My husband and I were truly amazed at how fast Mike got our condo sold as it only took 4 days to find a buyer! And on top that Mike got us top dollar – he actually sold our condo for more than the listing price! My husband remarked “This is hard to believe, this only happens to other people”! We like Mike!
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
Dear Mike and Anita,
It’s a pleasure to write this letter to thank you for all the hard work you did in the process of buying our home in Grand Palm. You were always quick to return calls, answer questions, and advise us on matters concerning the purchase. It is no exaggeration that closing went smoothly and you led us through all things we wanted to know about living in Grand Palm! Through it all you were a realtor who was going to be a good friend. You went above and beyond and we would certainly recommend your services to anyone that is interested in buying or selling a home.
Lauren Ward has the knowledge and professionalism were looking for in a realtor to sell our home. Our home was sold in a very timely manner, actually quicker than we believed it would sell. We are very grateful Lauren walked every step with us. Her positive attitude through all the negotiations made this a pleasure. Again we are so glad to have had Lauren through this experience.
Sold a Single Family home in 2019 in Venice, FL
Hands down, Kathleen is the best dam Real Estate agent in Florida. She helped buy and sell a condo within a year with a substantial profit. Kathleen is a knowledgeable and professional RE agent period.
I learned of Joyce through a mutual friend. My wife and I decided that we wanted to move to the Venice/Englewood area. Joyce spent 10 months sending me house data based upon our stated requirements. Eventually we came down to the area and she had a list of houses that met our requirements and indeed, one house was exactly what we wanted. We bought it the day she showed it to us. Through all this she has remained always willing to go the extra mile to assure that we had all the information to make a choice based upon the facts. She is knowledgeable, cheerful and always with gracious good manners. We never felt pressured or rushed to make a decision.
Sold a Condo home in 2018 in Pinebrook, Venice, FL.
When I decided to sell my condo about a month ago (2018), Kathleen was recommended to me by someone who had rented from me for several winters. When we met for an interview, I was immediately impressed with her knowledge of the market and confidence. She gave me ideas on staging and most importantly, explained the process thoroughly. I listed with her and within a day, she had produced the most beautiful flyer for distribution and scheduled an Open House just days later. There were many guests who viewed the condo and I was set up in the system to receive notifications each day of the activity that went on. I was not at all surprised that Kathleen was the agent who wrote a contract on the condo within 10 days – we actually closed two weeks later. She is such a go-getter in negotiation skills and represented both me as the seller and the couple who bought the condo in a most efficient and fair manner. Her communication skills were beyond excellent! I really liked the concept of her real estate company, Exit Realty, as well. I have experienced working with poor and ineffective agents on other properties, so this experience with Kathleen was very refreshing and quite a simple process. Kathleen is undoubtedly one of the best agents that Venice offers!
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.
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.
Lauren was very helpful in the purchasing process of our new home in North Port. She was courteous, knowledgeable, and responsive to our needs. As information became available in the loan approval process, she kept us informed every step of the way. She was very professional on all occasions. We highly recommend her for your real estate needs