HELPING PEOPLE AND PETS FIND GREAT HOMES.
Here at The Urban Dog Group, we provide professional and caring real estate services to ensure you find a great property suitable for all your family members, including your pets!
A portion of our proceeds of each transaction goes to The Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando or to our client’s animal rescue charity of choice. When you find a home, homeless pets in our community do too!
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One home draws 35 showings
in a day in hot market
On the evening of Friday Sept. 24, Christine Elias listed a home in the Lake Pickett area for $280,000 — and then, the texts poured in.
The Realtor and founder of Winter Park-based Urban Dog Group by Coldwell Banker said she got 125 text messages from interested buyers by Sunday. She set up 35 showings for Saturday, another 15 on Sunday and got 18 offers. Even as Central Florida home sales decelerate, inventory ticks up and economists loudly wonder about an impending housing market slowdown, local homes in the right place and right time still draw enormous interest, Elias said.
“The days of 10-plus offers are not gone. It’s just about the property, the way it's priced and the location.”
‘Frenzied’ pace behind us?
Economists and analysts by no means forecast a halt to the fast-paced seller’s market visible across the U.S. Instead, many experts point to an ongoing, gradual slowdown.
For example, upward pressure on home prices were “contained,” a possible indication last year's "frenzied pandemic pace" is behind us, said Realtor.com Manager of Economic Research George Ratiu in an Oct. 1 report.
Still, "frenzied" seems an accurate way to describe what Elias encountered. Of course, the home’s price and location made it particularly alluring, she said. For example, a $280,000 home in a good area is a hot commodity, considering only 28% of the homes on the market in August were priced below $300,000, per the Orlando Regional Realtor Association.
Across the board, Central Florida home sales in August fell for the second straight month, the Realtor association’s most recent data showed. There were 3,999 recorded existing home sales, down 4.4% from July. Still, sales were up 13% from August 2020.
Meet The Urban Dog Group
CHRISTINE ELIAS, Realtor
GRI, SRS, ABR, MRP
Coldwell Banker Realty
Christine Elias is the founder of The Urban Dog Group, whose focus is placing people and pets in great properties. Known as the “pet-friendly realtor,” she has a passion for all animals. From dogs and cats to horses, cows, and sheep, she's a fan!
Christine is a part of Coldwell Banker Realty Winter Park. She combines16 years of sales, marketing, strategic planning, and networking experience with extensive knowledge of Greater Orlando. She also has an extensive background in the construction, architectural, and engineering fields. Her team has more than 20 years of commercial, residential, and investment real estate experience.
Christine recently sits on the Board of Directors for the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando. This leadership role fortifies her commitment to the community and helping homeless pets. Proceeds from the sale of each property are donated to the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando or to the animal charity of our clients' choice.
With her advanced selling and negotiating skills as well as her attention to detail, Christine, along with the rest of The Urban Dog Group, ensures that all deadlines are met and all goals are efficiently accomplished. Her flair for creativity and niche marketing makes her a unique addition to Coldwell Banker Realty. Plus, thanks to this global real estate franchise, she has the power to sell homes anywhere.
2017-2019 International Presidents Circle Award - Best of Blue, Coldwell Banker
2016 to 2019 Orlando Realtor Association's Top Producer Club
2017-2019 Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando - Board of Directors
ESA, Emotional Support Animal Certified Realtor
Anne M Hernandez
Anne Hernandez handles marketing campaigns for The Urban Dog Group as a licensed assistant.
After working as a Coldwell Banker Realty office admin, Anne saw an opportunity to work more closely and directly with Christine and other realtors to help support them in their success by becoming a virtual admin. To bring even more value to the Urban Dog Group, Anne is now licensed as a real estate agent.
With a background that includes executive, administrative, and personal assistant, marketing, writing, blogging, content creation, market research, and social media, Anne has years of experience both as an entrepreneur and in the corporate world.
Anne’s love for her family includes her husband, daughters, son-in-law, and two cats (both of whom are rescues). With a similar love of animals and animal rescue, Anne’s support and giveback to this cause supports the beliefs and foundations of the Urban Dog Real Estate Group’s efforts in our community.
A Central Florida native, Michael Dean attended University of Central Florida and now works in the heart of Downtown Orlando as a branch manager for CrossCountry Mortgage Being a local lender means his reputation is held accountable on every transaction. His business is 100 percent referral-based, and he's helped thousands of families in the Central Florida community achieve homeownership. He would be honored to do the same for you.
Michael was ranked nationally on the Scotsman Guide Top Originators 2021 and 2022 lists and was included by SocialSurvey in their 2019 list of America’s Top 50 Loan Officers for Customer Satisfaction.
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WHAT OUR CLIENTS ARE SAYING!
Christine is an outstanding professional who guided us and supported us in every step of our house selection, negotiation and decision processes. We could not be more thankful for Christine's priceless coordination of this buying process.
Marilia // BUYER
Christine is absolutely amazing! My family was up north, so house hunting alone was tough. Christine listened our likes and dislikes. She lined homes based on that criteria. There was no wasting of time. She found our forever home!
Carmine // BUYER
Working with Christine has been an incredible experience. As a first home buyer, I had so many questions and also many fears and insecurities with decision making in this fast paced market and Christine made me super comfortable and I felt confidently guided throughout the entire process. I will recommend Christine to my closest friends and hopefully will get to work with her again in the future.
Paul // BUYER