Back in 1998, Aqleema was a 20-year-old college student, who found herself in need of a part-time job.
“A stroke of luck led me to an office assistant position in a real estate appraisal office. Within six months of working there, I became deeply intrigued by this profession.”
Aqleema’s curiosity drove her to enroll in evening appraisal courses.
“I also started shadowing experienced appraisers after work and on weekends to acquire practical training and hands-on experience.”
In 2001, Aqleema became licensed in MD, VA, and DC. Shortly after, she started her own business.
“Being an appraiser has brought me numerous rewards in my life. I am living the American Dream, by running my own business, and having the financial means and flexibility to help loved ones and my community during times of need.”
As a real estate appraiser, Aqleema has always believed in the importance of going above and beyond for her clients.
“In my early days, I hand-delivered appraisal reports to clients. This made a strong impression and solidified long-term relationships. Two decades later, I still work with some of the same clients I did when I first started.”
Professionalism has played a big role in Aqleema’s success too.
“Being a professional means being knowledgeable, reliable, and understanding. These traits, coupled with kindness, respect, and effective communication skills, have allowed me to build a strong reputation and thriving business solely through referrals.”
Aqleema’s knowledge of the Rockville, MD marketplace is second to none.
“Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and people working from home a lot of office buildings are being converted to residential, and multi-use space.”
Meanwhile, Montgomery and Howard County have seen a slowdown vs. last year.
“There was a total of 892 homes sold last month vs. 1,234 the same time last year. The number of homes for sale has dropped significantly from 1,533 to 1,116.”