Davis Properties Celebrates 20 Years of South Walton Real Estate Estate
February 20, 2013 by SoWal Staff
When Larry Davis started Davis Properties of NWFL, Inc. twenty years ago this year, he had no desire to become a large company. His vision was to have a real estate firm known for relationships built on honesty, integrity, and being the most knowledgeable; a company renowned for working with a variety of interesting, intriguing projects and developments. Fast forward twenty years and the release of Emerald Coast Association of Realtors’ [ECAR] 2012 Sales Summary Report. It seems that Davis’ focus on staying small and working hard is paying off in a big way. According to the 2012 report, Davis Properties as a company, ranked 18th in over-all sales volume, placing them in the top 5% of companies association wide. “We knew we were having a good year but we’re the ’little guy on the block’. I’ve got four full-time, top-notch agents and two support personnel. When you look at ECAR membership of 370 companies and 2300+ members covering all of Walton, Okaloosa and parts of Santa Rosa County, being in the top 5% is pretty significant. At the end of the day, I’m very happy with the standings but not surprised because of the quality of our team.” remarked Davis.
What they lack in size, Davis Property agents make up for with a highly collaborative team environment, hard work, attention to detail and providing stellar customer service. According to Davis, “Real Estate or any sales field for that matter can be brutally competitive, even within companies that can be very tough. I believe if you create a work environment aimed at putting customer needs first, working together as a team and creatively using win-win solutions, then everyone succeeds.“ Tom Hidell, with work partner Michelle Joly were the top sales agents for Davis last year and also ranked in the top 1% of ECAR sales, as a team. When asked about the company’s rankings Hidell said, “I learned a long time ago that no one accomplishes anything by themselves. Secondly, those successful organizations are ones where people are able to work together effectively. That is really what these results demonstrate.”
Davis Properties, along with many other companies on the Emerald Coast had a very good sales year in 2012. Overall sales numbers in the annual report reflected a definite uptick in the market compared to the previous several years. In 2012, 8460+ properties sold within the association, making it the highest number of properties to change hands in a single year since 2005. Additionally ECAR’s 2012 sales volume exceeded $2.24 billion marking the highest sales volume year since 2006.
About Larry Davis & Davis Properties of NWFL, Inc.
After relocating to 30A from the west coast in 1988, Larry Davis started working with Seaside Group Sales and Cottage Rental Agency in Seaside Florida. He began a real estate sales career in 1990 with Abbott Resorts in Seagrove Beach. In 1993 Davis established his own company, Davis Properties of NW FL, Inc. starting out in one of Seaside’s small kiosks located on the downtown Amphitheatre.
In 1995, Larry worked with the Rosemary Beach developers and was influential in shaping the architectural layout and design that the Traditional Neighborhood Development is known for today. He also established Rosemary Beach Realty and was the broker of record from 1995 - 2001, while still maintaining his company in Seaside for general real estate sales on 30A. In 2011, Davis purchased commercial property and relocated the company to its permanent location in Seagrove Beach, FL.
The Davis Properties Sales team is comprised of a select number of highly dedicated, Realtors® striving for excellence, professionalism and providing stellar customer service. The company specializes in real estate sales in the “Beaches of South Walton” towns of Rosemary Beach, Alys Beach, WaterSound, Seagrove, Seaside, WaterColor, and Grayton Beach, to name a few.