STUART, Fla. — When Julia Sansevere, a Realtor® with Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate in Stuart, was 12 years old, she worked her first open house. “My mother was my first broker in Houston,” she laughs. “I was her little, unlicensed assistant, keeping an eye on the cookie platter.”
Sansevere, the 2017 president of the Women’s Council of Realtors Stuart-Martin County, eventually got her Texas real estate license and worked for her mother during the summers between college semesters at University of Texas at Austin.
“She owned her own brokerage in Houston, had three offices, was married and had four daughters – and was president of everything. She is an incredible role model. She embodied the term feminist before we all knew what that was,” says Sansevere.
After a stint in New York City pursuing an acting career, Sansevere moved to Florida and earned her real estate license. Now a member of the Realtor Association of Martin County, she models her community support and service after her mother’s dedication to the Houston community. She says, “It seems I have followed in my mother’s footsteps when it comes to getting involved in my community.”
In 2016, she was encouraged by a friend and fellow Junior League member to participate in Martin County Healthy Start Coalition’s signature fundraiser “Dancing with the Martin Stars” as a star dancer.
“I was named Realtor of the Year in 2015, so she felt it was a good fit,” she laughs. “I currently produce and host a radio talk show with the help of my husband (an Emmy Award-winning technical director during his years at NBC in New York City.) I started it because of Healthy Start Coalition. I did it to raise money and awareness for the ‘Dancing with the Martin Stars’ event. The funds raised help ensure the coalition’s mission that all babies born in Martin County are born healthy.”
Sansevere raised a record-breaking $38,238 thanks to her many generous friends and family members. Her Latin Hustle, which earned her three 9’s from the judges, can be seen on Facebook at “Julia Sansevere, Dancing with the Martin Stars” and on YouTube.
She continues her radio show to focus on good things and good people who are making a positive difference in her community.
“It’s a talk show with a heart – about people who are making a difference to make this world a better place, mostly 501c3 organizations, all volunteer based. It’s all about spreading positivity,” she says.
The show is called “The Martin County Difference” and is broadcast live on Wednesday nights from 7 to 8 PM EST, on the radio at WSTU 1450 AM, live streaming on the Internet via the radio station’s webcam on WSTUTV.com and on the show’s Facebook page The Martin County Difference via Facebook Live.
“There is a Facebook Group and YouTube Channel for the show as well, and recently I added it on iTunes as a podcast: All titled ‘The Martin County Difference’,” Sansevere says. “I talk about real estate trends, market stats and also provide tips to buyers and sellers in the beginning of the show, and then chat with my guests about their organizations and upcoming events.”
“About three years ago, I got involved with the grassroots movement against the All Aboard Florida train project, as proposed by Florida East Coast Railroad,” she says. “I went to meetings outside my county before there was very much information available to our community and brought that information back to my fellow real estate professionals at our Realtor Association’s weekly marketing meeting. I was alarmed by what I heard about the project, and I knew my colleagues would share my concern, if only they knew.”
Another cause that Sansevere says is worth championing in her community is “our water quality.”
“The Lake Okeechobee discharges that pollute our rivers and caused horrible toxic algae in 2013 and last summer must not be allowed,” she says. “The Everglades are being dehydrated while the rivers east and west of Lake Okeechobee are being saturated and polluted. It’s a crime against nature; the water should be sent south.”
“The greatest lesson I’ve learned through my community service is that there are so many other wonderful people who care as much as I do about our community and who are willing to give their time, talent and effort to make this world a better place for all,” Sansevere says. “And that is so heartening and gratifying, and gives me hope for the world.”
Tune in to Julia Sansevere’s talk show, “The Martin County Difference,” on Wednesdays, 7-8 PM EST, on the radio at WSTU 1450-AM, live streaming at WSTUTV.com and LIVE on Facebook at The Martin County Difference. Once the show has originally aired, it can be found on its YouTube channel and as a podcast on iTunes.