Local Businesses in the Tallahassee Area
We are asked all the time if we can recommend a local business. There are many hard-working “good guys” locally who would really appreciate your business. Most people want to support local small businesses.
We are often asked for recommendations for assorted services and businesses in the Tallahassee area. We’ve created this ‘Good Guys’ page to provide some information and recommendations. We are going to start with the businesses we use most in the real estate world.
These businesses are locally owned and can include some local owned franchisees. These are businesses we have used and have been pleased with their customer service. If you have others you have used and recommended, we are always happy to add them to our Good Guys List. If you are working with us, or plan to, do not feel pressured to only use these guys. These are just recommendations and you can use whoever you want (& is appropriately licensed and insured). No matter what, you should do business with those you trust to do right by you.
Download our complete list here: Flynn Vendor list 2020
Check back, we will be adding additional businesses as we grow!
Choosing a lender is a crucial step when buying a home. If you do not get it right, you may lose a lot of time AND money. Some lenders spend a small fortune advertising to you, and you will see them over and over again through this process. They will pop up on Facebook and anytime you Google something. Yes, they are cyber-stalking you. Just because they spend thousands to get in front of you, does not mean that they are qualified to get you to the closing table with the least amount of hassle. I have worked with most of those big online mortgage companies, and the trouble they run into is that they do not know Tallahassee real estate. What they do not know can cost you time and money. One of those big guys I have worked with has required me to asked the seller for an extension six times with the past seven customers that choose them. Guess what? The seller does NOT have to grant an extension because of the lender issue. They can say no, pocket your deposit money, and go back to the market and find a different buyer. It is too important of an investment to leave it to someone you cannot trust.
Below are some of my favorite lenders in Tallahassee. This does not include all the great lenders in Tallahassee, so if your favorite lender is not on here – feel free to recommend them to me!
Some information on lenders – it is in your benefit to shop your mortgage around. There are federal lending rules and sometimes banks add their own rules on top of those rules (called overlays). Since the rules can be different from bank to bank, you can find that some banks have options that other banks do not (for example, some lenders do not have renovation loans, construction loans, mobile home loans, in-house financing, etc.).
I recommend that you talk to at least two to three lenders about purchasing a home and evaluate what they are offering you.
Michael has become my go-to mortgage guy when I have questions about financing. We have closed a lot of mortgages together and not once have we had to have an extension because the lender missed something. He may ask more questions than the average lender, especially up front, but when he gives you a letter, I am confident we are going to closing.
Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation
4832 Kerry Forest Parkway, Ste A
Tallahassee, FL 32309
Michael Forslund has been in the mortgage industry since 1995. He graduated from Florida State University and began his mortgage banking career in Atlanta, Ga. In 1998 he moved to Tallahassee where he lives with his wife and two beautiful daughters. Michael loves college football and traveling with his family.
With over 25 years in the industry, Michael has the experience in helping his customers achieve the dream of homeownership with the speed and service they deserve. His team has perfected the mortgage process to make it simple and easy from application to closing and beyond. He works jointly with his realty partners and referral sources, who entrust he and his team with assisting their customers in the home buying process. Michael enjoys attending all his closings to congratulate the new homeowners.
You can read more about Michael here: www.mforslundfairway.com
Dana is one of the nicest loan officers I have ever met. Besides being super nice and very professional, Dana knows her stuff and if there is a way to get you to the closing table, she will find it. We have found her incredibly trustworthy and she really cares about her customers!
Senior Loan Officer
(She says cell is best 850-264-5407)
6265 Old Water Oak Road
Tallahassee, FL 32312
I have been in the mortgage industry since 1995, fulfilling many roles. I have been a processor, a team leader and finally became a mortgage loan officer in 2007.
I have been involved with MBA in Tallahassee for many years, recently serving as president for 2012/2013. I was also a Director for Mortgage Bankers Association of Florida. I was recently elected affiliate director for Tallahassee Board of realtors and named “Affiliate of the Year” for 2018. I am also a member of the “biz to biz” chapter BNI Northwest Florida and 2019/2020 Treasurer for Women’s Council of Realtors in Tallahassee.
My vision is to be the best home lender, guided by integrity, fairness, and a caring enthusiasm.
You can read more about Dana here: www.movement.com/dana-cummins
Most home inspectors are not also licensed as pest control and therefore can not complete a termite report. If you are looking for a wood destroying organism report – look below for recommendations. These inspectors below do have the ability to perform radon tests, in addition to the home inspection.
Tallahassee Home Inspections
Chris Durfee, owner, inspector, and veteran. Chris is one of the easiest guys to work with and he has a big heart and an eye for detail. He will work weekends by appointment.
Michael Fleming, owner, inspector, etc. Michael must have more certifications and education in the construction trades than anyone else I have met in Tallahassee. He is also a general contractor and can provide proposals or quotes for repairs and remodeling. His webpage has a ton of information too!
Phone: 850-562-4010 (Candice usually answers the phone.)
Luis del Castillo, owner, and inspector. Luis is one of the sweetest guys in the business. He is highly knowledgeable, and he can go where other inspectors cannot. (Sorry Luis – but you do call yourself the guy who can fit anywhere.) It is always a pleasure to work with Luis.
ACL (A Closer Look) Home Inspections, LLC
Joel Hagans, owner and inspector. Great guy and he’s very active on Facebook. He answers all kinds of questions and sometimes posts things that make me shake my head. He is also able to perform pool and spa inspections.
Homeowners Insurance Agents
McGinniss Himmel Insurance Agency
2120 Killarney Way, Tallahassee, FL 32309
McKee Insurance Agency
3512 Maclay Blvd S, Tallahassee, FL 32312
Office: (850) 224-6055
Wally Woodham, Agency Principal
1535 Killearn Center Boulevard | Suite C-6, Tallahassee, Florida 32309
Office: (850) 597-9503
AD Platt and Associates, Inc.
Contact: Alan Platt
Phone: 850- 385-1036 or Alan’s cell: 850- 694-3712
Gary Allen Land Surveying
Contact: Gary Allen
Phone: 850- 877-0541
Delta Land Surveyors
Contact: Randy Rowell (or anyone who answers, they are a family-run business!)
They are on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/deltalandsurveyors
Timberlane Appraisal Associates
Contact: Greg Lane or Kim Gassett
J.D. Salley & Associates
Contact: Joel Salley or Dana Salley
Poppell Appraisal Firm
Contact: Skip Poppell
Most of the things a credit repair service will do for you, can be done by you if you have the time to research the subject.
The Credit RX
Contact: Jackie Calloway
Good Line Credit Service
Contact: Janae Watson
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/GoodLineCreditServiceLLC
Owner: Michael McNeill
Billy Simmons Backhoe, Hauling, Septic
Owner: Billy Simmons
Apalachee Backhoe & Septic
Owner: Michael Sundin
WDO – Pest Control – Termite Inspectors
WDO stands for Wood Destroying Organism and this is report is sometimes needed for some loan types. If you want your potential home checked for termites and other pests, most pest control companies can provide the WDO report per the Department of Agriculture rules and specifications.
Paul’s Termite & Pest Control
Phone: 850- 222-6808
Panhandle Pest Control Inc.
Phone: 850- 593-6912
Mike’s Pest Solutions, LLC
The local Department of Health can also perform water testing for a small fee. If you need a sample collected and tested for a mortgage, these companies can meet the VA requirements.
Ackuritlabs & Aqua Systems of Tallahassee
McGlynn Laboratories, Inc.
Stewart Heating and Cooling
Owner: Stewart Dalzell
Donny’s Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc
Keith Lawson Services LLC
Phone: 850- 562-2600
Meeks Electrical Services
Lawson & Lawson Electrical Services
Albritton Electrical Service, Inc.
Arnold’s Roofing Enterprises Inc.
Dave’s Roofing LLC
Phone: 850- 445-7025
Stubbs Roofing & Gutter Company
Ace Handyman Services (Tallahassee)
ProStar Pressure Wash & Handyman Services LLC
Phone: 850- 980-6850
Capital City Handyman, LLC