Ans: Beginning with the ITT Community Development Corporation in the 1970’s, Palm Coast Real Estate’s management team and many of our agents have decades of experience on Florida’s Northeast Coast. Palm Coast Real Estate has become one of the industry leaders in the marketing and sale of residential homes and homesites since 1976. When it comes to matching a prospective homebuyer with the perfect Flagler County home, Palm Coast Real Estate has the process down to an art. Year after year, Palm Coast Real Estate sells the area’s most sought-after homes in golf course, preserve and oceanfront communities. What’s more, Palm Coast Real Estate is the official representative of several of the area’s most recognized custom builders, allowing clients to build their ideal homes on Florida’s Quiet Coast.
Q 2. Kindly give us a brief description about yourself (it should include your brief educational or entrepreneurial background and list some of your major achievements).
Ans: Broker/Owner Chuck Shaffer began his real estate career in Palm Coast with ITT in 1983 and has been instrumental in the sale of land and homes ever since. When Lowe Enterprises purchased the remaining assets from ITT in 1995, Chuck was named Sales Manager/Vice President of Palm Coast Real Estate. Over the past 30+ years, he has overseen and supervised the sales staff and construction of several new home developments and was in charge of the marketing and sales for several national builders. In February 2013, Chuck purchased the company from Lowe Enterprises and continues to maintain strong ties to the new home construction industry as well as all phases of general real estate including listing properties for sale and rent and the purchase and rental management of homes.
Q 3. What inspired you to (start a new business venture) or (to make significant changes in an existing business)? How did the idea for your business come about?
Ans: After working in the real estate and development industry for 30 years the opportunity presented itself to purchase the company and go into business for myself.
Q 4. What three pieces of advice would you give to budding entrepreneurs?
Ans: 1. Do what you love
2. Always be honest and maintain high ethical integrity
3. Gain some experience in the field before starting your own business
Q 5. What would you say are the top three skills needed to be a successful entrepreneur?
Ans: 1. Hire ethical people
2. Listen, listen, listen to co-workers
3. Create a positive work environment
Q 6. How many hours do you work a day on average?
Ans: 8-10 hours a day. On-call as necessary
Q 7. To what do you most attribute your success?
Q 8. How do you go about marketing your business? What has been your most successful form of marketing?
Ans: This has changed drastically over the past 15 years and on-line marketing has become the proven method to capture the most leads.
Q 9. Where did your organizations funding/capital come from and how did you go about getting it? How did you obtain investors for your venture?
Ans: No financing was needed
Q 10. What is the best way to achieve long-term success?
Ans: Be consistent with your business practices and principals.
Q 11. Where you see yourself and your business in 5 – 10 years?
Ans: I am quite content with the current volume and number of sales agent. It is my goal to maintain this over the next 5-10 years
Q 12. Excluding yours, what company or business do you admire the most?
Q 13. How important have good employees been to your success?
Ans: Honest, fair and trustworthy agents are crucial to the success.
Q 14. How long do you stick with an idea before giving up?
Ans: Evaluate outcomes as necessary
Q 15. What motivates you? Challenging situations.
Ans: Figure out a way to get it done
Q 16. How do you generate new ideas?
Ans: By listening to other people
Q 17. How do you define success?
Ans: Family and having a solid base of friends and satisfied customers.
Q 18. How do you build a successful customer base?
Ans: By asking existing clients for help
Q 19. What has been your most satisfying moment in business?
Ans: One year anniversary in business and was personally and monetarily successful.
Q 20. How has being an entrepreneur affected your family life?
Ans: I am able to spend more time with my family and have greater flexibility.
Q 21. How did you decide on the location for your business?
Ans: I chose a location that was affordable and east of I-95 near the Palm Coast Pkwy corridor
Q 22. Who has been your greatest inspiration?
Ans: Bob DeVore, from whom I worked with and learned from for 20 years.
Q 23. What are your hobbies? What do you do in your non-work time?
Ans: Boating and family
Company : Palm Coast Real Estate
Address : 5 Utility Dr #7
City : Palm Coast
State : FL
Zip : 32137
Phone : 386-445-0700