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.