Elisha Gutloff is an agent who embodies the phrase “serving those who serve.”
As a real estate agent with Keller Williams Preferred Realty since 2005, Elisha serves the cities of Apex, Cary, Chapel Hill, Durham, Holly Springs and Raleigh in North Carolina. She’s committed to helping veterans and VA borrowers achieve the dream of homeownership. Elisha is also actively involved with her community.
Elisha has worked with Veterans United Home Loans and with our affiliate company Veterans United Realty, a network of military friendly real estate agents. Veterans United Realty’s network of agents extends from coast to coast, providing a connection between VA buyers and reputable agents nationwide.
How many loans have you closed with Veterans United?
I have closed 25+ loans with Veterans United Home Loans and currently have several more under contract.
What makes you so passionate about working with the military?
My cousin served in the military, and talking with him about his experience expanded my knowledge and understanding with regard to the sacrifices that are made for our country.
What is the value of being a Veterans United Realty agent?
From my experience the value has been in giving and providing a service to those who go above and beyond for our country. Also, the connections that I have made with many of these clients has felt like I have an extended family here in North Carolina. I enjoy watching their families grow and receiving photos of improvements they have made on their homes.
Do you have any buyer stories that stand out?
I don’t have a specific story. However, I have worked with a few clients that are from my hometown of New York City. Having lived in North Carolina for over 20 years now, there is always a deeper sense of appreciation from my out-of-town referrals, as I can help them navigate through the many nuances of real estate with respect to location. Some desire a city with a more urban feel, while others want to move away from the hustle and bustle. The Raleigh-Durham area offers something very unique and a variety of attractions.
I understand you do a lot of community work – tell us more about what you do and why is it so important to you.
I am a firm believer in giving back to my community, especially in my profession. For me it’s more than the transaction — it’s about showing up for your community and your clients as well as lifting others up. My firm, Keller Williams Realty, participates in an annual event in May called RED day. All Keller Williams offices are closed on this day, and agents go out into the community to help families, organizations and those in need. This year my office chose two veteran families and worked on the exterior of their homes. We did landscaping, painting and other improvements, all with donations from agents, local vendors and national suppliers like Lowes.
What makes military buyers unique?
Military buyers are unique in that they’re service-oriented, grateful and yet humble considering the experiences they encountered in the military. It makes me want to go above and beyond to show my appreciation for their work.
Why do you choose to work with Veterans United over other lenders?
I love working with Veterans United because of the professionalism of the lenders and the knowledge they bring about VA loans, including ways to best benefit our veterans in the real estate process. I’ve never had a negative experience, and I can always tell that a high level of trust has been established between the lender and the Veterans United client.