Testimonials

“We really appreciate all that Nick DeVito and Joanna Ginder did, representing the family on the sale of our property at 740 Apex Road.  You kept us up to date during the process and represented us well. We are happy with the outcome and really, the whole process.   I will always refer Ian black Real Estate, when asked about a commercial realtor.”    Mike Hilliard, President, Apex Holdings, LLC.

“As the owner of a commercial building in downtown Sarasota, finding the right real estate agent to handle leasing is extremely important to me.  I have had the pleasure of working with Linda Emery of Ian Black Real Estate for many years now.  Linda is a true professional who has closed many leases for me over the years.  She is always thorough whether dealing with a large retail space or a small office.  Her many years of experience with the Sarasota market are of tremendous value in pricing and marketing any spaces I have for lease.  I can always call on her for an accurate opinion or assessment of the current commercial real estate market.  Linda always returns calls promptly and is willing to share her knowledge of the market.  I highly recommend Linda Emery for your commercial real estate needs.”  Dick Dickinson, Dickenson Photography

“Stacy Rosenberg first contacted me to see if I knew anyone in Lakewood Ranch looking to lease some extra office space they have available for lease.  A few months later I needed Stacy’s services to help me locate a larger office within Lakewood Ranch for my Law Firm. We expanded our search to Downtown Bradenton to be closer to the Courthouse. Stacy worked closely with me throughout the process of purchasing a property, to be retrofitted from an older home to an updated office. She helped connect me to the City of Bradenton and the appropriate departments. Even after the property closed she stayed in touch to make sure everything was continuing to move forward. ”   Anthony (Tony) D. Barak, Esq. Founding Shareholder,  Barak  Law Group

“Stacy Rosenberg and I have worked closely together to assist our clients with residential or commercial real estate needs. While we each provide our own services, we have developed a partnership ensuring our clients can always be served. Whether it’s a simple question or an update on each sector, we have created a referral service between Century 21 Integra Realty and Ian Black Real Estate. Ian Black Real Estate is a leader in the commercial market and Stacy is professional, knowledgeable, and very personable. My clients are in good hands with her.”  Echo Belser, PA CLHMS Realtor, Century 21 Integra Realty

“I want to thank Stacy Rosenberg for her efforts and guidance during our recent search for office space in Bradenton.  As our organization is based in Italy, working across cultures and time zones can present natural challenges, and her support during this process was greatly appreciated.  Stacy’s availability and flexibility to meet and complete the necessary documents was very helpful, considering my somewhat inconsistent schedule.  She identified and help us secure a space that will fit our operation perfectly, and again I want to thank her for her professional support.”  Randy Fraatz, Business Process Management Executive, Steriline S.r.l.

“I wanted to thank you all for being so persistent in removing the many obstacles in this transaction.  Bravo Ian Black problem solvers!  Your gang did a fine job, a few times magically saving the deal from never happening…that reminds me of a great old song by Sarah Vaughn…”  Vincent Crisci     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=82r9VQuet_k

“It is with great pleasure and gratitude that we share comments on our experience with Stacy Rosenberg. My husband and I had the pleasure of working with Stacy to find our storefront location. Stacy is very hardworking and is able to work quite quickly. She goes the extra mile, works late if she has to, and is a kind and generous person to do business with. We would highly recommend Stacy as your real estate agent!”  Victoria and Jesus Dominguez, Trend Transformations, Do It For Me, LLC

“I write to thank you for employing such top line staff, Melissa Harris and Marci  Marsh. They are are credit to your company and easily the most professional, pleasant and fastidious professionals I have come across in nearly five years in America.  They handled my very small piece of business in an exemplary fashion.  I just wish I was staying in the U. S. from a business perspective, as people like them are not very thick on the ground in this modern era.  Thank you Ian.”  Geoffrey T. Davies

“No one works harder than Amy MacDougall to bring a deal together.  She leaves no detail unattended.  In addition, her honesty and integrity are above reproach. Because of her efforts, our Lakewood Ranch office building has continued to be fully occupied.  Even during the darkest days of the ‘recession’ years, we enjoyed full occupancy with few exceptions.  I look forward to working with Amy and your firm in the years ahead.”  Charlie Wilson, Manager P 309 LLC

“Nick DeVito and Joanna Ginder Ashley’s leasing efforts have demonstrated a polished level of skill, commitment and ethics.  The marketing materials they generate are attractive and inviting. Their response time and pursuit are enthusiastic, thorough, and they demonstrate admirable teamwork skills and practices. Their focus on my goals is well orchestrated, accurate, and productive. I most greatly appreciate how they listen to and acknowledge my business procedures and preferences; then make sure to employ all the right considerations of those basics amidst their own seasoned methods and techniques. Sales efforts have been equally admirable – repeatedly showing that all inquiries get top priority and I receive regular, unsolicited email updates or conference calls.  Beyond reassuring, that process has also been crucial toward finding the right market values and buyers.  They firmly represent and express my objectives and objections, while always remaining polite and professional. While we can say that these qualities should be expected, it is a great event when they can be experienced.”  Mark C. Ackerman, Ackerman Property Mgmt., LLC

“I was fortunate to obtain Michele Fuller’s representation in the sale of a Sarasota property. After a quick analysis Michele advised going forward and having the land rezoned.  She was an ever present watchdog throughout the county’s rezoning process. After which, the property quickly went into contract at a higher price than anticipated.  Her expertise in commercial land, as well as the professionals she teamed with, provided results that exceeded my expectations.”  Judith Leipold, Personal Representative, Harold J.Hubbell Estate

“We want to express our thanks and share our happiness in working with Melissa Harris and Ian Black regarding the sale of what turned out to be a difficult property to sell. The property was sold within a few months of listing it with Melissa. The professional methods  Melissa employed were especially effective. She spent many hours in the days between the acceptance of buyer’s offer and closing helping to solve issues that came up regarding the building’s condition and also dealing with Manatee County. She knew the right people to help the buyer navigate the system as quickly as possible all the while keeping us, the sellers, informed. We are very impressed.” Paul & Carolyn Tojek

“In the last year, Michele Fuller has assisted me with buying and selling commercial property and searching for office space to lease. Her extensive knowledge of the market and expertise in commercial real estate transactions made these tasks a pleasure. She handled these matters with the utmost professionalism, courtesy, and precision. Many thanks to her and her team for a job well done!”  Mark W. Ingram, B.C.S., Ingram and Bunacky Law

“When ever I decide to work on a commercial purchase or my own commercial sale, I call Michele Fuller…I have recommended her to many of my friends because all my past experiences have been excellent and have gone well. Recently she sold a property at 5900 on the south Trail that was challenging to say the least and it took awhile, but she was diligent and persisted till we got it sold at a price I could live with. Working with Michele is easy and a pleasure and I highly recommend her.”   Lorry Eible

“I own a 3000 SF office building in Lakewood Ranch and listed it for lease with Michele Fuller about a year ago.  Michele marketed my property through all the normal channels and stayed connected.  She continued to show the property even after the listing had expired and one of those went on to execute a three year lease.  People are only as good as their word and when you find someone who works hard, returns calls and does what they say they will do it’s rare.  Michele Fuller is one of those people and I would recommend her and her team to anyone looking for real estate services.”  Randy Bartlein, CLF®, CSFS®, President & FAHU Membership Chair, Suncoast Benefits & Analytics, Inc.

“Working with Cindy was the best experience I have ever had with a realtor. She was responsive in showing multiple properties in one day to save me time. She understood what I was looking for, she read my mind!And, best of all  she was proactive in helping me with negotiations and contract changes. Thank you Cindy, you are the BEST!”  Katherine Best, Ph.D., LCSW, MSW, MPH, Founder,  The Encouragement Institute

“Ian, congratulations on Ten Years! If all the world was as honorable as you, it would be a far better and different world. The world of business and life depend on the ones you can count on their handshake having meaning and I count you as one man of honor.”  Bob Richardson, The Richardson Group

“Just a short note to express my feelings concerning the April 10, 2013 auction. Nice to see you in action. Hope you are able to close many of these offers. I know you placed a great deal of time, effort  and expense in this, but even if only a  few go to closing, the exposure and excitement you created will be worthwhile. It places your organization at a new important level. I congratulate you on the event.”  Mark Kauffman, Auction World

“When my family first considered selling its building on Main Street Sarasota, which we had owned for over 40 years, we turned to Ian and Steve Horn for guidance. Throughout the entire process they provided me with sound advice which culminated in a successful closing which met my criteria.”  James Krill

“Nick DeVito II  handles our properties as a skilled salesperson, with a keen sense of concern for the long game and almost a passion – as if the equity at risk was his own.” Mark Sharff

“I thoroughly enjoyed working with Melissa Harris from the start through to the successful finish. Every step of the way Melissa was professional, available, communicated clearly and did everything I could ask one to do. There will be no hesitation on my part to engage Melissa when the opportunity next presents itself.” Jack Wolff, Investment Financial Services

“A quick note to say we truly love our space! It is such a great improvement over our prior space.  And working with you as a team has been a real pleasure. We look forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship.  Kathy Durfee, CEO and Founder, TechHouse

“Steve Horn went above and beyond in getting us exactly the office that we wanted.  We are very thankful for the level of service and the dedicated efforts made on our behalf by Steve and the entire Ian Black Real Estate team.”  Altom M. Maglio, Esq.

“We recently closed on our new lease at 1900 Main Street, Sarasota.  I want to thank Michele Fuller for her outstanding service in making this possible.  She was relentless in her pursuit to find us the perfect space, showing us numerous properties and negotiated potential leases on two occasions.  We were not easy to deal with; our requirements were very specific and we often changed our minds regarding location and terms!  We deeply appreciate her commitment to our goals and her professional practices that made this possible.  We will highly recommend Michele and your organization to our clients.”  Terry Miller, Chief Operating Office, Tannenbaum Scro Hanewich & Alpert

“In 2011, we made the difficult decision to relocate our company due to the fact that we had outgrown our facility.  As any business leader knows this can be a great challenge as we needed to find a building that not only met our current needs but also room for future expansion. And most importantly we needed to be centrally located for our employee base, which limited our options. With this in mind, we did our research and Jag Grewal of Ian Black came highly recommended from several of my peers. From day one we realized his level of professionalism is second to none as he quickly located the perfect facility that will be the home of Enzymedica for many years to come. Throughout the purchasing process he went above and beyond by making sure that we connected with the appropriate local government representatives, financial institutions and builders…which ultimately led to our relocation in Sarasota County. If you are considering firms to work with on your own expansion needs, do not hesitate to contact Jag as you won’t be disappointed.”   Scott Sensenbrenner, CEO, Enzymedica Inc.

“I am the managing member of a Law Firm in Atlanta. Several years ago, we had a need to open some offices in Tampa and Orlando. Each office and each area in which we needed offices was different.  Nick DeVito helped with selecting the locations, configuring the spaces and extensive negotiations with the landlords. Some of the leases are now up for renewal and Nick is, once again, assisting in evaluating our options for our eight offices in Tampa and four in Orlando. Nick handled every part of the process for us from signage to the certificates of occupancy. Two of Nick’s outstanding attributes are putting in the necessary time and effort that was required and his attention to detail doing the entire project.” Emory L. Clark

“Jag Grewal and Michele Fuller have been working with the Lightstone Group over the past three years in developing and executing leasing strategy for a challenging project in the Sarasota market.  The Ian Black team provided us with the most up to date industry data in their market and their acute knowledge of the marketplace in the Tampa Bay region allowed us to gain a clear understanding of our asset in the marketplace and reposition our asset from a non-performing asset into a performing investment.  I would not hesitate to recommend them for any commercial project.”    Marc R. Turner, Vice President

“ In a time-sensitive and focused manner, Mr. Grewal located a property that aligned with our acquisition interests and delivered a strategic, professional, and well-planned closing”    Ali Chokr President, The Diamond Vault

“You cannot know how much of a help you are. And knowing that a professional would go to such lengths for a client is a really beautiful thing.”   David Finkelstein

“Congratulations on having been named a finalist for the 2011 Frank G. Berlin, Sr. Small Business of the Year Award.  Dedication and hard work have made you a success.  Your nomination for this prestigious award demonstrates your exceptional leadership in the community.  I hope you will consider applying in one of the award categories again next year.  As chair of the Sarasota Chamber’s Small Business Council and a former award winner, I am proud of the role you and your colleagues are playing in these challenging economic times to help to encourage Sarasota County’s continued growth.  Thank you for the work you do for our community.  I am certain we will see even greater success from you in the years to come.  Congratulations again!”  Angela Massaro-Fain, President, Grapevine Communications

“Thank you for your expert assistance and patience.”  Dr. Karen L. Chapman, MD and Paul Chapman CPA

“In 2006, I was attempting to sell my former headquarters building on the South Trail in Sarasota, FL.  Having had no success with previous Brokers I listed the building with Ian Black Real Estate.  Ian and Steve worked diligently on my on my behalf and a sale was consummated in a timely manner.  At all times their attention to detail contributed to a seamless transaction.  Since that time Ian Black Real Estate represented my commercial real estate interests including the successful leasing of my Penn Station development in what has been a difficult market.”  Brett Price, Tempus Electronic Lifestyles

“Almost immediately after closing, we moved in to our new office. Now that we are occupying it, we can really appreciate the value of your expert advice identifying and subsequently purchasing the building. It was through you through knowledge of the local real estate market coupled with your vast experience in the intricacies of negotiating which allowed us to sign the contract. Your hand holding was instrumental leading us through the intricacies of the legal, as well as financial hurdles. This made it possible for us to become the proud owners of the building which will be the place of our medical practice for years to come. Thank you very much, Ian.”  Emese Simon, M.D. and Stephen L Berkes, M.D.

“On behalf of everyone here at Brown & Brown of Sarasota, I would like to sincerely congratulate you on being selected as the exclusive leasing and management agency for IntegraClick’s new headquarters at University Professional Park. There is no doubt that your recent achievement will be spoken of for some time to come. We are very pleased to have such a knowledgeable, experienced group of professionals working within our community. I wish you the best of luck on all of your future endeavors.”

“I have known Ian professionally for over 20 years and he has always acted with an exemplary degree of professionalism.  I have benefited from his expertise and we enjoy a mutually advantageous working relationship.”  Senator John McKay, Former President of the Florida Senate

“Since relocating our national headquarters to Sarasota, Florida, we have continually recognized Ian Black Real Estate as one of the leading commercial real estate brokers in the region and have benefited from their services on many occasions.”  Randall Benderson, Managing Director, Benderson Development Company

“Sarasota Architectural Salvage started out in a small building on the fringe of downtown, and, six month later, I realized we could go a lot bigger.  I didn’t even know this building on Central Avenue existed and I have to credit the Realtor, Ian Black for finding it for me.”- (on his 10,000 SF two story warehouse) Jesse White, Owner, Sarasota Architectural Salvage

“Dear Ian and Team, Your new website is simply AWESOME!!  Loved the YouTube presentation… really makes one feel like they know everyone at your office before they arrive… a very warm and professional feel.” Jan Callaghan, Downtown Sarasota Alliance