Coastal Properties Group International announces merger with Alva International Real Estate

sharon.alexClearwater, FL  (January 2014) –Coastal Properties Group International, the exclusive affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate in Tampa Bay, has announced that is has merged with St. Petersburg real estate firm Alva International. The Alva office, located in downtown St. Petersburg at 238 Beach Drive, will be re-opening as a Coastal Properties Group International location in early January 2014.

“We are excited about this partnership with the Simms team/Alva International,” said Alex Jansen, Coastal’s President and CEO. “Sharon Simms is very well known in the Pinellas County real estate market and her firm has garnered a reputation as being a leader in the St. Petersburg luxury real estate market. Her team of professionals will be a welcome addition to the Coastal family.”

“Merging with Coastal will allow us to enhance the real estate experience for our St. Petersburg clients,” explained Simms. “The company provides unsurpassed marketing resources, innovative technology, and of course, the prestigious Christie’s affiliation.”

In addition, the new branch office located on Beach Drive expands Coastal’s presence in the downtown St. Petersburg market. Coastal currently has seven boutique offices throughout Pinellas County. Coastal also plans to open an eighth office location in Treasure Island this quarter.

“The office location is ideal for our real estate advisors who are working the downtown and Northeast St. Petersburg areas,” continued Jansen. “The strategic location of this boutique office will allow us to better service that growing clientele and accommodate our real estate professionals who specialize in this exclusive area.”

Alva International opened its doors in St. Petersburg in 2009, The Simms Team is a family team led by broker/owner Sharon Simms, a REALTOR® in St. Petersburg, since 1986. She is joined by son Rob Johnson, daughter Tami Simms and supported by Strategic Execution Officer, Amy Dinovo.

As Coastal Properties Group International, Sharon Simms will also be taking on the role Vice President of International Markets, where she will focus on building and enhancing the company’s international partnerships and affiliations. Sharon’s rich and diverse real estate career began in 1986 when she started with Merrill Lynch Realty which became Prudential Florida Realty, which then became Arvida Realty Services, and ultimately was acquired by Coldwell Banker. Sharon worked for RE/MAX Metro for five years before opening ALVA International, Inc. in 2009.

Coastal Properties Group International, one of the area’s most successful and fastest growing real estate brokerages in Pinellas County, is an invitation-only boutique brokerage made up exclusively of multi-million dollar producers.  For information about Coastal Properties Group International, please contact Alex Jansen at (727) 474-9071.