James Bath, REALTOR®
Gulf Shores Realty of Florida
My wife, Donna (an accomplished Classical Musician) and I have lived in Venice since moving here from Indiana and Michigan in 1993! I became a REALTOR® in 2005, to complement my Home Repair/Maintenance talents and business. My customers often said “Jim, you know so many people, and you are so naturally talented at helping others, you should add Real Estate to your business.”
So, I followed their advice, and am a Sales Associate in GULF SHORES REALTY, and I couldn’t be happier as the Associates in this Independent Company and its Broker/Owner ABSOLUTELY LOVE OUR HOMETOWN , well beyond the Business aspect! To be in a Profession where helping folks like you with the sale of their home and/or buying a new one, is almost too good to be true!!! I have always loved helping people, with or without a wallet open, and naturally go out of my way when one is in need. I knew I was unusual in this regard but never realized why until I took a Personality Test. Lo and Behold…about 7% of the population are just like me …that’s COOL!
The Myers Briggs Personality Analysis of relationship factors important to the individual “hit the nail on my head” … (ENFP for those that are familiar).
● Are Initiators of change and keenly perceptive of possibilities;
● They energize and stimulate others through their contagious enthusiasm;
● They prefer the startup phase of a project or relationship, and are tireless in the pursuit of new found interests;
● Are able to anticipate the needs of others and to offer them needed help and appreciation;
● They bring zest, joy, liveliness, and fun to all aspects of their lives; and
● They are at their best in fluid situations that allow them to express their creativity and use their charisma.
YEP…THAT’S ME!!! THAT IS WHAT “YOU” WILL GET DAY AFTER DAY!!!
A VERY BRIEF BIOGRAPHY
Youngster in Honolulu 10 miles from Pearl Harbor in 1941; Santa Ana & Newport Beach, CA for Elementary through High School, 1944 to 1956; UC-Davis BS and UW-Madison MS & PhD (Agric Sciences/Entomology/Plant Pathology), 1956 to 1964; Michigan State University Professorship (Research, Teaching & Administration), 1964-1986; USDA Principal Entomologist in Carter & Reagan Administrations, Wash DC, 197980; Early Retirement in 1986!!!
I experienced leadership roles and activities throughout my schooling and professional days and, apparently doing what my personality was directing, and found it personally rewarding. I also was fortunate to have 7 Summers of High School and College employment as an Apprentice Carpenter near Disneyland and developed a skill and interest in construction/remodeling/fixing which has ever since been in my ‘blood!’
I address real estate work for what it really is…a PROFESSIONAL challenge to either sell or buy property that may represent the largest financial deal a client may ever make. So, the best effort is never too much! With that tenet in mind, I provide sellers and buyers with a detailed, yet understandable, document of market conditions. I work with my sellers to ‘stage’ their property to optimize the sale potential. Exposure of the home through detailed MLS descriptions, newsprint ads, the Internet and frequent, well advertised Open Houses, are the ‘backbone’ of all my sale’s plans. My experience in the building trades really strengthens my hand in describing and showing property… and buyers tell me so!
I assure that you will be treated with courtesy, respect, and patience, and I will be with you every step of the way to the Closing Table, providing full communication and whatever assistance you may need. I am absolutely a “work with” personality, who loves incorporating ideas from clients. Don’t take my word for it…Check me out…I await your invitation. How about a meeting at STARBUCKS???
CHECK OUT MY WEBSITE AND SEARCH FOR PROPERTIES AS YOU PLEASE…
I LIVE THIS MOTTO AND LIFESTYLE…IN EVERYTHING I DO!!!
2017 BEST OF VENICE: Best Real Estate Independent Office
2016 BEST OF VENICE: Best Real Estate Independent Office
2015 BEST OF VENICE: Best Real Estate Independent Office
2015 Honor Society of Florida REALTORS® Association, 4th Year…One of 13 in Venice Area Board of REALTORS®
2015 10 Year Service Award, National Association of REALTORS®
2015 Induction into GOLD CLUB of RPAC, National Association of REALTORS®
2014 BEST OF VENICE: Best Real Estate Agent
2014 BEST OF VENICE: Best Real Estate Independent Office
2014 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR WINNER: Venice Area Chamber of Commerce
2012 Oct. VENICE AREA BEAUTIFICATION AWARD from Venice Area Chamber of Commerce
2012 BEST OF VENICE; Best Real Estate Independent Office
2013 Feb: Business of the Month Award- Venice Area Chamber of Commerce
2013 Business of the Year Nominee-Venice Area Chamber of Commerce
2013 BEST OF VENICE: Best Real Estate Independent Office
Million Dollar Sales Production, 2010, 2012, 2014
CAPITAL CLUB of RPAC, National Association of REALTORS®, annually 2005-2014
Florida REALTORS® Honor Society, 2014, 2013, 2012
Education Designations & Certifications, National Association of REALTORS®:
ABR...Acredited Buyer's Representative
PSA...Pricing Strategy Advisor
AHWD® …At Home With Diversity
e PRO ® TECHNOLOGY …Internet Real Estate
SRES® …Seniors Real Estate Specialist®
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Jim Bath's Testimonials
Jim Listed my Home after doing several complimentary repairs and found the buyers through his frequent Open Houses! I was so fortunate to have had this handled so expertly and without hassle as I had plenty on my mind, with a recent passing of my husband and having to ship everything back to Europe! Both Jim and Donna certainly eased the pain as much as possible!
Ilona - Bern, Switzerland
Thanks to Jim Bath, our Buyer's Agent, we feel like we are in the best location ever (Pelican Pointe) and in our terrific new ‘retirement’ home. He got us a price we did not think possible, leaving us what we needed to update. The 3-car garage is now home to our 2 Corvettes, and they are appreciative of what Jim did, as well! He was so full of ideas and contacts that our job was only ½ of what it would have been! Thanks again, Jimbo!
James & Barb - West Bloomfield, MI
I thank you, Jim, for being so helpful throughout the many steps in Contract to Closing. Being fairly challenged physically, I don't know how I would have managed to get to the attorney twice, the bank once and to closing, itself. I was not aware that REALTORS also could be so helpful and take the time that you did, Jim, to thoroughly explain all of the details of Contract and the HUD losing Document. I hope to see you often!
Kaye - Bristol, RI
A BIG thanks to you and Donna for all the dinners out during the year on the market and for moving everything to your garage to store until Jean could get down with a trailer. It was nice to have someone we could trust handling all the issues while I was in and out of rehab and out of state in Indiana. You have taken a big load of stress off of my mind. Thanks again and give a ring every now and then.
Marge - Fortville, IN
I met Jim while considering a move to Venice and meeting with him for several days before realizing that I had too many issues in California to give up. He sure does provide Exemplary Service, and he puts his background in Home Remodeling to great use in finding homes of both value and integrity. He enjoys the technical side of real estate as well as the human side. If you have not met Jim, you are missing a humorous, witty, clever man who is driven for Professionalism of the highest quality!
Val - Newport Beach, CA
Hi, Jim: We are very pleased with our manufactured home in Sandalwood Park, Venice. We have done some painting and some redecorating, and the carpet cleaned like a champ, as you said it should. You know, we were a little nervous having you represent our interests in the purchase since you were the Listing Agent as well. But we must admit that we couldn't have been better represented with a single buyers agent. We really appreciated that you acted so fairly throughout and never made us feel like the owner was your favorite. Thanks again for all your efforts in getting us a home in our favorite Park!
John & Shirley - Palatine, FL
I knew that you would be the one who would sell my dream home on Robert's Bay, in Venice. And, then when I saw how nicely and informatively you set up my home for showings, any day of the week, and then hosted 15 Open Houses in 4 months, I knew you were the one! I hated to sell the dream but I had to, and it sure eased my pain as I watched you operate with full professionalism. It helped a lot, too, knowing that you would not entertain 'lowball offers' and would show the place liberally to find that right buyer. AND YOU DID SO IN SPADES! Thank you again and again, Jim!
Margaret - St. Petersburg, FL
Thanks, Jim, for all the hard and professional work that you did for us in the purchase of our new waterfront home in Venice. We appreciate the extra tasks that you completed at no charge to us. We thank you and Tim Paradiso again for the lovely gift "Picnic Basket for Four" along with the bottle of real Champagne and The History of Venice book by Kim Kool. We look fwd to seeing you in the Fall!
Mike & Barb - Silver Spring, MD
Well, we made it even though our Short Sale purchase took 2+ months! I am very pleased with the home that I am renting to the mother and daughter that were there before. I am thankful for your follow through, patience and communications. I needed to hear your weekly reassuring comments that we were still 'alive' in the process. Thanks, too, for your skill and help with that door replacement we did on the side of the garage. Keep your eye out for another good one under $75K.
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