Welcome! We are Brad and Rhonda Martin, a team of experienced and successful Realtors who are committed to providing you with the knowledge and customer service necessary when buying or selling real estate.

    We love real estate....and because we love what we do, our desire is to provide you with progressive, up-to-date information combined with the 'know how' to assist you from start to finish. And you aren't our client only for the moment; our aim is to establish a relationship that will last long after the closing!

    Brad, born in Indianapolis, Indiana, moved to Winter Haven at age 2. After graduating from Winter Haven High School in 1983, Brad went on to Polk Community College where he studied Business with a focus in Business Management. After school, Brad joined his father in the car business where he continued for 27 years; spending the last 13 as the General Manager for several local dealerships. Now in real estate, he puts his negotiating expertise to work for our clients, helping them achieve their best possible deal.

    Rhonda, born in Louisville, Kentucky, moved to Alaska with her family in 1979 and graduated high school in Wasilla in 1982. From there she went on to continue her education at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Rhonda, Broker of By Design Real Estate, finds great satisfaction with helping her clients and has been successfully negotiating real estate transactions for over 13 years.

    Put these multi-million dollar producers to work for you! The real estate market is ever changing; it's important to have someone representing you that understands the current market conditions and is working for you. Our knowledgeable team and staff will guide you through the process of achieving your real estate goals...we love to negotiate and are good at it!

    Your success is our success!

    My Client Testimonials

    We worked with Brad on selling our home. He guided us through the process, indicating what changes we needed to make and helped us, "stage" the house for showing. Brad placed ads on both the internet and local publications. Six days after the ads appeared, we sold the house for approximately 97% of our asking price. He, and his firm, then guided us through the closing process, which went as smoothly as possible. Brad Martin is a highly respected professional who is knowledgeable, personable and dedicated to his clients. You will not find a better person nor a better realtor. 5 STAR review from Zillow.
    My home was listed on a Friday and on Tuesday (4 days) Brad and his team had my home sold and with his legendary negotiating skill, we ended up with $4,000.00 over appraisal. The entire process I was blown away with Brad and his team. They know everyone in the business and know how to get things done. I would and will use Better Homes and Gardens- By Design for my next home and highly recommend them to anyone buying or selling any property. Thank You Better Homes and Gardens- By Design. 5 STAR review from Zillow.
    I don't know where to begin. Starting on the personal side Brad and Rhonda are some of the nicest, honest, and respectful people I have ever dealt with. On the professional side every single thing from the advice on the asking price, the fantastic pictures, and the negotiation of the sale price was excellent. The communication which is so important when you have people coming over almost every day was great, they are on top of every detail. I'm leaving out so much because I honestly can't say enough. If you want a true PROFESSIONAL that will sell your house as opposed to some agent that will list your property you have found the right place. 5 STAR review from Zillow.
    When we decided to put our home on the market, Brad was not the initial realtor we contacted to discuss our options. After that initial realtor gave us his opinion on what we should list our home for and how much we should realistically expect to sell our home for, we realized that this other realtor either didn't understand the market or did not want to do the work to get us top dollar. We then contacted Brad Martin. From our initial meeting with him, we could tell Brad was a very knowledgeable and confident realtor who seemed to genuinely care about getting the most money for his clients. His decades of experience in the car sales industry was apparent through his comfort and ability to negotiate the best deal on our behalf. And throughout the entire process, Brad was extremely easy to talk to and was always available to answer any of our questions. But results speak louder than words, and on only the second day on the market we accepted a full-price offer which was $20,000 more than the initial realtor said that we could get for our home!!! We would highly recommend Brad to any of our family or friends!!! 5 STAR review from Zillow.
    I listed my two houses with another local realtor but never felt like they were really making an effort to sell our houses. I noticed another house in our neighborhood that Brad sold very quickly and for a good price, so I opted to give him a try. He was very proactive and seemed to go well beyond the ordinary efforts made by most realtors, of just listing your house on MLS and moving on to the next one. I highly recommend Brad. 5 STAR review from Zillow.
    Truthful , Honest answers, friendly,and very knowledgeable, nothing is too much to handle . I had a complex deal he had to do.Selling my home which a special built house and then buy a house which was smaller and satisfaction was important. Brad came thru In flying colors. We followed his instructions And both weRe accomplished in 30 days. Brovo Brad and Rhonda. 5 STAR review from Zillow.
    Brad, Rhonda, and Bree went above and beyond to help us sell, purchase, buy (a very specific type of home and property) and find an amazing lender. I cannot begin to tell you what an awesome group of people these are to work with. If you have any housing needs they will help you get the place of your dreams even if it means working late and on weekends. They treat you like family! Thank you so much Brad Martin and family for selling our old house and finding our (needle in the haystack) home we were dreaming of! You guys are one of a kind?? 5 STAR review from Zillow.
    Brad handled the sale of our home in a highly professional manner, helping us set the sale price, prepare the house for sale and placing the home on the market. We had a contract in six days. Brad then helped us through the inspection, preparation and closing processes, all done in a highly professional manner. Brad is knowledgeable, personable and wise to the ways of the market place. A good man and an excellent realtor. 5 STAR review from Zillow.
    I have bought and sold 5 homes and two business locations. Brad is the most responsive, honest and loyal business man I have dealt. I would choose him again above all others! 5 STAR review from Zillow.
    Very Professional and helpful in the entire process. They go out of their way to help you and above and beyond. I really appreciate the Martin's and enjoy working with them. I would recommend them to anyone wanting to sell their real estate! 5 STAR review from Zillow.
    I had to sell a house in a different state from where I live. Brad made the process very easy. He found a buyer for the house right after it was listed! He was very helpful during the whole process of selling the house.
    I can whole heartedly recommend Brad and Better Homes by Design Realty. As a real estate Investor, I had the opportunity to have Brad represent me twice and both times, he created top dollar, quick sales for me. Top notch and outstanding advice that paid off in multiples! 5 STAR review from Zillow.
    We saw our Dream Home come on the market with Brad as the Listing Agent, we called, saw the home and made an offer on the second day! Brad and Bre directed us to the right people for financing and the rest is history. I would highly recommend using Brad and his associates for a purchase or sale of a home. 5 STAR review from Zillow.
    They are simply the best. They know the market; They know their clients. They are experienced and very professional. They are experts at negotiations as well. I have used them before and will continue too. I highly recommend them and do so without reservation. 5 STAR review from Zillow.
    Brad is an expert in the Winter Haven real estate market, especially our gated community. He went out of his way to help manage the property after we had left town, which was greatly appreciated. Rhonda made the closing process go smoothly, providing documents promptly over the internet and assisting with the paperwork that may inundate sellers. The Martin team are helpful, efficient and available at all times to get the job done! We would highly recommend them without hesitation! 5 STAR review from Zillow.
    Our house had been on the market for 6 months without any results, so we switched agents to Brad. Within 2 days of listing it, it was under contract! We credit the expertly shot photographs of our home for the quick sale. Since 95% of buyers look online first, photos are the top priority and our photos were exceptional. Brad and his whole team are on the cutting edge of real estate and I have already recommended him to several friends. 5 STAR review from Zillow.
    We are so pleased with the service we received from Brad and Bree. We are out of state buyers and they made everything so easy for us. We flew down on short notice to see the home and Brad was more than willing to adjust his schedule so he could meet us on a weekend on such short notice. We saw our "dream home" and began the process of purchasing it. Brad gave us names of inspectors for the home and septic. All of them were professional and got back to us immediately with verbal reports followed by written ones. I would definitely recommend Brad. He has excellent work ethics and professionalism. 5 STAR review from Zillow.
    Great experience overall. Amazing pictures of the home were completed within days of deciding to put the house on the market. Brad and team were able to sell our house within the first day on the market. Was able to get us our asking price. Could not have asked for anything more. Great job Brad and team, would highly recommend them to anyone!!! Thanks for everything. 5 STAR review from Zillow.
    Brad has a great balance of personality and professionalism. He is a good listener and is highly responsive. He offers several options and helps his clients weigh the pros and cons of each of them. I felt very confident in allowing Brad to manage what can be a stressful process. 5 STAR review from Zillow.
    My contact was with Brad from day 1. He was very willing to help me with any questions and or concerns i had whether about listing my home or with trying to find another home 1st..without committing my listing to him. Since i needed to find another home in a different city he was quick in introducing me to the right person to help. His staff was wonderful to work with anytime I called for help and he was in a meeting they were right there to answer any of my questions and if they couldn't (which was rare) he always returned my calls promptly. As i had recently lost my husband he was very understanding and reassuring for me as i worked through my decision to make this difficult move of a lifetime..... 5 STAR review from Zillow.
    I couldn't have been more pleased w/ the experience We had with Brad & Rhonda! They made us feel like old friends that go way back! Everything went smooth throughout the entire process! We would recommend them to anyone who is in search of buying or selling! 5 STAR review from Zillow.
    A great "listener". NOT an "order taker" For a seller..Brad is very strategic in his marketing approach! Attention to detail and good follow-up Communicates with a sense of urgency but yet not pushy. 5 STAR review from Zillow.
    We knew this house would not last long so we contacted Brad and said we need a deal quick! so a few weeks later we have the keys to a new house! I cant thank Brad enough; he worked tirelessly and got it done and got us a great deal! Their whole team is very professional and they did everything they said they would do. Fantasist job THANK YOU! 5 STAR review from Zillow.
    I could not have been more satisfied with the process with the By Design team. We bought a home listed by Brad and felt comfortable enough with him and the team that we also listed our home to sell with him. Brad was helpful and supportive throughout the entire process. He was especially helpful in the negotiation process. Each member of the staff that I came in contact with was very professional and knowlegable. I would certainly recommend By Design to anyone who is buying or selling a home! 5 STAR review from Zillow.
    Brad (with By Design Rea lestate) came highly recommended by a family member. He was a breath of fresh air as my wife and I had just had a bad experience with another local realtor. Brad is very knowledgeable about the area and we noticed a lot of expertise in negotiating. He was always available and very reassuring through a stressful home-buying process. This was our first home purchase and we feel it was made very easy due to his vigilance and expertise. When we found our forever home, Brad could sense immediately that my wife and I were in agreement and had found our house. He had gotten to know our tastes and preferences over the house hunt search. He was a quick study. Without hesitation, we will certainly utilize his services again. 5 STAR review from Zillow.
    Very professional. Hard working. Never pushy or misleading. Showed us lots of homes and never minded to return for a second vist. Keeps you informed. Great team and smooth closing. Highly recommend. 5 STAR review from Zillow.
    A BIG thanks to By Design Real Estate Services's and Brad Martin! Our home has sold and we had a few unconventional events take place during key points of the process. Brad knew exactly how to creatively manage the situation and develop a solution to keep everyone on the right track. 5 STAR review from Zillow.
    I chose Brad Martin and By Design Realty because Brad was very familiar with the property and the property values in my neighborhood. When I made the decision to downsize, it was not an easy decision. I loved my four-bedroom home with a pool, but did not need such a large house after my husband passed. Brad valued the house exactly right, in fact, after just three days on the market, the house appraised and sold for exactly the asking price. Brad's team did a fantastic job of staging, then photographing the house, and his marketing team is the best! Only the most qualified buyers were shown the house. After only three days, we had a solid contract on the house, and I was able to close quickly without any problems. Brad also helped me purchase a smaller home in a 55+ neighborhood. I am extremely happy I made the decision to sell my big house and purchase a smaller home. Thank you, By Design Team! You all are the best! 5 STAR review from Zillow.
    Brad and Rhonda Martin did such a wonderful job in the sale of our home! It was presented so well and it sold in seven (7) days!!! Any problems or negotiations that presented themselves were solved quickly and efficiently. We cannot say how happy and impressed we are with both Brad and Rhonda! 5 STAR review from Zillow.
    Love these two! Great knowledgeable realtors. Both are hardworking and what i call go getters. They can help you find your dream home or sell your home. Whatever the task is they are up to it and put forth full effort. Brad communicated with me every step of the way and i felt very confident he was on top of it for me. Even down to the bidding war that happened on my home. He got the most money for me. Brad sold my home 1 day after listing went live on MLS. I would use him time and time again! Thanks Brad & Rhonda for all your hard work! 5 STAR review from Zillow.
    Brad was the best. He communicated with me constantly, to make sure I was always updated on the progress of the sale. He was very easy to work with and never put any pressure on me. Brad did an excellent job of marketing my home for sale. The big plus, he sold my home in a very short amount of time. Extremely professional! 5 STAR review from Zillow.
    rad sold our house in Winter Haven very quickly and very close to the asking price. He knows the community well and has exceptional knowledge of how the process works. Even more important to me is working with someone who is honest and likable. Brad is exactly that. Anyone in need of help buying or selling a home in the Winter Haven area (and beyond) should give Brad a call. 5 STAR review from Zillow.
    Brad and his team were on top of all of the details from the listing to the closing. I would recommend By Design to anyone looking to sell or buy. Brad's networking was instrumental in finding us the home that we were looking for in our price range. 5 STAR review from Zillow.
    I had not moved in 50 years. Needed to know and learn everything about the process of selling and buying a house. He sold mine and found me one to buy. His office handled both transactions at the same time. I felt very comfortable with the process. He was able to find a solution to every thing that would come up and got the sales done in a timely manner. Sold my home in 6 days. 5 STAR review from Zillow.
    s an out of town seller I needed to have an agent who would adjust to my West Coast timing and who would keep me in the loop. A key attribute of Brad and his team was that they took the time to interview me and understand my wishes/needs intimately. Further, I knew that I was very upside down in the house and that I needed someone who would not try to sugar coat the situation but, rather, present the issues honestly and help me make the right decisions. In short I needed a highly competent group to help me power through to an agreed upon result. Brad and team exceeded all expectations. 5 STAR review from Zillow.
    Brad not only helped us to learn more about the Winter haven area, he also shared his time to personally show us a number of properties during our home search, as well as proactively seeking out listings that met our criteria. He was extremely knowledgeable and courteous and listened carefully to really understand our needs. I have nothing but high praise for Brad and strongly recommend him if you are looking for a new home in the Winter haven area. 5 STAR review from Zillow. 5 STAR review from Zillow.
    I completely relied on Brad to represent my interests in the long distance sale of my home. He never once failed to oblige a request, and was truly dedicated to my satisfaction & peace of mind. His staff was exceptionally gracious. I can wholeheartedly recommend Brad Martin... He's demonstrated time and again to be quite extraordinary. 5 STAR review from Zillow.

    My Experience

    • I spent my first 27 years in the car business. The last 12 years running successful dealerships, training sales professionals and negotiating contacts daily. This experience positioned me perfectly to represent and negotiate the best deal for you and your family. My real estate carear began in 2012 and since 2013 I have ranked in the top 5 every year in sales volume in our association (over 700 members). I take your trust in me seriously and promise to treat your deal as if its were a family member or my own.

    My Credentials and Memberships

    • Served on Florida Board of Realtors Finance committee 2015. Served as chair of East Polk Co Association board's Investment committee 2015-2017.
    • 2013 East Polk County Association of Realtors- "Rising Star" winner
    • 2015 East Polk County Association of Realtors- "Realtor of the Year".
    • 2017 Better Homes and Gardens Emerald Elite winner (Highest award given for production)
    • 2013-2016 Served on East Polk County Associations Board of Directors.

    My Community Involvement

    • Member of Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce
    • Member of East Polk Co. Association of Realtors
    • Member of Winter Haven Worship Center

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