Melissa Stone ~ Tampa Bay’s TOP Real Estate Agent

Congratulations to Melissa Stone with Lipply Real Estate! We are proud to announce that Melissa Stone in among the top 100 agents in the Pinellas Realtor Organization for top sales in January 2011. Are you looking for a hard working top notch real estate agent to help you find a home or condo on Clearwater Beach, Clearwater or North Pinellas? Contact Melissa today!

Melissa Stone
Call Melissa at 727 667 1571

Lipply Team – Top 10 for 2009

Pinellas Realtor Organization just released the top 300 agents in the area in terms of sales productivity. The Lipply Team, headed by Robert Lipply is #7 for year to date sales of 2009. If you are looking for a top Tampa Bay Real Estate Team to get your home SOLD, give us a call. We have the track record you are looking for!

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Ian Gibbons 2009 National Merit Finalist

JW Mitchell High School senior Ian Gibbons (my nephew) is now among the high school elite. Ian has recently been named a National Merit Finalist. This achievement, awarded through National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), is regarded as one of the most prestigious academic awards for high school students in the United States.

Ian was named a semifinalist when he scored in the top one percent of U.S. high school seniors on his PSAT exam in his junior year. He is one of only three Pasco County, Florida students to receive this distinction. A total of 15,000 finalists were selected based on their SAT scores, academic records, personal essays and community service work. From this group of finalists, many students will be awarded scholarships, and about half will be given the coveted title of National Merit Scholar.

At Mitchell High School, Ian has maintained a 4.0 GPA while juggling a heavy load of AP and Honors classes. He is Vice President of Scholarship for the National Honor Society, Secretary for the Spanish National Honor Society and a member of the National Art Honor Society. He volunteers his time for after school tutoring at the high school as well. He also works at the local Trinity Chick-fil-A part-time for extra spending money.

For the past three years, Ian has volunteered his Saturdays at the Suncoast Primate Sanctuary in Palm Harbor as an animal caregiver. The Sanctuary is a shelter for great apes, monkeys, and other animals that have been abandoned by their owners. Ian chose to work at the sanctuary because, he says, “Originally, I wanted to find a place to do community service in order to get my hours for Bright Futures. I stayed on after completing my hours because I realized it was a really good experience. And, I became attached to the animals.” He added, “The best part is the everyday interaction with these fascinating, and sometimes very humanlike creatures.”

Ian is the son of Joe and DeeDee Gibbons of Trinity, Florida. Joe is a Realtor with Lipply Real Estate. Originally from Fairfield CT, the Gibbons family put school choice high on their list when deciding where to call home. The Trinity area appealed to them due to the family atmosphere, newer homes, and good schools in the area.

Still undecided where he’ll be attending college next year, Ian is leaning towards psychology or philosophy as a major. The family is very proud of Ian and we know that whatever he does in his life he will be successful.

Lipply Real Estate Leads Other Realtors in North Pinellas

The well respected and coveted Kenst Report, which tracks the top 125 Real Estate Agents in North Pinellas, recently posted its’ current report. The three main categories, which include selling, listing, and combined sales, rank Robert Lipply of Lipply Real Estate as the #1 selling associate in North Pinellas for 1st, 2nd & 3rd Quarters. That’s every month from January up to October! Robert and his team of four real estate agents (Joe Gibbons, Thomas Towns, Arlene Colecchia, and Michael Madson) together sold 40 properties during this time period. The Lipply Group, part of RE/MAX Realtec, had the most recorded sales in the entire North Pinellas area. The Palm Harbor RE/MAX Realtec office is centrally located in the Tampa Bay area.

Fred Kenst of Tarpon Springs has been reporting on Florida Brokerage firms for 18 years and compiles these numbers for profit. Real Estate agents wait in anticipation to see where they rank with their associates. We are proud to be #1!

What have we sold? Together our team has sold homes all over the Tampa Bay Real Estate area. From St. Petersburg in the south, Pasco County in the north, Tampa in the east and Dunedin in the west, we have sold in all these areas! Price ranges vary, but we are seeing an increased interest in condos, affordable single family homes, and waterfront property. Short sales and foreclosures seem to top the list, but for those who desire a quick closing or a “move in condition” property, a traditional listing with an aggressive offer most times works out to the buyer’s advantage. Yet, people all over the United States still think homes are not selling in Florida. Homes are selling and with our fantastic internet presence we have many buyers. We also have many of our own real estate listings and these listings are selling as well. Over the last few months, we have sold 6 of our own listings, some within one week of listing them.

If you are looking to sell a home in Pinellas, Pasco, or Hillsborough County, it only makes sense to list your property with the team that has the buyers! When you list with us, we give you ultimate exposure on the Internet to prospective buyers and a wide reach on the MLS to other real estate agents. Either way, the goal is to sell your home, and that’s what we have been doing. And doing it well.