If you are looking to buy, sell, or build a new home in today’s Real Estate market, it is crucial to have the right agent by your side. While there are many Real Estate agents from which to choose when selling or buying, there’s one in the Tampa Bay market who truly knows what works. Laurie Powell Neiman has been exposed and involved in Real Estate her entire life. Her mission is to stay true to the client she is working with, for them to experience the best possible resolution to their Real Estate needs. Laurie has expanded her business and is currently working with a builder selling new homes as well.
Laurie works with a great team; For Mortgages, she uses Tyler Cabral from CPF Mortgages. “CPF delivers excellent service and products to my customers, making a smooth transaction,” said Laurie. “The CEO of CPF Mortgage, Justin Kelly, sits on the advisory board of the #1 wholesale mortgage company in the entire country,” she added.
Part of the team also includes Florida Abstract & Title, a company owned by Steven Jonas, who is a real estate attorney, and the closer is Janet Walsh. “Together Steven and Janet provide smooth closings for my transactions as well,” she said. “Having the right people in place is what helps make it easier on my customers.”
Laurie helps the customers put all the pieces together; whether you need a mover, electrician, a/c or more… Laurie is there to assist you every step of the way!
Laurie was involved in Real Estate since a very early age. “I grew up around the Real Estate business. My mother, Marie Powell, was well known for changing and moving forward, and was my mentor,” Laurie said.
Once she reached high school, Laurie worked at her mom’s office on weekends answering the phones and helping other agents. After high school graduation, she went right back to working in the real estate business. Laurie then earned her sales associates license, and by 1978, she earned her brokers’ license. “I learned early the dedication and care needed to list, sell and rent properties,” she recalled.
By 1991, Laurie became the broker/owner of the two offices her mother had developed for 16 years. Fast forward to today, Laurie works for Re/Max Advantage Realty. “I feel that this has propelled my career forward,” she said.
The Broker/Owner Re/Max Advantage Realty, Rachel Gallagher, has been very supportive in moving Laurie’s career to the next level.
Laurie has some very notable accomplishments; Reaching the Chairman’s Club with Re/Max with 113 sales on close to 22 million in volume, and receiving recognition from Re/Max for being #10 as an individual in 2018 for sales in Florida & Georgia Region.
Also, in Real Trends, Laurie was #32 for the state of Florida as an Individual realtor in sales. As for the “sellers,” she said, “I can understand and relate to every client. Every seller has their own unique story and reason for selling their home.”
Laurie went on to relate that selling a home can be a long process, and she, as an agent, aims to guide every client through each step of the way. When Laurie lists a property, she puts in the time and effort to make sure each home has the right marketing campaign attached to it to be sold quickly. This campaign includes professional photos, color flyers, postcards, social media, and more. “I work to be sure that I take care of every detail to ensure a sale,” Laurie said.
Her drive, she said, is her passion for making a positive difference in someone else’s life. “My job is complete when I help the customer put the pieces together to complete their plan and goals,” she said. In today’s market, she explains, inventory is at its lowest. “We are experiencing a seller’s market, as long as a sellers’ home is appropriately prepared, priced and well marketed,” she said. For a buyer, this means that you need to be ready when the call comes for a quick decision.
When it comes to what she looks for in a client, Neiman knows the importance of listening to clients and their needs. “I look for customers who want and need my professional experience,” she said. Neiman offers experience and knowledge to get the job done by putting the pieces together and caring for them personally. If you’re looking to downsize or to increase your living space, Neiman can help you get just what you’re looking for.
Listening to clients is key for Neiman. “I specialize in listening to my clients carefully and having an impeccable knowledge of the current market and the available listings,” she said. “I enjoy being a comforting hand to guide each client through each step of the moving process.”
If you’re in the market to sell your home, Neiman has suggestions for that as well. She advises the seller to prep the inside and outside of the house. “Pretend you’re trying to make a great impression for anyone who drives by or walks in,” said Laurie. “Simple things like updating the curb appeal to your home, de-cluttering closets, and pantries, and having the home professionally cleaned, can make a big difference when showing your home to strangers,” she added.
Buyers, Laurie said, should look for a home in which they can imagine seeing themselves living in for the next five or more years. Cosmetic changes, she said, can be easily changed. She advises buyers to look at the “bones” of the home that you can live with, or you may want to change.
Laurie has many years of service to the association of Realtors. She has served as President of West Pasco Board of Realtors, 2001 President of Greater Clearwater Association of Realtors, 2011 President of Hernando Association of Realtors. She was named Realtor of the Year in both 1987 and 2002. She was also named “Humanitarian Of The Year” for Florida Realtors, Realtor Achievement and many other awards.
For all your Real Estate needs, call Laurie Powell Neiman of Re/Max Realty at 727-385-0877.