“Real Estate is in my blood, and combines many passions of mine: service to others, business, entrepreneurship, architecture and interior design.” For Florence Ropelewski, being a realtor goes beyond the sales contract.
A native of Bordeaux, France, Florence comes from a long line of real estate professionals. Her great-grandmother began a real estate career in the 1930s, and her son, Florence’s grandfather, followed in his mother’s footsteps, becoming a real estate investor and establishing what would become one of the most reputable and best-known brokerages in Bordeaux “Agence Le Deunff”.
Prior to real estate, Florence pursued a 10-year career as a Marketing and Branding Executive in the Napa and Sonoma wine industry. During this time, she fell in love with the Bay Area, making it her home; and after years of establishing her own stellar reputation and strong network in the Napa Valley, Florence returned to her real estate roots by becoming a licensed realtor and later establishing L’AGENCE. As the founder and leader of the team, she brings fresh enthusiasm and a clear vision, alongside an award-winning skillset, unfaltering work ethic and proven marketing and negotiation expertise. Florence is well-versed in the latest real estate statutes and regulations, is committed to continued education, and is actively involved in local realtor associations in order to maintain a keen understanding of the market.
Florence is a member of several professional organizations including: National Association of Realtors (N.A.R.), California Association of Realtors (C.A.R.), NorthBay Association of Realtors (Napa Chapter) and BAREIS, our local MLS. She holds the First Time Buyer Specialist certification by C.A.R., as well as the Pricing Strategy Advisor, Short Sales and Foreclosure Resource, and Real Estate Investing certifications by the N.A.R.
She has a Master of Science in Strategic Marketing that she received with highest honors from INSEEC, a prestigious international business school in Bordeaux. She is married to Richard Ropelewski, a corporate pilot, and they have two young sons, Adam and Matias. Florence and Richard believe in giving back to their community through volunteering. Richard volunteers at the Veterans’ Home in Yountville, and Florence volunteers with Napa Moms.
I will spare you our saga of moving to Napa from Southern California during a pandemic. Suffice to say, the market is impossibly competitive, lots of virtual tours, and we made multiple offers on houses before we finally got one. And it's a dream. All thanks to Florence and her tenacity, professionalism, and expert guidance throughout the entire process. With us effectively shopping for a house online, she became our eyes and ears in Napa, steering us away from risky homes and toward homes she thought we'd like. The world as it is presently, the level of service that Florence provides to her clients is remarkable, if not essential. We actually met Florence as the agent of the first home we toured (pre-pandemic). On meeting a few other agents that day, we were almost hesitant to give them our contact info because we really liked Florence from the start. She was very patient and measured. She listens intently and remembers everything regarding your must-haves, big concerns, deal breakers, and dream scenarios. By the time we got on our flight home, she had already created a custom portal for us that perfectly matched our home hunting criteria and we were getting regular email updates about new homes and properties coming soon. In addition to the virtual tours, Florence really delivers above and beyond any reasonable expectation of a buying agent, and never even hints at being put out by any of it. Videos of neighborhoods to gauge noise levels, honest feedback after seeing homes in person about questionable condition or potential risks. Florence will walk around a house (impeccably dressed) and climb fences, prod wood siding to check for rot, look under decks, tell you how the house smells, if there are kids, smokers, barking dogs, road noise, everything. She is equally thorough with the mountain of documentation that accompanies the home buying process, and even more patient as she explains it all to you. She provides constant communication, and we never had the feeling that we might miss an opportunity for lack of availability. All of this was vital for us trying to navigate buying a home from 400 miles away, not to mention her expert grasp of Docusign to help move contracts along quickly. Ultimately, we got a tip from a local friend that there was an estate sale in a great neighborhood and the home might be coming on the market, so we texted Florence the address. Less than an hour later we received a Facetime call from her standing in the driveway and speaking with the sellers, who were happy to give us a virtual tour on the spot. She was in touch with the selling agent that evening, we had an offer submitted the next day, and were in contract by the weekend. A thousand compliments will never properly convey how incredible Florence is as an agent. Never too busy for you, although perpetually swamped, and remembers the tiniest details that make such an impact in the buying experience. This includes my wife mentioning that she has always lived in a house with a fig tree, which our new home did not have. Florence handed us the keys and we walked in to find a beautifully wrapped fig tree as our first house warming gift. We truly cannot recommend her highly enough.