About Mary Ann Touchton
My Client-First Philosophy
There are many qualities and skills that go into being an excellent real estate professional - integrity, in-depth community and market knowledge, marketing savvy, effective negotiation skills and a high-quality professional network, all of which are hallmarks of how I work.
That said, in my experience as a Lakeland real estate professional, I've also found that providing the very best service is essentially about putting my clients first. This means keeping myself accessible, being a good listener as well as a good communicator, and responding quickly to your needs.
This "client first" philosophy has always been my approach and it requires me to continually improve my skills and ways of doing business. In addition, I've found that the latest technologies are enabling me to do everything I've always done, only much more quickly and efficiently. They've also helped me to extend the range of services I provide to my clients.
So when you decide that you'd like to buy or sell a home in the Lakeland, Polk City, Auburndale, Mulberry, Winter Haven, Bartow, and Longboat Key areas, please contact me.
EXPERIENCE: Real estate sales since 1985 in Ohio and Florida, broker-owner of Coldwell Banker Combs & Peace Realty, Inc. from 1997-2001 2001 & 2002 Masters Ruby designation with Century 21. Many years as a top producing associate in the Coldwell Banker system (West Central Florida and Lakeland). Taught high school & middle school vocational home economics 5 yrs, Interior decorating business for 7 years and owned my own business for 5 yrs. Nutrition educator in the WIC Program 2 years. I have worked for many years with professionals who are relocating and can empathize with their feelings and needs. I have lived in Lakeland since 1989 and that particular move was my 23rd move in 26 years…..so I know the problems and frustrations involved with relocating to a new state, new community, and meeting new people!
EDUCATION: BS Secondary Education, Vocational Home Economics, Graduate work in guidance/counseling & middle school education. Certified Residential Specialist designation since 1997, GRI courses, Floyd Wickman course graduate (class listing leader), leadership LAR graduate, Leadership Lakeland XVIII graduate in 2001, Citizens Police Academy graduate, various real estate workshops and convention courses.
PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS: CRS (Certified Residential Specialist) Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce Director 2000-2003, Imperial Symphony Orchestra Board director, past Advisory Council member and president of The Guild of the ISO. National Association of Realtors, Florida Association of Realtors, Lakeland Association of Realtors, Florida Chapter of Residential Specialists, Charter member of Lakeland Downtown Chapter American Business Women’s Association, Founding member of Lakeland Chapter National Association of Women Business Owners, Lakeland Vision Partner
OTHER AFFILIATIONS: The First Presbyterian Church, Chapter BV P.E.O. Sisterhood, Daughters of the American Revolution, Fine Arts Council of Florida Southern College member, Lakeland Yacht and Country Club member,
INTERESTS: Water sports, movies, shopping, variety of music and arts interests.