Story by Matthew Auerbach • Photo by Abner Pedraza
Grissel “Missey” Fernandez loves her job as a real estate broker with Re/Max Prestige. The opportunity to pursue a career that brings such joy and satisfaction to her life is something that she never takes for granted.
“Growing up in Cuba and not having much as a child has instilled in me a strong sense of gratitude and a desire to always serve others and influence their lives in a positive way,” she said.
Fernandez came to the United States with her family when she was 11. She has lived in Palm Beach County for 36 years, the last 12 in Wellington.
“I moved to Wellington because of the great schools, family-oriented lifestyle, newer communities, awesome parks, and all the great restaurants, shops and weekly events,” said Fernandez, who has two grown sons. “I also get to experience polo season year after year.”
Her exuberance for her profession is on full display and often rubs off on the people she’s working with.
“My enthusiasm is contagious,” she said. “One of the first things my clients notice about me is my passion and energy, especially when helping them achieve their ultimate real estate goals. Half of my business comes from repeat clients and referrals.”
Fernandez is also active in helping international clients move to the Wellington area.
“I help them keep their home and business here in South Florida and be eligible for their visa if they need it,” Fernandez said.
Fernandez believes a good part of her success comes from her decision to bring people into the process from the start.
“When I first begin working with a client, I sit down with them for a free consultation to determine their needs and wants,” Fernandez said. “I educate them on current market conditions and communicate with them on a regular basis. I make sure they never feel like they are being overlooked or left out. Whether my clients are international buyers, luxury home buyers, or individual or families looking for primary or secondary homes, I cover all the bases so they can reach their real estate goals.”
Working with Re/Max Prestige is an especially satisfying experience for her.
“My office hires seasoned, experienced agents who are active and work as full-time agents in the field,” Fernandez said. “Our dual commercial/residential divisions create a ‘one-stop shopping’ experience.”
Fernandez is cautiously optimistic about the future for buyers and sellers in Wellington’s real estate market.
“I see the current real estate market holding strong, solid and steady,” she said. “I believe we will continue to see modest increases in value, but at a somewhat slower rate than in previous years.”
In the end, her long-held values continue to guide Fernandez both personally and professionally, where she’s always striving to help others and make their lives more positive.
Re/Max Prestige is located at 12789 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 2A, in Wellington. To reach Missey Fernandez, call (561) 339-8685 or visit www.misseyfernandez.com.