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REALTOR Reviews for Gulf Shores Realty

Gulf Shores Realty staff are knowledgable, professional, and go out of their way to make our home buying experience a great one!  I have purchased two homes from Gulf Shores Realty and highly recommend Broker Wayne Welsh and his team.

Harry HDallas, Texas

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Debi W.
Debi W.
Venice, Florida

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!!

Mart S
Mart S
Sarasota, 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.

Art & Lorraine H.
Art & Lorraine H.
Aiken, South Carolina

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.

Ed & Gretchen L.
Ed & Gretchen L.
Venice, Florida

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.

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

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.

Tim and Tammi H.
Tim and Tammi H.
Westerville, 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.

Fred and Lucy M.
Fred and Lucy M.
Lake George, New York

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.

Bill G.
Bill G.
Omaha, Nebraska

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.

John B.
John B.
Murphy, North Carolina

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.

Loretta F.
Loretta F.
Somerville, Massachusetts

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.

Lisa and Chris D.
Lisa and Chris D.
Sarasota, Florida

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.

Dana and Carol Y.
Dana and Carol Y.
Jacksonville, Florida

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.

Greg and Jacquie B.
Greg and Jacquie B.
London, Ontario, Canada

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.

Matt and Chris B.
Matt and Chris B.
Mulberry, Indiana

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.

Vinny K. and Geri N.
Vinny K. and Geri N.
Salisbury Mills, New York

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.

Steve H.
Steve H.
Lake Orion, Michigan

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, knowledgable, 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 and Brenda B.
Steve and Brenda B.
Petersburg, Virginia

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.

Don and Phyllis A.
Don and Phyllis A.
Joliet, Illinois

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.

Jeff and Sharon D.
Jeff and Sharon D.

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.

Marilyn
Marilyn
Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom

My name is Marilyn and I live in Nottinghamshire, UK. My husband Jim and I had been considering purchasing a holiday home.
We decided on the West coast and began searching for properties via the internet. I attempted to register on sites and email realtors in Florida.

Most of the sites I tried insisted on a telephone number, but would not accept an English number format. Gulf Shores Reality was one of the few I was able to easily access and their site is informative and easy to use.On our arrival in Venice, Julie from Gulf Shores Realty kept in touch and guided us through our purchase from viewing to closure.We would like to thank Wayne and Julie for answering our numerous questions, and for making our purchase so easy. We are now excited owners of a condo in Venice and can’t wait to return to our holiday home, already booked for the end of the year.

Thank you again Gulf Shores Realty.

Marlene G.
Marlene G.
Venice, Florida

Working with Pam of Gulf Shores Realty was a lesson in effective marketing. Wow! The HD video tour married the highlights of our home with the attributes that the Venice community has to offer. It worked! The house sold in 2-1/2 weeks. Everything was explained clearly from the get go. Pam was very professional, knowledgeable, right on top of things, and incredibly responsive. Can't say I would change anything.

Great customer service -- it truly begins with that, first and always.

Keith H.
Keith H.
North Carolina

I would like to express my true appreciation for the efforts put forth by Pamela Starr. I am recently relocated from North Carolina and was in search of a home in or around Venice, Fla. I contacted Gulf Shores Realty in hopes of being connected with someone to assist me in my efforts. I did not know at the time what a great decision I had made. I was introduced to Pamela and we spent some time inside the office determining what I was looking for. We looked at numerous homes and finally I settled on one that I felt would be a great home for us in our retiring years.
Pam was tireless with her communications, sometimes well into the night. She was the voice of reason a few times when I would get frustrated with particular items and calmed me to the point of reasoning. We love our new home and I am overwhelmed at Pam's involvement and true dilligence on behalf of her Clients. We shall forever remember your efforts Pam and should the need arise, not hesitate to recommend your services to our friends.

Jeff D.
Jeff D.

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.

Tim M.
Tim M.

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!

Ralph G.
Ralph G.

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 KNOWLEDGABLE, ON TIME, AND GOOD HUMOURED. Time was never an issue. I will always be happy to return to your office.

Maggie M.
Maggie M.

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.

Gary G. and Georgia C.
Gary G. and Georgia C.

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 S.
Gary S.

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.

Scott L.
Scott L.
Sarasota, Florida

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.
Scott L.
Sarasota, Florida

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.

Leslie J.
Leslie J.

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!

Belinda G.
Belinda G.

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!

T. Klein
T. Klein

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!

Debbie G.
Debbie G.

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!

Sara and John W.
Sara and John W.

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.

Wonderful Agents At Gulf Shores Realty
Wonderful Agents At Gulf Shores Realty
Victoria Jennings

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

James and Beverly K.
James and Beverly K.

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.

Jack
Jack
Englewood, Florida

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.

Julie and Barry
Julie and Barry
West Friendship, Maryland

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.

Phil and Linda Barry
Phil and Linda Barry

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.

Scott and Mari Bosch
Scott and Mari Bosch

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.

James and Beverly Kochan
James and Beverly Kochan

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.

Billy & Katie
Billy & Katie
Cary, North 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.

Linda & Jack
Linda & Jack
Boulder, Colorado

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

Rob & Mandy
Rob & Mandy
Venice, Florida

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!

David B.
David B.
Cumberland, Maine

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.

Cynthia L.
Cynthia L.
Bridgeport, CT

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.

Always,

Maryann and Jeff S.
Maryann and Jeff S.
Trumbull, CT

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.

Always,

Carol and Carl R.
Carol and Carl R.
Trumbull, CT

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.

Cathy and Jeff G.
Cathy and Jeff G.
Fairfield, CT

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

Steve and Liz F.
Steve and Liz F.
Bridgeport, CT

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,

MaryJane and Jeff M.
MaryJane and Jeff M.
Fairfield, CT

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.

Lisa, Michael, and Alex R.
Lisa, Michael, and Alex R.
Trumbull, CT

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

Grace, Bruce, Claire and Olivia T.
Grace, Bruce, Claire and Olivia T.
Fairfield, CT

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

Mark and Marlene D
Mark and Marlene D
CT/FL

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.

Trish & Tom
Trish & Tom
Venice, Florida

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.

Jim & Judy
Jim & Judy
Buckeye Lake, Ohio

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.

Ian & Jane
Ian & Jane
Buntingford Herts, England

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.

T & J S
T & J S

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!

PS
PS

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!

MSN
MSN

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.

J. McM
J. McM
Venice, Florida

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” !

D. & R.
D. & R.
Venice, FL

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.

J & B
J & B
Nokomis, Florida

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.

A & M
A & M
North Port, Florida

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.

Mugsie and Jay
Mugsie and Jay
Venice, Florida

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.

Bernie
Bernie
Venice, Florida

I selected Steve Martin Smith to sell my house in Stoneybrook at Venice based on his marketing expertise and solid plan to market my property. My confidence was justified, as Steve sold my house within 60 days at one of the highest prices within the 1,800-home development. Steve also aided me in finding just the right development in which to build a new home and in negotiating the price. Steve is professional and was highly attentive and responsive to my needs. The results speak for themselves.

Kitty
Kitty
Venice Florida

I am sharing my experience of our home selling process which I have to admit was made effortless because my husband and I chose the best Realtor in the area. We had decided way before starting this event to interview a few agents for the right fit. She or he had to be working exclusively for our benefit to receive the best market price as could be fetched for our beautiful home. Upon meeting Steve Martin Smith we knew he was the one and have not regretted the choice we made. Steve Martin Smith and Gulf Shores Realty on Venice Island were extremely professional, honest, truthful, and friendly all while setting up and getting ready for the market. Once everything came together it all happened quickly…they knew exactly what they were doing from staging, to the background checking, and all the particulars to complete the process. Steve Martin Smith, his wife and Gulf Shores Realty were terrific, we highly recommend them. And while downsizing was the goal to begin with, Steve Martin Smith assisted in this process too. He is a man of many talents, my husband and I are very glad he loves his job as a Realtor.
– Kitty from Venice

Tom
Tom
Venice Florida

We contacted Steve to help us find a home for my elderly mother. Steve was very quick to respond and within hours of our initial contact he had several homes for us to view that met our criteria. Steve’s communication was outstanding keeping us apprised of new home listings within moments of them becoming available providing us with an MLS listing to view on line first and answering our questions before scheduling a personal tour of the homes. Steve made the entire process less stressful with his constant communication, updates and his humor. It was a real pleasure to work with Steve and he was able to guide us to the perfect house for my mom. Thank you Steve for your efforts, professionalism and for your genuine concern for my Mom’s comfort and needs.
– Tom from Venice

Nicole
Nicole
North Port Florida

I just want to say a special thank you to Steve Martin Smith for the amazing job he did in finding us our first home! As with most first time buyers, I knew little to nothing about the process. Steve is a knowledgeable and patient man! Every step of the process he was right there fighting for us. He helped us with the mortgage, inspections, drove for countless hours as we searched for our beautiful home on a small budget. Even when we lost hope because of a bad inspection, he kept our spirits up and we found an even better home! We were from out of town and expecting a real hassle. Not with Steve! I can confidently recommend his services whether you’re local or working through email. If we ever consider selling this beautiful home, Steve will be our first contact! Thank you for finding us our dream.
– Nicole

Gwenn
Gwenn
Venice Florida

Steve Martin was the realtor that assisted us when buying a new home in FL. He was invaluable during the entire process. Steve handled the purchase, settlement, orientation and walk-thru. We were not available during the closing walk thru. He did not hesitate to be there to answer any questions that we had. I would recommend him fully as a realtor to trust and handle your future purchase/sale. Steve’s professionalism and caring spirit made our new life possible.
– Gwenn from Venice

Julie
Julie
Venice Florida

I have known Steve Smith for many years and when it came time to find a new home for my mother-in-law, I knew that Steve was the right man for the job! He was quick to show us the newest opportunities on the market and worked tirelessly to help us find just the right house. His professionalism and patience were highly instrumental in guiding through a smooth transition. Thank you, Steve !
– Julie

Tracy
Tracy
North Port, Florida

I just purchased a house with Steve, while living out of state. Not only did he take the time with me from our very first phone call but he gave me the same attention through every step of the way. He listened to me on what I really wanted and I found exactly that. Steve is professional, caring and so remarkable on answering questions and concerns very quickly. I can assure anyone, working with Steve Martin Smith is a really great choice!!
– Tracy

Richard
Richard

When we began our search for a Real Estate agent my wife & I knew we would need to interview several to find a great one – not just a good one. We met – or didn’t meet – one who didn’t show up for the very first meeting; one who couldn’t provide any comparable prices for our home to be sold and in fact had done very little work in our area; one who, at an Open House, was unable to explain the features of the home she was showing; one who was showing a home with several neighbors & friends sitting around, and finally, one whose photographs and handouts at an Open House appeared to have been created by a student for a third grade project – informational but not professional.

Fortunately we met Steve Martin Smith, an agent at Gulf Shores Realty, at an Open House. We both were first impressed by his very professional appearance (first impressions are important) and then delighted by his presentation. Our goal at that time was to find a great real estate agent, not buy that particular home. His brochure was professionally designed and made an excellent impression. A day or so after meeting Mr. Smith we went to his office in downtown Venice and met Mr. Wayne Welsh, the Broker-Owner of Gulf Shores Realty. Mr. Welsh immediately dropped what he was doing, took us to his office and spent at least 20 minutes speaking about his company, their philosophy, their vision and their attention to detail. It turns out that Gulf Shores Realty, the owner, and Steve Martin Smith were EXACTLY what we had been searching for in every way. And, in fact, I can see why Gulf Shores Realty has won a variety of area business awards for the past several years.

Steve Martin Smith worked very hard for us for over two months looking for our new home. It was apparent from his very first visit to our home with his wife Katrina that his interest was first and foremost our satisfaction. Katrina Smith has the training, experience, knowledge, and design sense and she served as our property stager. We couldn’t have been happier receiving the “two for one” complete package! It is amazing to see how well they work together to deliver complete customer satisfaction.
We did find the perfect home and Mr. Smith acted as our Agent for that purchase. We then signed a contract with him for the sale of our home of 20 years. That’s when he really went to work. First we got a professional appraisal, the cost of which was later reimbursed by him. Then Katrina Smith assisted us in making our home show to its best potential. She has a terrific ability to know exactly “what goes where” and was a very good source for other ideas. Steve Martin Smith paid for a professional photographer to spend an hour or so at our home taking photos of outstanding quality, which were used to display the many fine attributes of our home. No other Real Estate agent ever even suggested using a professional photographer much less paying for it himself! Even Mr. Wayne Welsh, the Broker-Owner of Gulf Shores Realty, assisted in marketing our home by arranging aerial photographs. Our home was NOT one of those multi-million dollar homes in a gated community but it is above average (we think) but we sure received the million-dollar treatment!

In any event our home was sold in eight days. The amount of effort put in by Steve Martin Smith, Katrina Smith, Wayne Welsh, and Gulf Shores Realty was phenomenal. Their attention to detail and their professionalism were instrumental in a very rapid sale at a price we were happy with.

There are dozens of Realtors anxious to “sign you up”, list your most valued possession, and hope for the best, but few will work as hard for you as they will. I know of people who have tried to save money by selling their home by themselves but I believe that dollar for dollar, Steve Martin Smith, Katrina Smith, and Gulf Shores Realty can’t be beat. I really can’t say enough good things about the team that worked with us this summer to make a stressful and sometimes scary procedure go so well. Thanks Steve, Katrina, and Wayne.
– Richard

Josh and Mary O’Rourke
Josh and Mary O’Rourke
Denver, Colorado

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.

Janet Debuizer
Janet Debuizer
Nokomis, Florida

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.

Kaye
Kaye
Bristol, RI

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!

William
William
Raleigh, 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.

Marge
Marge
Fortville, IN

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.

John and Shirley
John and Shirley
Palatine, 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!

Mike and Barb
Mike and Barb
Silver Spring, MD

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!

Margaret
Margaret
St. Petersburg, FL

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!

Val
Val
Newport Beach, California

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!

Ilona
Ilona
Bern, Switzerland

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!

James and Barb
James and Barb
West Bloomfield, MI

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!

Glenn and Judy
Glenn and Judy
Novi, MI

We recently downsized to a Villa in PGCC and can’t say enough at the extraordinary job Mr. Bath did with selling our nearly 3000 foot home in Venice and getting us moved into our new Villa, in the midst of illness in our 2 bodies! Boxing, donating, selling, fixing, cleaning...you name it, he got it taken care of. Everytime we see him, we tell him ”We couldn’t have done it without you!”

Joanne Gawan
Joanne Gawan
Wappingers Falls, NY

Since I live out of state, I am very grateful to have found such nice real estate agents Bernard Pisaturo and his wife Holly. They were able to help me sell my property quickly.
The manner they handled everything was totally professional but at the same time was also very personal.
I felt at all times their services where there when I needed them.
Bernard and Holly are agents that I could rely on and I'm very grateful to them. I highly would recommend them to anyone who would be looking for real estate in the Venice area.

Justin and Chrissy
Justin and Chrissy
Venice, Florida

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!

Pete and Susan Deist
Pete and Susan Deist
Venice Florida

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.

Eric and Susan Wells
Eric and Susan Wells
Middletown, Delaware

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.

Jim and Kathy Colegroves
Jim and Kathy Colegroves
Ellicott City, MD

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.

Dana and Jerry Kuhn
Dana and Jerry Kuhn
Venice, Florida

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!

Carol Long
Carol Long
Venice, Florida

Pamela Starr was excellent in every way_ always patient and understanding. There were a few issues on the other end_but Pam was quick to get the facts and resolve all issues. Pam was not just my Realtor_ but now a new friend.

Linda Cool
Linda Cool
Venice Florida

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.

Nigel & Melissa Searle
Nigel & Melissa Searle
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.

Paul M. and Kathy L. Belosh
Paul M. and Kathy L. Belosh
Edinboro, Pennsylvania

We looked at the condo around 2 PM, talked with Katrina for 45 minutes, walked around the complex, returned to speak with Katrina and she sent us to Steve's office on the island. In the next 30 minutes we wrote a contract and put down a deposit. Left the office around 3:50 PM and at 5 PM received a call telling us we were the owners of our condo in Golf View. Now that's a pretty good duo of realtors that work for Gulf Shores. We are very happy and pleased with our condo and most especially with our relationship with Steve and Katrina. Thanks for your help and ability to get the job done.

David Cergnul
David Cergnul
Bloomfield Indiana

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!!!

Testimonial for Gulf Shores Realty
Testimonial for Gulf Shores Realty

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.

Erik Nelson
Erik Nelson
Clearwater Florida

Wayne Welsh was first class! He was reachable for questions throughout the whole process and contains a wealth of knowledge that he is always will to share. Made the whole home buying process a pain free one. Thanks to Wayne and Gulf Shores and recommend their services highly!

Phil and Chrissie
Phil and Chrissie
Venice, Florida

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.

Kenneth S. MacNeil Testimonial for Holly Barabas Realtor
Kenneth S. MacNeil Testimonial for Holly Barabas Realtor
Venice, Florida

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.

Bambi Snodgrass Testimonial for Elzia Phillips
Bambi Snodgrass Testimonial for Elzia Phillips
Topsfield, MA

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!

Janet and John
Janet and John
Boston, MA

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!

Betsy and Jim
Betsy and Jim
Delaware

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.

Donna and Joe
Donna and Joe
Massachusetts

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.

Jennifer and Rafael
Jennifer and Rafael
West New York, New Jersey

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.

Tom in Venice
Tom in Venice
Venice, Florida

Steve and Katrina Smith helped me find a house for my elderly mom a little over a year ago. It was a challenge to find just the right house that was move-in ready and had the amenities that she was looking for. But Steve and Katrina never got discouraged; they walked my mom through the entire process and made her feel at ease every step of the way, and even stayed in touch with her after closing to ensure she was satisfied with her purchase. So when my wife and I decided to sell our house, it was an instant decision to contact Steve and Katrina to list our house for us. It was by far the best decision we ever made; they came to the house and gave us a list of suggestions to make the house more marketable, and took care of having pictures taken and creating a 3D virtual tour of the house. The house listed on the MLS on a Friday evening and by that same Sunday we had a full-price offer on the house. We could not be more impressed with their knowledge of the market and how to make our house stand out over all the others in the area. At no time did they make us feel pressured, but they were available at any time to answer our questions and keep us feeling good about the process. If you are looking to buy or sell, I would strongly recommend the ACE TEAM of Steve and Katrina, best agents around and friends for life.

Christine in Venice
Christine in Venice
Venice, Florida

This is my 3 owned home, so my 3rd sale. And I could not be happier with the dedication Steve & Katrina had in making sure I received top dollar. Have you ever had an agent come into your home, and paint? Spend 16 hours fixing a crappy shower, (not crappy by me, but from previous owner), come to you, when you are available, even if it’s not until 10:00pm? No? I didn’t think so! Steve & Katrina work when it works for YOU, not them. They go way above & beyond the call of duty! If you are considering selling your home, make NO other call, but to Steve & Katrina! Thank you, both of you, for being who you are, two amazing hard working people! You ROCK!

Kim in Venice
Kim in Venice
Venice, Florida

Steve and Katrina are amazing!! From the moment I spoke to Steve till this day they both treat us like family!! A little back round my house hunt was difficult and we did not have a lot of time to leave our rental. Steve emailed and contacted me everyday with new listings, from searching on Sundays with my children to rushing and offering to pick up my kids from school, they did everything to make sure we met my schedule.Once we finally found a house it didn’t end our contact.I don’t know any other realtor who was waiting at the house on closing day to help clean(and I mean scrub),they even recruited the help of their daughter Nicole it was huge to me as a working mother of 3. This ended up not being a transactional relationship but a lifelong friendship. Katrina is still available to me for tips on renovations in my house and Steve has popped in my job just to say hi! I cannot express the amount of gratitude I have to them both and hands down will recommend to anyone who is looking for more than just someone to purchase/sell their home.

Mary Jeanne in Venice
Mary Jeanne in Venice
Venice Florida

Steve Martin Smith and Katrina Smith are truly the dream team of realtors. My husband, Steve and I call them Mr. & Mrs. A&B because they have gone Above and Beyond our highest expectations! Katrina totally transformed our home from drab to sparkling with her expertise in cosmetic rehab! And their top notch photographer beautifully showcased the transformation! Steve took care of all legal aspects, keeping us informed each step of the way so we had zero stress! The Smiths’ reputation for integrity, knowledge and the ultimate in service is well deserved. We will definitely call upon Steve and Katrina for all our real estate transactions!

Jodi and Chandler-Testimonial for the Ritter Property Group
Jodi and Chandler-Testimonial for the Ritter Property Group
MA
Tony Scaduto-Testimonial for Donna Vaughan
Tony Scaduto-Testimonial for Donna Vaughan
Venice, Florida

Donna was very professional. She responded to every requirement I had for a lease with a new tenant. She listed the property promptly with a very beautiful layout of property photos. The experience was a productive one in that she found a qualified and vetted tenant during a very tough marketing time the days between Thanksgiving and Christmas. I would recommend her to anyone who needs the service of a PROFESSIONAL real estate representative.

Paul Madden-Testimonial for Donna Vaughan
Paul Madden-Testimonial for Donna Vaughan
Sarasota, Florida

Donna worked for us in the capacity of the buyers agent. She is very knowledgeable and personable. This was a seamless experience start to finish. She worked tirelessly 7 days a week. We enjoyed excellent communication, PLUS, a lot of fun to be with!

Testimonial for Matthew Ritter P.A. and Jessica Ritter
Testimonial for Matthew Ritter P.A. and Jessica Ritter

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.

Bill and Sue Sofis-Testimonial for Daniel Charney and Brian Corson
Bill and Sue Sofis-Testimonial for Daniel Charney and Brian Corson
Venice, Florida

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 from Sotheby’s 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!

Testimonial for Donna Vaughan
Testimonial for Donna Vaughan

Donna is a wonderful agent to work with. She goes above and beyond to locate the right home for you based on your requests. She was always available. She even helped find us an emergency dentist during our real estate search when in Venice Fl a short time

Ron Pickard Testimonial for Sandi Ward-REALTOR
Ron Pickard Testimonial for Sandi Ward-REALTOR
Sarasota, Florida

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.

Robin Chiusano Testimonial for Sandi Ward
Robin Chiusano Testimonial for Sandi Ward
Venice, Florida

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!

Jeff and Germaine Fritz Testimonial for Sandi Ward
Jeff and Germaine Fritz Testimonial for Sandi Ward
Siesta Key

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.

Christopher Harris Testimonial for Daniel Charney and Brian Corson
Christopher Harris Testimonial for Daniel Charney and Brian Corson
St. Petersburg, Florida

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.

Colleen Easton Testimonial for Donna Vaughan
Colleen Easton Testimonial for Donna Vaughan
Sarasota Florida

Donna worked with me as the buyer's agent. I couldn't be more pleased with her knowledge and work ethic. This was a wonderful experience start to finish. She is a true professional and would definitely do business with her again.

Cyndie Hill Testimonial for Shannon Thinnes
Cyndie Hill Testimonial for Shannon Thinnes
Venice, Florida

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.

Testimonial for Realtor Shannon Thinnes
Testimonial for Realtor Shannon Thinnes
Venice, Florida

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.

Sandy Davies Testimonial for Shannon Thinnes
Sandy Davies Testimonial for Shannon Thinnes
Venice, Florida

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.

Frank and Ida Pucino Testimonial for Shannon Thinnes
Frank and Ida Pucino Testimonial for Shannon Thinnes
Venice, Florida

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.

Nancy and Ed Testimonial for Shannon Thinnes
Nancy and Ed Testimonial for Shannon Thinnes
Venice, Florida

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

Judith and Eric Testimonial for Donna Vaughan
Judith and Eric Testimonial for Donna Vaughan
Englewood, Florida

She was always ready & eager to show us houses on short notice. She was always up beat & happy. She followed up. We couldn't have been happier with Donna.

Testimonial for Shannon Thinnes by Richard Salezze
Testimonial for Shannon Thinnes by Richard Salezze
Venice, Florida

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.

Testimonial for Donna Vaughan by Ellen Garvey
Testimonial for Donna Vaughan by Ellen Garvey
Englewood, Florida

We had a very pleasant experience with Donna. She is professional, she responded promptly to our calls. We always felt well informed. The marketing materials were beautiful quality.

Donna Vaughan Testimonial by April and Brian
Donna Vaughan Testimonial by April and Brian
Venice, Florida

Very quick to respond to phone calls and questions. Pleasant personality. On time for all appointments. Did not feel pressured with this agent! Courteous and respectful.

Testimonial for Donna Vaughan by Frani Gains
Testimonial for Donna Vaughan by Frani Gains
Vence Florida

Donna gave me a wide variety of home options to view online so that I could figure out just what I was looking for. When we went to visit homes she had a list of homes with all the features that I was looking for. She guided me on the subtle features of buying a home in Florida, helped me through the entire process and was able to point out features of each area that will fit my lifestyle. I met three realtors during this process and Donna is by far the most knowledgeable, friendly, and the one that truly listened to my requests. I recommend her for your purchase!

Kevin Bedrosian Testimonial for Donna Vaughan
Kevin Bedrosian Testimonial for Donna Vaughan
Port Charlotte, Florida

Donna's attention to detail was impressive and she was willing to go the extra mile in getting the home sold. She did it much faster than I thought possible. She kept me informed all the way from beginning to the final close. I would use her again anytime.

Marjorie and Michael Therrien Testimonial for Thomas Bruno
Marjorie and Michael Therrien Testimonial for Thomas Bruno
Loudon, New Hampshire

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.

Donna Vaughan Testimonial from Lynn and Beth March
Donna Vaughan Testimonial from Lynn and Beth March
Ohio

"We were very happy with our experience with Donna Vaughan. My husband and I were interested in exploring different areas of Florida with Venice being one of them. She was very knowledgeable of the areas, listened to our needs and didn't waste our time showing us properties that were out of our price range. She also was willing to show us surrounding areas to have a comparison to Venice. Donna is very flexible and easy going which made the time spent with her enjoyable. She was very gracious with her time, never making us feel pressured or rushed. We would definitely recommend her!"

Donna Vaughan Testimonial from Jeff and Rose Disano
Donna Vaughan Testimonial from Jeff and Rose Disano
Venice, FL

I met Donna by chance on a property listed on Zillow. Her name was one of many agents and we randomly selected her. We had been looking in the Venice area for some time with another realtor and the process didn't seem to be progressing as I had hoped. Donna took on the task of getting us into a home and she worked relentlessly until we closed a deal. She responds almost instantly via text or phone call and will find the answers to all your questions. I felt she represented my interest first during the entire experience. She is truly a professional that will be able to guide you through the process with a no pressure approach.

Tom Bruno Testimonial from David and Linda Manley
Tom Bruno Testimonial from David and Linda Manley
St. Louis Missouri

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.

Shannon Thinnes Testimonial from Dr. Nelson Seidman and Dr. Ursula Seidman
Shannon Thinnes Testimonial from Dr. Nelson Seidman and Dr. Ursula Seidman
Bethel, CT

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.

Review for Ellen Brodock by Mary Palermo
Review for Ellen Brodock by Mary Palermo
Venice Florida

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.

Testimonial for Daniel Charney and Brian Corson by Gina Coughenour
Testimonial for Daniel Charney and Brian Corson by Gina Coughenour
Sarasota, Florida

"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!!!"

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