Bennett Bricker is continually among the top sellers at Camden Real Estate. He’s hard working, upbeat, positive and has a great laugh. He's absolutely dogged when tracking down what his clients want, and he's never forgotten the high standards and attention to detail he learned in 15 plus years as a Certified real estate appraiser.
He knows market value, he knows the area, he knows construction, he knows to check town offices for property information and deed restrictions. But best of all, if you ask him what he thinks of the roof on that house you're thinking about, he'll tell you. "I think it's very important to be honest with clients, I mean truly honest in what your opinion is," that, he says, is giving real service. “Clients are making major financial decisions in their lives and need all the facts to be informed and sure of their choices”.
"To me, my goal is to find my client what they were looking for and have them be pleased with the whole experience... I'd much rather have clients decide not to purchase a property than buy something they're not happy with." The rewarding part to me is when I have clients, and I know what they're looking for, and I'm searching but there are no available listings, and then I find the perfect one.”
When listing property, his 15 plus years of appraisal experience are extremely beneficial in determining the market value with the Seller. “A good broker should have the knowledge and experience to know the factors that meld together in determining the value of a property and therefore its asking price. In our current real estate climate, it is much more difficult and takes some skill to properly price a property correctly so that Buyers in the market will recognize that fact and it will sell sooner than other competing properties.
“Once the asking price is set and a realistic expectation of a selling price is determined, the interesting part and the part that separates brokers is the ability to market and promote a property in a way that emphasizes the positive points and exhibits them to prospective buyers”. Bennett has a BA in Journalism/Advertising from the University of Maine which comes in handy when marketing and promoting property. “It is helpful to have my background in advertising when I am working with our marketing department to promote and advertise a property and trying to promote its sale.” In addition, he has a minor in Business Administration which is helpful for understanding the complexities of commercial property.
After growing up in Camden, and then sailing around the world (from North to South - Hudson's Bay to Cape Horn), Bennett says this is the place to be. Maine people are pleasant and the way of life here is less hectic. "In this particular area of Maine, there's a more cosmopolitan feel," he says, "and a lot more cultural activity than other areas. “I love all the recreational opportunities of the areas sailing, mountains, lakes and ocean, plus it's a great place to raise children, to come to retire, or just relax and be happy."
"My name is Marc Ratner and in my adult life I’ve bought five homes and sold four. I don’t remember the names of the realtors I used to buy and sell the first two homes. Thankfully so. I remember the process as painful. I do remember the names of three of the four realtors that I used to buy and sell the second two homes. That’s too bad. My impression of those three is that one was possibly dishonest, one was incompetent and the third – with years and years of experience – was so surprisingly clueless, it was a surprise that this person could have made a living in real estate all these years.
I do remember the name of the realtor that I used to buy my current home in Maine – Bennett Bricker.
I live in the house of my dreams – Bennett found it.
We moved here from 3000 miles away – Bennett went way beyond what one could expect and handled every little detail – always with a smile – and he always got it right.
For the first time in nine real estate dealings everything went perfectly. Even those things that never go perfectly – they ended up going perfectly. Bennett gave us the right advice, the right contacts for inspectors and the right contact for the mortgage broker.
He got us the right house!
And the most amazing thing - He took on a client from 3000 miles away – who professed the desire to move to Maine and showed us properties for two years with never a complaint – he was never too busy and he always checked in with us and kept us up to date on what was happening around town.
And then when we finally did sell our home in California – he managed our new purchase with us 3000 miles away better than the local agent in California with 25 years experience did on our sale there.
I figure with all the time he put in he ended up earning less than minimum wage helping us buy our dream home.
I consider Bennett my friend.
Thankfully so." - Marc Ratner
"I wanted to take a minute and let you know how incredibly impressed we were in our dealings with Bennett Bricker. With all of our moves (we are now living in our tenth home, with Summer St being the eleventh) we have had interactions along the way with several real estate agents, we have enjoyed them all, but Bennett is absolutely amazing! He is one of a kind. He is a very smart, invested, resourceful, purposeful and a caring man; one with whom you want on your side at all times! His enthusiasm and excitement for what he does is evident and makes you feel this is not just a job, but something he gets as passionate about as the you. If he doesn't know the answer to something, he will find it because he is as curious." - Kathy G.