About Laura Blackwell
Laura has lived in the Tampa Bay community since 1982. Born in Savannah, Georgia and raised in and around Boston, Massachusetts; she understands Northern sensibilities with a deep appreciation of the character of the South.
Laura's professional focus has always been the delivery of world class customer service while focusing on her client's best interests. Laura prides herself on the personal recommendations and repeat referrals which account for the majority of her book of business. Laura recognizes the intrinsic value of building relationships, not sales.
In addition to her real estate career, Laura has been a leader in the mortgage industry for over the past decade and has been a licensed mortgage broker since 2004. Laura's deep understanding of all the many financing options gives her clients the ability to integrate their investment in a new home constructively and seamlessly into their portfolio. Laura is creative and persistent. When the financing markets slowed down, Laura used her mortgage expertise and bank relationships as the foundation for her work as a successful short-sale negotiator for one of St. Petersburg's leading law firms. Laura's move into the real estate market was only natural considering her background and experience. Laura is undeniably the whole package when it comes to picking a real estate professional.
Coastal Properties Group International
August 2017 - Present
238 Beach Drive NE - St. Petersburg, FL 33701
– August 2017
201 2nd Street North - St. Petersburg, FL 33701
– (1 year)
– (1 year 1 month)
– (1 year 7 months)
Buyers agent for one of the top producing teams.
Responsible for showing buyers properties throughout Pinellas county.
– (8 months)St. Petersburg, Florida
Negotiated and finalized Short Sales for large client base.
Utilized background as a mortgage broker to serve as a liaison between the lender, Realtor, and seller.
Effectively organized all documents required to ensure a successful short sale.
– (4 years 7 months)St. Petersburg, Florida
Educate clients about financial products to meet their financial needs.
Provided clients with desired payment and cost levels associated with buying or refinancing a home or asset.
Facilitated the prompt and accurate completion of all mortgage documents.
– (1 year 10 months)St. Petersburg, Florida
Originated Mortgage Loans for new home purchases and refinances.
Researched loan programs tailored to meet the financial needs of individual clients.
Reviewed credit reports, analyzed income statements, and asset to debt ratios.
Ensured timely closings by maintaining constant communication throughout the entire loan process among the borrower (s), appraiser, lender, Title company and Realtor.
– (9 months)St. Petersburg, Florida
Established procedures, practices and protocol for internet-based mortgage closing department.
Oversaw all aspects of approval for closing residential loans.
Liaison between the sales team, lender and Title company.