Get to know Buyer's Real Estate
Buyer's Real Estate is proud to represent you. We have an excellent team and we are always ready to help with any of your real estate needs. Here is more information about each of us.
Lawrence Ross - Broker
First licensed in September 1986. Received an associate broker’s license in 1989.
My real estate education in those years included all the necessary GRI and CRS classes through the National Association of REALTORS, as well as two semester-long appraisal classes and a commercial/investment class at U.A.A. I served as a director of the Anchorage Board of REALTORS as well as a director of the Alaska State Association of REALTORS, and served as a member of several committees and chaired the Public Relations Committee. Taught first time homebuyer classes on Elmendorf AFB and Fort Richardson.
Worked for Stewart Title Insurance (then Pacific Rim Title) here in Alaska from June 1991 through June 1993, then Stewart Title of Sacramento from 1993 through November 1996, then moved back to Alaska and went back to work for Stewart Title as Marketing Director until December 1998. I started the first network of top producing licensees, Marketing Masters of Anchorage, during this time. In November 1998 I started Buyers Real Estate, a single-agency brokerage.
When in the title insurance business, I taught marketing classes for real estate agents in California, and was approved for continuing education credit for classes I taught to real estate agents back here in Alaska. I also taught short seminars on title insurance issues (i.e., community property) to small classes of real estate licensees. Over the last four years I’ve taught real estate seminars at Elmendorf AFB to active duty and retired military personnel in my capacity as a member of A.B.R.’s military committee and have been a regular speaker at Alaska Housing’s HomeChoice first time homebuyer classes, averaging about 32 students once a month over the past eight years. In 2006, I helped start the Real Estate Network, a second group of top producing licensees.
Ayla Rogers is a life-long Alaskan and is as excited about exploring the outdoors as she is about real estate. She began studying real estate at age 11 with ‘Rich Dad Poor Dad’ and has loved and pursued it ever since. She joined Buyers Real Estate in 2012 after being in property management for 2 years prior. She considers herself to be extremely lucky to learn with Larry Ross, who has 28 years of experience in the business and an equal passion for real estate. Ayla is a firm believer in setting goals and accomplishing them. She looks forward to hearing about your goals and helping you achieve them!
Thomas Strapko has lived in Alaska most of his life. Growing up on the Kenai Peninsula, he moved to Anchorage to pursue a criminal justice degree with aspirations of practicing law. Thomas moved to Washington DC on a whim to take an internship at the Office of the Attorney General in 2007. After completing his program in 2008, he began to have doubts about his desire to go to law school. It was at this point in time that he discovered his true love of traveling. Since being bitten by the nomadic bug, Thomas has been to 30 different countries in the past six years. While working on his MBA, Thomas became interested in real estate and real estate investment as a path to achieve the freedom that he wanted to have. In 2013 he joined Buyers Real Estate and is fortunate to learn with and from such a dynamic real estate team.
Property Management Team
Michael Wight has been interested in real estate, investment properties, and property management since age 15. After graduating high school he studied management and marketing at the University of Alaska. He continued to educate himself in his spare time on real estate investing through reading books, taking seminars, and talking to professionals. He purchased his first investment property at the age of 19. After graduating with a BBA from the University of Alaska, Michael secured a property management job with Weidner Property Management. There he earned very valuable experience and education, but his entrepreneurial spirit desired position with more potential and more responsibilities. He left Weidner to start working with Larry Ross at Buyers Real Estate, managing only 20 units. The company has grown very rapidly and successfully from that point. In only two years, Buyers Real Estate Property Management had acquired a portfolio of over 300 units and four full time property management employees. The company continues to grow and improve every month.
Evelyn Terrazas Duran
My name is Evelyn Terrazas Duran, I’ve been in the Property Management Industry since the late 1980’s. I grew up with an amazing, brave woman, an Apartment Property Manager who also happened to be my mother. My mother, single parent Zoila Terrazas, throughout the 1990’s in Los Angeles County met gang members and drug dealers head on, as she managed a crime ridden apartment building. My mother along with us four children, me being the oldest, had been threatened, our apartment was fired into and one of our vehicles had been shot at and torched as she confronted the gang members in search of safe living standards for us and her tenants. Her gutsy attitude and determination to provide a decent home for us taught me that no matter where we live, we must clean and protect our home. It was then that I realized the importance of our homes within our communities.
Shortly after the Los Angeles riots in 1992 I decided to move to Anchorage, Alaska. I immediately fell in LOVE with this place, majestic mountains, millions of trees, gorgeous landscapes, breath taking river, all of its natural resources and rich history. Being out on my own I worked part time at McDonalds for a couple of months while going to school, even though I had fun there, I quickly realized that it wasn’t what I wanted to do for a long period of time. Focused on school I graduated from East Anchorage High School and Martin Luther King Career Center (KCC), then I was in the Alaska Tourism Industry for approximately 4 years, from Alaska Railroads to Anchorage Hotels to Alaska Airlines. After that I moved to the State of Washington where I was hired with Coldwell Banker First Realtors, as their Property Management Coordinator and I LOVED it! There I expanded my desire to invest in real estate and manage several rental properties. Once again, I moved back to Alaska in 1999 to raise my family. When my first child was born in 2000, as a new overprotective mother, I opened a child daycare for over a year. The home that I lived in at the time sold and as a tenant I was given notice to move elsewhere. Coincidently enough opportunity came knocking at my door in May of 2001. A private property investor asked if I would be interested in managing his apartment building as his residential property manager. Doing what I LOVE and getting paid for it, well of course! I managed approximately 100 apartment homes for 10 years.
As my family continued to grow, I looked to expand my career in the Property Management Industry. I joined Weidner Apartment Homes in 2010 as an Assistant Community Director, received extensive management training and managed several different apartment buildings owned by Weidner. In October of 2012 I decided to expand my horizon by getting my Real Estate License and have the opportunity to apply my expertise in managing more rental properties throughout Anchorage and Eagle River with Buyers Real Estate. I met Buyers Real Estate’s Broker Larry Ross back in 2004 shortly after taking a real estate course with Sheppard Real Estate School. I purchased my first investment property in 2009 with, in my opinion, the best broker I’ve known, Lawrence Ross and his amazing partner Debbie Ross. Being a landlord myself I know firsthand the importance of having good tenants and a steady cash flow on a rental property.
Today I continue to educate myself in the real estate and property management fields in order to provide the best to my owner investors and my tenants. Every day I learn something new. This truly is a career like no other, it allows me to meet people from all walks of life, and it’s great!! Offering one of life’s essentials, “A roof over our heads.” Like my mother I am a single mother with 4 wonderful children, maybe they will also someday follow in my footsteps. It could happen!!
Bottom line, I love what I do and I intent to do it for another few decades.
Roxie is a mother, grandmother, pet lover, people lover who has called Alaska home for 50 years, watching/helping Alaska change substantially. She still remembers when Hillside had a small number of houses with an occasional twinkle of light at night! From delivering mail to working with mentally challenged individuals to three years as a staffing consultant with an employment agency, she has a wide variety of experience. A true love of working with people makes the real estate profession the perfect place for her. She has been heard to say that she really enjoys her job and the tenants she works with, regretting only that she didn’t get into the real estate field much sooner!