Opening my Own Brokerage - Dwell Real Estate


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.


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.


#1 By Wayne Long at 8/20/2021 6:23 AM

Congrats!! I am sure you guys will be very successful!!

#2 By Marc Rasmussen at 8/20/2021 6:23 AM

Thank you very much Wayne! Hope you are well.

#3 By Drew at 8/20/2021 6:23 AM

Congratulations, Mark. Your success can only continue with this great move for you and your team.

#4 By Linda Baglio at 8/20/2021 6:23 AM

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!!

#5 By Dave Beachy at 8/20/2021 6:23 AM

Congrats on your new endeavors. You will do Great!

#6 By Mike Pannell at 8/20/2021 6:23 AM

Congrats on the move good luck. It isn't really that hard to run a good brokerage. You will do great

#7 By Susan S. at 8/20/2021 6:23 AM

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

#8 By Ryan at 8/20/2021 6:23 AM

Hi Marc,

Is this related to Dwell Atlanta?

#9 By Ted Guarnero at 8/20/2021 6:23 AM

Congratulations Marc,
I'll make sure to send you all of my referrals for the Sarasota area
Best wishes
Ted Guarnero

#10 By Cal Carter at 8/20/2021 6:23 AM

Way to go Marc! Looking forward to working with Dwell in the future!

#11 By Brad Officer - Jacksonville Real Estate at 8/20/2021 6:23 AM

Congrats Marc! One of my favorite quotes: Fortune favors the bold, so does business.

#12 By Dennis Pease at 8/20/2021 6:23 AM

This is awesome news Marc. I'm confident you will do great... :)

#13 By Scott Gerard at 8/20/2021 6:23 AM

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.

#14 By Jolenta Averill at 8/20/2021 6:23 AM

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!

#15 By Marc Rasmussen at 8/20/2021 6:23 AM

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. ;-)

#16 By Jolenta Averill at 8/20/2021 6:23 AM

Since Ryan said it I cannot resist: Does this have anything to do with Dwell Madison? ;) lol

#17 By Marc Rasmussen at 8/20/2021 6:23 AM

@Jolenta - of course. I like your name. I already traded texts with Ryan. ;-)

#18 By Jason Painter at 8/20/2021 6:23 AM

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

#19 By Cal Carter at 8/20/2021 6:23 AM

Should have named it ! :)

#20 By Lisa Udy at 8/20/2021 6:23 AM

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.

#21 By Bill Travers at 8/20/2021 6:23 AM

Way to go Marc! You will succeed. I wish you all the best on your new venture.

#22 By Eileen McCloskey at 8/20/2021 6:23 AM

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

#23 By Perry Corneau at 8/20/2021 6:23 AM

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.

#24 By Tom Cail at 8/20/2021 6:23 AM

Way to go Marc, don't forget us little folks when you become a real estate mogul!!

#25 By Tom Rasmussen ( Marc's dad) at 8/20/2021 6:23 AM

Good luck son! I am proud of you.

#26 By Bryan Guentner at 8/20/2021 6:23 AM

Congratulations Marc! I wish you great success! The post from your Dad say's it all!

#27 By Kevin Koitz at 8/20/2021 6:23 AM

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...

#28 By Ben Fisher at 8/20/2021 6:23 AM

Congrats Marc that is a great move. Good luck with the new endeavor!

#29 By Kevin Milner at 8/20/2021 6:23 AM

Congratulations Marc! Best wishes in your new adventure...

#30 By Frank Buffone at 8/20/2021 6:23 AM

The best realtor now leads the best real estate office. You have made our move here joyous! Good luck.

#31 By Gloria Singer at 8/20/2021 6:23 AM

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.

#32 By Heather at 8/20/2021 6:23 AM

Opening my own brokerage n Orlando at the beginning of the year any advice?

#33 By Paul Zubrys, Lake Michigan Lakefront Property at 8/20/2021 6:23 AM


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.

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