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I highly recommend Carol Marra as a broker, if I had to use one word it would be "Outstanding". Several months ago my wife and I started working with Carol in the Bradenton area and another broker further south in the Venice area. Both brokers over a few months sent us listing in each area. My wife and I picked the properties we wanted to see in both areas and made the trip from NY to do so. We found the properties in Bradenton far better for what we wanted. We settled on River Strand in Heritage Harbor. The complex offered us golf, pools, beautiful clubhouse, very nice people, walking trails, great value, awesome beaches, area shopping & restaurants and so much more. There was no comparison in value between the two areas. This would not of been possible without the hard work of Carol in finding what we wanted. The next step was the contract, inspection and closing. We were able to do all of this remotely thanks to Carol. Whatever we needed Carol took care of. The whole process could not of been any simpler. Anytime I had a question Carol provided quick responses. Bottom line, if you want a very dedicated broker who cares and I stress who cares Carol is the broker you want. We have been here several months and truly love it, all of visitors are so impressed by what we have here. Thank you Carol. I would be more than happy to answer any questions anyone has.
Mike and Janis Egan
I chose Carol Marra to list my house after extensive research of area realtors. After our first meeting it was clear I had made the right choice based on her knowledge and preparation. Considering I would be living a thousand miles away from my vacant home, I needed to trust the person to always be focused on my best interest. Carol fit that bill perfectly.  I never needed to call Carol as I received regular phone calls, texts, and emails that kept me well informed and never questioning what was happening.  Beyond the great communication I was always comforted by the regular contact from Carol while she was at my house. On more than one occasion she was able to inform me of a need for my house before it became critical. Carol worked hard and communicated well, exactly what I needed.  It also didn't hurt she sold the house in less than two weeks for significantly more than I expected to receive. I would highly recommend her to other sellers.
Lance Stack
Hi Robert, We can't thank you enough for all you have done for our family.  You have made the process of both buying and selling a house in Florida as simple and easy as it could be.  Your work ethic and constant communication far exceeded our expectations. No matter what time of day or night we called or emailed, you responded quickly and thoughtfully. Not only did you respond promptly, you provided honest recommendations and advice as to how to proceed. You made the sales transactions simple to do, even remotely, since we live out of state.  Your knowledge of the real estate market shows.  You gave us accurate pricing recommendations which allowed us to not only sell a house during the slow season, but purchase a house for less than we had originally planned to offer.  You were very helpful to us in providing unbiased suggestions of vendors or companies to call following the inspection items that needed repair. We were very pleased with the work that was completed.  Thank you again for your outstanding work!  I guarantee you if we have any family or friends looking to sell or buy a house in Florida we will strongly suggest they work with you.  If any of your future prospective clients need help deciding whether or not to work with you, please have them contact us! Our utmost appreciation,
Steve and Lynn Bucknam
Dear Carol,

I would like to express my sincere appreciation for all your help with the purchase of our home in Heritage Harbour.  We were impressed with both the professionalism and personal attention we were afforded in all our dealings with you and your agency.  Certainly, if we know of any friends or colleagues moving to or from the Sarasota-Bradenton area, we will be sure to offer your name and company with the highest recommendations.

Thank you again for helping in so many ways with this important life experience.

Sincerely,
Curator of Collections
The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art
Dr. Stephen D. Borys
Dear Robert,

Every once in awhile we come to a situation in life where we have to put our trust in other people.  We just can't go through life and not count on other people.  In some ways it's our ability and appreciation to do just that that makes us realize how important other people are to our everyday existence. Our new home in Heritage Harbour is all that we could have wished for, a wonderful home in a great location, a very nice community, and pleasant neighbors.  Our selection of this property could not have been possible without your professional recommendation and follow-up on all matters concerned.

We demand the best service from those with whom we do business, and we can say without hesitation that your caliber of service exceeds our greatest expectations. We give these words to you out of the greatest respect and appreciation for all that you do.  We want you to know that our trust in you comes as a result of your professional and personal attention to detail. We remain forever grateful.
Steve and Sylvia Desrocher
In recognition of Carol Marra, When “Outstanding” performance is given and consistently demonstrated it needs to be recognized. I would like to recognize Carol Marra for her “Outstanding” sales abilities, collaborating capabilities, negotiating skills, professionalism and all around business acumen.
 
Carol Marra was my sales agent for a “short sale” of my property in Heritage Harbour. Over a long and tiring 8-month period, through countless trials and tribulations, numerous offers and counter offers and endless negotiations with my mortgage lender and neighborhood associations, Carol Marra did what everyone thought was impossible, she closed the deal.

If it had not been for Carol’s tireless efforts, exceptional selling skills, unmatched negotiating abilities and all around professionalism, all parties would have surely lost interest and moved on. At each and every step and during each and every transaction, I truly believed and was totally confident that Carol had my best business interest at heart.
 
I highly recommend Carol Marra for any and all of you real-estate needs.
 
A Very Satisfied and Truly Delighted Customer
George Kennedy
"In 2009 we purchased a home from Lennar in Bradenton, Florida and had the pleasure of working with Robert Casella. Robert is without a doubt the most thorough and professional real-estate person we have encountered in all my years. His attention to detail and his efforts to keep us up to date on issues and progress went above and beyond.  We were so pleased with the transaction that we forwarded a letter to Lennar regarding his efforts. Robert understood from the very beginning the importance of this purchase and acted in the best interests of all parties; a rare quality in today’s world. So, in essence not only do we recommend Robert as your agent or representative but we without hesitation state that he gained and continues to have our trust, admiration and respect. 

We would be pleased to provide further information to those wishing it."
Joerg Nietschmann
Dear Carol,

I wanted to drop you a note of appreciation for the great home buying experience that Carole and I enjoyed under your guidance.  In all our years of real estate investment, you are the very best. Thank you again for your caring and your professionalism.  You always "had our backs".

Steve and Carole Harve
Steve and Carole Harve
Carol,

Eddie and I want to thank you for all of your help in making our dream come true.  We certainly never could have done it without you.  From that time in December when we began this journey, you have been with us every step of the way.  Your sensitivity to our needs and your patience with us will not be forgotten.
Eddie and Maureen Sheehan
Dear Carol,

Katherine and I wanted to take a minute and thank you for all your hard work helping us get the condo we were looking for.  Your willingness to get back to us quickly when called and your attention to detail made our purchase experience painless, in fact, easy.  Your enthusiasm is contagious and you definitely inflicted it on us. We are so happy with our condo.

Probably the one thing that stood out to us was your willingness to step in on our behalf and obtain a reduction in price when we were not aware one was available to us.  You wanted to make sure that we got a fair deal and for this we are truly thankful.

You are a professional and I would highly recommend your services to anyone.
Lance Mickel
"Carol is an exemplary agent. She is totally professional, but also kind, responsive and always available. She is realistic about a situation, but does her very best to get the most of a property. I enjoy working with her and appreciate the fact that she is always available to be supportive.

Samantha is also a total professional, kind and responsive, as well as Carol's partner, Robert

Carol knows how to deal with setbacks -- she is knowledgeable and supportive. Gives great advice, direction and empathy"
Nancy Hewett
There aren't enough words in the English language to bestow upon Robert Casella on how wonderful, honest, trust worthy and near perfect a man he truly is. Thank you Robert, and your devoted and also most wonderful assistant, Samantha, for making the sale of our River Strand condo THEE best ever! 
We will never forget you two and will be indebted to you forever! Always smiling, always happy, a true straight shooter, Robert will 'tell it like it is' and guide you through your real estate transaction with extreme professionalism and as little stress as possible.
I highly recommend Robert Casella and his team for your next real estate purchase or sale.
Cindy and Nick Incontrera
Robert is a true professional and extremely knowledgeable of the market in Bradenton/Lakewood Ranch. He made the processes of selling our property extremely easy. He went above and beyond to help get the property ready to sell and close. His communication skills and responsiveness can not be  matched by any other realtor we have ever used. I would highly recommend Robert!
Todd and Bonnie Brewster
Working with Robert was a phenomenal experience! We were referred to Robert by our friends Steve & Lynn Bucknam and we could not be happier. Our very first visit was successful because he listened to what we were looking for and had a good handle on what type of properties we were interested in.   His knowledge of communities in the area was key. Every detail was handled flawlessly along the way, from offer to closing. Purchasing a home from 1500 miles north can be a challenge, but he kept us informed every step of the way. Videos showing the progress of our home were great as well as the prompt attention that we received with every inquiry! Our experience was nothing short of amazing, thank you Robert!
Nancy and Roberto Mendizabal
STOP --- Read this review
Hire Robert today. He is well prepared, does a complete market analysis and tells you what you want to hear, what you need to hear, and as important, what you might not want to hear.
He helped us get a market competitive offer in two weeks, dealt with a difficult buyer and
  their .... um shall we say... professionally challenging buyers Realtor. In addition, when Hurricane Irma came through and our property manager left town without out placing the hurricane shutters on our home, Robert got it done.
Nuff said - look no further - hire him
David and Elizabeth Murphy
It was a pleasure working with Robert Casella and we received an excellent service from him while selling our condo. We would highly recommend him to everyone. He was very responsive, knowledgeable, helpful and kept us informed during the entire process. Wishing him continued success.
Miklos and Kinga Csiszer
Robert is a fantastic and very thorough realtor. He knows the surrounding areas and cares about his clients needs. I was in the middle of a purchase during Hurricane Irma and Robert went above and beyond to be sure the property was secured. Even though he and his family were displaced, he  communicated with me daily. I could not have felt more confident that Robert was taking care of every detail for me since I am moving from out of state. I would recommend Robert to everyone, whether buying or selling.
Linda Grasso
We purchased a condo a few years ago that was listed by Robert. We were represented by another agent with whom we worked with at the time. Roberts eagerness to help was unmatched by anyone we had known. His local knowledge and expertise paired with professionalism, his friendly and non pushy  approach all lead to trust Robert with listing and selling our condo. He went over and beyond with assisting throughout the selling process. Working in Real Estate myself, Robert is my Sarasota/Bradenton referral connection. I highly recommend him to anyone looking to sell or buy.
Gyula and Gizella Nyulas
Robert is amazing. He helped my in-laws with their home purchase 8 years ago, then helped us a year ago secure the perfect rental home when we relocated to FL. Robert just recently found for us the perfect home to permanently settle down and raise our young family in Lakewood Ranch. Robert found  exactly what we were looking for on the very first day we went out with him. Despite our falling in love with one of the first houses Robert showed he was incredibly patient and enthusiastic for the next month while we made him take us on marathon showing days as far north and east as Panther Ridge to as far south as The Oaks in Osprey. I especially say patient because not only did he endure us but also our 2 year old and 6 month old all along the way! That should say it all about how great Robert was! Robert guided us through every step of negotiation, legal, contract, inspection and closing. He absolutely made our dream a reality for finding a house that I wouldn't put in a category of a traditional FL home. We would recommend him to anyone looking to buy or sell real estate in the area.
David and Rebecca Friedman
Robert is a consummate professional. Extremely knowledgeable and provides virtually instant responses to any questions. We have sold two homes and just purchased another all through Robert. Each transaction went extremely smoothly. I have dealt with many agents in the past. Robert is simply  the very best.
Peter Hopper
Robert helped because i was living in Michigan and buying in Florida. He was very helpfull when it came to getting comparable cost on other condo . I drove to Flordia and Robert showed the condo that night. Robert would send me information ever day on condos that were new on the market in the area  that i was looking forand i was looking in two different areas. Robert help with getting the paper done on line because i am not very computer friendly and help getting all the inspection completed. Robert help me find insurance and how to lower the with a wind mitigation inspection. Robert when i would call would answer the phone about all the times that i called so you do not have to deal with answer machine . Robert would get back with a answer right a way.
Richard Baus
Very detail oriented, always timely with follow up. Sound recommendation and advice on contract review. Very knowledgeable on current marketplace and local selling trends. A realtor that truely cares!
Robert Rider
Working with Robert was a very enjoyable experience. He made the entire process palatable and as stress free as possible. When I got excited, he was able to calm me and explain the issues that inevitably come up during a home buying process. If he did not know the answer, he stated so and then  promptly got an answer. He was never too busy to answer the phone. Even taking late night calls from literally halfway around the world. I highly recommend Robert and his services for any real estate needs you may have. If/when I have future needs of his talents I will definitely call him.
Robert and Vicki Pomfret
Robert and I have had over a two year relationship that culminated in my recent River Strand Condominium purchase. I was searching for the best fit for a seasonal Florida residence. Robert was patient, understanding, and went the extra mile to help me make the right purchase for my  circumstances. I have no reservations in recommending Robert as a Buyer's rep and/or a Seller's rep. He has strong insights into the Sarasota/Bradenton market and proved to be very responsive to any/all requests for advice and service. The closing process was handled flawlessly, and entirely on-line.
John and Ardell McNult
Robert was incredibly efficient, knowledgable, kind and has an amazing staff! He knew exactly what my home needed to sell quickly and he got it under contract within a very short time. Robert is very straightforward and knowledgable.
Deanne Bauer
Robert is the best realtor we have ever worked with. He is extremely knowledgeable in Florida real estate, and does not miss a detail. He always goes the extra mile, whether he is representing you for a purchase or a sale. Since we were out of town buyers for our first Florida home, he actually  performed our walk through, and was likely more thorough then i would have been. Recently, he represented us on the purchase of a resale. When we had questions about mechanical issues with the pool, Robert walked out of the walk through and immediately contacted the vendor for us. He is incredibly thorough and treats his job as a business, with consummate professionalism. Thank you Robert for all of your dedication and hard work for us.
Donald and Sonya Campbell
I was considering moving to Florida and my sister recommended that I contact the realtor who she used to purchase two homes, Robert Casella. I am so happy that I followed my sister's lead. As soon as I contacted him via e-mail he reached out via telephone to inquire what type of home, price  range, location, etc. and then immediately went to work. Robert and his assistant were always on top of everything and guided me through property searches and an eventual stress free closing. If you are considering listing or purchasing a residence, I wholeheartedly recommend you reach out to Robert-you won't be sorry.
Julie Tierney
Our experience with Robert was terrific-he is professional and knowledgeable about many communities in the area we had an interest. He devoted several days to our search and was very responsive to our needs. He focused on our reactions to different models and houses to narrow our search. I highly  recommend Robert's services; thanks to his diligence and knowledge, we purchased a house we love in a great neighborhood.
Deirdre Lawe
Robert Casella is a true professional. I could not be happier with my experience with him both selling and buying our homes. Robert always makes you feel like he is working in your best interest. He is patient, knowledgeable about the market and knows when to give advice. I highly recommend  Robert for all your real estate transactions. You will not be disappointed. 
Al and Norma Waisanen
Every once in awhile we come to a situation in life where we have to put our trust in other people. We just can't go through life and not count on other people. In some ways it's our ability and appreciation to do just that that makes us realize how important other people are to our everyday  existence. Our new home in Heritage Harbour is all that we could have wished for, a wonderful home in a great location, a very nice community, and pleasant neighbors. Our selection of this property could not have been possible without your professional recommendation and follow-up on all matters concerned. We demand the best service from those with whom we do business, and we can say without hesitation that your caliber of service exceeds our greatest expectations. We give these words to you out of the greatest respect and appreciation for all that you do. We want you to know that our trust in you comes as a result of your professional and personal attention to detail. We remain forever grateful.
Steve and Silvia Descrocher
Robert is the BEST in the business! Through the many years of buying and selling, I have never had a more professional, hard working, intelligent, kind and HONEST realtor than him. His communication skills are over the top... his selling ideas and hard working strategies gets your property  SOLD. If things don't work out as YOU WANT... he doesn't try to persuade you to others thinking! It all sums up to HONESTY and INTEGRITY and guiding you through the buying and selling process flawlessly! He's OVER the TOP INCRDIBLE!!!
Marty and Teri Walker
Mr. Robert Casella is knowledgeable, friendly and professional in all of his interactions. I have found him to be extremely responsive and gets the job done. I most certainly give him 'Five Stars PLUS' in all rating factors and have zero hesitation in recommending him to anyone with real estate  needs. 
Dale and Sherry Glick
Robert has helped us purchase 3 homes and sell 1 home over the past 5 years in the area. Robert is always very responsive to any questions we may have and kept us updated on any developments as soon as they happen. We have enjoyed working with Robert and always feel confident he has "has our  back" during each of our transactions. 
Mark and Lori Hatton

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