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Carolynn Castillo


Carolynn Castillo’s real estate business is unlike most others. Though she represents traditional sales, she specializes in probate cases. Her YouTube channel is the best place to learn about her work.

Tell me about Absolute Top Dollar.

Absolute Top Dollar is a specialized real estate firm that primarily caters to families dealing with inherited properties or those navigating the complexities of the probate process. Additionally, we extend our services to families facing the challenging decision of moving a loved one into a nursing home or similar situations.

Our expertise lies in navigating the intricacies of this specific niche of the real estate market. The properties we handle are often prime targets for investors due to the various challenges associated with them. With a deep understanding of the relevant laws and a comprehensive grasp of the entire process, we are adept at guiding families through these intricate situations, ensuring they receive the maximum financial benefit possible.

What is the central issue with these types of properties?

The primary challenge associated with these types of properties arises when individuals inherit them following the passing of a family member. This inheritance effectively turns them into real estate partners with other family members, necessitating the need for mutual agreement and cooperation in decision-making processes. These properties typically have deferred maintenance and usually are filled with a lifetime of contents. When clients approach us, we take on the responsibility of managing every aspect of the transaction on their behalf, ensuring that they receive the maximum financial benefit possible.

How did you get into this particular specialty?

My journey into the realm of probate real estate began in 2017 when I encountered my first probate case. Prior to that, my focus had primarily been on residential real estate, rentals and assisting clients with upsizing and downsizing. However, the experience of delving into the intricacies of probate real estate captured my interest, and I found myself drawn to the unique challenges and opportunities it presented. Since then, I have dedicated myself to mastering the nuances of this specialized area, driven by the profound satisfaction that comes from making a meaningful impact on the lives of families during challenging times of losing a loved one.

What else is happening with your business?

A recent exciting development for my business is the opportunity to participate in the renowned national TV show, "The American Dream." This lifestyle program highlights various cities, including an upcoming feature on the living experience in Jacksonville and its surrounding areas.  Renowned for its quality, "The American Dream" has even received an Emmy nomination, and the producers behind the scenes have been incredibly supportive throughout the process. I'm looking forward to sharing with the world why Northeast Florida is an incredible place to call home.


When did you move to Nocatee?

Hailing from South Florida, we made the move to this area in 2021. The stringent COVID restrictions in South Florida prompted a mass exodus, with people selling their homes and relocating to places like Tampa and Fort Myers. Miami, in particular, saw a significant population shift during that time. As I was helping other families move to these different destinations our family got curious as well to see what other Florida markets offered. As we began researching more, we stumbled upon Nocatee, initially doubting its existence because it seemed like a neighborhood was from a movie. However, to our surprise, it has fully lived up to all our expectations and more.

You have an office at the link.

Yes, we do have an office at that link. I must say, it's truly an exceptional place! When I first stepped in, I didn't quite know what to expect. I simply assumed it was a regular working space for renting offices. However, I was pleasantly surprised by the warm and welcoming atmosphere, and the people have been absolutely amazing. The diverse community of business owners there has truly made it a fantastic environment to work in.

What do you like best about living here?

I have such a deep affection for this place. It's the perfect setting to nurture your family, pursue your aspirations, develop your business, and savor every moment of life, especially during these formative years while raising children. Being part of this community feels like an unparalleled privilege, and I couldn't imagine a better place to be at this stage of life.