The passing of the key

One of my favorite closings took place many years ago and involved a young migrant family purchasing their first home. It was a small home located in a rural area and the family had saved a very long time for this chance at a new life. They were quite nervous and their stress was palpable. When the moment arrived and the keys were being passed across the table, the family was overcome. The young daughter started bouncing up and down in her chair while at the same moment the mother burst into tears and began sobbing. The room went silent as the emotion swept over them. I have handled buyers in all price ranges all the way up to 2 Million Dollars but the most thankful of them all was this lovely little family. Even now, as I think about them and how they held each other and laughed and cried………It still chokes me up.

The passing of the key is a big moment in every closing. After weeks or even months of anticipation it is eagerly awaited. For a seller it is the chance to go on to their next adventure. For a buyer it is a dream realized. Certainly it took work for all involved to get there. As for me, it is a Labor of Love. Some agents will work with just anyone. But not me. Fortunately, I have been blessed to work for amazing customers. Many have been repeat customers over the years and most of my buyers – were my sellers first. I care deeply that my customers goals are realized and I use all of my expertise to make sure that happens. 

I am the son of a Baptist Pastor and come from a family of Realtors. The first was licensed in 1978 and the Murphy’s have been a constant in the business ever since. We have a hard-earned reputation for excellence and are consistently among the top agents in our area. Although a family, we are not a team. In fact there are no agents I like to out perform more than my brothers or nephews or nieces. Seriously. At the peak there were more than a dozen of us and currently there are 9 active full time agents. Not that it matters, but I am the tallest. 

My wife Kim works with me on occasion. I have known her since she was 12 and she is the most lovely woman. We have 3 grown children, 2 girls and a boy. The daughters, Erin and Kaylie are each employed locally in education. One at a Church/School and the other at a University. My son Matt and his wife Taylor are both veterans, Army and Coast Guard and live in Texas. She works at an A/C company and he does paint and body work on classic cars. They have 3 amazing kids. I think there may be a future Realtor there for sure.

I enjoy cycling, golf, piano and backpacking. As a family we have hiked many parts of the Appalachian Trail. One day I would like to hike it all. I am a Black Belt in Tae Kwon-Do and have been kicked in the head more times than I can count. Surprisingly they will give a black belt to almost anyone. 

I was first licensed in 1987 and am in the top 3 Percent of Florida Realtors. I have hundreds of Happy Customers and dozens of 5 Star on-line ratings. My listings sell for more money and twice as fast as an average agent. This means that I will put more money in your pocket and do it faster! From marketing to negotiating to closing, I will give you my very best effort. Getting it under contract is just the first half of the process. There are many pitfalls along the way and it takes about 10 steps to get from Contract all the way to the closing table. We have all heard stories of a seller who thought the house was sold only to find that the buyer cancelled or the loan was denied. It is crushing to undo your plans, shelve your dreams and unpack your house. I make sure that when it goes under contract it really is Sold. 

Give me a chance and I will make you happy that you did. Please read my Customer Testimonials and Listen to their words. They are telling you loud and clear: “We Like Mike!” 

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