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She is very knowledgeable about the local market, does things very expeditiously and is on top of things.
"Laurie Howell helped my wife and I with our purchase. She is very knowledgeable about the local market, does things very expeditiously and is on top of things. Thanks to her the transaction was done flawlessly."
-Ed Widgeon, Buyer (May 23, 2021)
"Great to work with!"
-Anne Six, Buyer (May 20, 2021)
"We had the pleasure of working with Laurie. She was extremely professional and responsive when needed. She walked us through the buying process given that we were hundreds of miles away. She gave us the best experience possible even we were not able to physically view the property prior to submitting a contract. I highly recommend Laurie when purchasing a property in South Padre Island. She provided a memorable experience!"
-Veronica McGeachy, Buyer (May 16, 2021)
Jules works tirelessly to ensure your satisfaction with the selling process and results. This was our second time to employ Jule's services...........very satisfied each time!!
-Richard Beutelchies, Seller (March 31, 2021)
"Best Real Estate team on the island and beyond! Professional and always communicates. Goes out of the way to provide excellent service. I’m A Realtor in a far away city and I’m super happy I met these ladies and had their help in selling my property! I have already recommended them to another family. They are Rockstar Realtors!"
-Sheryl Sepulveda, Seller (October 12, 2020)
Laurie Howell was my agent in the purchase of my newest condo on South Padre Island. Her level of professionalism should set a precedent. We did the initial showing, with a second walk-thru in person, but then everything else was by phone and email over a long distance. I would definitely recommend Padre Elite Team, and would give them more than 5 stars!
-Kymberly Stroup, Buyer (November 30, 2020)
The Greatest and smoothest and most professional Real Estate transaction. Highly recommend.
-Scott Friedman, Seller (February 2021)
If you are interested in selling or buying real estate, you could not be in better hands than by engaging Gayle Hood and her Padre Elite team!
"My wife and I were both impressed and very pleased with the professionalism and drive of Gayle Hood who recently listed and sold a condominium of ours on South Padre Island. We had been owners for nearly 30 years and we're finding that the 1700 hundred mile trip from our home in Indiana was not as easy as when we were younger.
Gayle very ably assisted us from start to finish, explaining every step of the process and answering our many questions. Everything went flawlessly and the transaction was completed to our great satisfaction. And the wonderful thing was that we never had to leave our home in Indiana!
If you are interested in selling or buying real estate, you could not be in better hands than by engaging Gayle Hood and her Padre Elite team. We are so glad to have had her vast experience, skill, dedication and integrity put to work for us!"
-Don and Gail Nattkemper, Sellers (February 16, 2021)
"We worked with Jules on a condo we purchased in Sapphire, and found her to be extremely responsive, knowledgeable and very flexible on all aspects of the purchase. We had some issues at closing time and she work tirelessly to help resolve them. Much appreciated Jules!"
-Michael Smyth, Buyer (February 18, 2021)
"My husband and I LOVED working with Laurie Howell! She is a buyer's dream - so knowledgeable, responsive, AND helpful. Couldn't recommend her enough for your buying needs! My husband and I LOVED working with Laurie Howell! She is a buyer's dream - so knowledgeable, responsive, AND helpful. Couldn't recommend her enough for your buying needs!"
-A Lin, Buyer (March 19, 2021)
"I have bought and sold about 6 houses in my life, and Jules Wilk was the best seller's agent I ever had. She helped in every aspect of the sale, from organizing pictures, to advertising to soliciting prospective buyers. She advised me on the price, helped with all paperwork when we had a buyer, and solved problems when they cropped up with the buyer's financing. She helped the closing go smoothly. I highly recommend her."
-Gary Marcus, Seller (March 13, 2021)
"Jules Wilk, our Padre Elite team member, is an outstanding and exceptional Realtor. We have worked with Ms Wilk on a number of real estate transactions, wherein she provided a great depth of knowledge in every aspect of the market. Her guidance allowed us to make the best decisions regarding the sale of our properties. Don’t miss the opportunity to work with this agent!!"
-Linda Trammel, Seller (March 14, 2021)
Very Professional, honesty & integrity
-Homer Richer, Seller (2021)
“Gayle, You Did It Again!! Our 2nd transaction – Gayle, is a great REALTOR®; she is knowledgeable of the market, a true professional; always accessible. I would recommend her and gladly work with her again.”
– Ethel Kelly Beasley (seller)
“The Padre Elite Team was a pleasure to work with. The team and our buyer (Laurie Howell) made our purchase a memorable experience. We highly recommend the Padre Elite Team, friendly staff who went above and beyond our expectations.”
– Dr. Eddie & Crystal Kirby (buyer)
Once again I say “thank you.” It seems like a shallow term for the heartfelt feelings I have for you and all your hard work. I hope we can remain in touch. Blessings for you and your team. Love, Janet. P.S. The knife set is beautiful.
– Janet (Seller)
We have done business with Alta & Gayle of the Padre Elite Team for many years.We have always been impressed with the high standards and honesty of the entire team.All transactions have always been smooth and without any glitches.They are always available to answer questions,offer good advice and suggestions and work hard to make it all stress free.
We would highly recommend them in the real estate field.
You will always leave their office with a confident feeling and a smile on your face 🙂
– Leo & Carolyn Dalton (sellers)
This was our 3rd time to work with Elite team and we love them. They work together as a team. Their response time is AWESOME which is something that is very important when you are trying to get deals closed. All the documents were able to be sent electronically which made it easier to get them completed faster. We had a great experience and would use them in the future.
-melissa hayes (buyer)
Outstanding in all aspects of real estate, but I need to emphasize the area of ‘Negotiation Skills’. The ability to exceed excellence in the negotiation was crucial and key to the success of getting the contract for the purchase of the property. Look no further, I went with RE/MAX because I had a history with them, then the Padre Elite Team took over and I had no worries.
-Edwin Pinegar (seller)
The Padre Elite team is great! Gayle handled everything flawlessly in the sale of our lot. Good communication and perspective on the local market. Selling a vacant lot takes time, and she kept us informed on market conditions and any comparable sales.
-Susan Ellington (Seller)
Gayle is an outstanding agent and I highly recommend her to be your listing agent or buying agent! She is extremely knowledgeable. She listens to her clients and goes above and beyond to represent them. She is professional, honest, hard working, and possesses amazing integrity. I would trust her to sell any of my properties, and I will definitely call her if I ever buy another property in the area. She knows everything about the SPI area and is personally invested in the community. It was an absolute pleasure to work with Gayle.
-Raymond P. Hubbard (Seller)
We found that our realtor went above and beyond to close our real estate deal. From reporting the feedback on showings to negotiating the contract to closing and funding, our realtor and her team worked seamlessly to sell our home. We would definitely call on Padre Elite to buy or sell a home for us!
– Sonja Turner (Seller)
Jules is a star realtor. She helped us find a perfect property on South Padre Island to meet our dreams of owning a vacation home. We can’t thank her enough for her expertise and care throughout the buying process.
– Michelle and Ryan (Buyer)
The Padre team was very professional and responded promptly whenever I had a question. The process was very easy especially since I am from out of State.
-Greg Little (Seller)
It was a pleasure having Jules Wilk as my agent. I just signed all the paper work and didn’t think about it again until she called and told me it was sold and to meet her at the title company! She took great photos of the unit. Thanks RE/MAX. You are number 1.
– Gwyn Hensley (Seller)
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More Reviews of the Padre Elite Team
Most wonderful experience in selling real estate long distance
Gayle, Just received word that the closing was completed & the check is in the mail. Thank you for a most wonderful experience in selling real estate long distance. You, Alta & the rest of the Padre Elite Team are the best. Kudos to you all!
- Patricia Beeson, Winfield, IL
One of the smartest things I ever did
*Dear Gayle & Alta,
One of the smartest things I ever did was to engage Gayle Hood and Alta Monroe (the Padre Elite Team) to help me sell my boss's high-end townhome on South Padre Island. From listing through closing, these ladies were consummate professionals. Gayle and Alta know their business and they are REALLY good at it. They assisted me at every turn including finding contractors to do repairs, staging the property so it would show beautifully, and answering every one of my hundreds of questions with prompt, knowledgeable, ever-upbeat replies. They worked incredibly hard and went beyond the extra mile. They sold the townhome for top dollar in the off season, and by the time we closed I felt like I had two new best friends. I simply can't recommend them highly enough. They're the best!
- Lorna Hamblin, Fort Worth, TX
Professional and relaxed performance by Jules
Back in Colorado today and just wanted to tell you how much Sally and I appreciated your fine assistance in the purchase of the Bay Dancer Condo on the Island.
Your professional and relaxed performance on our behalf was most helpful during a potentially stressful time usually associated with most real estate transactions. The purchase was truly an easy one thanks to your experience and expertise. Knowing the market as you do made things much simpler and timely than expected. You were always thorough and on time with the information we requested and kept the purchase moving along at an unheard of pace compared to our previous experiences.
Thank you so much. We consider you a new friend and will look forward to seeing you around South Padre Island. Should the need arise, you'll be the first contact we'll make.
- Mark & Sally
Purchasing from out of state.
My husband and I were very happy with the service we received from the Padre Elite Team during the purchase of our home. The team handled many of the logistical challenges presented by purchasing a home from out of state. Jules went above and beyond to facilitate our purchase from over a thousand miles away. We couldn’t have done it without her. Thanks Padre Elite!
- Nicole Ekstrom Christopher Romero, June 2015
Should have called you first, not last!
I would sincerely recommend the Padre Elite Team when trying to sell your padre property. After trying three other agencies and being very disappointed and dissatisfied with service I found Alta Monroe and the Re/Max 1st choice Elite Team.
We were successful in our sale and with lots of help and information it went smoothly. We appreciated their professional but still caring attitude.
For any of your buying or selling of homes, condos or property we would suggest you call Padre Elite Team first not last! - Hank and Rhonda Barnes, Kennedale, TX
SOLD IN 5 MOS. AFTER BEING LISTED WITH OTHERS FOR 5 YRS.
THESE AGENTS ARE AT THE TOP OF THEIR GAMES. THEY SOLD 2 CONDOS FOR ME IN 5 MONTHS. THEY HAD BEEN ON THE MARKET FOR 5 YEARS WITH ANOTHER AGENT.
THANK YOU PADRE ELITE TEAM! - MACHIMON
Take care of their customers.
It is a pleasure to do a a cross deal with professionals like Alta and Gayle. They take care of their customers yet remain respectful to other agents. Alta and Gayle are one of the reasons RE/MAX 1st Choice of South Padre Island has been the #1 real estate company over the past several years and continues to remain the leader. - Susan Brown, RE/MAX 1st Choice, Laguna Vista, TX
Thank you LAURIE!
Many thanks for your EXTREMELY COMPETENT support through the buying process.
Having dealt w/ several realtors thru the years, you are at the top (you always did what you said you would- many do not)! - Mike Kreger, Wichita, KA
We are grateful to you all for getting the job done! Know that we will happily pass your name on to friends in the valley who are interested in buying or selling property in SPI. - Kathy & Gene Deibel
The Embodiment of hard work, professionalism & knowledge
Gayle and her team are the embodiment of hard work, professionalism, and knowledge. I hope to work with them again. - Stars Restaurants
The Padre Elite Team truly lived up to their name!
Their service and expertise were invaluable. We are so grateful to the entire staff, especially Alta and Gayle, for their guidance through the whole sales process. From the initial interview to the listing and from showings to the closing they were with us every step of the way. Thank you ladies!
- Juliana Hughes and Andrea Fuller
Uncomplicated real estate transaction
Alta & Gayle,
My experience with the Padre Elite Team, was the most fluid, uncomplicated real estate transaction I have done, there was an excellent team of two very professional ladies that helped me to get to the best fair price for my condo without pushing or cajoling.
I recommend Alta and Gayle without hesitation as the most professional, honest, pleasant team of real estate agents I have dealt with in 40 years.
- Dr. Acosta, Arlington, TX
We highly recommend Laurie & Jules!
To the Padre Elite team:
We wanted to send you a very heartfelt thank you note to document the terrific job done by our Padre Elite Buyer's Realtor team, headed by Laurie Howell and ably assisted by Jules Wilk. Having had the opportunity to work with numerous realtors over the years, my husband and I both independently reached the conclusion that our experience with Laurie and Jules was by far the most comprehensive and high quality realtor service we have ever received. Specifically, Laurie was consistently friendly, calm under pressure, knowledgable, personable, and responsive to our wishes and needs. She anticipated and resolved concerns to assure we met our goal of purchasing a beautiful SPI vacation condo that perfectly suits our needs. In just one example, I had casually expressed curiosity at one property about the noise one might experience from a nearby fire station's siren. The next day, she reported back to us on research she had completed, by calling the fire department and speaking with a friend who lived nearby this house, to determine how often and at what time of day the siren sounded, and how loud it sounded to the friend. In conclusion, we have only very positive feedback to provide on our real estate transaction completed (much of it long-distance) with the help of Padre Elite. We highly recommend this agency in general, and specifically Laurie and Jules, to anyone planning to house hunt on South Padre Island. - Sincerely , Cathy and Jack Spayd
You helped in so many different ways it is hard to address any single one.
Gayle/Alta/Jules...Thanks for your help in selling my beach house. You helped in so many different ways it is hard to address any single one. However, your individual input about the house, how it looks, changes that could be made to enhance it's exposure, and some decorating ideas to support it's looks. I think all of these things were helpful! I would definitely call on you again to sell any property that I have and am ready to sell. Thanks again!
- Ken Bookout, McAllen, TX
You stuck with us and got the deal done!
Gayle, It is ironic that the Realtor we never met was the most helpful. We backed out of a deal two years ago, at last minute. It was new construction and everybody was very concerned with our signatures not our concerns. The week before we contacted you we were considering a different condo and the realtor was annoyed with our questions. Thought you might like to know. You stuck with us and got the deal done. Hope your holidays are wonderful!
Kyle Voss - Kyle Voss, McGrann, PA
Your Team is Amazing!
Thank you Padre Elite Team for all of you guidance and professionalism throughout both the sale of my home and purchase of my new home. Your team is amazing!!
- Robin Jones, Bayview, TX
Quick and Efficient
Dear Friends of Padre Elite Team,
It goes without saying how pleased my wife and I are with your team. Each one has been delightful and eager to help. We are truly thankful to Padre Elite Team for the efficient, courteous and prompt attention to all details in the sale transaction of our properties on South Padre Island.We can say without doubt that the team is truly elite in every way, We were very happy with the marketing of our properties and the presentation to buyers.More than anything we commend the Padre Elite Team for the quick and efficient manner our transactions completed and how soon they were sold.
We have nothing but the highest regard for this efficient group of Realtors and recommend them unhesitatingly to others. At the same time we will be delighted to use them for any and all our future needs of real estate properties.
- Elizabeth and Gopal Krishnan
Concerned about their clients
Gayle & Alta make the best team of Realtors I've ever had the pleasure to meet. They always pay attention to detail and are concerned about their clients from start to finish. They know their market and care for their customers. I would highly recommend the Padre Elite Team! - Cynthia Jezek, Attorney at Law
Devoted, Honest, and Dedicated
The Padre Elite Team is a very Productive Team and so knowledgable to work with. Always improving by taking more classes in increase their knowledge. Devoted, Honest and Dedicated to all their clients. Be sure to call this Special Team whether buying or selling. - Joan Massie
The Good Lord Has Truly Blessed Us
Dear Gayle and Alta, We are so thankful for the way that you helped us to fulfill a long-time dream. The Good Lord has truly blessed us in knowing both of you! Many thanks from the Galeanas, Danny, Mary Frances, Mary Beth, Connie, Katie, and Tabitha. - Galeanas, Port Isabel, TX
A Very Professional Team
A very professional Team. They were totally committed to marketing our property; by maintaining a great presence in local real estate publications along with excellent internet and website exposure.
They always kept us up to date on potential buyers, and worked very hard behind the scenes to turn possible interest into legitimate offers.
I would highly recommend the Padre Elite Team of Alta, Gayle and JoAnn, and will definitely work with them on any of our future South Padre Island real estate needs.
- Christine R. McAllen, TX
Congratulations and thanks for your exemplary service
We just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you again for your help in selling our condo in Tiki Condominiums on South Padre Island, Texas. Your services were always efficient, speedy, and professional. We appreciated that immensely, since we had tried to sell our condo unsuccessfully for some time prior to making contact with you. Even our friends at SPI said how impressed they were with your performance. I think that constitutes a DOUBLE RECOMMENDATON.!!!
Best wishes for your continued outstanding success,
Cal and Lee Miller
- Cal and Lee Miller, Colorado
Could not be happier
Gayle Hood with the Padre Elite Team of ReMax 1st Choice, South Padre Island, recently listed my condominium on South Padre Island and marketed it in a very aggressive and positive manner by offering excellent advice as to how to display, photograph and video, and advertise. The regular reports as to number of hits on the internet it received and results of showing by other realtors kept us up to date as to the constant standing. Her checking and assisting on minor items was extremely important as we live out of state and unable to visit and keep the condo in show condition without her continued attention. Because of Gayle's special efforts, our condo sold in a very reasonable time at a very reasonable price. We could not be happier to recommend Gayle and her Team for any area real estate transactions! - Alan & Joe Ann Terrill, Oklahoma City, OK
fantastic job on the listing
----you did a fantastic job on the listing-----loved both the pictures and the come along. Thanks for all your hard work. Leo & Carolyn - Leo & Carolyn Dalton, Cortland, OH
WOW!! Two R.E. studettes!! Congrats!
Soon, everyone will be snapping up your listings just because they want a chance for a meet and greet. Lucky me!
Kidding aside, good work. All the best, and a happy holiday season to you both.
- Dennis & Fran Gusky
Hard working, dedicated professionals
To Alta and Gayle, The RE/MAX Padre Elite Team,
You girls are the most hard working, dedicated professionals, we have ever met. Besides a passion for your work, you sold our house when the market was basically dead. Alta worked so hard even with her foot problem and she continued to make it happen. These ladies are the best and their caring is awesome. They don't give up on any situation like many of those we had before. They cover all the bases and its heart felt. If you want the very best, go to Alta and Gayle at RE/MAX, The Padre Elite Team of S.Padre Island Tx.
- Shawn & Brandy Moore, Lexington, S.C
Her advice is invaluable.
Gayle Hood, a partner of the Padre Elite Team, handled several resort property real estate deals for me. Because she understands resort property so well, her advice is invaluable. She also came to the table with creative ways to create a win-win for both buyer and seller to close the deals faster.
Her integrity is unmatched. On one deal, when the future of the project
looked to her to be in question, she suggested that we ask for a deposit refund even though that meant she would lose a commission.
I would definitely use her services again!
Year first hired: 1996 (hired more than once)
Top Qualities: Expert, High Integrity, Creative
- Chris Cobb
high points of 2010
Gayle - I think one of the high points of 2010 was working with you on the condo transfers! We probably wouldn't have even tried it but for your help! We are so proud of our new condo!!! - Jo Ann & Jimmie Price
I would use the Padre Elite Team again.
I would definitely use them again.....they were very professional, and (so importantly) very proactive. Alta and Gayle, who helped me sell my condo, couldn't have been any nicer, more efficient or more knowledgeable. I appreciated the friendly and helpful folks in the office as well. - Cheryl Stockton
Love you guys.
Thank you. We will be at the open house, and I cannot think of anyone more deserving than both of you to be honored and recognized in the real estate, and South Padre community. Marta and I love you guys. - Tom & Marta Olsen, South Padre Island, TX
Pleasure working with you
*Gayle, Thank you so much for your pleasantness. Your referral of Vickie was a Godsend. I went from 200 homes I was trying to decide about to a reasonable selection with her expertise. I am very happy with our home, as is Dottie who gets to be off leash when we go for our walks around the neighborhood. :-). It was a pleasure working with you, as well. I will stop by when I'm in your neck of the woods. Warmly, Melissa - Melissa, Los Fresnos, TX
really enjoyed my short visit
Alta & Gayle - I really enjoyed my short visit yesterday. Hope 2011 is a good year. Gayle, congrats on your move! Happy New Year! - Kathy Woolam Lonan, Harlingen, TX
Thank you for all your help and advice
Dear Alta- I wanted to take a moment to thank you for all your help and advice you have given me through the years. You have been involved with three of my real estate transactions and each time I am amazed how easy you make it look. Your professionalism, personality, and knowledge of real estate puts you ahead of your peers and the number one realtor I look for. I thank you for your friendship and our continued success working together to find me a good deal.
- David Courchaine
Thanks for finding our wonderful home.
Alta and Gayle - Thanks Padre Gals for finding us a wonderful home, we love it! But more importantly we love the area, the people are wonderful, it's why I wanted to come home :). Appreciate you making the buying experience as pain free as possible. Kindest Regards, Kelley - Kelley Kennedy, Laguna Vista, TX
Kept us well-informed throughout the process.
As always, it was a pleasure to work with Gayle Hood and the rest of The Padre Elite Team. They successfully marketed and sold our condominium and kept us well-informed throughout the process. We would gladly recommend them to our friends who have real estate transactions in the area. - Sincerely -- Leslie and Max Yzaguirre