Wayne Welsh is a licensed REALTOR and the Broker-Owner of Gulf Shores Realty in Venice Florida.
I have been blessed to live the Florida dream and am reminded of my good fortune with every boat and scuba trip into clear Gulf waters, where the “visibility” stretches from my mask to the fossilized shark’s teeth nestled in the sands below. Venice is not only my home but my paradise. As a seasoned Real Estate Broker, I perform every day and each transaction with handshake integrity and continuously work to maintain a reputation of quality and kindness that our neighbors can rely on.
Prior to real estate, I served the community as a Firefighter/Paramedic for 25 years, working for Sarasota County Emergency Services, retiring as a Battalion Chief. I am also a published author.
I began my journey into the Florida housing market, by starting a Real Estate investment company, Partnership Properties, Inc. Through the daily challenges of a small business owner, I gained expertise in every aspect of Real Estate from hammering nails to hammering out contracts and realized, as entrepreneurs quickly do: with personal money at stake, one learns to pay attention to detail. I quickly found myself mastering construction, insurance, contracts, finance, marketing, negotiation strategies and troubleshooting, all involving my personal properties and all presented with a sense of urgency. Nearly a decade later, my desire to remodel and resell homes matured into a passion to place the clients with whom I had developed close relationships into their dream homes. To me, the most rewarding part of being a REALTOR® is the impact I make in my clients lives when together, we find the perfect place for them to call home.
I currently serve on the Board of Directors for Habitat for Humanity South Sarasota County.
I could not have achieved any of these goals without my lovely wife Ida, “Hap,” whom I adore and two wonderful daughters, Amy and Brittney. I am also blessed to have two wonderful grand daughters Laylah and Kinleigh.
2008-2019 FIVE STAR: Best in Client Satisfaction Real Estate (11 Consecutive Years)
2017 BEST OF VENICE: Best Real Estate Independent Office
2017 Top 40 Business Professionals: Venice Gondolier Sun
2016 BEST OF VENICE: Best Real Estate Independent Office
2016 BEST OF VENICE: Best Real Estate Agent
2015 TOP 40 BUSINESS PROFESSIONALS-Venice Gondolier Sun
2015 BEST OF VENICE: Best Real Estate Independent Office
2015 BEST OF VENICE: Best Real Estate Agent
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
2013 Million Dollar Club: Gulf Shores Realty
2013 BEST OF VENICE: Best Real Estate Independent Office
2013 Business of the Year Nominee-Venice Area Chamber of Commerce
2013 Feb: Business of the Month Award- Venice Area Chamber of Commerce
2012 Million Dollar Club: Gulf Shores Realty
2012 BEST OF VENICE; Best Real Estate Independent Office
2012 Oct. VENICE AREA BEAUTIFICATION AWARD from Venice Area Chamber of Commerce
2011 BEST OF VENICE; Best Real Estate Team by the readers of the Venice Gondolier Sun
2010 RE/MAX International 100% Club
2009 Venice Fire Department Helping Hands Lifesaving Award
2009 RE/MAX International 100% Club
2008 RE/MAX Alliance Group Spirit Award
2008 RE/MAX International 100% Club
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Having been in the real estate business, I have had multiple dealings with realtors. Wayne Welsh has extensive experience in problem solving and has always "got the job done." Wayne is an unselfish man you want to be connected with.
John B. - Murphy, NC
I wanted to thank you in your efforts in successfully completing the transaction on Box Turtle Circle recently. On behalf of my buyers as well, it was a pleasure to work with someone as professional as yourself and going above and beyond and "doing whatever it takes" with the substantial challenges we faced during the course of this sale. I hope we have the opportunity to work together again in the future. Please feel free to share this with any prospective clients you meet in the future as a whole-hearted recommendation of your services.
Mart S. - Sarasota, FL
Wayne spent the entire weekend showing us homes that met our initial criteria. He never once wasted our precious time. He continuously discussed what we liked or disliked about each house so that he could refine the search criteria during the course of the day. He also completely respected our looking style and picked up immediately on the amount of time we needed to look at each prospective house. I truly cannot imagine a better realtor experience.
Mehmet B. & Judy S. - La Jolla, California
I want to express my appreciation for the wonderful way you handled our purchase of our new condo. Your excellent response to our every need speaks highly of your reputation for great customer service. You and Hap are an experienced team who took care of us each step of the way from the viewing of the property to closing.
Ed & Gretchen L. - Venice, FL
Thank you for your valued assistance in the selling process of our parent's home in Venice, Florida. You impressed me from the initial interview through to the completion of the sale. Your ability to identify what needed to be done to prepare the home for market was "spot on". I'm convinced that the sale of our home in under 90 days on the market is a measure of what your efforts helped produce. We chose you because we perceived that you possessed superior market knowledge and a persistent approach to marketing our property. Our perception was accurate. When unanticipated hurdles were inserted by the likes of home inspectors and lending agencies, you were able to create solutions. We are satisfied enough to rate your performance as a 10 out of 10.
Bill G. - Omaha, Nebraska
Wonderful Agents and Gulf Shores Realty We could not be happier with our new home. Thank you Wayne for the quick and easy process. You made buying our new waterfront home a lot of fun and hassle-free.
If you want to sell or buy real estate, Wayne Welsh Is the agent you want to work with. Wayne is a real estate professional; he worked with my brother and I from beginning to end on selling our property. Our mother passed away and neither of us knew what had to be done to prepare or sell her house. Wayne met with us immediately and worked hand in glove with us throughout the process. Wayne researched the current real estate environment and recommended ad selling price. his experience in the field allowed him to answer all our questions and to make recommendations on how to prepare the house to show best. With Wayne's guidance, advice, customer service, and proactive approach our house sold in a troubled financial environment in a timely fashion I highly recommend Wayne and his staff of professionals to anyone interested in acquiring or selling any parcel of real estate.
Dana & Carol Y. - Jacksonville, FL
I am amazed at the collaboration and team play getting Susan and I through expediently. I am also impressed with the use of technology and speed of ALL responses. This is our fifth home purchase and I can honestly say this was by far the best process we have ever engaged. Your transparency and team work by far out weighed the rest. Thank you very much to all and kudos to you.
Eric & Susan Wells - Middletown, Delaware
Dear Prospective Buyers and Sellers, I’d like to share my experience with Lueanne Wood and Gulf Shores Realty and hope that you find this helpful in your relocation plans. My wife and I had been contemplating an early retirement and a move from Massachusetts where we have lived our entire lives. We had previously made several visits around the country to explore a suitable place for an active lifestyle and narrowed our search to the gulf coast of Florida. Before meeting with Lueanne, we had worked with several agents in the Tampa Bay Area with a lot of effort, but nothing fit us. After more research we decided to visit Venice and we googled “the best buyer’s agent in Venice”. After thumbing through a few profiles, we found Lueanne Wood. I contacted her at 9:00 at night hoping to leave a voice mail message and she immediately picked up the phone; an impressive start! Instantly, we could tell that Lueanne wanted to get to know us. As we talked, we appreciated her honesty and solid guidance on not just buying a house, but the whole process of moving. We arranged to meet her Memorial Day weekend and we were even more impressed! Lueanne said no need to hunt for a hotel you we could stay at one of her seasonal rental properties! We stayed at her beautiful mid century home right on the island !! Lueanne went the extra mile to make us feel welcome and also invited us to her beachfront property for a Memorial Day party! We fell in love with Venice and instantly felt at home. If you want a real professional who doesn’t waste your time, gets straight to the point, gives unadulterated honesty and opinion, is tenacious about her client’s success, then adjust your seatbelt and call Lueanne! Look no further, Lueanne has a vast network and simply knows how to get the job done. In any business, the difference between success and failure is the ability to execute. Lueanne’s personal touch made us feel like she was looking out for our best interests and there is no doubt about her reputation, style and tenacity. She helped us to find a great home in our budget and to also introduce us to a new Florida lifestyle on the island of Venice. Our relationship has morphed into a friendship and we are immensely grateful that we met the right person at the right time. If you want a real pro, do not hesitate to contact Lueanne. We can only imagine how effective she must be on the selling side as well! Her knowledge of the market and the area is second to none. I’d say best of luck, but you won’t need much of it when you work with Lueanne! Kind Regards, Amy and Sal Venice, Florida
Amy and Sal-Venice Florida
While contemplating a new residence in the Venice, Florida region, a mutual friend spoke in glowing terms and recommended highly that we seek out the services of Wayne Welsh and Gulf Shores Realty. During our first session, we were able to establish rather quickly our goals, search criteria and financial boundaries. We were then presented with a select, varied and geographically diverse inventory of options. Upon visiting and scrutinizing each potential candidate, Wayne's local knowledge was of immense importance and beneficially served to augment his many other extremely professional qualifications. Once we entered the bid, purchase and closing phases, his solid, no-nonsense guidance was immeasurable paving the way for the fast, smooth and successful acquisition of our "new dream house." We too recommend highly to others the services of one of Venice's premier real estate professionals who, aware of the less fortunate amongst us, also donates to charities.
Art & Lorraine H. - Aiken, South Carolina
David and I have enjoyed working with you in selling my sister's house. We certainly did not expect to get it sold in such a quick time frame, considering the housing market. We were impressed with your integrity and pleasantness. I was particularly impressed with your donations to the charities.
Loretta F. - Sommerville, Massachusetts
Our experience with you as our real estate agent was flawless. You made our buying experience effortless. You and your lovely assistant were patient and understanding, and treated us and our family like family.
Lisa & Chris D. - Sarasota, FL
You made buying a house such a rewarding experience. Your guidance made a situation that could have been cumbersome so pleasurable. We quickly learned to appreciate your experience and intelligence, guiding us through all the steps. You certainly are an A+ agent, and the donations you make to charity speak to your humanity.
Vinny K. & Geri N. - Salisbury Mills, New York
My wife Jacquie and I were new to the area and unfamiliar with all the procedures involved in purchasing a Florida home as we are from Canada. You and your wife Ida (Hap) were most helpful walking us through the home inspection process and even following up on required repairs. All of these things got done long distance. Above all you helped us feel welcome and an important part of our new community. Your commitment to the Venice community shines in all the good things you do.
Greg & Jacquie B. - London, Ontario, Canada
Words can't even begin to express the gratitude we have for everything you and Gulf Shores Realty have done for us. We are forever thankful for having you be on our team for the past year! Your professionalism, your genuine kindness was above and beyond anything we expected. For the past year getting us into our home, dealing with the builder, Thank You just doesn't seem to cut it! You have become more than just our Realtor. You are a friend and a part of our family! You are truly the best out there and we are so lucky to have worked with you! From the bottom of our heart, we Thank You! The Srisavaththay Family, Eric, Amy & Liam.
Eric & Amy Srisavaththay - North Port, FL
Waynes manner in handling everything he did for us was totally professional but at the same time was also very personal. We felt at all times that his treatment and service to us was akin to that which he would want his parents to receive from an agent. We now consider Wayne not just our agent, but a friend that we know we can rely on.
Fred & Lucy M. - Lake George, New York
Thank you for helping us purchase a wonderful vacation home. We were impressed! With no notice and two days to find us the perfect home. You were amazing! Then to top it off, you gave 10% of your commission to our favorite charity. This really made an impact on us. I loved the idea and our family had a fun time deciding who would receive the money.
Matt & Chris B. - Mulberry, Indiana
Since we live out of state, we are forever grateful to have found an honest real estate agent who knew the Venice real estate market so well. You were able to market the unique characteristics of our home to sell it quickly for a great price in a time wrought with foreclosures.
Tim & Tammi H. - Westerville, Ohio
I'm so glad I used Gulf Shores Realty to sell my condo. Wayne and his staff were easy to work with and very efficient. The photo's he took were the best I've seen in any realtor's magazines or ads. I highly recommend this agency! Thank-you!!
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