Our wonderful customers are the reason we’re in business. Here are some of the great things they’ve said about us. Also, we would love for you to click on the “Review Us” button and let us know how we did.
These testimonials will help you begin to see the reason that Steve Martin Smith has had the privilege of being named among
the top 1% of the 5000+ Coldwell Banker Realtors in Florida and also included in the top 10 REALTORS in Venice.
My wife and I recently had the pleasure of working with Steve Martin Smith and Katrina Smith when looking for our winter home in Venice. From day 1, Steve and Katrina were extremely responsive and had great suggestions for homes to view, based on what we were looking for. All throughout the negotiations and closing Steve and Katrina were there quickly handling any issues that may have risen.
Before choosing a real estate agent, I conducted a lot of research to see who would be the best choice based on the investment they make into selling the property and how they promote their listings. Steve and Katrina Smith stood out as the best Venice has to offer: their organic rankings are excellent, their social media presence was strong, and I could tell they put a lot of work into their listings.
Even after closing on the property Katrina was a huge help in design and color scheme of the interior. Yes Steve and Katrina aren’t only amazing Real Estate Agents, but are a sincere, honest caring couple that go way above what you would expect. I honestly feel I could I say that I consider Steve and Katrina my friends. Needless to say we would highly recommend Steve and Katrina Smith for either selling or purchasing a new home (Buyer’s Broker) Thank you team Smith!!!
– Mike on Venice Island
If you are looking to purchase a home from Sarasota to South of Venice, only ONE place to look. Steve Martin Smith is the most amazing, caring, compassionate man along with his adorable, brilliant and knowledgeable wife Katrina Smith. I was so impressed and enjoyed the attention and time they took to find us the RIGHT beautiful home of our dreams. Can’t thank them enough, and you will say the same. Contact them TODAY
– Denise in North Port
Steve Martin Smith and Katrina Smith are very very good at what they do. This was our first home purchase and we were nervous apprehensive and not all that confident we could do it. Then we met Steve. He is extremely knowledgeable and easy and fun to work with. He and his wife won our confidence and were with us every step of the way. Start to finish and i should mention that Katrina is very knowledgeable about renovating and repair work should we need it in the future. They have remained in contact like someone else mentioned and we feel like we gained so much just by knowing them. We now have a beautiful home in a great community that we never thought would be possible until we met them. They literally made our dream a reality and we are so happy in our new home.a
– Sean and Amy in Venice
Steve and Katrina Smith helped me find a house for my elderly mom a little over a year ago. It was a challenge to find just the right house that was move-in ready and had the amenities that she was looking for. But Steve and Katrina never got discouraged; they walked my mom through the entire process and made her feel at ease every step of the way, and even stayed in touch with her after closing to ensure she was satisfied with her purchase. So when my wife and I decided to sell our house, it was an instant decision to contact Steve and Katrina to list our house for us. It was by far the best decision we ever made; they came to the house and gave us a list of suggestions to make the house more marketable, and took care of having pictures taken and creating a 3D virtual tour of the house. The house listed on the MLS on a Friday evening and by that same Sunday we had a full-price offer on the house. We could not be more impressed with their knowledge of the market and how to make our house stand out over all the others in the area. At no time did they make us feel pressured, but they were available at any time to answer our questions and keep us feeling good about the process. If you are looking to buy or sell, I would strongly recommend the ACE TEAM of Steve and Katrina, best agents around and friends for life.
– Tom in Venice
This is my 3 owned home, so my 3rd sale. And I could not be happier with the dedication Steve & Katrina had in making sure I received top dollar. Have you ever had an agent come into your home, and paint? Spend 16 hours fixing a crappy shower, (not crappy by me, but from previous owner), come to you, when you are available, even if it’s not until 10:00pm? No? I didn’t think so! Steve & Katrina work when it works for YOU, not them. They go way above & beyond the call of duty! If you are considering selling your home, make NO other call, but to Steve & Katrina! Thank you, both of you, for being who you are, two amazing hard working people! You ROCK!
– Christine in Venice
Steve and Katrina are amazing!! From the moment I spoke to Steve till this day they both treat us like family!! A little back round my house hunt was difficult and we did not have a lot of time to leave our rental. Steve emailed and contacted me everyday with new listings, from searching on Sundays with my children to rushing and offering to pick up my kids from school, they did everything to make sure we met my schedule.Once we finally found a house it didn’t end our contact.I don’t know any other realtor who was waiting at the house on closing day to help clean(and I mean scrub),they even recruited the help of their daughter Nicole it was huge to me as a working mother of 3. This ended up not being a transactional relationship but a lifelong friendship. Katrina is still available to me for tips on renovations in my house and Steve has popped in my job just to say hi! I cannot express the amount of gratitude I have to them both and hands down will recommend to anyone who is looking for more than just someone to purchase/sell their home.
– Kim in Venice
Steve Martin Smith and Katrina Smith are truly the dream team of realtors. My husband, Steve and I call them Mr. & Mrs. A&B because they have gone Above and Beyond our highest expectations! Katrina totally transformed our home from drab to sparkling with her expertise in cosmetic rehab! And their top notch photographer beautifully showcased the transformation! Steve took care of all legal aspects, keeping us informed each step of the way so we had zero stress! The Smiths’ reputation for integrity, knowledge and the ultimate in service is well deserved. We will definitely call upon Steve and Katrina for all our real estate transactions!
– Mary Jeanne in Venice
We looked at the condo around 2 PM, talked with Katrina for 45 minutes, walked around the complex, returned to speak with Katrina and she sent us to Steve’s office on the island. In the next 30 minutes we wrote a contract and put down a deposit. Left the office around 3:50 PM and at 5 PM received a call telling us we were the owners of our condo in Golf View. Now that’s a pretty good duo of realtors that work for Gulf Shores. We are very happy and pleased with our condo and most especially with our relationship with Steve and Katrina. Thanks for your help and ability to get the job done.
– Paul and Kathy from Edinboro, Pennsylvania, 2016
Steve takes all the guess work out of the real estate experience for his clients. He knows his market and he meets all of the deadlines that are required. If you are a Realtor and have a referral for the Venice area, Steve is your guy. I send him anything I get and his follow up is the best in the business.
– Debbie Turner with KW in Bradenton, FL
Steve and Katrina are exactly what any professional in the customer service industry should strive to mirror. They have mastered making clients feel like friends.
– Meredith from Venice, 2015
Being a Michigan REALTOR puts me in the position of helping my customers find their winter homes in Florida. Steve and Katrina are my exclusive referral partners for Sarasota and Charlotte County. Their teamwork and attention to detail compares to none. I trust my customer’s in their care and know that they will be happy home owners through the whole experience!
~Gretchen Ouweleen, Arterra Realty
I selected Steve Martin Smith to sell my house in Stoneybrook at Venice based on his marketing expertise and solid plan to market my property. My confidence was justified, as Steve sold my house within 60 days at one of the highest prices within the 1,800-home development. Steve also aided me in finding just the right development in which to build a new home and in negotiating the price. Steve is professional and was highly attentive and responsive to my needs. The results speak for themselves.
– Bernie from Venice, 2015 VIEW THE LISTING
I am sharing my experience of our home selling process which I have to admit was made effortless because my husband and I chose the best Realtor in the area. We had decided way before starting this event to interview a few agents for the right fit. She or he had to be working exclusively for our benefit to receive the best market price as could be fetched for our beautiful home. Upon meeting Steve Martin Smith we knew he was the one and have not regretted the choice we made. Steve Martin Smith and Gulf Shores Realty on Venice Island were extremely professional, honest, truthful, and friendly all while setting up and getting ready for the market. Once everything came together it all happened quickly…they new exactly what they were doing from staging, to the background checking, and all the particulars to complete the process. Steve Martin Smith, his wife and Gulf Shores Realty were terrific, we highly recommend them. And while downsizing was the goal to begin with, Steve Martin Smith assisted in this process too. He is a man of many talents, my husband and I are very glad he loves his job as a Realtor.
– Kitty from Venice, 2015 VIEW THE LISTING
Steve, I can attest that good-hearted helpfulness and compassion is your very nature. ( As found on YouTube )
– Pat from Venice, 2016
Working with Steve has been a pleasure. He responds promptly and always has incredible solutions. Buying/selling can be so stressful but Steve has a way of keeping things in check. Our house sold very quickly and Steve was there every step of the way. He listened to our desires for a new home and took great care to provide us all of our options. He continues to be very helpful and responds immediately. I will continue to recommend Steve and continue to do business with him. He has made buying/building much less stressful.
– Kristina from Venice, 2015
Steve Martin Smith worked wonderfully in the sale of our villa in Chestnut Creek, Venice, Fl. His knowledge of all of the legal, ethical and normal methods to be used throughout the set up and sale of this property was beyond any possible needs we could have. As an attribute, Steve’s wife, Katrina, came into our home, prior to date of photography and open house, and set up all furniture, pillows, books, towels, etc. to look as good as they could look regarding color combinations, and spaciousness of rooms. Then she cleaned, from top to bottom, all stainless steel, sinks, and cabinets. Our home was beautiful when she was done. They were both available at all times for any questions we had. We could reach them via cell phone or e-mail, whenever necessary. Stress in a sale is rough and this couple relieved a great deal of this problem with outstanding knowledge of Florida real estate laws and very pleasant, positive attitudes.
– Phil & Barb of Venice
We contacted Steve to help us find a home for my elderly mother. Steve was very quick to respond and within hours of our initial contact he had several homes for us to view that met our criteria. Steve’s communication was outstanding keeping us apprised of new home listings within moments of them becoming available providing us with an MLS listing to view on line first and answering our questions before scheduling a personal tour of the homes. Steve made the entire process less stressful with his constant communication, updates and his humor. It was a real pleasure to work with Steve and he was able to guide us to the perfect house for my mom. Thank you Steve for your efforts, professionalism and for your genuine concern for my mom’s comfort and needs.
– Tom from Venice, 2015
I just want to say a special thank you to Steve Martin Smith for the amazing job he did in finding us our first home! As with most first time buyers, I knew little to nothing about the process. Steve is a knowledgeable and patient man! Every step of the process he was right there fighting for us. He helped us with the mortgage, inspections, drove for countless hours as we searched for our beautiful home on a small budget. Even when we lost hope because of a bad inspection, he kept our spirits up and we found an even better home! We were from out of town and expecting a real hassle. Not with Steve! I can confidently recommend his services whether you’re local or working through email. If we ever consider selling this beautiful home, Steve will be our first contact! Thank you for finding us our dream.
– Nicole from North Port, 2015
Steve Martin was the realtor that assisted us when buying a new home in FL. He was invaluable during the entire process. Steve handled the purchase, settlement, orientation and walk-thru. We were not available during the closing walk thru. He did not hesitate to be there to answer any questions that we had. I would recommend him fully as a realtor to trust and handle your future purchase/sale. Steve’s professionalism and caring spirit made our new life possible.
– Gwenn from Venice, 2015
I have known Steve Smith for many years and when it came time to find a new home for my mother-in-law, I knew that Steve was the right man for the job! He was quick to show us the newest opportunities on the market and worked tirelessly to help us find just the right house. His professionalism and patience were highly instrumental in guiding through a smooth transition. Thank you, Steve !
– Julie from Venice, 2015
I just purchased a house with Steve, while living out of state. Not only did he take the time with me from our very first phone call but he gave me the same attention through every step of the way. He listened to me on what I really wanted and I found exactly that. Steve is professional, caring and so remarkable on answering questions and concerns very quickly. I can assure anyone, working with Steve Martin Smith is a really great choice!!
– Tracy from North Port, 2015
When we began our search for a Real Estate agent my wife & I knew we would need to interview several to find a great one – not just a good one. We met – or didn’t meet – one who didn’t show up for the very first meeting; one who couldn’t provide any comparable prices for our home to be sold and in fact had done very little work in our area; one who, at an Open House, was unable to explain the features of the home she was showing; one who was showing a home with several neighbors & friends sitting around, and finally, one whose photographs and handouts at an Open House appeared to have been created by a student for a third grade project – informational but not professional.
Fortunately we met Steve Martin Smith, an agent at Gulf Shores Realty, at an Open House. We both were first impressed by his very professional appearance (first impressions are important) and then delighted by his presentation. Our goal at that time was to find a great real estate agent, not buy that particular home. His brochure was professionally designed and made an excellent impression. A day or so after meeting Mr. Smith we went to his office in downtown Venice and met Mr. Wayne Welsh, the Broker-Owner of Gulf Shores Realty. Mr. Welsh immediately dropped what he was doing, took us to his office and spent at least 20 minutes speaking about his company, their philosophy, their vision and their attention to detail. It turns out that Gulf Shores Realty, the owner, and Steve Martin Smith were EXACTLY what we had been searching for in every way. And, in fact, I can see why Gulf Shores Realty has won a variety of area business awards for the past several years.
Steve Martin Smith worked very hard for us for over two months looking for our new home. It was apparent from his very first visit to our home with his wife Katrina that his interest was first and foremost our satisfaction. Katrina Smith has the training, experience, knowledge, and design sense and she served as our property stager. We couldn’t have been happier receiving the “two for one” complete package! It is amazing to see how well they work together to deliver complete customer satisfaction.
We did find the perfect home and Mr. Smith acted as our Agent for that purchase. We then signed a contract with him for the sale of our home of 20 years. That’s when he really went to work. First we got a professional appraisal, the cost of which was later reimbursed by him. Then Katrina Smith assisted us in making our home show to its best potential. She has a terrific ability to know exactly “what goes where” and was a very good source for other ideas. Steve Martin Smith paid for a professional photographer to spend an hour or so at our home taking photos of outstanding quality, which were used to display the many fine attributes of our home. No other Real Estate agent ever even suggested using a professional photographer much less paying for it himself! Even Mr. Wayne Welsh, the Broker-Owner of Gulf Shores Realty, assisted in marketing our home by arranging aerial photographs. Our home was NOT one of those multi-million dollar homes in a gated community but it is above average (we think) but we sure received the million-dollar treatment!
In any event our home was sold in eight days. The amount of effort put in by Steve Martin Smith, Katrina Smith, Wayne Welsh, and Gulf Shores Realty was phenomenal. Their attention to detail and their professionalism were instrumental in a very rapid sale at a price we were happy with.
There are dozens of Realtors anxious to “sign you up”, list your most valued possession, and hope for the best, but few will work as hard for you as they will. I know of people who have tried to save money by selling their home by themselves but I believe that dollar for dollar, Steve Martin Smith, Katrina Smith, and Gulf Shores Realty can’t be beat. I really can’t say enough good things about the team that worked with us this summer to make a stressful and sometimes scary procedure go so well. Thanks Steve, Katrina, and Wayne.
– Richard from Venice, 2015