The Value of Being a Friend—the Chris Benson Story
Chris Benson is forever grateful that he had friends attending Arizona State who invited him to Tempe to watch Superbowl XXX in 1996. In January of that year, he made the drive from his frigid home in Chicago, IL and found the warm place in the sun where he would build a new home and an amazing career.
His first job in real estate was in mortgage collections. It was during the Great Recession, giving him a strong background in default servicing. Eventually, he became a coach on short sales. But something didn’t sit right with Chris. As he says, “I was on a salary, and I noticed the agents I was coaching were making way more money than I was.”
That’s when he made the decision to get his real estate license, with a focus on REO transactions at a time when those transactions were becoming popular. As the market changed, Chris changed as well, focusing his energies on customer service.
He remained in coaching and, since becoming the Broker/Owner at NextHome Alliance in Queen Creek, has helped numerous real estate agents triple their incomes.
The secret, according to Chris, is that “you have to value your relationship with the home buyer or seller more than you value the money you make from your commission. If you’re not making home buying or selling a joyful experience for your client and yourself, you’re probably in the wrong profession. Real estate agents need to become friends with their clients. After all, it was my friends who brought me to my Arizona home in the first place.”
Throughout his career, Chris has had a number of memories he will keep forever.
One that happened not too long ago was his involvement in an episode of the popular HGTV series, “House Hunters.”
According to Chris, “The client was a YouTuber who has gazillions of followers. We spent 5 days shooting, going to multiple properties, taping tours and ‘decoy’ properties. It was a ton of fun, and I came away from the experience feeling rejuvenated and more convinced than ever that I have one of the world’s greatest jobs, where I can make a positive impact on people in one of the most important life-changing experiences they’ll ever have.”
Chris and his wife, Shauna, have raised three daughters. Kacie is married with two children and has another one on the way. Brooklyn is an actress in Los Angeles. And Brea, who lives at home, has modeled high fashion in New York and China.
In his spare time away from real estate, you might find Chris working out in his weight room, where he puts in at least 2 hours a day seven days a week, or skateboarding, which he’s been doing since the 1970s. With a sly grin, Chris says that he’s known as “The Real-A-Skater.”
When you decide to sell your home or wish to buy one, you ought to make a friend whose purpose will be to achieve your goals and give you an unforgettable and joyful experience. And that friend should be Chris Benson. Call him today: 480-225-7188 or email
As a previous Asset Manager and a Loss Mitigation Specialist, I've managed hundreds of assets in my inventory over the past 10 years. I have a working knowledge of Default Servicing and REO Policies, Procedures, and Practices. I am confident that you can benefit from the corporate REO experience and knowledge that I have gained by having the unique advantage of being exposed to this dynamic industry from both sides of the perspective. Please like me on facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/ArizonaPropertyAgent/
|Chris and his team are consummate professionals. Chris was eager to help from our very first phone call! He got to work right away, and even though I live out of town, Chris and his team made this sale a completely "seamless" transition for me. They all worked tirelessly and went above and beyond to make sure everything was handled in a professional manner. I have absolutely no complaints! So if you're looking for a great broker, Chris is your guy!|
|Chris Benson and his team are truly amazing! He is fantastic at listening to his clients needs and following up with answers. My wife and I were blown away with his knowledge and sense of urgency. I have spent many years in the real estate industry and wish more agents would value customer service and knowledge the way Chris and his team did. The other people he works with are amazing as well and I highly recommend him and his team to help you with your next sale or purchase. You wont be disappointed!!! I feel I have a friend and an excellent agent that I will continue to utilize on future real estate transaction as well as referring him to others.|
|Highly likely to recommend|
|Chris was AMAZING! I unfortunately had to short sale my house and he helped me through every step of the process. With is background in mortgages is is able to get the short sale approved and processed in a reasonable amount of time. I didn't have any issues with the short sale. It was just as smooth as when i had bought my home. Chris is very responsive and always available to answer your questions. He helped me through all the paperwork and the best part is he utilizes the online process so you can submit the paperwork online from anywhere. I was always out of state and this made the process so easy and efficient. I thank Chris for making an unhappy situation into one of little stress.|
|Saved the Deal|
|Chris was extremely responsive to all our needs. We ended up having a very tricky negotiation process after we went into escrow and Chris helped alleviate everyone's concerns and helped us reach an agreement to get the transaction closed. I would recommend Chris to anyone as a real pro!|
|Sold in 1 day|
|Chris Benson was wonderful to work with! From start to finish he handled all of our concerns and helped us to get even more from our house than we were initially thinking of asking for. With his guidance we got our home ready to sell and HAD AN OFFER IN ONE DAY!!! His processes are very convenient and we have recommended him to everyone we know. Chris Benson is the best choice you can make if you are really serious about selling your home!|
|1st time home buy - VA Buyer|
|I would highly recommend Chris Benson to anyone who is looking to buy or sell their property. Chris is a true professional and has a likeable personality. Chris was there for every step of the process. He answered every question I had, and being a first time home buyer there were quite a few!!|
|Out of Town Purchase - Made is easy|
|Chris was extremely helpful, professional, and had great attention to detail. He also gave us good recommendations on sub-contractors to maintain the home we just purchased. Thanks Chris!!|
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