The Downing-Frye name has been a fixture in Naples real estate since the early 1960s. Over the years, the firm has grown into the largest in the area, with three offices in Naples, one in Bonita Springs, three on Marco Island. In 2005, the firm also opened a new office in Port Charlotte.
Downing-Frye has added 441 agents over the last two years, and over 700 agents currently work for the 100 percent commission company, making it the largest real estate company in Naples.
Despite its size, it feels like a small family company, Hughes said. "Every month the company throws a social event for the agents" he said. "We've had golf tournaments, scavenger hunts, comedy nights, happy hours, trips to the dog track and numerous other events. Our social events are open to employees, agents, family and friends. I learned a long time ago that agents making money and having fun would probably stay with the company."
The retention and feeling of family is no doubt one of the reasons readers of the Naples Daily News cast enough votes to make Downing-Frye the winner of the Major Category Award for Real Estate in the Southwest Florida Choice Awards for the fourth year in a row. It was also the fourth year in a row the company won the Champion Award for the Best Real Estate Office.
Downing-Frye Realty is very active in the community, contributing to Habitat of Humanity and numerous other organizations.
Naples Area Board of REALTORS®
Bonita Springs Estero Association of REALTORS®
Punta Gorda-Port Charlotte-North Port Association of REALTORS®, MLS, Inc.