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As a first time home buyer, I was intimidated by the Home Buying process.

Mrs. Rybicki, helped me get over this fear. Thanks to Mrs. Rybicki expertise, I was able to not only understand the home buying process, but purchase my home in less then six weeks despite the challenges of Covid-19. Mrs. Rybicki was extraordinary. Not only was she always prompt, and on-time, but she assisted me through the tremendous amount of documents and information that I was required to submit. From the walk through of our condo, to the closing, Mrs. Rybicki was a present and informative. If you are seeking a caring, knowledgeable, Real Estate Professional, look no further. Mrs. Rybicki comes highly recommended.

Kay (Buyer)

Renee was referred to my husband and myself as we were wanting to move to the Port Charlotte area from Wyoming.

I arrived the last week of June and planned on a week to find a house. Because of limited time, I was thankful that she only showed me houses that met our criteria. Her knowledge of the area, her "eagle eye" as she looked at the properties, pointed out many issues that I did not see. I found a house and signed the contract. Unfortunately, the sellers were not able to find a house to purchase during the our initial 30 day contract. During an almost 3 month process, Renee kept us informed and more importantly, kept the pressure on the seller's realtor to inform us of their progress. This was made more difficult by the lack of attention by the seller's realtor. Through many conversations and negotiations, Renee kept us from going "off the rails" and was tough but professional to finally close the sale. Thankfully due to Renee's experience and tenacity, we are now the happy owners of our house in Port Charlotte. Thank you again Renee!

Devee Dockham

The knowledge that Renee Marquiss has goes above and beyond her job description as a realtor.

The attention to details and connections within the community makes Renee a valuable asset to have in your journey to home buying. As a 1st time home buyer I couldn't have asked for a better guide throughout the process. No matter what questions, concerns or fears I had she was always there to help me through using terms that I could understand. There just isn't any words to expressing the amazing experience that I had working with Renee one must experience it themselves. If your goal is to be a homeowner there's no one better than Renee Marquiss to get you across the threshold of your dream home.

Florence A Phillippi

We met Xena back in 2008, she was our realitor.

she work very hard to guide us through the process. When we were ready to sell that home, there was no question who we would call. Xena is very professional and works just as hard whether we were buying or selling. I highly recommend her.

Kathy spain

Renee is great !

Found us a home in our price range and made this purchase easy for a first time homeowner. She followed up on every detail.. Do not hesitate to use Renee for your selling/buying needs...

Dave Carlson

Renee worked to find out who I am and what I really want and need to find the right home.

It wasn’t easy because I needed lots of hand holding throughout this process — and I wasn’t sure of exactly where I wanted to plant. Through ( last count) seeing 37 homes and talking about more, Renee was patient and analyzed my reactions over a whole year! As a result I truly have the perfect home for me. Perfect. Lovely. And I know a realtor who puts client needs in front. Renee is a gem. (And I’ve made a friend.!)

Liz Nesci

Dealing with Renee was a worry free great experience.

She did all the heavy lifting and was available day and night She was there start to finish I highly recommend Renee, she is a true professional

Al Gorobzov (Sales)

We were very satisfied with xena work.

Very helpful and professional.

Gail l bass

Xena is a consummate professional who goes above and beyond for her clients in all aspects of the real estate purchase process beginning to end as well as post sale.

She, as well as several highly qualified referrals, remains an integral part of the team with which we are working in Florida after we closed a week ago, and she will be a great asset and a true find moving forward as well. Thanks, Xena!

Russell Laubach

Renee is an amazing person and realtor.

She is always doing her best no matter the situation. I am grateful she was my families realtor. If you ever had a question she was always there to answer any of them. Also she made our first home buying experience a one to remember forever. Every day we were contacted be her about houses. When we first started looking she wrote down everything we wanted in a house and locations. I will always use Renee as my realtor for now on. She is always honest with you no matter what. Thank you for being who you are and for helping us on our journey.

Duff Young

We could not have been more happier with the professional and knowledgeable service we received from Renee.

Her knowledge and experience in the south Florida real estate market is invaluable. Renee found us our forever home.

Carol Ferranti

Thank you Xena for your generosity of time and expertise.

I appreciated your ability to help me find a spot from a long distance using good technology and meaningful correspondence with needed specifics.

David Patterson

Xena was wonderful to work with.

She cares very much for her clients and treats them with respect. She worked her ass off to get things done and I really appreciated that. She walked me through the house buying process and made it very easy and simple. She is simply AWESOME!

Maureen Dougherty

We are so fortunate to have Renee Marquiss from Next Home under the Sun as our realtor in finding us a beautiful property that met all our expectations!

Buying a home out of state is an intimidating process but Renee made our experience go so smoothly! She kept us updated daily on new listings that matched our criteria. We instantly connected and felt at ease throughout our search. Renee was very knowledgeable and familiar with all the communities and we are so excited we made the right decision in finding the perfect home in Venice! Since we were not able to see the homes in person, Renee presented us with very informative videos as she “walked through” the homes we were interested in. This truly helped us in making our final decision on The One! Renee went above and beyond, and our experience was so wonderful working with her from the very beginning! She was very responsive in answering all our questions. Renee kept us updated on the Timeline spreadsheet, so we were in the loop on what to expect next as we made our way to our close! Renee was also very helpful with finding us a highly qualify home inspector, carpet cleaner company, house cleaning service and a landscaping company. I would highly recommend Renee to all our friends.

George and Corvette (Homeowner)

As this is my second time around with Renee, once again she was excellent, very helpful and available, especially me being out of state.

I appreciate all you did for us, and looking forward to round 3 haha

Steven Ruhle

Looking for a thorough and professional Realtor to list your home or help you find the house of your dreams?

!?! Look no further, pick Sara Rybicki! You will have no regrets having her represent you! She’s one of the most caring, honest, patient, and professional Relators I know. My husband and I had Sara represent us once on the listing side and twice on the buying side. We were so impressed on how she handle our transactions from contract to closing! She truly made it a breeze and kept us well informed throughout the entire process! I will happily refer her to anyone in the market looking to buy or sell!

Jackie Myers (Buyer/Seller)

We hired Xena to sell our home in Florida (we live in NY).

Xena did an excellent job all around. She was always professional and knowledgable and went the extra mile to help us with things we could not do since we were not there. Xena's legal background was also an advantage. Xena was a pleasure to work with.

Pete Vollmuth

Sarah was fantastic in finding our perfect home!

She got us everything on our wish list plus more (a great community). Also, she gave us great recommendations on facts and/or laws of Florida, businesses, restaurants, and things to do locally because we came from Colorado. She is definitely very knowledgeable in real estate and friendly.

Jennifer Gulliksen

Renee was an incredible Realtor and I can't recommend her enough!

She was incredibly responsive, knowledgable and helpful through the entire process. You would be lucky to work with her!

Aly Busse (VP)

Renee Marquiss came highly recommended to me from dear friends and I have not been disappointed.

She has been very friendly and easy to talk to, she listened to what I was looking for and she was very speedy to respond to texts and email. She asked all the questions I didn't know to ask. Renee is very informative on the entire process and very familiar with Florida rules and regulations. I will, and I have, recommended Renee Marquiss to others as I feel she will do an awesome job for you as she has done for me.

Susan J Haas

Anthony was a terrific agent.

Professional, yet personable, knowledgeable, and always available to us. It was working with Anthony and we highly recommend him. Thank you, Anthony!

Phil & Debbie Gossel

Xena was knowledgeable and realistic about the market, organized, and professional.

As out-of-state sellers, Xena graciously assisted us with various house prep issues, which we greatly appreciated. We would definitely recommend Xena to others.

Susan Cosentino

Sara has done an awesome job finding a lot in the perfect neighborhood for my friends.

She is always available to look at new listings and has been a very valuable asset to the NextHome brand. We need more dedicated, professional agents out there willing to do what it takes to make their customers happy. Thank you so much Sara for all your hard work and dedication. I am sure my friends new build will be everything they dreamed of.

Elizabeth Johnson (Broker)

Renee was absolutely amazing every step of the way!

!! She was always patient, calm and answered all of our questions in a timely manner! Extremely knowledgeable! She made the entire process “STRESS FREE”. What’s better than that?! Thank you for all the extras you did for us being 1200 miles away. My husband and I would highly recommend Renee. She’s the best of the best!

Greg & Paulette Young (Buyer)

Renee did an excellent job helping me as a first time home buyer.

She found great houses for me and guided me along the way. She truly went above and beyond and I felt she had my best interests in mind. Highly recommend!!

Beth Brady

Sara is an amazing realtor.

She is so kind and patient. She explains everything and never pushes you into any decisions. Sara doesn't force you into a sale that your not comfortable with. I would truly recommend Sara to everyone. Sara is not out for the money. Sara wants her clients happy with their decision at the end.

Janet Wheeler (Daughter of homeowner)

Renee is an excellent realtor.

She assisted me in my home search. I decided upon a new construction home. Renee was there until the closing and assisted with her professional knowledge as a realtor. Thank you Renee

Anonymous

Sara has been so helpful in our hunt for a new home.

She's organized, thorough and so easy to work with. We appreciate her knowledgeable recommendations and guidance. We have found our land and now we are moving forward with the building process. Everything is more complicated these days but with Sara's help we are making steady progress. So happy to have her as our realtor.

Lisa Turnquist

Renee is a very personable professional.

She knows her job and does it very well. We don't buy houses very often, so it's reassuring to have someone you can rely on to answer your questions. And if she doesn't know the answer, she will find out ASAP and get back to you just as quickly. Renee is very detail-oriented which is paramount in order to have a successful transaction. She was always willing to go the extra-mile for us and I felt she protected our interests and needs. It isn't easy to pull up stakes, but Renee helps smooth the rough patches and makes a difficult job less stressful.

Charlotte Qua

I was very fortunate to have met Renee through an inquiry about a property I saw online.

Although I lived several hours away from where I was hoping to move to, Renee kept in touch on a regular basis without making me feel any pressure. Once I went to look at properties and met her finally, she was patient and was a great asset in assisting me with any information I requested and also very professional. I eventually found my dream home with her help and am extremely happy with her abilities and my new home. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking at purchasing property . I hope that our friendship will remain for many years in the future. Huge Thanks Renee for everything.

Kelly McCarty (Retiree)

From the start, Renee was simply wonderful.

She put my husband and I at ease as she guided us through a unusual home buying experience. We moved from CT to Nokomis but not before making an offer prior to leaving New England. Her amazing team and network of specialists soon revealed to us, we were in more than capable hands. Everyone was responsive and accommodating and they worked hard to help us close early‼️ We love our home here in FL and would highly recommend Renee for anyone! Renee is extraordinarily knowledgeable, respectful and refreshingly upfront and honest. We loved our experience and would say to anyone considering her services, don”t hesitate. We are glad we didn’t. Thank you Renee.

Jan Heiland

Renee was great!

She listened to my wants/needs for what I was looking for in a home. She was always upfront and honest when I had questions or concerns. She went above and beyond to make sure I was happy with my new home.

Kari C

Renee Marquiss has been the best realtor I have delt with, she is compassionate, very helpful and her knowledge of this whole process has been amazing.

I would recommend her to everyone I know that is about to go thru the whole process!

Adrenna Cagle (Surgical Dental assistant)

Sara did a wonderful job of supporting my wife and I through the process of landing our dream condo.

We appreciated her guidance in putting in a successful offer, going through the inspection process and the lead up to the closing. We could not be happier with how the process went.

Ron Turner

We came from Michigan to find a new home in Florida.

Renee was so kind and kept us on track and we found our house and love it! She was so easy to work with! Thank you Renee!!

William and Shirlee Calbert

Renee was the best!

She got to know us and what we were looking for and helped us find our dream home. She answered our many questions before and after the contract was signed and made buying the house stress free!! Thank you Renee for everything!!

Christine Maxwell

Dear Xena, Thank you so much for helping me find my new home!

I could not have done this without you, and I am endlessly grateful for your hard work and expertise. If any of my friends or family are ever in need of an agent/broker, I will be sure to send them your way. If you ever need a review or testimonial, don’t hesitate to let me know! It’s the least I could do as thanks for your excellent service. Thank you again for everything! Sincerely, Susan

Susan Haskins

Renee is one of the most highly attentive and aggressive agents, by far.

She is prompt, honest and professional...a real “go getter”. She responded quickly to our calls and replied promptly to our voicemails. A master with contract negotiations, she came up with a deal the buyers could not resist. During the whole process, there was not a detail that escaped her. She was invaluable at securing an inspection, fixing broken door locks, getting appraisals, and completing due diligence with every detail, including the not so responsive roofing company. We have already recommended Renee to family and friends and will continue to recommend her to anyone looking in Sarasota county. Thanks Renee!!

Kristina & Tim Theriault (Housewife & VP of Fleet)

Sara is phenomenal and has been an amazing realtor through two homes sold and one purchase.

. we will continue to utilize her for any future real estate endeavors...

Cammie Baird (Nurse Practitioner )

We were so pleased to have Sara Rybicki as our realtor.

She’s knowledgeable, professional and responsive. I highly recommend her!

Jessica May

Sara is an awesome, totally professional realtor.

.... our condo was on the market less than a day .... sold for asking price .... transaction closed, paperwork handled, money in the bank. What more could a client ask for? Sara has sold multiple homes for our family with quick, professional results. I am proud to pass her name on to family and friends with confidence that she will treat them and their needs with the same priority. The entire team is available to help you with your transactions. A very warm and caring office!

Donald E Sudbury

Renee has helped me in two real estate transactions in the past three years, and I could not be happier with the results!

All transactions have been extremely smooth and very successful. I would recommend Renee and Next Home in the Sun to anyone buying or selling real estate in the Sarasota area.

Frances Crew

I had a rental home to sell in Kenduskeag, Maine and contacted Anthony to list and sell it for me.

I did this because I noticed his sign up on a nearby home which sold quickly. As the client, Anthony was extremely responsive and resourceful in getting accurate and thorough information to me in a highly timely method. It was a relief to not "mine" this realtor to get what I needed, which can be exhausting for the client, me. "Mining" has been my case with many other realtors' experiences in my past (when I was looking for property) and is frustrating and disheartening. I ask a lot of questions and am a "high maintenance" client and often get "brushed off," even when I am the paying client, regardless of the service! But, not with Anthony Turner. He truly has the "serving" spirit and was just the best in problem solving and keeping both parties, seller (me) and buyers up to date and calm when some glitches hit, like a delayed closing, septic problems, etc., the nightmares of many sellers and buyers! He was kind, non-reactive, but responsive, and low-key, but very alert and quick in working with me and my multitude of questions and concerns. He also had suggestions for the buyers on their need to find temporary housing in the area and he helped me find a septic inspector in an immediate need situation who knew what he was doing. Anthony left no one hanging and was right there when needed with resources and answers and caring service vs. money was his priority. Think "mother!" You want him as your realtor, hands down. He'll take care of you and you won't need a psychiatrist (ha, ha!) during what could be a stressful sales' process as things can come up unexpectedly, especially, with home inspections.

Joan Gibson (Client)

Sarah took over for me after being with a realtor for over a year.

She showed me a house at the beginning of working with her I loved it. It was over my budget I was trying to stick to it. She keep looking for me and she knew what I was looking for. She got to know me and my style. We finally got one after being out bided so many times. I was getting very upset she keep telling me we will find one. And we did. She never kept looking for the area or home I was looking. She became a part of my family. She was very helpful. I still after being in my home since May still call her. Because she is honest and very helpful. Anyone would be lucky to have her as your agent.

Tonya Borders Loveless (Accounting Clerk)

Anthony did a great job helping us find a home in the right location for us.

We love our home, and are happy with the service that Anthony provided.

Jon Lay

Sara Rybicki was most helpful in helping us accomplish the purchase of a home in Bradenton FL

ANDY S.

Top notch professional.

Was very communicative and helpful through out the long process of house hunting to closing.

Rex Leroy Washburn

Anthony did great!

He communicated with us quickly and was able to get us a great home.

Jenny Lay

Renee is on top of everything.

She made buying a second home in FL the best experience. We put our trust in her since we live out of state. She is friendly, answers her phone and sent us videos of the condo we purchased. I highly recommend Renee for your home buying experience.

Sharon Ruhle

Anthony was an excellent realtor.

He was prompt, courteous, knowledgeable, and made fast work of ferreting out any facts on a property that would be helpful to us. I was impressed with how diplomatic he was when reaching out to sellers agents. And above all, Anthony was honest.

Elizabeth Bennett (Homeowner)

Wow!

Renee was amazing! She came recommend to me from Veterans United my lender. Her presentation to the public of my property was the best ever. She always stayed in contact with me and in just a few weeks, had my property sold. She's the best from beginning to end.

Dan Robedeau

Xena helped us purchase our Florida getaway home.

We went through the purchasing process remotely from Minnesota and Xena was fantastic. She was open and honest with her feedback on different properties we toured via facetime. We relied heavily on her expertise and recommendations. The end result was finding the perfect fit for what we were looking for. We did fly down for a live look during our inspection but everything else was virtual. The whole experience was smooth and professional right up to the virtual closing.

Tony Wirz

I highly recommend Xena and her team, she worked hard marketing our home and we sold in a week, she communicated very well and was available any time we had questions, you will not be disappointed!

Karen M Hicks (RN)

Sara was the realtor for our recent purchase of a condo in Bradenton.

She was professional, efficient, and responded quickly to any questions or concerns we had. We live out of state and she was onsite for all of our inspections, which we really appreciated! We wanted to close a few days earlier than we had planned and she worked closely with the financial team to help make that happen. We highly recommend Sara!

Lynda Collins

Sara is very professional and just amazing!

She helped with the process of buying our first home. Sara made that process so easy and not as scary as what we thought it was going to be. She answered any and all questions we had in a timely and professional manner, which we had tons of :). She was present throughout the whole process, from showings, final walk through to closing. If you are looking to sell your home or buy a new one, I HIGHLY recommend Sara.

Holly Mulcahy

Xena found our house in 2008 so when we were ready to sell in 2022 we easily decided on Xena again.

She has made the whole process seamless and painless. I would definitely recommend her for either buying or selling

Bruce Spain

Renee was amazing!

! She got to know what we liked and didn't. We live outside of Florida and had to depend on her a great deal to find our perfect home. She came thru for us and on our 3rd home we put a bid in we won and closed within 30 days! She paid so much detail to every house and pointed out things to look for and was very knowledgeable about the area. We would definitely recommend Renee to any of our friends and family that moved to the area!

Kim Koester

Renee has been a great realtor to work with !

She is professional, courteous, knowledgeable and just a great person. She worked remotely with us on the purchase of our lot in North Port Fl as we are located in NJ. I can’t say enough how great she was. Never did she waiver during this time and was always there when we needed her to take videos of the lots we were interested in. She is an asset to any company! Thanks Renee!

Kelly Veith

Renee is absolutely amazing!

From day 1, she was on the hunt for a house that would fit all of our needs. She makes you feel like you are her priority the entire process. We were searching for a home from 7 hours away and couldn't make frequent trips down to look. After our initial trip down to look, she video called us through several houses and knew exactly what we would be looking for. She goes above and beyond for her clients and took care of us like we were family. We ran through some challenges selling our home at our last unit and (even though it wasn't her job) she did everything she could to advise us through that. As a military family, we have strict deadlines for our departure and arrival at our new unit and Renee did absolutely everything she could to make sure we weren't left stranded with nowhere to go. I am not exaggerating at all when I say that she is a gem of a realtor and I will be recommending her to everyone.

Amber Glenn

Sara was outstanding throughout the process of buying our home.

She completely understood what we were looking for, and made excellent suggestions of homes to consider. She was always responsive when we had questions, willing to get more information for us, careful to explain the whole process and remain calm and encouraging throughout. We would highly recommend her.

Donna and Kent Meserve

I had the pleasure of working with Sara last year when I decided to go from renting to becoming a first time home owner.

As a first time home buyer, there were so many questions I had, Sara was amazing at making me understand the process, she had the patience to explain to me what is going on, what will be next. Sara and Steven made the process easy and less stressful, even though we were in the middle of the holidays. To be completely honest, Sara knew and understood exactly what I was looking for. Sara sent me a few places to look at, but I fell in love with our first place and only place we checked out. It felt like home, and I knew right away I wanted it. Sara's negotiating skills helped me walk away with a steal! I was kind of blown away by the great deal I got on this place, new appliances with a new home warranty. She definitely had my interest in mind. Thank you for being a part of such a huge memorable moment for me. I will forever be grateful for this memory of my first home for my girls and I. It is because of you, we found a place I can call home. Every day when I get home, I feel so blessed and thankful I took the leap and became a first time home owner.

Melissa Metzler

I was referred to Renee by mutual friends whom also moved from CA to FL.

I contacted Renee when I was ready to arrive in FL and start looking for Active Lifestyle and Age Restricted Communities with "my list"....needless to say, after viewing properties between Bradenton/Sarasota/Lakewood Ranch south to the Venice/Englewood/Port Charlotte areas, I selected a Neal Community, new construction in Englewood. Renee has been my guiding light with her knowledge and professionalism along with being a mentor with real estate law here in FL. Thankfully she will continue to assist me throughout the construction processes until my home is complete. Thank you Renee for all that you do, not only for me, but for others and in your community!!

Debra Moretton (Federal Retiree)

My family worked with Xena Vallone since 2007.

We bought, rented out and sold 4 different type of residential properties in Bradenton, Sarasota and Venice (Florida). All these years Xena was a bright example of exceptional professionalism in real estate market. She demonstrated not only deep knowledge in RE market trends, but outstanding skills in negotiations and communications with other agents and tenants. During so long time we encountered with so called "difficult" tenants too, but thanks to Xena everything was o'kay without any losses for us. All elements of RE and RE management service from Xena Vlalone were very good or perfect. Especially for us as not English native speaking. We highly recommend Xena Vallone to everybody, who needs quality service in real estate market.

Evgeny Baidin

Renee did a great job of guiding us through the process of selling a house in Florida.

Russell Hudson

Living in Michigan and looking in Florida, we knew we wanted to live in the Bradenton area, and Renee came referred to us, just like most of the people along the way in our little home purchasing process.

She kept us up-to-date with any issues with the lender, seller, insurance company, inspectors, etc... with texts, e-mails, and phone calls. The experience that Renee has in the business of home purchasing and selling shows in the ease and grace in which she handles the process for you. Thanks again for all your help Renee

Bill Calbert (Retired)

For the past 7 years Xena managed several of my Florida rental properties with highest professionalism anyone could ask for.

Xena also handled the sale of our last Florida home not only in record time but also once again at the highest level of professionalism that anyone could ever ask for.

Rich Timmons

How many characters are allowed in this field?

What can you say about a realtor who meets up with you on a moment’s notice an hour away from her office every Friday afternoon at 4pm for a month, not to mention the numerous other showings during the week? And, she was always pleasant and upbeat no matter how crazy the mobs were at the showings. When we lost out on several houses, she felt as badly as we did. When our offer was accepted, she was excited as we were. Her communications with us were always up to the minute. She was always well prepared and thorough. After all her hard work fighting for us, we’re finally home! Thank you, Jim, Lyn, and of course Libbie (pictured with her special gift from Xena). We’ll miss you!!!

Jim and Lyn Wheeler

We highly recommend Xena for your realty needs.

She assisted us in the past more than once. Xena is very knowledgeable with reading contacts, inspecting homes and speaking up for her clients. We were blessed to have her by our side.

Chan and Sabrina Srinivasa
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"Simply put, Sara was the best! From our first contact, she was responsive and clear with answers to our questions, kept us calm and focused and buoyed our spirits when an offer fell through. Hightly recommend ... more "
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"One day on the market ... full price .... cash ... closed .... funds in the bank .... what more could anyone want This is not the first property Sara has sold for our family and I am sure not the last. ... more "
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by sudburydonald
"We were most impressed with Sara's knowledge and helpfulness. She responded promptly and her efforts were above and beyond those required to accomplish the sale. more "
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