Craig Gurney Named Real Estate Rescue Affiliate for the Tampa Bay Area

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Real Estate Rescue buys distressed residential properties for cash. Gurney is one of the company’s first licensees.

Craig Gurney of Oldsmar has been named a licensee of Real Estate Rescue, a Florida-based company which buys homes for cash, it was announced today.

Dane Marshlack, Real Estate Rescue’s president, said Gurney’s territory extends from Crystal River west to Orlando and south to Manatee County, but he said Real Estate Rescue licensees are not limited by territory and can buy and sell homes anywhere.

Craig and his wife Jill have bought, rehabbed and sold property for some time through their company, Swift Development of Tampa Bay. That company will remain in operation, Gurney said.

“I’ve known Craig for some time, and we have done business together many times in the past,” Marshlack said, “I’m delighted that he and Jill have become part of Real Estate Rescue.”

Gurney said his new Real Estate Rescue affiliation will allow him to not only rehab and sell homes, but also enable him to buy distressed homes directly from sellers for cash.

“We were doing the rehabbing of houses ourselves, buying many of them from Dane,” Gurney said. “This gives us an opportunity to become more involved in all aspects of the business, and to be a supplier to other rehabbers besides ourselves.”

Gurney’s Real Estate Rescue relationship became effective Feb. 1, he said. As a result, he said, he has been able to put four homes under contract in the first month of operation.

Real Estate Rescue buys homes from homeowners who, for one reason or another, need a fast cash transaction. There are many reasons for such a need -- perhaps the homeowner is going through an unfortunate divorce, has experienced a recent death in the family, has to deal with an urgent job transfer, or perhaps has simply run into some bad luck that has resulted in a threatened bankruptcy or foreclosure.

In some other cases, the property in question may have simply become too run down to sell, and money for repairs is not available.

Real Estate Rescue can buy properties for cash within a few days -- often as quickly as 48 hours from the time the homeowner first picks up the phone and calls 1-800-RESCUE-911. It buys homes in all price ranges, from modest cottages to multi-million-dollar waterfront estates.

“We understand that the people who call us have urgent needs, and are often dealing with circumstances that require fast and fair action on our part,” Marshlack said. “When people call us, we make them an urgent priority -- we swing into action to get the transaction done as quickly as possible.”

Marshlack first got into the house-buying business in Tampa Bay as one of the earliest franchisees of a national company that specializes in the fast purchase of homes. But Marshlack sold his franchise in 2005 in order to found Real Estate Rescue.

“We are happy to buy homes that have problems, and homes that can’t be sold in conventional ways,” Marshlack said. “Real Estate Rescue means that people have an alternative to the more traditional home-selling track. We are discreet, and we can usually close in less than a week.”

About Real Estate Rescue: Based in St. Petersburg, Fla., Real Estate Rescue buys distressed homes quickly, and for cash. The people who turn to Real Estate Rescue usually have a need for a speedy cash transaction -- they may be going through a divorce, facing a foreclosure or bankruptcy, or simply be unable to come up with the funds needed to make their homes salable. To learn more, visit the website at

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