“I have worked in the Real Estate industry for over 25 years in competitive markets in both California and Florida. Having experienced the past 14 years in the Florida real estate market I am knowledgeable about the highs and lows that come! I am a full time Realtor, with multi-million dollar production, specializing in all of Manatee and Sarasota Counties with strong knowledge of new construction as well as resale opportunities. With my strengths, backed by Coldwell Bankers renowned reputation, you’ll find the right Realtor for you in me!”
You can say it’s in her blood. Having been born and raised in Erie, Pennsylvania Melissa was able to spend countless hours at her grandfather’s real estate office as a child. Those cherished memories led to her love and dedication for the industry. She started her career as a realtor in the late 90’s in the same city her grandfather had his brokerage. After marrying her husband in 1999 she joined him in the Philadelphia area and continued her career there. Three states and three children later it was 2012, the baby of the family is off to kindergarten and time for mom to return real estate.
In addition to living in Erie she also lived in Boston, Chicago, and Atlanta. When the opportunity to move the family to the Sarasota area arose, she was thrilled. Sarasota was no stranger to Melissa, she had the privilege of vacationing here as a young girl with family. She enjoys exploring all the treasured areas in and around the Sarasota and Manatee county area. There is no place that she will not explore when it comes to real estate. Looking for your piece of paradise, whatever it might be, she will know where to find it.
Her friends refer to her as the “Mayor”, they say she knows everyone and all the local gems. The best of the best from where to go paddle boarding to who has the best Cuban sandwich in town (the answer will surprise you!). And of course, a network of the best people and resources around to support your real estate transaction.
When she is not busy listing and selling properties or working on improving her knowledge and skills she loves to be involved in the community and real estate organizations. She is a member of the Woman’s Council of Realtors and is co -chair for the 2017 annual Fashion Shown. Her real passion is for tomorrow’s leaders, the children and those who teach them on a daily basis. She has spent countless hours volunteering at local schools and the YMCA. She was nominated for Manatee County volunteer of the year and was the recipient of the Manatee County YMCA aquatics volunteer of the year.
This summer marks the 40th anniversary of Diane’s relocation to Florida from the cold of the northeast with her family. Originally from Clearwater, after graduating from Florida State University, Diane spent the next years of her career in corporate retail-buying/planning for Sears as well as Bealls. Her retail career lead her to a variety of locations including Alabama, Louisiana, Illinois and finally back home to Florida 17 years ago.
Diane has a passion for Florida and its diverse lifestyle options. Her enthusiasm to help others, her business acumen and her knowledge of the Sarasota/Manatee area and all that it has to offer, allows Diane to be uniquely qualified to assist in selling or buying the perfect home for you and your family.
When not assisting her real estate clients, Diane and her husband enjoy the many sports that this area has to offer: Pirates Spring Training, Tampa Bay Rays and USF Bulls football, where her son is a student. After having been treated for breast cancer at Sarasota Memorial Hospital, volunteering there has been very fulfilling and gives Diane the opportunity to give back. Finally, being an animal lover, Diane and her husband enjoy taking their dogs for long walks. Don’t be surprised if she shows you a photo of them!
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