With greater than 30 years of expertise itemizing and promoting actual property, Renee Celli brings unmatched experience to each transaction. She’s sincere, tenacious and able to go the additional mile so that you can obtain your objectives.
Whether or not you’re shopping for or promoting, when you’re a first-time house purchaser or in search of a second house, otherwise you’re in search of your first place collectively, Renee is the one name you wish to make. She makes a speciality of St. Petersburg houses, notably within the Outdated Northeast neighborhood; downtown St. Pete townhomesÂ and condos; waterfront houses; business property in St. Petersburg; and residential and business properties on the gulf seashores.
OUTCOAST sat down with Renee Celli to be taught extra about what units her aside from these in her trade and why she’s the go-to actual property agent when shopping for or promoting within the St. Petersburg space.
The place did you develop up?
I used to be born in Greenwich Village, New York. After I was 6, my household moved to a small city exterior of town in Westchester County. I moved again into town as an adolescent and lived on my own close to Gramercy Park, the place I earned a highschool diploma and labored a number of jobs to make ends meet. After I was 17, I made a decision to comply with household to Florida (Fort Lauderdale).
When did you grow to be fascinated about the true property trade?
I had been working as a driver for UPS, however suffered an harm that required I change jobs. My then accomplice and I had been shopping for homes and fixing them up as leases. So after I obtained a settlement for my harm, I made a decision to make use of it to get my actual property license and began my actual property profession. I beloved working in one of many gayest areas of the East Coast,Victoria Park and Wilton Manors.
When did you identify your present actual property enterprise? And what led you to work with Remax?
After I met my future spouse when she visited Fort Lauderdale, I made a decision to maneuver to St. Petersburg in 1997. St Petersburg was not a vacation spot metropolis at the moment and had simply begun to remake itself from “God’s ready room.” After I first obtained right here, I labored with quite a lot of builders who helped spark the renaissance in downtown St. Petersburg housing choices. I helped them with design, gross sales, website supervision — you title it. It was an thrilling time.
What’s the spotlight of your day in the case of what you do? In different phrases, what’s the most rewarding factor about your job?
Waking up and searching ahead to serving to as many individuals as I can to make the very best actual property selections potential.
I actually get pleasure from when folks come again to me months or years later and say, “Thanks for getting us into that house. It’s been an awesome match for us and we find it irresistible.” Or, they invite me out to lunch to inform me what a lifesaver I used to be for getting their home offered. When my shoppers are glad, I’m ecstatic!
What units you aside from others in your trade?
For me, serving to folks purchase a house is all about their wants, not mine. I’ve been blessed to achieve success in my enterprise, so I’m not below lots of strain to shut a deal simply to shut a deal and get a paycheck. I genuinely need the selection to be as shut to utterly proper as we are able to get it. A home is such an enormous buy. Getting it proper for my shoppers is my No. 1 precedence.
I additionally assume as a result of I’ve a background in development (because of these years renovating leases), I can act because the “visioneer” for individuals who have a tough time seeing potential in a house. There are some gems right here within the space that, with only a few structural modifications, can grow to be a comfortable house.
Do you might have an expertise that stands out to you the place you went above and past to assist a consumer?
I’ve had many, however the one which completely stands out is that this one:
I used to be promoting a townhome that had tenants. Per week earlier than our scheduled closing, they one way or the other managed to snap off a water valve, they usually panicked. As water began cascading by means of the bedrooms and down the steps, they took off for the Dwelling Depot to discover a water key to show it off. By the point they returned, the harm was huge! I obtained a name from the vendor and we flew into motion. I confirmed as much as assist her and her dad rip out the upstairs carpets. We obtained a water mitigation specialist in with enormous followers to start out drying all the pieces out. Then I obtained a demolition specialist to tear up the broken wood flooring (an enormous job, as they had been glued to the concrete). In the course of attempting to revive issues to regular, the consumers confirmed up on the door to see what was occurring. Somewhat than sugar coat the scenario, I used it as a possibility to assist them get upgrades on the flooring. The closing ended up being delayed by solely three days. Each the sellers and consumers couldn’t have been happier with my diligence in making issues proper. Actually, the consumers have grow to be a few of my finest mates.
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What’s your favourite factor about St. Petersburg?
I like town’s range and the potential for town to be an excellent higher place to dwell, with the entire development that’s extending west from the downtown waterfront. Extra native companies, extra guests, extra potential consumers. It’s such a welcoming metropolis that individuals simply come right here and marvel, “Why haven’t I ever heard of this good spot earlier than?”
Why ought to folks contemplate buying in St. Petersburg versus different areas across the state?
St. Petersburg actual property, whereas it’s inching up in worth, remains to be a cut price in contrast with different components of the state. We had been undervalued for therefore lengthy, that we’re simply now beginning to meet up with the likes of Sarasota, Fort Lauderdale or Miami. You may nonetheless discover inexpensive housing that’s minutes from the seaside or only a quick Uber journey from vibrant nightlife.
I additionally assume that St. Pete, due to its Midwestern sensibilities, is extra welcoming than most cities. It’s straightforward to get to know your neighbors or to strike up a dialog with a stranger in a craft beer pub as a result of everyone seems to be so pleasant and laid again.
And I simply need to say: Our waterfront is beautiful — and it’ll by no means be developed. It’s there for all to get pleasure from. Not many cities, together with Tampa, have such an awesome amenity.
What are a few of the key occasions all year long that guests to the world ought to find out about? Which of those is your favourite and why?
Effectively, after all we love Satisfaction in June — particularly for the reason that parade moved downtown and is mere blocks from the place we dwell. We love the entire out of doors festivals that happen all around the space within the winter months: Gasparilla Invasion and Parade, Gasparilla Artwork Competition, Blues Fest, WMNF’s Tropical Heatwave music pageant. The Tampa Bay Homosexual and Lesbian Movie Competition at all times is a enjoyable time on the Tampa Theatre in October. We may go on and on. There’s one thing to do nearly each weekend year-round.
Whenever you aren’t working, what are you doing for enjoyable?
We like to check out new eating places. Our present favourite is the Studying Room, a lesbian-owned restaurant that has superb meals. We additionally attempt to pattern new breweries as a result of we’re fanatics about hoppy IPAs. And we love sitting on our porch within the Outdated Northeast neighborhood, visiting with our neighbors who drop by.
What makes working with an LGBTQ realtor higher for LGBTQ shoppers?
I believe it’s a way of consolation that you could ask us questions on belongings you won’t be snug sharing with different Realtors. We additionally dwell and play within the homosexual neighborhood, so we are able to share insights into a few of our favourite locations and causes.
Why do you make investments money and time in advertising to LGBTQ shoppers?
They make the job slightly extra enjoyable, after all! However extra importantly, they’re effectively value reaching out to. They typically have a superb sense of what they’re in search of, so it’s simpler to slim a search space or the kind of home they’re in search of. LGBTQ consumers additionally are typically up to the mark like getting pre-approval letters or lining up loans.
How do you give again to your LGBTQ neighborhood?
We like to assist Equality Florida, an unimaginable statewide advocacy group that works on behalf of the LGBTQ neighborhood to ensure equal rights and remedy. Florida has not at all times been very progressive on this area, however because of this group’s constant efforts, we’ve made super progress. In addition they have a wonderful gala yearly in St. Pete’s Mahaffey Theater that helps us meet new mates and reconnect with outdated ones. Staff Celli has been an enormous sponsor of the the occasion a number of occasions over a few years.