Hello and thank you for allowing me to introduce myself.
My family and I have been proud to call the greater Austin and Fort Hood area home since moving here in 1988 with the Army. Today, I operate the JB Goodwin-Salado office at 600-A N Main Street. My focus is comprehensive and quality service for both sellers and buyers. To do this, I bring to the table four important assets:
1. Staging: As an accredited stager, I will work with you to ensure your home is properly presented. Unlike interior decorating, staging focuses on highlighting your home's assets and expanding its appeal to a maximum audience.
2. Photography & Design: This is where more than two decades of journalism come into play. In the Internet age, photographs are the new "curb appeal." Most buyers tend to begin or augment their search online and will examine photographs of your home. Do you want a great picture of a bed or of the bedroom? I would imagine the latter as it is the house, not the bed, that is for sale. Colorful brochures once the buyers get to the curb, coupled with a comprehensive and concise property description, complete the deal.
3. Public Relations and Institutional Knowledge: A previous recipient of the Rotary International award for Public Relations, I understand that selling and buying requires more than sticking a sign in the front yard. You cannot offer advice about, sell or find what you do not know - or barely know. With me, you will have three decades of area-wide institutional knowledge, networking and a business background on your side. I stay in touch with the community through memberships in Rotary, Altrusa, Federated Women's Clubs, Chamber of Commerce and the Association of the United States Army - to name a few. You will benefit from my experience as an Army wife and "frequent mover, buyer & seller."
4. Journalism: While traveling in the role of Army wife, I rose through the ranks, from community and regional newspapers to international newswire. That career was a perfect complement for the mobile military lifestyle. Settled today in Central Texas, I still use that longtime career to my advantage as a Realtor. How? It is simple. A successful journalist and editor understands the key to success is a balanced and accurate story, properly researched and written on deadline. Those principles apply to real estate. No one wants to arrive at a home advertised as 4 bedrooms or 2,500 square feet, only to discover it is three or 1,500 square feet.
Let's get together to talk strategy. Stop by my Salado office, or give me a call. If you are a newcomer, I know you will quickly fall in love with this beautiful heart of our great state. My husband retired from the military in April 2001 and we have never entertained a single regret about making Central Texas our post-military/journalism life. And The greater Austin and Fort Hood area is a fantastic place to find success and raise a family. Both of our children are grown and doing well, thanks to the area's great schools. Our daughter is in veterinary medicine and proudly served her country in Iraq while in the National Guard. Our son is a Marine and assigned to that service's most elite helicopter unit.
Raised in southern Africa and Europe, I have found my home in the great state of Texas. In this wonderful land of opportunity, allow me to use my Central Texas institutional knowledge to help you lay the foundation for your many memorable "firsts" with the purchase of your new home.
Thank you and welcome.
Debbie Stevenson (Certified Transferee Specialist; Accredited Staging Professional, Military on the Move and Military Relocation Professional)
Current and Past Civic Contributions
• Rotarian (Paul Harris society) • Rotary District 5870, Public Relations Director Temple-Killeen, 2013-14 • Rotary Club of Killeen Heights past vice president, secretary, public relations director, (Rotary International PR award winner 05-06) • Rotary Club silent auction chair (3 years) • United Nations registered volunteer • Association of the United States Army Fort Hood Chapter past vice president for public relations • KNCT Public Television: Volunteer for annual wine-tasting fundraiser • 1st Cavalry Division Iraq War Memorial fundraiser publicity lead chair • Copperas Cove Crime Stoppers inaugural Hunter & Jumper Show fundraiser organizer • Altrusa International - Temple member & Lamplighter
Debbie was terrific. She was proactive, responsive, professional and was able to sell our house at the price we wanted. Without her help we would have been lost. Thanks! – Kevin Pelley
Thank you for the warmth & welcoming spirit exuded from our first meeting and through our entire home-buying process. You so beautifully balance a professional manner with kindness & true concern for your clients. We can’t thank you enough for helping us find and close on our first home! – The Escalera Family
Debbie, Bridget and I wanted to say a huge thank you for all the help on purchasing our new home. You are the best. – Robert Vogler
What am I going to do now that I am not one of Debbie's girls any more? That's what folks around Fort Hood liked to call me. That meant no matter how much of an airhead, or moron or biased jerk I might be, my stories would turn out OK because Debbie would make sure of it. And before Fort Hood knew me, back when I could very well have been an airhead, moron or whatever in their minds, I automatically had credibility because I was one of Debbie's girls. I'll always be. I will carry Debbie's advice and wisdom with me, not just in journalism, but in my relationship with my soldier and in my life. I would be proud if the world would come to see a little bit of Debbie in me. – Emily Baker, Military Reporter, Killeen, Texas
On behalf of the Military Relations Committee of the Belton Chamber of Commerce, I wish you the best and want to thank you for all of your support. I don't know what we are going to do without you. You have been a great asset to the Fort Hood communities with your coverage of the military events we have all been involved with, including AUSA, Belton rodeos, and much more. – Jay Taggart, Chamber of Commerce, Belton, Texas
I appreciate greatly your support for the 1st Cavalry Division Memorial and appreciate the job you did to provide balanced stories on our military. You know that we could not have raised the amount of money that we did without your help. – Dennis Webster, CSM-retired, 1st Cavalry Division Association
There is no training manual on how to be a good Rear Detachment Commander. There is no school for this. There is no "How To" book to read. What I found, however, is there is a pool of a few very talented, very experienced and dedicated folks that can point you in the right direction. As I assumed the duties of First Cavalry Division Rear Commander, Debbie Stevenson was one of those folks for me. She sat together with me for quite some time, schooling me on the expectations this Community has for information and how I could contribute to keeping First Cavalry families informed. She took the time to share her experience with me. And that storehouse of experience is deep. After only a few minutes with Debbie, it is clear she has a Soldier's heart. She understands the impact of news from the front, as well as the impact of news for the rear. Most importantly, she understands Soldiers and this great Central Texas community in which we all live together. Debbie, your counsel was wise, and our Rear Detachment is better because you made the time to share that counsel with us. We are forever indebted to you. – COL. Larry Phelps, First Cavalry Division (Rear) (Provisional)