Opening my Own Brokerage - Dwell Real Estate

Posted by Marc Rasmussen on Monday, October 24th, 2011 at 7:26am.

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I took the leap. As of last Friday, I left Michael Saunders and Company and started my own Sarasota real estate brokerage – Dwell Real Estate. You may be thinking, “Why in the world would anyone open a real estate brokerage in Sarasota, Florida when so many other companies have gone bust?”

Great question.

Michael Saunders and Company

First, I would like to say that my time of over 3 years at Michael Saunders and Company was fantastic. I have the utmost respect for Michael, Drayton, the management team and the fabulous Realtors that work there. At a time when many real estate agents are leaving the business, brokerages are shrinking or going out of business Michael Saunders and Company has thrived. I don’t think anyone can deny that they have a successful business model. In a challenging market like this, you don’t succeed by accident or luck.

I have been selling Sarasota real estate since 2000 and have been associated with 3 large brokerages – RE/MAX Alliance, SKY Sotheby’s (now Signature Sotheby’s) and Michael Saunders and Company. All three companies are successful and well respected in the area. At each company I observed what made the Realtors and the clients they served happy and unhappy and plan to use this knowledge at my new firm.

In a nutshell, we are going to create an energetic, fun environment of real estate professionals who provide unparalleled service to their clients.

My Team

I am happy to announce that my team is coming with me. Since 2005 the Sarasota real estate market has been very challenging. Anyone who owns a home, pays attention to the news or is in the real estate industry will agree me. We have been able to thrive during this difficult real estate market. Perhaps we are doing something right. ;-)

Our Office

DWELL Real Estate offices will be located in a downtown Sarasota, Florida location. Since we are selling properties in Sarasota, Siesta Key, Casey Key, Lido Key, Longboat Key, Bird Key, Lakewood Ranch and Bradenton we chose the downtown area since it is centrally located.

Even though there are only three of us (for now) it has not affected our ability to provide our clients with superior service and market knowledge. If anything, it has made us hungrier and even more eager to put a smile on the faces of our clients.

At the end of the day the service you receive will not necessarily depend on the real estate brokerage you are working with but with the individual Realtor who represents you.

Why Open Dwell Real Estate?

To put it simply, we believe in ourselves, are excited about our future and the future of the Sarasota real estate market. Below is a chart showing inventory, sales and pending sales for Sarasota county.

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As you can see above property sales are up and the inventory of homes and condos have dropped substantially over the last 5 years. We think the future of this area is bright.

Please wish us luck and of course give us a call at 941.812.6272 if we can help you buy or sell a home in the Sarasota area.

33 Responses to "Opening my Own Brokerage - Dwell Real Estate"

Wayne Long wrote: Congrats!! I am sure you guys will be very successful!! Posted on Monday, October 24th, 2011 at 8:37am.
Marc Rasmussen wrote: Thank you very much Wayne! Hope you are well. Posted on Monday, October 24th, 2011 at 8:47am.
Drew wrote: Congratulations, Mark. Your success can only continue with this great move for you and your team. Posted on Monday, October 24th, 2011 at 8:58am.
Linda Baglio wrote: Congratualations Marc!!!! I am sure if all of your team is like you; your new business will be successful!!! Remember our communities in south Sarasota as well!! Posted on Monday, October 24th, 2011 at 9:03am.
Dave Beachy wrote: Congrats on your new endeavors. You will do Great! Posted on Monday, October 24th, 2011 at 9:08am.
Mike Pannell wrote: Congrats on the move good luck. It isn't really that hard to run a good brokerage. You will do great Posted on Monday, October 24th, 2011 at 9:12am.
Susan S. wrote: Congrats Marc! Good luck with your new venture. We will be back in Sarasota in March and will stop in with our friends the Renz's.
Susan, Harold,Brian and Jane Posted on Monday, October 24th, 2011 at 9:29am.
Ryan wrote: Hi Marc,

Is this related to Dwell Atlanta? Posted on Monday, October 24th, 2011 at 9:38am.
Ted Guarnero wrote: Congratulations Marc,
I'll make sure to send you all of my referrals for the Sarasota area
Best wishes
Ted Guarnero Posted on Monday, October 24th, 2011 at 9:50am.
Cal Carter wrote: Way to go Marc! Looking forward to working with Dwell in the future! Posted on Monday, October 24th, 2011 at 10:38am.
Brad Officer - Jacksonville Real Estate wrote: Congrats Marc! One of my favorite quotes: Fortune favors the bold, so does business. Posted on Monday, October 24th, 2011 at 11:32am.
Dennis Pease wrote: This is awesome news Marc. I'm confident you will do great... :) Posted on Monday, October 24th, 2011 at 12:38pm.
Scott Gerard wrote: Hi Marc: I couldn't agree with you more, a realtor is no different than any other professional, if you know a good one you follow that person from brokerage to brokerage. Best of luck with your new venture.
Scott Posted on Monday, October 24th, 2011 at 1:02pm.
Jolenta Averill wrote: Congratulations Marc on opening your own brokerage! I did so three years ago (completely solo) and have never looked back. I now have two agents and we have tons of exciting projects in the works. All the best with your new endeavor. I have no doubt you and your team will be wildly successful! Posted on Monday, October 24th, 2011 at 1:09pm.
Marc Rasmussen wrote: WOW!! Awesome. Thank you so much for the support from everyone. You are all the best.

@Linda - Great to hear from you. I have not forgotten about Keel Way. ;-)

@Susan - Fantastic! Thank you and look forward to seeing you. ;-) Posted on Monday, October 24th, 2011 at 2:04pm.
Jolenta Averill wrote: Since Ryan said it I cannot resist: Does this have anything to do with Dwell Madison? ;) lol Posted on Monday, October 24th, 2011 at 2:20pm.
Marc Rasmussen wrote: @Jolenta - of course. I like your name. I already traded texts with Ryan. ;-) Posted on Monday, October 24th, 2011 at 2:22pm.
Jason Painter wrote: Hey Marc,
Congratulations on your new move. I wish you the best of luck and I know that you will thrive in your new business. You are one of the best and most successful Realtors I know…it’s about time you decided to go out on your own! What took you so long???

Jason Painter Posted on Monday, October 24th, 2011 at 3:16pm.
Cal Carter wrote: Should have named it SARMLS.com ! :) Posted on Monday, October 24th, 2011 at 3:21pm.
Lisa Udy wrote: Congratulations Marc!!! I did the same thing in 2009 and it was scary in this market, but thanks to you and the many friends I've learned from online, my brokerage if thriving. I'm sure with your technology savvy and great team, you'll grow very quickly! All the best my friend. Posted on Monday, October 24th, 2011 at 4:57pm.
Bill Travers wrote: Way to go Marc! You will succeed. I wish you all the best on your new venture. Posted on Monday, October 24th, 2011 at 11:18pm.
Eileen McCloskey wrote: Best Wishes and long life. Hope to be in the area in the near future and will stop by to meet my Florida home team Posted on Tuesday, October 25th, 2011 at 11:39am.
Perry Corneau wrote: Mark, I wish you the best. You will do great; In the end it is what you do for your clients and not the company you are associated with. Posted on Tuesday, October 25th, 2011 at 12:19pm.
Tom Cail wrote: Way to go Marc, don't forget us little folks when you become a real estate mogul!! Posted on Tuesday, October 25th, 2011 at 2:37pm.
Tom Rasmussen ( Marc's dad) wrote: Good luck son! I am proud of you. Posted on Tuesday, October 25th, 2011 at 9:01pm.
Bryan Guentner wrote: Congratulations Marc! I wish you great success! The post from your Dad say's it all! Posted on Wednesday, October 26th, 2011 at 7:41pm.
Kevin Koitz wrote: I'd wish you luck but you don't need it! Dwell Real Estate (love the name)...Cheers to you, Marc -- you deserve this. I'll speak to you soon... Posted on Thursday, October 27th, 2011 at 12:13am.
Ben Fisher wrote: Congrats Marc that is a great move. Good luck with the new endeavor! Posted on Thursday, October 27th, 2011 at 6:52pm.
Kevin Milner wrote: Congratulations Marc! Best wishes in your new adventure... Posted on Thursday, October 27th, 2011 at 10:41pm.
Frank Buffone wrote: The best realtor now leads the best real estate office. You have made our move here joyous! Good luck. Posted on Wednesday, November 9th, 2011 at 12:06pm.
Gloria Singer wrote: Congrats Marc! I did the same thing back in March, opened my brokerage with two of us and one small sublet office. We are expanding rapidly and about to move into a much larger space next month. I'm not sure why I waited so long! I'm sure you will be very successful and hope we can refer business to each other! Best of luck. Posted on Sunday, November 20th, 2011 at 7:34am.
Heather wrote: Opening my own brokerage n Orlando at the beginning of the year any advice? Posted on Saturday, October 20th, 2012 at 6:11pm.
Paul Zubrys, Lake Michigan Lakefront Property wrote: Marc,

Congrats! I am always looking for signs of real estate markets in the early stages of improvement. Do you have a chart showing the trend for "months of inventory"? I would be really interested to see it. Paul Zubrys, Lake Michigan Lakefront Property since 1987. Posted on Tuesday, November 20th, 2012 at 2:32pm.

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