Derek has received numerous awards for sales volume and customer service, and was recognized in a national Real Estate publication, RIS Media, as one of the, "50 Top Realtors® on the Rise in the U.S." Derek has also been a guest lecturer on real estate and technology at a Michigan University, will be featured in a national real estate book being released in April of 2012, and has been named in HOUR Detroit Magazine. Derek's business has grown over 30% annually each of the last three years of the, "Great Recession."
Derek's background has provided him with a foundation of creative and effective marketing techniques, tracking metrics, implementing technology, and using systems and processes for efficiency and results. Derek's previous work, combined with over a decade of real estate expertise, makes Derek an asset to any client. Derek's specialty is helping SE Michigan property sellers get the absolute most money possible for their property using a variet of proven techniques.
As a descendant of farming families on both his mother and fathers' side, Derek learned at a young age that there is no substitute for hard work. Working in the fields and undertaking responsibilities beyond his years was instrumental in establishing a solid foundation. When asked about these years, Derek chuckles saying, "I wouldn't trade the experience for the world, but don't ask if I want to do it over." Very early in life, Derek developed a profound respect and admiration for his parents and the family structure. It was evident to him that his parents had a vision. They were to be the solid foundation and springboard for lifelong values for Derek and his sister.
As Team Leader, Derek oversees the fine members of the Team, in addition to working with many Seller and Buyer clients of his own. Derek attended Ferris State University (1993-1997) and received a B.S. in Business Administration with a Minor in Communication, and a focus in Marketing and Business Law.
Derek is a member of many local, state, and national real estate organizations and has served as the Vice Chair on the Grievance Committee at the Western Wayne and Oakland County Association of Realtors, along with the Government Affairs Committee. Derek is passionate about ethic-driven business practices, and involvement and understanding of current and upcoming legislation affecting real estate practioners and homeowners, is important to Derek.
In 1997 upon graduating, Derek immediately went to work for Andersen Consulting (now Accenture), the world's largest process and technology consulting firm. Making a decision to cut-back on the travel, Derek then transitioned into a sales, marketing, and business development roles in a .com company, then in a Fortune 700 company, and was a top producer in both organizations.
Derek Bauer believes very strongly in vision. He says that learning from those who came before us is crucial and learning from those close to us is priceless. Whether hearing about the "simpler times" reminisced by his grandparents, the practicality encouraged by his parents, the dreams of his sister, or the fascination of family youngsters, his vision is stretched.
After completing a secondary and college education, along with a wide array of work experience, Derek enjoyed several years in corporate America. Extensive travel, process and technology consulting, sales & marketing, business development, and project management were but a few of Derek's professional hats. When asked about his experience, Derek replied, "It was valuable. Working for large corporations with a vision for the future can help you remain focused not only professionally, but also personally." Realizing his personal vision, Derek decided to fulfill a lifelong goal: to work for you, his community. It was a monumental move, "a permanent, extremely positive one," he said.
As a real estate professional in Southeast Michigan, Derek wants to help you realize your vision, to see your dreams through. You may want a larger home or something smaller, investment property or a cabin in the woods. You and your family may have a detailed plan for a 2,350 sq. ft. Colonial. You may only have some ideas scribbled on a napkin. Or, maybe you aren't sure what your options are.
You can rest assured that when you hire Derek Bauer and his, Door to Dreams Team, you will experience the best in service, resourcefulness, friendliness, and results! You WILL benefit from Derek's honesty, ethics, and professionalism. As a full-time agent, he is ready to always be on the job for you.