A native Neapolitan, Dustin Beard has seen Naples grow from a small, sleepy town into one of the country’s most desirable places to live. This rare perspective gives him unparalleled insight into Naples’ market, its hidden gems, its sought-after neighborhoods and its prospects for the future.
“Naples is changing—every day, in little ways,” he says. “The best realtors are aware of those changes; we notice small fluctuations in the market, and we respond to those changes on behalf of our clients.”
Of course, Naples isn’t the only thing that’s changing. Buying and selling real estate is much different than it was just a few short years ago, and Dustin has worked hard to keep his knowledge and strategy on the cutting edge. In addition to his honors degree in business-to-business sales from Western Carolina University, Dustin holds professional designations that distinguish him from the sea of local realtors. For example, he is an Accredited Buyer Representative—a title held by only 2 percent of all realtors—and is accredited by the Council of Residential Specialists, the highest designation awarded to realtors.
“The days of listing a house and waiting for it to sell are over,” he says. “Sellers need a realtor who has a strategy from day one.” A layered approach is best: Dustin markets each listing across multiple platforms, including the Internet, direct mail, newspaper, magazine and word of mouth. Each client receives a monthly marketing report, detailing exactly how Dustin marketed the listing.
Buyers also benefit from Dustin’s expertise. A member of the legal review board at the Naples Area Board of Realtors, he can walk clients through the intricacies of contract negotiations easily and thoroughly. His knowledge of individual neighborhoods’ markets and value trends ensures that buyers make smart investments, and his network of contacts—attorneys, appraisers, title companies and surveyors—helps keep the transaction moving smoothly.
“Ultimately, my market knowledge helps my clients sell faster, buy smarter and enjoy the transaction,” he says. “I’m committed to serving my clients and making sure they get the best deals in paradise. It’s what I love to do.”