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The Waldren Team, RE/MAX Affinity PlusPhone: (239) 564-4523
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Originally from Massachusetts, Christine grew up in Salem, New Hampshire. She graduated from The University of New Hampshire with a bachelor’s degree in Economics.  In 1985, Christine crossed the Judge SS Jolley Bridge for the first time and knew that Marco Island was a special place and that it would become her home.

She began selling real estate in 1988, eventually becoming one of the top-producing Realtors on the Island. Her easygoing persona, knowledge of the Island, and years of experience listing and selling real estate put her customers at ease making her a resource they could rely on throughout the transaction and long after. Her informative newsletters and market update reports after the sale help keep her customers updated on property values and market trends.

The team is complemented by her Island Native children, who bring their technology and marketing savvy to the process, along with their experience of growing up on the Island and having capitalized on being a part of a real estate family.

Michael is originally from Marco Island. His upbringing on the Island included summer camps, community enrichment programs, and memorizing the area while walking and bike riding. Michael spent his whole academic career in Southwest Florida, graduating from Lely High School before earning a bachelor’s in History from Florida Gulf Coast University. 

After a brief stint guest teaching in the Collier County Public school system, Michael then moved to Seattle for a few years. His years in the Pacific Northwest led to an increased understanding of technological concepts and working toward customer satisfaction. 

Eventually, Michael returned home and earned a master’s in Educational Technology from FGCU. He then worked in marketing and employee training at an electronics wholesaler in Naples. The last several years have helped Michael master his skills in marketing and tech, and now combines all of his experience to provide an unforgettable experience to customers. 

Michael still enjoys walking around the Island and enjoying the sights of the area; he would be happy to discuss the beauty of this tropical paradise with you.  

Farrah is originally from Marco Island. She has fond memories of her childhood on the Island and loved getting involved in school programs and events in her tight-knit community. After graduating from Lely High School, Farrah studied at UCF in Orlando, FL, and earned her bachelor’s in Early Childhood Development. 

From there she moved to Ireland to work abroad for a year, then to Atlanta to help develop a start-up company, and even to South America to travel and expand her cultural knowledge before settling back down in Marco Island. 

While back on Marco, Farrah took up bartending, where countless locals have gotten to know her. Farrah’s impeccable ability to interact with people has helped make her a staple of the community. 

The various skills she’s learned in her past work experience, opportunities, and travels help her better understand customer needs, prioritize and juggle multiple leads, and keep open lines of communication between herself and her customers, as well as communicate all properties and information through the best channels for the best marketing. 


Our connection means we provide unique insight into the Marco Island and Naples area


When you do business with us, you receive our complete attention, and we will work diligently to meet your real estate needs.


We will listen intently to your desires and create a personalized strategy that will best achieve your goal.


Our team stays up to date with all strategies and methods, allowing us to enhance the customer experience. 

What Does The Market Look Like Right Now?

After a couple of years of increased sales volume, the market has now leveled out. Inventory is growing, but it is still much lower than it has been historically. Sellers need to be a bit sharper in their pricing, and buyers need to be ready to act on listings they like.

What's The Best Time To List My Property

Since Southwest Florida is highly desirable in the winter time, the fall is a great time to list. But with inventory being low, timing your listing seems to matter less. If there are not a lot of similar properties on the market, then anytime is fine. Your Realtor will guide you.

What Is The Right Way To Start The Buying Process?

First, you need to have a good idea of what you are looking for. Balance out what you need vs. what you want. Make a list and be clear. The better you can relay to your Realtor what you ideally need, the better we will be able to help you. If you are getting a mortgage to purchase… get pre-qualified, we can help connect you with local lenders.

How Long Does It Take To Buy A Property?

The quick answer is 30 to 60 days. Cash buyers can usually close within 30 days, and buyers getting a mortgage can take up to 60 days. If you are ready, willing and prepared to buy, these are good guidelines.

What Is The Right Way To Start The Selling Process?

First, be sure your decision to sell is clear, then get your ducks in a row. A Realtor is a good source to help you do that. We can help you by making suggestions to prepare your property for sale. You will also want to make a list of special features and recent improvements to help better represent your property in the best way possible. A seller’s disclosure in not required, but is very beneficial for ensuring a smooth transaction.

Why Choose The Waldren Team?

Boasting robust knowledge of the Marco Island and Naples areas, experience dating back to 1987, and a deep understanding of customer needs, The Waldren Team provides you with real estate services that you will always remember. Part of the reason is that we do not stop working with you after the transaction; we will continue to keep you informed. When you are ready to make your next move, we will provide you with everything needed to achieve the best outcome. We provide the help you need and the service you deserve.

Can We Use Websites Like Zillow To Set The Price For Our Home?

Sellers like to visit real estate websites to get instant estimates of value, but this is not a replacement for a professional market analysis specific to your property. Often, real estate websites take a spotlight view to come up with value, and in this area where one side of the street can be inland and the other on a waterway, the spotlight is never truly accurate.

How Does The Marco Island & Naples Market Differ From The National Market?

While a decent amount of people live in Collier County full time, a good majority of our residents are seasonal, so this is traditionally a second home market. When you hear national statistics on real estate, it most often does not apply to the second home market. Second home buyers often are in a different financial situation than first time home buyers.