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Michael Saunders & Company is the Gulf Coast's real estate market leader. With more than $1.4 billion in sales in 2002, we are the largest independently owned and operated real estate company in the area. Like most successful companies, Michael Saunders & Company has prospered because of our commitment to our customers and a deep devotion to our community That was true a quarter of a century ago, when the company started with founder Michael Saunders in a small office on St. Armands Circle, and it is true today.

With our hundreds of associates in 17 offices from Manatee County to Boca Grande, Michael Saunders & Company focuses only on the Gulf Coast of Florida and we know the market better than anyone. Over the years, our company has evolved into a family of 400 exceptional associates and 150 support staff, attached to one another through our professionalism, our love of the area and our commitment to those we serve.

While we remain a locally owned and operated company--a rarity in the real estate world--we nonetheless have a global reach, exposing our extraordinary area to buyers throughout the world. We've helped put the Gulf Coast on the map as a sought-after international destination. And we've used our leading-edge technology and sophisticated systems to respond immediately to customers, whether they're just down the block or across an ocean. As Southwest Florida's waterfront, gated golf community and island specialist, we get results. We have approximately 49 percent of the $1 million-plus listings in Sarasota alone, and we bring the buyer to the table 72 percent of the time, selling more than 60 percent of our listings in-house.

What all of this means to you, our customers and clients, is very simple. When you see the Michael Saunders & Company sign, you can expect your real estate transaction will be the best, the easiest and the most satisfying it can be.

Our Residential Division handles all price ranges, home styles and locations along the Gulf Coast of Florida. Our associates are exemplary in their knowledge of the communities and vocal in the great pride they take in calling these neighborhoods home. Most are actively involved in civic and charitable organizations, a Michael Saunders & Company priority, and they volunteer tirelessly to make our community a better place to live. They can coordinate every aspect of the real estate transaction, from marketing and financing to negotiations and closing, so you can move on with your life.

The creative, in-house Marketing Team knows how to showcase properties so you get the results you want. With a $3-million advertising budget, an award-winning, nationally and internationally recognized marketing team and a proven-effective strategy, we offer sales-driven exposure to all our listings. From smart, colorful postcards and brochures to newspaper advertisements and luxury magazine catalogs with exquisite photography from the best photographers in the area, we can make the phones ring whether you're buying or selling. Our prestigious Web site,, provides the latest information on our available properties, our associates and our area.

With our in-house Information Technology (IT) department, our customers and our associates enjoy the high-speed communications that they need to conduct business. From anywhere in the world, we make it possible to access a comprehensive real estate database in our tri-county area at fiber-optic speed. We can further e-mail additional property information, photographs and even a contract.

Coordinating the showings of the hundreds of properties available in our area is complex but seamless to you. Without a smooth system, time is wasted for the customer and the associate. Michael Saunders & Company's Appointment Center offers a unique service to all real estate associates in three counties. We schedule the showings and then provide a record of every time a property has been shown and by which company and agent.

Market knowledge and top-notch negotiating skills are what clients find at the Commercial Group. Our commercial team has expertise locally and regionally, and is well versed in land sales, site acquisition, office leasing, industrial and office development, and property management. If you have commercial needs in real estate, we're in the business to put you in business.

Our Resorts Division can help you plan your best getaway yet at two fabulous Gulf Coast destinations set on 11 miles of white sandy beach. If you are staying for a week or longer, we'll book your reservation at White Sands of Longboat Key or the Veranda Beach Club, both amenity-rich complexes that abound in sun, sand and serenity.

Relocating? Our Relocation Division has a motto: "One call, endless service." From the day you discover you're moving to the actual moving day, our specialists ensure a smooth transition. Individuals, families and entire corporations use the relocation team as their one-stop information source for local education, employment, recreation, commerce, culture, shopping, dining, communities and lifestyle choices. It just takes one call. We pride ourselves with a quick response.

The Gulf Coast is growing and so is the number of new communities. Our New Homes Division keeps up with the latest, exciting new communities whether you're looking for a sophisticated downtown penthouse, a waterfront condominium or a home in a gated, golf course community or family community. The finest developers search out Michael Saunders & Company's talented New Homes Division to help them position their community for a successful sellout. If you are interested in what is on the drawing board, New Homes will know.

Financing dreams, however, can be complicated. That's where MSC Mortgage, a joint venture with Wells Fargo that allows us to offer mortgages with almost instant approval, can help. With more than 1,700 loan products, we provide custom-tailored packages to suit your particular needs. For your peace of mind and convenience, we also offer MSC Title and its protections for your real estate transactions. We have chosen First American Title Insurance Company, one of the largest and most prestigious title underwriters in the country, to be the underwriter for MSC Title. We understand that we're not just insuring any property; we're insuring your peace of mind.

Perhaps the best indication of our growing reputation as one of the finest real estate companies in the world is our affiliation with a prestigious network of international market leaders. Michael Saunders & Company is ranked among the top independent real estate firms in Florida. This success is recognized by affiliations with industry leaders Sotheby's International Realty Leading Estates of the World, The Realty Alliance, RELO, Relocation Network, Who's Who in Luxury Real Estate and FIABCI, the International Real Estate Federation. These affiliations mean we can market the most sophisticated properties to the most sophisticated buyers around the country and the world. We also increase the awareness of Sarasota and surrounding areas as a world-class destination.

Most importantly, all of our services are done in-house with :he Michael Saunders & Company professionalism that is known and recognized around the world. Whatever your needs, whatever your lifestyle, we can help you find your home in paradise.
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Publication:Sarasota Magazine
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Date:Feb 1, 2003
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