Erika is the office manager/co-owner of Buyers Broker of Florida, an Exclusive Buyer Brokerage that specializes in representing ONLY the best interest of the home buyer, never the seller. Erika brings with her the experience, expertise and commitment needed to make sure that the buyers can rely on her to guide them to make the smartest home buying decision.
Erika grew up in Real Estate as the daughter of parents who practiced Exclusive Buyers Agency, a specialty niche limited to the highest standard of Buyer Representation. Erika worked her way through college as their assistant and became involved in all facets of the Home Buying process and grew to understand the nuances of Real Estate inside and out.
Upon graduating college with several degrees, Erika went into the corporate world and moved up the company ladder quickly as she became CNA's youngest manager. But it was too late...she was already bitten by the Real Estate bug.
Today Erika has been a licensed premier Exclusive Buyers Agent for 18 years, dedicated solely to finding the best buys for home buyers. She is highly experienced and brings an unparalleled knowledge about all the facets of a Real Estate transaction.
Erika's continual advanced real estate education gives her an edge much needed by any home buyer. She has taken many advanced classes on Short Sales, Foreclosures, Buyer Agency, Contracts, RE Law, Negotiations, Mortgages, Appraisals, Title Insurance, Agency, and Real Estate Ethics.
Erika’s expert opinion on the West Coast Florida Real Estate Market has been sought by Bloomberg News, Kiplinger’s Money Magazine and more.
Erika understands property analysis, negotiations, contracts, and never leaves a stone unturned in her quest to serve her clients with the highest fiduciary duties of total loyalty, strict confidentiality, and full disclosure.
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Getting a Florida Real Estate
License is easy, knowing what
to do with it takes experience…
How getting cheated in a Real Estate Transaction changed our life and brought Buyer Agency to Florida... In 1990, Mike and I got cheated in our first investment property purchase. In those days, every broker worked only for the seller as there was no category for buyer representation, but we were not aware of that.
The broker we were working with acted like our best friend so we naively trusted him, only to later learn that he was actually one of the owners of the property!! We ended up paying a higher price than we should have, with condo assessments and closing costs that should have been the sellers' costs, not ours.
After closing we felt deflated...we should have known better. We were shocked at how easy it was to deceive or cheat the buyer! It was not going to happen again...at least not to us.
Our desire to learn the Real Estate Game... We started our journey by obtaining a Real Estate License. I then bartered for a Brokers License, a Mortgage Broker License, and Appraising Certification.
Mike was a big shot with Eastern Airlines at the time, and I had a different business, so becoming real estate agents had never crossed our minds. We had no intention of changing careers...we just wanted to be smarter for our next investment, so that we don’t get ripped off again.
Then Eastern Airlines went bust... With two kids in college and one still at home, we decided to go into business representing the best interest of homebuyers...it sounded simple.
In 1992, Mike and I opened the first Buyer Brokerage office in South Florida. We knew buyer representation was badly needed, but we did not expect that the traditional brokers would be so determined to put us out of business.
To make things worse, homebuyers did not know we even existed so we weren't even doing any business. We survived by selling our primary residence and our extras like the horses and corvette. We moved into a one-bedroom condo in order to pay the office overhead and bills.
Meanwhile... five other Buyer Brokerage Offices opened in the area. They quickly became ostracized with false complaints, unwarranted investigations, threats, vandalism and pure hate.
Bogus Investigations... It is rare that any real estate office has even one investigation in a lifetime; we were investigated by the state 3 times in 2 years for “anonymous” broker complaints.
Not only was every piece of paper in our files scrutinized, our bank accounts were audited three times...they even called our bank to make sure that we did not have two sets of books...
More about your needs
than the commission...
We run that extra mile for
you...and then some.
We always do what
we say we will.
As experts in Buyer Representation, we are nationally recognized as a premier Buyer Brokerage Office that is uniquely experienced in finding and evaluating the best buys. Since we have our finger on the pulse, our outspoken real estate opinions are always in demand.
We have been featured in Money Magazine, Kiplinger's Personal Finance. Washington Post, LA Times, Orlando Sentinel Newspaper, Contra Costa Times. Sun Sentinel Newspaper, Broward Review, Business Review, Inman News, Bloomberg News. Florida Association of Realtors Magazine, and the National Association of Exclusive Buyers Agents.
“How to protect your biggest investment”…more and more buyers have been asking for a “Buyers Agent” that works exclusively for them, not sellers. You can’t have partial loyalty; an agent either works for you or works for someone else".
"Only by using an Exclusive Buyers Agent can a buyer be sure that all information is kept confidential. Only an Exclusive Buyers Agent can give the buyer an objective, experienced opinion of the homes viewed to ensure the buyer gets the right home in the right location".
“Buyers Brokers are agents that Buyers can call their own. If your agent is not a buyer's broker, he works for the seller.”
“You save big bucks by hiring a Buyer Broker."
“Confide to a Traditional Real Estate Broker that you're prepared to bid as much as $XXX on a house and the broker will tip off the seller. Tell a Buyer's Broker and the seller will never know.”
"Exclusive agencies are the best. They remove any conflict of interest, which is the main reason for considering a Buyer Broker in the first place.”
“A Buyers Broker is prohibited from disclosing to a seller that the buyer can, or will, pay more than what has been offered.. to eliminate the conflict off interest, hire one"
"If you want someone to represent only your interests, consider hiring an "Exclusive Buyer's Agent" who will be working for you."
“Internationally acclaimed financial specialist recommends exclusive Buyers Agents for a home purchase.”
"Ralph Nadar again held up Exclusive Buyer Brokerage as the only legitimate options for the home buying public."