Local Real Estate Expertise with a Global Reach: Engel & Völkers


Local knowledge, marketing savvy and shrewd negotiating skills round out the attributes everyone wants in their REALTOR. But there’s another, oft-overlooked characteristic that is vital to a successful sales process.

And it’s a quality Laura Leighton possesses in spades—listening skills.

The Ontario native further sharpened her already intuitive abilities of understanding and addressing her client concerns as a stylist who owned and operated a Stuart hair salon for 17 years.

Little wonder why. The stylist’s chair rivals a confessional booth in its power to coax admissions and insights into someone’s problems, passions, and priorities. The success of this unspoken transaction, however, rests on the trustworthiness of the professional holding the pair of scissors. It’s a privilege and responsibility Laura handled with care.

“One of the many things that we loved about adding Laura to the Engel & Völkers Stuart team is that clients want someone to listen to them, and to listen closely,” says John Gonzalez, license partner and broker. “They’re looking for a response that leaves them feeling lighter, less-burdened. Clearly, Laura knows how to do this, but she’s also straightforward with people. That honesty is also what people want—and need—when making any major investment.

“Plus,” Gonzalez continues, “anyone who’s able to sell their company and retire as young as she did clearly knows the secrets of success.”

A supporter of the Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast, Laura retired at age 47 after selling her shop earlier this year. Versed in the industry through the design, construction and permitting work of her husband, John Leighton, Laura got into real estate specifically because of the culture and professional caliber on display at Engel & Völkers Stuart.

“Done right, business is about helping people make informed decisions that leave them feeling good,” says Laura. “I’m committed to that outcome no matter what the real estate goals of my clients are.”