Our Raving Fans
"I am from out of state, and was faced with having to move my mother, sell most of the contents of her home, sell her van and sell her house. I called one Realty company, spilled my story and was basically dismissed. SaraBay was a business I remembered seeing signs for in my parents neighborhood, so I looked them up on the web, called them and was given to Norm. He immediately knew the area of my parents home AND even remembered meeting my father and speaking with him on a recent visit to the area. I was immediately comforted - I had just lost my wonderful dad almost a year before. Norm dove right in and researched the housing market in the area, sent me compatibles, and discussed his ideas with me. I needed help finding someone to auction/sell the contents of the house - he hooked me up with a company that was able to do that (there was over 40 years of "stuff"). I needed help with selling the van - he found someone who helped with that too. A handyman to do fixerup work - yep, Norm found that person too! His resources are endless.
This was not an easy sale - the house needed TLC, but Norm saw the potential and was willing and able to champion for it's eventual purchase.
Norm is kind, knowledgeable, considerate, and open to opposing ideas. Not to say that he is push over - he's not. One bank really socked it to us on the appraisal - Norm's tenacity in getting to the bottom of the matter was unrelenting.
Norm did not pressure me, did not demand anything from me and accepted what I could give him. There was no judgment, only understanding. Professional throughout, Norm also strived to develop a business friendship.
I don't believe I will ever need to sell a house in Florida again, nor do I believe that I will ever purchase a house in Florida, but if I were in a position to need expert knowledge of the Sarasota/Bradenton residential market - I'd call Norm. Plus I'd like to see how he is doing too! THANKS, NORM!!!!!!"
"My husband Jim and I had been snowbirds 8 years, traveling to Clearwater every summer from Louisville, KY. Our children live in Bradenton and Jim's health was not so good, so we made the decision to look for a home near them. After searching the internet, we came across SaraBay and contacted Darlene Berger who had some listings that we were interested in seeing.
Over the next few months, Darlene worked very hard to find us a home that met our every need. She called us whenever something became available on the market, and set-up showings for us, sometimes several in one day. Because of her research and persistence, she found a property that hit the market and took us to see it before the sign even made it in the yard. We knew immediately that we wanted the house, and Darlene prepared the paperwork quickly and with the utmost care to ensure the offer would go through.
The day of closing, Darlene waited patiently for the seller to arrive; her professionalism is the very best. We've had 7 wonderful years in our home thanks to Darlene's dedication."
--Chris & Jim Hardesty
We really appreciate all the extras that you have done for us. We know it wasn't a huge commission, but you saw to it that the transactions ran smoothly by keeping us well informed, either by regular e-mails or telephone calls. Living out of the country made it more of a challenge and you provided us with a lot of helpful information. We would like to commend you on your excellent performance as a real estate agent.
Ray & Renee Joly
We can't say enough good things about Norm!! Finding an honest, trustworthy and knowledgeable agent can be nearly impossible. But we found such a person in Norm. He has been showing us vacation homes in the Sarasota/Bradenton area for about 2 1/2 months now. We have not purchased one yet, but he continues to work diligently, answering our questions, sometimes leading us by the hand through the paperwork. Since we are not located in the Sarasota area, Norm takes the extra time to personally go to the properties we are interested in and take additional photos, putting his own eyes where ours cannot be and helping us to see the homes. His response is quick and thorough. He does not leave you hanging. We would highly recommend Norm Luppino if you are looking or purchasing/selling a home in the Sarasota area.
-- Jill and Glenn Flanary
Norm did a great job, Because I was looking for a lease on a condo rather than a purchase there was very little financial incentive in helping me find the best deal out there. Norm helped me as if he were selling a $500,000.00 home. He was well prepared and gave me all of the information needed to make a good decision. I would recommend Norm Luppino to everyone, no matter the size or price range. Norm is the kind of realtor everyone should get the opportunity to work with.
Norm is very personable and takes pride in what he does as a Realtor. He is always on time with his appointments and is very knowledgeable about the area. He researches and maps his viewings in order and is always prepared. He keeps you advise of all changes and is always looking for ways and means to assist you in finding what you need. I would always recommend Norm to anyone who interested in purchasing or renting a home. A very thorough individual.
Norm is the ultimate professional realtor who takes great pride in assisting his clients and I have already recommended him to my daughter and her family for their upcoming move to the Sarasota area. Norm was recommended to me by a client of mine because he really enjoyed working with Norm and I whole heartedly agree HE IS THE BEST!
--Sharon & Jack Byrwa
My wife and I recently began a search for a second home in the Bradenton/Sarasota area.
We were able to find the perfect home with the help of Lynda Wagner from Sara Bay Realty. As Lynda drove us to each potential home, she provided us with clear explanations about the ins and outs of the area in which we were looking. She also told us the things we should look for and what to expect regarding taxes, homeowners’ association fees, and what was included in various maintenance.
After we found our home, and we were about to sign a contract, my wife expressed some concerns about the location of the home in terms of access to shopping, and cultural activities. Lynda met us again and spent an entire morning showing us all we needed to see. She took us to Bradenton and Sarasota, and pointed out all the cultural venues, shopping centers and the beautiful beaches of Sarasota and Manatee counties.
At the end of the those three days we spent with Lynda, my wife and I felt that not only was she a great realtor, but that she was a dear and trusted friend.
Thank you Lynda for all your effort to help us find the perfect home and for being our friend.
--Fred and Lorraine LaSenna
Tenafly, New Jersey
“I contacted Lori Collins to sell my condo in this challenging real estate market. Lori is a top notch professional, wrote an incredible listing, and gave excellent advice to sell my home above the current market value. I strongly recommend Lori and her team to sell any property!"
"As a first time home buyer, you never really know how much goes into the process until you have been through it. Krissy made this process easy for us. She was always on time, for appointments, and was almost always available when we needed her to be. We were able to ask any question, and get an answer right away. If she could not give us a good answer she wouldn't, and would research to be able to give us guidance. She was very patient with us as well. We worked with her for just under a year to find our home. This included looking at 40+ homes, making 10+ offers, and negotiating numerous times with the sellers. After all was said and done, we found out how much more she did behind the scenes. She worked hand and hand with our mortgage broker, with her team at the office and with the sellers to get quick responses to our offers. To her clients Krissy is easy going, knowledgeable, and is always happy to help, but when doing business with the other parties involved she does not waste any time, and cuts right through the fog to get answers and to get things done. Working with Krissy, together, we found the home we were looking for below our budget, and are completely happy.
Thank you Krissy, we really appreciate everything you have done for us!"
"Working with Lori was a pleasurable experience ! One would have thought we were buying a castle. Lori made us comfortable with all our decisions and was on top of everything 24/7. Adding the special little touches; running back and forth picking up and dropping off papers, covering our "can we see it one more time" trips, "I'd like to get in to measure" trips, etc.
Very personable and professional, ( not to mention how cute she is !)
She is on the top of our Realtor page for any future realty dealings ! Thanks so much Lori!"
“Dedicated and accessible. Professional and helpful service. We wouldn’t think twice about referring Michael Holderness to our friends.”
--Anna S. Bradley
"We truly appreciate all the hard work you put into helping us locate, research and purchase our property. The exceptional service you provided should be commended, count on our recommendation to our friends and family."
"Thank you for your help and calm nature on this deal, I could not have done it without you!"
"Dear Lynda, thank you so much for selling our home. As you know we tried listing with one of those nationally known real estate companies but despite their advertisements, they were unable to sell our home by our contract date. Even though the real estate market was at an all time low you were optimistic. We appreciate all the advertising you did, the open houses you held, the flyer's you consistently provided, and your willingness to follow up with real estate agents on any potential buyers. Offering to help me with a quick clean up before a showing was above and beyond the call of duty but I was grateful for your help. You definitely give personalized attention to the needs of your sellers. We would happily recommend you to anyone who is considering selling their home. Best wishes for more successful sales this year."
-- Diana and Bill O'Neal
"Dear Lynda, Craig and I really love our new home. We want to thank you for helping us find such a beautiful home. We not only found the perfect home but a Great New Friend. You made looking for our home pleasurable and you really suited our wants and needs, You are a great Real Estate Agent simply because you don't try to sell a house, you try to fit your clients to a home that they will enjoy for years to come."
-- Suzi and Craig Dameron
"Ms Holderness, I would like to take the opportunity to tell you how wonderful Lynda Wagner has been to me. I gave her an almost impossible wish list with a small budget. It didn't tale long for Lynda to find me the house of my dreams. I can be a very impatient and sometimes pushy person who worries...a lot. Lynda had so much patience with me, was always professional, calmed my nerves on many occasions, and became a friend in the process. In the midst of this Lynda managed to sell my small condo for my asking price. Lynda's dedication to helping me was unbelievable. I truly don't know what I would have done without her. She has literally made this experience a good one for me. Most importantly, I have made a friend that will last a lifetime. Thank you, Lynda and everyone at SaraBay. Christina Ammendola."