Weichert® Increases Florida Presence with Addition of New Franchised Office in Tampa

— Michele Watson

Weichert, Realtors® – Exclusive Properties Joins National Franchise System

TAMPA, Fla. / June 14, 2022 – Weichert Real Estate Affiliates, Inc. continues to grow its presence in Florida with the addition of Weichert, Realtors® – Exclusive Properties, a new franchised office in Tampa.

Hector Contreras
Hector Contreras, owner of Weichert, Realtors® – Exclusive Properties

The addition of the office, formerly known as Tampa Bay Exclusive Realty, LLC, marks the 38th Weichert® affiliate in the state of Florida. Weichert has a network of over 370 franchised offices throughout the country.

“We’re very excited to announce our affiliation with Weichert and have the backing of the company’s national brand,” said Hector Contreras, the broker/owner of Weichert, Realtors® – Exclusive Properties. “When we were researching various franchise opportunities, what really stood out was the organization’s core values and how closely they aligned with our company’s own values.”

“We’re confident this move will help continue our growth as a company,” added Contreras. “The technology, tools and systems that Weichert has in place will be great assets for our agents as they continue to provide exceptional customer service in our Tampa Bay community.”

As part of the Weichert franchise network, Contreras and his team have access to in-depth training programs, the latest technology and the most powerful sales and marketing tools in the industry to help provide the best possible real estate service to their clients.

Contreras opened Tampa Bay Exclusive Realty, LLC in 2018 and successfully built the brokerage into one of the premier real estate agencies in the region. Over the past four years, he’s grown his team to 13 agents, who focus on keeping clients informed and serving with integrity and transparency throughout the buying and selling process.

Contreras first got his start in real estate back in 2005 as an agent with a competing brokerage. He transitioned into a career in finance a couple years later but made his return to the real estate industry in 2013 with a local Tampa brokerage. After many years as a top agent, he made the decision to establish Tampa Bay Exclusive Realty, LLC with the goal of growing his own team.

His “people helping people’ philosophy, which was instilled in him throughout his prior career, plays a key role in how Contreras operates his company and conducts business with clients. He believes keeping clients educated and informed throughout the entire process provides peace of mind and helps create a stress-free transaction.

A native of New Orleans, Contreras moved to the Tampa Bay area in 1982. He graduated from the University of Tampa with a bachelor’s degree in finance.

Weichert Real Estate Affiliates, Inc. President and COO Bill Scavone was pleased to welcome the newest Florida affiliate. “I am thrilled to welcome our new friends at Weichert, Realtors® – Exclusive Properties and their clients to the Weichert family. Their office has a reputation for great customer service, and they are very highly regarded in the Tampa area.”

Weichert, Realtors® – Exclusive Properties is an independently owned and operated Weichert affiliate. The office serves Tampa Bay and surrounding areas.

For more information about Weichert, Realtors® – Exclusive Properties, located at 3903 Northdale Boulevard in Tampa, contact Hector Contreras at 813-519-4091 or visit

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About Weichert Real Estate Affiliates, Inc.: Weichert Real Estate Affiliates, Inc. is a top real estate franchisor established in 2001 by Jim Weichert, president, chairman and CEO of Weichert Companies, which has been in operation since 1969. The company provides a clearly defined business model for operating, managing and marketing a real estate brokerage, along with industry-leading technology, marketing tools and coaching. Its first affiliate opened in 2002, and the franchise network has since grown to over 370 offices, serving markets in over 40 states. The company has been named one of the top traditional residential real estate franchises by Entrepreneur magazine for 18 straight years and identified by Franchise Business Review as a top franchise for owner satisfaction seven years in a row. For more information about Weichert, visit or for information on franchise opportunities visit

Each Weichert® franchised office is independently owned and operated.

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