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PROPERTY-buy or rent: Use these fellow British Realtors in Florida!

Below is the only statewide network of qualified, Florida-licensed expat British real estate professionals.  They work closely with UK-based Brits and resident Florida expats to find them a holiday home, permanent residence or commercial property.  FABB’s realtors network was  established in 1997 and we strongly advise UK buyers to use one from our team below.  FACT:  A fellow Brit understands you better.  Avoid the pitfalls of negotiations in a foreign land.   IMPORTANT :   Only select a realtor operating in the LOCAL Florida area you wish to live.   NOTE to licensed British realtors working in Florida:   For details on how to join the FABB’s realtors on this page, email your query to britishbusinessflorida@gmail.com  On subject line put:  “Join FABB’s British realtors.”    


►  SOUTHWEST FLORIDA, including FT.MYERS and NAPLES AREA.  FABB Member Donna Mitchell is a licensed and experienced expat British realtor who specialises in the desirable Naples area in southwest Florida. Originally from Middlesex, she has lived in Florida since 1993 and helped many British buyers/renters find their ideal property.  Donna is a Broker/Owner for Win Realty, LLC who specializes in Fort Myers and Cape Coral.  Their website is  www.winrealty.org  You can reach me direct on [239] 297-0517 or email  dmitchell@winrealty.org

►  NAPLES and BONITA SPRINGS AREA KATHY RAINFORD experienced British realtor and FABB member for many years.  SALES AREA: Naples, Bonita Springs, Marco Island, Estero and environs.  Says Kathy: ” I offer a professional, well-informed, honest service to Brits seeking holiday villas,  holiday apartments/condos, new build investment properties and all other aspects of Buying and Selling properties in SW Florida.   Contact me for an informal chat/advice or list of properties that are currently GOOD DEALS!  I hold a Florida Brokers Licence and I am a Certified International Property Specialist and Overseas Member of the UK National Association of Estate Agents Ltd.   I work with a team at  Realty World Top Producers Inc.”   WEBSITES:  www.kathyrainford.com  and  www.realtyworldtopproducers.com   and  search site at   www.buyingpropertiesinflorida.com   Call or email Kathy today!  Direct on cell [239] 601-7731.  Or office Tel: [239] 430-1700. (She is also on Whatsapp). Email britishnaples@hotmail.com

►  TAMPA BAY / ST. PETERSBURG BEACH AREA The British-American team of Carol Lucas and Brian Smith at Lucas Smith Realty LLC.  A member of FABB, the Florida Association of British Business.  With their world-wide business connections, Carol and Brian are able to seek out homes anywhere across the United States, for their clients to purchase. Whether you are looking for a permanent residence, holiday villa or apartment, second home or investment property, they have the necessary relationships and contacts to meet your needs and desires, at NO charge to you, the buyer. Their dedication to excellence, is the collaboration of a wealth of high caliber professionalism and experience.  Born and educated in the UK, Carol has extensive International business experience in the computer industry and overseas property Sales.  Licensed since 1986, Carol is a Certified Residential Specialist (CRS), this designation being held by less than 5% of Realtors nationwide.  Brian Smith, the other half of this dynamic and respected Husband and Wife Real Estate Team is a Californian born of British parents. He is currently a “Master Instructor” for all approved Department of Real Estate classes. Brian also presided over Mortgage Lending as a Vice President for two U.S. banks. He is a Florida Licensed Real Estate Broker and specializes in helping UK buyers purchase property in the Sunshine State, by conducting seminars in the UK and having strategic partnerships with lawyers, solicitors and financial advisors in both countries.  Contact Carol and Brian to discuss your needs directly on cell  [650] 465-0144  or in UK on (+44) 01275-791167  Email  carol@carollucas.com  Their website is www.lucas-smithrelocation.com 

► BRADENTON and SARASOTA:  Tracey Franklin is a full time licensed British expat Realtor who lives in Bradenton.  She works with Charles Rutenberg Realty.  A member of FABB [Florida Association of British Business],  she is originally from Leicester.  Tracey was with London’s Metropolitan Police for 27 years, retiring at the rank of Inspector After vacationing in Florida for 25 years and owning property here, Tracey and her British husband moved to Florida in 2016.   She has an extensive knowledge of the Bradenton area.  Tracey now utilises her negotiation skills to represent buyers and sellers from the UK and US and is passionate about helping YOU achieve your dream, whether a permanent home or vacation rental.  She is a member of NAR [ National Association of Realtors]  and RASM [Realtor Association of Sarasota and Manatee Counties]. See her website www.TraceyFranklin.com  To discuss your needs, contact Tracey direct on (941) 203 9338 or email her at traceylfranklin67@gmail.com                       [Latest-2020]

 ►  NAPLES AREA MARK DRANSFIELD, a FABB member, is originally from Yorkshire and a Licensed Realtor®. Established in the US since 2004.  Having come from the UK (Offshore) Banking world,  and spending about 10 years as a Professional Percussionist (Brass Bands, Orchestras, West End Shows and Cruise Ships), he is now based in Naples, FL and understands how to navigate the US Real Estate markets for his fellow Brits and other clients. Whatever you’re looking to do in the Real Estate world, he can help directly, or point you in the right direction.  Mark works with respected brokerage EXP Realty in Naples.  Mark can handle any Florida Sale, Purchase or Rental query you may have.  Reach Mark directly on his cell [239] 330-4501 or email to  mark@thebritishguysellsnaples.com      www.TheBritishGuySellsFL.com    

►  ST. AUGUSTINE, NE FLORIDA.   ROSE COYNE,  a FABB member, is originally from Scotland and a licensed realtor. Established in Florida since 2015, she is based in St. Augustine, has over 12 years of real estate  experience and offers services to fellow Brits and other clients:  Says Rose:  Nothing makes me happier than finding people their dream home for someone who is ready to move to the next chapter of their lives. I love living here in St Augustine, with so much history, beautiful beaches, restaurants to suit every palette and the friendliest people on the planet. I moved to St. Augustine, FL from Scotland, UK and joined Watson Realty Corp as a licensed realtor. In Scotland I served as a Police Officer, which may seem a world apart from Real Estate, but both careers allow me to provide support and assistance at a time that may be stressful. I have such a passion for Real Estate and spent four years in Albuquerque and 4 years in Ireland as a Realtor and my husband and three beautiful daughters support me in my love for Real Estate. I understand first hand, having lived in several countries, that purchasing a home or selling and moving on can be a stressful transition. I want to ensure your experience is exciting and gratifying. I promise to do all that I can to make this a reality for every individual, couple and family. Let me take care of you and your Real Estate needs. Rose works with respected brokerage Watson Realty Corporation, which has offices across Florida.  Rose can handle any St. Augustine area purchase or rental query you may have.  Reach her directly on her cell [904] 599-2091  or email to rosecoyne@watsonrealtycorp.com  See her website  www.roseofhouses.com     

►  MIAMI or MIAMI BEACH  on your mind?  Want to buy or rent in the Magic City?  FABB member and fellow Brit Elaine Solomon is our Miami and Miami Beach specialist.  She has been in the USA since 1974, in New York and Miami, working in New York’s financial district for years before moving down to Florida as a licenced realtor.  “I love Miami, the vibrancy, the passion and the diversity of the city make it the perfect place to live, “ says Elaine.  “One has the best of both worlds, the fabulous restaurants, shopping and cultural events and the marvellous beaches at your doorstep. Living and working in the heart of it gives me a unique perspective on what someone is looking for and how to make that happen for my British clients. I work with one of Miami’s largest realty companies with all their resources at my disposal and bring all the savvy ex New Yorkers have!  I am  ready to help you find the perfect Miami place!  2018 update: Elaine now owns her own brokerage! Contact Elaine:  Cell [305]  979 6521  Email:  livedowntownmiami@gmail.com  and elainesolomonrealestate@gmail.com  Her website:   www.elainesolomonrealestate.com

BREVARD COUNTY, SPACE COAST east Florida + Merritt Island: SUE GOLDTHORP is a licensed expat British realtor who is based in Mims, handling property and sales of businesses in Brevard County.  Says Sue: “ I have MLS membership of the Space Coast Association of Realtors, Orlando and Miami.  Originally from Oxford I have lived all over the UK  before leaving at the beginning of 1997. I lived in New Zealand for 16 months then California for 5 years before moving to Florida in 2003.  I have been a Real Estate Investor since 2003, an agent since 2009 and Broker since 2011.”   Sue is Owner/Broker of Visulate LLC real estate brokerage in Mims, Florida.  See her website www.visulate.com   Contact Sue to discuss your property or business needs directly on her cell [321] 698-5198 or email sue@goldthorp.com .  Member of the Florida Association of British Business [FABB] since 2015

► SOUTHWEST FLORIDA REBECCA FITTS, originally from the UK, has been established in Florida real estate since 2004.  A member of FABB, she works with renowned brokerage Keller Williams. Rebecca handles commercial real estate sales in the Palm Harbor and southwest Florida areas.  She also works with those who want to invest in Florida real estate. Says Rebecca: “I offer fellow Brits the business premises they seek.  See website www.rebeccafitts.kw.com   To discuss your commercial real estate needs, reach Rebecca directly on her cell [727] 414-3544 or at her office [727] 772-0772 Or by email to rebeccafits@kw.com     


►   WEST FLORIDA [Tampa Bay area] KEVIN WELLAND is an experienced, licensed expat British realtor, originally from London, who has worked in Florida real estate since 2004 and been a resident of Tampa Bay since 1992.  Member of FABB, the Florida Association of British Business, Kevin handles property sales in the west Florida Tampa Bay areas of Clearwater/St Petersburg and the areas between, including the beaches. He is experienced at helping UK buyers/sellers over the years and has many satisfied British clients. Kevin has a wealth of experience representing both buyers and sellers from the UK whether they are moving to Florida permanently or buying their holiday dream home in the sun. Kevin also holds the SRS (Seller Representative Specialist) designation and is a member of the Pinellas Realtor Organization & National Association of Realtors.    Kevin is passionate about his work, loves to help fellow Brits and is always available to answer any questions related to real estate or moving to the area.  Kevin works with his British wife Julia at the local brokerage of Luxury and Beach Realty. To buy, sell or rent property, contact Kevin direct on [727] 709-2581 or email wellandteam@gmail.com    WEBSITE  www.wellandteam.com       

   ► DISNEY VACATION AREA  TONY O’REILLY-BROOKES is the British owner of a Property Management Company in Kissimmee. A Member of FABB [Florida Association of British Business, he is also a licensed realtor.  Tony has worked in Florida business since 2011, moving over with his English wife and two children from England.  He offers fellow Brits:  Property Management–long and short term rentals, Vacation home in the Disney area and realty services to British people who have made their decision to buy or rent here in the Sunshine State. He has helped many Brits “get sorted” in the Sunshine State!   He works with the brokerage of La Rosa Realty in Celebration. To see the complete range of services Tony offers YOU, see his comprehensive website  www.myorlandovacation.com    Contact Tony O’Reilly-Brookes to discuss your needs on cell  [407] 572-5437  OR email  tony@myorlandovacation.com

KISSIMMEE-ORLANDO–BEACHES AREA. SUSAN M. BARNES––a FABB member since 2005–is a British Realtor at Rockrose Realty Inc in the heart of Kissimmee, close to Disney.  She has over 27 years of unmatched experience selling homes in Florida.  Specialising in assisting British and overseas buyers find exactly the property they need to rent or buy, including vacation homes in every price range.  Susan has worked with many UK buyers over the years.  We offer
testimonials from previous clients which can be viewed on our website  www.rockroserealty.com   . Call Susan M Barnes direct on cell [407] 908-4663  or Office [407] 933-2242 email:  susan@rockroserealty.com   She’ll steer fellow Brits through every part of the property process!      [2019]

►    KISSIMMEE/ORLANDO.    RICHARD VEALE is the British owner/broker of Profiles Realty based in Kissimmee.   Originally from Essex, he specialises in vacation, new and resale homes in the Kissimmee and Orlando areas. British Real Estate Broker/Realtor and member of FABB.  WEBSITE:  www.profilesrealty.com   For professional, reliable service call Richard anytime.  Office phone [321] 297 8161 or cellphone [321] 297-8161   Email richard@profilesrealty.com 

££ $$  TIP:  WANT TO SAVE WHEN TRANSFERRING over UK CURRENCY?   DON’T USE YOUR BANK!  Use Moneycorp.  [ I use Moneycorp myself–FABB President.]   The pound is shaky.  That affects all expats in Florida who still have UK dealings. To transfer your precious funds, we highly recommend you use the services of Moneycorp.  At lower rates than any bank!  This will save you fees and grief, as we Londoners say!  What your own bank won’t do is save considerable  exchange fees, like Moneycorp.   NOW is an advantageous time for you to transfer any funds you have.  THE BEST WAY:   Moneycorp, the UK company with an office in Florida and droves of satisfied Florida clients. It is the only UK currency exchange company licenced to deal in 50 states.   Many expat Brits here have used this currency service for years and report huge savings and satisfaction.   TO FIND OUT MORE:    Phone Moneycorp’s Kelly Cutchin on  [863] 207-6616 at their USA HQ in Orlando to ask all your questions.  Or email your query to  kelly.cutchin@moneycorp.com   Moneycorp’s HQ is in England.   Posted by the Florida Association of British Business [FABB].  Moneycorp have been trusted members since 2005.  


flagman►►   YOUR UK PENSION:  ARE YOU OVER 55?  DID YOU PAY INTO A UK COMPANY/PRIVATE PENSION?    Do you know whether and how you can access your lump sum and bring it over to the USA?    For a FREE review of your UK pension contact Mark Solomons in Florida with Florin Pensions direct on [561] 793-1311 or via email  msolomons@florinpensions.com  On Subject line put:  “To Mark Solomons—UK pension query”.    Include your name + city + phone + a sentence about the type of company/private pension you paid into. Mark is a longtime member of the Florida Association of British Business.  As FABB’s UK pensions expert he has unfrozen many pensions for USA expats over the years.   

 For Brits in the UK wishing to move to Florida :    Since 1997,  FABB has helped more Brits get established in Florida than anyone else.  Avoid being conned!  We strongly recommend you join,  to use our trusted, expert team and advice.  To apply send an email to  britishbusinessflorida@gmail.com  with “JOIN FABB  from UK” on the subject line. Include:  Current city + age + occupation + single/married/children?    

► ARE YOU A UK BRIT WITH FLORIDA PROPERTY ? Sign up for our eBritnews email—invitations to local British events and info relevant to expats.  Send email to  britishbusinessflorida@gmail.com  On subject line put:  Receive Florida eBritnews. IMPORTANT:  Include the Florida city of your Florida property.