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by Lois and Kevin L. on DEBRA PITELL-HAUGE

Now that we are getting settled into our new home on Longboat Key, we want to take the time to share our thoughts with you about our experience with real estate professional, Debra Pitell-Hauge. From telephone conversations and e-mails, she was quite insightful about detecting our taste and criteria regarding the type of condominium we would like to purchase. Her organized preparation for our meetings, the selection of properties for viewing, and her communication skills were outstanding. Most of all, her professionalism was second to none. She proved to be extremely knowledgeable in the current real estate market on Longboat Key and the Sarasota area. We felt comfortable and confident that she would guide us in the right direction in choosing a new home for our next adventure through life. After a few visits to the west coast, we chose to make an offer on a condominium at the Tangerine Bay Club on Longboat Key. With Debra's negotiation abilities, our offer was accepted. The entire experience proved to be positive and Debra was able to keep our stress level to a minimum, which is often difficult in real estate dealings. We feel that Debra is a real asset to your organization and we wanted to express our opinion to you.

by Char and Doug N. on DEBRA PITELL-HAUGE

It is our pleasure to write this letter to tell you how pleased Doug and I were once again to have Debra Pitell-Hauge as our Realtor during the purchase of our new condominium. Her attention to detail as well as her knowledge and expertise of the current market assisted us in understanding what people in this area are looking for in a home. We are now in the process of remodeling our first unit and planning on having her list that once it is completed. She went above and beyond, especially in the purchase of our second condo, and we would certainly recommend her services to anyone that is interested in buying or selling a home. We are very happy with the excellent services she provided and look forward to possible future endeavors.

by Irene and Bill W. on DEBRA PITELL-HAUGE

We wanted to thank you for the excellent job that you did for us in purchasing our new condo in Osprey. You seem to have an innate ability to zero in on the desires of people and what they want in property. You realized very quickly, that we wanted a quiet location, but with excellent views of the bay or gulf locations. This condo seems to fit our wishes very well and it took only about 3 or 4 days to make our choice. Not only did you show us the real estate possibilities, but also fine restaurants and shopping opportunities available in this area. We made our minds up in those 3 to 4 days to move here to replace our St. Croix house that we have loved for 21 years. Thanks so much for all of your help and expertise!


Because of my husband’s ill health, I decided in January to look for a one-story villa to replace our three- story Siesta Key home. I have many friends who sell real estate, but didn’t want to create bad feelings by choosing one of them over the others. My brother had met Debra Pitell-Hauge at an event in their neighborhood, and suggested I retain her, which I did. In early January, Debra quickly found several villas for me, and I immediately chose one. Under Debra’s guidance, I closed on that one on January 29th. My next step was to sell our house on Siesta Key. I had enjoyed working with Debra, so listed it with her. I wanted to wait to show it until I could get my husband moved into the new villa. Meanwhile, Debra was busy preparing her sales materials, having a terrific video of the house made, and having postcards printed. We moved into our villa on March 19th, and on March 27th, the Michael Saunders caravan viewed the Siesta house. I have bought and sold quite a few homes in my life, but never had to face the complications of this one. There were some problems with the house we didn’t know about until inspection, and also the many stairs (with no elevator) turned off many buyers. The buyer Debra found for me created other problems. However, Debra powered through every complication, even after having been in a serious automobile accident, while keeping me sane and our buyer enthused about the purchase. On Thursday, June 21st, I closed on the sale, with Debra at my side. I don’t usually do testimonials, but my husband and I think Debra Pitell-Hauge is an exceptional Realtor. She is persistent without being pushy, (a trait we detest), very professional and yet warm, and extremely good at what she does. We think your organization is fortunate to have her, and I hope you will forward my comments to Michael.

by Lois and Jerry C. on DEBRA PITELL-HAUGE

Debra persevered through two separate listings of the same property, over the past two years, to achieve the proper price for our beautiful condo on the # 1 beach in America. She never discouraged us that we shouldn’t be listing our condo, at the price we were wanting to achieve. To date, the condo’s in the Grand Tower at the PBC has been priced to generate a quick sale. The proof has been, that they sell within a few days of being listed. This sale will finally raise the bar for future sales.When an offer came, Debra worked with the buyer to come to a satisfactory price for both parties.Debra builds a real rapport with the buyer and when an extension for the closing was required, the buyer was very agreeable. Debra handled all details pertaining to the sale which we appreciated immensely as we do not live in the Sarasota area for the summer.We are truly satisfied with Debra’s performance as our real estate agent.We will be recommending Debra to all our friends and acquaintances in the Sarasota Area

by Ryan and Madeline C. on DEBRA PITELL-HAUGE

Debra came to us highly recommended and, after a bad experience with an agent from another agency, we were extremely impressed. When it came time to sell our home, we reached out to Debra as the only person we would trust with such an important decision. We are happy to say that she did not disappoint!Debra is the ultimate professional, but more than that is one of a kind. When we starting to plan for our sale, we scheduled a meeting with Debra who came to our home to discuss our options. It was clear to us that Debra had our best interest in mind and not just selling the house for a commission. Having also bought the house with Debra, she had detailed notes and paperwork from the purchased which helped to better market the home and to speed along the process. Debra’s attention to detail helped us to maximize our profits and lessen our stress about the process. Debra was always available for us and treated us as if we were her only clients. Debra worked around our schedule, which was often very limited, to get everything done with our deal including attending all important events such as the home inspection, walk through, and more. We both were in constant communication with Debra regarding a variety of needs, and she always returned our emails, calls, and texts extremely quickly, even at night and on the weekends.When it came time to sell our house, one of the biggest decisions of our lives, we needed someone we could trust to deliver what we needed; Debra did this and more. When we purchased our home, we felt like we earned a friend and an advocate for the rest of our lives. Four years later, our home sale further reinforced that feeling. Michael Saunders & Company is so lucky to have Debra Pitell-Hauge and we are so lucky she said “yes” when we asked for her services.


With the sale of our property now complete, I want to take this opportunity to express my appreciation to Debra Pitell-Hauge for the good job she did representing our interests and getting the sale completed. We have used Debra more than once in our real estate transactions, and as always, she was very professional, helpful and thoughtful. In addition, it’s a comfort knowing that an organization like Michael Saunders & Company is behind you, guiding you every step of the way. They make sure that no detail is left undone, and that there are no unexpected surprises. All in all, it was a pleasure working with this great team!


We weren’t seriously looking for a house until we were introduced to Debra at a viewing at the Esplanade of Siesta Key. We saw two homes, really liked one, and a day later asked Debra to put in an offer on one of them. A day later, the deal was done and now two weeks later, we own it. This was an excellent process for my wife and I, it was so smooth that we asked Debra to take on the job of selling our current condo in The Landings. She is a very professional Realtor, the process was smooth and as easy as anything that happened so quickly could be. She is an asset to your company. We have bought and sold a few times in Toronto and Sarasota, I have never written this email before on any of our previous experiences!


I am writing to you to express my appreciation and to highlight the outstanding, professional job Debra Pitell-Hauge did with assisting my wife Virginia and me in our recent condominium purchase. Virginia and I felt at ease as soon as we met her in the Ritz Carlton Hotel lobby and our comfort level increased the more time we spent together discussing our interests, the broader real estate market and viewing properties. Her wisdom, guidance and diligence were keys to our experience and her efforts clearly made the situation less stressful than it could have been. I want to particularly highlight the work Debra completed while Virginia and I stayed in New York including participating in the condo inspection, photographing and completing a detailed inventory of the furnishings as well as conducting the final walk-through prior to closing. She also acted as a critical conduit between our Sarasota based real estate lawyer, our mortgage broker and the seller's property agent. Debra is truly a professional and I will not hesitate to recommend her to anyone considering a property transaction in the Sarasota area.

by Dr. and Mrs. Alan and Cynthia H. on DEBRA PITELL-HAUGE

Just a note to let you know of our wonderful experience we had working with Debra Pitell-Hauge. We worked with Debra prior to coming in July over the phone and via email, looked at approximately 15 homes in 3 days on a world-wind trip down here and found the one! Debra was so easy and accommodating to work with, very knowledgeable of the area, what to look for in a home here in Florida and really worked with us within our budget. Her vast experience really shined through! She helped recommend a bank and also MSC Title for the closing. Again, we couldn't be more pleased with Debra and we are loving our new home in Bradenton!