I'm Doug Corbin. I work with Buyers and Sellers to minimize the pressures that relocation and moving places on them. I am a seasoned full service realtor, guiding and counseling my customers every step of the way.
Since 1997, I've been entrusted by hundreds of loyal Buyers and Sellers.
Perhaps my guiding principles and the way I conduct Real Estate transactions are what you are looking for.
An unusual blend of work experiences has shaped me and contributed to the Realtor I am today. All had the common thread of placing me in a position to help others. That's something I was born to do.
My first job out of college was amazing. I was a youth advocate in Long Island, NY. We worked cooperatively with the school district, the courts, probation and law enforcement. Our goals were to promote responsible youth development. Those years were priceless. Each day was different, challenging and fast paced. Just like Real Estate!
A typical work day back then might begin with a classroom presentation. Next, a consultation with Guidance. Then strategic planning with the Superintendent of Schools. After that, advocating for a youth in Court, or a family counseling session.
Then the suit and tie would come off and be replaced by denim. Because for the rest of the day and night, my colleagues and I transitioned to a different world. And it took us to some very unusual environments. We were on call for kids in crisis. Runaways, family strife, poor grades, broken hearts, fragile emotions, peer pressure, and abuse all created the need for mentoring and support. Mostly, these young people needed to know that somebody cared. They needed safety and direction.
Every Realtor should be fortunate enough to have had my first job. It required critical thinking and problem solving skills. Also, patience and tact. Multi tasking was a must. Being a good listener was important. So was working effectively with diverse groups. Strong negotiation skills were required. As was knowing when to compromise. I had to be empathetic but tough. Focused and productive. And it was a great lesson in navigating the complex "political" waters of corporate structures and organizations. Wow! What an awesome job!
Next came Paul Stuart, an upscale retail apparel store on Madison Ave in NYC. This was a highly structured environment. Many customers were well known VIPs. Here, I sharpened my listening skills and became even more discreet. All useful skills in Real Estate. And Paul Stuart is where I met my wife! Talk about being in the right place at the right time!
Next stop was selling trimmings and pocketing to clothing manufacturers in NY, NJ & PA. These remote factory towns were the opposite of my Madison Ave job. No famous celebrities here. My products weren't unique. Yet I opened many accounts due to solid relationship building and reliability. I also learned how to cold call, another valuable future real estate lesson.
I parlayed my retail clothing experience and knowledge of clothing manufacturing into a fabulous career opportunity with the Champion Pants Company.
Hired as Director of Marketing, promoted to National Sales Manager, and then Divisional Vice President. I managed all sales & marketing activity. This included strategy, advertising & promotion, and key account selling to stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Bloomingdales and Brooks Brothers. With offices in Manhattan and factories in Pennsylvania and Ohio, we produced record sales.
When Champion was sold, I joined the Robert Aaron Young Art Gallery in New York's prestigious Decoration and Design Building. Today, this knowledge helps me advise my real estate customers in home staging and decor.
With these experiences under our belts, my wife and I relocated our family to Winter Springs in 1989 to become Fantastic Sams Family Haircare franchisees. We built the business from the ground up. Our store was among the region's top locations. Neither of us cut hair. We handled the customer service, marketing, and business end.
We sold Fantastic Sams after my real estate business gained momentum.
Real Estate allows me to blend the counseling skills developed in my Social Service days with the customer service/sales/marketing skills sharpened in my Corporate and Business years. For me, it's the best of both worlds!
Here is a summary of my Real Estate accomplishments:
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Thanks for letting me share my story. I'm particulary proud of the customer feedback on the Testimonial page. Take a look if you'd like. I really enjoy helping others achieve their goals successfully. Please don't hesitate to contact me if I can help you!