He may have been born and raised in Philadelphia, but after graduating from the University of Florida and Stetson Law SchoolTampa realtor Eric Forte from Keller Williams has firm roots established in the Sunshine State. After beginning his career as a litigator, then becoming a prosecutor before moving to private practice, one day Forte had the proverbial light bulb go off and had a change of heart about his career path.
"At one point, I decided that spending my entire professional career as an attorney wasn't something that I wanted to do," said Forte. "So, in 2016 I decided to make a change and go into real estate, got licensed and joined Keller Williams, which is now the number one real estate company in the country."
When it comes to the emotional decision of buying or selling a home, wading through the forest of realtors can be tough, especially since the average person only spends between 5-7 years in that residence. However, Forte has some key components to separate himself from the other agents in the Tampa-St. Petersburg market, especially on the financial side of things.
"I use my training and skills that I learned as an attorney to really help my real estate clients," Forte said. "And some of those skills are my ability to negotiate, my understanding of contracts and the way to use that contract for my client's benefit. And in an odd way, my career as a trial attorney has helped me very much. When you're preparing for trial, you need to have strict attention to detail and I take that approach to help my buyers buy or sell their homes."
Forte works both sides of the bay, with multiple listings in Tampa and St. Petersburg. And that lawyer's training of doing his homework for buyers and sellers pays off. "My job is to accomplish your real estate goals," said Forte. "My focus is on clients who are committed to accomplishing that."

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