About Me

Not Your Typical Realtor. Not Your Typical Realtor Bio.

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I have always worked hard to be different and to make a difference.

You loathe typical real estate agent bios. Don’t worry, I do too. They’re like cardboard — stiff, bland, and identical to every other bio out there. Instead of boasting ad nauseum about awards and accomplishments you’re not interested in, I’m taking the novel approach of actually giving you what you want — real answers to questions you’re probably wondering right now.

And if by chance one of your questions is not answered, just contact me and I will be happy to answer it for you.

Why should I hire you to help me buy or sell property in and around Oakland Park?

I have lived in Oakland Park for 31 years alone and another 6 years I lived in Fort Lauderdale. That is a total of 37 years of local knowledge and experience. On top of that I am an avid learner, constantly studying our market, and specific neighborhoods. I know our real estate market intimately and that knowledge makes me a powerful ally in helping you buy or sell property in Oakland Park.

I will admit, I do not and cannot know everything, but you can bet your bottom dollar that if I don’t know something I will find out for you. After all I was a professional researcher and teacher before I became a Realtor®, finding things out is one of my strong suits!

Besides being your local Oakland Park real estate expert, I pride myself on taking excellent care of my clients. To me real estate is not just about buying and selling, it is about helping others first. The buying and selling is just part of the process of helping.

But don’t take it from me! Here is what some of my client’s have said :

“Desiree was very knowledgeable, and helpful. The fact that she spoke Spanish was helpful because the other agent did not speak English. She was professional and very thoughtful of me as her client. It is clear that she not only loves what she does but that she cares about her clients too. I have and will continue to recommend Desiree to my friends and family”. CCrowley – Zillow.com

“To work with Desiree was the best decision I made when I decided to sell my house and buy my condo. Reliable, trustworthy, efficient, knowledgeable and much, much more. She went above and beyond to what I would expect from a realtor. Professional excellency defines her performance. I would recommend her without any reservations”. RDahma – Zillow.com

See more of my client reviews at Zillow.com and RealSatisfied.com.

Will you return my calls, texts and emails?

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I am on the phone a lot, but I respond to messages as soon as I can.

Yes. Without question. I realize this is one of the major frustrations the general public has with dealing with agents. I get dozens of calls, texts and emails daily, and I work hard to reply as quickly as possible. If I don’t get back to you right away most likely I am busy with another client. But I assure you that as soon as I have a free moment, I will be in touch.

I’ve met many Realtors who are jerks. Are you?

Depends on who you ask. If you ask certain agents who have stood between my clients and their real estate goals, they’ll probably say “yes”. A handful of people think I leave golden footprints in the sand. Those are the two extremes, and most people’s opinion falls somewhere in the middle.

Here’s what I can tell you: I’m honest and candid. I take pride in being approachable and friendly. And if you need a quick real estate brain, or a strong dose of honesty, you’re in the right place. Loyalty to family, clients, and friends is one of my core values. Want to really find out if I’m a jerk? Mess with one of those people.

Do you have experience doing exactly what I need?

Until you tell me what you need, there is no way of knowing. So give me a ring or shoot me a text and let’s talk about how I can help you. If I can’t help you, I will tell you. While I may be in the “sales” business, doing right by people and really helping them is what matters most to me.

What kind of work are you really good at?

On a personal level, I’m pretty good at cooking (I make a mean picadillo Cubano!), I pick up languages quickly, I am a pretty good photographer, and great with technology.

On a professional level, here are the skill-sets that I’ve developed over the years:

  • Listening. Unfortunately, it’s a lost art these days, but I have two ears for you!
  • Detail oriented
  • Communicative
  • Extremely proficient with technology
  • Astute negotiator
  • Problem solving
  • Critical thinking
  • Fluent in 5 languages : English, Portuguese, Spanish, French and Italian

Some of my real estate related accomplishments include :

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I continually professionally develop myself so that I am always on top of my game.
  • Extremely satisfied clients
  • Pricing Strategy Advisor (PSA) Designation
  • Continued professional development
  • Real Estate blogs published in English, Portuguese and Spanish in order to connect with a majority of South Florida residents

More About Désirée Ávila

Désirée Ávila has called Oakland Park her home for over 31 years. In addition to writing and publishing LivingInOaklandPark.com about her local community, Désirée publishes, IWorkYouMove.com (real estate website & blog), the Jornal Online do Mercado Imobiliário da Flórida, JOMIFlorida.com, a Portuguese language real estate blog and the Diario Online del Mercado Inmobiliario de la Florida, DOMIFlorida.com, a Spanish language real estate blog. Désirée was an award winning teacher for 10 years and has a doctoral level education in Educational Technology. She is currently a licensed Florida Realtor® and is committed to a high-level of professionalism and to helping others with their real estate endeavors through education. Désirée is fluent in Portuguese, Spanish, French and Italian.

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