Editor’s Note: We spoke with Erin Halstead, a professional realtor with Michael Saunders & Company based in Englewood. Please call 941-270-0539 or click here to visit her website.
Erin, tell our readers about your roots in Englewood including some of your civic positions?
I grew up in Englewood and have some very fond memories of growing up here. So much has changed, but the sense of community remains strong. I’ve known many of my friends and people I do business with since elementary school. We have an amazing community of individuals and families that care about others. I’m currently the treasurer for The Englewood Area Cancer Foundation (EACF). EACF was founded by two Englewood couples who had done a lot of fundraising for a cancer charity and wanted to find a way for all of the money raised locally to help local people. We are a volunteer organization focused on helping anyone in our community battling cancer. A few years ago, my friend Melody Vasbinder with Real Bikes Englewood suggested we hold a family fun run on Thanksgiving morning to raise funds and awareness for the EACF. Our event in 2019 is our sixth fun run benefits EACF.
How long have you been a realtor and what does your Circle of
Excellence Award signify?
I became a full timer realtor in 2015. The Circle of Excellence Award is presented by Michael Saunders for dedication to upholding the company reputation and commitments, as well as recognition for sales results.
What do you enjoy
most about your profession and what are a few of the challenges?
I love working with people. Getting to know new people is fun for me and helping with each sale is a new challenge. Every transaction is unique, and every sale has a family with its own special story. I enjoy helping sellers realize their dreams while making smart investment choices. Buying or selling a home is an emotional process, so I pay a lot of attention to being helpful, thoughtful and reassuring during the buying and selling process.
What kind of work did
you do previously and how have your prior experiences enhanced your
capabilities as a realtor?
I worked in my family’s business for over 20 years. I ran the day-to-day operations of a portable toilet rental and septic company. I negotiated contracts with local and state agencies as well as national companies. As a business owner, I’m able to relate well with many of the people that choose to buy homes in the Englewood area. Most people that come here have been in business for years and are retiring or buying a second home.
Can Englewood retain
its small town sensibilities with so many new developments and residents moving
here from around the U.S.?
Yes. I just worked with a great couple from Maine that had been vacationing in the Bahamas for several years. Their property there was destroyed by a hurricane and they were concerned they would not be able to replace that island charm. I had sold a few properties to a friend of theirs who kept telling them about Englewood. I spent a few days showing them around and they fell in love with our area. They said to me over and over how they felt we still had the appeal of a small town. They loved the fact that people greeted us by name as we walked into local restaurants and shops. So many of the baby boomers retiring here are hardworking and honest people. Their values enrich our community as they get involved with local activities and form new relationships.
What would you like to share about your family?
I have an amazing family. It just grew with the recent birth of identical twin boys thanks to our daughter-in-law and son. My mother, Marge Sandness, and brother, Erik Sandness, live here and are active in local charity organizations. My husband’s family own businesses in Englewood and North Port. My daughter is a biologist and works for Earth Balance, an environmental consulting and restoration company. My husband and son run Amberjack Sanitation, Inc, a local septic company. We are all passionate about protecting our environment and the people who live here.
Erin, what are some
of your other interests?
Like everyone that comes to Englewood, I enjoy the water and being outdoors. Our beaches, parks and waterways are treasured natural resources that enhance life in our beautiful community.