Happy New Year 2009!
My lack of blogging the last month hasn’t been lack of interest, it’s been orchestrating change. The Simms Team left RE/MAX Metro, excited about the new possibilities, but sad about leaving some great people – though we’re only 2 blocks away so we should still be in contact.
We formed ALVA International, Inc., our own real estate company. Our new phone is (727) 898-2582 (898-ALVA) though our old phones will still reach us. Our new location – which we’re so excited about – is at 238 Beach Drive NE, right across from the Museum of Fine Arts. It’s the heart of downtown, where locals and visitors stroll during the day and evening, where people walk their dogs, where they enjoy a meal or coffee or gelato at an outside cafe, where they enjoy events in the parks, visit galleries and museums, and enjoy the waterfront. The Looper Trolley stop is only about 3 trolley lengths away from our front door. We’re just 2-1/2 beautiful blocks from the Renaissance Vinoy Resort & Golf Club.
Our new office, in an old building, is about 1,000 sq ft and was a long narrow open strip when we leased it. In the last month we’ve had partitions built, making a reception area, offices and a conference room. We’ve tried to make it classy yet inviting, welcoming yet professional. We’d love for you to come by and tell us if we’ve achieved that. We chose CRS Building Corp. to do the construction work (a company owned by our clients Craig and Eva Sas) and they’ve done a fabulous job. Talk about coordinating subcontractors and making magic happen – that’s Craig. From the Friday afternoon that I called Craig to tell him he had the job and that the permit was ready for pickup, in 10 business days- during the December holiday season- the space was ready for us to move in, including signoffs on all the required inspections. Thanks, Craig!
The phone line was installed yesterday, the new awning is scheduled up tomorrow, our internet connection is still not connected (we’ve been using cell phones and wireless or air cards in the meantime, but really miss being networked). We should have had Craig in charge of those services, too! The interior lines were ready, the new phone system was ready – but ah, the utility/connection just hasn’t been on the same urgency schedule.
We’re excited about our new company, and an increasing number of ways to better serve our real estate clients. It’s a great way to start a new year. Do come visit ALVA International, home of The Simms Team. We’re here to serve your real estate needs in the St Petersburg and Tampa Bay area, as well as your real estate needs across the nation and the world.
Happy New Year, all!