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About the duffy team

The Duffys have been in business in Cincinnati since 1979. They focus on the residential side of real estate, but they are also versed in commercial real estate, leases, and land. They are a client-driven team, putting the needs of their clients first to provide them with their dream home. The Duffys have the knowledge and experience to be your trusted real estate agents in the Cincinnati market.

Helping people buy and sell their
homes since 1970

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The Customer Promise

Here at Duffy Team Realtors, we know a thing or two about family. Our father and sons’ team is dedicated to making our clients feel comfortable and relaxed throughout their buying or selling process, treating them as a part of our family from the moment they walk in our door. We strive to make the process personal, getting to know our clients to understand their needs and wishes. 

 

Our knowledge, experience, and access to the latest technology maximize the home buying and selling experience and provides value and reduces stress for our customers.

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Pat Duffy
Pat Duffy
The Duffy Team Story

Duffy Team Realtors has always been a family affair.

“We all kind of grew up together,” says patriarch Pete Duffy of himself, his siblings, and cousins in the early days of Duffy Real Estate Company. “We all kind of got in the business doing property management or real estate sales, or the management of the real estate company. Everybody had their responsibilities.”

Duffy Real Estate company was founded as a small, local real estate business on the west side of Cincinnati by Pete Duffy’s father, Pat Duffy, and Pat’s brother Tom Duffy in 1963. From there, in 1976, the company grew into a franchise called the Duffy Gallery of Homes, expanding from just one office up to a total of eight by the end of 1978. Belonging to a national franchise (later joining with Better Homes and Gardens) is what allowed the small, local company to compete with the larger real estate brokerages of the time, like Parchman & Oyler and West Shell, says Pete.

The Duffy Team Story

Duffy Team Realtors has always been a family affair.

“We all kind of grew up together,” says patriarch Pete Duffy of himself, his siblings, and cousins in the early days of Duffy Real Estate Company. “We all kind of got in the business doing property management or real estate sales, or the management of the real estate company. Everybody had their responsibilities.”

Duffy Real Estate company was founded as a small, local real estate business on the west side of Cincinnati by Pete Duffy’s father, Pat Duffy, and Pat’s brother Tom Duffy in 1963.

Pat Duffy
Pat Duffy

From there, in 1976, the company grew into a franchise called the Duffy Gallery of Homes, expanding from just one office up to a total of eight by the end of 1978. Belonging to a national franchise (later joining with Better Homes and Gardens) is what allowed the small, local company to compete with the larger real estate brokerages of the time, like Parchman & Oyler and West Shell, says Pete.

Duffy Gallery of Homes
Duffy Gallery of Homes

By the time Pat and Tom had established Duffy Gallery of Homes as a formidable force in the Cincinnati area, their children already were an integral part of the team. “You got home from school, and some of us worked for the property management company, some of us cleaned the offices, some of the others—Tom’s kids—answered phones as receptionists, and that was kind of the catalyst of the Duffy Real Estate company,” Pete says.

Adapting and Growing – 90s-2000s

Pat left big shoes to fill when he passed away in 1988 after a long and prosperous career. Nominated for Realtor of the Year in 1978 and with positions as a Director and later President of the Cincinnati Board of Realtors, Pat instilled his values of tenacity and using a personal touch into his children—the same values that Pete carried on when he took the helm of the company along with his uncle. These values also guided the Duffy Team through many transformations and mergers throughout the years. The company merged into Coldwell Banker in 1993, and then in 1998 Pete and his business partner Bob Neal opened a RE/MAX franchise called RE/MAX Results Plus. Despite losing the family name branding, Pete says he and Bob wanted to continue the small company atmosphere that had started with The Duffy Team’s family roots.

Re/MAX“Our company [RE/MAX] was built on the same foundations—[that] all of our agents and families were prominent in our companies,” Pete says. He and Bob kept up the Duffy tradition of involving their children in the day-to-day operations of their company, having them clean offices or answer telephones. But it wasn’t just all about work. “We had holiday parties and lots of family functions that were all part of our real estate company in our day-to-day business,” Pete remembers fondly. 

That friendly atmosphere allowed the RE/MAX era to hold on to its reputation and Pete’s personal motto of “family realtors helping families,” even when they grew larger still and absorbed smaller franchises into their fold. They had the resources to give agents more tools in their belt, but they paid attention to individual needs, too. “When somebody was new to our company they could get training and have access to relocation and still feel like they were part of a family team,” Pete says.

By the time Pat and Tom had established Duffy Gallery of Homes as a formidable force in the Cincinnati area, their children already were an integral part of the team. “You got home from school, and some of us worked for the property management company, some of us cleaned the offices, some of the others—Tom’s kids—answered phones as receptionists, and that was kind of the catalyst of the Duffy Real Estate company,” Pete says.

Adapting and Growing – 90s-2000s

Pat left big shoes to fill when he passed away in 1988 after a long and prosperous career. Nominated for Realtor of the Year in 1978 and with positions as a Director and later President of the Cincinnati Board of Realtors, Pat instilled his values of tenacity and using a personal touch into his children—the same values that Pete carried on when he took the helm of the company along with his uncle. These values also guided the Duffy Team through many transformations and mergers throughout the years. The company merged into Coldwell Banker in 1993, and then in 1998 Pete and his business partner Bob Neal opened a RE/MAX franchise called RE/MAX Results Plus. Despite losing the family name branding, Pete says he and Bob wanted to continue the small company atmosphere that had started with The Duffy Team’s family roots.

Re/MAX“Our company [RE/MAX] was built on the same foundations—[that] all of our agents and families were prominent in our companies,” Pete says. He and Bob kept up the Duffy tradition of involving their children in the day-to-day operations of their company, having them clean offices or answer telephones. But it wasn’t just all about work. “We had holiday parties and lots of family functions that were all part of our real estate company in our day-to-day business,” Pete remembers fondly. 

That friendly atmosphere allowed the RE/MAX era to hold on to its reputation and Pete’s personal motto of “family realtors helping families,” even when they grew larger still and absorbed smaller franchises into their fold. They had the resources to give agents more tools in their belt, but they paid attention to individual needs, too. “When somebody was new to our company they could get training and have access to relocation and still feel like they were part of a family team,” Pete says.

But something was missing from the RE/MAX days. That something became more and more apparent as the company grew and changed. Things started to feel too big and too disconnected from the Duffy Team’s values. The company’s scope was too broad, not focused enough on the client experience that Pete holds so dear. Shortly after the market crashed in the late 2000s, Pete opted to merge with Comey and Shepherd, a large, local brokerage in the Cincinnati area. “[Comey and Shepherd] had the family name and reputation of being a very strong family-oriented company,” he says. “So that felt very good and comfortable, and it being a locally owned company was important to us—to be able to go from a national name to a local name.” 

 So at the start of the 2010s, the Duffy Team, Comey and Shepherd Realtors were born.

Joe and Brenden Duffy
The Present and Beyond

 Of Pete’s six children, three ultimately followed in their father’s footsteps to join the real estate industry. Oldest daughter Jessica was in the business for a few years before she married and moved out of the city. Sons Joe and Brenden are the current generations of the Duffy Team, obtaining their licenses in 2014 and 2020, respectively. The children got their start in a typical Duffy fashion, helping their father with menial office tasks while they were growing up. 

“Saturdays were designated workdays [growing up],” says Joe of his childhood. All the other neighborhood kids would be out playing or doing their thing, and Pete would have his children helping with emptying out listings, moving or painting offices, and cutting the grass before open houses. And of course, the tradition of Duffy kids answering the telephone continued. “We really were just involved with the work—with the labor part of real estate. And we hated it [working on Saturdays],” Joe says with a laugh. As kids often do, the Duffy children weren’t always keen on doing what their father wanted them to do. Especially working on Saturdays when the weekends were supposed to be for fun. But they came around.

“I appreciate it now as an adult,” Joe says. “It’s given me such a good work ethic. I am more than willing to help anybody that needs help—do extra things you gotta do.” Joe also recounts the number one motto that his father has taught him: “If you’re gonna do something, do it one-hundred percent right. I remember that, it’s burned into my brain. If you’re going to do it, do it right.

Joe wasn’t always on the path to becoming a Realtor, however. Initially, he says he wanted to do his own thing first. He wanted to find his own path. He went on to work in restaurants and bars and eventually obtained a license in professional dog training. While he loved dog training, Joe says it wasn’t something he wanted to make a career out of. So he returned to his Duffy roots and took his real estate license exam. 

 Joe started out working part-time alongside Pete after he received his license, building up his skills as Pete’s right-hand man. Joe also was always very interested in the technology side of the real estate industry. His first taste of the business was in assisting his father with inputting information into their early website, and he’s only grown more passionate about the technology since.

Joe Duffy, Former Dog Trainer
Joe Duffy, Former Dog Trainer

“There are tons of tools [in the real estate technology industry], but they don’t talk to each other. Figuring out how to make all that stuff work together in a systematic way has been—it’s really lit a fire for me because I really enjoy that,” Joe says. He was joined in his endeavors by his brother Brenden in 2020, and the younger Duffys have since started to pull the Duffy Team into a new era.

Pete says his sons have been instrumental in overhauling old systems. “Now, we’re trying to put more systems in place because dad [Pat] always kind of ran things out of folders and paper documents,” Pete says with a laugh. “Now with Joe and Brenden’s help, we’re developing really good technology systems that better inform and better schedule, and help make the whole transaction much smoother and enables everybody to be a whole lot more productive.”  

“I just want to be able to take care of people, not paperwork,” Joe says. “I want to have things run in this way, not so I don’t have to do work, but so that I can put my time and attention toward people, not the minutiae, the paperwork, stuff like that.” That drive is a core tenant of all three Duffys—the overall commitment to superior service for their clients, no matter what form it takes. 

For years, Pete says the Duffy Team has had the motto of “Family Realtors Helping Families”, and to some extent, this is still true. “I’ve worked with people for over 40 years— I’m now into the second, third, fourth generation of people I’ve worked with,” says Pete. “Their grandparents, then their parents bought houses from me, and then the kids are buying houses from me. And now their kids’ kids, I’m handing those relationships off to Joe and to Brenden. That’s what really excites me, having worked and gained the trust of so many people.” 

The Duffy Team
The Duffy Team

That trust has solidified Duffy Team as a force in the Cincinnati area, conquering changing markets and accommodating buyers and sellers from all walks of life. So rather than considering their clients as separate, individual family units, Pete says the Duffy Team would rather adopt their clients into their fold as they look towards the future. No longer is it simply “family Realtors helping families,” it’s “family Realtors inviting you to join our family.”

Our Team

Pete Duffy
Pete Duffy

Peter has spent his entire life in the real estate industry – quite literally! It started with his father and uncle founding Duffy Real Estate Company in 1963. His father, Pat, was also instrumental in creating real estate programs at Xavier University and the University of Cincinnati. For Pete and his five siblings, obtaining a real estate sales license was a right of passage. 37 years later, he’s still in real estate, and loving every minute of it! In his spare time, Pete enjoys taking trips to Montana with friends, horseback riding, bike riding, and spending time with his grandchildren.

Joe Duffy
Joe Duffy

Joe started his real estate journey early, helping his dad by taking messages from potential clients at the tender age of 10. Pete Sr. instilled in him the importance of being honest and trustworthy, which has only helped him refine his craft as an excellent businessman and salesman. He’s had lifelong exposure to the industry, getting his start as a youngster helping to update listings when the internet was first being used in real estate. This has created a well-developed perspective, expertise, and a desire to positively impact people’s day-to-day lives. The business is truly his passion. When not at work, Joe enjoys practicing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, hiking, camping, dog training, personal fitness, and reading self-improvement books.

Brenden Duffy
Brenden Duffy

Brenden graduated from Mason High School in 2013 and went on to receive his bachelor’s from Miami University in criminal justice with a minor in human development. However, his calling was with the family business in real estate. In 2020 Brenden joined his dad and brother with Duffy Team Realtors and hasn’t looked back since. He strives to utilize the skills from his education to help members of the community find their perfect home. During his off-hours, Brenden enjoys playing soccer, boating, and hiking in national parks.

Robin
Robyn Adinamis

Robyn got her start as a wedding planner at the Hilton Netherland Plaza in downtown Cincinnati, and she became a licensed real estate agent in 2010. Now as a Transaction Coordinator with Duffy Team, she utilizes her love of organization and meeting timelines to keep agents and clients on task. In her free time, Robyn enjoys traveling, trying new restaurants, and spending time with her husband and two daughters.

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