Dorothy B. “Dot” Rhone of Century 21 covered Bridges Realty Inc. has been facilitating real estate transactions and developing lasting relationships with her clients for 32 years. From the beginning of her career, Rhone has consistently been a top producing real estate professional in Columbia County. Why?

Success and Education Go Hand and Hand
    To what does she attribute her success? First and foremost it is from treating her career as a career! Rhone started in the real estate industry building her business for the long term by intentionally creating clients for life. “It is very rewarding to be living the full-circle of family real estate. For example, helping someone buy their first home, then helping them upgrade to a larger one to accommodate their growing family, then later downsizing when their children leave. I have helped parents, their children, their grandchildren and their grandparents with their real estate needs because of my clients’ recommendations and referrals,” boasted Rhone.
    As a former business teacher, education and a solid foundation is extremely important to her. “The responsibility we owe our clients is to be an expert when helping them with the largest single transaction they will ever make in their lifetime, which I don’t take lightly. There is no excuse for a client to suffer a loss through an error by their agent that could have been avoided with more preparation and education,” stated Rhone.
    Setting her apart is her attention to detail and educating her buyers and sellers up front then guiding them through their real estate transaction. “I feel that the better prepared the client is before their transaction, the easier it is when an issue arises mid-stream  because they are able to forge through it with my assistance,” said Rhone. “The best agents don’t ‘sell’ but rather provide a service to help guide their clients through their life changes with ease. I am responsible for helping them through the technical and emotional side of their real estate transaction, giving them all the facts, and then allowing them to make the decision that works best for their lifestyle.
    Her commitment and dedication to the industry is evidenced by her advanced real estate education that has enabled her to earn professional designations and certification including GRI, CRS, CRB, ABR, SRS, PSA, SFR, e-PRO, MRP, and AHWD. Rhone believes it is essential for real estate professionals to always be learning in their ever changing industry.
    Providing the utmost in superior quality service has been one of Rhone’s priorities. In her successful career there have been numerous International Quality Service Producer and Pinnacle awards that were bestowed upon her. In addition, other awards include the coveted Century 21 Centurion Award that she’s earned four times (achieved by only 1 percent of all Century 21 agents worldwide), the Pennsylvania Association of Realtors Excellence Club Life Member, 1999 Central Susquehanna Valley Board of Realtors (CSVBR) “Realtor of the Year,” and the 2010 Press Enterprise “Best of the Best” Real Estate Agency voted by readers, to name a few.
    Year after year, Rhone has annually helped between 30 to 60 buyers and sellers with their moves; well over 1,000 transactions thus far.

Market Conditions and Proven Results
Nationwide in 2016, existing home sales were the best in a decade, and it was a banner year for Century 21 Covered Bridges, with its highest annual sales units and volume on record, selling over $55,000,000! “No other office in our county can say that they closed one side every single day of the year in 2016, but we are proud to say it, because we did it!” boasted Rhone. “We are looking for an equally great year in 2017, since there seems to be a great feeling of optimism about our economy and there is a lot of activity in the market. There may be some challenges since inventory is low and buyers will compete for the same property. Home ownership affordability still remains at record highs due to low interest rates, but rates have started to increase, a trend that is projected to continue throughout this year.”

Building Wealth -- The Time Is Now
    A recent Survey of Consumer Finances by the Federal Reserve indicated that a homeowner’s net worth is  times greater than that of a renter ($194,500 vs. $5,400) and preliminary reports indicate it has widened even further to times greater. Homeownership is a form of “forced savings,” because every time you pay your mortgage, you contribute to your net worth by building equity and gain appreciation for owning your home for a reasonable amount of time, where paying rent builds your landlord’s net worth. For peace of mind as you begin building wealth, you need to have a knowledgeable and experienced Realtor from Century 21 Covered Bridges on your side.

Volunteer Service
    Century 21 Covered Bridges takes great pride in being a valuable part of the community, always helping those in need, whether through quiet contributions or active involvement in fundraising efforts. Not only is it important for Rhone to give back to her community, she feels it is vital to take an active role volunteering in the Realtor organizations. She has been involved at the local level at the CSVBR for more than 25 years on committees, both as a member and as a chair.
    At the state level at the Pennsylvania Association of Realtors (PAR), Rhone served as the District 5 Vice President in 2015 and 2016, and last month she was elected to the leadership team of officers for 2017 and 2018 as the District 7 Vice President. At PAR, Rhone is also a member of the Board of Directors and serves on several committees.
    To help protect private property rights, Rhone is a Realtor Political Action Committee Capital Investor, along with thousands of Realtors throughout the country. She annually attends the Realtor Legislative Meetings in Washington, D.C., to meet on Capitol Hill with legislators to encourage them to support issues important to the industry that affect homeownership, such as mortgage interest deductions, the reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program and much needed property tax reform. “It is very rewarding to be actively involved at the state level to help make decisions that can positively affect our local associations and ultimately our clients, not only in the metropolitan areas, but also in small towns, such as ours,” said Rhone. “Servant leadership is necessary for the benefit of our clients and to help preserve the American Dream.”

Brokerage and Leadership
    Century 21 Covered Bridges is owned and operated by broker/owner Rhone and Sue Barchik, who are completely involved, hands on, in the day-to-day operations of the franchise and are always available to support their agents and clients. Together, Barchik and Rhone complement each other professionally and also share a common goal and vision for their company. They consider one of their highest responsibilities aiding in the success of their agents. One of Rhone’s greatest joys is sharing her knowledge and experience their new and veteran agents by providing regular training sessions and brainstorming roundtable discussions. “I enjoy helping our agents be the best they can be, and I continue to discover new ideas to share through my volunteer Realtor involvement. I have a deep appreciation and am very thankful for my business partner, Sue Barchik, who while focusing on our brokerage allows me flexibility to also focus on my servant leadership, which is so important,” said Rhone.
    Today’s buyers and sellers are highly informed because they have access to a wide array of information on the Internet. They want their agent to be a real estate expert. “In order to stay abreast of industry changes and to provide exceptional service requires us to be creative, innovative, highly ethical and eminently qualified to guide clients through the ever changing and complex real estate process. Keeping up with what's current is difficult but absolutely necessary to make the consumer happy and comfortable,” Rhone said.
    Whether you are buying your first home, moving up, or downsizing, Rhone and the Century 21 Covered Bridge Realty Inc. are excited and prepared to provide you with the finest real estate service in the area. Contact them at 570-784-2821 or c21cbr@c21cbr.com. You’ll be glad you did!