Chad Deranger has lived in 13 houses in 7 states throughout his 21-year career in the United States Air Force. So when it was time to retire, he and his wife Marne went town shopping.
Marne also served in the Air Force, for 23 years. The couple lived in places like Cheyenne, Wyoming; Cape Canaveral, Florida; Colorado Springs and Northern Virginia. Out of the whole country, they wanted to go back to Louisiana. Chad grew up in Ville Platte after all.
They love small college towns so they visited several places, but fell in love with Natchitoches. After four years at St. Mary’s, their daughter Hannah is enrolled as a freshman at Northwestern State University.
“I’ve always been interested in the real estate process,” said Chad. “Having moved so many times in my life I know what characteristics I like and dislike in an agent.
His military experience lent itself to this new job. He knows how to communicate with people from all walks of life. He’s also dealt with large budgets, so he understands contracts and finances. There may be different perspectives when it comes to the sale of property, but Chad can help sellers and buyers find common ground.
Chad’s favorite part about his job is helping first-time home buyers. It’s important to him to reassure them as he walks them through the process. On the opposite side of things, estates can be the most challenging part of his job. The family has lost a loved one and sometimes the property is a childhood home with many fond memories. Mitigating the process can be difficult when there’s a lot of people involved. But Chad says it can become rewarding when it’s done successfully and everyone walks away happy in the end.
One piece of advice Chad has to offer is that it doesn’t cost to look. “Sometimes people are afraid to waste our time,” he said. “But that’s what I’m here for.
Agents are available to show clients what’s on the market and help them get connected with a bank or mortgage broker. Chad knows it can be a scary process or seem like a daunting task. That’s only fair because it is the most expensive purchase people will make in their lives. But Chad says no one should feel like they’re signing their life away. It’s one of life’s most exciting moments when people become homeowners.
Chad is a member of the Knights of Columbus and Marne is a Master Gardener. Together they coach the girls’ powerlifting team at St. Mary’s Catholic School.
Chad chose to work at Rhodes Realty because he believes he can stand behind the product: helping people find a home.
“I believe in what they do,” he said.