My dad was one of the original “real estate flippers.” While HGTV has made this glamorous, I can assure you, it was borderline craziness when my father did it in the 1960’s and 1970’s. My father bought and sold houses as we made our way across the United States, from Colorado to California to Washington State to Florida. He showed me what to look for and where easy changes could be made to improve the flow and utility of a home.
Real estate seeped right into my blood.
As an adult, I married very young and had two beautiful children, first a girl and then a boy. When my children started their formal schooling, I started to attend college and loved learning.
My education created upward mobility for my career at SunTrust and I began to work with private banking customers. I helped these high net worth individuals with their lending and mortgage needs, as well as with any other banking assistance they required. I learned to look at the requested transaction in light of the customer’s overall situation and relationship, both financial and emotional.
After I completed my degree, 10 years after that first class, and my children were heading to college, I moved to South Florida from the Orlando area and began working for a residential real estate attorney. I learned about many of the legal issues related to real estate transactions, as well as the title side of the business.
In 2002, I moved to St. Petersburg to begin my new career in real estate. When I drove across the Howard Frankland Bridge for the first time, I had that beautiful moment of clarity when I got “that feeling” – the feeling that I was home! St. Petersburg has been my home for almost 20 years and I have functioned at the multi-million dollar producer level since shortly after I began my career. Although my business has grown, I am dedicated to working closely with every single one of my clients because I love what I do; helping them with my abilities and experience to travel their own journey to home ownership…or freedom from it when the time comes. The added beauty is that this path looks different for every person, and I get to appreciate the unique journey I share with each client.
My journey to this time in my life has not always been easy, but looking back, it seems clear to me that my experiences led me to where I belong! My hope is that by sharing my journey, you will appreciate my knowledge and experience.
About 85% of my business comes from past clients whom I have helped on their real estate journey. Many of my clients refer their friends and families to me and each one is a compliment I value.
It is important for prospective clients to learn about who I am as they begin to work with me. Thank you for visiting my website - Invite me to help you with your exciting journey!
Jennifer Crone, Marketing Director, has been working with Rebecca for over 15 years. She makes sure the behind-the-scenes activities move forward on time and the clients continue to receive information after the closings. She helps with the emails regarding listings, solds, and the monthly newsletter. She even authors some of the content.
Additionally, Jennifer provides support for Rebecca in setting up showings, tracking finances, and any other help which is needed. She has been invaluable in helping to provide the service that our clients have come to count on from Rebecca El Couhen.
Rebecca has been quoted by Cindy Dobyns, author of "The Un-Tourist Guide" several times. She continues to be in the 100% Club at RE/MAX Metro and Rebecca earned a spot in the annual Pinellas Realtor Association's Top 100 Agents for 2016!
Rotarian Rebecca Stewart received her Paul Harris +1 sapphire pin. Paul Harris fellows, named in honor of Rotary's founder, support the Rotary Foundation with financial donations. Congrats Rebecca!
Pre-Memorial Day "Day of Service" with the DAR
Rebecca, a member of the St. Petersburg Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, worked with other volunteers in May and November to place American flags on the known Veterans’ grave sites in a local cemetery to commemorate their service to our country, as well as to clean up the cemetery in general.
Free First Friday Event
Together with Seminole Rotary, Rebecca is proud to share the "First Friday Event" which is located at Seminole Town Center each first Friday of the month - even in the summer! There is live music and vendors. Donations benefit local underprivileged children and there is fund matching through the Rotary Foundation.
Join us for a good time and to help our local children.
Keeping the Singing Going
The St. Petersburg Opera Guild helps provide financial support to the St Petersburg Opera Company and promotes vocal competitions to promote up-and-coming singers.