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(941) 320 6615
Esti Baughen grew up in Exeter, England and moved to London where she attended the London School of Contemporary Dance before working as a professional dancer.
Together with her husband, Esti relocated to Manhattan where she established and ran a children’s clothing company. Together with a business partner, she designed, manufactured, and marketed a range of children’s fashions, before having a son and daughter of her own. Needing to escape from NYC periodically, the family purchased a vacation home in Sarasota and in 1999 decided to make it their fulltime residence.
Having invested in property in both London and New York, Esti realized the huge potential of investing in Florida real estate and set about building an investment portfolio. This, coupled with her natural enthusiasm and bubbly personality, led her to a career in real estate.
A licensed REALTOR® since 2002, Esti has enjoyed much success and brings creativity and tenacity to the most difficult transactions. Her clients appreciate her extensive experience, market knowledge sense of humor and passion for Sarasota living. She prides herself on providing unparalleled service and develops long-term relationships with her customers. Her firsthand knowledge of the immigration and relocation process, and the steps and potential pitfalls involved in moving overseas, give her a unique insight and understanding when working with clients from other countries.
Esti lives in Sarasota with her husband, where she plays tennis, enjoys local art and cultural activities, the Sarasota Ballet, and indulges her own artistic talents by making jewelry.
We got great personalized service. Esti took time to understand our needs and to research properties that would meet our requirements. Her local knowledge of the Sarasota and Bradenton area was a big advantage, and she was able to show a range of properties that really gave us a good sense of the housing market. She moved quickly to meet our tight timeframes and kept us updated when we were back in the UK. We now have a lovely home in Florida that is serving us well as both a rental and holiday home.
Alistair and Helen Lloyd, U.K.
Esti continues to invest in her education and has earned these credentials:
SRES Senior Real Estate Specialist
(630) 464 6519
JoAnn Shakon was born in New York, raised in Oregon where she graduated from the University of Oregon, and then moved to Chicago where she spent most of her adult life.
JoAnn’s career in finance was marked by setting new standards. She was the first woman, and the youngest partner of the largest specialist firm on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, and one of first female traders on the Chicago Board Option Exchange, Working in this demanding environment, where your word really is your bond, JoAnn was known for her professionalism, integrity and high ethical standards. She traded for 15 years until she took a break to raise her daughter and son.
Looking for a new challenge, JoAnn furthered her education at College of DuPage and then established and built a successful horticultural business, which she ran until 2015 when she was drawn to realize her dream of coastal living. Leaving the winters behind, she moved to Sarasota.
A definite “people person”, JoAnn has put those skills to work in her real estate business. Combined with her love of numbers, fast thinking, and negotiating skills, learned in the early years of her career, she brings the perfect balance of caring, experience, knowledge and skills to any real estate transaction. She is also a Certified Intrinsic Feng Shui Professional and a member of the International Feng Shui Guild.
One of College of DuPage’s core values is Serving Our Region, Connecting Our World, and JoAnn personifies this. She is an active member of Rotary International, and when she’s not busy fundraising she finds time to enjoy all our community has to offer: walks on the beach, art, culture and fine wines and food. JoAnn lives in Lakewood Ranch with her Portuguese water dog, Beauregard.
This was the best and most seamless purchase I ever experienced. There are no words to fully describe the security felt with JoAnn’s knowledge and her availability whenever needed. JoAnn is a true professional and role model for her industry. If I need to sell or buy a home in the future, JoAnn will be the only call.
Sandra Paynor, Tennessee
JoAnn’s thirst for knowledge and desire to be at the top of her profession have led her to achieve the following credentials:
CIPS Certified International Property Specialist
GRI Graduate, REALTOR® Institute
RSPS Resort and Second Home Property Specialist
SRES Senior Real Estate Specialist
CIFSP Certified Intrinsic Feng Shui Professional
(941) 961 0226
Jill Gould is a Sarasota native. A rare find in a growing city that draws residents from around the U.S.A. and the rest of the world. A graduate of Sarasota High School, and growing up as the daughter of a local judge, you could say Jill knows our area from many angles. She left her home town to attend George Mason University, in Fairfax, Virginia, where she graduated with a degree in psychology, and put this to good work while serving as an officer in the United States Army, with tours in the Pentagon and overseas.
A world traveler, but with a deep appreciation for our community and the outdoor lifestyle it offers, it wasn’t long before Jill found her way back to Sarasota. Returning in 2008, she decided to put her passion for customer service to work and established a custom concierge business, offering a range of services to local residents and absentee homeowners.
Real estate was a natural choice for Jill’s next career. Her management skills, tenacity and determination to do a great job are all qualities that will ensure her continued success.
Jill and her husband, a general contractor who has worked on many local building projects, have four grown sons. They share their Sarasota home with two horses and two Australian shepherd dogs and enjoy the country life: walking, cycling and horseback riding with regular visits to Siesta Key beach.
Lily Chen Kokoefer
(941) 320 2698
Lily Chen Kokoefer was born and raised in Guiyang, a beautiful mountain city in the South West of China. She graduated with an accounting degree from the University of Guizhou, and embarked upon a career as a supply chain manager in Shenzen and then Guangzhou.
Mastering the English language was an early priority in Lily’s life, and this was put to good use when she relocated to Sarasota in 2001. Playing to her strengths Lily, established a business to help U.S. companies source products in China, and her desire to deliver top quality service afforded her the opportunity to travel frequently between U.S.A. and China. Her customer list grew quickly to include clients from other English-speaking countries: Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom. Not content with building a successful business, Lily returned to school part-time and earned a second degree in International Business from the University of South Florida.
A high achiever and seasoned businesswoman, Lily values her honesty and integrity, and prides herself on her talents for negotiation, problem solving and “always doing the right thing”. All great attributes she brings to her real estate business.
Lily is also an accomplished artist and is actively engaged in Sarasota’s art community, and she works to promote Chinese language and culture studies locally too. She is a cat lover, and enjoys cooking, movies, travel, music, and gardening. She lives in Sarasota with her husband and young son.
Lily is very professional, and great to work with, highly recommended
Nalzire Soares, Sarasota
Lily continues to invest in her education and has earned these credentials:
CIPS Certified International Property Specialist
Julie (Jules) Phillips
(425) 772 2231
Born and raised in the Seattle area, Julie (Jules) Phillips earned her degree in Elementary Education from Washington State University and went on to achieve a Masters in Special Education.
After completing her college education, Jules worked abroad at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, Rota Naval Base in Spain and at NATO in Belgium. She was employed as a program coordinator, heading a team of 13 staff who implemented a range of educational programs for more than 300 children. She deeply enjoyed her leadership role as well as the opportunity to create relationships with families from various cultures and backgrounds.
Upon her return to U.S.A. Jules put her marketing and design skills to work in the real estate industry. She quickly became a REALTOR®, and attributes her success to a passion for the industry, and her drive to find the perfect fit for her clients. She worked in the fast-moving Seattle property market before relocating with her fiancé to his hometown of Sarasota. Drawn to Sarasota’s coastal living and opportunities to indulge her love for the outdoors and watercolor painting.
Jules has traveled extensively and loves meeting new people from all walks of life. Her motto is “Make It Happen” and she puts that to the test each day in her real estate business and the creative and administrative work she performs for Your Global Agents team, where she brings a millennial’s perspective to all she does.
Jules loves cooking, CrossFit, and anything that will get her outside!