Michael Holderness, Jr. has been licensed as a Realtor for nearly 20 years working in the family brokerage, SaraBay Real Estate. However, his career really began much earlier. “I remember going to open houses as a kid and I started showing properties in high school,” he explains. “As a third generation Realtor, I guess you could say it’s in my blood.” This early experience has given Michael a solid foundation in providing families with the best possible service. He is consistently in the top 1% of agents in sales and he believes that his success is due to his desire to help all of his clients achieve their goals. He receives referrals and repeat business from customers, which he considers the ultimate compliment. Michael devotes full attention to each transaction, whether he is representing the buyer in the recent purchase of a $5.67 million home or helping a newly-widowed customer sell her modest home. A native of Sarasota, Michael has a first-hand appreciation of all the area has to offer. Since I grew up here, I know that it is a great place to raise a family but it is also perfect for retirees and seasonal residents.
Mike also studies the Sarasota/Manatee market, particularly as the economic recovery continues and expects real estate transactions to soar within the next 12 months. “This past year’s hard winter convinced many people to move to the Florida sunshine and I predict that sales will skyrocket” he says. Michael recently acquired several bungalows on Siesta Key and is in the process of transforming them into a boutique resort. He is enthusiastic about this new project since the location is in the heart of Siesta Village and he recognizes that the area has a shortage of vacation rentals with a personal, yet upscale feel. He says, “I want to give vacationers a beautiful place to stay while they are here. They will have memories that last a lifetime.”