18 Reasons to Work With a Realtor®

There are many benefits to using a Realtor® when trying to sell your home or a buy a new one. Many people think it is easier to sell by owner, but they do not realize how tricky things can get. Realtors® are licensed and highly knowledgeable about the real estate industry, with hands-on experience that is hard to match. Here are 18 reasons why you should work with a Realtor®.



Your Realtor® is able to prepare showing protocols and implement safety precautions for when they are giving potential buyers a tour of your home.


Your Realtor® is like your event planner! They assist in curating lists of available homes and also schedules viewing appointments – both virtual and physical

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Your home can only be listed in the MLS, as well as in numerous other listing portals and online publications, by listing with a licensed Realtor® with access to said platforms.


When it comes to moving on to the next place to call “home”, your Realtor® coordinates & provides access to homes with all of the features you want.


Included when you list with a Realtor®, either they or their firm provides a strategic plan for marketing your property. This can be through social media, video, networking and pitch sessions with other Realtors®


It truly is beneficial to have someone with experience negotiating terms of sale or purchase, including repairs or concessions.


Nobody has market knowledge like someone who works in the industry, and Realtors® are the most skilled at giving guidance on how to accurately price your home.


Your Realtor® can provides market research on neighborhoods, local amenities and applicable HOA or CDD governance structures.


Coordinating closings with a lender, title company, customer and all parties in a transaction can be overwhelming unless you are using a Realtor®.


Your Realtor® acts as a filter by pre-qualifying prospects for safety and to protect your time and personal property.


Anything from property preparation to which mortgage lender or title company to use… your Realtor® will have recommendations for everything you need.


Analyzing comparable home sales and assisting you in making an offer on your new home is something Realtors® do best.


Your Realtor® is the best person to conduct virtual and in-person open houses to get your home sold.


Coordinating all the requested inspections at the property and providing access for the appraiser and others as needed can be a daunting task, one of many that come with ease when using a Realtor®.


Contrasts and legal jargon can make your head spin. Realtors® are skilled in this area and will assist, coordinate and deliver contract to seller/buyer.


Your Realtor® accompanies the new buyer of your home to the final walk-through so you don’t have to.


Selling a home can be extremely heavy, both mentally & physically. Your Realtor® is here to offer support before, during, and after the closing.


Sometimes doing one thing makes the process quicker or easier, but it does not necessarily mean it is the right thing to do. Realtors® are well-versed in and adhere to a strict code of ethics.

Information courtesy of Florida Realtors®.


Carolynn Strom Joins Water Pointe Realty Group

Water Pointe Realty Group is proud to welcome Carolynn Strom as its newest Realtor® to the firm.

Carolynn Strom was born and raised in Stuart, Florida. She comes from a second generation construction and real estate family and would not be surprised if the current commercial building or luxury home you recently visited was built by her husband and/or Father.

She received a degree in Psychology from the University of Georgia in 1999 and then spent the next six years living in Georgia working in pharmaceutical sales. After her husband completed his five year commitment in the Army, she was able to return back to the beautiful town of Stuart to raise the growing Strom family.

Carolynn’s desire to serve her community led her to join Junior League of Martin County where she reconnected with her childhood friends and made new ones along the way. She later went on to become a Registered Nurse serving the Treasure Coast community as a Diabetes Education Program Coordinator for nearly 10 years. During this time, she also served on the PTSA at Stuart Middle School and remains very active in her children’s various sports activities throughout Martin County.

“We are extremely fortunate to have a person of Carolynn’s background and expertise on our team, and I am confident her knowledge of Stuart and the surrounding area will be a significant asset to her customers.” remarked Bill Dean, managing broker.

As a result of COVID-19, she decided to fulfill her dream of becoming a real estate agent after realizing that there is no better sense of security than making a place your home. Her deep roots, in-depth knowledge of the area and real estate connections make her the perfect person to help you with your real estate needs, so you too can live life to the fullest in this paradise she calls home. With her warm and caring personality, there is a strong chance Carolynn may become one of your friends for life!

Carolynn is based from the Sewall’s Point office located at 3727 SE Ocean Boulevard, Suite 100. She can be reached directly at 772-418-1103 or Carolynn@WaterPointe.com

Educating the Realtors® of Tomorrow

One of the area’s largest independent firms recently opened its doors to local college students interested in gaining an overview of the real estate industry.


Water Pointe Realty Group hosted its inaugural “Intro to Real Estate” from July 22 to July 26, where participants were able to obtain unique insight into various fields within the industry. The week-long workshop welcomed college students who have expressed interest in pursuing a career in a real estate-related field. The program allowed them to get an up-close look into the many facets of the industry by shadowing brokers, agents, and various professionals.


“We are very happy that we could share a little bit of our industry with these outstanding students,” said Dave Derrenbacker, founding broker/owner of Water Pointe Realty Group. “They’re the next generation of graduates, and it is so important for us to be able to give back and provide them with a snapshot of the industry.”


Michael Cilurso, a junior at the University of Central Florida, and Parker Racine, a junior at Florida State University, were this year’s selected participants. Managing Broker Bill Dean said the two young men “impressed [me] all week long.” The topics covered include residential real estate, property management, finance & lending, residential & commercial construction, commercial real estate, and real estate law.


“The students shared with me that they were very pleased with their experience and felt the information they gained was invaluable,” said Derrenbacker. “Based on their feedback, we will definitely look into doing this again next year.”


Water Pointe would like to thank the following for sharing their knowledge and experience, as their participation contributed to an outstanding week: Marissa Moliero with Martin County Realtors® of the Treasure Coast, Wendy Bentley with Water Pointe Realty Group, Jeff Miller with Management Specialists, George Haley & staff with CenterState Bank, Roy Warren with New Market Strategies, Kevin Sargent with SWBC Mortgage Corp, Jeff Bowers & staff with Masterpiece Design Build, Ryan Strom with Team Parks Construction, Reed Hartman with Hartman Real Estate, and Kaitlin Guerin with Gunster & Co.


If you or someone you know could benefit from this experience, and would like to be considered for next year’s class, please reach out to either Dave Derrenbacker or Bill Dean by calling 772-220-4343.

26th Annual Town of Sewall’s Point 4th of July Bike Parade & Festival

Water Pointe Realty Group is proud to be the sponsor for the 26th Annual Town of Sewall’s Point 4th of July Bike Parade and Festival. Each year, the community comes decked out in their finest red, white & blue for the neighborhood Bike Parade which terminates at the town park across from the Sewall’s Point Town Hall and Police Station. On Thursday, July 4, 2019, neighbors and friends joined together to celebrate our independence from 8:45AM till noon, participating in a parade, games, water slide, refreshments, and good ol’ American fun.


The Water Pointe Realtors® assisted the town in handing out patriotic flare, manning the booths providing refreshments, and joined right in on the fun and games. All sorts of prizes were handed out to the winners of the races, but the real award went out to Chief Tina Ciechanowski for 30 years (and counting) of dedicated service to the Town of Sewall’s Point. To celebrate, she took a trip down the water slide – in full uniform! That video footage can be seen on the Town of Sewall’s Point’s Facebook page.


“The Town’s 4th of July celebration is all about community,” says Chief Tina Ciechanowski. “Each year, Sewall’s Point residents flock to this gathering, which started out twenty-six years ago, as a morning bike ride to High Point with decorated bicycles.   Over the years, through the partnership with Water Pointe Realty Group, this event, and its popularity continues to grow. The Police Department loves working with the Water Point Team to bring families, the Town and Police Department together to enjoy a fun-filled morning together.”


“We know it. We live it. We’ll help you buy or sell it.” is a common phrase you will hear from Water Pointe agents. Because they are a part of the communities in which they live and work, they have a heart for helping their clients with their real estate needs.

Bill Dean Wins RPAC Charity Event

Water Pointe Realty Group prides itself on being extremely involved with the Treasure Coast community. On May 7th, Martin County Realtors® Political Action Committee hosted the annual Celebrity Bartending Event at Sailor’s Return in Downtown Stuart. Water Pointe’s very own managing broker, Bill Dean, won the event, and along with his fellow celebrity bartenders, raised over $5,000 in only two hours.


The Realtor’s Political Action Committee (RPAC) isn’t Republican, it isn’t Democratic, it doesn’t represent the independent voter, and it doesn’t buy votes. It is simply a strong voice– and sometimes the only strong voice– fighting for Florida’s Realtors® and homeowners in Tallahassee.


“The ability to own property is the foundation of our freedom, and through RPAC we have a voice in preserving and protecting our private property rights,” said Bill Dean.

Digital Presence in Real Estate

Water Pointe Realty Group has prided itself on creating and maintaining personal and personable relationships with its customers. Knowing that the majority of real estate searches are performed online, the firm sent its production staff, Angel McLellan and Elizabeth Huggins-Thompson, to the National Seminars Training ‘Digital Marketing Boot Camp’ in an effort to continue Water Pointe’s edge in regards to online presence.


Both McLellan and Huggins-Thompson are marketing coordinators who manage all facets of advertising and branding for four of the firm’s locations, six partners, and more than 70 real estate agents. With an intention to expand their knowledge and skills, they attended the seminar that covered topics such as digital marketing strategies, best practices of content use, result-driving tactics, analytics and data analysis, and digital media optimization.


“Participating in this training seminar really put into perspective where we currently stand with our online pres­ence, as well as where we would like to take the company in terms of communications in the real estate industry,” said McLellan, who is based in the Willoughby office in Stuart.


According to the National Association of Realtors®, 99 percent of millennials search online websites when looking for real estate information—compared to 89 percent of Boomers and 77 percent of the Silent Generation. With these numbers, Water Pointe Realty Group understands the need to implement the latest developments on all fronts to effectively promote their elite Realtors® in the ever-growing digital marketing world. The NAR promotes the idea that real estate professionals must strive to fully harness all capabilities of online marketing in order to meet the ever-increasing needs of consumers who want convenient, accurate information.


“Water Pointe Realty Group understands the extra efforts required to keep on the cutting edge of mar­keting in the real estate industry,” said Huggins-Thompson, who is a designer based in the Sewall’s Point office. “With the completion of Digital Marketing Boot Camp, we feel better equipped to serve the relationships we develop with our clientele.”

New Venture to Form Powerhouse Team Under Water Pointe Realty Group

STUART, FL — Three local real estate firms are uniting under the name Water Pointe Realty Group to form one of the area’s largest and most experienced independent real estate firms. The Q1 announcement comes from the six principal owners of Willoughby Realty, IRP Realty, and Water Pointe Realty’s Stuart and Jupiter offices: Dave Derrenbacker, Debra Duvall, Mark Eble, Chris Clifford, Bill Dean, and Steve Osburn.


The new Water Pointe Realty Group leadership team made the decision to join forces after years of working together and realizing the potential strength and diversity of operating as one unit. “I have known and respected each of the new principals for more than 25 years,” said Debra Duvall of Water Pointe Realty Group. “We are aligned in our values and commitment to the community – and together, we will create a firm that offers unparalleled industry experience, superior customer service, and valuable resources to our clients and agents.”


This venture positions the new Water Pointe Realty Group as one of the area’s largest independent firms with nearly 70 agents across five office locations that will serve Martin, St. Lucie and Palm Beach Counties: Sewall’s Point, Stuart/Willoughby Golf Club, Stuart/Hutchinson Island, Jensen Beach, and Jupiter/Tequesta.


This venture also brings new and expanded services, as well as additional opportunities for its agents and employees. Services under the new Water Pointe Realty Group include residential and commercial real estate transactions, residential long-term and short-term leasing, vacation rentals, property management, and concierge client support.


“It’s a rare and exciting opportunity when three local, time-tested real estate firms can come together like we have,” said Steve Osburn of IRP Realty. Chris Clifford of Willoughby Realty said, “This venture combines some of the area’s top-producing, experienced, and locally involved Realtors under one flag – and I’m excited about what that means for our clients, agents and employees.”


For more information contact Bill Dean, Managing Broker for Water Pointe Realty Group at 772-220-4343 or bdean@WaterPointe.com. For more information on the firm and its services visit www.WaterPointe.com.


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Water Pointe Realty Group Office Locations


Water Pointe Realty Group – Sewall’s Point

3727 SE Ocean Blvd. Suite 100, Stuart, Florida 34996

(772) 220-4343


Water Pointe Realty Group – Stuart/Willoughby Golf Club

960 SE Indian Street, Stuart, FL 34997



Water Pointe Realty Group – Stuart/Hutchinson Island

660 NE Ocean Boulevard, Stuart, FL 34996

(772) 225-0110


Water Pointe Realty Group – Jensen Beach

1125 Jensen Beach Blvd., Jensen Beach, FL 34957

(772) 232-2100


Water Pointe Realty Group – Jupiter/Tequesta

393 Tequesta Drive, Tequesta, Florida 33469

(561) 747-3377


Photo: The new Water Pointe Realty Group Leadership Team (from left to right): Mark Eble, Debra Duvall, Stephen Osburn, David Derrenbacker, Chris Clifford and Bill Dean.

Credit: Steven Martine, Martine Photography

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