Why should you pick “The Padre Elite Team” to list your property? We are the #1 team on South Padre Island (SPI) but these are the reasons we think we are the right choice for you:


Feedback & Communication…When your listing is shown, The Padre Elite Team does their best to get feedback from the showing agent. We want you to know when your property is shown & what comments were given. If there was any negative feedback, we want to overcome those issues. After the property has been listed for 30 days, we want to touch base with you to discuss what has transpired. If there aren’t any showings during that period, revisiting the price & making adjustments will be discussed. Seller reports from our virtual tour provider is another form of feedback communication we offer. These reports enable you to see how many people took the time to view your virtual tour on the Internet.


Virtual Tour and Pictures...We believe that you need to post as many professional pictures as possible in the MLS and online. Some of the websites we use allow us to post 25 or more photos. The Padre Elite Team posts as much information as possible about our listings so we can prompt a buyer to request a showing. We love virtual tours and we will do one for free on your property. Virtual tours are a great selling tool but a big expense for the REALTOR®. They take a significant amount of time to prepare so many REALTORS® do not use them.


Pricing...During our listing presentation we will provide you with information about sales to real buyers and give you information about current listings (your competition.) Together, we will arrive at a listing price that will sell your property in the least amount of time possible. If a property is not priced correctly, agents will not show it because of the high volume of inventory from which to choose.


Staging...We love helping our sellers with staging their property. It makes such a difference in getting your property sold. There are many properties for sale today. You have to be the best property at the best price to be the one a buyer chooses. Many buyers are not able to visualize how a room will look furnished if the room is empty. Staging removes the guesswork for buyers.


Marketing…Over 92% of buyers today have started their research online, therefore, we put the majority of our advertising budget into Internet Marketing. Your listing will be posted on all pertinent websites.


Representation…The Padre Elite Team, previously just Alta Monroe & Gayle Hood, now has two buyer's agents; Jules Wilk and Laurie Howell who have been chosen to represent our buyers. For you, as a seller, it means you have representation tailored just for you without any doubt about a conflict of interest.


Negotiations...Because of our years of experience in real estate, we feel our ability to help you in the negotiation process is superior to trying to “wing” it on your own. Gayle & Alta both hold the CPN certification, “Certified Professional Negotiators.” These skills are important not only in securing the highest sales price for your property, but also for working the contract from the offer through closing. There are many items to negotiate such as price, repairs, closing date, possession, seller’s net proceeds, etc.


Critique All Documents...Real Estate in Texas is constantly changing. There are many addenda and notices that must accompany a purchase contract, in addition to the legal requirements of the purchase contract. We are current with our continuing education to be sure we are up to date on the latest changes. When we present an offer on a property to you & get an acceptance of that offer, we confirm that all these documents are correctly provided and we make sure that you are protected in the best way possible.


Monitor Your Deal Closely Through Closing…Once we have an executed contract submitted to the title company, The Padre Elite Team monitors the progress of tasks and timelines stipulated by the contract to ensure requirements are met and the process flows smoothly to closing. Action items such as the termination option period deadline, seller’s disclosure, appraisal, inspection, resale certificate, survey, etc., must be completed in accordance to the contract.


Four & Two for the Price of One...Since there are 4 licensed agents plus two assistants on our team, we are able to provide exceptional service for you & your listing. When one of us is tied up, the other one is there to back us up. Our assistants help us keep all the mounds of paperwork & detail in order. You may hear from several of us, Alta, Gayle, Jules, Laurie, Grace, or Carlos.


Educated & Involved…The Padre Elite Team takes more continuing education (MCE) classes than required by the Texas Real Estate Commission. Alta has been a broker over 40 years so she is grandfathered & isn’t required to take MCE credits. She takes them anyway. Gayle has been in real estate for over 24 years; Jules,14 years. Laurie over 1 year but has 2 mentors on the team.


We have earned numerous designations. Alta holds GRI, RSPS, CRS, CPN designations. Gayle holds CLHMS, ePro, SFR, CPN designations. Jules holds the CLHMS (Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist) designation, ePro & ABR. Laurie already holds the GRI designation!


Being involved in our community is important to us. Networking on a local, state, & national level makes a huge difference in how informed we are about issues in real estate. It benefits us & our clients.


Alta is a 2017 director on the SPI Chamber of Commerce, 2014 TAR TREPAC (Texas Real Estate Political Action Committee) Trustee for South Region 11, 2011 REALTOR® of the Year, 2010 SPIBOR President, received the 2012 SPI Chamber Director's Award and now serves as chair of the Governmental Affairs committee for the SPI Chamber, the SPIBOR MLS Committee, & graduate of Leadership Laguna Madre Class VII.


Gayle is the 2017 director on the Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce & 2016 Past Chairman of that Board, 2015 & 2012 President of the South Padre Island Board of REALTORS®(SPIBOR), 2013 REALTOR® of the Year, 2013 & 2014 Treasurer SPIBOR, 2013 MLS Committee Chair, & has served on the SPIBOR Membership Committee for years. 


Jules serves as Secretary on the SPI Board of REALTORS® for 2015 to 2017. She also has served on the SPI Board of REALTORS® Education Committee from 2013 to 2017 and on the Board of Directors for Walk for Women, Inc. As a graduate of the Leadership Laguna Madre Class XIII, she has served on their steering committee for 4 years and chaired same one year.


Laurie is new to the real estate industry but has already proven to be as professional & educated as some that have been a REALTOR® for years. She has earned her reputable GRI designation in record time. We are proud to have her on our team! She serves on 2016 & 2017 SPI Board of REALTOR® Education Committee & on the UTRGV College of Sciences Advisory Board


We also reach out on a state & national level to attend TAR, NAR, and RE/MAX Conferences to improve our education and networking opportunities. Gayle & Alta are major investors in TREPAC & RPAC. These are the organizations that review all the bills coming through the Texas Legislature and Congress in D.C. They lobby for real estate issues to protect our clients and their property rights. You can now contribute as an individual through the Voice of Texas to TREPAC.


RE/MAX Network, Performance & Awards…The Padre Elite Team is part of the RE/MAX network. RE/MAX agents average 3 times more production. RE/MAX 1st Choice in SPI is no exception. Our office closed over $77 MIL in gross sales in 2016, $65 MIL in 2015, $60 MIL in 2014 and $42,MIL in 2013. The Padre Elite Team sold 100 properties for over $26 MIL in 2016, 65 properties for $15 MIL in 2015, 43 properties for $15 MIL in 2014, & 41 properties for $12 MIL. 2017 will be even better! Our team has consistently achieved the RE/MAX 100% Club award since 2012, Platinum Club in 2016 & RE/MAX Top 500 Agents Award in Texas 3 yrs in a row. Alta & Gayle even hold the RE/MAX Hall of Fame award. When you hear agents talk about how slow it is, know that there are agents on SPI that are very busy. And, it isn't just SPI, it is Port Isabel, Laguna Vista, Bayview and the entire Laguna Madre Area.


What does ALL of this mean for you? By choosing the Padre Elite Team, you have the best possible REALTOR® for your real estate needs. Check us out on www.PadreRealEstate.com