Realtor of the Week
Name: Barkin-Gilman & Associates Company name: Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate / Coldwell Banker Previews International Originally from: Peter Barkin is from Massachusetts; Mark Gilman is from New Hampshire. Current home: Peter Barkin lives in Victoria Park. Mark Gilman lives in Coral Ridge.
Realtor designations: Barkin-Gilman & Associates: Broker Associate, Realtor, GRI and E-Pro. How long in real estate? Combined 33 years. What made you get into real estate? It is something we always wanted to do, and knew we would excel at it. What separates you from other Realtors? Professionalism, follow-up skills, proven track record and working knowledge of the areas we represent. Which neighborhoods/ areas are your specialty? Harbor Beach, Las Olas Isles, Rio Vista, Rio Vista Isles, Lauderdale Harbors, Coral Ridge, Coral Ridge Country Club, The Landings, Victoria Park, Colee Hammock, and new construction projects. Describe your working style: Our working style is 24/7 with a team consisting of two principles, seven associates, an executive administrative assistant, state-of-the-art web/In- ternet company and customized marketing department. What advice do you have for buyers? This is one of the best opportunities in years to purchase a residence. The best advice for buyers today is not to miss the opportunity in front of you due to limited inventory, a rise in home values and low interest rates. What advice do you have for sellers? The best advice we have for sellers is to price your home correctly from the start, as the first 45 days are the most critical in marketing a home. Buyers are more educated today than they have ever been with access to facts, figures and square footage via the Internet. Pick a Realtor who has a proven track record in your area, who can justify pricing to the seller and an appraiser with hard copy documentation. Make sure your Realtor has a guaranteed marketing plan and a presence both locally and globally to represent your property. Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate and Coldwell Banker Previews International has 3,100 offices worldwide operating in over 50 countries. How does what you’ve learned about real estate help your clients? The experience that Barkin-Gilman & Associates has acquired over the years can assist today’s buyers and seller with a shorter learning curve and guaranteed results. What’s the hottest listing you have right now? Our hottest listings are located at BarkinGilman.com. What professional accomplishment makes you the most proud? When a past client refers us to future buyers and sellers. In addition, BarkinGilman & Associates is a part of the continuing record-breaking sales in South Florida. Are you involved in any charitable organizations? CB CARES What’s one thing people would be surprised to know about you? We actually do take time off. Contact information: BarkinGilman & Associates, Coldwell Banker Previews International; Peter Barkin (954) 675- 6656, Mark Gilman (954) 557-8777; BarkinGilman.com.