Slate Real Estate
45 Durbin Pavilion Dr #101,
St Johns, FL 32259
photos by Ann Rains Photography
Cover Photo & photo at Ember & Iron by Shamie Barrett.
As a company, Slate Real Estate’s sense of community is strong and genuine. They believe in giving back and go beyond in their efforts, hosting annual events such as Teacher Appreciation, First Responder Appreciation, and even Crossing Guard Appreciation. Cole and Laura also continue to be involved with the nonprofit organization Best Buddies, which promotes Social Inclusion for people with intellectual and development disabilities.
It is these thoughtful gestures that come naturally to the couple and a quality that sets them apart. Their spirit of giving has meant a lot to the community, especially during the pandemic. During the first week of May in 2020, Slate Real Estate teamed up with five locally owned St. Johns area restaurants and covered meals for school district employees, first responders, and front-line workers, assisting in over $20,000 in meals and business that week.
Opening a new business in the middle of a pandemic definitely has its challenges; but Laura and Cole remain optimistic about the future as Northeast Florida, particularly St. Johns, remains one of the most in-demand areas to buy real estate in the country.
In their free time Laura and Cole appreciate the best life has to offer in St. Johns. Within their community of RiverTown, they enjoy tennis (Laura) and basketball (Cole) as well as spending time with their sweet dog Fenway. Cole and Laura are big foodies who love dining out at local restaurants, especially in northern St. Johns. Laura is a level one sommelier who studied in California and France to receive the title. (Please check out their recommendations for the best local restaurants in this issue!)
Seventeen hand-picked agents and support staff give Slate Real Estate its edge.
“Knowing the culture that Cole wanted to create, I was excited for the chance to join him in this new venture. The emphasis on family-first and the pursuit of excellence in all things real estate is something that really resonates with me. We call ourselves the firm-fam and it couldn’t be closer to the truth!”
“Slate Real Estate’s devotion to the community, family, and friends is what makes us stand out above all other brokerages. We truly are a family, and all the agents are willing to help out in a moment’s notice. At Slate Real Estate, we focus on forming relationships first and foremost with our clients. Working with your friends doesn’t feel like work. Being able to assist people with one of their biggest financial decisions where clients become lifelong friends is the most rewarding part.”
“I have always admired 2-3 agents as I was growing my business, and Cole Slate was at the top of the list. Whenever I wanted to pick his brain or needed advice, he was there. Still is. SRE’s desire to grow the community and support small biz aligns with my soul. Relationship building is really one of my core strengths and possibly what sets me apart from other agents. I love connecting people: whether it is with friendships, businesses, or even finding/building their dream homes. I just LOVE putting the pieces of “people puzzles” together. We all have to find the right fit for us.”