Buying or selling a home can become a full-time job. Between meetings with lenders, open houses, inspections, etc. buying or selling a home can be a hard job to take on alone, which is why many people turn to their local real estate agency for help. Cue: Florida Lifestyle Realty.

Florida Lifestyle Realty is different than other agencies in that teamwork is the major emphasis for the group. Truly understanding that the homebuying/selling process is time-consuming and requires as many hands as possible, FLR works together under the “Jackie Griffin Team,” rather than as a group of individual agents.

“There is no ‘I’ in TEAM,” shared Christina Griffin, ops manager with Florida Lifestyle Realty. “We all work together to make sure transactions go as smoothly as possible. We have a ‘behind the scenes’ team helping to coordinate everything from contract to close,” she continued.

To reinforce this team environment, Griffin shared that the office is “open concept.” So, instead of cubicles and offices that keep the team separate, they sit together in an open space without walls of separation, where they can collaborate, discuss and help each other out. Griffin shared that this ability to constantly work together ultimately “leaves less room for error.” This, of course, ensures that all clients are getting the best service possible.

Apart from having a team behind you that can help guide you through this complex process, a benefit to working with the Jackie Griffin Team is their knowledge on the market. Griffin shared that the team travels to real estate conferences and masterminds with successful teams from around the globe to talk about successes and complications. This, combined with the fact that they are very active in the market, makes them stay current on market trends. Griffin shared that this helps current clients, “feel confident that we know what we’re doing and will get their home sold for the most amount of money in the least amount of time.”

Of course, many people feel hesitant to call real estate agencies to help with the process, but Griffin happily cleared some of these misconceptions for me. “It’s thought that [real estate agencies] push sales on them for commission, but that’s not in our best interest,” she said. “People also tend to think that we’re experts in everything … we’re not, we’re just really good at helping to buy and sell homes.”

What are the added benefits to working with a realtor? Griffin and her team reminded me that they adhere to a code of ethics, and their guidance and advice comes from experience in the field. “Because we’re active in the market and never miss an opportunity for a listing presentation, we have a heads up on properties before they go on the market,” Griffin said. “And we have strategies for setting the right price on a home.”

Because they are so experienced with buying and selling homes, I asked for some general advice they’d be willing to share with readers on the subject. When it comes to buying a home, she and the team shared, “Make a list of non-negotiables and consider things that cannot be changed in the home. Also, it’s important to check the neighborhood at different times of the day. Talk to the neighbors if they’re out.”

Regarding selling a home, they said, “Anyone can throw a sign in the yard, put it on the internet and wait for the phone to ring. Look for an agent that provides more value.”

If you’re looking to buy or sell your home, consider looking to the Jackie Griffin Team for advice. They really care about their clients and are always looking out for their best interests. The Jackie Griffin Team will welcome you into their “family” and will work together to make sure your transaction goes as smooth as possible. As the saying goes, “Teamwork makes the dream work.”