The closest most people get to British aristocracy is reading about it in the tabloids. But that’s not the case with Claire Collins, owner of Collins & Company, Inc., a boutique South Florida-based real estate brokerage and property management firm.

Claire, who was born in England and raised in Monte Carlo, emigrated to America some three decades ago, and knows aristocracy face-to-face.  

“I was house manager and private secretary, managing the demanding role of scheduling personal affairs and projects,” she says.

As can be imagined, working in this rarified air and for employers who are used to the best, required discipline, attention to detail, and the ability to understand and meet people’s needs, however subtly stated.  All these skills transferred well to the part of the job she liked best: managing the operation and upkeep of the house.

After a hiatus to marry and raise three children,  Claire, now living in south Florida, decided to capitalize on that passion through a career in real estate brokerage. She has worked from the ground up representing numerous upscale communities in Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Vero Beach and other areas of Palm Beach County. She understands all facets of real estate,  from lot selections and floor plans to design details and upgrades. She has mentored countless agents breaking into the competitive real estate field.

It’s a business that’s continued to grow, and one completely built on referrals. Her clients range from millennials to baby boomers, and they include both domestic and foreign accounts. Claire speaks multiple languages, including fluent French.


While she and her team handle most kinds of residential real estate and operate in a territory from Fort Lauderdale to Palm Beach, they have a specialty: servicing the growing trend toward locating in downtown areas, especially in Boca and Delray.

Claire knows that more and more home buyers are looking for the energy and variety of restaurants, shops, clubs and cultural attractions located downtown, as compared to what’s found in country club or oceanfront properties. She knows the local downtown districts well, and that knowledge has equipped her with the ability to make precise recommendations of urban properties that meet her clients’ desires.

But whatever lifestyle her clients seek, Claire believes they are drawn to her by her attributes -  “My knowledge, honesty, down to earthiness, and the fact that I never let anyone down,” she says.

Lastly, there’s another factor that’s led to her success:  she treats every potential client, well, like royalty.

“Whatever the price of the property, or whoever it’s for, it’s an investment and therefore needs to be treated with kid gloves.”