Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Team Vitale Receives the 5 Star Award for 2012

Experts say that at least 90 percent of homebuyers rely on real estate agents for advice and guidance. But with more than 8,500 agents in the Sarasota Bay area holding real estate licenses, finding an agent with market knowledge who operates with an emphasis on integrity and service can be overwhelming.

SARASOTA MAGAZINE can help.  Since 2005, Sarasota Magazine, in partnership with an independent research firm, has been surveying recent homebuyers and other industry experts to find real estate agents in the Sarasota Bay area who consistently WOWED their clients.

The Selection Process:  QMI Research administers a survey, my mail and phone, to homebuyers who recently participated in a home purchase. Additional ballots are submitted to mortgage and title companies, who are often best able to judge a real estate agent's technical skills and knowledge.  The ballots ask recipients to evaluate agents based upon customer service, communication, finding the right home, integrity, negotiations, marketing the home, market knowledge, closing preparation and overall satisfaction.

Nominated real estate agents are then reviewed by a blue-ribbon panel of local industry experts consisting of realty company executives, professional and trade association officers and others directly involved in housing-related businesses.

The resulting list of Five Star Real Estate agents is an elite group, representing less than seven percent of licensed agents in the Sarasota area.  It should be noted that real estate agents do not and cannot pay a fee to be included in the evaluation process or to be named as a Five Star Real Estate agent.

And it is with all this in mind that Team Vitale is proud to have been voted the Five Star award for the eighth consecutive year.   Says Jim Vitale, "This is an award that we value above all others because it reflects our success in meeting our customers' needs. We are in a service industry and it is our job to service our clients by finding them the right home for all their wants and needs. With us, our customers come first."

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