Here is just a small selection of testimonials we have received from satisfied customers over the years.
"We have worked closely with Carla Rayman Kidd and Patricia Tan as trusted partners for a few years now. We value their professional approach in everything they do when they help Canadians find their Florida dream home. As Certified International Property Specialists, they are knowledgeable about cross border issues, and they have an in depth understanding of the U.S. real estate market."
Alain Forget, Cross Border Segment Director, RBC Bank, Canada
"Our experience with JoAnn Shakon, as our Realtor, in the search for our retirement home in the Sarasota/Bradenton area was ALL positive. JoAnn was so patient with us as our requirements morphed throughout the process. She always greeted us with a smile and supported us without question as we searched many different areas and communities We are so grateful to JoAnn for her dedication to the process and personal attention to both our needs and our angst about a very stressful, cross country move. She was so helpful during the search as well as after the deal was closed. Overall, dealing with JoAnn was a wonderful experience for both of us."
Bill and Lucy Power, Massachusetts
"We had the pleasure to work with Patricia Tan for 5 years as we planned our retirement in Florida from New Jersey. We found Pat to be one of the most knowledgeable and caring realtors we have ever had the pleasure to work with. After being referred to her by a mutual friend, Pat quickly understood what our needs and tastes were and showed us a number of potential residences in both Bradenton and Sarasota. We found a home that we truly love, and with her guidance, we purchased it at a very favorable price. After closing on the home, Pat served as our rental agent and she helped oversee the property in our absence and kept the home in splendid condition. We wholeheartedly, without reservation, recommend Pat to any prospective buyer of properties in Sarasota and Manatee Counties."
John & Susan Quartarone, New Jersey
"When many think of a Real Estate broker, you may think of the old fashioned, impatient sales person who will try to sell a home to you, whether or not it is what you want. Fortunately the broker I chose never conducted business in that old fashioned mindset. Carla Rayman Kidd is an outstanding and very patient person. She is an excellent listener and guided me to find my perfect new home. Being widowed just over a year ago, I had realized I needed some changes in my life. Carla knew just how to handle my situation and knows every detail to make the transaction smooth and worry free. Truly professional and interested in her career, always contacts you back soon and she remained calm. What a pleasure to be treated so well and have completed a very special new home purchase. Respectfully submitted from a very happy client,"
Carolyn S. Stamler, Sarasota
"We got great personalized service from Esti Baughen. She 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.
"Our family are very grateful to Patricia Tan and Jill Gould for their expertise and professionalism in selling my parents’ home. We were impressed with your diligence and thoroughness throughout the entire process. Additionally, you were so patient and kind in helping my parents understand and manage their expectations."
Leslee Stollberg, Texas
"I have worked with Lily Chen Kokoefer on several different projects. She has a tremendous understanding of how to conduct business both domestically and internationally. Her positive attitude makes it easy to collaborate with her. She can get the deal done when others cannot."
Byron Howell, Sarasota
"Lily Chen Kokoefer is very professional, and great to work with, highly recommended."
Nalzire Soares, Sarasota
"Patricia Tan and Carla Rayman Kidd are true professionals. They recently assisted with the sale of a home as part of a probate proceeding (estate sale). From the initial meeting through the closing they made sure things ran smoothly. Anytime I emailed or called they responded quickly. I appreciated their experience and advice on how best to sell the home and setting a price. I highly recommend them and will use them in the future."
Attorney Whitney G, Bradenton
"We have been involved with dozens of Realtors over the many years we have moved from place to place. Patricia Tan’s knowledge and insight of the Sarasota real estate market is incredible, far exceeding what we have come to expect from the world of Realtors. This combined with her gentle and personal touch with clients puts her way at the top of our list of very special Realtors. She will be the Number One and only one on our list when asked for Sarasota Realtor recommendations."
Joel and Barbara Zimmerman, California
"This was the best and most seamless purchase I ever experienced. There are no words to fully describe the security felt with JoAnn Shakon’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
"I have been doing business with Lily Chen Kokoefer for over 10 years and she has been great to work with. Responds to any inquiry fast and is very knowledgeable with overseas products. I look forward continuing our relationship in many years to come."
Jonathan Rothschild, Texas
"Patricia Tan is one of the best agents I have come across in Florida. She is hugely knowledgeable about the market, her local areas, and also extremely helpful to deal with on every occasion. Being the sort of person who will go that extra mile, buyers who have found a property through Pat, and I have met many over the years, have been full of praise."
Liz Rowlinson, Editor of A Place in the Sun magazine, U.K.
"Through contributions to our magazine and a presence at our exhibitions, both as a valued panelist on seminars and as an exhibitor, Patricia Tan has become a highly respected representative of Florida’s property market in the U.K. She demonstrates that precious ability of being able to identify and address customers’ exact needs, gain their confidence and treat them as individuals and not just another deal."
Richard Way, Former Editor of A Place in the Sun magazine, U.K.
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