BRENDA WILSON | Sarasota Real Estate, Bradenton Real Estate, Lakewood Ranch Real Estate
 

THE SARASOTA PARADISE GROUP - 2018

Craig & Brenda have successfully listed HOMES & CONDOS located in LAKEWOOD RANCH COMMUNITIES, and WATERFRONT, BEACHFRONT, GOLF COURSEs including many unique properties requiring their customized expertise. Many of their clients have relocated from around the globe including year-round and part-year owners. Craig is a Broker Associate and earned the Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist and the Certified Distressed Property Expert designation, and is also a New Home Specialist. Brenda is a licensed Realtor and earned her Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist along with numerous other designations. The Wilsons have a proven success record with tremendous staff & systems. As top listing agents, their marketing plan is professional, proven and includes an aggressive multi-pronged internet marketing campaign.

Married for 34 years, Brenda & Craig were both raised in upstate New York near Binghamton, where Craig graduated college with an accounting degree. After remodeling several homes of their own, they moved to Virginia Beach in 1986 to partner a start-up financial service business ALMOST A BANC, offering check cashing, money orders, Western Union and packaging services. Building to 19 locations with over 120 employees and gross revenues in excess of $3 million per year, they sold the company in February 1992 to a Bear Stearns subsidiary. Craig held his Virginia Real Estate license and negotiated dozens of commercial leases for check cashing & tax centers.

In 1991, Brenda & Craig started Quick-File Tax Network (similar to H & R Block tax preparation centers). 

Quick-File Tax Network quickly expanded to 29 offices in Virginia & Maryland – offering Tax preparation services & refund loans. With 100+ employees each season, they processed 4,000 – 7,700 tax returns per season, and then sold the business in 1995. Their custom designed FEEBASE database, training & form kits were licensed by Mellon Bank for use by thousands of other tax offices around the country for several years.

In 1994, Craig went to work as a Sales representative for McCarthy Enterprise that included relocating to Rockport, Texas and lots of travel, selling time management systems & journals to manufacturers of leather & vinyl planner covers. During this same timeframe, Brenda started her career in Real Estate, working for Coldwell Banker, and then moved to a small luxury brokerage Key Allegro Real Estate in Rockport. Brenda was a Rookie of the Year in 1995 proving herself a valuable asset receiving various awards for top production. 

In July 1999, the Wilsons made their move to Tulsa, Oklahoma to pursue Bible College for Craig and start their real estate career together. Craig graduated Bible School and worked part time as a Children’s Pastor for 3 years. During this same time, Brenda & Craig quickly evolved into a top real estate team averaging over 60 sales per year in 2000-2004. During their last year in Tulsa, the Wilson Hometeam was the number one Keller Williams Real Estate team in the Tulsa Market with 80 sales. Systems were fine tuned, followed by many happy buyers and sellers.

In July 2004, the call of the sunny Gulf Coast climate and sales opportunities led Brenda & Craig to relocate to Paradise on Florida’s gulf coast in the Sarasota-Bradenton area. They transferred to Keller Williams Realty Select and have consistently earned many top production awards annually for the past 13 years. Craig and Brenda's team continues to evolve as their daughter, Jessica Coay, became team administrator in 2016 – working at the office 3 days a week. In 2017 she activated her real estate license and has now joined the team working with buyers and sellers. In 2017, they joined with Fine Properties and have also hired Judi Wilson as a full-time team administrator. The Sarasota Paradise Group gives you the advantage of having multiple agents to hold open houses, show property, and watch the market continuously to assist our clients navigate their real estate needs!

 

If you’re considering selling or buying a property, let Brenda & Craig show you the benefits of working with an experienced team with a proven plan for maximizing your return. Call Craig & Brenda at (941) 321-8686.


This is a heartfelt recommendation for Craig and Brenda Wilson, who are exceptional, professionals in the business of real estate. With their great help, we purchased two condos already in the Meadows, Sarasota...The first one, is our new home in Florida, after we moved down from New York. Without their help, we would have never been able to reach our goal. We are very lucky, that we met such good, honest, friendly, helpful people. They had a lot of patience with us, never tired and they helped us through the whole process of the purchases. We did and we will in the future too, recommend them very much to everyone interested in buying property in Sarasota.
Thank you again Brenda and Craig and God Bless YOU BOTH and your family too!
Anna & Laszlo Podolyak
We are grateful for the help we received from Brenda and Craig Wilson when purchasing our home in Sarasota.  Their knowledge of the market, friendly demeanors and tag team approach to real estate make buying a house very straightforward.  Unlike other realtors we have dealt with in the past after the transaction occurred, Brenda and Craig are still around to help in any way they can.  We can without reservation recommend their services.  We intend to remain in touch with them for the foreseeable future for any real estate needs we may have as well as their delightful company.
 

Bridget and Pat - Sarasota
Craig and Brenda made house hunting a breeze. They were always available to show properties to us right away and with their knowledge and fast actions we got the house of our dreams! Thanks again and God Bless! 
Curtis, Melissa and family. Parrish
Selling and buying a house is not always an easy task but working with caring and knowledgeable professionals like Brenda and Craig Wilson make it fun.  They both spent many months with us to find that right home and always with a smile.  They sold our condo in a very short time and we were always notified the day before a showing which made selling much easier.  When we finally bought they were of great help to us, even helping us with the final inspection.  We would highly recommend them both as outstanding agents.

Ken and Elaine Seamon Palm Aire-Sarasota
Our home buying experience with Brenda and Craig Wilson was exceptional. They were able to help us find exactly what we were looking for quickly and also helped with every step of the process of inspecting and closing. We moved here from out of state and it was a seamless experience. We had bought and sold several homes before and they helped make this time a very easy process. Their integrity was evident from the very first meeting. I would (and have) recommend them to anybody looking to buy or sell! 
Patrick and Brenda Yewell of Heritage Harbour
I can’t begin to tell you how much Brenda and Craig have helped me over the years. I met them in 2010 when I was vacationing. I knew I probably would be transferring with the company I work for within the next year. I wanted to be able to have an idea of what was available. By late July of 2012, I was given an eight day notice to be working in Florida. With one home in Maryland and no place to live in Florida, I called them frantic. They not only found a place for me to live, but arrived at my rental with some furniture, toiletries, sheets, towels and invited me to dinner at their house. I never expected to be lent these things until my own stuff arrived a month later. Not your normal scenario for a realtor, but this is not your typical couple just selling homes. I went on to buy a house in Palmer Ranch in September 2013. From the day we found the home until I moved in took 21 days. They guided me through everything from financing to home insurance. I truly don’t know what I would have done without them. Some call them realtors, I call them angels in disguise. They go above and beyond and are just crazy fun to deal with. Exception people, exception realtors and an exception experience….. just like American Express, you should never leave your home without them.  
Kathy Townsley
We cannot begin to say enough about Craig and Brenda Wilson!   They have earned our bragging rights, and without hesitation, I can say they will truly earn yours as well.   My husband and I were new to the area and had no idea where to start.  We drove around endlessly searching the area ourselves, but getting no where.  Craig and Brenda took us under their wing and their knowledge of the Lakewood Ranch/Bradenton/Saraota area was beyond what we could ever have imagined.   Their expertise of local builders and the building process in general, helped us to select the perfect location for our forever home.   (Craig even showed up at our final walk-through to assist us with that.)   They are, without a doubt, amazing people who really care about you.   We could not have chosen a better team to work with!!   
Debbie & Mike Driscoll -Grayhawk Landing
Imagine a French retired couple speaking just basic English, coming to Sarasota and wishing to buy a house rapidly. At first glance it did not seem easy at all.  But we really had the incredible luck to meet Brenda & Craig and everything went smooth, cool and efficient. They were very professional and looked after our every desire.They had inexhaustible patience to show us several homes ,gave us good advice and now  we are the  very happy owners of the sweetest home in the Lakewood Ranch area.
This is why we recommend Brenda & Craig to help you find the home of your dreams. We guarantee that you will never regret it.

Lucienne & Andre Merle from France.
I wanted to thank you for all of your help in finding and securing our home in Bradenton.  Dealing with two people who are 1000s of miles away and asking 100s of questions cannot be easy, but you handled it with complete professionalism and with a smile...Having purchased more than a few homes in my life, I can honestly tell you this experience was without a doubt the most enjoyable and smoothest we have ever experienced.  As someone who is responsible for a global sales team, you could give many in my group a lesson on how to manage and deliver the customer's expectation...Please know the home you found for us will give my family years of joy.  Again, I thank you for all the help you provided Pat, myself and the kids. All the very best and God Bless you and your family.
Frank @ Heritage Harbour
Buying a home is usually a stressful time. This was not the case while working with Brenda and Craig. We have had the pleasure of working with them while purchasing not one, but two homes-as well as selling our home. Their professionalism never wavered from day one and they were both extremely knowledgeable in helping us find the perfect home. We would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone when buying or selling a home. 
Kelly and Wayne Hull of Lakewood Ranch
Our home buying experience was above and beyond our expectations with the help of Craig and Brenda Wilson and their team. Their knowledge of the Sarasota/Bradenton market (especially Lakewood Ranch) was extremely beneficial as we tried to decide where our perfect neighborhood and home would be for our family.  Their expert knowledge of the entire buying process ensured that we reached a successful close and a "great deal" on our new home. They are easy to work with, patient, honest and full of integrity. We just can't recommend the Wilson Team enough! 
Sean and Jen Russell, Lakewood Ranch
Our Lakewood Ranch buying experience with Craig and Brenda Wilson was exceptional. Their patience and total concern for our unique needs made us feel comfortable and confident during the entire transaction. Their knowledge of this particular market goes well beyond just the listings because they live and office here too.  Whether buying or selling, The Wilson Home Team will represent you with integrity, and they will streamline the process to your total satisfaction.  We simply can't say enough about how much we enjoyed our Florida real estate experience with Craig and Brenda.  They are true professionals." 
Les & Kris Cavicchi Miramar Lagoons
We recommend Craig and Brenda Wilson without any reservation as realtors whether for buying or selling your home.  We used the team during the buying process of our new home and were extremely satisfied with the services they provided.  During the building process, Craig went above and beyond, periodically taking and sending us digital pictures.  The Wilson team also assisted us during our walk throughs, pointing out issues that the builder needed to address.  Additionally, they were nice, genuine people who were easy to work with. 
Rob & Marcia Grayhawk Landing
Brenda & Craig knew we had to sell our home quickly and still get top dollar for it.  They did everything they could possibly do to speed it up from open houses, social media and talking to other real estate agents.  They even had a professional come in to rearrange furniture.  Unfortunately, this was at a time that homes were not selling like hotcakes.  It sold in six weeks at the price we wanted!  This was by far our best home selling experience.  Thank you so much Brenda & Craig.  
Gordon & Carole Norquay

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