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Local, Independent & Strong: Leading the Future of Real Estate

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For 42 years, Michael Saunders & Company has been proudly independent with no intention of ever changing that. This is mostly derived from Michael Saunders, CEO and Founder, starting the business in 1976 when, as a woman, you had to be strong, you had to be determined, and you had to make your own path. Over the years, the company has had opportunities to partner or franchise, but Michael said she knew that was not what she envisioned for Michael Saunders & Company.

“I just happened to feel that there was a very, very definite place for an independent company who could choose who they affiliated with, who carried the business card, who lead the company,” she said. “I just really felt being independent we could serve our customers, our agents, our leadership teams and our staff best.”

Industry research and statistics have shown that more and more customers prefer independent brokerages to franchises for their genuine and value-based foundations.

According to an Inman article released this past June, local independent firms are predicted to lead the future of real estate for five reasons: Authenticity, Adaptability, Neighborhood intel, Culture of giving, and Talent. As a fiercely independent real estate brokerage, we could not agree more.


It does not get more authentic than integrating our values into everything we do. Michael Saunders & Company selects the most exceptional real estate professionals and support staff that truly share our core values of integrity, excellence, communication and mutual profitability. It requires exceptional people to provide exceptional service and we are known for the standard we set.


Agents gathered at the first Michael Saunders & Company office on St. Armands Circle

A real estate brokerage does not last 42 years and consistently lead the market without a strong ability to adapt to the needs and expectations of customers. Michael Saunders & Company has seen how Manatee, Charlotte, and Sarasota real estate has evolved over the years. We have grown beyond a single office on St. Armands Circle to 24 offices and expanded beyond luxury properties to include supportive services (from MSC Commercial to MSC Rental to MSC Mortgage, for example) purely by the request and demand of our customers. Today, we are not only locally known, but globally recognized through four incredible international affiliations: Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, Christie’s International Real Estate, Mayfair International Realty, and Luxury Portfolio.

Neighborhood Intel

Michael Saunders & Company real estate agents are the epitome of commitment and expertise. Those are not bragging words, but simply awe-inspiring truth. There are over 650 agents and each of them lives, work, and play in our region – investing in local HOAs and chambers, raising their children here, and connected to other MSC agents across the three counties and beyond.

Culture of Giving

First Step of Sarasota, Inc. and Children First accepting grant contribution from MSC Foundation

This past July the MSC Foundation – a grant distributing organization started in 2011 by Michael Saunders & Company – distributed grants to 41 local organizations. To date, the foundation has granted more than $600,000 to 177 local charities and causes. All contributions are generously provided by the donations of our agents and staff.


Top Producing Sales

Charlotte, Manatee, and Sarasota real estate agents throughout Michael Saunders & Company honored for 2017 Sales Performance

Michael Saunders & Company real estate agents are elite. Consistently earning Top Producing accolades and notable sales in the region, the MSC agents are passionate about providing the very best service to every customer, every time. In addition to our agents, the supportive staff is some of the most specialized in their fields – from the award-winning marketing department to technology to new business development. It is all one united team working together to provide the best experience possible.

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Local, Independent & Strong: Leading the Future of Real Estate was last modified: October 1st, 2018 by Shanna Bellingham