About Us | Real Estate | Dermot O'Brien


You certainly have a choice when it comes to who you trust help you buy or sell your Florida home or vacation property. If you’re looking for an experienced company that has a very strong reputation for selling homes and vacation properties quickly and at good prices on Singer Island and the surrounding areas, then you don’t need to look any further than Dermot OBrien Realty. Our proven results, long-standing reputation, and innovative marketing strategies set us apart and truly make us your one-stop shop for your real estate needs.

Unrivaled Industry Expertise

We have extensive real estate sales and marketing experience. We’ve been working in the real estate business (specifically in Singer Island and the surrounding areas) for many years, and since 2005 alone, we’ve sold more than $250 million in real estate. We rhold the record for the most expensive resale property every sold on Singer Island: Tower Suite 12 at the Ritz Carlton Residences which traded for $8.8 Million in June 2015. Throughout our time working in real estate in this area, our agents have been the proud recipients of a number of awards, including the Ritz Carlton Power Broker Award in 2012, in addition to being awarded the International Homes Magazine Best Florida Realtor Award in 2014 and the Best Florida Boutique Real estate Brokerage in 2018. To make a long story short, we know what to look for when it comes to selling your property, helping you find one or even leasing one for the winter season or for the whole year. We’ll stop at nothing to make sure you get exceptional representation.

A Long-Standing Reputation

Dermot OBrien Realty and real estate agent Dermot OBrien have a long-standing reputation in the local community. Ask any of the clients we’ve worked with in the past, and they’re likely to describe Dermot and his team as honest, straightforward and knowledgeable. In fact, we pride ourselves on being sometimes painfully honest, because we don’t base our professional interactions on our potential commissions. Instead, we make sure that above all else, we’re working in the best interests of our clients. It’s our philosophy that by putting clients first, you simply can’t lose.

Effective Marketing Strategies

Dermot OBrien Realty is known for its proven marketing strategies, which we’ll implement to help maximize your real estate sale, get your property sold as quickly as possible or to find you the most suitable condominium, hotel condo, single family home, town house or rental to buy or lease. Dermot recently completed a Google approved one year Diploma in Digital Marketing and he is now introducing this insights he learned from this top tier program to his real estate business. You can read all about our innovative marketing strategies by go to this section of our web site.

About Dermot OBrien

After graduating with an MBA Degree from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, Dermot OBrien began a successful career in product development and management consulting before launching his own Internet business in 1997. Working for both large companies and small companies such as Unilever USA in Greenwich, Connecticut and Collett Dickenson Pearce Advertising in London, England Dermot has gained a wide range of business experience. Unfortunately, when the dotcom bubble burst in 2002, Dermot’s Internet business was one of the casualties of the 2002 “Dot Com” bust. He and his wife decided they would make a fresh start on Florida’s stunning southeast coast, but first they had to sell their Long Island home. After having no success with several top local Realtors, OBrien took on the task of selling the property himself and successfully sold it in less than 3 months, close to the list price. “I just applied basic marketing ideas when it came to selling my house and I went from having no interest, to ending up in a bidding war. After we moved to Florida, I knew I wanted to be independent and control my own destiny, so I decided to give real estate a shot.”

In 2005, OBrien became interested in the exclusive enclave of Singer Island and convinced the developer of a condominium project on the island to take him on as a sales associate. “That was a good break for me. Not only did I get real training as a Realtor, Isaw firsthand how I could use my background in marketing and business to set myself apart in the business.” Dermot’s business savvy was instrumental in convincing the developer to turn the project into a Wellness Living Resort. “I was able to not only get the developer on board, but because I really believed in what I was doing, it made me a great salesperson. I developed a non-pushy sales style and considered myself more of a real estate consultant. I don’t force my clients into anything. I’m very laid back and the higher end client finds that especially appealing. ” OBrien’s hard work and his unique approach to sales paid off and he was awarded the International Property Award For the Amrit Resort in 2006.

But that same year, real estate sales had slowed and Dermot’s position as a sales associate was in limbo after his company decided to hire an outside sales team. Rather than let his fate be decided for him, OBrien left and used his considerable talents and knowledge about the market to help people successfully sell their high end Singer Island Condominium units in an incredibly depressed market. In one of the worst real estate years in recent memory, OBrien had over 9 million dollars in sales while the developer who let him go sold nothing.
Although the market had crashed, Dermot remained determined to succeed and gambled that a lot of Realtors would be leaving the business. “I used whatever extra money I had to advertise. I knew it was my chance to really stand out.” In 2008, OBrien returned to Illustrated Properties. His decision to advertise and focus on the niche market of Singer Island paid off. He was a Platinum Award winning top producing agent in 2008, 2009 and 2010.

In August of 2010, OBrien founded Islands Realty (later renamed to Dermot OBrien Realty), setting up an office in the Palm Beach Marriot Singer Island Hotel & Resort.. With his focus on providing concierge style service and a dedication to innovative marketing and cutting edge technology, Dermot OBrien Realty has quickly become one of the premiere agencies in the area. But it’s OBrien and his remarkable talents that are perhaps the most unique advantage he offers his clients. The combination of his 30 years of experience in all facets of business, his tenacity and his incredible ease with clients has enabled him to stand out from the pack and become one of the more respected Realtors working in the region. “I love what I do. I love the challenges. I love constantly meeting people and hearing their stories. The opportunities I’ve had in America have been amazing and a lot of that has to do with the people I’ve been lucky enough to meet and work with.