty much everything this side of the NC state line, you get happy and informed clients from contract to settlement. Mark is a proud veteran and family man, sharing stories about his wife and two children, and adorable stories (never too many) of his four grandkids that he absolutely adores.
He’s our resident trivia buff, almost unbeatable office chili-cookoff contestant, and avid woodworker who loves to share pictures of his projects upon completion. Everyone should have a Mark in their office, but you cannot have ours. He’s one of a kind. So come on in and try to stump him with a land survey question (won’t happen), get a notary document signed (he can stamp it like a boss), or just stop by to see the custom shuffleboard table topper he made by hand (flawless). Then challenge him to a game – it might be his only weakness.
Have you seen that super fancy Spencer Properties van zooming around town? Well, behind the wheel of that spunky hog is our very own Paul Nelson! Officially, he is our Director of Field Operations, but unofficially, he is the coolest office-Dad we could have ever asked for. He takes care of each and every one of us to ensure our computers are in perfect working order, he always double checks to make sure we have plenty of coffee and snacks, and it never fails that the office phone rings around lunch time to see if he can pick anything up for us (did we just hear a collective “awwwww”? Thought so.) Paul is originally from the Midwest, he’s a die-hard Indiana University fan, and watching pro football is one of his favorite ways to pass the time!
His family also has a little home at the lake, and there is no place he’d rather be than spending some time totally hot-dogging on the jet ski so his kids can brag about his insane skills to all of their friends (insert teenager eye rolls here). There’s just something so special about Paul, but we have a hard time finding just one thing. He’ll always find a way to cheer you up, make you laugh, and lend a hand – at just the right time. So if you ever see that van zipping around town, be sure to roll down the window and give him a friendly wave. He just loves the attention and we’re pretty sure he makes it his goal to find a new friend on every outing.
Have you ever played the matching game? You know, flip over a card, then remember where the match is? Now imagine that all things real estate are under those cards. Cori wins every single time, without a single stumble. Her unmatched knowledge of the Spencer Properties firm dates back to the very beginning, so she is also the office history buff! From being a licensed broker to closing coordinator, listing assistant to HR director, office manager to jack of all trades, she actually does a mash up of those jobs every single day.
Cori is a California native who grew up in a real estate household – and here’s a fun fact: she married her high school sweetheart and they have three great kids. We’ll gladly snag up any one of the Payne kids to carry on the family tradition, especially if they are anything like their mother. Cori’s warmth, compassion, and sense of humor should be written into the “ideal team member” portion of the employee handbook. After all, who better to enforce that policy? Nobody.