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Detroit's HAVEN Real Estate + Design is an innovative, boutique real estate brokerage that specializes in digital marketing. We are unique in our online marketing amplitude, marketing a sale or lease listing online where 90% of the buyers today are looking. We work closely with homeowners and buyers and customize the sale or lease of property so it’s a smooth process, so our clients can move into their new HAVEN, and on to their new lives.

Tamela Ekstrom

Owner | Broker


I grew up in Detroit and then I moved all over the country, living and working in real estate, in different cities over 20 years (San Francisco, Berkeley, Tulsa, Kansas City, Los Angeles, and Dallas).  However, I always kept my eye on my hometown of Detroit.  The emerging real estate market and the Detroit art scene, became too hard to resist coming home and in 2010, I packed up my things and moved back to Detroit to be a part of all of the great things happening here.
So why should you call me to help you sell, lease, manage, or buy real estate? Because I've got the knowledge.  I was a Top 10 Realtor at my Keller Williams office (which means I worked full time and sold the most out of over 100+ other agents—so I’m involved daily).  My largest project/deal was managing the marketing and leasing sales for filling a $65,000,000 new construction development in Berkeley CA (the largest construction project the city ever saw).  My smallest deal was a $36K house one of my friends bought to fix-up and flip. I want you to know every deal is a big deal to me!
Because of the different real estate projects I’ve managed, I have learned how to maneuver in all different areas of real estate, which can be extremely beneficial for you.  In real estate sales, the hardest part isn't showing houses, it's getting the deal to closing so you can move on with your new life.  I’ve heard of many deals  falling apart because the agent didn’t know how to handle issues that came up with appraisals, title work, and with negotiations after inspections. You don't want to be ready to move, only to find out the deal won't close! I've probably seen just about every issue and I know how to handle it, I can help.
My passion is helping friends and friends-of-friends in my local community; stage, market, and sell or lease their properties. I know real estate and I like to share my knowledge!  I have also renovated and sold my own properties and made record price per square foot prices, in record time.  I have designed model units in new developments, and helped stage many properties for sale. I also owned and managed my own properties, along with managing big complexes. What drives me, energizes me, is connecting people and working in my community.
One more thing I want you to know...I know when I look for someone to hire for help and guidance.  I look for someone with integrity, someone that is referred, someone I can trust, an expert.  I pride myself on being these things to my clients. When you look for someone to help you buy, sell, rent or manage your property, please look to me.  I’ll take care of you!

No schmooz.  No high-pressure sales tactics. We navigate through the intricate real estate sales process and into your new life!