It all started with a lady named Michael.

Michael Saunders & Company is the number one real estate broker in Southwest Florida, covering Sarasota, Charlotte, Manatee and Lee counties. The company offers a culture of collaborative agents and divisions that provide the deepest, most strategic market insights in the region; global marketing reach, and meticulous service to home buyers and sellers throughout their entire real estate journey. Our dominating market share in all price categories is more than regional bragging rights. It’s a direct reflection of the trust we’ve earned over our 45-year history. Our company was built from our Sarasota roots, strong moral standards, and a unified vigor to set the highest expectation for real estate services.

The idea of service is central to the way we operate, developing from the personal story of our Founder and CEO, Michael Saunders. Growing up on Longboat Key, she eventually transitioned from schoolteacher to social worker to a single mother taking out a co-signed loan to start her own business. Guided by strong ideals, creative thinking, and a foundation always rooted in customer care, Michael launched the company in 1976 in a 1,000 sq. ft. office on St. Armands Circle. Driven by the same set of core values and emphasis on brand independence, Michael’s son, Drayton, joined the company in 2003, helping to grow the company into what it is today – 24 branch offices and in-house divisions, including mortgage, title, insurance, relocation, new homes and condominiums and commercial.

Our goal is to make your next move seamless with all the real estate services and support you need conveniently available with trusted partners that will guide you through every aspect of the real estate process.

From $11 million in sales by the end of that first year to what is now a multi-billion-dollar business, Michael Saunders & Company is an influence on the real estate industry felt around the world.

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Our Services

We offer a full range of dedicated real estate services, making your
home buying or selling experience seamless, stress-free and rewarding.


Our Values



Building relationships based on trust.



Exceeding the needs and expectations of all.



Positive, productive and harmonious relationships.

Mutual Profitability

Mutual Profitability

The resources to grow and prosper.


Leadership team

  • Michael Saunders

    Michael Saunders

    Founder & CEO

    Michael Saunders, founder and CEO of Michael Saunders & Company, an independent real estate brokerage with principal offices in Sarasota, Florida, has overseen...

  • Drayton Saunders

    Drayton Saunders


    As President of Michael Saunders & Company, Drayton continues to build on a 46-year culture of service, ensuring the company maintains its focus on people, growth...


Division leadership team


MSC Foundation

We are committed to improving lives in the communities we serve by providing funds to organizations that offer shelter, sustenance, education, and a path to self-sufficiency.

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Experience the Difference

  • Sherri Mills - Michael Saunders & Company

    "I chose Michael Saunders & Company simply because it's the best."

    Sherri Mills, Longboat Key Office

  • Dan Freed - Michael Saunders & Company

    "Everything about Michael Saunders & Company is quality, from A to Z."

    Dan Freed, Palmer Ranch Office

  • Deborah Beacham - Michael Saunders & Company

    "The name Michael Saunders in this community means strong reputation, longevity, and complete commitment to the agents and the community we serve."

    Deborah Beacham, Main Street Office