It all started with a lady named Michael.

Seeing an opportunity through the lack of a local real estate company dedicated to the utmost in customer service, Michael Saunders decided to fill the void herself by founding Michael Saunders & Company 40 years ago — in 1976.

Little did she know at the time that her new brand of customer engagement—delivered with her signature style from a single small office on Sarasota's St. Armands Circle — would grow to include 26 branch offices in three Florida counties; and an influence on the real estate business felt around the world.

Even from its earliest days, Michael's was a company informed by solid core values, driven by knowledge and hard work; and based on the mutual trust that develops from cultivating lasting customer relationships. Pretty much a voice in the wilderness back then, Michael’s deeply held values along with a keen focus on customer service and global connections are now shared by dedicated agents—from Bradenton to Boca Grande.
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In 2003, Michael was joined in the business by her son Drayton, who grew up around the company even as it was growing. Drayton not only shares Michael's passion for real estate but also her fierce insistence on remaining an independent company focused on serving the unique needs of her local constituents on Florida's Gulf Coast.

The company they have built together goes beyond real estate to being a proud member of the communities that have contributed so much to its success. Giving back to these communities is a value that starts at the top and is shared by members of the Michael Saunders & Company family. For this reason, the MSC Foundation was founded as a way to engage our agents, management and staff at every level of charitable giving to the members of our community most in need of shelter, sustenance and a path to self-sufficiency.

Our earnest beginnings have blossomed into a corporate culture where character, integrity and good works speak for themselves; and every customer interaction should lead
to a rewarding real estate experience. And it all began with a lady named Michael.


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

    Founder & CEO

    Thanks to a lifetime spent in Southwest Florida and the last thirty-five years at the helm of her company, Michael Saunders has sat squarely at the epicenter of one...

  • Drayton Saunders


    Although he grew up immersed in the culture of the company, Drayton Saunders didn't formally join Michael Saunders & Company® until January of 2003. Since...


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.

Learn more about the foundation

Become a Michael Saunders & Company agent

  • 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, South Longboat Key Office

  • Patty & Kim Gilliland - Michael Saunders & Company

    "It's nice to know the powerful resources of the company are available to the agents no matter what price range they work in."

    Patty & Kim Gilliland, Siesta Key Office

  • Linda Dickinson - Michael Saunders & Company

    "The company has a wonderful esprit de corps and that means a lot."

    Linda Dickinson, Palmer Ranch Office