With more than 20 years of experience in banking, most recently as an executive managing teams of people, local Realtor Roxanne Simmonds of Premier Sotheby’s International Realty has the expertise to help her clients navigate the sometimes-tricky process of buying or selling a home.
The Cory Lake Isles resident says she fell in love with the New Tampa area when she relocated to Tampa from Boston 11 years ago. At the time, she was a market executive with Bank of America and was later promoted to area executive for West Florida.
After that, Roxanne worked as a program executive, where she says she traveled all over the country, managing the sale of financial centers to community banks. She explains that when Bank of America executives wanted to sell off financial centers that no longer fit their business model, she would manage that transition, which would include selling the physical building, transitioning clients to the new community bank and transitioning Bank of America associates to their new employer.
While Bank of America brought her to Tampa, Roxanne says it was the appeal of Cory Lake Isles that drew her to New Tampa. She says she always loved her drive back home after working in downtown Tampa. In fact, although she still spends most of her time in the New Tampa/Wesley Chapel area, the Premier Sotheby’s International Realty local office is in South Tampa on S. Moody Ave.
“There’s so much beauty (in New Tampa),” she says. “With the quietness and trees, I feel like I’m going to my country home right in Tampa.”
She says homes in the New Tampa area currently are an excellent value, especially when you consider the amenities offered in many local communities — such as community pools and clubhouses — and the proximity to shopping at two major local malls and the continuing influx of new restaurants.
“We are a community that truly has something for everyone,” says Roxanne.“I love this area,” she adds. “If my husband and I decide to downsize, it will still be in New Tampa. I see the growth of the community, but it seems it’s growing closer together. You have all different backgrounds, and the diversity is fabulous.”
She also enjoys the proximity to downtown Tampa, where she and her husband, Dennis, enjoy visiting Jackson’s of Harbour Island, Armature Works and other restaurants.
Roxanne and Dennis have been married 33 years. They live with their newly-adopted Maltipoo puppy, Webster. Their daughter, Nicole, used to live in Cory Lake Isles, too, but recently moved back to Boston and will be married this October. Their son, D.J., was a Boston police officer who died in 2014 as a result of injuries sustained when he was one of the first officers to engage the Boston Marathon bombers nearly a year before.
“He’s our hero,” says Roxanne.
About Premier Sotheby’s International Realty
Roxanne says she was drawn to Premier Sotheby’s International Realty because it is a luxury brand with a great reputation. Although she is one of the first associates in New Tampa with the company, she is familiar with its reputation from her time in downtown Tampa and Boston. Premier Sotheby’s is affiliated with the world-renowned Sotheby’s auction house (Sothebys.com).
Roxanne left her role with Bank of America in 2016 and took some time off. She earned her real estate license in 2017, and that’s when she says her phone started ringing off the hook from companies who were recruiting her to join their agency.
But, no one from Premier Sotheby’s ever called her. She says that’s because the company is difficult to get into because of its high standards. So, Roxanne decided to call them.
The local Premier Sotheby’s management found her banking background and customer service focus a great match for their upscale company. Plus, Roxanne did residential lending in the early part of her career, so she already understood that important part of the home-buying process.
“I know how to treat people well,” says Roxanne. “I’ve been trained through the companies I’ve worked for, but I also just know that it’s important to treat people with respect and to be kind.”
She doesn’t overlook the simple things: “If you say you’re going to do something,” she says, “do it. Be timely. Return phone calls.”
While the name Sotheby’s conjures up images of luxury, Roxanne says she will help anyone looking to buy or sell a home.
She says her currently active listings go up to $850,000 right now, but she’s also working with a client looking to purchase in the $180,000-$250,000 price range.
“We have multi-million-dollar properties,” Roxanne says, “but we have a wide variety, too. No matter what the price point is, I make sure the client has a luxury experience.”
Roxanne adds that if you’re considering selling your home, there’s no reason to try to make that decision alone. “If you are even thinking about whether or not to sell your house, contact me,” she says. “I can give you information to help with the decision, either way.”
She can help you understand the value of your home and have a conversation about where you want to go in the next season of life and how to get there.
She helps buyers who are relocating, those who are buying a first home, a bigger home or downsizing. Whether they need to know how to get electricity, what a CDD is, or how flood zones work, Roxanne says she can help guide buyers and sellers through all of their questions. She adds that she enjoys helping people find the special place that will become their home.
“It is just a material thing, but it’s where memories are made, where we celebrate holidays and birthdays, and at the end of a hard day, it’s where we retreat from life,” Roxanne explains. “So, we want it to be comfortable, whether it’s 1,000 square feet or 7,000.”
Premier Sotheby’s International Realty’s Tampa office is located at 202 S. Moody Ave. For a consultation with Roxanne Simmonds, call her at (813) 613-3687 or send an email to Roxanne.Simmonds@PremierSIR.com. For more information, or visit RoxanneSimmonds.PremierSothebysRealty.com.