By Deborah Bostock-Kelley

With 15 years in the real estate industry and a specialized background as a licensed mortgage broker and in title working with a real estate attorney, Colleen Bebell, founder of Home with Colleen, takes pride in making her clients feel at home buying or selling.

A Florida native raised in Pinellas County, Colleen’s services cover all Pinellas and Pasco counties. 

Colleen’s understanding of the industry from negotiating, market knowledge, and loyalty help her add value when working with buyers and sellers. 

“With my background in the mortgage and title side of real estate, it allows me to guide them through the buying or selling process.”

Colleen believes education in today’s market is a bonus to be the best realtor for her buyers and sellers. 

“I am an Accredited Buyers Representative. This coveted designation demonstrates your commitment to providing outstanding service for real estate buyers and a Sellers Representative Specialist to peers and consumers. This designation elevates my professional standards, and enhances individual performance.”

In addition to those, she also has a Pricing Strategies designation that gives her knowledge to explain pricing recommendations, keeping up to date with market developments. This designation helps buyers and sellers with pricing and understanding of what is happening in the market. 

The designations help Colleen be more knowledgeable about negotiating, be educated on the latest strategies, and get the deal done.

She explained that every buyer and seller have different needs, whether a cash buyer, a finance offer or selling a manufactured home to a million-dollar home.

“I have developed skills to make each offer stand out. I work side-by-side with lenders that I know, like, and trust to work with my buyers.” 

“Do you have the right lender? That’s very important. That should be the first thing so the buyer can know how much they can afford. They should know what area they want to be in, but we help out too by asking them questions like, where do you work, where do you go to church, so you can help them find a home in the right area. Do you need to be close to the water or the airport? Is this your starter or your forever home? We ask many questions to help them find the perfect home.”

The most crucial part of the process is working with a suitable lender if it is not a cash purchase. 

When Colleen takes on a listing, she offers a concierge service to sellers from being a great communicator, professional photography, holding  Open Houses, using staging companies to help stage the home if necessary, and marketing the property on social media also to the pertinent area/buyers and other agents. She works with a professional who can help the seller decide what stays in the house and what needs to be removed for a listing. It helps them organize and be showing ready! These are a few of what you get when you hire Colleen to sell your home. 

One of Colleen’s many home buyer success stories includes a virtual tour. The buyer bought the property from Colleen’s tour without ever visiting the home. Colleen relayed a favorite story about a buyer from Las Vegas moving back to Florida who went on a virtual house tour.  

The client, Mrs. King, happily attested to Colleen’s abilities in a five-star review:

“Colleen was the most remarkable realtor I’ve ever had the opportunity to hire. I moved from out of state, where I also sold my home. My realtor there wasn’t courteous nor helpful. However, every time I needed help, Colleen was there to listen and offer suggestions to assist me in making my decisions. I would say she saved my life with her professionalism, courtesy, kindness, and patience. If she didn’t have an answer, she would always research and get back to you in a timely manner. Believe me, I will never find a more loyal, truthful, honest, hardworking realtor than Colleen. She is a Blessing sent to me in time of real need. Thank you isn’t enough for such a great young woman.”

She described her favorite part of being a realtor:

“When you see the look on the buyer’s face when they find their dream home,” she said, “Let me be your key home!” 

To learn more,  call 727.251.0818 or email Join Home with Colleen on Facebook and Instagram.