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.