Celebration / Lake Nona Expert (13 years experience)

Specialties:
Buyer's Agent,
Listing Agent,
Relocation,
New Construction Specialist

Ratings & Reviews

We found a home in Eagle Creek that we were interested in seeing, and Valerie was the listing agent. We called her to ask for a showing of the property, and from that moment on she guided us through the process of purchasing the home. We had a difficult situation with the lender we chose that resulted in at least a week of constant setbacks and disappointments that delayed our closing date and caused havoc with our moving schedule. Valerie was our rock - she was relentless in dealing with our lender to get the closing done as quickly as possible. She truly cares about her clients - she always took the time to listen to our frustrations (and there were many), kept us calm, and made us feel like we were her top priority. She is amazing!

  

06/25/2015 - lmatvey
Bought a Single Family home in 2015 for approximately $275K in Orlando, FL.

We found a home in Eagle Creek that we were interested in seeing, and Valerie was the listing agent. We called her to ask for a showing of the property, and from that moment on she guided us through the process of purchasing the home. We had a difficult situation with the lender we chose that resulted in at least a week of constant setbacks and disappointments that delayed our closing date and caused havoc with our moving schedule. Valerie was our rock - she was relentless in dealing with our lender to get the closing done as quickly as possible. She truly cares about her clients - she always took the time to listen to our frustrations (and there were many), kept us calm, and made us feel like we were her top priority. She is amazing!

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Response from Valerie on 06/29/2015

Lura and Mike, It was my honor and pleasure to help you purchase your golf villa in the Lake Nona area. Sorry about the situation about the lender but good things come to those who wait. I am glad that I could be your ROCK and I do tend to be relentless that is for sure. As the saying goes you can take a girl out of New Jersey but you can't take the NJ out of her. Andre' and I are now thrilled to have both of you as friends too. I greatly appreciate you noticing how much I do care about all my customers. As usual I had lots of friends and family praying that we would close so you could move into your perfect golf villa. May you have many many years of happiness together in your new home. Abundant Blessings, Valerie

 

  

06/22/2015 - zuser20150117171105736
Bought a Single Family home in 2015 for approximately $375K in Lake Nona South, Orlando, FL.

For the first-time house buyers.. I am writing to tell you how much I really enjoyed buying my first home with Valerie Thomas. As a first time buyer, you know how difficult to find a right house, lender, insurance, inspection, etc. Even though I had previous experience of dealing with real estate agents, it was really hard to find a right person who can consider everything from your side. Not until I met Valerie Thomas. I did not know any agent, and so I randomly called her to see a house at Laureate Park, Lake Nona. When I first met her, I could sense that you had a strong experience in this field. Of course, I could tell that she was the one who has the most listings around Laureate Park area. From this moment, I asked her to show me some houses. She picked some houses, and she gave me some good advice on which house has a good value or not. If a house seems to have a single problem, she notified me and gave me a brief estimate to fix it. It was really helpful. I think I am extremely picky on choosing a house. My major concern was the direction of biggest window in house. It should face “direct” south, and the house should be bright during the daytime. The house shouldn’t be more than 5 years old, and interior shouldn’t have severe wear and tear. The space between my house and neighbor should be wide enough so that I can enjoy my privacy. The house should be very close to school bus stop. The house should be ready for move-in. After searching for a suitable house for five months, she found me one? Once I decided to buy the house, this is the place where Valerie really shines. As soon as I decide, she made a contract, get signed, and finished contract within 24 hours. When I had some trouble with seller, she was the one who fought for me. She wins all the time? When I asked her that I was looking to purchase some furniture from neighbors, she searched the area and found some furniture for me. When I was not sure about process, I was not worried because I can get the answer from Valerie within 5 minutes. Now I am supposed to close in few days. For those who seek to buy a house, find Valerie. You will enjoy working with her. If I buy another house, I will definitely work with Valerie. When I sell my house? You don’t have to ask me. It’s Valerie.

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Response from Valerie on 06/23/2015

Shawn, Your review is amazing and I greatly appreciate your kindness and trust in me as your Realtor now and in the future! We are thrilled that you are going to be our neighbors in Laureate Park. I was bound and determined to find you the perfect home. As you know it wasn't an easy task to meet all your requirements but it happened and I couldn't be more excited for you. I think it is that Jersey Girl in me that makes always wants to WIN! LOL Everything about your home is wonderful and I know you "almost" settled for another neighborhood but it was meant for you to be part of this amazing community and for you to meet lots of new friends too! We will be celebrating after your closing for sure and thanks a million for not giving up and I am glad that you can see that I treat every customer with great respect and utmost consideration. I honestly do try to be available and resolve any questions promptly and provide outstanding customer service. Abundant Blessings, Valerie

 

  

05/21/2015 - JLewis1112
Sold a Single Family home in 2015 for approximately $275K in Orlando, FL.

We have now used Valerie to both buy a home and she recently helped us sell a home. She is a real "go-getter" and is, without a doubt, the most responsive agent we've ever worked with. In Orlando, we would not even consider using another agent. Text or call her and she usually responds within minutes. She was constantly marketing our house and we'd often come home to find fresh balloons tied to our mailbox, or see signs in our neighborhood. She sold our home much quicker than we expected and we were absolutely delighted with the price she got for us. She was always on top of every detail and we always felt that we were her top priority. She is awesome.

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Response from Valerie on 05/22/2015

Joyce and Justin, Thank you both for your kind words and trust in me to be your Realtor of choice in Orlando. It was my honor and pleasure to help you purchase and also sell your beautiful home. It made it easy to sell so quickly when you keep your home in pristine condition. You are the ideal seller because as you know during showings people actually thought it was a model home and that makes my job ten times easier!! I do try to respond to all my customers as quickly as possible and I appreciate you noticing that as well. I am thrilled with you that we were able to achieve top dollar for your home. Thanks a million for an amazing review and we wish you the best of luck in your new home as well. Abundant Blessings, Valerie

 

  

04/16/2015 - user934232
Showed home in 2014 in Orlando International Airport, Orlando, FL 32827.

Valerie holds extensive knowledge in real estate. She provides her clients the undivided attention needed. Her understanding and experience with home sales is platinum. Valerie takes the time to understand clients' needs. In terms of new build, she will see your home through the entire build process, closing, and be there every step of the way thereafter during the warranty when handling all issues with builders. She creates a timeline of recommended events according to the build schedule, and is the ultimate project manager, a true advocate for her clients! Valerie has a clear vision for each of her individual clients. She is clear, concise, factual, friendly, and demands only the best for her clients. Her incredible attention to every detail yields impeccable results, simply the best. The best advice I could give anyone out there looking to sell or purchase a home is: Don't go it alone and HIRE VALERIE ~ Valerie is the true and honest realtor who operates with integrity and ethical business practices, takes time with her clients, and goes the extra miles needed to ensure a quality, fulfilled home buying experience.

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Response from Valerie on 04/18/2015

Jamie you can't even imagine how much your kind words about my professionalism means to me. Without a doubt God put you in my path to help you in your time of need. I am honored to have your trust and with me it is NEVER about the sale it is about doing what is best for the customer. Most people do not realize how important it is to have your own Realtor represent you with new construction or even resales. It doesn't cost the buyer anything and they won't save a penny by not having a Realtor but having someone to go back to bat for you if any issues arises or just guide you through the process is priceless!! I worked for a builder almost 14 years ago and the first form you sign on the contract is that we don't represent You we represent the builder! Thank you so much for your referrals of your friends and family too that means the world to me. Abundant Blessings, Valerie

 

  

02/17/2015 - zuser20141210151145447
Bought a home in 2015 in Orlando International Airport, Orlando, FL 32827.

Valerie Thomas is not only the most helpful realtor I've ever met, she's an amazing person. I wasn't even planning to buy a home when I met Valerie, but she was willing to use her local knowledge of the area to assist me in finding a rental. When I decided not to go the rental route, Valerie helped me find the perfect new home for my family. From the beginning, Valerie's energy, persistence with lenders and builders and knowledge of the entire mortgage process has been a huge bonus. She goes above and beyond what any normal real estate professional will do for you. She responds quickly to any questions or concerns and will tailor your home-buying experience directly to your personal needs. Five stars is not a high enough rating for Valerie -- she deserves 10 stars!

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Response from Valerie on 02/20/2015

Sharon, As we both know beyond a shadow of a doubt that God put you in my path!! I was honored to also help you to make sure that your sale of your other house went through smoothly so you can move forward and purchase your brand new home here in Laureate Park. We are super excited about being neighbors too! Thank you so much for your kind words and I will live up to them I promise with any referrals of your friends & family. I'm hoping and praying your kids can have a fresh new start here as well. ????As you know I think this place rocks and that's why we live here and the future growth is incredible!! Welcome to Lake Nona & I am looking forward to your house warming party. Abundant blessings always, Valerie

 

  

01/09/2015 - zuser20141130101923592
Bought a Townhouse home in 2014 for approximately $300K in Lake Nona South, Orlando, FL.

It was our lucky day when we decided to call Valerie Thomas about a new home in Orlando. She walked us through the entire process, answered our many phone calls and emails (many late in the evening) promptly and took care of whatever our urgent problem was at that point. To say she solved a major crisis for us would be an understatement. Always polite, always friendly, never impatient with us. We can't really say enough about what a lifesaver she is.

And, now the sale is over and we're in our new home. Who do I call with a question - why, of course, Valerie. And, she's still answers the questions, still polite and friendly. Still contacts someone to solve our issue.

Would I recommend her to you .. without any hesitation.

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Response from Valerie on 01/12/2015

Nancy & Louie, Thank you for your kindness and like we said everything happens for a reason. Here you were looking for almost 4 months and in one day we were able to find you a home to purchase in beautiful Laureate Park. It was meant to be without a doubt that you move to our wonderful community. I am also thrilled that it worked out so perfectly that Cory and his team where able to help you with the loan so quickly too. My motto with my customers is from contract, to closing and beyond so I will always be here for you. Sherri and I are hoping that we can talk your son into moving to Lake Nona too. :-) Minto has some beautiful single family models that they would love. This place is amazing and the future growth is incredible!! Thank you so much for your business and trust in me as your Realtor of course! All the best! Valerie & Andre'

 

  

12/03/2014 - theo norton
Bought a Multiple Occupancy home in 2014 for approximately $250K 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!

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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

 

  

10/16/2014 - HarryHecht
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.

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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

 

  

08/15/2014 - sihsramos
Bought a home in 2014 in Lake Butler, Windermere, FL 34786.

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.

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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

 

  

08/10/2014 - cwkling60
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!!!!

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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.