Formerly an award-winning financial advisor who managed portfolios of more than $100 million at Raymond James & Associates and Bank of America Investment Services, Dean Matthews entered the real estate market 14 years ago as an investor, purchasing, renovating, and re-selling homes.
Now a specialist in luxury real estate in Jupiter and Palm Beach Gardens, he combines his extensive experience in finance, sales, marketing, and digital media with his passion for real estate and the Florida lifestyle to provide investor clients with the benefits of his unique mix of knowledge and expertise.
A long-time resident of Jupiter himself, Dean knows the area intimately from both a current and a historical perspective. He and Heather — his wife of more than 20 years and a fellow Douglas Elliman agent — offer clients tours of Palm Beach Gardens and Jupiter, including complimentary boat excursions to view waterfront homes, which Dean considers the optimal way to appreciate such properties.
A graduate of Florida Atlantic University with a B.A. in Business and Finance, Dean enjoys boating, golf, basketball, and fishing, as well as spending time with his wife, daughter and two sons.
Born and raised in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, Heather Matthews grew up watching Jupiter, Jupiter Island, and her own home town blossom into the most desirable cities in the United States. As a result, she is thoroughly familiar with the area, knows which neighborhoods, school districts, and homes would be a perfect fit for her clients, and loves giving them tours of the areas that most interest them. Today she handles luxury residential properties in all three cities.
Heather is very much aware of the fact that buying or selling a home is more than merely a real estate transaction. "A person's home defines their daily life, and their lifestyle interests play a huge role in finding the perfect one," she says. "That's why it's my goal to take all of those factors into account when working with buyers and sellers." She attributes her passion for selling real estate to her background in art and her love of beautiful homes and decor, and brings boundless enthusiasm and expertise to helping clients navigate their real estate transactions smoothly and successfully.
Heather enjoys working with a diverse range of people, from athletes and celebrities to first time buyers in need of direction and knowledge. Her dedication to completing each home purchase or sale with diligence, professionalism, and caring while making the experience a positive, stress-free one for the customer has earned her an enviable reputation for always putting her clients' best interests first. She especially shines at showing homes, where she not only loves to point out highlights but also focuses on helping buyers to overcome any concerns they may harbor and write an offer.
Heather holds three degrees from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, and originally went into the world of professional photography, setting up a successful studio that initially specialized in portraits but subsequently expanded to also include architectural and interior photography. She and her husband Dean — a fellow Douglas Elliman agent — eventually came to own one of the top producing studios in the country.
Heather believes that a crucial part of being successful in today's rapidly changing market is staying current on new real estate technology and putting it to work for the client. She, her husband, and their children — two sons and a daughter — live in Jupiter, and in her off time she is learning to play tennis.