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Celebration / Lake Nona Expert (12 years experience)
Bought a Multiple Occupancy home in 2014 in Lake Nona Central, Orlando, FL.
Valerie met and exceeded expectations at every moment. My trust extended to purchasing my home without being in FL, Valerie made it seamless.
I will refer friends to her.
Thank you Valerie for your professional work. The outcome is great!
Response from Valerie on 12/04/2014
Theo, I was honored to help you find the perfect place in Village Walk / Lake Nona. I am happy that we are going to be neighbors in the near future. Thank you so much for your kind words about my professionalism that really means a lot to me. It is so important that my customers have the trust and faith in me. Without trust it is not possible to have a smooth transaction and certainly not referrals in the future. I am super excited that you are going to be working with the USTA here in Lake Nona. As you know this place is booming and I am thrilled to live in the heart of Lake Nona like you. Timing is everything!! I greatly appreciate your trust and business. Abundant Blessings, Valerie
Bought a Single Family home in 2014 for approximately $350K in Lake Nona South, Orlando, FL.
Valerie is one of the most attentive, professional and knowledgeable real estate agents I have ever used. She made looking for a new home in Lake Nona very easy and fun. Our time together was never wasted and her innate ability to listen and have your best interest at heart, is unparalleled. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a no- nonsense quality agent to acquire property in the Orlando area.
Response from Valerie on 10/18/2014
Harry, I greatly appreciate your kind words about me as a Realtor. It has been a pleasure working with you during the building process. This area is going to be amazing in the next 3-5 years without a doubt. We are so looking forward to being neighbors in Laureate Park. BTW our "Mew" is the best in the community. The view from our balconies of Crescent Park fountain at night is beautiful. Thanks again for your trust and confidence in me as your Realtor. All the best! Valerie
My husband and I had contacted Valerie to help us look for a new home in central Florida. We live in Brazil and China so we knew it was not going to be easy. However, when we met with Valerie (and her husband) she showed us homes in Celebration, Lake Nona, and Windermere and she gave us lots of valuable information about these areas. If you are looking to buy or sell a home in any of these areas do not hesitate to contact Valerie Thomas. She is literally the most professional, hardworking Realtor you will find anywhere in Central FL. In Windermere we found a builder for a brand new home that would be exactly what we were looking for. We would have never found our dream home without the assistance of Valerie. I can vouch that she has been a true professional and is helping us non-stop to work through issues with our mortgage lender, and, also in helping us with the builder. If you don’t think you need a Realtor when you are purchasing a new home
you are wrong! You will not save a penny if you don’t have an agent on your side, and who are you going to call if an issue arises during the process and after the closing? The sales agents work for the builder and you need somebody that cares about you, has your best interest in mind, and will guide and direct you during the entire process. We could not purchase a home without Valerie, especially since we don’t live in the area to monitor the process. Valerie is fantastic, and, in our opinion is the best realtor we have ever been in contact with in the U.S. We could define her as a workaholic, because no matter what day or time of day she is always very prompt whether through VIBER or emails to respond to our questions and give us more support than we ever imagined. We definitely will refer our friends, co-workers, and family to Valerie and her looking forward to having Valerie and her husband over as guests in our beautiful new home to Celebrate.
Response from Valerie on 08/25/2014
Silvia and Rodrigo, I am speechless at your kindness and amazing words towards my assistance as your Realtor. I feel blessed beyond measure & so honored to be your Realtor of choice especially when you have hundreds to pick from. I believe 100% that God puts people in your path for a reason. Andre' & I were so excited the moment we met both of you in Lake Nona. When we walked in the home in Windermere that you ended up purchasing both of you were beaming and that made all the time together so well worth every minute. I remember you saying this is exactly the floor plan that we were looking for and that made me smile ear to ear. I am thrilled it worked out so well. We are so happy for both of you! Thank goodness for all the technology that we have to communicate with each other during the building process of your home. Because of the 12 hour time difference several days I was waking up texting or talking via Viber and then finishing my day w/ updates. Blessings Always, Valerie
Bought a Single Family home in 2014 in South Bend, IN.
This spring, I purchased a home “to be built” in Lake Nona, Florida. I was so lucky to have connected with the Valerie Thomas team from La Rosa Realty in Celebration! From the very beginning stages of searching for the “right” place to live, through the construction process, and all the way to the closing day (and after), Valerie and her partner, Kim Horvath, were there to answer or research any questions I had, assist with negotiations, and keep me assured and calm throughout the entire process. I WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND THEM TO ANYONE! Their expertise about the area was phenomenal, they were always available, their communication skills were excellent, and they were willing to problem solve through any issues that came up. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE MY NEW HOME! Thank you, Valerie and Kim!!!!
Response from Valerie on 08/16/2014
Chuck, Without a doubt it was our pleasure helping you. Kim and I do make an amazing professional team and we both were honored to be at your service and help you find the perfect place for you to call home in the Lake Nona Medical City area. It makes it nice that one of us are always available to assist our customers via, phone, text or email. With our assistant Vesna it is like having 3 people help you through the home buying or selling process. If you are exicted now what until the Eagle Creek town center opens and then the amazing Lake Nona Town Center next near. As you know you are in the hottest market in Central FL if not the country. You are one smart man making the step to secure your retirement home & to escape the winters for now before this area is untouchable. All the best, Your Favorite Realtors for life, Valerie and Kim Thanks for your referrals too! See you soon.
Our recent purchase was in Laureate Park / Lake Nona in the heart of the medical city. In last 20 years I've bought and sold something like 25 homes. This has given me lots of experience with real estate agents. What I've learned is there are four requirements to being a great agent.
They are: 1) Passion 2) Knowledge 3) Listening skills and; 4) Responsiveness. Valerie has all of this and more! Honestly she is the best of the best in Central FL.
She has huge energy and passion and really knows her markets and the many "ins and outs" of real estate transactions. She took the time to get to know us and to understand what we were looking for and impressed us with showing us properties and sharing ideas that directly related to our needs. She also is very, very good at responding to our phone calls and emails. She was outstanding at getting back to us quickly and following up on every discussion and every commitment. She misses nothing and will be with you from contract to closing and beyond!!
She showed us great properties; shared great ideas; and helped us find the perfect property. During the entire process she was always at our side and made the entire process easy and smooth. I can honestly say she is the best agent I've ever worked with and would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone. You won't find another agent with her energy and dedication to find exactly what you are looking for.
Thanks Valerie You Are Amazing!! Drs. Lou and Carina Grasso
Response from Valerie on 07/03/2014
Dr Carina and Lou Grasso as you know it was an absolute pleasure helping you with your recent purchase of your brand new beautiful home in Lake Nona / Medical City. Both of you are amazing people and I am honored to have your trust in me as your Realtor of choice when you have hundreds to choose from!! We are so excited about moving to this area ourselves when our home is finished in Laureate Park. Lake Nona is the best thing that has happened to Central FL in a long time. I look forward to helping you or your friends in the near future.
Thanks for the great review.
Abundant Blessings Always,
Valerie & Andre'
I am living in China,I bought a house in Florida ,Valerie helped me a lot since I am so far from FL,she have provided a full support by internet,by phone or personally before ,during and after purchase ,she is the best realtor I have seen,very patient and looking just the interest of her client,
I strongly recommend her,I will use her next time,a 100%.
Response from Valerie on 05/22/2014
Rodrigo & Silvia, It is my honor and pleasure to help you with the purchase of your beautiful home in Windermere. I am thrilled that we found you exactly what you were looking for. As always I will be here from contract to closing & beyond! Thank you so much for the amazing review and the referral of your pilot friend Jose too. Your Referral is the Best Compliment any Realtor can receive!! I promise to provide him with outstanding customer service as well. Thanks a million. Valerie
Sold a Single Family home in 2014 for approximately $225K in Orlando, FL.
Valerie is not only very knowledgable about realty but also a very caring and kind-hearted person who looks out for her customers' best interest. We have had the pleasure to work with Valerie in selling and buying homes and would highly recommend her if you are interested in quickly selling a home or quickly buying one.
Response from Valerie on 05/21/2014
Erica and Shawn,
I hope both of you enjoyed the peace of mind that comes with knowing you have a true real estate professional to handle your future transactions!
As always I greatly appreciate the trust your family placed in me to purchase and sell your property. I look forward to working with you again soon!
I sincerely wish you both good health and complete happiness to come with your new ventures. I truly value your business, friendship, and trust that you placed in me! Thank you so much for your kind words about me.
Abundant Blessings Always, Valerie
Sold a Single Family home in 2014 for approximately $375K in Celebration, FL.
This is the second time I have used Valerie Thomas for my real estate needs. This time I sold this house and bought a new house. Because of the marketing and Valerie's knowledge of our area my house sold in six hours. She guided me through the process of purchasing my new home and answered every question and addressed every concern I had in a timely manner. Valerie addresses any issues that may arise also in a timely manner. Her customers are her first and foremost priority. I am always impressed with her knowledge of the industry and her tenaciousness in representing her customers.
Response from Valerie on 05/08/2014
Jody, As you know it was all God's perfect timing!! With God all things are possible and he guided and directed us through the entire process. As always it is my pleasure to guide and direct my customers to accomplish their goals and dreams. It was a true blessing to sell your home in Celebration within hours and of course help you purchase a new one in beautiful Lake Nona so we will be neighbors again soon. I think you can take a girl out of NJ but you can't take the Jersey out of her. LOL As you know I will do whatever it takes to help my customers 150% for them to get the most for their current home if selling and the best deal possible when purchasing a home. God has gifted me with amazing negotiating skills and to help me with my customers and I am not shy about using them. Thanks so much for your business and the amazing review. All the best! Valerie
Sold a Single Family home in 2014 for approximately $275K in Orlando, FL.
We cannot say enough amazing things about Valerie. She aided us three years ago when we were looking for our home and recently when we sold it. She is extremely professional, courtesy, and above all personable. She is her knowledgeable of the Florida area and very easy to work with. In addition, she makes your priority, hers, selling our home in less than 30 days.
Response from Valerie on 05/05/2014
Lianne & Rich, Thank you so much for your kind words and both times helping you was a pleasure. When you are ready to return to FL in the future I would be honored to help you find the perfect home for your family. Stay in touch and we look forward to seeing you in the future. All the best, Valerie & Andre'
We are so grateful we found Valerie. Our story...we started exploring the idea of a second home/rental property early in January. We are from the northeast and this thought of a second property was a new adventure for us. We spoke to a couple realtors and Valerie was extremely helpful in talking through our wants and challenging us with good questions to help us determine if this indeed was the right choice for us. Her response time was amazing. We had A LOT of questions as we didn't want to go into this investment without being confident in our decision. She answered every single one way beyond our expectations. We worked together to ensure our trip to FL would be efficient as it was also our family vacation. We spent part of 2 days looking at homes and by the end, we felt extremely confident in our choice...and then we learned there was another offer on the table. Valerie worked hard in negotiations to get us our amazing new house. We are so thankful we found her.
Response from Valerie on 03/24/2014
Joan and Mike, I am speechless at your amazing review. Both of you made me feel so special appreciated. :-)) I am thrilled that it showed that I truly wanted to help you find the perfect investment property here in FL. We with it is more important that I make my customers happy than anything else and it appears that I have accomplished that. It was a true blessing helping you find the best home and to ensure that we had a smooth closing as well. Being from NJ it does help me during the negotiation process. I pray that you and your family get the opportunity to enjoy your beautiful home for many years to come. Thank you for wonderful review and we look forward to seeing you during one of your visits to the area. Abundant Blessings Always, Valerie & Andre'