As an entrepreneur, successful business owner, international business ambassador and philanthropist, longtime Central Florida real estate professional Rajia Ackley wears many hats . . . and wears them all well.
The hat she’s worn the longest – and perhaps the one that fits best – is that as the founder and CEO of one of Metro Orlando’s oldest full-service real estate companies, Coldwell Banker Ackley Realty, in business since 1984.
Her longevity in an industry having as many peaks and valleys as the Himalayas speaks volumes about her business acumen and ability to adapt to a constantly morphing marketplace and delivering the same high-level professional services her clients deserve.
Change, she says, is the one constant in luxury real estate. Marketing has shifted from a local to a global focus. More affluent consumers are relying on technology and social media to make their purchase decisions. As a global leader in luxury homes, Rajia, as a Coldwell Banker Previews International Specialist, closely monitors these changes and what she sees is a “future that is open for expansion.”
Yes, it’s hard work, but Rajia is used to hard work.
She built her two companies (Coldwell Banker Ackley Realty and Ackley Florida Property Management) and professional reputation from the ground up, doing so as a single mother raising two children, Nathan and Kristen. She currently has close to 100 agents and staff.
Over the years she has established herself as a global market leader and expert at the highest levels and at every part of the industry spectrum both nationally and internationally– from Previews luxury real estate, new home sales, commercial real estate, and property management/investments. She is also a real estate investor and developer, currently working on an assisted living project of up to 450 units.
Rajia is highly regarded for her philanthropy with the Rajia Ackley Family Foundation and her involvement in the Boys and Girls Clubs and Heavenly Hooves – home of the McCormick Research Institute.
She takes great satisfaction in her accomplishments but admits there’s more to be done as the company builds its legacy, including expanding her niche as a luxury home specialist. Joining her in that effort is daughter Kristen, a soon-to-be University of Florida graduate majoring in International Business.
And who better to mentor a budding entrepreneur than one who has walked the walk?
“Entrepreneurs are motivated to lead rather than follow,” says Rajia. “We are confident that we can turn visions into realities.”
“We are passionate which has been the key to my success,” she adds.” I have the same drive and passion today about my business as when I started; “The people I work with know they can trust me to give them extraordinary results!”
Thank you Rajia for your help with my commercial building. The process was so seamless. I appreciate your attention to details and the follow up keeping me informed as we went through the process. Your recommendations helped and I didn't spend money on unnecessary items. Highly recommend your services to my family and friends.
Rajia Ackley is the epitome of a professional and knowledgeable real estate agent. Rajia was there every step of the way when we purchased our house. She always answered every call or email no matter what time of day or night it was. Her professionalism, mentorship, knowledge, honesty and hard work ethic are much appreciated and respected. I never felt that she was trying to sell me house, but that she was a mentor to answer my questions and help me make the best decision for my family.
I would highly recommend Rajia to anyone searching for a home. Thank you Rajia for being a true pleasure to work with!
I was referred to Rajia Ackley of Coldwell Banker Ackley Realty by a close friend. Rajia and her team listed our property in Windermere. Rajia is a true professional, she has a unique concierage approach in her business. She had great out of the box ideas in marketing our property globally. Needless to say in no time at all Rajia presented my husband and I with an offer at our asking price. Her team guided us through the entire process for a seamless transaction. Her years of experience and knowledge of the market come into play when she was negotiating our deal. I highly recommend Rajia and her team and look forward to working with her again in the very near future.
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