PORT ORANGE, Fla. – Trying his hand at a professional golfing career after college, Don Bell, with RE/MAX Signature in Port Orange, realized that it was time to switch to real estate.
“I got into real estate in 2003 because I wanted to have more time with my young kids rather than traveling playing golf,” says Bell. However, his passion for golf never waned.
Rather than compete, he chose to host a charity event at his home course. Players donated $1,000 each to the Susan Komen Association for breast cancer research.
“I was doing it with the Woman’s Golf Association. Unfortunately, after five years, they stopped doing the tournament,” he says
Despite a busy real estate schedule, Bell continued to play golf. He qualified twice as an amateur for both the U.S. Senior Open (2015, 2018) and the Senior Open (2014, 2017).
“Initially, it was a great way to network with people I know. I got my first listing from a guy with whom I play golf,” he says.
His competitive spirit got the best of him and he turned professional again when he turned 50 years old. “I wanted to play on the senior circuit,” Bell says.
Now, he’s hoping to qualify for bigger tournaments. “If I qualify, I could be playing in Pebble Beach at the U.S. Open,” he adds.
Bell finds time to play golf every day, sometimes squeezing in a round early morning before work despite a busy real estate practice.
“I still work hard (in real estate),” he says. His numbers speak for themselves. Bell sells between $13 and $20 million in transaction volume each year. “Last year, I did 44 transaction sides,” he says.
The lessons learned on the golf course have helped Bell in his real estate career.
“You have to be disciplined and prepared in golf, and that’s no different in real estate,” he says. “My passion generated great business because people know my character. I’m honest and hardworking and that shows.”