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I want to thank my friends for all the fun!
You're the BEST!
I have been so fortunate to work with terrific people in my Real Estate career. They have been fun and excited about making the move to own sensational island real estate. I am proud of the relationships I have with these folks. Here is what some of them have told me:
Bob & I met you some ten or twelve years ago & from that time forward you kept us informed in the real estate market, plus the activities and goings on on Sanibel. Being a seasoned Re/Max agent myself (30 years), and knowing how the process works, we agents can have high expectations. I want you to know you went above and beyond the call of "Realtors." Plus, selling our place the first day it went on the market! You'll be our agent for life on Sanibel. Sincerely Darleen & Bob
"We recently had the pleasure of working with Sarah when purchasing a vacation home on Sanibel Island. She was always available to answer questions and provide guidance and support as we were first time home buyers on the island. Sarah was absolutely instrumental to us finding and getting our house. From the house showing, to bidding, inspections, repairs, contractual details, closing, and every possible question we could throw at her (of which there were many), she was with us every step of the way. Thanks to Sarah’s patience and perseverance, we now own our own little piece of paradise!" Jennifer
"Sarah Ashton embodies for us someone who is absolutely competent, conscientious and caring. Sarah made the process of selling our home from a long distance away as easy, efficient and rewarding as possible. She is a great listener, is very practical in her assessments and suggestions, and is herself a treasure trove of information about this wonderful island community. We have had the unique experience of working with Sarah from the perspective of both purchasing our island home and many years later selling our home through her. She is the only realtor we would consider. It has been an absolute pleasure working with her and experiencing how she magically helps make wishes and dreams a reality!" Cliff and Isabella I.
I would like to thank Sarah for finding us another outstanding property on Sanibel. We just completed purchasing our third property in six years after Sarah sold our condo in only one week. The sale and purchase of the new condo was very organized and timed perfectly for the move. Sarah was even able to arrange a rent back arrangement of our old condo, so we could coordinate moving in to the new condo, as it had rental agreements we had to honor before we took possession. We can always count on Sarah to find the right property we are looking for, and she has always been accurate in assessing values and the strengths and weaknesses of any property on the island, as she has spent many years living right here on Sanibel. I would highly recommend Sarah for your next purchase or sale of a property on Sanibel. Ken and Lyn
Not only did Sarah spend nearly five years helping me investigate Sanibel properties that would take the place of my beloved cottage of nearly thirty years, but she also managed to close both properties within four months. It was a marathon effort on her part to find the perfect property and navigate the labyrinth of inspections, arcane mortgage requirements, and mitigations that also significantly reduced insurance costs on the new property. Sarah was a consummate businesswoman, negotiator and mentor throughout the process. We not only were very happy with the net on our property, but feel we negotiated a fair market price on our new home. Thank you, Sarah! Georgianne & Brett
My husband and I had a wonderful experience with Sarah as our agent! Sarah was completely attentive to what we were looking for, as well as our budget. She gave us expert advice on the different neighborhoods within Sanibel, as well as environmental and insurance considerations that we weren't familiar with since we've never lived in Florida before. Sarah kept in close contact with us throughout the process, answering questions right away and making sure everything went smoothly, even though we live in another state. And her warm and friendly personality made it a pleasure, not just a business transaction. We highly recommend Sarah to everyone who is thinking about real estate on Sanibel. Thank you so much, Sarah! Sabine and David
Having been a realtor myself, I know the demands of doing the job well. Sarah does it better than anyone I’ve known. I have used her both for buying and selling a home on Sanibel. She always makes you feel as if your needs are a top priority. She is bright, diligent, extremely organized, educated on all aspects of real estate, and she cares personally about each of her clients and their needs. Buying or selling a home on Sanibel requires in-depth knowledge about issues that pertain both to home ownership on a barrier island, and issues relevant to Sanibel’s specific regulations. Sarah has an excellent grasp of it all. - Pam
Sarah is everything you could possibly want in a realtor! She loves what she does and she is proficient, detail oriented, and helpful in every way. Sarah gets the job don and makes you feel like you’re her only client! Nola
Dear Sarah, Chet and I would like to thank you for the recent sale of our Captiva property. You took great care of us and handled the sale of our property with ease. You are a very professional sales person and we highly recommend your expertise in dealing with the sale of any property. You are an asset to the real estate community and would not hesitate to refer our friends to you for a future transaction. Best regards to you and thank you again. Chet and Nancy
"Extremely attentive would be the first phrase we would use to describe Sarah Ashton. Our experience, although longer than we had dreamed, was very positive. Sarah knows the islands and what properties are available even those which may soon become available. Sarah knows everyone who can get things done for you. She is highly respected by HOA managers and understands all those intricacies. We would recommend her highly. Thumbs up on Sarah Ashton!" Mark and Barbara, Wisconsin
“Sarah has handled two different sales of Sanibel real estate for us in the past couple of years, and in each case she was successful in selling the properties in a short period of time at what we considered to be very fair prices. She handled all aspects of the transactions in a highly professional and competent manner, and was always very prompt in responding to requests for information relevant to the properties and the transactions. Beyond that, Sarah in several instances went above and beyond what normally might be expected of a listing broker in locating and dealing with contractors to do work relative to the properties, and dealing with the City of Sanibel on permitting issues on our behalf. She also gave us sound advice throughout the process of selling the properties. We recommend her without reservation.” Stephen, Santa Fe, 2015
"Because buying and selling property is one of the more important financial transactions I have made, finding an agent able to listen to and understand my needs is of primary importance to me. I was especially rewarded by finding in Sarah Ashton, an experienced realtor who understood my circumstances (two large dogs; my 60+ years of age; semi-retired work status; desire for down-sizing to something turn-key; primarily seasonal but not vacation-destination condo; and budget). She explained the current market and property availability in relation to my very specific requests and relieved much of the pressure usually associated with buying a home; making certain that not only did the properties which interested me meet my needs, but also that I was a qualified buyer regarding Association by-laws. She worked tirelessly to accommodate my schedule, time and distance constraints, and was available to preview homes to gauge their suitability before suggesting touring them with me. She offered me her professional opinions regarding the properties, and promised answers to questions needing further research. It was tremendously reassuring that never did a question go unanswered or a day go by when Sarah was unavailable to speak with me by phone or drop a line by email. Because I make my fulltime home in New York, I was able to rely on Sarah to provide me with an Appraiser, a Home Inspector, and an Insurance Broker, each the caliber that I have come to expect from the people I have known and trusted for years. And the outcome of our work together? A fairy tale from beginning to end if there ever was one! In less than 60 days’ time I was the very proud and happy new owner of a beautifully renovated, Gulf front unit in a lovely, unassuming, dog friendly Association equidistant from our favorite Island haunts, in a neighborhood that has exceeded my every expectation. With champagne and sparkling water in the refrigerator, welcoming us. What more could one ask for?" Barbara - a Sanibel Condo buyer May 2014
"When my husband and I finally decided the time was right for us to start looking for a home in the Sanibel/Captiva area, friends of ours recommended Sarah to us and we couldn’t have been placed in better hands. Our search took us close to a year’s time, numerous visits and countless emails, phone calls and faxes. Through it all Sarah proved to be an exceptional source of information, as well as an unlimited amount of patience. We would recommend Sarah Ashton to anyone who needs a realtor. We cannot say enough good things about Sarah except to add that we’re happy to say we’ve not only met an awesome realtor but we’ve made a great friend as well." Terri and John January, 2014
"I decided to sell my second condo a couple of weeks before leaving Sanibel for the summer months. I was dreading having to deal with all of the issues from up north….but I really should have known better. Having Sarah as my realtor made the entire process so easy for me. She communicated with me every step of the way and we actually had the condo under contract within 3-4 weeks. Sarah is very intelligent, extremely well organized, and very knowledgeable about the Sanibel real estate market. Most important of all, she’s an absolute joy to work with. She makes you feel as if you’re her only client. I’d use her again in an instant."
Best, - Al
My wife and I first met Sarah in April of 2010 while enjoying a family vacation on Sanibel. We were always interested in having a property in Florida, but weren't sure of the timing for purchase. We decided to take a day of vacation to inquire about Sanibel property. Even though we told Sarah from the start we would not be interested in purchasing property for a year or more, it did not deter her from being cordial and willing to spend the better part of a day showing us what Sanibel had to offer. In March of 2011 we came to Florida for a meeting and to take another look at Sanibel properties. We fell in love with a condo and began negotiations to buy after we returned home to Minnesota. Sarah made us feel very comfortable during these dealings and we felt she represented us and treated us more like a family member than a real estate agent. At no time did we ever feel insecure about what was happening with the sale, even though we were 1800 miles away! Ultimately, the negotians and purchase ended up being the easy part. Our sale was a 1031 rental exchange that turned out to be a long ordeal that was difficult right up the last minute on closing day. Sarah again was our "family" advocate and never waivered in her efforts to get the deal closed on time. Even after the sale closed she was willing to check out the new condo and make sure everything was working so that we could ease our minds back here in Minnesota! We highly endorse Sarah for all of your real estate needs and hope that you too will see your dream come true in Sanibel. Ken and Lyn, Lake Vermilion, MN
"Sarah, thank you for the nice letter we received in the mail, I wanted to let you know that Glen and I have already given your name to a few people who have expressed interest in the area and will certainly be quick to refer you in the future.
I also wanted to let you know I just today returned from Sanibel, my mother and I came down last Friday to visit the new condo for the very first time. We were beyond pleased, it is everything we had hoped for and I have nothing but praise for Ocean's Reach in general. We are all excited to spend more and more time on the island in the future.
Thank you again for all your help, information and great advice. You certainly know your area and excel at your profession. Everything went so smoothly and flawlessly, I could not wish for more." - Chandra and Glen
"I have purchased houses in Wis., Calif, NM, and I have never had a relationship with the agent like we have had with you. In general, when the deal is closed, that's the last we ever hear or see of them You were very carfully looking out for us and we will arrive in Sanibel much more informed. Now I know why we chose you instead of the several other people who still keep sending us emails--You knew what we wanted, you found it for us, and you knew who we were. We appreciate it all and thank you again!" - Arlen and Marshall
"As a full time realtor in Chicago, I can't tell you how thrilled we were working with you. You gave us a very clear understanding of the market, and your attention to detail throughout the buying process was fantastic. We will definitely recommend you to our friends and family!" - Todd & Erin - Chicago, Illinois
"Sarah, you were truly top notch and we would be happy to recommend you to anybody for their realty needs on Sanibel. You went above and beyond" - Stan & Nell - Ocala, FL
"We want you to know what a pleasure it has been doing business with you. You are very good at your job. The entire process went smoothly, and that is very comforting when buying a property so far away." - Debbie & Larry - Ocean City, MD
"Sarah gave us a great deal of useful information about real estate in Sanibel, covering our entire range of options, including condominiums, single-family residences, and vacant lots. She sent us information before we arrived, and was prepared to show us properties in the price range we had specified when we met with her on Sanibel. We had not considered building our own future "dream home" until we met with Sarah and gained great practical knowledge about size restrictions and other conservation information. Sarah also gave us realistic data about rental income, and we really appreciated her candor and research. Finally, we just really enjoyed visiting with someone who lives on and clearly loves Sanibel, and who is willing to share her personal experiences as an island resident." - Janet and Walt, Ponce Inlet, FL