According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), honesty and integrity are the qualities that home buyers and sellers value the most. In fact, 98% of home buyers put those qualities on the top of their list in a survey conducted by the NAR. Realtor/Broker Kristine Hutton with Coldwell Banker Boyd & Hassell, a top-producing real estate firm in Hickory, exemplifies these qualities and more. Throughout her client testimonials, the same positive attributes shine through: honesty, integrity, positivity, and an excellent work ethic.
It’s easy to talk with Kristine, and her desire to make people feel secure, happy, and confident about their real estate decisions shines through as soon as you speak with her. She specializes in listening to her clients’ needs, responding quickly with answers to their questions, and working hard to make their real estate goals become a reality. “I just want to do a good job for the people who have trusted me as their agent,” said Kristine. “My top priority is to make sure people are confident and excited throughout the home-buying and selling process.” According to Karen Tittjung, who moved from Michigan to the Hickory area, “Working with Kristine was a dream!”
Another one of Kristine’s clients, Sara Isenhour, said, “Kristine was a joy to work with in selling one house and buying another. She was truly a professional and worked to find us a lovely new home. Her demeanor was always pleasant and courteous.”
Kristine has an eye for what sells and can help you prepare your home for the market, whether it’s removing a wall to make a room larger or changing lighting to make a room brighter. She offers great advice on staging and decluttering. She believes less is more. This advice may be as simple as removing items off the kitchen counter, taking down a few pictures, or adding a vase of flowers for warmth. She will help you to prepare your home so that it shows the best. Kristine is also serious about photography. “MLS photos create a buyers’ first impression of your home,” said Kristine. She takes photos that highlight your home’s greatest assets and will best secure a showing. She realizes that whether you are buying or selling a home, each transaction is a large investment, and Kristine treats them as if they were her own.
ASSISTING THE MOST DEMANDING BUYERS
Today’s real estate market is more complicated than ever. Kristine has helped clients through complex transactions and has also conducted due diligence on properties, ensuring that they meet buyer standards. Steve Davis said, “I can’t say enough positive things about Kristine,” and described the time and effort she spent making sure a home his family wanted to buy met their standards and later, making sure that a deal went through that had many challenges. “From our first interaction, I knew that she would be the type of agent that a demanding buyer would be satisfied with, and my expectations were far exceeded.”
In addition to helping people to buy and sell their primary homes, Kristine has also helped people who planned to use the IRS Section 1031 property exchange and needed to find another equivalent rental or investment property. With many years of experience, Kristine can locate a wide range of properties for different buyers and their needs.
AREAS OF EXPERTISE
Living in the Lake Hickory Country Club area, Kristine knows her way around Hickory real estate. She also focuses on Morganton, Lenoir, Conover, Newton, and surrounding areas. She is able to work with a broad range of buyers, from older couples who may be downsizing to first-time homebuyers who are looking for their first dream home. She can help investors locate rental properties, investment properties, and property exchanges as well.
Kristine loves working with first-time home buyers. “They have a lot of questions, and that’s understandable,” she said. “It’s so rewarding to see them move into their new home.” According to Tiffany Sudduth, “Kristine was SO incredible to work with! As a first-time homebuyer, I didn’t really know what to expect or how to navigate the process, and she helped me every step of the way.” Clients who’ve already worked with Kristine use the words “helpful” and “patient” over and over again. With these attributes and a good sense of humor, she is able to help first-time homebuyers achieve their home ownership dreams.
“SO AMAZING AND A HARDWORKING WOMAN!”
According to Nou Yang and Vila Phasiname, a couple who have listed two homes with Kristine, “We will recommend Kristine to everyone looking to buy or sell!” When they first contacted Kristine, she was able to show them a home that they were interested in on the same day. They didn’t ultimately buy that home but found another property six months later. Kristine was able to list their home for sale in a short period of time, and sell the house within two weeks. A year later, the couple wanted to sell another property and the process took only two days. “She is so amazing and a hardworking woman!” they said.
YOUR BEST INTERESTS AT HEART
One thing that stands out when talking with Kristine is that she is thoughtful, listens, and is responsive to others’ concerns and needs. She helped Virginia Mametz’s mother-in-law relocate and buy a home. Virginia said, “She was always quick to answer questions and had my mother-in-law’s best interests at heart.”
FAMILY AND COMMUNITY
Kristine and her husband Fred Hutton, III met in Greensboro and will celebrate their 20th anniversary this year. Fred is a home-furnishings executive and plays in a band called Out to Lunch. The Huttons have three kids, Mary-Hall, Freddy, and Fritz. Mary-Hall lives in Nashville and works for iHeart Media, and Freddy works for Houlihan Lokey, a private banking investment firm in Atlanta. Their 16-year-old son, Fritz, is on the ski team at Appalachian Ski Mountain and competes in free style events at App Ski and the surrounding area. The Huttons love both winter and summer sports. The family snow skis, snowboards, and enjoys wakeboarding and waterskiing during the summer. Kristine loves tennis, running, and because she enjoys gardening, will sometimes give buyers a plant as a housewarming gift and sellers homemade zucchini bread from a family recipe.
After living and working in the Charleston area (Isle of Palms), the Huttons moved to Hickory in 2019. Since their move, they have made lots of friends and become active in the community. Kristine is part of a women’s Bible study group and serves as the assistant treasurer for Hickory Rotary Club. They are members of Lake Hickory Country Club, where she plays on the club’s tennis team and is on the board of directors.
HAVING FUN WHILE KEEPING AN EYE ON THE DETAILS
Kristine’s outgoing personality makes it clear that it is easy to work with her, and she makes tasks that might seem like a chore fun and interesting. She is always watching market trends and keeping her eye out for properties that might interest her clients. She’s committed to finding the best property values, as well as, the best lifestyle fit for her clients. With years of experience and a strong commitment to the community, Kristine Hutton is a Realtor/Broker who knows real estate, the area, and works well with people throughout their home buying and selling journeys.
Kristine Hutton, Realtor/Broker