Originally from Danbury, Connecticut. I was very fortunate as a child to learn customer service and develop a strong work ethic while working with my parents in the restaurant business.  I moved to Gainesville in 1987 to attend the University of Florida. I’m a triple Gator with a bachelor’s degree and two master’s Degrees. I’ve been a Realtor since 2004, specializing in commercial and investment real estate. My wife Leslie and I are successful investors and have experience developing and managing our own commercial real estate. I am a past Realtor of the Year, Past President of the Gainesville Alachua County Association of Realtors, and Past District Vice President of Florida Realtors. I have also served as President of Gainesville Sunrise Rotary. I am currently actively serving on committees at the local, state and national Realtor associations. As Managing Broker and Vice President of Watson Realty Corp here in Gainesville, I hire, train and support my ever-growing team of professional Realtors. My wife and I continue to practice Commercial Real Estate. We have three healthy kids and we are building a modern farmhouse in the beautiful city of Alachua. If you need help with commercial real estate, or are thinking about a career in real estate, I’m the person you want to call. I look forward to meeting you and helping you to achieve your goals. 


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4516 NW 23 Ave.
Gainesville, FL 32606-6575
Gainesville FL Real Estate

Nestled in the heart of beautiful North Central Florida, Gainesville has the best of everything the Sunshine State has to offer. A mild climate, an active cultural community, a healthy economy and an abundance of natural beauty are just a few of the reasons Gainesville has been consistently recognized as one of Florida’s most livable cities.

A wide variety of home types and styles in Gainesville and Alachua County offer something for everyone. Single family homes for professionals and families, apartments, and condominiums with generous amenities are just a few of the housing choices available. Several retirement communities are in the county, which have often been ranked as one of the leading retirement areas in the nation.

Gainesville’s latest honor is to have been named 47th in the CNNmoney.com’s “Top 100 Places to Live and Launch” for 2008. Gainesville was also voted best place to live in America in the “2007 Cities Ranked and Rated”.

Despite a downturn in the housing market in other areas nationwide, buyers still get plenty for their money in Gainesville/Alachua County. There are great buys in the area, but you need a local market expert to help you. Watson Realty Corp. is the largest independently owned real estate brokerage firm in North Florida and has been in business since 1964. Our staff of dedicated real estate professionals is committed to making your move as simple and painless as possible. 

Call directly at 1.800.226.0440 or 352.377.8899 for Gainesville Florida real estate.


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In a very small amount of time, Mr. Ferro proved to be a strong leader, extremely customer oriented and very supportive of his team. I have genuinely enjoyed working under his umbrella and look forward to many more years ahead!

Cinthya Gaxiola

Dave Ferro is providing a nice warm environment here at Watson. The first moment I met Dave I felt at home with him. He is an easy person to work with and we are very happy to have him on board as our leader. Sincerely Shawn Bethel, Realtor Watson Realty Corp.

Shawn Bethel

Awesome broker! Dave Farro is the appitame of a leader. He has always been there when needed, stepped up when necessary and is a great resource. I've been with Watson Realty for almost 12 years ; Watson combined with a broker like Dave Farro is the perfect combination!!!

Deirdre Murphy

I have admired David Ferro long before he joined Watson. I took notice of David's confidence , amiable personality, experience and knowledge at many of the GACAR events. I was delighted the day I saw David walk through Watsons Realty doors. Since joining Watson, as our Broker, he has taken an interest in each and everyone of us. He is a welcomed asset to our Watson family. His vast knowledge and experience in Commercial Real Estate is a win win. You have a question, Dave has a good astute answer. He has a vision and most of all he gives inspiration. Yes I have rung the Bell and soon looking forward to ringing it like a church bell at Noon.

Beth Shrigley

Dave this is my 3rd time trying to post something about you. I keep getting interupted . I've got five stars to give away and you will get them all. I like the way you take the time to come to me and ask about my well being. You do this everytime I'm in the office. That means a lot to me, THANKS! P.S. thanks for the bbq

Betty Allen

Dave is the most professional broker I have worked with. Hope to work with him again soon!!

Jimmy Hatt

I will say that Dave is one of the best and has our back. He is always available to help solve any problems if necessary. He is an excellent negotiator. He also brings in the best donuts.

Sophia S. Reitnauer

This is the man to trust in any situation.

Randy Petterson

As a new agent, I couldn’t imagine a more inviting and supportive broker. Dave has been available for every question I have had since starting, and has even jumped in to do things in my place when I couldn’t manage to be in two places at once. His kind and easy going yet extremely knowledgeable presence creates a wonderful work environment in which agents can flourish in all of the ways that matter.

Megan Atwater

As an agent new to the business, Dave Ferro has been an amazing broker to work with. He is very professional is all his dealings. One of the best things about Dave is that he is open, honest, and direct with his answers to my questions. As our broker at Watson Realty in Gainesville, he is available to me just about any time to answer questions (which I did take advantage of on one of my listings as a new agent). Dave has created a true team environment here at Watson Realty with multiple tools and support available to old and new agents alike. I am truly grateful to work at Watson Realty and have Dave Ferro as our broker.

Rick Barton

I met Dave several years ago through my husband, who has been friends with Dave for over twenty years. When my husband and I were preparing a couple years ago to sell our house in town and relocate to a country setting, we immediately contacted Dave. Why? Trust, respect, professionalism, knowledge of the market, and Dave's commitment with a genuine desire to help us achieve our goals--which we did. Dave is the very reason I joined the Watson Realty Corp Team. After all, he stands for integrity, community, and bringing out the best in others. Dave fosters trust, harmony, commitment, accountability, and results--all crucial elements to fostering a GREAT Team, so who wouldn't want to be a part of that?! Whether you're seeking brokerage services or considering real estate as a career, working with Dave Ferro is certain to be a great experience.

Carla W. Richards, MBA, Realtor

Friendly, knowledgeable, Excellent attention to detail. A pleasure to work with! Highly recommend you talk to Dave!

A. Khan

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  • $135,000

    820 NW 19th Avenue A
    Gainesville, FL 32609
    • 2 Beds
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    • 2 Baths

    • 1,410 SqFt

    Watson Realty Corp - NW 23rd Ave.


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