e-Pro Designation Logo     The Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR®) designation is the benchmark of excellence in buyer representation. This coveted designation is awarded by the Real Estate Buyer’s Agent Council (REBAC), an affiliate of the National Association of Realtors®, to real estate practitioners who meet the specified educational and practical experience criteria.
e-Pro Designation Logo     e-PRO is a revolutionary training program to certify real estate agents and brokers as Internet Professionals. Lee is versed in the most up-to-the-minute changes in on-line technology, tools that will help sell your property. The National Association of Realtors® is the first major trade group to offer certification for online professionalism.
Green Designation Logo     Green technology is the future. By understanding the information about green building principles applied to residences, commercial developments, and communities, Lee can successfully list, market, and manage green property.
SFR Designation Logo     For many buyers and sellers, short sales and foreclosures are the new traditional real estate transaction. Lee will assist you in maneuvering the complexities of short sales as well as help in their pursuit.
SRES Designation Logo     SRES® designates that a REALTOR® acts ethically to serve the real estate needs of clients over the age of 50. Lee has expertise about the lifestyle needs of maturing clients as well as services to offer you while earning your trust and respect. Lee can address key concerns facing today’s mature client population.
equal opportunity icon     RSPS certification shows that Lee has the knowledge and skill base that real estate professionals need to specialize in buying, selling, or managing second homes in a resort, recreational, and/or vacation destination as well as properties for investment, development, or retirement.
equal opportunity icon     The CNE designation is important since real estate negotiations include many different people and issues. It is always in your best interest to hire an agent specifically trained to handle the complexities associated with this negotiation process. An agent who carries the CNE designation has been trained in professional negotiation tactics by the Real Estate Negotiation Institute, the leading negotiation training and coaching company for real estate professionals. A CNE professional knows how to use leading edge negotiation strategies and techniques for your benefit. You can be confident that a CNE professional will achieve the best results.
equal opportunity icon     Military Relocation Specialist. When military staff and their families relocate, the services of a real estate professional who understands their needs and timetables makes the transfer easier, faster, and less stressful. This certification focuses on educating real estate professionals about working with current and former military service members to find the housing solutions that best suit their needs and take full advantage of military benefits and support.
equal opportunity icon     Texas Residential Leasing Specialist. When looking for help in finding that perfect tenant or finding that perfect rental property to call home, landlords and tenants want the services of a real estate professional who understands their needs and can guide them through the process.

Lee DeForke Jr,
Broker/Owner
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HAR Profile
As a native Galvestonian (BOI), the island has long held a special magic for me. After graduating from Ball High in 1983, I served four years in the U.S. Navy, enjoyed the traveling and opportunities to expand my education; yet, was excited to return home to Galveston. The next twenty years were busy ones for me. I entered the work force as a medical photographer at UTMB and gained valuable experience there in education, marketing, and client satisfaction. My keen eye to detail and an innate ability to draw out the “best” in a photo subject, whether it is a precious new baby, breathtaking waterfall or an architecturally stimulating home, led to a highly successful second job in freelance photography. You can view samples of my work on the Photo Gallery page of this website. During this period, I also had a great time renovating several older homes and discovered how much I enjoyed seeking out that one special place.
AGENTS
Ricki Dipuccio-Bergeron
Ricki
Dipuccio-Bergeron
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Being born in Galveston County and raised in Hitchcock, Texas with my parents and 2 older brothers, I feel privileged and proud to call the Gulf Coast/Galveston County, my "Home Sweet Home!" I obtained my Real Estate License in 1996 and sold Real Estate while working for the City of Galveston in the Human Resources Department. After retiring from a 25+ year career in HR, it is there and then I realized I loved being in the "people" business! I quickly realized Real Estate was what I had truly always wanted to do and this would be my next full time career path. I believe buying or selling a home can be one of the most important and personal transactions in one's lifetime. I am a member of the Texas Association of Realtors, Houston Association of Realtors and National Association of Realtors, as well as a Certified Residential Specialist (CRS). I look forward to working with you in the future and would be happy to be "At Your Service" for ALL your real estate needs! Give me a call and "Let's Make that Move"!
You will find my down to earth, service oriented approach a refreshing change from the often hurried and stressful world of real estate transactions. I pride myself on providing you with attentive, specialized, straightforward service to help you make the best decisions possible. You can count on me to negotiate on your behalf during all facets of the transaction, in order to make your experience a positive one. From Contract to Keys, I Aim to Please!
Teresa has been a Real Estate agent licensed in Idaho, Washington and Texas for 16 years. Making her home here in the Gulf Coast of Texas, she is committed to extraordinary service with an attitude of gratitude to her clients.
Dawnett Faucett
Dawnett Faucett
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Born in Killeen, Texas, Dawnett attended McMurry College and Stephen F. Austin State University. Her early years found her traveling as a recording artist for Step One Records and even participating in the Miss Texas Pageant 1990. Throughout her lifetime, Dawnett has been known as someone who 'loves to help' - typified in her consistent level of activity at church and in the community. This attribute is now reflected in her love of the Real Estate Industry. As Texas Residential Leasing Specialist for Lee DeForke, Jr., she has helped property owners find qualified renters and loves getting renters into their new 'home' - encouraging them to take that next step and buy! Her enthusiasm, team spirit and genuine desire to assist the buyer, renter or seller makes her both an asset to the brokerage and to any who call on her with their Real Estate needs.
Daniel Showman
Daniel Showman
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I am a graduate of Texas A&M University and have been living in the Houston/Galveston area for over 25 years. I love this area and all it has to offer with everything there is to do, great sports teams and tons of outdoor activities, top notch restaurants and bars, and amazing events happing all the time. I have been working in Real Estate for several years, initially specializing in investment properties. Since then I have worked hard to expand the range of my real estate services to include anything you may need from buying or selling your home to, rentals, foreclosures, vacation properties, and much more. I can walk you through every step of the process making sure everything is simple and easy to follow.
Duane Cole
Duane Cole
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Born and raised on the Texas Gulf Coast region, I have always loved Texas and all it's beautiful landscapes. From the Texas Hill Country to Galveston Island, I have had the privilege of owning, buying and selling real estate. I have a passion for it and would love to help you with yours! From acreage to homes, I am here to serve you.
Heather Witherspoon
Heather Witherspoon
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I became part of this wonderful new profession of real estate after joining the United States Air Force and having a great twenty year career in medical administration, billing, and coding. I am a member of the National Association of Realtors, Texas Association of Realtors And Houston Association of Realtors. I am dedicated to making the biggest transaction of a buyer's or seller's life a successful experience! I want to make your dream come true!
Mike James
Mike James

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I was born and raised on the Texas Gulf Coast in Galveston County. I have lived inland on acreage and currently on the waterfront. Over the years, I have not only bought houses but I have been involved in all aspects of home construction. I have worked in a local refinery for almost 30 years. My dedication and focus has kept me driven for success. I look forward to taking the knowledge I have gained, coupled with dedication, focus and drive to my second career, Real Estate. I have a passion for the real estate business and helping others. I possess experience and local know-how to help you make the best possible decisions. Working with me means youíre working with a dedicated professional. Thereís no place else on earth quite like the Galveston Bay Area. Owning Gulf Coast property provides not only a tranquil and peaceful lifestyle, but a relaxing atmosphere that can help alleviate your stress. Allow me the opportunity to earn your business and I will ensure your real estate transaction is a complete success. Letís get started!