By Suzy Wiesenhart

Keller Williams Opens New Office in FishHawk

Team Leader, Lisa Spencer has opened a new Keller Williams office at 15268 Lithia Pinecrest Rd. in Lithia.  The new office will be open 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 12 Noon-6 p.m. on Sunday. Keller Williams is a full-service real estate company that has dominated the Tampa Bay area for the past five years. Their agents have secured the J.D. Power & Associates award for both buyer and seller satisfaction in 2012, and they intend to bring the same service to the FishHawk area residents. Visit its grand opening event Saturday and Sunday, September 29 and 30. You can reach Spencer at 684-9500 or visit Like them on FishHawk Real Estate Hot Spot.


Rich Kemper of Keller Williams Realty Earns Certification

Professional Property Management Certification has been added to Rich Kemper’s resume. He has been doing property management for years on his own properties, but due to a high demand in the market place for professional property management, he has now begun offering it to his clients.

There are two types of residential property management services that he offers: Tenant Acquisition and Full-Service Property Management. Tenant Acquisition is where a real estate professional secures a tenant and has a lease drawn up for the owner, who is then responsible for everything else including then managing the property.

“Your home is one of the most important investments you will make,” said Kemper, “and letting a professional real estate person who is trained in property management manage your property for you is the smart thing to do.” For more information about property management, call 777-5332, e-mail or visit


Michele Herndon of Keller Williams Realty South Shore

Michele Herndon earned the prestigious Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE) designation, having completed extensive training in foreclosure avoidance, with a particular emphasis on short sales. The skills and education amassed by Herndon will help benefit the South Shore area residents and communities.

Short sales allow the distressed homeowner to repay the mortgage at the price the home sells for, even if it is lower than what is owed on the property. With plummeting property values, this can save many people from foreclosure and even bankruptcy. More and more lenders are willing to consider short sales because they are much less costly than foreclosures.

“The CDPE designation has been invaluable as I work with homeowners and lenders on complicated short sales,” said Herndon. “It is so rewarding to be able to help families have their homes from foreclosure.”  You can reach Herndon at 523-9222 or e-mail her at


Real Estate Pro Dawn Turner Helps Local Homeowners Avoid Foreclosure

Dawn Turner, real estate agent and Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE), of Keller Williams announced that she is now among an elite group of over 40,000 national CDPE trained professionals helping local homeowners avoid foreclosure via short sales.

This option is less harmful to a homeowner’s credit score, does not challenge employment or security clearance, and allows the seller to be eligible for Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac backed loans sooner than a foreclosure.

The CDPE designation, offered by the Charfen Institute, is the fastest-growing independent designation in real estate industry history.

“My philosophy, in all that I do, is to educate and empower.  It is the only way to help families navigate through an otherwise daunting situation.  I now have the tools to help them understand the options that are available,” said Turner.

Turner, a 14-year resident in the Brandon area, has served as the marketing manager for the Nation’s largest developer of residential communities and the Tampa Area’s best selling community. She has seen what foreclosures can do to a community. To find out more about Turner, visit If you are considering a short sale solution, visit her website at

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Kelly Wise Valdes has been writing for the Osprey Observer since 2008. She graduated in 1989 from Florida Southern College with a B.S. in Communications and enjoys writing and traveling. She currently resides in northern Hillsborough County with her husband, David. When not traveling and writing, Kelly and her husband enjoy spending time with their five grown children (as well as their grandchildren) that still keep them very busy.