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Bought a Single Family home in 2012 for approximately $3.075M in Sanibel, FL.
We recently purchased our lovely beach house on Sanibel Island with Sherrill Simms and John Bates as our Realtors, Karen Bell being the Broker. I can honestly say that the whole process was a smooth one from looking at many homes to making the offer, through the home inspection, closing details and finally the closing. Sherrill and John work as a great team, are very professional, knowledgable, skillful negotiators, and are attentive to details, large and small. They worked energetically on our behalf, and displayed positive attitudes and strong people skills. My husband and I would highly recommend them for anyone looking to buy a house, they are really great at what they do, and make the whole process of buying a home a most enjoyable one! Mary B.
Bought a Single Family home in 2012 for approximately $525K in Sanibel, FL.
Karen combines the knowledge of the ins and outs of Sanibel's market and the sensitivity to different needs. My husband wanted a house in great condition while I wanted one where we could view wildlife, preferably on water. She listened to us carefully after each visit and was able to find several houses that met our needs. Then she helped us negotiate to get an absolutely fantastic price on our number one choice.
We began to look while here in March and continued to work with her by phone and email in April when we had to go back North. She is always responsive, cheerful and fun to be with. She worked wonders during a weekend in April when we ended to get an offer accepted in two days.
Now that we are settled here in Sanibel we expect to be friends as Karen is a joy to be with. I cannot imagine a more outstanding realtor.
Bought a Single Family home in 2012 for approximately $700K in Captiva, FL.
We are UK residents and bought about six months ago a property on Captiva through Karen Bell's Captiva office. We dealt with John Bates and Sherrill Simms, and the whole experience was made easy for us due to their patience, support, knowledge and negotiating skills. Every query we had they dealt with quickly and efficiently, and they helped us through the process with confidence and enthusiasm. We have since become good friends with their office and we recommend them whenever we are able.
We purchased a condo in the Captiva village in 2011 after wanting a place there for more than 20 years. We have known Karen and her team for a long time and they have always provided us with superb service. When we finally found the place we were ready to purchase, the team helped us through the entire process in the most professional manner imaginable. Every member of the team was fully up to date the whole time from our first showing through closing. Teamwork like theirs is so important when you are from out of town and may need access to someone immediately. Everyone on the team knows the Sanibel / Captiva area completely and there was never one of our questions that they could not answer.
We loved working with the team, including Karen's dog Lily, of course. They were all professional, prepared and efficient. We felt respected and that they gave us their full attention and energy. Plus, they are all positive people and great fun. The whole process was enjoyable and we ended up with a beautiful condo and a great feeling about the purchase process.
For expert advice, based on sound experience and extensive knowledge of the market, the Bell Team far surpasses all expectations. Every member communicates that their sole focus is the client they serve. They reflect the knowledge, education and experience of their leader, Karen Bell, and I highly recommend that anyone interested in either buying or selling real estate , do so, only after consulting with these experts and specifically Karen. We are fortunate to have had a most successful selling experience reflected by the buyer in their high satisfaction with their :buying experience.