Associate Kim Tillett Finds Success On Reality TV Programs

In a little less than two years, Kim Tillett has earned a bit of a reputation for HGTV programs.

Tillett, a broker associate with Dale Sorensen Real Estate, has notched appearances on five episodes for two HGTV programs.

Tillett filmed her first episode in 2015 for Beachfront Bargain Hunt, which premiered in January of 2016.

She has also filmed four episodes for HGTV’s Island Life. The first three appeared in 2017 and the fourth will premier this fall.  She recently received a call from “Island Life” producers about filming another episode this summer.  

“I love being a part of HGTV’s shows,” Tillett said. “When they called me in 2015 and offered me the opportunity, I jumped at the chance to highlight our community on a popular television show.  I’m very flexible with my schedule so I’m able to work with their schedules and timing.  And, I love meeting people and talking to them and showing property.”

 It’s also good exposure for Dale Sorensen Real Estate and Brevard County.  Tillett has shown properties on Merritt Island and in Cocoa Village for the shows.

Formerly from New York, Tillett attended college at the University of Central Florida, moved back to New York, and then relocated permanently to Florida 16 years ago.  She joined Dale Sorensen Real Estate in May 2017 to take advantage of the company’s brand and marketing.

Tillett works out of Dale Sorensen’s recently opened Cocoa Village office.  She specializes in high end luxury properties on Merritt Island and in Cocoa Village with a focus on Brevard’s coastline, including beachfront and waterfront single family and homes and condominiums.

Tillett can be reached at 321-446-9035, email her at ktillett@sorensenealestate.com.

Latest existing home sales figures (June 2018) for Brevard County, released Monday by the Space Coast Association of Realtors

  • Median sales price: Up 4.5 percent to $229,950 compared to a year ago, which was $220,000.
  • Year-over-year sales: Down 7.3 percent. Units closed was 958 compared to 1,033 in June 2017, with a decrease in cash sales of 12.7% compared to June 2017.
  • Months supply of inventory: Up 14.8 percent to 3.1 months, an increase from 2.7 months in 2017.

Contact Wayne T. Price at 321-242-3658 or wprice@floridatoday.com. You can also follow him on Twitter @Fla2dayBiz.

 

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Matilde Sorensen named exclusive agent for The Beach Cottages at The Strand

Dale Sorensen Real Estate (DSRE), Indian River County’s leading real estate firm, recently announced that Matilde Sorensen has been named the exclusive listing agent for The Beach Cottages at The Strand.  The Beach Cottages is a Key West inspired enclave of 21 townhomes in The Strand, Vero’s newest community located at 8100 N. Highway A1A. The Strand, being developed by the Patten Company, extends from Highway A1A west to Jungle Trail between Palm Island Plantation and Indian Trails. The Beach Cottages will front Highway A1A near the community entrance with Private Beach Access.

“The marketing of a product such as The Beach Cottages requires an expansive campaign utilizing marketing and advertising tools that only a firm like Dale Sorensen Real Estate can provide,” said Dale Sorensen, Jr., Managing Partner for DSRE. “We have an extensive network of exclusive worldwide real estate marketing affiliations including Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®, Luxury Portfolio International, Who’s Who and more.  Through these affiliations we are able to market a property or community, like The Beach Cottages, to an entire world of luxury home buyers.”

 

“This will be an extraordinary community because of the design, the location and the pricing,” said Matilde Sorensen.   “The architecture of the homes will offer a luxurious, yet easy, Florida Beach lifestyle on a beautiful tract of land with wonderful oak trees and palms. Yet its location is close to the museum, boutiques and fine dining. We’re accepting reservations now with a $10,000 refundable deposit.  Since this is a part of the last buildable tract of land in Indian River Shores, I expect these homes to sell quickly and I’m really excited to be able to market this new community.”

The site consists of 5.2 +/- acres and contains a stately Live Oak canopy and natural privacy berm comprised of Spanish Stoppers, Coconut and Sabal Palms.  One story end units will be 2,328 +/- SF under air (2,872 +/- total under roof). Two story residences will be 3,078 +/- SF under air (4,121 +/- total under roof) with a covered lanai and balcony; all units will feature terraces, courtyards and private 2-car garages. Homes will have three bedrooms and three and one-half baths; one story homes will include a detached third bedroom suite. Luxurious build standards include 24×24” Shell Stone floors or 9” wide wood floors, exquisite millwork and ceiling recesses, designer fixtures and quartz or granite island kitchens with all-wood cabinetry and Samsung’s New Pro-Chef appliance package with 3-year warranty, only available to The Cottages! Private pools, courtyard fireplaces, and designer furniture packages will be available upgrades. With handsome aluminum roofs, residences will be built on concrete slabs using concrete block construction and impact resistant windows and doors for lock & leave peace of mind. The community will include a Marina and small lake that will serve as a park-like water feature as well as a storm water retention pond.

The Beach Cottages are in for permit and soon to be under construction; completion and occupancy is projected for early 2019.

For further information on The Beach Cottages, contact Matilde Sorensen at 772.532.0010 or email her at msorensen@sorensenrealestate.com.

 

The Dale Sorensen Real Estate family owned and family run business was founded in 1978. Now with six main offices, six satellite offices and more than 200 sales associates and support staff, the company has experienced consistent growth in both sales and number of agents. For more information regarding Dale Sorensen Real Estate, please visit the Indian River County offices, located on the barrier island at 5065 North A1A and at 3206 Cardinal Drive; and in historic downtown Vero Beach at 1961 14th Avenue; or call 772.231.4712.  In Brevard County, visit the offices located at 436 5th Avenue, Indialantic, FL 32903 or call 321.723.9990, 3165 Suntree Blvd #102, Rockledge, FL, phone 321.473.6001, or #4 Harrison Street, Suite #101, Cocoa Village, FL, phone 321.604.4447. For the latest Real Estate trends and news feel free to visit DSRE online at www.sorensenrealestate.com.

 

About Dale Sorensen Real Estate

Family-owned and managed since 1978, Dale Sorensen Real Estate is a full-service real estate brokerage dedicated to a long-standing tradition of excellence. Recognized as the top luxury real estate firm on Florida’s East Coast, the award-winning company commits exclusive resources to ensure leadership and a preferred choice for individuals selling and buying properties. Through the use of their global network, comprehensive marketing strategies, strategic social networking tools and innovative search engine optimization techniques, Dale Sorensen Real Estate provides its agents with the tools they need and its customers with maximum worldwide exposure. With more than 200 sales associates and support staff and twelve locations in Florida, Dale Sorensen Real Estate, Inc. reported sales totaling more than $650 million in 2017. In celebration of the company’s 40th anniversary, Dale Sorensen Real Estate, Inc. believes that business leadership carries with it a responsibility of stewardship to help make the communities they serve a better place to live, work and raise families. Visit Dale Sorensen Real Estate on the web at www.SorensenRealEstate.com


Associate Dick Davis Earns National Luxury Home Designation

Dick Davis, real estate agent with Dale Sorensen Real Estate was recently awarded the Accredited Luxury Home Specialist (ALHS) Designation from The Luxury Home Council, Inc.

The Accredited Luxury Home Specialist (ALHS) Logo is testimony to the agent’s training and expertise in the luxury home marketplace. To display the ALHS logo and be accepted into the Luxury Home Council, each member must successfully complete the Accredited Luxury Home Specialist Course, meet minimum sale requirements and the agent must be in good standing with local and state licensing agencies.

Dick joins an elite membership of top real estate agents throughout the United States and Canada. Members strive to provide exceptional service to affluent clients through rigorous education focusing on the Luxury Home Market and their understanding of the special demands of affluent buyers and sellers.

For more information contact Dick Davis at (772) 713-1364 or The Luxury Home Council at www.LuxuryHomeCouncil.com.


Associate Rupa Patel Visits Mayfair International

Associate Rupa Patel and her family had the chance to stop into our London office, Mayfair International Realty, during their summer travels to visit our team in the UK. Nick Churton, Managing Director, and Annette Reeve, Director and Kirsty Stephens, Public Relations Director (pictured), toured Rupa and her family around the office and discussed the latest trends in international real estate.

So what exactly is Mayfair? And how do they keep us connected globally? We’ve got your answers here:

Hand-Selected
As an independent brokerage, DSRE is in the position to carefully consider which global affiliations will best benefit our customers. Mayfair International Realty was hand-selected by the leadership of DSRE for their ability to present our sellers’ homes to countless buyers, internationally.

London and Beyond
With a location in the heart of London, Mayfair’s extensive network of real estate agents provides broad coverage throughout the United Kingdom and around the world.

Exposing Indian River & Brevard County, Florida to Europe
Those who live in the U.K. and Europe appreciate sunshine just as much as we do here. Purchasing a second home in Florida is looking more and more like a solid investment thanks to the safety of the U.S. dollar and our overall political stability. Mayfair is on-hand to expose our region as an attractive alternative to traditional sun-filled European destinations like the south of France, Spanish Coast, or Greece.

Center of Media
Mayfair provides our agents and sellers with outstanding editorial coverage in UK and international media.  Publishers are constantly seeking content, and Mayfair has developed solid relationships with journalists in search of news related to new developments, centers for sunshine, or homes with outstanding features. Mayfair, DSRE Merketing, and Agents work together, placing our sellers’ homes for sale in magazines and newsprint all over the world.

If you want to know more about Mayfair and how our affiliation can benefit you, talk to your local Dale Sorensen Real Estate Agent, today.


Dale Sorensen Real Estate Supports Steve Weagle’s Ride for The American Red Cross with VIP Partnership

Dale Sorensen Real Estate supported the 2018 Ride for the Red Cross with a financial gift presentation of $1,250. Chief Meteorologist Steve Weagle made his annual Ride for the Red Cross, beginning June 4. For the 20th year, Steve spent five days riding a bicycle from Sebastian to Boca Raton to mark the beginning of hurricane season and raise awareness of the Red Cross. His bicycle was auctioned off at the end of the ride and the money donated supports the Red Cross chapters along the Treasure Coast of Florida.

 

 

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Dale Sorensen Real Estate Sales Agent Jo Anne Infurna chosen to be exclusive agent for Island Walk

Jo Anne Infurna, sales agent with Dale Sorensen Real Estate (DSRE), has been chosen by developer Vintage Estate Homes to be the exclusive listing agent for Island Walk Villas in Indian Harbour Beach.  Infurna, a Top Producing sales agent has recorded 2 sales in Building 2 and are taking reservations on Building #3 since being given the listings.

“These town homes are beautiful, high quality family residences being offered at an affordable price-point,” said Infurna.  “I’m really excited to offer these listings as part of DSRE’s portfolio.  The reception by the public and other agents has been fantastic.”  Infurna has hosted several broker-opens and open houses since working on the project. She has an on-site team Wednesdays through Sundays.

Infurna’s sales techniques coupled with DSRE’s marketing tools have created a formula for success. “When I was given the original four listings in December, the market for the product was flat.  I developed a sales plan that included new photos, a listing presentation and marketing plan which included placing it on the MLS in Orlando, Vero Beach, Palm Beach County, Brevard County and Daytona.  We’ve started taking reservations on Building 3, but interest is high so I expect these to go fast.”

Infurna has had success on another project for the same developer.  “We have a great relationship.  They know how hard I work and how I take advantage of all the sales and marketing tools that DSRE has to offer in order to market and sell this product.”  In addition to Island Walk, Infurna is working on projects for two other builders, including Coastmark Construction. Coastmark is currently building luxury oceanfront condominiums priced at $1 million and up.

Island Walk Villas are 2-story, 3-bedroom, 2 baths, 2 car garage homes ranging from 2068 sq. feet to 2575 sq. feet, priced from the mid-$300’s.

Infurna has been a licensed real estate agent for more than 35 years.  She specializes in international, waterfront and luxury properties.  She has her International Certification and the Melbourne Board of Realtors recently asked her to sit in on classes to renew her Certified International Specialist certificate.

For more information contact JoAnne Infurna at 321-544-8144 or by email at jinfurna@sorensenrealestate.com.


Matilde and Dale Sorensen, Sr. receive Lifetime Achievement Award

Dale Sorensen Real Estate is pleased to announce that Dale Sorensen, Sr. and Matilde Sorensen were awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate/LuxuryRealEstate.com at its 16th Annual LRE® Spring Retreat.  The event took place at the W Hotel in South Beach, Miami on May 9.

“We are extremely honored to accept this award on behalf of our company,” said Sorensen, Sr.  “We are celebrating our 40th anniversary this year, a momentous occasion for Dale Sorensen Real Estate.  However, we have to give credit to our sales agents, support staff, customers and family, for without their support we could not have achieved the successes we have enjoyed over the years.”

“We also have to give credit to our affiliate partner Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate and LuxuryRealEstate.com,” said Matilde Sorensen.  “These relationships give us a world-wide presence to market our customers’ properties to an international market.  To be honored by them with such a prestigious award is truly gratifying.”

Dale Sorensen, Sr. founded Dale Sorensen Real Estate, Inc. in 1978.  Prior to that he was headmaster at St. Edwards School and vice president for Gulf and Western Industries.  As Vice-President in charge of government relations and real estate land issues, Dale traveled extensively between Florida, New York and the Dominican

Republic. While in the Dominican Republic, he met his wife, Matilde, and they were married on June 17, 1972.  He brought his young wife to Vero Beach and they settled into married life.  In 1978, Gulf and Western moved the Vero Beach office to West Palm Beach, but Dale & Matilde had truly made Vero their home and they didn’t want to leave. That prompted Dale to form Dale Sorensen Real Estate, Inc.

Matilde earned her real estate license in 1980. With total career sales in excess of $1 Billion, Matilde Sorensen is the leading real estate agent on Vero Beach Florida’s Barrier Island.  She has been recognized nationally as one of America’s Best Real Estate Agents by REAL Trends three years in a row, is ranked in the top one half of 1 percent of the more than 1,100,000 REALTORS® nationwide and has been consistently ranked in recent years as a top real estate agent in Florida and the nation.  In 2016, Real Trends ranked her 104 in the nation, the only agent in Indian River County to achieve a ranking.

From humble beginnings and with more than one leap of faith, Matilde and her husband together have built a successful real estate firm known for its philanthropy, impeccable integrity and customer service.  The company recently received several awards including Business Champion of the Year award from the Economic Development Division of the Indian River County Chamber of Commerce, the 2017 Philanthropy Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals Indian River Chapter, and the 2017 Business Champion of the Year from the Cocoa Beach Chamber of Commerce.

Now with six main offices, six satellite offices and more than 200 sales associates and support staff, the company full service brokerage has experienced consistent growth in both sales and number of agents. Recognized as the top luxury real estate firm on Florida’s Treasure Coast, the award-winning company commits exclusive resources to ensure leadership and a preferred choice for individuals selling and buying properties. Through the use of their global network, comprehensive marketing strategies, strategic social networking tools and innovative search engine optimization techniques, Dale Sorensen Real Estate provides its agents with the tools they need and its customers with maximum worldwide exposure.

Dale Sorensen Real Estate, Inc. reported sales totaling more than $650 million in 2017. In celebration of the company’s 40th anniversary, Dale Sorensen Real Estate, Inc. believes that business leadership carries with it a responsibility of stewardship to help make the communities they serve a better place to live, work and raise families. Dale and Matilde are pleased that children, Dale Jr. and Elizabeth are an integral part of the Sorensen team, and have adopted their parent’s complete dedication and hard work to the firm.


Ray Ferngren joins Dale Sorensen Real Estate

Dale Sorensen Real Estate is pleased to announce that Ray Ferngren has joined the company’s team of real estate professionals.

Ray Ferngren is used to dealing with multi-million-dollar portfolios.  As a member of the financial services industry, Ferngren helped guide clients with decisions relating to their financial goals.  That experience and knowledge is what sets him apart from other real estate sales agents.

“I believe that my experience in the financial services industry allows me to understand the financial component of a real estate transaction as well as my customers budgets and loan processes,” said Ferngren.  “I understand the pros and cons of different loan packages and can help my customers make the best decision based on their individual financial well-being.”

Ferngren has joined the Live Now Team in Sebastian and is finally living in what he calls “the best of Florida.”  Moving here from Jacksonville was a natural decision for and he and his wife.  “My father retired to Sebastian 25 years ago so we’ve been visiting here for a long time.  When the time came to leave the Northeast part of Florida, we couldn’t imagine living anywhere else.  We love the feeling of living in a small community, and getting to know our neighbors and fellow residents, and all the business and shop owners.”

When Ferngren made the decision to join the real estate industry, he remembered his own personal experiences in buying and selling homes, and after observing the Live Now Team, he knew he found the right fit.  “The professionalism is unparalleled at Dale Sorensen Real Estate.  I also wanted the opportunity to work with a company that offers their agents staff support, training, sales tools and marketing.   DSRE does all that and more.  I feel that I’ve started off in my new career on the right foot by joining this team.”

Ferngren will specialize in residential, single family-homes and condominiums in family oriented and senior 55+ communities in the Sebastian area.

Ferngren and his wife, Carrie, enjoy fishing, fitness and getting to know all the local parks and waterways.  He previously served on the Archdiocese of St. Augustine’s investment committee that served the loan needs of member churches.

Ferngren can be reached by phone at 904.304.0844 or by email at rferngren@sorensenrealestate.com.

 


The Live Now Team celebrates $26 million in sales in 2017

The Live Now Team believes that helping people enjoy life in the here and now is the most important part of their job, and because of this philosophy, they are a much sought-after team of real estate agents.  The Live Now Team recently announced total sales of $26 million in 2017 but their goal for this year is event more ambitious. The team joined Dale Sorensen Real Estate in May of 2017.

“We are really excited to be able to celebrate these numbers,” said team leader Jim Belanger. “Our team is passionate about Sebastian and surrounding areas and the people we serve and it shows in everything we do.  When you love a community like we do, it’s easy to sell homes there. We all enjoy the beach or fishing life, going into businesses where the staff knows our name, and seeing friends and neighbors around every corner.  I appreciate the hard work this team does and what they have accomplished.  I believe we can top these numbers in 2018 and we’re all really excited to reach our new goals.”

The Live Now Team consists of Jim Belanger, Carolyn Plante, Ashleigh Lovell, Melissa Murphy, and Ray Ferngren.  As the area’s leading real estate sales team, the group believes that they are selling a lifestyle, one that is coveted by those who want a relaxed life far removed from the hustle and bustle of larger cities.

Belanger has been a real estate sales agent for 7 years.  Prior to that, he was in the construction industry for more than 30 years, managing a large team of over 30 employees.  In addition, he oversaw the marketing and scheduling for the business, making sure deadlines were met and projects were kept on budget.  He continues to maintain his General Contractors License.  “I am a problem solver,” he says.  “I’m able to see the big picture.  This really helps when customers come to us with a real estate problem.  I love being able to help them come to a satisfactory conclusion.”

Carolyn Plante retired from Massachusetts.  An avid camper, she originally camped Sebastian State Park, which is when she fell in love with the community.  “This is like a sleepy little fishing village with the vibe of the Keys.  I understand how easy it is to want this lifestyle and I love being able to help others settle here.”  A former Police Officer, she’s good at dealing with all types of personalities and is quick to find the humor in any situation.

Belanger and Plante moved their team to Dale Sorensen Real Estate for a host of reasons.  “We really liked the professionalism of this company, we saw it when we dealt with their other agents.  But their philanthropic work in the community was just as important to us. No other company in this community gives back so much.”

Team member Ashleigh Lovell was an administrative assistant with DSRE when she finally realized her dream of getting her own real estate license in 2015.  A young mom with two small children, she is passionate about raising her children in Sebastian, where she herself grew up.  She’s experienced a great deal of success in the short time she’s been licensed, a testament to her warm, down to earth personality, and ability to make customers feel immediately relaxed and at ease with her.

Melissa Murphy moved from Connecticut to Palm Beach County, working in the real estate investment arena for several years.  After many sightseeing trips to the Treasure Coast with her mom, they both eventually moved to Sebastian.  Murphy has had her real estate license since 2010 and uses her previous experience in commercial and residential transactions to help her customers realize their dreams.  Her attitude of providing excellent customer service to her customers includes not just meeting her clients’ expectations but exceeding them.

Although Ray Ferngren has been a licensed real estate agent since 2013, he just recently joined The Live Now Team.  Growing up in various parts of Florida, he frequently visited his father who had retired to Sebastian.  Eventually, Ferngren moved to Sebastian.  His previous experience in the financial services industry proves helpful to his clients.  His ability to negotiate and understand and explain contracts and loans enables him to help his customers make the best decisions for their goals and dreams.

The Live Now Team is involved with various charities and non-profit organizations in the community.  As active members of the Sebastian community, they each have a vested interest in helping their neighbors and newcomers.

Contact The Live Now Team at 772.584.1902 or visit their website at www.TheLiveNowTeam.com.


Josh Stalls joins Dale Sorensen Real Estate

Dale Sorensen Real Estate is pleased to announce that Josh Stalls has joined the company’s team of real estate professionals.

Growing up on the Treasure Coast, Stalls learned at a young age how precious the local lands were and what heritage and tradition meant to Florida’s families.  The son of an agricultural real estate family, Stalls learned the importance of the preservation of land and protecting the area’s natural resources while managing smart growth and development.   As a kid and teenager traveling around the area with his father, Stalls learned all the nuances of his home, from the Atlantic Ocean west to Okeechobee and from Brevard County south to Martin County.

Although Stalls is also the day to day operations manager for his family’s property on Vero Beach’s Barrier Island, selling real estate is his real passion.  “I love this area with all its history, but I also love how the future is unfolding for our residents.  I like being able to be a part of local conservation while also helping new families move to this beautiful part of Florida.  I have two sons, ages 8 & 13, and I know what a great childhood they’re having here in this area, so I understand the quality of life people are looking for when they move here. I’m honored to be able to help them.”

If being a successful real estate agent is a goal for Stalls, then selling real estate at Dale Sorensen Real Estate is a large part of attaining that goal.  “I joined DSRE because I was tired of swimming upstream with other agencies.  I knew I wanted to be with the best and surround myself with the best in order to be a better sales agent.  DSRE has everything I need to reach my goals; the training, the tools, the support, the international marketing.  But they’re also a family owned-family run business who appreciates tradition and heritage and loves this area as much as I do.  And I like how charitable they are in the community.  I could not have chosen a better firm to work with.”

Josh Stalls has deep roots on the Treasure Coast and he’s anxious to help others plant their own roots here.  Contact him at 772.800.8305 or by email at jstalls@sorensenrealestate.com or visit him at the office located at 1961 14th Avenue, in historic downtown Vero Beach.