References - What our Customers say about us








Easy experience working with Steve Abbe and Wendy Ross.
From start to finish I was keenly aware that I was dealing with the very best.
I flew in from Sioux Falls SD very late on a Saturday , by Tuesday's sunset all the T's had been crossed and the l's dotted! I flew home with my dream condo in my grasp.

Those three days were a whirl wind of documents that needed to be signed, information that I needed to dig up to give to them, etc., they guided me at every turn, and kept me apprised of what they might need next and what I could expect around the corner.

They both clearly know the in and outs of the realty world, as well as the Sarasota area. Were able to help me choose the major players in my journey during the process. Attorneys, Mortgage providers, insurance companies, movers, on & on. Grateful to have had this team as MY team!

We both sold and purchased through Steve Abbe. We were more than pleased with all services provided, and very happy with the outcome of both transactions. Steve and his team made the whole experience seem seamless.

Steve was a delight to work with. His knowledge of The Oaks was very helpful to us -both in deciding that the community is the one that best suits our needs as well as in finding our ideal property there.

Steve represented us, the buyers, as well as the sellers - and did so with fairness (not always an easy thing to do).

He was exceedingly prompt with his responses to all of our questions and requests - and did a good job of keeping the sale in track and moving along in a timely manner.

I strongly recommend Steve as a realtor - for both buyers and sellers.

Steve is the consummate professional...he is prompt, curious, knowledgeable, and goes above and beyond for his clients...I have been confined to my home due to a serious injury, and Steve came to the house regularly in order to handle transactions, including bringing a notary with him for execution of documents...I would highly recommend his services and will personally use him for all of my real estate needs...

I only question his choice of UGA for his under grad work...Roll Tide

Steve & Beverly Johnson

When we decided to begin the process of finding a home in Sarasota more than two years before we'd actually move there, we had the very good fortune of picking Steve Abbe as the real estate agent to help us. From our very first meeting with Steve it was obvious that he knows the Sarasota housing market inside and out. Steve's wealth of knowledge about Sarasota and the golf course community real estate market in particular, gave us a level of confidence that put our minds at ease during what can be a very stressful experience. Even though we weren't planning to move for quite some time, Steve was always patient and understanding as he put in the time and effort to help us find a home that was just right for us. Steve is the consummate professional, and never once did he make us feel hurried or pressured to reach a decision.

Sometimes in life, you just get lucky. We feel we were very lucky to have had the opportunity to work with Steve.

Based on our experience with Steve over the last couple of years, we can recommend him enthusiastically and without reservation to anyone in the market for a home in the Sarasota area.

"Coming from another state the real estate laws are very different. Steve made the confusing differences very simple. Very honest and hard working. I'm sure he knows his 'stuff' regarding any home selection but was particularly helpful in choosing a golf course community. He's a PGA pro." ~ John Carbone

"Steve knows the area extremely well. He also has valuable insights into marketing a home. Having work as a head golf professional at 2 area Clubs, he is very familiar with all the amenities at The Oaks Club and Prestancia. He always makes himself available for showings and was helpful in assisting the completion of necessary repair projects to the property when we were out of town." ~ P. Schachter

"It's hard putting into words about someone who performed more than just being a great real estate agent. Steve Abbe without question is the complete individual you would want to be your agent. Living in Conn. and counting on someone as much as we have to be our eyes and ears has been an incredible experience for us. It took about 2 years to find what we were looking for, but more important the process with Steve was as comfortable as it could be and I'm a nervous nelly. He's able to balance professionalism with personality that's easy to be around and work with. Between Steve and Betty you will have the best team assisting you at the beginning, during and after the sale. He is very easy going, not a bit of pressure and cares about finding you exactly what you're looking for. We feel very fortunate to have meet Steve at the time we were looking to settle in the Sarasota area. I can't say enough about my experience working with Steve...Good luck on finding your dream place to live in Florida..." ~ Zillow User tigereye007

"Steve was most tactful, told you the facts in a way you would accept them. His service and support in the sale of our home were far above expectation. He returns calls very promptly, and gets you what you need fast." ~ Zillow user6879292

"Steve Abbe is the very best. He works hard and is always available. He understands the market and I would use him again. Steve is also very patient. The time to downsize had arrived and while appropriate, it was also emotional. We sold our home of 22 years in two days at the right price. We were expecting it to take at least six months. Steve also helped us find a beautiful condominium to move into. He was there for us all the way."
Zillow User skrousedds
471 E Macewen Dr, Osprey, FL 34229

"We're not exaggerating one iota when we assess Steve as an across the board 5 star performer! Granted, every Real Estate Agent has their designated area of expertise, but we can state without equivocation, that if you're selling in the Oaks, Oaks Bayside or the Oaks Meridian, you should think no further than listing with Steve Abbe. Start by looking at the sales they've delivered in that market area - impressive - and the numbers don't lie!
Once we listed our property - Steve took control of the process, and led the day to day, as we weren't even in our home at the time. That meant Steve also had to manage all the gory details once he quickly found us our buyer and we went into contract - right through the closing date. Seriously, he had a recommendation and a plan for every challenge we faced - and did his job both professionally and graciously - he's a consummate pro who isn't apt to 'roll his eyes'.
Last - and not least - candidly, we expected a world class effort and outcome, after we sat with Steve. It's why we signed up. But honestly, Steve is also a perfect gentleman who we quickly learned to trust, as a more genuine human being than we're accustomed to dealing with. That was indeed a pleasant bonus. Nothing but the truth ..." ~Terry Schuke

"Moving across the country can be a very challenging experience even for people who have made multiple moves to multiple states. Our experience suggests a key to a smooth transition is selecting a Realtor who takes the time to listen and understand the wants and needs of the individuals who are relocating. We were fortunate to find Steve Abbe prior to our planned relocation to the Sarasota/Osprey region of Florida. Prior to beginning our search for a new home Steve sent each of us a questionnaire to help him understand our preferences for the type of home, location, and our lifestyle. While many realtors see the closing as the last step of the sales process Steve Abbe remained engaged to help us find experienced contractors for painting, renovations, and other changes to make our new purchase ‘our home.' We highly recommend Steve Abbe if you are looking for a home in the Sarasota area." ~ Greg and Connie Carlson

"Thoroughly knowledgeable, extremely helpful Realtor. A real pro! This was my 18th home purchase — and have sold 17 — so I know a really good one. Showed us a dozen other properties — all suitable. Provided excellent comps and guidance in successfully negotiating a deal which all felt was a good one. Later helped with a lot of items attendant to our move. A real delight to deal with Steve!" ~ Zillow User billmcg056

"Steve Abbe is hands down the best real estate agent I have ever worked with. I am from PA and the property was from my aunt's estate in Florida. I literally had 1 day to meet with Steve before returning to PA. He took on all the tasks of the sale from cleaning out the property of all personal items, preparing any work that needed done to prepare it for showing, listing and selling the property in a matter of months. Steve went above and beyond to make sure that everything was done correctly all while keeping me up to date through the whole process. I only wish we had realtor's like Steve in PA!!" ~ Zillow user mba1637

"Thank you for all of your good work on our behalf."...
"You are true professionals because you place your clients' satisfaction with a home choice or sale of home above just “getting a deal.” You have a great reputation in The Oaks and it is so very well deserved. It has been such a pleasure to work with you. Thanks again." ~ Hugh and Donna

"I couldn't have picked a better agent to sell my home. Steve sold it quickly, and had a very good sense for the marketplace. I would recommend him highly to anyone looking for a knowledgeable and effective real estate professional."~Zillow user Rerni

"Steve Abbe was very professional and knowledgeable. He has a great client base in the Oaks and presents the benefits of the community very well. We enjoyed working with Steve very much and would recommend him to anyone interested in a property." ~ zillow user vanceshome

"I am writing to commend the outstanding service and excellent result in the sale of our house and purchase of a condo by Mr. Steve Abbe of Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate. My wife and I could not be more pleased with Steve's effort and good work on our behalf.
We selected Steve and Coldwell Banker from among four or five agents and companies we thought might be successful in selling our house in the Oaks Club in Osprey. Steve's knowledge of The Oaks community, his experience and record of sales within The Oaks, and especially, his understanding of what potential buyers might want and Iike about The Oaks, made Steve the obvious choice.
We have not regretted this decision.
Throughout the process of the sale - as welI as the purchase of an apartment in downtown Sarasota - Steve was informed, knowledgeable, provided useful recommendations on people to assist us with the transition - handymen, stagers, inspectors, etc., was responsive to our issues and requests and available to show us properties we wanted to see or he felt we should see. He was thoughtful and professional in his recommendations and suggestions.
We recommend Steve highly and believe he is an asset to Coldwell Banker."~Donald H., Sarasota, FL

“I am happy to write this letter in regard to the team who represented my wife and I in the sale of our home in The Oaks.
It took two years from start to finish, and during this time we had the opportunity to work with them many times to develop a plan to make the sale. They never faulted in any respect and were always available to respond to any thoughts or ideas we might have had. We felt they went way beyond our expectations in service. The day that Steve and Gene spent two hours changing out about twenty light bulbs to make our home brighter was a true eye opener in service.
These people are professionals and it would be our pleasure to recommend them to anyone who is either seeking buying or selling a home.” ~ William and Nancy L.

"Steve and his team have listed and sold 2 of our previous homes, and assisted with the purchase of 2 others including our present home in The Isles. We would only think of using Steve and his team. Always professional, on time, and extremely knowledgeable, we feel Steve always has the clients best interest in mind. One of the best reasons to hire Steve is his excellent follow up to showings on your property. Immediately following the showing, we are notified of any response to our listed property, both positive and negative. This is extremely important, as it allows the seller to make any necessary changes to facilitate the sale of your home. Your home will always be marketed to it's fullest potential via newspaper, direct mail and Open Houses. Selling or Buying a home is never easy, but with Steve and his team you are definitely in excellent hands. Looking forward to working with Steve again." ~ Trip Hughes & Les Kirstein Sarasota, Fl. Zillow user 2882229

"We worked with Steve this past June to find a house suitable for us, in Osprey, Florida. He asked questions that narrowed down the search immensely and was able to schedule showings quickly (we were only in town for a few days). For the initial day, he had four properties for us to see. When we got to the very first one, we fell in love and made an offer. We loved it so much that we did not even need to look at others. He hit the mark and found us our dream home with one attempt! Steve worked with us to make our offer and was available and responsive. Within 24 hours we had a deal. He's the BEST!" ~Zillow user alanapotapchuk

"Steve is a very knowledgeable and thoughtful agent and offers excellent service and guidance to his clients. He is quick to learn what's important in a home for prospective buyers and careful to show homes that meet those criteria and to suggest others that he thinks deserve a look for other reasons." ~Zillow user saswets

"When it comes to selling properties at The Oaks I believe Steve Abbe is the best choice for realtor. He sells The Oaks lifestyle as well as the property, something almost all the other brokers do not. Steve sold our Meridian condo two weeks after listing, to another golfer. It had been listed with a different major international brokerage for eight months before that. Steve's presentation and demeanor throughout was friendly and professional." ~ Zillow user jimsuefox

"Steve is a true real estate professional. He makes the entire experience easier and far more enjoyable. He knows real estate, the communities and who to use. He's a total resource when anything real estate related is involved. Steve will do everything in his power to bring both sides together for a win-win solution. He is the rare combination of the important components of a real estate expert and the best of his profession." ~Zillow user mbbberry

"Steve was referred to us, and we were delighted with his professionalism, enthusiasm, courtesy and knowledge. Steve did a thorough job of introducing us to The Oaks and making us confident in our decision."
~ Marilyn B.

"Steve represented the Sellers. He worked well with our agent. He knew more about issues in the development than our agent did because he has been in the area longer and has exceptional expertise.” ~ Beth P

"I have used Steve Abbe for multiple real estate transactions and he has always surpassed expectations. Steve was proactive and professional throughout the process." ~ Mark A.