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I recently sold my home on the island of Venice. This was probably my 9th home sale and I have never before written a letter of recommendation for a real estate agent. Some of my past agents were good and a few were fair, but only one has been outstanding- Lueanne Wood!

Selling my home, came at an inconvenient time because my husband and I had already planned a two month trip abroad. Previously, it had taken at least three months for my home to be on the market before I accepted a contract. Not with Ms Wood as my agent! I received my first contract on day one. It was a cash offer for the full asking price; unfortunately, the offer fell through. I received another excellent offer just three days later.

I was worried that I might experience hassles with my sale while I was out of the country. Little did I know that dynamo Lueanne would take care of EVERYTHING! I checked my email and the money had been wired to my bank. I returned to the USA after two months to absolutely no problems.

Thank you, Lueanne, for your excellent service!

Debbe Van Beers - Venice, Florida

Joseph is very professional with every attribute needed for your successful deal. Aggressive, responsive, and always available on the phone. We highly recommend his expertise in getting you to a quick closing!

Craig & Ada - New York, New York

I just want you to know that Mindy D'Orazio is an awesome Realtor. She went way above and beyond when I was selling my Venice home. She help me with a lot of patience and understanding in my situation and made me feel really good about selling my home, even explained if I felt I wasn't ready then I should wait.

Linda Cool - Venice, FL

I have dealt with several real estate agents over my 15 plus years in the Sarasota area and none have been more professional, responsive and results oriented than Sandi Ward. I have no hesitation recommending.

Ron Pickard - Sarasota, FL

Just a small token of our appreciation for all that you did to help us through this ordeal. Thanks so much.

Grace, Bruce, Claire & Olivia T. - Fairfield, CT

I was fortunate enough to obtain Holly as my Realtor to buy a home in Englewood, Florida. She was always professional and very knowledgeable. I would recommend her to anyone to buy or sell a home. If I decide to sell or buy a home again, I would most definitely use Holly as my Realtor. Anyone would be lucky to have her as an employee.

Gary S.

I have been involved in the building business for 40 years in Maine and have NEVER experienced the quality of service and attention to detail that was provided by Matt. An absolutely wonderful experience and I would highly recommend Matt and his office to everyone.

David B. - Cumberland, Maine

Before we started working with Stephanie we were feeling very discouraged, as we had worked for two years with two other agents to try sell our home, and felt like giving up. We decided to take a chance on Stephanie, and that decision turned out to be the best one we made. She had our home under contract in a little over a month. (It would have been less than 24 hours, but the buyers were quite indecisive!) Stephanie's personality, work ethic, knowledge, and ability to produce quick results made her the obvious choice for selling our other two homes, one of which again she quickly got under contract. Any questions or concerns would never once go unaddressed, and she made herself available to us at any time day or night. We highly recommend Stephanie and Gulf Shores Realty to anyone interested in selling their home, or buying a new one! I honestly wish she could be my agent for the property we are buying out of state! She has still made herself available to help me for any questions I've had on the purchase of my property out of state. This makes me feel like I have someone in my corner in making such a huge move!

Danee Fogt

Exceptional experience! My wife and I have been searching for a condo in Venice Florida for several years. We were extremely fortunate to become acquainted with Linda Williams as our real estate agent. She goes above and beyond to locate that “special place” that you can call home. She is dependable, courteous, friendly, knowledgeable, flexible, excellent communicator and articulates expectations regarding the entire buying process from searching properties, making an offer, negotiating, and completing the deal. Thank you Linda!

Dan and Jan D - PA

Michelle and her team did an awesome job listing our home for sale. The professional pictures and 3D walk-through of our home was a very innovative offering, and definitely helped our listing stand out. Thank you!

Nick Pecora - Venice, FL

Could not have asked for better service! Laura took care of my prospect house needs while I was in Alaska. When meeting her, I saw a professional with a passion of enduring the client was well taken care of! She was always available to answer questions and explain things. I'd highly recommend her to anyone And will definitely use her again if I have a need for an excellent realtor!

Chris Nolan - Anchorage AK

Wayne spent the entire weekend showing us homes that met our initial criteria. He never once wasted our precious time. He continuously discussed what we liked or disliked about each house so that he could refine the search criteria during the course of the day. He also completely respected our looking style and picked up immediately on the amount of time we needed to look at each prospective house. I truly cannot imagine a better realtor experience.

Mehmet B. & Judy S. - La Jolla, California

Michelle was a god send. She was patient & really listened to what we wanted. We have found a great neighborhood & a wonderful builder. Our house won’t be ready for a few months but I’m very confident in Michelle & that she will be there for us through the rest of the process.

Amanda Digges - Connecticut

Laura is patient, professional and positive during every interaction. We feel she had our best interests as her top priority. Over the past several years, she helped us buy and sell several properties, including our primary residence in Venice. If she cannot provide an answer to a question, she'll follow up almost immediately.

Susie Brenner-Port Charlotte, FL

We appreciate all Holly did to help us find a new home and to work with the title company to help us get the property closed. We are 1000 miles away in Kentucky and appreciate having Holly that we can trust to take care of us in Florida. Holly is a true asset to your company and will recommend her to everyone we know that is considering buying or selling their property. Thanks.

Phil & Linda Barry

Dear Miss Lueanne:

Please accept my sincerest thanks for everything you did for us during a most difficult time. Your efficient, expeditious and extremely professional handling of our home’s sale was greatly appreciated. From start to finish, you go well beyond the call of duty in order to get the job done. I also would like to thank you for the gifts at the closing. Your thoughtfulness and attention to every last detail does not go unnoticed.

Thanks again. All the best.

Danielle Scoglio

We were very nervous when we first got to Venice not knowing the area very well. We want to thank you for taking the time to make us feel comfortable with the area before buying our condo. We are very happy and just want to thank you for all you did for us. We will use you again and recommend you to anyone we hear looking to buy or sell! Thanks!

Leslie J.

Holly is one of the most professional, personable, sunny people we have ever worked with in real estate. She easily makes the process not only straight forward but a pleasure. We would work with her again in a heartbeat, and recommend her to anyone and everyone interested. While very familiar with the greater Venice area after many years of visiting, we connected with Holly to begin to look into purchasing a property in Venice. Holly happily arranged to show us numerous properties so we could get a feel for various communities and where exactly we wanted to be. She arranged the showings all in one day so as not to waste our precious vacation time. She then patiently waited while we downsized up north, then assisted us in pursuing a short-sale in our desired community. She tirelessly pursued this avenue with us, communicating what she knew. While that deal fell through after 8 months of perseverance, she then represented us in purchasing a new-build property still in our desired community, handling everything expertly, remotely with us.

Gary G. & Georgia C.

Stephanie, listed a jointly owned condo for my daughter and myself in 2017. Stephanie was great to work with! Stephanie went over and above what we expected. She listed and the property sold in a reasonable amount of time for a price we were very comfortable with. It was a great experience working with Stephanie! Would definitely call on her again!

Cheryl Tarter and Ashley Tarter

Our experience while working with Stephanie was extremely comforting! She was very supportive of our decisions and we never felt rushed. We spent countless weekends traveling in multiple cities throughout the process. Stephanie was always available and helpful with her personal knowledge of the areas. I would and will absolutely recommend her to friends and family in need of an agent for future buys. Great job!

Jason and Sarah Franklin - Sarasota, FL

Thank you so much for taking the extra effort to make my purchases successful. You were there guiding me through all the crucial and important steps! You really listened to what I wanted and found exactly what I was looking for! I bought 7 properties from Teresa. She is a pleasure to work with!

T. Klein

Thanks, Jim, for all the hard and professional work that you did for us in the purchase of our new waterfront home in Venice. We appreciate the extra tasks that you completed at no charge to us. We thank you and Tim Paradiso again for the lovely gift "Picnic Basket for Four" along with the bottle of real Champagne and The History of Venice book by Kim Kool. We look fwd to seeing you in the Fall!

Mike & Barb - Silver Spring, MD

When I first toured Grand Palm where we purchased our new home, it was with a different Realtor but that agent brought Arlene along since she is so knowledgeable about the community. Since that time it has been Arlene who has kept me updated on the progress of our home (we have yet to make the move to Venice), regularly sent me photos showing the construction progress, and is the agent who has asked if there is anything she can do for us. Arlene's hard work, dedication to her clients and warm outgoing personality are the traits of a successful Realtor and I would highly recommend her to anyone buying or selling in the area.

Barbara T. Walker

Maryann is terrific, professional, responsive, great company, a top agent! She returns phone calls in a timely manner, and always goes the extra mile for whatever would be the most helpful and thorough. Her skills in negotiation could very likely make the difference between a closed deal or not. Buying and selling real estate can be a challenge, and Maryann guides you every step of the way. I would recommend her highly in any kind of real estate transaction.

Betsy & Jim - Delaware

Sandi was a great Realtor. We were first time home buyers and Sandi made the experience smooth and was quick to answer any questions we had loved her and Gulf Shores Realty.

Faith and Kevin - Venice Florida

You found a buyer for my home immediately and it was your professional talents and knowledge that held the deal together with the buyer. Then you went on to find my current home which is exactly what I was looking for. You really made my dream come true. Thank you so much.

Blanche C. - Venice, FL

I was particularly impressed by your ability to accurately predict the value of this unique property and that you went above and beyond doing special research so that all requests for information and support were met on a timely basis. I would gladly recommend your services to anyone. . .

Robert D. - Naples, FL

Navigating the process of finding and purchasing a home in Florida can be daunting, even for a former real estate salesperson. Having a dedicated agent to serve you exclusively is a wonderful advantage, and when that person is Tom Bruno, the advantage is greatly enhanced. Tom worked tirelessly to help us find a home, and his tips and resources were invaluable. He told us he really enjoyed problem solving, a trait not common among agents, and he proactively sought answers to several issues that arose. Working with Tom made the buying process, if not painless, at least much less a chore. His endless enthusiasm and contagious sense of humor made visiting homes an adventure rather than a tedious task. We cannot overstate the value of his experience and background knowledge to our home search. His familiarity with the area, geography, population, and nearby facilities and amenities helped us find a home we love after just two weeks of looking. We happily give Tom Bruno our highest recommendation, and we urge you to use his services.

David & Linda Manley - St. Louis, Missouri

This serves as a reference for Elzia Phillips, who worked with me for several months while I searched for a new home in the Venice area. I have met many realtors over the years and my experience has been that most realtors work with you for a few days/weeks, and then they “move on.” Elzia continued to spend time with me; she showed me homes as soon as they came on the market, and she always “kept in touch.” She is knowledgeable, committed and stays focused. I would highly recommend Elzia. She is a “true professional” !

J. McM - Venice, FL

Very helpful. Never dropped the ball. I would recommend her. Good service after settlement, included my family in all conversations. It took us a long time to decide but she showed patience with us and never tried to pressure us, we appreciated that.

Richard Salezze - Venice, FL

Hi Holly, Just a short note to let you know that I am delighted to have both bought and sold with you and your mum. YOU WERE ALWAYS KNOWLEDGEABLE, ON TIME, AND GOOD HUMORED. Time was never an issue. I will always be happy to return to your office.

Ralph G.

I want to let you know how appreciative Mike and I are for all of your hard work in completing our sale. It has been a real challenge I know. the two of you are so knowledgeable and it has helped tremendously for us to understand the process along the way. Thank you again for your hard work and constant communication - you are AWESOME!

Mike & Janet - Venice, FL

Just wanted to take a moment to thank you for assigning Matt to help us with our home research in your area. He has been the ultimate professional since our first call into him, and during the entire week of our stay in Nokomis. He responded to all questions in a honest, accurate way and when he didn't have the answer he wasn't shy to say so but would always get back to us with a good answer. The material he supplied on the one home we showed interest in was as complete and informative as anyone could ask for. Bottom line, we loved the area, and can see us relocating there.

Jeff & Sharon D.

Laura Harris is the ideal realtor. She listened carefully to what I wanted and found properties that fit the bill. I quickly found what I wanted and she guided me through the purchase process with good humor, patience, and knowledge of all its aspects. She did not pressure me to buy, was never to busy to answer my questions, and remained in close contact even when she was on family vacation for a few days. She is highly knowledgeable, a complete professional, and a friendly, down-to-earth person. She made what could have been a stressful process flow smoothly and be stress free. I very highly recommend her.

Jerry Cates - Venice, Florida

Sandi is consistently reliable. She delivers on what she promises. She offers suggestions that were very helpful in negotiation for the purchase of a condo. Her vast life experiences, including property management, gives her a unique perspective on many aspects of real estate. This only enhances her work. Sandi has a wide knowledge base that extends beyond a basic realtor. In addition, Sandi is a genuinely wonderful person. I made arrangements to meet Sandi and see some properties, when I came for a short visit to Florida. She was helpful with finding a place for me to stay so I could see the area and offered advice regarding local places to go to make the trip easier and more productive. She helped us handle our purchase mostly via the internet and email, but she was always available when we needed to ask a more urgent question. My husband and I have been so impressed with Sandi, can't say a bad thing about her.

Jeff & Germaine Fritz - Siesta Key

I knew that you would be the one who would sell my dream home on Robert's Bay, in Venice. And, then when I saw how nicely and informatively you set up my home for showings, any day of the week, and then hosted 15 Open Houses in 4 months, I knew you were the one! I hated to sell the dream but I had to, and it sure eased my pain as I watched you operate with full professionalism. It helped a lot, too, knowing that you would not entertain 'lowball offers' and would show the place liberally to find that right buyer. AND YOU DID SO IN SPADES! Thank you again and again, Jim!

Margaret - St. Petersburg, FL

My husband and I both agree that working with the Ritters has easily been one of the best choices we have ever made. They successfully sold our condo quickly, patiently worked with us through the process of looking for a new property & ultimately helped us buy our dream home. Individually Matt & Jessica both possess their own amazing strengths and talents in their field and together they truly make a dynamic team that is genuinely committed to their clients' best interests. They demonstrated knowledge in all aspects of real estate and consistently provided us with thorough, accurate information and answers to our questions on the spot or used their resources to get us the information we needed within minutes. The willingness to say "let me get you that answer" and not just provide a response is not always common in a sales-based business, but was testimonial to the honesty and integrity by which they conduct business. Those traits were also exemplified in the manner in which they never pushed a decision upon us, but instead guided us with their expert opinions only when the potential for us to make a less than ideal choice was presented. The Ritters are exceptional realtors, but most importantly to us they are truly good people. They are both outgoing, kind and passionate about their work. They genuinely have their clients best interest at heart and will go out of their way to ensure their happiness and well-being when it comes to all aspects of a real estate transaction. There were many opportunities throughout our experience where they could have easily persuaded us to make a purchase, but instead they demonstrated their integrity by consistently making our needs and well-being the top priority. We highly recommend them to anyone interested in buying or selling a home.

Jodi & Chandler

We wanted to thank you for all your hard work in finding us such a wonderful home. Your patience, professionalism and kindness were greatly appreciated.

Carol & Carl R. - Trumbull, CT

From the moment we met Jan and Sam, they put us at ease immediately, easy going "no pressure" agents. Their professionalism and perseverance were never ending, making the entire buying process a pleasure. Excellent service!

Johanne & Jim J. - Montreal, CA

Joseph Toth is what a real estate agent ought to be! He represented us after we met him at the open house of the property we purchased. We could not have been more pleased with our decision. He is a consumate professional, who is the most responsive person I have ever had the pleasure of doing business with! Joseph went above and beyond on several occasions, during our transaction and assisted not only us, but assisted our attorney's office in getting pertinent information together, as well. He is a great listener, is patient and fastidious. He prides himself on being prepared and approaches a task or challenge only once he is sure that he has, as he likes to say, "all of his ducks in a row". We feel 100% confident in referring Joseph to anyone who is looking for an agent. He is not only a great real estate agent, but he's a great guy!

Cheryl & Bill - Fairfield Connecticut

Michelle was always available to answer questions, make sure all timelines were met and even after the sale keeps in contact. It was my pleasure to have Michelle as my realtor. I suggest you contact Michelle to help you with your home purchase or sale.

Karen Sandmire - Bradenton, FL

When you think of Stephanie, I think of her huge smile! She makes you feel so comfortable. She is one of the hardest workers I’ve ever met. In August of last year when my husband and I decided to put our house for sale. We had no clue how this process went and had only bought a home once 15 years ago. Before she even knew if I was going to choose her, or her Broker Gulf Shores Realty. She spent time chatting with me on the phone about the things that we needed to do to get the process rolling. She and her husband even came over one night to inspect the home and give us an idea of things to work toward. In a matter of months, with their suggestions we were ready to put the house on the market.

Gulf Shores Realty and Stephanie Behling were prompt in getting us up on MLS, a sign in the yard, and professional pictures online in days. Friends and relatives warned us that we might not want to use someone that I already knew. Knowing how Stephanie is made it that much more comfortable for us.

When anything came up we always felt like we could contact her and she would get right back to us. She would walk us through any of our questions and get us answers as quickly as possible. Our process was seamless and we had a contract within the first week. She closed that deal with ease. Without a doubt we choose to work with her for the purchase of our new home as well.

We looked at multiple listings, running around in the rain....Cracking jokes and enjoying each other’s company. She made it so fun. (I think we ran her ragged) She didn’t waste our time pushing a properties that didnt work for us. Or showing us properties that weren’t right. She was on the ball and so much fun to work with. We did find our dream home. That transaction went as seamless as the first one. We will recommend Gulf Shores Reality over and over. Please choose Stephanie, you won’t regret it!

Kelly Thayer - North Port, Florida

Laura was referred to me by a friend and I am so thrilled since she helped us find our dream home in paradise. Laura was very professional, knowledgeable and extremely patient with us throughout the whole process. Now my parents are relocating to the sunshine state from New England and are looking to find their dream home. Laura has already been wonderful in assisting my parents with their search. Laura is very personable and down to earth. If anyone were to ever ask me if there is a realtor I would recommend, it's going to be Laura Harris!

Susan Galante - Sarasota FL

Tom’s performance in every aspect of our home buying process was simply outstanding. We recommend Tom, without any reservation whatsoever, to anyone who wants to enjoy a smooth and satisfying home buying experience. We’ve bought and sold a lot of real estate over the decades, and Tom is, without question, the most capable, personable, and trustworthy realtor we've ever met. Rarely does someone make an impression to motivate me to actually sit down a write a letter about it. Well Tom Bruno has made such an impression. Tom is remarkable in that he is able to cover all the bases, all the time and make it look easy. His professionalism, efficiency and natural graceful interactions are purely amazing! I’ve never seen anyone so motivated, energetic, willing and able to pull magic out of a hat as Tom has done. What he does, the way he does it you can’t learn, it comes naturally. He has a gift, he is a gift. He is a wonderful person and now a friend.

Josh & Mary O'Rourke - Denver, Colorado

Thank you so much for working with us over the last few years. We were so lucky to have you as our Realtor. The first home we purchased was a challenging situation and you helped us work through all the obstacles. We truly appreciate your responsiveness, patience and determination. Our experience was the same with the last two houses that you represented us. Thank you for working to get the Best price on a great rental investment and a beach condo. Your experience and hard work has been a blessing. We look forward to our next purchase with you by our side.

Scott & Mari Bosch

Nicole has an eye for detail. I very much appreciated her kindness, caring, and eye for detail. She is a genius in the design center, with a great understanding of her client's needs and tastes as well as expert knowledge of how things should go together for an immaculate end result. I highly recommend Nicole.

Lisa Marie Sidlow - Sarasota, FL

I can't believe you sold my house within two weeks and at a price that was favorable relative to market conditions. I am very impressed with your professionalism and enthusiasm. I would gladly recommend your services. . .

Julie S. - FL

Shannon is a very smart, responsive, customer-focused professional. We worked with her when she was associated with the builder of our home. You could always count on Shannon to know what our options were, what the status of the building project was, and names of resources, etc. She clearly had our interests in mind. I would not hesitate to recommend her.

Venice, FL

I just want everyone to know that my husband & I found Tom Bruno on line through Zillow back in April 2017 when we were looking to move from Nashville, TN to the Venice Florida area. Although Tom had not met us personally he was very pro active in sending us multiple homes for sale in the Venice area where we were looking to move. We finally sold our home in TN & moved down to Venice Florida in November 2017 where we finally got to meet Tom Bruno face to face. I have to say that our experience with Tom has been awesome! I highly recommend using Tom Bruno for your Florida real estate needs.

Mary Hall - Nokomis, FL

We are sending this letter to say thank you for everything you have done and for helping us to find a home and for helping us relocate to Florida, from New York we couldn't of done this without your help.We would and will be using you again and recommending to friends and family, which we already have. If you ever need anything please feel free to contact Tammy or myself, thats the least we could do for helping us out.Thank You Again!!!!

Mike and Tammy Brown - Venice, Florida

I am most thankful for our great new home in a wonderful community. You stuck with us through such a stressful process. Thanks for “taking care” of us when we needed it the most. We are both so grateful for all of your guidance, patience, warmth and understanding.

MaryJane & Jeff M. - Fairfield, CT

Tom was wonderful! He went above and beyond to help us our find our first home. We gave him the details of what we were searching for and he was always diligent in setting us up with everything that fit what we wanted once it came up. The house we ended up just purchasing had been on the market not even a few hours when he said "This is the one. Meet me over there" and it was. He was so helpful throughout the entire process from the first house we went to see all the way through closing.

Jennifer & Rafael - West New York, New Jersey

Waynes manner in handling everything he did for us was totally professional but at the same time was also very personal. We felt at all times that his treatment and service to us was akin to that which he would want his parents to receive from an agent. We now consider Wayne not just our agent, but a friend that we know we can rely on.

Fred & Lucy M. - Lake George, New York

We were lucky to have Michelle help us find our perfect home away from home! We live in Ohio and she did a great job sending me properties to review and answering all of my questions. She knew what we wanted and stayed true to our preferences. When she knew we had a small window of time to condo shop whike in Florida she made herself available to us and helped us find exactly what we were looking for! She was great through the whole buying process!!!

Leslie Huber - Ohio

I met Jim while considering a move to Venice and meeting with him for several days before realizing that I had too many issues in California to give up. He sure does provide Exemplary Service, and he puts his background in Home Remodeling to great use in finding homes of both value and integrity. He enjoys the technical side of real estate as well as the human side. If you have not met Jim, you are missing a humorous, witty, clever man who is driven for Professionalism of the highest quality!

Val - Newport Beach, CA

Our experience with you as our real estate agent was flawless. You made our buying experience effortless. You and your lovely assistant were patient and understanding, and treated us and our family like family.

Lisa & Chris D. - Sarasota, FL

Thank you for all your help and caring professionalism to ensure Steve and I were well taken care of and to make sure everything was in order for our new home. You will always be highly recommended as a Realtor and one of our newest friends. God Bless.

Steve & Brenda B. - Petersburg, Virginia

I am so glad the two of you are still in business together. You were so helpful and supportive when I sold my house. You did it all! I am very happy and will continue to recommend you when I hear of someone looking for a good agent. Thanks

Geri D - Venice, FL

Michelle made the purchase of my home a great experience. She was thorough, professional, and on top of every detail. I highly recommend her to be your realtor...whether buying or selling.

Ted Heidrich - Estero, FL

Arlene, thank you so much for all of your time, effort and energy on our behalf. Not only did we end up with the perfect home for us in the best community we could imagine, but you saved us a lot of stress finding just the right communities to look at. I can tell you spent a great time of time before our meeting, organizing the day, lining up homes to look at and booking appointments, and on top of that you seem so happy to do what you do. The day was enjoyable not only because I was excited but because you truly care about what you do and your clients happiness. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Rachel Lisa

A friend recommended Elzia Phillips to us when we decided to sell our parents’ home. We are completely grateful to her for making our sale painless. After Elzia analyzed the current market, we priced the villa to sell quickly. She was always available and took care with every detail. We couldn't be more satisfied, and highly recommend her to anyone who asks!

PS

Thank you so much for all you have done in making my dream come true. I really appreciate everything you have done for me and my family. I want to thank you for sharing in the joy of my owning a “new home.

Cynthia L. - Bridgeport, CT

Tom was indispensable in helping us find our new home. He was professional, knowledgeable, and responsive to all of our questions. We felt confident during the entire process that Tom was an advocate for our best interest. We highly recommend Tom; he’s the best Realtor in town!

Christina M. - Bend, OR

We cannot thank Maryann enough for her assistance in our purchase of a Venice home. The closing process was long due to extenuating title problems but Maryann kept the communication lines open between us and those involved with the sale. We believe Maryann went above and beyond in this purchase and highly recommend her as a true compassionate professional.

Donna & Joe - Massachusetts

Donna has a passion and drive for Real Estate.  She works so hard for her clients.  They are not just a customer for her. As a mortgage lender, whenever I asked for something, Donna was very prompt and helpful.  I highly recommend her!!!

Bridget Tally-Brill

We had no intention of buying a condo at this time. But Arlene suggested sending us some properties to look at. She never pressured and was very professional. When we did see a few places that looked good and decided to come and see them, Arlene organized well-planned viewings. We did make an offer! With the help of Arlene, our offer was accepted. When there was a little bump in the road, Arlene was right on top of everything. She made sure that all details were handled properly, even though we were 1,400 miles away at the closing. We could not be happier with the service we received from Arlene. She is highly recommended.

Barbara Goldman

We were impressed by Shannon's knowledge and experience while building a house with the developer she was employed by during 2015. She was able to supply us with suggestions , suppliers, designers, and had all the information either printed out or would get on the internet and print out prior to our leaving . This was not easy to accomplish because we were building a home in Florida while living in Texas. She was patient and an excellent go between for us and the builder the subcontractors and the designer. Guess i would say she was extremely well organized, kind, and always made one feel like our home was the most important one she was handling. The nice part was after we owned the home and had come back issues she was always on top of what ever we needed and was efficient and diligent seeing the issue through until taken care of by the contractor. Sincerely Nancy and Ed

Nancy & Ed - Venice, FL

Excellent service. Matt took care of many issues that most Realtors don’t take the time to do. He handled scheduling of all inspections as well as being there for each one of them and addressing all concerns regarding the purchase of our new home. We live out of state so it was essential that we have someone we can trust.

Julie & Barry - West Friendship, Maryland

We can’t even begin to thank you for all that you have done for us. You are an amazing person both professionally and personally. We feel that this experience has been a win-win situation for us because we have gained a beautiful home, an exceptional agent and a wonderful new friend.

Maryann & Jeff S. - Trumbull, CT

Shannon worked in the sales office for the local builder who constructed our home. Building a new home involves making many decisions and Shannon answered our questions with the expertise that comes from being in the business. She kept us up to date on the building progress since we were out of town. She insured the follow through on all paperwork that we needed to review and sign. As a resident of this area for so many years, she also answered questions unrelated to home building. Where to buy furniture, lighting, best hair salon, etc.

Frank & Ida Pucino - Venice, FL

I was referred to Mathew by our listing agent in Atlanta and I contacted Matthew to help me find a new home in Venice, FL as my family and I were relocating for my job. I explained to Matthew what I our needs were, our budget and also shared with him some of our concerns such as the market, flood zones and if new construction was our best option. Within 24 hours of our conversation, Matthew compiled a very detailed list of several homes for my wife and I to review and we loved them all. He hit the nail on the head and found a wonderful variety of homes within our budget and steered us away from the homes that were not right for our needs. 2 weeks later and it was time to see the homes we narrowed down to from Matthew’s list. We only had one day to come to Venice to look at these properties and Matthew made certain that we saw all them all and prepared a very detailed and professional packet with more history of each home we visited. The very last home was the one we fell in love with and Matthew took the lead to prepare an offer and had it ready for our review before we arrived home from our 7 hour drive to Atlanta. We ran into a problem with the contact with the seller and Matthew arranged for legal intervention and the issue was resolved in less than 4 hours, so that we did not lose any time or delay our closing date. Three weeks later and we are now in our dream home in a beautiful area and only possible because of Matthew. I am forever grateful to him for everything he has done for us and he we will forever be our real estate professional for all future needs. Thanks Matthew!

Rob & Mandy - Venice, FL

Thank you so much to Matt Rittter of Gulf Shores Realty. He went above and beyond our expectations. We were given honest, timely feedback every step of the way. Matt was always courteous, professional, and reliable. My wife and I can't say enough about how impressed we are with our entire experience of both buying and selling our home with Matt. I would normally throw in some constructive criticism, but I have none! Personal and professional all the way!

Justin & Chrissy - Venice, FL

Holly was integral in finding me my home in the area. I was moving down from Tampa and was not familiar with the area very well. I know I wanted to be somewhere in Lakewood Ranch vicinity, and she found one of the best priced deals per square foot on the market at the time and I bought it!

Tim M.

While contemplating a new residence in the Venice, Florida region, a mutual friend spoke in glowing terms and recommended highly that we seek out the services of Wayne Welsh and Gulf Shores Realty. During our first session, we were able to establish rather quickly our goals, search criteria and financial boundaries. We were then presented with a select, varied and geographically diverse inventory of options. Upon visiting and scrutinizing each potential candidate, Wayne's local knowledge was of immense importance and beneficially served to augment his many other extremely professional qualifications. Once we entered the bid, purchase and closing phases, his solid, no-nonsense guidance was immeasurable paving the way for the fast, smooth and successful acquisition of our "new dream house." We too recommend highly to others the services of one of Venice's premier real estate professionals who, aware of the less fortunate amongst us, also donates to charities.

Art & Lorraine H. - Aiken, South Carolina

Venice Realtor Matt Ritter is truly a superb Realtor. I had never purchased or sold real estate before meeting him. Due to some extraordinary circumstances I bought a house with Matt and sold it within a year. And we sold at an 8% profit! Having both bought and sold real estate with Matt, I say with confidence that he is invested in his clients, he cares about their success, no question is too small for his consideration, and he will work feverishly to make sure that your deal goes through smoothly. I trusted his advice and valued his opinion along the way. When working with a Realtor, you want to know that they will be objective about the good and the bad of what you will potentially buy. He was just that–objective. He never let me get too excited about something that I would be unhappy with later. In the end, I saw his wisdom and it was of tremendous benefit to me and my family. If you’re buying in the Venice/Sarasota area, you need to seriously consider Matt Ritter.

Billy & Katie - Cary, North Carolina

Thank you for your patience with us in looking and then finding “our special home.” We are so glad to be back in Calusa Lakes. We have so many friends here and feel very content. God has been with us thus far and I trust He will continue to lead us. And if we should ever need a Realtor or someone to trust, we know you’re only a phone call away.

J & B - Nokomis, FL

My wife Jacquie and I were new to the area and unfamiliar with all the procedures involved in purchasing a Florida home as we are from Canada. You and your wife Ida (Hap) were most helpful walking us through the home inspection process and even following up on required repairs. All of these things got done long distance. Above all you helped us feel welcome and an important part of our new community. Your commitment to the Venice community shines in all the good things you do.

Greg & Jacquie B. - London, Ontario, Canada

We love our realtor, Elzia Phillips! She made our return to Sarasota a pleasure. With her help we were able to buy a villa, sight unseen except for a few pictures. She kept us informed by phone, internet or letters, answering hundreds of questions immediately!! She was very knowledgeable about the local real-estate market. This gave us confidence in the transaction. Elzia was very patient and understanding. This villa is just right for us and we are thrilled to be living in Sarasota, again!

T & J S

I wanted to take a moment and highlight what a fantastic job Teresa and Holly did helping me through this process. This was a tricky two month negotiation, and for a while there I thought I would lose the house. They both jumped through a thousand hoops and stayed on top of what needed to be done. You have two stellar members of your team, and I say they should both get a raise! Than you again for all you've done.

Scott L. - Sarasota, FL

Laura was extremely helpful during all aspects of the selling life cycle. She provided useful insights and was very responsive at all times. Her experience and professionalism resulted in a successful and quick sale of the property. It was a pleasure working with her.

Kevin Weston - Pendleton IN

I had the pleasure of working with Donna to purchase a house approximately 2 years ago.  I was especially pleased with how quickly she was able to set up showing!  We would be a one house, decide it was a no, and she'd have another showing set up in a couple of minutes.  She was always available, very patient (showed us close to 10 hourses) and I would recommend her to anyone in the market  Thanks Donna!

Britney Bronk

Lueanne Wood with Gulf Shores Realty in Venice, Florida far exceeded our expectations as our listing realtor. This was not our first selling of a home, but was the first time we really felt the realtor knew her business, with her expertise and professional knowledge. We have health issues and she was so generous in seeing that we had nutritious meals and insisted we stay at her 801 Harbor Drive home. We highly recommend her to anyone seeking a truly professional Realtor. Lueanne, thank you for all the hard work, dedication and time you spent selling our house.

William and Ruth Taylor - Venice, Florida

Donna is a realtor that goes above and beyond for her clients.  No stone remains unturned in her quest to help her clients realize their real estate dreams.  She recently helped us sell our last home and purchase the home of our dreams.  Despite the many unexpected hurdles that arose, Donna was always one step ahead on what to do next so that we were able to finally be in the home we have always dreamed of.  The hurdles that came up were pretty major, but Donna was never phased.  She helped keep our spirits up and our options open at times when we thought we had lost everything.  Donna goes above and beyond...and then above and beyond again...I wouldn't hesitate to recommend her to any of our friends or family who needed a top notch real estate agent! She's the best!!!

Lynn Bitney - Sheboygen, WI

Donna is an amazing professional in the realtor business.  In my experience Donna works very closely with her clients and truly listens to their needs and wants.  The most important aspect I find appealing with Donna is her ability to keep her client's dreams alive and work endless hours searching for what they want.  It is also important she keeps the home business a reality for her clients and protects them in such a huge decision of purchasing not only a house but a home.

Tara M. Johanek

Holly was very helpful and not one bit pushy like some Realtors. She listened to what I wanted and found me the exact home I was looking for. And the biggest selling points of all for me was that she took the time to show me the local amenities such as the South Venice Ferry, dog beach, Shamrock Park, and the nighttime tennis courts...those were the things that really convinced me that I wanted to locate there...and she was so convincing that we then bought a house around the corner for my daughter as well!! We still visit there once a month and will be moving there completely in February when I retire. Peter and I were just talking last time we were there that once we are there full time, we would like to take you and your Mom out to dinner to say thank you for all your help and patience.

Maggie M.

Dan is highly professional, market knowledgeable and committed to working hard to find your dream home or to sell your current one. We absolutely love working with Dan and Brian! Communication is really important to us and they are excellent at keeping us informed. I would highly recommend choosing Dan to be your partner in searching for a home!

 

Colleen Crane - Venice FL

Matt and Jessica Ritter assisted us with the sale of our home in Venice. Their professionalism and expertise guided us throughout the process. We appreciated their integrity, friendliness and responsiveness when we had questions and concerns. It was such a pleasure working with Matt and Jessica that we have begun recommending them to our friends.

Jim & Kathy Colgroves - Ellicott City, MD

A BIG thanks to you and Donna for all the dinners out during the year on the market and for moving everything to your garage to store until Jean could get down with a trailer. It was nice to have someone we could trust handling all the issues while I was in and out of rehab and out of state in Indiana. You have taken a big load of stress off of my mind. Thanks again and give a ring every now and then.

Marge - Fortville, IN

Donna goes above and beyond for her clients.  She does a wonderful job with all of her clients and I feel very comfortable recommending her to my customers.

Peggy Ayers

I want to express my appreciation for the wonderful way you handled our purchase of our new condo. Your excellent response to our every need speaks highly of your reputation for great customer service. You and Hap are an experienced team who took care of us each step of the way from the viewing of the property to closing.

Ed & Gretchen L. - Venice, FL

Please accept this note as thanks for all of your efforts relating to the sale of our Venice home. Our experience was fortunately short lived due to a signed contract in about 1.5 weeks after signing with you which is exactly what we were after. Your were attentive, communicated with us clearly and often, were accessible with answers to any questions that were asked and answered in a timely manner. Your professional photography was key to attracting a buyer who was capable of qualifying for a loan.

Pete & Susan Deist - Venice, FL

My wife has been looking for property in the Venice area for several years. Michelle contacted my wife during this process well over a year ago. She respected our wishes and sent us available properties on a weekly basis. When we finally decided that we were ready to purchase a property we came down to Florida from Ohio to look at many of the homes and condos that Michelle had sent us. She scheduled a day just for us to look at multiple properties. We found a condo that day and Michelle negotiated with the seller a better price for us. We recently closed and Michelle was with us every step of the way to help us complete the process. Very professional and did everything she could for us.

Warren and Leslie Huber - Ohio

Due to having a stroke I have a lot of trouble conveying what I want some times and have a lot of concerned family members to please. She went way above and beyond to help me and my little family find exactly what I wanted while pleasing everyone else too. I'm so grateful to have had her on my team. WE LOVE YOU!

Trista Hogan Rispoli - Englewood, FL

I attempted to sell our second property, our hobby farm as a FSBO and posted it on face book. Donna contacted me as an agent and quickly convinced me how her expertise would benefit my failed attempts to sell our farm. She was knowledgeable and won my trust and listed our property the way it needed to be presented. Donna was always there to answer questions and concerns with a contagious sense of humor. Our property sold quickly after a few unforeseen issues that she handled calmly and confidently. She fought for the best offer and we were pleased with the outcome. She made a stressful time enjoyable and not only did I sell my property I made a friend and I would recommend Donna to my friends and family.

Sandra Schrameyer - Cedar Grove, WI

Having been in the real estate business, I have had multiple dealings with realtors. Wayne Welsh has extensive experience in problem solving and has always "got the job done." Wayne is an unselfish man you want to be connected with.

John B. - Murphy, NC

We greatly enjoyed working with you on the purchase of the property in North Port. We look forward to working with you again.

Lisa & Janell - North Port Title

My husband and I live in Boston and we recruited Arlene to set up some showings for while in Florida. She was able set up a jam packed day of showings for us on short notice and we were even able to close the deal before we left! We were very happy!

Jane Gibbs Migliacci

Linda found me My new home! I purchased my last home 40 years ago, so I had many concerns and questions. Linda said “there are no silly questions”... She answered every one of mine. Linda made the buying process easy.

Melissa W - NJ

Thanks to Jim Bath, our Buyer's Agent, we feel like we are in the best location ever (Pelican Pointe) and in our terrific new ‘retirement’ home. He got us a price we did not think possible, leaving us what we needed to update. The 3-car garage is now home to our 2 Corvettes, and they are appreciative of what Jim did, as well! He was so full of ideas and contacts that our job was only ½ of what it would have been! Thanks again, Jimbo!

James & Barb - West Bloomfield, MI

We enjoyed working with you and look forward to referring our friends in need of a good REALTOR.

Cathy & Jeff G. - Fairfield, CT

Michelle Morgan was my agent when I bought a condo in April of 2018. I was pleased with her efforts to show me places that I was interested in, guide me through necessary documentation, and negotiated with the other agent. Her communication follow-through is a great strength! I recommend Michelle Morgan for your future real estate needs!

Mark Matello - Sarasota FL

As overseas buyers, we used Matt Ritter as our Buyer’s Agent and were very pleased and impressed with the service we received. The biggest benefit we found is that Matt takes the time to understand the sort of lifestyle you are seeking, and the type of property you are looking for. He then helps to focus your search to the right areas to save you wasting time. He also helped in directing us to local services, and the best places to buy the things we will need for our new home.

Ian & Jane - Buntingford Herts, England

Short sales can be a difficult time for any seller. Holly took it upon herself to take all the stress and responsibility. Her diligence and open communication exceeded my expectations. She got an offer on my home within days of putting it on the market. She was knowledgeable, honest, and always returned calls in a timely manner. Without a doubt she is amongst the best in her profession but also a kind, understanding and personable person. I would highly recommend her to go the extra mile professionally, and value the friendship we built during the successful sale of my home.

Jeff D.

Yany was both responsive and knowledgeable in our effort to find a "snowbird" condo in the North Port area.  Our phone calls and emails were answered promptly.  We knew we could rely on Yany and her support staff when it came to the negotiation stage.  She was on our side throughout the whole transaction. We would definitely recommend Yany for any prospective buyers or sellers.

Sandy and Roger

Just a note to say THANK YOU for everything you've done! It was such a pleasure working with you- your positivity, humor, knowledge and hospitality- made this experience a stand out! You went above and beyond- and I really appreciate it! We couldn't have purchased this home without your help. Even though I'm out-of-state, you made everything easy! Thank you for your thoughtfulness & patience & knowledge & help & humor & stamina! Thanks so much Elzia!

Bambi Snodgrass - Topsfield, MA

Linda was very very helpful in selling our home. She was the buyer’s agent and we found her very good at coordinating the sale between the buyer and seller. she worked hard in putting it all together. Highly recommended. She was a true advocate for her buyer. When I decide to sell my current condo she will be the first one I call.

Dave M - VA

Maryann helped my husband and I find our Dream Home in Venice!! We moved here from Boston and knew a little about Venice from searching the internet and riding around looking at what neighborhoods we found desirable. We then called Maryann Regal about a listing. She listened carefully to what our needs were regarding what size home, neighborhood and price range. Her knowledge of the area and her expertise in real estate is remarkable. We met with her the next day and after viewing some homes, we immediately fell in love with one that she thought we would love and she was right!! She did not waste our time taking us on showings that she knew would not interest us. Our offer was accepted and Maryann guided us through the entire process from beginning to end. She never once failed to answer our calls and guided us through what was a very important decision in our lives. I cannot stress enough how important it was to us that she was there for us every step of the way, from negotiating the price, to the inspection, to seeing to it that we did our part in the process to have all documents needed by us in on time for the closing. I was able to contact her anytime of day and she always answered my calls and emails promptly nearly every day until she came to the closing with us. I would highly recommend Maryann to anyone who is looking for an agent who really cares about her clients and is willing to go above and beyond to see to it that you are satisfied!

Janet & John - Boston, MA

Linda Williams is a very personable individual that takes all your needs and concerns into consideration...she is very easy to work with when looking for properties both long distance and in town...

Erika M - Ohio

Since we live out of state, we are forever grateful to have found an honest real estate agent who knew the Venice real estate market so well. You were able to market the unique characteristics of our home to sell it quickly for a great price in a time wrought with foreclosures.

Tim & Tammi H. - Westerville, Ohio

We had the pleasure of working with Matt and Jessica Ritter as our buyers’ agents as we searched for and purchased our new home and we most highly recommend them. They are very knowledgeable of the local real estate market and are very observant when going through a property. We were amazed at how responsive and proactive they are. They always returned e-mails or phone calls within hours. They knew immediately when new listings came on the market and arranged for us to see the homes very quickly – at times, even the same day. They checked in with us during the process to ensure that we did not miss any dates or actions that we needed to take for everything to go smoothly. Plus, we enjoyed spending time with them and rather miss them now that we have made our home purchase. And although we have closed and are in our new home, they have continued to stay in touch to see if there is any way that they can help as we get settled.

Trish & Tom - Venice, FL

When I started looking for a home I dreaded having to deal with a real estate agent . My experience in the past has been pushy salespeople with their eye on a commission. Holly Barabas was referred by a trusted friend who had business with her in the past. Holly made the whole home buying experience a good one . I never felt pressured and she was very knowledgeable about every aspect of the home buying experience. Holly Barabas is a true credit to her profession and a wonderful person to work with !!

Gary Swim - North Port, Florida

I wanted to thank you in your efforts in successfully completing the transaction on Box Turtle Circle recently. On behalf of my buyers as well, it was a pleasure to work with someone as professional as yourself and going above and beyond and "doing whatever it takes" with the substantial challenges we faced during the course of this sale. I hope we have the opportunity to work together again in the future. Please feel free to share this with any prospective clients you meet in the future as a whole-hearted recommendation of your services.

Mart S. - Sarasota, FL

In all our dealings with Realtors over the past years, we have never met anyone as helpful and energetic as you have been. Without hesitation, we would highly recommend your service to anyone who is looking for an experienced Realtor who cares about getting things done and doing them right! Thanks for taking such good care of us, we couldn't have done it without you! Teresa sold 8 properties for us!

Debbie G.

Tom Bruno stepped into a hand over lead from another agengy and took us on from a "potential" relocate to Florida to writing a deal in 5 short days! Tom made himself wide open to long days to look at it all! He is very professional and kept us in mind on every showing/potential home! Part of the joirney is to look at all homes in your budget to qualify or disqualify potentials and Tom was good with seeing what avenue we were headed in! He was quick to learn and listen to our needs and when we were veering a little off path he put us back on track! Great guy and would recommend Tom to anyone!!! Thanks Tom , my wife and I look forward to being friends and fellow Floridians!!!

David Cergnul - Bloomfield, Indiana

Mindy worked with us for over a year to find the perfect home! She offered many suggestions, most of which we ended up following after doing things "our way" which didn't work! She was very patient and understanding and really wanted us to find our forever home!

Dana & Kerry Kuhn - Venice, FL

My experience with Yany Alonso was absolutely wonderful from the time I hit the contact agent button to the closing and beyond.  I always felt that she was there for me and me alone, she was always available either by phone, text or email.  Even after the closing, she is still there for us, we are not from this area and she has made herself available to help us find contractors etc.   I would not hesitate to refer to her my family and friends as well as complete strangers.

Patricia and Walter - Boston Massachusetts

Recently Michelle Morgan represented us in our home buying journey. She was diligent in her efforts to finding the perfect home, in our budget, in the desired location. Not only did she find the perfect place, but she was able to bargain for us a better deal on closing costs. Professional and knowledgeable was our experience with Michelle. We give her 5 stars and would hire her again in the future!

John Henderson and Melissa Cook - Englewood FL

Laura Harris went out of her way to help us the sale of our home.She is on the job trying everything she can to help you sell your property.We can not say enough about her expertise and knowledge and highly recommend her for any real estate needs! Thank you Laura from the bottom of our hearts!

Mark Kerr - Ossinneke MI

I hired Donna to list a property I owned in Venice FL, she had it sold in 12 days at full asking price! She was always available to answer all my questions and concerns, and help me out tremendously by meeting with contractors and inspectors, since I live 3 hours away from this property. She made the process go easy, and was a pleasure to work with. I would highly recommend working with her.

Linda Liotta

Well, we made it even though our Short Sale purchase took 2+ months! I am very pleased with the home that I am renting to the mother and daughter that were there before. I am thankful for your follow through, patience and communications. I needed to hear your weekly reassuring comments that we were still 'alive' in the process. Thanks, too, for your skill and help with that door replacement we did on the side of the garage. Keep your eye out for another good one under $75K.

William - Raleigh, NC

I wanted to take a moment and highlight what a fantastic job Teresa and Holly did helping me through this process. This was a tricky two month negotiation, and for a while there I thought I would lose the house. They both jumped through a thousand hoops and stayed on top of what needed to be done. You have two stellar members of your team, and I say they should both get a raise! Than you again for all you've done.

Scott L. - Sarasota, FL

Our experience with Matt and Jessica Ritter was outstanding. They are professional and excel in all aspects of the Real Estate business. They are not only professional, they are honest and truly care about their clients. Matt was extremely responsive to our every need, processed our purchase in a timely manner and has complete knowledge of the local areas. We recommend Matthew Ritter if you want to enjoy a positive real estate experience.

Jim & Judy - Buckeye Lake, Ohio

We interviewed numerous listing agents before choosing the team of Matt and Jessica Ritter. It was a no brainer. They came prepared with an analysis of comparable properties and a proposed listing strategy. What was more impressive was - after evaluating our property, listening to our thoughts they did their homework and adjusted accordingly. Matt keep us informed throughout the entire process, was no nonsense, professional, thorough and always responsive. Their job did not end once we were under contract staying involved throughout the entire closing process. As a result our home was sold quickly at our desired price and closed without a hitch.

Phil & Chrissie - Venice, FL

I am amazed at the collaboration and team play getting Susan and I through expediently. I am also impressed with the use of technology and speed of ALL responses. This is our fifth home purchase and I can honestly say this was by far the best process we have ever engaged. Your transparency and team work by far out weighed the rest. Thank you very much to all and kudos to you.

Eric & Susan Wells - Middletown, Delaware

Matt is a true professional in the real estate business. The best home purchase in my 62 years! His knowledge and experience stood out the entire time we searched for my home in Southwest Florida. I do no plan to purchase another home, however if I would Matt is the go to person in this area.

Jack - Englewood, Florida

Thanks for all your help in making our "dream home" a reality. We really appreciated that you went the extra mile to get us the best price for our home. You are truly a professional.

Sara & John W.

You made buying a beachfront condo so easy. We were grateful for your patience in answering all of our questions and taking us to look at so many nice places. . We strongly recommend you to anyone looking at buying or selling a home or condo. Thanks!! Your the best!

Belinda G.

If you are like me, a type A highly professional individual who only wants to work with the best because frankly you simply do not have time for games, trust me you found the BEST agent in Florida with Laura Harris. We were not only trying to buy a home from another State, but we were also using a VA loan, and had very specific needs in a home to accommodate our oldest son with Autism. Laura went above and beyond making our home buying experience a positive one.

Carla Montiel

It is our pleasure to recommend Elzia Phillips as your Realtor. Elzia handled the sale of our home in Calusa Lakes. Elzia was always attentive to our needs, had our best interests at heart, and did not push us in any direction. Although we closed our transaction over a year ago, Elzia has continued to stay in touch with us. We trust her judgment so much that we’ve recommended her services to friends. You will never find another Realtor who will listen and hear your concerns – and do it in a professional way.

D & R - Venice, FL

Matt is professional, courteous, knowledgeable - and patient! He enabled us to sell our property in a transaction that was far from simple, but one that left everyone happy at the end of the day. We wouldn't hesitate to recommend Matt, or to use his services again.

Nigel & Melissa Searle - Venice, FL

I thank you, Jim, for being so helpful throughout the many steps in Contract to Closing. Being fairly challenged physically, I don't know how I would have managed to get to the attorney twice, the bank once and to closing, itself. I was not aware that REALTORS also could be so helpful and take the time that you did, Jim, to thoroughly explain all of the details of Contract and the HUD losing Document. I hope to see you often!

Kaye - Bristol, RI

Maryann, we wanted you to know how much we appreciate the quality and professionalism in which you handled our real estate purchase. As long distant purchasers we needed to be sure that we felt comfortable with who we were working with during this purchase. We are very pleased that we found you to be very honest and trustworthy throughout our entire process. You impressed us right from the start with your knowledge of the real estate trends and the presentation of the entire area we were focusing on. You really listened to exactly what we were looking for in a home and helped us to achieve the end result of purchasing our home. We appreciate that you stayed on top of every detail, supported us though all the processes and answered all our questions. We have and will continue to highly recommend you to anyone looking to purchase or sell a property.

Mark & Marlene D. - CT & FL

I had the privilege of working with Sandi Ward on the purchase of my home in Venice in September of 2015. Sandi is an extremely competent and well versed real estate agent. She was in constant contact with with me at every step of the process, a quality that was most important to me. There is no other real estate agent I would consider using. In my book, she is the best!

Robin Chiusano - Venice, FL

After searching for several months, and looking at several Florida properties we finally found the house that was right for us. Holly diligently worked with us and helped make the whole process, from beginning to end, go as timely and effortlessly as possible. We would highly recommend Holly's real estate services to family and friends, and would not hesitate to call on Holly for any future real estate needs in the Florida area.

James & Beverly Kochan

I am a Canadian who wanted to sell her Florida home. Daniel and Brian were the most amazing realtors. Besides being knowledgeable about the market, my home and prospects, they made me feel comfortable with the process. I can not recommend these two highly enough. Not only did they sell my home in record time, they negotiated all aspects for me and made the experience painless and easy. A wonderful team and a couple of great guys.

Deborah - Ottawa, Canada

Many thanks for your professionalism, help and cooperation in expediting the sale of our villa. We really enjoyed working with you, your cheerful enthusiasm and certainty of success was always there for us.

Linda B. - Sarasota, FL

Shannon is one of the most wonderful respectful people that I have ever dealt with professionally. She is extremely knowledgeable yet kind and considerate of the buyers personal requests. I consider it an honor to have dealt with Shannon twice in building my homes.

Cyndie Hill - Venice, FL

We recently had the good fortune of working with Stephanie Behling on the sale of our property. We found her to be so easy to talk to and deal with, very knowledgeable and enthusiastic, and a lot of fun too! Stephanie exhibits a very caring attitude and kept us relaxed and fully informed throughout the entire transaction. We most definitely recommend this little ray of sunshine to anyone planning to buy or sell!

Barbara and Kim C - Vence Florida

Wonderful Agents and Gulf Shores Realty We could not be happier with our new home. Thank you Wayne for the quick and easy process. You made buying our new waterfront home a lot of fun and hassle-free.

Victoria Jennings

This letter is to let you know how much my wife and myself appreciate your help in locating our house in Venice, Florida. We would especially like to thank Matt Ritter for both his professional and personal efforts to match us up with what we wanted in a community and home. Matt took us through a short sale process answering our many questions and providing us with up to date reports on the steps in the process. This communication was very helpful when purchasing a house from a distance. I have purchased nine houses at different locations across the country during my life and Matt is the best realtor I ever worked with. He is very professional, knowledgeable, and his answers always correct. I would highly recommend Matt to anyone who is searching for a home. Thank you Matt for your help, hope to see you around Venice in the future.

Steve H. - Lake Orion, Michigan

I would like to express my sincere gratitude for your help in the sell of my home. You possess the unique ability to take a complicated real estate transaction involving multiple parties to a successful closing in what seemed like an insurmountable situation to accomplish. You took time to patiently explain the process, and took measures to keep me well informed, and help guide me through the maze of the necessary documentation required. I was extremely impressed with your expertise and professionalism in this matter and I wanted to express how grateful I am for all of your help.

Victor S.

We recently sold my parents' home after my father's passing. Elzia was vital to our being able to complete the sale. The house sold at market price before it was listed. She was our lifeline in this process as we do not live in FL. She referred great contractors to work on the house, and was available at every point. We never had an issue that she wasn't able to solve. We would highly recommend her to anyone selling or purchasing property.

MSN

Thank you for helping us purchase a wonderful vacation home. We were impressed! With no notice and two days to find us the perfect home. You were amazing! Then to top it off, you gave 10% of your commission to our favorite charity. This really made an impact on us. I loved the idea and our family had a fun time deciding who would receive the money.

Matt & Chris B. - Mulberry, Indiana

I am so happy that Jan and Sam were there to assist me in the sale of my home. They treat you like family. You will have a very hard time finding better people to work with. They take their time and are more than willing to explain things to you. Thank you Jan and Sam!

K. Moyer

I have used Linda Williams TWICE.  Once to help buy a home in Osprey and another time to help me find a good realtor to use in Orlando to sell my daughters condo.  Linda is very thorough and professional.  She has a genuine interest in her client's needs and takes them seriously.  She is no pushy in any way, but instead is kind, caring and fun to be around.  I would highly recommend Linda for any real estate transactions needed.

Karen F - PA

As a first time home buyer and now home owner, I would like to express my gratitude and appreciation for the work and effort put forth by Holly Barabas and Gulf Shores Realty. I would highly recommend Holly and her team to anyone looking to invest in real estate. My time is valuable to me and working long hours made it difficult to make things happen in a timely manner. However, this was made easier with her diligence and contacts. Thanks for everything Holly, you are greatly appreciated and valued.

Kenneth S. MacNeil - Venice, FL

Jim Listed my Home after doing several complimentary repairs and found the buyers through his frequent Open Houses! I was so fortunate to have had this handled so expertly and without hassle as I had plenty on my mind, with a recent passing of my husband and having to ship everything back to Europe! Both Jim and Donna certainly eased the pain as much as possible!

Ilona - Bern, Switzerland

You made buying a house such a rewarding experience. Your guidance made a situation that could have been cumbersome so pleasurable. We quickly learned to appreciate your experience and intelligence, guiding us through all the steps. You certainly are an A+ agent, and the donations you make to charity speak to your humanity.

Vinny K. & Geri N. - Salisbury Mills, New York

I'm so glad I used Gulf Shores Realty to sell my condo. Wayne and his staff were easy to work with and very efficient. The photo's he took were the best I've seen in any realtor's magazines or ads. I highly recommend this agency! Thank-you!!

Debi W. - Sarasota, FL

My husband and I have known Donna for almost 20 years as a realtor who became a friend.  She worked for us in both selling and purchasing a home. In both transactions her action and demeanor was very professional, prompt, personable and very proactive in her communications between us, the seller and the buyer. I would highly recommend her assistance in any and all real estate transactions. She goes above and beyond what is required and expected.

Chris and Jack Lorge - Sheboygan, WI

Even though our home wasn't high-priced, Daniel and Brian treated us as if we were shopping for a $2 million home! They showed up 8 homes in 2 days. When our first offer fell through, Daniel was up at 3 a.m. to locate an even BETTER home for us! Before they were agents, they had massive experience in real estate ownership. They answered many questions before I could even think to ask. We couldn't be more impressed.

Allen Black - Union, KY

As a result of the efforts of Shannon Thinnes, we purchased a home in Venice, Florida. I want to personally inform you of the services we received from Shannon. Her attributes are as follows; she acted and dressed professionally, she showed up on a timely basis for all appointments, answered all her questions, her knowledge was exceptional, always greeted us with a smile and made us feel comfortable in her midst. As a direct result of her efforts we have recommended numerous other prospective buyers to Shannon and both my wife and I thank you for her service.

Dr. Nelson Seidman & Dr. Ursula Seidman - Bethel, CT

We cannot thank you enough for all of your assistance in helping us find a home to start out married life in. You have been so great to work with, I’m you were referred to us. Mostly, thank you for your professionalism and a high standard of ethics. Much luck with the growth of your real estate career. We know you will only become more successful. Of course we will recommend you to other people who mention they are looking for a new home. Once again, thanks for being part of our endeavor of becoming homeowners. Stop by anytime you’re in the area.

A & M - North Port, FL

Thank you so much for all the time you have devoted to helping us find our vacation home in Florida. You both have been incredible, and we couldn't ask for better agents.

Greg & Darlene B.

My husband and I live in Shanghai, China.  We have always dreamed of settling in the Venice area of Florida.  We were searching Venice, Florida real estate and found https://gulfshoresrealty.com.  Our Realtor quickly responded to our emails.  She was knowledgeable, professional, and provided professional customer service.  She made the house buying process easy!  

We absolutely love our home!  I would highly recommend Gulf Shores Realty to anyone looking to buy in the Venice area!!!

Laura and Jack C. - Shanghai, China

Thank you for all your help and support. We couldn’t have done it without you.

Lisa, Michael & Alex R. - Trumbull, CT

Words can't even begin to express the gratitude we have for everything you and Gulf Shores Realty have done for us. We are forever thankful for having you be on our team for the past year! Your professionalism, your genuine kindness was above and beyond anything we expected. For the past year getting us into our home, dealing with the builder, Thank You just doesn't seem to cut it! You have become more than just our Realtor. You are a friend and a part of our family! You are truly the best out there and we are so lucky to have worked with you! From the bottom of our heart, we Thank You! The Srisavaththay Family, Eric, Amy & Liam.

Eric & Amy Srisavaththay - North Port, FL

These guys make the home buying experience simple and enjoyable. They listen and deliver on everything they promise. They take their job personal and always are working to deliver and meet the high standards they expect out of themselves. They always make themselves available for questions and concerns. I am so happy I ran across these two professionals and look forward to the next home I buy with them. Please take my word and use Daniel and Brian.

Christopher Harris - Sarasota, FL

Gulf Shores Realty is the ONLY place to go if you're shopping for property in the Venice, FL area. Our realtor, Sandi Ward was knowledgeable, patient and always made the time for us when we were shopping for our Florida home. When we found our home she helped us navigate the process, and since we were buying a seasonal home she gave us great advice and recommendations on people and companies that we could reach out to for information and services (home insurance, a handy man, landscaping companies, etc.) - things we were going to need but no idea where to start! I can't say enough good things about her - she is simply the best there is! If you are looking for a home in the area (seasonal, retirement or if you're just looking to move to the area) please reach out to her - I know you will feel the same way we do! Thank you Sandi!!!

Michelle and Brian - Westborough, MA

AMAZING!!!! Buying our home was one of the all time best experiences! Brian and Daniel took care of everything for us. Excellent service!! Highly recommend this team!!!

Gina Coughenour - Sarasota, FL

Brian and Dan set themselves apart from typical real estate agents. Their vast experience in real estate marketing, sales and their attention to detail helps them excel. We had been considering listing with another agent when we heard Brian and Dan were now in the business. We met with them and they answered all our questions before we could ask them. We believed they were very different and better than the other agents. They assured us that they would be involved in every showing and that our listing would be their highest priority. Two days after we listed we accepted an offer! Since then, they have handled EVERY detail. (We do not live in Florida.) The closing will be completed this month and they’ve done it all. We didn’t have to lift a finger and there was no drama. We would never consider working with anyone else. They promised us the best treatment in the industry and they delivered!

Sue & Bill Sofis - Venice, FL

My Husband and I listed our home fsbo and were contacted by Yany who was looking to schedule a viewing for a buyer she had interested in the listing.  She arrived early to the viewing to introduce herself and do a quick viewing before the buyers arrived.  She was nothing short of professional and courteous!  There was an offer made a couple days after the viewing that we chose to accept.  Yany was always available to answer any questions we came across and made us so comfortable throughout the entire sale process.  Since we listed the home for sale ourselves we didn't have a realtor representing us and Yany made sure to not only represent her buyers, but kept our best interest in mind as well.  She was truly a dream to work with and I would recommend her for anyone looking for a realtor to work with!

Tiler Wilson - Sarasota, FL

Thank You for helping us buy our new home and helping us to sell our former home. Your help with the A/C issue was terrific.

Mugsie & Jay - Venice, FL

Just a small token of our thanks and appreciation for all the wonderful hard work you did to help us find and buy our dream house. You truly went far beyond being a great realtor – your constant encouragement and willingness to flow with our ever changing situation really means so much to us. With heartfelt thanks and love,

Steve & Liz F. - Bridgeport, CT

We had a bumpy negotiation with a person who finally did buy our property. Maryann was there all the way through it and helped us with how to proceed every step of the way. I would use her again.

Janet Debuizer - Nokomis, FL

I wanted to drop you a quick line to let you know how happy we have been with Sandi. Simply put, she is excellent. She has a great personality, is extremely knowledgeable and responsive, and provides potential buyers like us with a sense of confidence when researching home options. The schedule she laid out for us on Saturday allowed us to get a very good feel for the Venice area and the different home options. As a result of what we saw, we are now working on submitting an offer for a townhome in the Gran Paradiso community.

John M.

I really enjoyed working with Shannon during the purchase of my home. She always answered my calls and questions. She was very helpful and i began to see her as a friend.

Sandy Davies - Venice, FL

Tom, Thank you for the kind words. We consider ourselves very fortunate to have found you to handle the sale of our parents home. Your extensive area contacts for handymen, plumbers, painters, junk removal etc, were a perfect fit for us as out of town sellers trying to manage the sale of a home needing a bit of "love" from far away. We have remarked several times about how easy you made all of this for us and particularly appreciate your staying in frequent almost daily contact-with good news or bad. Frankly, I have no idea what we would have done in several instances without you. I am a district sales manager to (20) truck dealers in 5 states, all with multiple salespeople.I will share this experience with them in the future as a shining example of sales professionalism. If you ever need a reference or a dose of icy winter weather, please don't hesitate to call!

MM - Farmington MI

David and I have enjoyed working with you in selling my sister's house. We certainly did not expect to get it sold in such a quick time frame, considering the housing market. We were impressed with your integrity and pleasantness. I was particularly impressed with your donations to the charities.

Loretta F. - Sommerville, Massachusetts

We purchased a condo with Arlene’s help. She is willing to bend over backwards to serve a client. We were only in town to make the offer and then had to go back north. Arlene was on top of the entire process: helping with questions we had about how things are done in FL (ex. with a title agency vs. an attorney), the home inspection, any questions we had about anything, checking to make sure little things we asked for in the contract were done, attending the final walk-through and the closing. We have purchased three houses over the years, Arlene provided the best and most professional service. We would recommend and Arlene Smith to anyone wanting to purchase property in the Venice area.

Linda Banas

Matt sold our house within 24 hours. He listed it at a price much higher than we were going to. He had a plan that sounded reasonable if the listing turned out too high so we went with him. Imagine our surprise when it sold at that price so quickly. Matt is personable and very professional. Thank you. Linda and Jack

Linda & Jack - Boulder, Colorado

If you want to sell or buy real estate, Wayne Welsh Is the agent you want to work with. Wayne is a real estate professional; he worked with my brother and I from beginning to end on selling our property. Our mother passed away and neither of us knew what had to be done to prepare or sell her house. Wayne met with us immediately and worked hand in glove with us throughout the process. Wayne researched the current real estate environment and recommended ad selling price. his experience in the field allowed him to answer all our questions and to make recommendations on how to prepare the house to show best. With Wayne's guidance, advice, customer service, and proactive approach our house sold in a troubled financial environment in a timely fashion I highly recommend Wayne and his staff of professionals to anyone interested in acquiring or selling any parcel of real estate.

Dana & Carol Y. - Jacksonville, FL

Very professional and makes the whole process extremely easy! Especially for a first time buyer or seller.

Kara Pecora - Venice, FL

Tom made our home hunting easy, he was with us every step of the way and through our extensive search kept sight of our goals even when, on occasions, we waivered from them. He was thorough, professional and considerate throughout and helped us find a home suited to our needs. Thank you Tom

Paul and Wendy Wyles - Brisbane Austrailia

On 4/17 /17 you requested permission to use a phrase found on my website. I was flattered and responded in the affirmative. I meant to write this message sooner. Apologies. I was very impressed with the integrity that motivated a request over such a small item. In my experience, those that operate on the highest moral plane for the little things, most likely do so on the bigger things to. I'm guessing your clients already know that about you, but if not, please feel free to add my comments to your testimonials. You may give out my phone number or email so any interested can verify the legitimacy of this endorsement for themselves. Best to you and yours.

Mike F. - California Appraiser

We were most fortunate to be connected to Tom through Zillow. His dedication to our search for a condo in the Venice area started prior to our arrival. While in FL he devoted his entire time until we found a property right for us. His knowledge of real estate and attention to detail, as well as the follow up with regard to our questions and concerns provided us with a very rewarding experience. We would definitely recommend Tom to others looking for real estate in the Venice area.

Marjorie & Michael Therrien - Loudon, New Hampshire

Michelle is super talented and is not afraid to think “out of the box” to bring buyers to the table. She made what normally is a stressful time much more pleasant. I highly recommend her!

Theresa Ludwig - Nokomis FL

Hi, Jim: We are very pleased with our manufactured home in Sandalwood Park, Venice. We have done some painting and some redecorating, and the carpet cleaned like a champ, as you said it should. You know, we were a little nervous having you represent our interests in the purchase since you were the Listing Agent as well. But we must admit that we couldn't have been better represented with a single buyers agent. We really appreciated that you acted so fairly throughout and never made us feel like the owner was your favorite. Thanks again for all your efforts in getting us a home in our favorite Park!

John & Shirley - Palatine, FL

Donna helped me purchase my first home many years ago.  She was attentive, proactive, energetic, and honest; everything you would want in a realtor!  I have reccommended Donna to many buyers and sellers over the years and all have been happy with the service she provided. 

Kelly Juers

Lueanne, we feel so blessed to have you handling our home purchase on Venice Island. You seriously are one of the most professional, kind and caring women we have known. I hope you know that we consider you a friend too and we appreciate that you have guided us through the process of purchasing this home. Its truly amazing that you sold us our condo about 20 years ago and now we have met up again. Talk about hitting the jackpot. Also, thank you for listing our waterfront lot on Venice Island. We know we are in excellent hands.

Mike and Debbie McMullen - LaSalle Michigan

Thank you for your valued assistance in the selling process of our parent's home in Venice, Florida. You impressed me from the initial interview through to the completion of the sale. Your ability to identify what needed to be done to prepare the home for market was "spot on". I'm convinced that the sale of our home in under 90 days on the market is a measure of what your efforts helped produce. We chose you because we perceived that you possessed superior market knowledge and a persistent approach to marketing our property. Our perception was accurate. When unanticipated hurdles were inserted by the likes of home inspectors and lending agencies, you were able to create solutions. We are satisfied enough to rate your performance as a 10 out of 10.

Bill G. - Omaha, Nebraska

We would like to let you know about the terrific experience we had with real estate agent, Matt Ritter. We made a purchase on a short sale condo in Punta Gorda, FL from our hometown in Joliet, IL. He went way above and beyond expectations in helping us make this purchase happen. He handled all the closing for us while we were still in IL, as well as so much paperwork, emails, etc. We have purchased 5 other homes over the years and can honestly say that he was the best real estate agent we ever worked with. He also handled the purchase of our daughter's home in Venice, FL and made that bank-owned purchase work for them. Needless to say, if we hear of anyone looking for a real estate agent, we will recommend Matt and your agency to them. Thanks again for everything.

Don & Phyllis A. - Joliett, Illinois

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