Start Your Home Search Here

New Search X

Advanced Search

Gulf Shores Realty 3D Showcase

View our 3D Showcase  which uses Matterport® Technology and experience homes as if you were actually walking through them. A revolutionary tool that offers a full 360 degree view that captures images and depth. Take a self—guided tour 24/7, view the furnished floorplan,  or a 3D model of the home. Buyers love it! Sellers should insist on it! Say goodbye to Virtual Tours. Gulf Shores Realty brings you the future of real estate TODAY!  List your home with Gulf Shores Realty and we will provide a complimentary 3D Showcase Tour.


Gulf Shores Realty


The best name in Southwest Florida Real Estate


Gulf Shores Realty 3D Showcase Gulf Shores Realty 3D Showcase View our 3D Showcase and experience homes as if you were actually walking through them. A revolutionary tool that offers a full 360 degree view that captures images and depth. Literally walk through the home. Take a self—guided tour 24/7. Buyers love it! Sellers should insist on it! Say goodbye to Virtual Tours. Gulf Shores Realty brings you the future of real estate TODAY! Venice Florida Real Estate Southwest Florida Real Estate Gulf Shores Realty offers the finest in Venice Real Estate, Sarasota Real Estate and quality homes for sale along the SW Florida Gulf Coast. is your one source for all your real estate needs.

Searching for Venice FL homes for sale or Sarasota homes, we have assembled a team of the best REALTORS® in the area to assist you.

Custom SearchMore About Us

We're here to help YOU!

Find out how

Money Matters

Find out where you stand ...

Compare your home to others in your neighborhood, Calculate your Mortgage, and find a Lender.

Get Started!

Up-To-Date Community Information

There's So Much to Explore in Southwest Florida

At Gulf Shores Realty, we know more than just real estate. We pride ourselves in being experts in Venice and the surrounding area. This site has been designed to be a hub of information about local communities, exciting events, and unforgettable adventures in Southwest Florida's stunning natural surroundings.

Learn More About the Venice Area

Our Testimonials

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

Cathy & Jeff G. - Fairfield, CT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lisa, Michael & Alex R. - Trumbull, CT

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

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 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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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 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.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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!


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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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 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

Ellen is great at understanding what you want in your next home. She helped me a lot in finding my single family house in Venice recently. She asks questions and listens to what you consider important and necessary for your house. I enjoyed working with her and you can trust her to work with you to the end of the sale.

Mary Palermo - Venice, FL

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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 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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

Gulf Shores Realty

How to find us

211 Tamiami Trail S.
Venice, FL, 34285

981 Ridgewood Ave.
Venice, FL, 34285

Contact Us