Merrill has worked with many different kinds of buyers from First Time Homebuyers and Transplants, to Retirees looking for their “last” home. She often goes “above and beyond” to help her buyers achieve their goals. Merrill will answer all your questions or find the answers if she doesn’t have them. She will go door-to-door (and has successfully) to ask homeowners if they are interested in selling their homes, if there is nothing currently on the market that is right for you. Merrill has many techniques that she has successfully employed in competitive bid situations that have helped her clients secure the contract.
Listing a home can be a stressful experience! Merrill strives to relieve as much stress as possible from her Sellers from helping them prepare their homes for the market, advising them on an appropriate listing price to meet their goals, aggressively marketing their home for a quick sale, and doggedly following all the details so that the closing happens. Her “Sell Your Home Fast and for the Best Price Possible” strategy also includes having a professional photograph your home, creating unique and eye-catching marketing, holding open houses, and meeting the appraiser with a complete packet supporting the sale price.
As a Home Staging Professional, Merrill has done everything from providing a detailed plan for clients to follow to completely staging an empty house. Staging a home is the process of cleaning, de-cluttering, and de-personalizing the home to make it as appealing as possible to the potential buyers who walk through. You want them to be able to visualize themselves living and making memories there. Statistics show that staging your home will help you sell your home for more money and in a shorter period of time. A small investment in money and time can provide big returns. Merrill provides an in-home consultation to her listing clients for free and other services at greatly reduced rates.
Merrill Guerra, Realtor®, is an experienced and professional marketer for sellers and an energetic and hard-working advocate for buyers which enabled her to achieve Top 250 Agents out of over 2000 Real Estate One agents in under 3 years. She has been recognized with the Gold Award and President’s Award for her performance. Merrill specializes in the Lincoln School District area of Ypsilanti Township, as well as serving the cities of Ypsilanti, Ann Arbor, Belleville, Canton and surrounding areas. She utilizes her skills as a former start-up business founder and CEO, and UM MBA graduate to negotiate successfully for her clients.
Merrill feels a strong commitment to the community and has served non-profit organizations throughout her career. She currently serves on the boards of the Ann Arbor Arts Alliance. She recently rotated off the board Depot Town Community Development Corporation on which she has served since 2008. Merrill received a B.A. from Stanford University and an M.B.A. from Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. She was recognized by the National Association of Women Business Owners with the 2009 Pioneering Spirit Award, Zell Lurie as its MBA Entrepreneur of the Year in 2008, as well as the Michigan Business Review as a finalist for its 2009 Innovation Michigan Awards and StartUp Nation as one of the Top 200 Leading Moms in Business for 2009. As CEO and Founder of RealKidz, Inc., a start-up company providing branded apparel for plus-size girls located in Depot Town, she generated extensive press coverage in BusinessWeek, NewYorkTimes.com, Women Entrepreneur, The Detroit Free Press, Ann Arbor Business Review, and Crain's Detroit Business.
“When I’m not working with clients and helping out in the community, I’m enjoying my husband and two kids (ages 18 and 15) on our little farm in Ypsilanti Township. With two cows and about 40 chickens, we keep busy with their care and trying to keep the cows out of the school parking lot across the street.”
Supporting the communities where I live and work has always been an important part of my life. I have been involved in non-profit organizations since my high school days (longer ago than I care to count at this point lol). As an adult, a significant part of my career has been serving on the boards and staff of various local non-profits. Currently I am honored to serve as the Secretary on the Board of Directors for the Arts Alliance of Washtenaw County. As a Realtor® serving this community I am proud to be able to support the organizations listed below. Our community is much more vibrant, strong, and connected by the existence of these organizations.
Merrill is an amazing person, inside and out. She is who you want on your side of you are buying or selling a home. She really loves what she does and it shows in her work, her attention to detail and her commitment to the customer. She knows and lives in the area and she is part of the community, and she can easily promote communities because of her involvement.Laurie Kollar / Ypsilanti
Merrill was referred to us by a family friend and after only 1 short meet-n-greet, we knew she was the realtor that we were looking for. She is very knowledgeable. Not only is she an excellent realtor but she has great interior decorating skills. She staged our house for open houses and showings. The house looked great!! She was also very creative in making sure that our house listing didn't get stale. She went above and beyond. I can't speak highly enough of her knowledge, skills and overall professionalism. If you want to sell or buy a house...Merrill is the lady!!Tasha Frye / Ypsilanti
After more than a year of house search working with many realtors, we can very confidently say that Merrill is the most knowledgeable, dedicated, and reliable Realtor® we have met. Being a first-time house buyer, we had lots of questions and Merrill took her time to explain everything in detail. She arranged for us to see all the houses we were interested in. And, one time, when a house on our list was not available for viewing, she showed us a different house she found, which became our first home. We needed to close on the house as quickly as possible and she worked tirelessly to make that happen. Merrill is the reason we found a house that exceeded our expectations while staying within our budget!Saurev Shrestha / Ypsilanti
We loved working with Merrill. She's smart, very knowledgeable about local real estate, and a joy to work with!Emily Drennen / Ypsilanti