For over 27 years Wilkins Associates (turned Better Homes and Gardens Wilkins & Associates in 2008), has been serving the Pocono Mountains real estate market. They recently relocated from Park Avenue in Stroudsburg to a new corporate campus on Route 209 in Stroudsburg. We caught up with Tom and Christine Wilkins get a tour of their new space.
Christine Wilkins (CW): One day I was driving by and I thought this place would be perfect for our plans. I urged Tom to stop in and take a look.
Tom Wilkins (TW): The place had been a chiropractor, but sat empty for three years. When I stopped in the owner was here with a listing agent getting ready to put it on the market. I told him I wanted it and we figured the details out from there.
LF: What made you decide it was time to leave your offices in downtown Stroudsburg?
CW: There is no comparison to the old space! We were on top of each other over there. This space allows us to rent conference and meeting space as well as three-day suites to anyone who needs an office daily, weekly or monthly. With over 29,000 cars driving by a day, this new Business Campus provides so much more opportunity for us to grow.
LF: Let’s talk about growth. How are you feeling about the current real estate market in the Pocono Mountains?
TW: The market is good. Of course we still have some time before we are out of the current foreclosure mess- we may have one more round coming our way, but we are very optimistic. People are getting great deals on fantastic homes, vacation and second home sales are inching back up with more people are paying cash, which is a good sign.
CW: The luxury market is also on the rise.
LF: What are your plans for Wilkins & Associates Better Homes and Gardens for the next year?
TW: We are planning to add another dozen agents by years end, bringing us to 90+. What we are really focused on is our Distinctive Collection. This is Christine’s baby.
CW: The distinctive Collection is luxury property listed at $250K and up. The homes in the collection are put through a strict verification process at corporate and once approved the homes will receive marketing opportunities above and beyond what we could offer on our own. Every property has a video made and several will be picked as listings in the Wall Street Journal. We recently had a property featured on The Robb Report. The high-end market is growing and people move to the Pocono Mountains to live the lifestyle and the Distinctive Collection is designed to help the discerning customer buy (or sell) their high-end home. We currently have 20-25 listings valued from $250,000 to $1.7 Million and they are all spectacular properties.
Along with the Bushkill office on Route 209, the Mount Pocono office on Route 611 and our new Milford office at the Historic Water Wheel, all locations are open 7 days a week. Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Wilkins & Associates has close to 80 full time realtors.