Chosen for their expansive range of skills, diverse bakgrounds and supreme customer satisfaction ratings, Insight Magazine presents Who’s Who in East Orlando Real Estate. The listings below are in alphabetical order by last name and are not intended to indicate any type of numerical ranking.
Find out who they are and how they can help you make your dream a reality today.
Have you ever gotten that feeling when you just knew something was right? Maybe when you slid into your first new car purchase or perhaps it was your first love? For Domenique Lombardo Blanchette, it was her career in the real estate industry. “I always knew I wanted to be a Realtor, ever since I was a young girl,” she remembers. Now, with more than 20 years experience, she is living her dream as the Broker/Owner of Royalty Real Estate Boutique, Inc. Blanchette has also gone on to receive several prestigious certifications in addition to being a graduate of the Realtor Institute, a Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist, an EcoBroker and more.
Today she enjoys a strong client base, even selling first homes to the children of couples she helped move into their first homes years ago. “It’s a privilege to have the relationship with these families to serve them literally for generations and watch their lives blossom in good times and bad,” she says.
Domenique G. Lombardo Blanchette
Royalty Real Estate Boutique, Inc.
When you’re looking to move into a new home in a new area, you want someone who knows what they’re talking about. You want someone who is passionate about the area. You want someone like Tracy Canning. “I have lived in East Orlando since 2000 and I love it,” she says. “It’s easy to sell in a community in which you live and that you love yourself.”
Canning moved to Central Florida after graduating from Ohio State University with a marketing degree. Today, she calls East Orlando home with her husband, their 12-year-old Bassett Hound, J.D. and their hamster, Pixie Pineapple.
She says the most rewarding part about being involved with real estate is helping buyers through one of the most memorable moments of their lives. “I find a lot of satisfaction helping them understand the purchase process so it is not so intimidating and so they can make informed decisions about one of the largest purchases they will ever make,” Canning says.
Keller Williams Advantage II Realty
Web site: www.TracyCanning.com
Growing up, Debbie Irons was always detail-oriented. She couldn’t get enough statistics, numbers and support data. Her attention to detail was one of the main reasons she was a successful scientist in her former career. It’s also one of the reasons why she has grown into a successful Realtor specializing in the Lake Nona area. “My educational background and experience as a scientist drive me to work diligently to obtain as much information as possible to provide for my clients so they can make the best choices,” she says of her work ethic.
Getting the right information to the clients and sifting through the clutter has become more important than ever according to Irons. “There is so much talk in the media about national real estate which has caused confusion and people in the market are frustrated,” she says. “It’s very important for buyers and sellers to take the time to find a local expert they trust to guide them through the entire process.”
Orlando Classic Homes
Phone: (407) 908-2890
When choosing a Realtor many buyers, of course, want someone who knows the area. For those interested in Avalon Park and East Orlando there may not be anyone who knows the area better than Brenda Kolbrich. “There isn’t a street or model of home I don’t know, especially in Avalon Park, which gives me a huge advantage as I totally understand the market here,” she says. Kolbrich got her start selling homes working for a professional home builder several years ago and has since moved into the Keller Williams Advantage II Realty office becoming a valued team member.
Originally from Sudbury, Ontario, Canada, Kolbrich and her family have lived in Orlando for more than 17 years. She is avidly involved in the community, which helps her to meet and see real estate trends from both a personal and professional perspective. “I especially like to see first time home buyers able to purchase a home they can afford and share in their excitement,” she says.
Keller Williams Advantage II Realty
Web site: www.brendaksells.com
“I’m a Mom. I nurture, I fix things, I work so people can live their dreams,” says proud mother of two and Owner/Broker of Matson Realty, Inc., Lisa Matson. A self-proclaimed “experimental chef,” you can usually find Matson in a kitchen if she’s not working with a client, completing a closing or reading a book about real estate trends. “After all, knowledge is empowering,” she says with a smile.
But no matter which phase of the purchase the buyer or seller are going through with her, she is there by their side – ready and willing to share her years of experience, both as a mom and a Realtor. “Sometimes, they just need someone to ask for a little advice,” she says of her clients. “I’m here when they need me because I know what they are going through has a huge impact on their life. If it’s important to them, it’s important to me.”
Matson Realty, Inc.
Web site: www.LisaMatson.com
Sometimes two heads are better than one, just ask real estate partners and husband and wife team Pam and Allyn Maycumber, Lake Nona area specialists. The team, with a combined experience of more than 50 years in the real estate industry, have seen it all. With Allyn as a Certified International Realtor and Pam as a Certified Residential Broker, representing the top two percent of Realtors nationwide, the two are certainly a dynamic duo.
Their commitment to forming strong relationships, with their family, their community and their clients, helps to set the Maycumbers apart from many others in the area. It’s why they now own and publish The Lakes News, sit on the board of directors at the YMCA of Lake Nona, are Partners in Education for Orange County Public Schools, sponsor various teams and support several local charities. Maycumber asks: “With our real experience, why would you work with anyone else?”
Name: Allyn and Pam Maycumber
Keller Williams Realty Advantage
Web site: www.WeKnowNona.com
Working with people can produce a lot of stress, but it can also be a lot of fun. In fact, it’s one of the reasons that Tom Nestor finds going to work so rewarding. “What is really great about my career is all the different types of people that I get to meet and the relationships that I establish,” he says. Nestor makes sure to know each client personally and they value him for it. “I develop a close relationship with my clients and they are important to me – not just another sale.”
For those looking to sell now, Nestor suggests waiting. “In this market, the homes that are selling are ‘distressed properties.’ If you’re not willing, or able, to compete with short sales and foreclosures, you will find it very difficult to sell your home,” he says. But if you’re looking to buy, it’s a different story. “People will look back on 2009 as one of the best times to have bought a home.”
Keller Williams Advantage 2 Realty
Web site: www.TomNestor.com
Terry Sible has more than 25 years of experience as a Realtor and broker in East Orlando. Over the years, helping hundreds of buyers and sellers reach their goals, Sible says that he has always done one simple thing to ensure a successful sale: listen. ““I believe it’s very important to spend time with a seller or buyer and listen to what they have to say,” he says. “Listening to people tell their story is how I take them to their destination. My years of experience help me guide my customers through the entire process and make the sale or purchase as stress free as possible.”
“The most interesting thing I’ve seen in our industry is the madness of the home prices soaring followed by the free fall in the real estate market,” he says. Today, the real estate market is experiencing somewhat of a turnaround, slowly but surely, and the Krowne Realty team, led by Sible, is just as ready to help, as they always have been.
Terry L. Sible
Krowne Realty, Inc.
Phone: 407 823-8855
Web site: www.MyAvalonPark.com
Tom Weclew enjoys nothing more tan a round of golf when he has the time. Playing hard but working harder, Weclew is the broker and owner for The Realty Medics. “The information we see on television and the internet is only a piece of the puzzle – this is a very unique real estate market and we’re here to ensure our clients are educated on every aspect of it.”
Weclew has developed a successful portfolio over the years since moving from Hollywood, Fla. “There is something very special about this area,” says Weclew. “I enjoy the big city convenience with the small town attitude.” Sometimes, Weclew admits, some of the clients looking for a home are just as special as the area. “Once a buyer was viewing a hom and asked if he could use the restroom,” he says. “After an hour and 15 minutes he came out and said ‘Nope, this house is not for me!’ To this day I have not figured out what happened in there.”
The Realty Medics
Web site: www.TheRealtyMedics.com