about-photoI’m Andrea Beitel, a.k.a. the Lady of the House and I LOVE houses. My husband would tell you that I’d like to try them all on for size– and he’d be right. My most important job in the past seven years is being “the Lady” of my own household. But like so many other stay-at-home moms I’ve been developing my business interests all the while (yay Moms!).By that I mean, I’ve been buying, selling, renovating, and managing properties for even longer than I’ve been a Mom – nearly a decade. And I’d been relying on Realtors and Contractors to help me through those processes with admittedly mixed degrees of success. Then, an epiphany: for all the time I was spending in and around houses, I was hard-pressed to even have a conversation about home maintenance, renovations, and laws around real estate transactions which is why I had to rely on others to get things done. That realization came during a particularly complicated renovation and a few trying real estate transactions. My mother taught me that “if you have nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” So that’s all I’ll say about that…

I could budget, manage-the-heck out of a project and I was writing all of my own purchase and sale contracts but I was still struggling to keep my business on the rails because for all intents and purposes, “the house” was a mystery to me. A little education was in order. I already had a Master’s Degree, a B.A., and a University Certificate in Accounting. Now, I am also armed with a Certificate in Home Inspection and I am a licensed Realtor.

So what’s the point of Lady of the House?

Basically I want to help people. I’m now able to combine formal education with almost ten years of personal experiences around real estate and renovation. If you’re starting a project; buying or selling a home, I know where you are and I can help you get where you want to go.  My goal is to help you avoid the renovation pitfalls and real estate frustrations that I’ve experienced. I believe that things can be better.

I also want to help de-mystify the house. Let’s have a conversation about what it takes to buy, sell, maintain, or renovate a home. It’s complicated and can become really heavy, even scary! Many people don’t even get their projects off the ground because they don’t know where to start. The more good information out there, the better!

I think you’ve gotten the point that houses are a big part of my life. And, obviously, my interest in houses includes the bricks and mortar, but it goes beyond that as well. What I enjoy most about houses are the tangible and intangible things that make a house, a home. After all, homes are not just a basis for transactions, we actually live in them too!