Lauren was wonderful in helping with the purchase of my condo. I haven’t bought any real estate in 29 years. She walked me through step by step and answered all my questions. She was honest with me and advised me well. She negotiated some extras in the contract. I took possession in less than three weeks.
Mike, we can’t thank enough for your help in making our purchase go smoothly. It was a pleasure working with you. If we decide to sell we will definitely want to reach out to you, and if we know someone who is looking to buy or sell we will send them your way. Thanks again for your assistance!
Lauren had been sending me Emails of Condos within my budget for the past two years, in what looked to be, nice Senior Developments in Bradenton, Florida 7 or so miles from Bradenton Beach. I am a 66 year old, friendly, disabled Senior, so living in a “friendly” development, with a heated pool was a major consideration for me. I told her I did not want an old condo that I had to refurbish. I am divorced and do not have the luxury of having a man to refinish or repair an old dated apartment, and so, she showed me two really nice condos that looked to be recently refurbished. I loved them as soon as I walked in the door. Now all I have to do is furnish and clean them (oh, she also supplied me with the name of a cleaning woman) and enjoy the winter months free of SNOW, in the heated pool only feet from my building!!!!. The price was what I could afford, as I am on Social Security Disability with a small pension, so I was fortunate that she had condos within my price range. I am certain these condos will not be available next year; as I am noticing prices are going up in So. Florida. Northerners are sick of the freezing winters and the snow. I have now recommended Lauren to family members and others interested in buying Condos in South Sarasota. She has already communicated with them. They are also about to retire, but are very fortunate enough to have much more funds than I. One being an M.D., the other had her own business for many years. I am hoping that Lauren can talk them into a nice place in Sarasota…..near the beach, which is where my sister, a Nurse Practitioner wants to live. I would love to have my family members and friends nearby, in which case, I would move to my little condo permanently. Lauren has a nice personality and has patience. She is a perfect Realtor. She is not pushy, if you know what I mean. I am recommending Lauren to anyone who is interested in living near Bradenton or Sarasota. She has become my little friend, and
I hope to remain friends with Lauren, as I shall be living down in Bradenton in my nice new refurbished condo for 3-4 months of the winter, and I can thank Lauren for that. She has also given me information with regard to where to buy furniture, how to get to the beach, stores that sell this and that etc. She has been a hugh help to me. I think she is terrific.
Sincerely, Christina L., RN-Retired/disabled
Bought a Condo home in 2019 in Venice, FL.
Kathleen is professional, knowledgeable, personable, and devoted . I bought a condo in Venice , Fl. She made the whole process seamless , and easy. If Kathleen didn’t have the answer , she got it , in a very timely manner. I plan to use Kathleen in any future real estate matters , and highly recommend her
Lauren was great to work with! I loved her enthusiasm and eagerness to help me find the perfect tropical home! She was very patient with me, even after submitting three different home offers, and doing three home inspections. My beautiful, South Venice home is just minutes from the South Venice ferry. I could not be happier. I love having the beach so close and convenient for taking in a quick evening sunset. I cannot express how thankful I am to Lauren for taking care of all my paperwork. Her attention to detail was FABULOUS! It was difficult to continual sneak away from my full-time marketing job while still living in Minnesota. After meeting Lauren once, I completely trusted her to handle all of my home transaction needs. Being 1,600 miles away,I needed an agent I could respect and trust! Lauren went above and beyond, and attended all of my home inspections without me, and provided excellent referrals. Her referred mortgage company was a pleasure to work and qualified me in no time. The local insurance company was also a great fit for my needs. They gave me great home rates, and they now cover my car too!
Bought a home in 2019 in Venice, Fl
I really don’t like to tell a story before the ending, but our realtor, Kathleen Stansfield, continues to provide an outstanding level of service even AFTER we contracted to have a home built in Venice, Florida. Kathleen was recommended by friends who wanted to buy a home prior to their actual move from NY. Our friends said, “you are going to love her!” They were right! When I called Kathleen from NY, I let her know that we were planning on retiring and moving from to Florida in the future, that we were not ready to buy for another couple of years, that we’d be visiting some friends on the Gulf side, and would appreciate meeting with her. I let her know that we were hoping to get a feel for the area and hoped she could show us a variety of property types and tell us about the Venice area, even though we were “just looking.” From that first phone call, she proved herself to be honest, caring, and extremely attentive, staying She within the parameters we had given her. Kathleen gave me a quick overview of what the Florida market was and immediately started to send us listings, none of which exceeded our price point. Once we arrived in Florida and met with her, her service expertise went into overdrive. She was NEVER pushy, but allowed us to realize that our original expectations required some adjustments. Kathleen gave us all the information necessary to make informed decisions as to what type of home would best suit us, and where-and-when we would actually purchase. We fell in love with the Venice area, made adjustments to our budget and time frame, and decided to purchase immediately, instead of waiting. At every turn, Kathleen made it very clear that WE were her priority. Through the whole house-hunting experience, Kathleen was a combination of friend, comedian, advisor, tour-guide, and hostess. I like to think that we’re her most favorite clients, but she let me know that she treats everyone the same (but I think she likes us best!) Since contracting to have our home built at Islandwalk at the West Villages, Kathleen is always available and has continued to provide a level of service that exceeds what anyone could want in a realtor. She goes out of her way to know her product inside and out. Even though our home is not due to be completed until the fall, she has been on-site for home pre-drywall inspections, and has made outstanding recommendations for other contractors. At no point did we feel like she was a salesperson. i may need to post some future chapters! If you are looking to buy a property in Kathleen’s geographic area of service, I would strongly encourage you to consider calling her. You will not be disappointed.
Extremely pleased with the service Mike provided. From his suggestions of how to have the house ready for showings, his weekly updates and detailed MLS listing
Since we lived out of town he made sure the home was clean and no mechanical issues were ever present. Definitely five stars.
Hi Mike and Anita,
I can’t help but think about you guys all the time, because we love our new house! It is the perfect fit for us (and all the animals)!
I am so grateful for you guys sticking with me until we found the right one. I don’t know about you, but I was starting to lose faith that we were ever going to find something that met my long list of criteria and in my price range. I am sure it was trying for you to let me figure out for myself that what I really wanted a quality house in a good neighborhood rather than a bargain deal. It is such a relief to not have to deal with fixing or replacing anything. We have had no problems since we moved in. I am continually surprised with the high quality of the appliances, tile, cabinets, counters, pool, lanai, everything!. Thank you Mike for being my substitute for the inspection. It was reassuring to have someone I trust to be here and able to answer all my questions about results. I feel confident that I won’t need to replace anything in the near future.
This neighborhood is wonderful. I have already had three neighbors come over to introduce themselves and offer their support and advice about local services (from art shows to tai chi to vets). Logan (my dog) and I go for a walk every morning at the beautiful community preserve about two blocks away.
I have a beautiful view of the pool from my bedroom window. I go swimming every day and enjoy looking at all my beautiful trees as I float around. It’s the life I was dreaming of when I was wrapped in my coat in Baltimore last winter. Our “great room” is perfect. I can cook, work on the computer and watch TV all at the same time.
We will always consider you both our first friends in Florida. Thank you so much.
Mike worked tirelessly to help us find a home in Venice. Our requirements were very specific and our budget was capped so when Mike found us the house we wanted we decided to finance a part of the cost. Mike not only found us the house we really wanted he also assisted us by recommending a local lender that allowed us to obtain the financing we needed. All things said, Mike did a great job as he only showed us homes that fit our criteria and he helped us avoid homes of dubious quality. If you get a chance to work with Mike you should take it.
Lauren Ward is a perky professional. she was extremely helpful and as excited as I was when we found my dream house. I would only want to by a house from someone as enthusiastic as Lauren.