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JP Picone Of Home Loan Experts Helps Clients With Their Mortgage Needs

JP Picone Of Home Loan Experts Helps Clients With Their Mortgage Needs

You never know on what path your life will take you. For John Gerard “JP” Picone of Home Loan Experts, what began as a dream of playing professional baseball has led to a successful career as a mortgage broker.

It all started in Newark, N.J., back in 1971.

“I was the only child in a middle class, Italian family,” Picone recalled. “My career goal at that time was to play second base for the New York Yankees. I played a lot of baseball growing up. I attended mostly Catholic schools — St. Thomas in Bloomfield for my elementary years and Holy Family in Nutley for junior high. I graduated from Clifton High School in 1989.”

After high school, Picone got a job as a senior file clerk at a top-shelf law firm with help from his mother, Doreen, who was employed there.

“I enjoyed my time there very much and was even offered assistance with college and law school, if I wanted to commit to becoming an attorney,” he said. “I really wanted to follow in the footsteps of my dad, uncle and cousin; all hard-working men and business owners in their own right. These were the people I looked up to. I really wanted to be in my own business.”

After running his own towing business for three years, Picone relocated to South Florida in 1997. His extensive auto background led him to become a salesman for AutoNation. He attended AutoNation University with plans to move up in the company.

“For six months, I was an assistant finance manager, a finance manager for four years and finally, a director of finance,” he said. “My financial automotive career has taken me through many auto dealerships: AutoNation, Acura, GMC, GM, Cadillac, Hyundai, Suzuki, Subaru, Mazda, Chrysler and Mitsubishi.”

Picone, who has been married for more than 20 years to his wife Meredith, has two children: son Jared, 20, and daughter McKenna, 18. He has been a Palm Beach resident since 2000.

After a few years serving as a loan modification manager for a bank, he made the leap to the mortgage side and began originating residential and commercial loans.

“I worked with several companies before going with Home Loan Experts, a wholesale mortgage broker, in 2017,” Picone said. “I am licensed to originate loans in both Florida and Texas and can refer in all 50 states. My concentration is in Wellington, Royal Palm Beach, Loxahatchee, West Palm Beach, Jupiter, Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, Lake Worth and Palm Beach Gardens.”

Picone enjoys his position as a wholesale broker.

“At this level, I can offer my clients competitive rates and better service by shopping their loans while having access to every loan product available, for all the various credit profiles,” he said. “In effect, this gives me more control of the loan and allows my clients to close either on time or early, almost every time.”

Home Loan Experts makes sure to go the extra mile for each and every client.

“We have the ability to offer lower rates and zero broker closing costs,” Picone said. “This means both lower payments and lower out-of-pocket closing costs for our clients.”

Picone also strives to stay in contact with clients after the mortgage is done.

“I am available from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week,” Picone said. “If you need something on a Saturday or a Sunday, I am available. Our services also do not stop after your closing. I assist my clients if something occurs after we close or if they just have a question. We are here for you.”

To contact John Gerard “JP” Picone, call (561) 275-3984 or (561) 318-5987. Learn more at www.homeloanexpertsusa.com.

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Karen Allen Puts Her Decades Of Experience To Work For Clients

Karen Allen Puts Her Decades Of Experience To Work For Clients

Karen Allen is good with numbers, and she’s great with people. After spending more than a decade as a mortgage lender, she transitioned to real estate and is determined to help buyers and sellers with what she calls “one of the most significant transactions of their lives.”

A native of Brooklyn, Allen has been a resident of Palm Beach County for 35 years, where she currently heads up the Karen Allen Group at Keller Williams Luxury Homes International in Wellington.

 “My father and sister moved to Florida, so I wanted to be near family for my kids growing up, and to have an opportunity to buy a home here,” she recalled of her decision to relocate to the Sunshine State.

Mortgage lending was a natural fit for her, but as it turns out, it was only part of Allen’s journey.

“My background is in financing, and I worked on Wall Street,” she said. “I really enjoyed the financing end, given my background, but wanted to help people on the other end. That is when I got into the real estate field.”

Allen’s passion for being of service to others is a primary reason why so many of her clients come back to her time and again, and refer her service to friends, family and co-workers.

“I love helping people and to look out for them in every way,” she said. “I have worked with many first-time home buyers, investors and luxury properties. I have been with Keller Williams for almost 18 years full time, and two years ago moved to the Wellington office, where I currently have a team of my own.”

Allen prides herself on staying steps ahead of the competition by keeping up with the latest industry changes and innovations.

“At Keller Williams, we specialize in technology and are a learning-based company,” Allen said. “I am a designated luxury agent and have been a top-producing agent since entering real estate. I have been a board member of the Agent Leadership Council for 14 years and have served on the culture and charity committees each year.”

She’s equally at home working with first-time or experienced home buyers. Whether a property is luxury or distressed, Allen and her team know how to close the deal.

“I am both passionate and dedicated, and I believe in being honest and ethical to do what it takes with my knowledge and commitment to make each transaction a special one,” Allen said.

She believes that her experience and creativity give her an edge when it comes to selling homes in the shortest period of time while achieving maximum value.

The same can be said for helping buyers identify their perfect home at a fair monetary estimate. She stays involved in every step of every transaction, which provides clients with both a sense of security and well-being.

As comfortable as she may be in any kind of situation, Allen does have her preferences.

“I love boating, so ocean/waterfront properties are among my favorites to sell,” she said. “Florida has so many other opportunities as well, such as golf communities, equestrian and aeronautical neighborhoods.”

Wellington is one place where she enjoys doing business. “Wellington has so much to offer,” Allen said. “Whether it be estate homes, equestrian properties, waterfront properties, A-rated schools, as well as an abundance of community activities, including concerts, festivals, events and more.”

To contact Karen Allen, call (561) 818-8403 or visit www.karenallengroup.com.

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Bowen Realty’s Paris Lynn Addington Brings Her Clients A Lifetime Of Local Experience

Bowen Realty’s Paris Lynn Addington Brings Her Clients A Lifetime Of Local Experience

Paris Lynn Addington of Bowen Realty is well-versed in the day-to-day life of area residents. She lives here and has spent a majority of her life in Palm Beach County. However, her story began on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean.

“I was an army brat, born in Paris, France,” she recalled. “My father decided to name me after that beautiful place. We left Paris when I was six months old.” 

Addington’s family relocated from the City of Lights to South Florida while she was still in diapers. 

“I have lived here most of my life,” Addington said. “I graduated in 1981 from John I. Leonard High School. I’ve lived in Royal Palm Beach, Wellington and Loxahatchee, and I know the western communities very well. I have watched Wellington develop from the beginning, from just a few golf courses and homes to the thriving community it is today. My kids have attended school in the Wellington and Loxahatchee areas.”

She headed west for a while before returning to Palm Beach County.

“I’ve spent the last nine years in Dallas, Texas, where we have some family,” Addington said. “We moved back last year to be with our growing family and couldn’t be happier to be home again.”

Addington entered the real estate field for reasons that are both personal and professional.

“I decided to get into real estate because I genuinely love the area and the people and have family in the business,” she said. “I specialize in finding homes that people will love, and that includes either buying or renting.”

Of course, when the time comes to leave their home, Addington is sympathetic to the emotions that situation conjures up.

“I also understand that people’s homes are their pride and joy, as well as one of their biggest investments,” she said. “I will work hard to market their home when the time comes to sell.”

Not only is Addington happy with her career choice, she’s glad to be working for a company that supports her and provides the tools necessary to enhance her performance.

“Working for Bowen Realty truly benefits all of our clients, either buying or selling,” she said. “We offer many years of experience and offices all over Palm Beach County and Port Saint Lucie. We use the latest marketing tools available and can market homes on many platforms.”

The future for buyers, sellers and renters looks bright.

“I believe that the real estate market in Palm Beach County, specifically in the western communities, will continue to grow and prosper,” Addington said. “With so many people moving to Florida, our economy continues to expand and strengthen. After all, who doesn’t want to live in paradise?”

Addington has seen many parts of the nation, but it is Wellington and the surrounding areas that she holds most dear.

“In my opinion, the western communities are the best places to live,” she said. “It has fantastic schools, shopping, dining, world-famous equestrian facilities and everything you could possibly need. It’s great for young people just starting out. From young families to senior citizens, there is something for everyone.”

Paris Lynn Addington is based out of the Bowen Realty office at 1168 Royal Palm Blvd. For more information, call (561) 301-1289 or e-mail pladdington@hotmail.com.

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Realtor Debbie Swinford Enjoys Helping The Community She Loves

Realtor Debbie Swinford Enjoys Helping The Community She Loves

A career in real estate can be both financially and personally rewarding. For Debbie Swinford of Bowen Realty, her profession provides a way to perform a task that is very personal: improving the lives of those around her.

Swinford, who grew up in West Palm Beach and attended Forest Hill High School, is married with three daughters and three grandchildren.

“As my children got married and the grandchildren started coming, I needed something where I could be available to them, as well as provide income,” she said. “Many friends were Realtors; one of my daughters, as well. So, I went to real estate school, and I have found it very rewarding. Real estate has provided me a way to spend time with my grandchildren and family.”

Swinford has always been interested in helping people. “I’ve done many medical mission trips to Ethiopia, Africa and Haiti,” she said.

Her current job allows her to assist others much closer to home.

“I make myself available seven days a week — after church, of course — to my clients in need of direction and answers,” Swinford said. “I am grateful to have the opportunity to be trusted and help out my fellow man. Nothing is more rewarding than to know you did the right thing and brought happiness to people.”

Swinford makes every effort to assist buyers and sellers who might be confused about the real estate market and are looking for someone who can help them find the perfect situation for themselves and their family. Her connection to her company is strong.

“I will say this industry can be difficult, but when I found Bowen Realty, all that went away,” she said. “We are a locally owned firm that is heavily involved in the community it serves.”

Sometimes, that involvement focuses on a community of one. Swinford is part of a group who have come to the aid of a Lake Worth woman whose home is not in the best of shape.

“She has many issues with her house,” Swinford said. “But it’s paid for, and she is alone and wants to stay there, so we decided to just start helping her.”

Swinford arranged for a company to go out to the woman’s residence and patch her roof — pro bono, she’s proud to say — because raccoons were found running around up there.

“We have a long way to go because the large holes in her roof inside the home need to be totally dry walled,” she said. “We can get her in a better living situation, and as a Realtor, I know how much a person’s home means to them.”

Swinford works diligently for her clients. She looks for the best deals and is confident in her ability to get any deal done in a professional and efficient manner. With all that said, she’s guided by the personal principles that ground her life every day.

“In today’s age, we must help and be honest with one another,” Swinford said. “Setting our own agendas aside for someone else, we can choose honesty or deception. I choose honesty.”

To contact Debbie Swinford of Bowen Realty, call (561) 370-4197.

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Jennifer Drahan Of Keller Williams Brings Clients A Unique Equestrian Background

Jennifer Drahan Of Keller Williams Brings Clients A Unique Equestrian Background

Riding and real estate: an activity and a profession that both loom large in Wellington. It’s no wonder, then, that Jennifer Drahan of Keller Williams, who’s passionate about both, should happily settle in the community.

Drahan grew up in the Lone Star State and graduated from Texas A&M in 1995.

“My grandfather was a builder, my mom an interior designer and retailer, and my dad was in marketing and owned rental properties as a side business,” she recalled. “When I wasn’t riding, I was driving around to different build and design projects with them.”

She once dreamed of representing her country as a show jumper at the Olympics.

“I went right into life as a professional equestrian after college, traveling the world following my passion for horses,” Drahan said.

That didn’t come to pass, but another career came calling.

“I am obsessed with real estate,” Drahan said. “I used to drive around and walk around abandoned properties before I got my license. Now I am more careful.”

Still, it was her love of the equestrian lifestyle that brought her to Wellington. When she finally arrived in 2002, it was love at first sight. “I will never forget thinking to myself, after driving for 24 hours to get here, ‘I never want to leave this place, it is so beautiful,’” she said.

Drahan bought a condo in Wellington in 2004 while still working in Connecticut. Two years later, her business relocated here. She got her real estate license in 2010, but it wasn’t until 2012 that she ended her professional riding and training career and turned full-time to real estate.

“I have several friends in the business who are able to juggle another career with real estate, and while I admire their ability to multi-task, I am at my best when I do not spread myself too thin,” she said.

Drahan specializes in equestrian, luxury and investment properties. She feels these areas are a natural fit considering her background. Another natural fit for Drahan is working with Keller Williams.

“At KW, we have an awesome culture of helping others, sharing, being learning-based, and always growing and thinking bigger,” she said. “I personally have streamlined communication for buyers and sellers, a major focus on staging and property preparation prior to listing, and I use cutting-edge tech to get my listings in front of the right people.”

Whether you’re looking for your dream home or putting your current residence on the market, Drahan believes that she has the talent and tools to get you the best deal possible.

“We are able to offer our buyers Keller Mortgage, saving them thousands of dollars, plus we are rolling out our iBuyer program, so sellers are able to sell their property immediately, without marketing, showing and waiting for the right buyer,” she said.

Drahan has a very positive view of Wellington’s real estate market.

“The current local market has stabilized a bit, which is great, while farms and luxury properties continue to sell at an encouraging rate,” she said. “Overall, the Wellington market was up slightly the first quarter of 2019, with average days on market coming down from 125 to 100. I expect to see a continued stable market over the rest of the year, with a slight pickup in the luxury market toward the fall.”

To contact Jennifer Drahan, e-mail jendrahan@gmail.com, call (281) 851-7248 or visit www.jendrahan.com.

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European, Equestrian Backgrounds Help Anna Niehaus Connect With Clients

European, Equestrian Backgrounds Help Anna Niehaus Connect With Clients

For Anna Niehaus of Keller Williams Luxury International, her connection to Wellington began across the Atlantic Ocean.

“I was born and raised in the small town of Riesenbeck, Germany,” she recalled. “Riesenbeck has only 5,000 people but big national and international horse shows. Horses and dressage have always been part of life. My plans to become a school teacher were a little diverted when Riesenbeck hosted the world championships for four-in-hand driving, and I connected with the U.S. team.”

That connection led to an invitation to spend some time in Massachusetts and Florida. It was the latter location that changed her life. “I fell in love with the warm weather and the small town of Wellington with all its equestrian activities and never left,” Niehaus said.

Her first job was as marketing director for the Royal Palm Beach-based Royal Professional Builders. She held the position for more than 20 years and learned every aspect of the construction industry and local real estate. One aspect of the work affected her greatly. “My favorite part was always sales,” she said. “I love working with people. From first-time homebuyers to large custom estates, I enjoy being part of the process that makes their dreams come true.”

Niehaus has been licensed in real estate since 1992, but in 2011, she decided to sell real estate full-time. “I was longing for a more flexible schedule that would allow me to get back to riding and horse-showing a little more,” she said. “I am working as many hours as I did before, but I am so much more flexible now.”

Niehaus joined the Keller Williams team in 2013. It was a natural fit from the start. “Everybody was professional, positive and very helpful,” she said. “Being part of the largest real estate agency in the western communities has given me access to a great network of Realtors, global presence and tremendous support. Many of the equestrian properties range in the upper price levels. So, I qualified and joined the Luxury Division at Keller Williams.”

This has worked out well, given her long equestrian background and international heritage.

“Wellington has a huge international market,” Niehaus said. “My knowledge of the German language and my European background help me understand and connect with my European clients. I respect the various cultures and like to cater to them accordingly. Good communication is the key to a smooth transaction and to transparency. I am available to my clients around the clock, and I am here in Wellington year-around.”

Niehaus sees Wellington as a real estate dream come true.

“With such a wide range of properties to choose from, there is something for everybody: a small condo in town, a single-family home in a gated community, a small farm in Loxahatchee or a large equestrian estate close to the showgrounds,” she explained.

Niehaus counts herself among the countless residents who have fallen under Wellington’s sway.

“This area is a piece of paradise for such a large number of people,” she said. “Equestrians, golfers, snowbirds, retirees and people like me who just love the weather.”

To contact Anna Niehaus of Keller Williams Luxury International, call (561) 214-3310, e-mail annaniehaus@comcast.net or visit www.annaniehaus.com.

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Realtor Silvia Garcia Of Lang Realty Offers Clients A Hands-On Approach

Realtor Silvia Garcia Of Lang Realty Offers Clients A Hands-On Approach

It’s no accident that Silvia Garcia of Lang Realty wound up in the real estate world. She began considering a career in the profession during her pre-teen years. First, though, she had to arrive in a country that would allow her to pursue her dream.

“I am extremely grateful that my family decided to migrate to the U.S. when I was only eight years old,” Garcia said. “I learned at an early age that as long as I set my goals, stay focused and realize that there are inevitably challenges along the way, I can fulfill my dreams. This is truly the country of opportunity where the sky is the limit.”

Garcia enjoyed a lengthy local career in the insurance industry, but her connection to her current occupation began when her parents became homeowners for the first time.

“For many years, I thought about getting into real estate,” Garcia said. “Our family Realtor came into our lives when I was only 12 years old, and to this day, I can recall the happiness that my family and I felt when my parents purchased our first house in the United States.”

That Realtor brought joy, laughter and happiness into Garcia’s home, while helping her family fulfill a dream that at the time felt impossible. That experience fuels her to this day.

“I find being a Realtor rewarding, both emotionally and financially,” she said. “Basically, I get paid to make a significant difference in people’s lives, to make them happy.”

A Wellington resident for 35 years, Garcia has two daughters, Sandra and Suzette, and one granddaughter, Katarina.

She is adept at many facets in real estate. “I love helping individuals and families relocate, as well as assisting them with investment properties,” Garcia said. “I have access to Realtors worldwide, not just in Florida. I specialize in the sales of personal property and have colleagues that handle other types.”

Garcia is someone who believes in a hands-on approach to every deal and is involved in every step of the process.

“I am with my clients every step of the way,” she said. “I am committed to delivering exceptional results, from the smallest details to performing a home valuation, making recommendations, negotiating their sales contract, assisting with inspections, appraisals, title work and so much more. Most people want to work with someone who we trust, is effective negotiating and follows through on their promises.”

Working at her present firm is a perfect fit for Garcia.

“Both Lang Realty and I have superior reputations,” she said. “We offer a platform of services that will raise the marketing of our clients’ properties to a new level. I have the latest in technology, marketing affiliates, professional associations and superior relationships to assist with the entire sales process.”

Working in her home market of Wellington is something that Garcia never fails to appreciate, both as a resident and a businesswoman.

“I fell in love with the community from the very first moment,” she said. “People come from all over the world to enjoy our magnificent community. Wellington is home to the International Polo Club and the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center; superior schools, entertainment of all types, restaurants, malls, hospitals, airport and highways are all nearby. Homes range from affordable to the ultimate.”

To contact Silvia Garcia, call (561) 801-8188. Find her online at www.flhomes-invest.com or https://sgarcia.langrealty.com.

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Realtor Robert Ross Combines His Passion For Horses And Real Estate

Realtor Robert Ross Combines His Passion For Horses And Real Estate

For Robert Ross of the Keller Williams Luxury Team, a life in real estate was not a huge surprise. After all, the profession is in his blood.

“I was born and raised in California by two wonderful parents who both had lifelong careers in real estate,” Ross said. “My father always tried to find the best deal on the market, and my mom went over and above to make sure her clients were incredibly happy. I was always involved somehow in their real estate business. Whether it was helping to run their open houses, working on their comps, passing out just-sold cards or even offering my advice on deal negotiations, I truly enjoyed the work I was doing. This is where my love for real estate began.”

Ross’ other love was and remains the equestrian lifestyle. He became a Grand Prix jumper and was named to the U.S. Olympic sports festival team. He has developed Romance Farm Inc., a joint training business with students of all levels with his husband, dressage Olympian Robert Dover, and has been the organization’s secretary and treasurer since 1989.

Ross’ twin passions are not mutually exclusive. “It seemed that at every horse show, a friend would come to the ring and ask me if I knew of any stalls, barns or houses for rent or sale,” he recalled.

This led to a re-thinking of his career and a return to the family business.

“In 2008, as the real estate market began to crash, I saw an incredible opportunity to revisit my calling and pursued my degree in real estate, as well as investments in the new market,” he said. “My business, Robert Ross P.A., ranges from the smallest rentals to the highest end in equestrian and luxury properties in Wellington and Miami. I have chosen this area of real estate due to my extensive knowledge of the area over the past 30 years, as well as my love of horses.”

Ross knows that every client’s situation is unique. That’s what drives his team to treat every situation with the highest level of customer service and care.

“What sets Robert Ross P.A. apart is that we want every client to feel like they have been treated as if their rental or sale was a multi-million-dollar transaction,” he explained. “It is for these reasons that 90 percent of our clients are repeat clients or friends who have been referred to us.”

When he’s not busy working the best deals for his clients, Ross throws his total involvement into the Equestrian Aid Foundation, a nonprofit foundation originally formed in 1996 as the Equestrian AIDS Foundation.

“In the beginning, the organization had one, very simple purpose: to financially assist people in the horse industry who were stricken with AIDS; to let them know that their peers cared about them and wanted to help improve the quality of their lives,” he said. “In the years following, the foundation’s mission of providing grant-based support was broadened to include horse people suffering from catastrophic injuries or illness of all kinds. Our goal is to provide a helping hand that allows fellow equestrians to overcome adversity, focus on healing, and rebuild their lives.”

This focus on teamwork carries over into everything Ross does.

“My team is proud to live and work in Wellington, and I have the best and hardest-working team in the business,” he said. “I could not strive for excellence without this dedicated team supporting me. Wellington is one of the nicest and friendliest South Florida communities to live in, with an abundance of world class equestrian interests, quality schools, great restaurants and, of course, the best location to buy a home or farm.”

To contact Ross, call (561) 758-6185 or visit www.robertrosspa.com.

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Abby Jones Focuses On Equestrian Market Both Here And In Kentucky

Abby Jones Focuses On Equestrian Market Both Here And In Kentucky

Abby Jones is a fourth-generation Floridian whose professional background and love of horses make her a perfect fit at Wellington’s Equestrian Sotheby’s International Realty.

“I was born and raised in South Florida,” Jones said. “I am originally from Hollywood Beach. My family moved to Southwest Ranches when I was 12. I started riding horses when I was nine and started showing ponies in Wellington in 1989. Naturally, the horse shows kept bringing me back to the Wellington area.”

After graduating with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Florida, Jones started working for a private commercial appraisal company in Fort Lauderdale. She obtained her general appraiser’s license and real estate sales license in 2001 and continued to work as an appraiser.

“I worked for the Palm Beach County Property Appraiser’s office from 2003 until 2008,” Jones said. “After getting married, I wanted a job that allowed me the freedom to travel with my husband. I started selling real estate full time in 2013.”

A friend introduced her to the owners of Equestrian Sotheby’s International Realty, and she found the firm to be a good fit.

“Because I had such a strong understanding of real estate through appraisal, especially in Palm Beach County, Sotheby’s hired me as a full-time sales agent,” she said.

Jones splits her time between Wellington and Lexington, Ky., where she is also a licensed Realtor. She continues to focus on equestrian clients in both horse-centric destinations. The situation is a very successful family affair.

“My husband is also a real estate agent,” Jones said. “Between the two of us, we try to help our clients with all of their real estate needs, anything from rental housing for clients and staff to closing multi-million-dollar properties. This past year, we closed more than $20 million in sales between Florida and Kentucky.”

Jones said that she enjoys working at Sotheby’s because of the tight-knit group of agents and its significant global presence, which greatly benefits her work in Wellington.

“In our little town of Wellington, we have a huge international market,” she said. “Equestrians come from all over the globe, and they know and trust the quality of the Sotheby’s name. Everything we do is first class. Clients return to me year after year because they know and trust that I can get the job done.”

That customer-client relationship is crucial to the success of every deal.

“Communication is key in this and any business,” Jones said. “Always keeping clients up-to-date is very important.”

Through her experience as both an appraiser and a Realtor, Jones has full confidence in her abilities and knowledge to help each and every client secure the situation of their dreams. One thing that she doesn’t have to work too hard at is selling Wellington as a destination. That takes care of itself.

“The weather is great, especially in the winter,” she said. “There is a wide range of real estate for buyers to choose from. Clients can buy a cute $200,000 condo or a deluxe multi-million-dollar equestrian property. There’s great shopping and plenty of restaurants. You can drive 20 minutes to the beach or hop on the new Brightline and be in Miami in less than an hour.”

Equestrian Sotheby’s International Realty is located at 12180 South Shore Blvd., Suite 102, in Wellington. To contact Abby Jones, call (561) 436-4097 or (561) 771-2626, or e-mail ajones@equestriansir.com.

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Luis Rodriguez Specializes In Equestrian Properties

Luis Rodriguez Specializes In Equestrian Properties

Luis Rodriguez of Keller Williams Realty is eager to sing the praises of Wellington in particular and Palm Beach County in general. After all, it’s the area where he grew up, and he speaks of the Palm Beaches with a mixture of knowledge and pride.

“I was raised in Miami and West Palm Beach and received my bachelor’s degree from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton,” Rodriguez said. “For more than 10 years, I lived in the Southland Park neighborhood near Flagler Drive close to the Intracoastal, so I know Palm Beach County well.”

Rodriguez was a natural for real estate. After being told he had the perfect personality and background for the job, he joined BRP Realty in Palm Beach. It was a matter of the heart that brought him to Wellington.

“Soon after, I met my future husband, documentary filmmaker Ron Davis,” Rodriguez explained. “He had moved to Palm Beach Polo in Wellington from New York City. I found that I really enjoyed the quiet equestrian lifestyle in Wellington, so I decided to make it my home as well. This month will mark my seventh year as a Wellington resident.”

Rodriguez specializes in equestrian lifestyle properties for both year-round and seasonal residents.

“My clients are looking for a comfortable lifestyle, which can range from a luxury condominium to a lavish equestrian estate,” he said. “I take great pride in getting to know what is going on in the community and what interests my clients, in order to help guide them to make the right choices.”

Rodriguez couldn’t be happier to be a part of the Keller Williams team, where he is the chair of the Wellington division of Keller Williams Luxury International. He is dedicated to consistently raising the bar when it comes to service and satisfaction.

“Keller Williams offers one of the most extensive training programs for new agents, as well as continued training for seasoned agents,” he said. “This ensures the highest level of expertise and that the most current marketing resources are at our fingertips to better serve the needs of buyers and sellers at every level. We have a lasting and positive effect on the lives of our clients. As I said before, this is a lifestyle business.”

Since his specialty is equestrian properties, it should come as no surprise that Rodriguez considers the horse community one of the true backbones of Wellington’s appeal.

“Money magazine recently named Wellington one of the eight best places to retire in the entire country, and we are the winter equestrian capital of the world,” he said. “Our little village offers some of the largest and most prestigious equestrian competitions in the world, showcasing the best in international show jumping, dressage and polo. These large equestrian venues offer a unique opportunity for competitors and fans to escape to the Sunshine State seasonally or year-round.”

Rodriguez keeps his eye on the ever-changing real estate market. When he looks at the big picture, he projects an optimistic future for the area.

“Wellington and its global equestrian roots are strong and give us a leg up, so to speak, on the rest of the country,” he said. “The large amount of private investments in property, and equestrian venues that are continuing to grow each year, help to stabilize our community. It reminds me of the baseball movie, Field of Dreams. The voice kept saying, ‘If you build it, they will come.’ Wellington is indeed building, and with our close proximity to Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale and Miami, there seems to be no reason to believe that the market will do anything in the near future but continue on a steady, upward path.”

For more information, call Rodriguez at (561) 385-2383, e-mail lrodriguezpb@gmail.com or visit him on the web at www.luisrodriguez.kwrealty.com.

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