Hi there!

Thank you for visiting my web site!  I would much rather meet you in person, but I hope that after learning a little more about me, what I believe in, and how I conduct business, we will have that opportunity.

Prior to earning my Florida Real Estate license in 2005, I worked in the journalism and political arenas.  I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Kansas State University and a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of North Florida.  My 20 years prior experience includes reporting and producing for ABC News, CBS Sports and several major publications.  I also led several initiatives for the mayor in Jacksonville and taught government, politics and journalism at the high school and college levels.  I believe this depth of experience has given me invaluable knowledge and resources to better serve my clients in such areas as communication, research, negotiating, problem solving, permitting, zoning and new construction.

From this background of public service, I have continued as a Realtor to not focus on property, but on the individuals I am serving.  When I work with a buyer, we don’t even talk about the perfect home until I fully understand his or her lifestyle, values, hopes and dreams.  Where you call home is such a valuable part of your life that considerable thought should go into the decision.  Once the part of town and type of home has been determined, then finding just the right home is seldom a challenge.  And with my powerful research tools, we can efficiently and effectively fine tune our search.

If you are selling a home, I make a concerted effort to identify and focus on our target buyer. No matter what the market conditions are, success comes from creativity, persistence and hard work.  And, most importantly, your home must be priced at or below market value.  The longer a home sits on the market, the harder it is to sell.  For example, in the past 25 years, I have sold all of my personal properties in less than five weeks.

My success as a Realtor, and in life in general, is based on several guiding principles/values:

The Golden Rule – Treat others as you want to be treated.

Pay attention to detail, follow through on all promises and conduct business with the utmost integrity.

Be persistent, protective of your clients’ interests and do whatever it takes (ethically and legally) to get the job done.

And, most importantly, be joyful, generous in your giving and love what you do!

Thank you for considering me as your Realtor.  I hope we have the opportunity to work together.
Many blessings,

Cindy K. Oatess

St. Pete averages
Sunny Days Per Year!

I have over
years of professional experience

More than
years as a FL Licensed Realtor


From the moment Kaylan and I met Cindy, it was like we had been friends forever. Cindy has a gift for making home buyers [especially first-time buyers such as ourselves] feel comfortable without sacrificing the highest standard of professionalism. Cindy knows the Tampa market in-and-out which was quickly apparent in the list of criteria-meeting houses she presented us during our initial meeting. Throughout visiting the homes, Cindy instinctively learned and listened to what we said and would actually remind us of our comments on future home viewings when highlighting pro’s and con’s. Cindy made herself available to us on our schedule, never once making us feel like we were anything less than her top priority. Finally, not only was Cindy a wonderful realtor but also used her experience and knowledge of interior design/décor to help us envision finished rooms whether they were decorated with a different style or perhaps unfinished (new construction). Not a day goes by that we think we have anything less than the perfect home; already full of wonderful memories Kaylan, Benny and I will always treasure.

Jack and Kaylan Knauss
Jack and Kaylan Knauss
South Tampa

I have known Cindy both professionally and personally for 7 years. I met her when my job was taking photographs of homes for sale. I immediately noticed her dedication and honesty to her clients that I have not seen with the other realtors I have worked with (and there have been many). When my fiancé and I decided to buy a house the decision was a very personal one. We were looking to start a new life with a fresh start for our new blended family after a period of grief and sadness. My fiancé and his children lost their mother to cancer, and my son had been through a divorce. A new beautiful home that we would share seemed like the perfect way to start this process. I had almost every realtor in Tampa at my disposal due to my connections and knew many of them very well, but would not have chosen anyone over Cindy.

The purchasing of our new home was a fantastic experience. She found the home we had described to her, with additional amenities and most importantly, in our price range. We thought so highly of the experience that there could be no other person to sell our current home. Cindy was able to get our home in order to sell in record time. We had several buyers after the first showing, which was during a terrible thunderstorm. The buyers were ready and aggressive which made us very excited. Cindy’s experience was invaluable in making the decision on which buyer to work with. During the final stages of selling the home, the other realtor became greedy and disrespectful. Cindy navigated the realtor’s eleventh hour antics with class and earnest. We were able to get our asking price which in turn raised the value of all the homes in our old neighborhood. She will always hold a special place our hearts.

The Porter Family
The Porter Family
Cheval - Lutz

Buying a house for the first time can be a daunting task, but Cindy Oatess made the experience seem effortless. Charles and I were a little unsure of what to look for, so Cindy took the time to understand us and go over all of our options before patiently showing us a wide variety of homes. When we received a call one day from Cindy that she had found us “the house”, we couldn’t believe it at first. But, as soon as we pulled up the driveway…we knew! The house is just right for us to start our family and the neighborhood suits our personalities. Cindy walked us through the buying process from start to finish. Her positive energy and willingness to help us see this through made our house buying experience a smooth transition.

Cindy Oatess takes the time to really understand her clients and she has a true passion for finding the perfect fit for a new home. We couldn’t be more excited about our purchase and couldn’t have done it without her! Thank you Cindy!

Heike and Charles (and baby Samuel arriving soon!)
Heike and Charles (and baby Samuel arriving soon!)
Seminole Heights, Florida