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:
Thank you for considering me as your Realtor. I hope we have the opportunity to work together.
Cindy K. Oatess
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.
I've known Cindy for at least 15 years as she was a patient of the doctor I used to work for. She was always smiling and happy each time I saw her and very passionate about being a Realtor. So when my sister and I were no longer able to take care of the triplex we inherited from our Dad, we knew who to call. Cindy found us a cash buyer within one week and pretty darn close to our asking price. The transaction was fast, easy and we closed within two weeks. Cindy was awesome throughout the whole process!
I told Cindy then that I was considering buying a condo. She patiently waited until I was ready. Several years went by, but I finally decided to make the move. We looked every weekend for a long time, but we finally found the perfect place. It took longer than I anticipated, but I was very picky and under a strict budget. In several cases I lost out to cash buyers and was ready to throw in the towel. Cindy always said to not worry- that she would find just the right place for me. She always encouraged me to keep going and was always so pleasant, caring and passionate about helping me.
It finally happened! It was love at first sight and I am so happy in my new home! Not only is it very affordable with all the amenities I need, but it's centrally located in beautiful St. Petersburg and only 10 minutes to the beach. We closed on St. Patty's Day and it was the best move I've ever made! This is my first home as a single person and Cindy helped make it possible, which I am forever thankful for. If you are considering buying or selling, I highly recommend Cindy. She's the best!!
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.
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!
Cindy Oatess is a joy to help guide real estate transactions. She does her homework, provides prompt communications during negotiations, and is totally buttoned-up in her paperwork. Give her a call if you want to buy or sell.