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I’ve been in SW FL for 22 yrs, so I have the local knowledge, and I’ve been a full time Realtor for 8 yrs, giving me the professional experience to make your home search smooth and rewarding.
I’ve been in SW FL for over half my life (22 out of 42 yrs), so I have the local knowledge to help you find a great area. I’ve been a full time Realtor for nearly 9 years, giving me the professional experience to make your home purchase as smooth and rewarding as possible.
I love SW FL and wouldn't want to live anywhere else at this point in my life. I enjoy the boating and fishing, the beaches and golf courses, and there is great hiking and bird watching. I love to show off my community and explain why I chose this place to call home.
For people looking to buy a home I'm here to explain the whole process and coordinate your closing. From pre-qualifying letters from your lender, to appraisals, home inspections, surveys, title insurance, and finally the closing.
For sellers I provide the market analysis and explain the market and how it relates to your home's price. I'll go over the marketing of your home, both on-line and off. We schedule the showings of your home to qualified buyers and negotiate in your best interest when offers come in. I keep everyone in their time lines as we move forward to closing.
Please call or e-mail me with any questions you have. I'd love to work with you and help you find your next dream home, winter escape, or investment property.
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I specialize in making your like easier during one of the most challenging, yet rewarding, times of your life. I'd love to sell you a million dollar home on the river, and I'll take just as much care of you, and explain every little detail when you buy your $50k condo to escape the Michigan winters. I'm familiar with the waterfront lifestyle and I can explain it to our newcomers. I understand the idle times through the canals of Cape Coral because I've timed them. Want to talk about golf courses so inexpensive that you feel bad sneaking in beer? Call me.
"The first thing that you need to realize about James is that he loves what he does and where he does it. He does not push his enthusiasm upon you, but it is always there and it is refreshing to deal with someone so excited about homes, living and the lifestyle in Southwest Florida when that's where you want to live . James came to understand quite quickly what it was I was looking for, which I wasn’t exactly sure of myself in the beginning. His efforts helped me identify what it was I wanted and why some areas would appeal to me more than others. In the end, I had three small neighborhoods identified with the exact requirements I wanted for a house and area, and now I live there. Years ago, when selecting a builder to build “my signature home”, I had three questions to be asked about the builders, “were they on time, within budget and would they build “your” next home”? If I were asked to answer those three questions about James as a realtor, I would say, “Yes, Yes and YES”. Thanks for all of your efforts James. " Steve Rowland
"Hi James, We wanted to thank you for all the time you spent with us to find our perfect house in Cape Coral. Your knowledge and expertise really helped make our house hunting a fun and relaxing one. Purchasing a home in another state is stressful and time consuming but having you as our agent eased our concerns. We really enjoyed our action packed weekends with you, now you can come for a drink and relax on OUR lanai with us whenever we are in town. Thanks again " Mike and Teresa Kulic
"I have had the pleasure to purchase three investment properties through James. James has been great to work with on all three of the closed sales, as well as the many short sale offers we have submitted over the last two years. In all cases, James has made feel as if I was his number one client regardless of the transaction amount. In addition to the great service he has provided through out the buying and closing process, he also went above and beyond and helped me with lining up Rental Management firms and services that I needed to get my properties rented out. A big relief since I live 1600 miles away from SW Florida. I would highly recommend James to anyone that is seeking a truly professional Real Estate expert who goes above and beyond everyday for his clients. " Matt Metcalf
"Dear James, Thank you so much for the extraordinary support you gave us throughout our purchase of a townhouse in Cape Coral, Fla. Purchasing a home in a state where one does not live permanently is quite difficult in so many ways. First, to find a place in a short period of time while visiting is taunting. Then the entire inspection and closing process from afar is crazy. And lastly all the details in preparing your home for living with a need for specialists such as a handyman, plumber, floor man, cleaning service, etc. is mind boggling. But I must say you made the experience very positive. You were there every step of the way and your help was such an unexpected surprise. We would recommend your services to anyone, especially for someone not physicalky living in Fla. You are a true professional who really cares. " Claire & Augie Centrella
"I sincerely mean that some of the most fun days I have had this past year have been spent with you driving around all of the Ft. Myers area looking for real estate! Our typical day would be me having a list of property that I found on the internet. Then you would help me eliminate most of it because it is already sold and most of the rest of it is cheap for a good reason. I do have a tendency to think like a slumlord that I am trying to over come. You would print a list of available properties in my price range that are current that day. You taught me that they come and go so quickly that the listings need to be verified that same day. We would take off in your jeep and the treasure hunt would begin. We would look through about 20 properties each day. Some were great and some were in real distressed. But you know that for the right price, I am not afraid of the ugly house. We crossed most of them off the list in a few minutes. At the end of the day there were always some good prospects. We would discuss our options on the winners. I really appreciate your extremely honest opinions either positive or negative on each property. It is more important to not buy the wrong property than it is to buy the correct one. Some of the discussions were at a local watering hole and nothing was held back. I developed a system as to how to buy anything from a car to a house to a rental property. It is simply look long enough to know what you want. Recognize it when you find it. Make the deal as soon as you find it. If you like the deal so will other buyers. We made offers at the end of each day. Your imput was critical because you know the market and neighborhoods much better that me. And I TRUST you are looking after me as a valued client, not just a customer that you will never see again. You did a great job of helping us determine what price to offer in this crazy world of bidding higher than list price. You also had contacts for me for every thing from well repair to pool service. This is more important for me because by the time we had the property under contract we were back in Missouri and had to the inspections and repairs from 1200 miles away. It all worked out. We didn't get everything that we offered on but one per day is pretty good. We now own 2 houses in Cape Coral and 3 condos in Ft. Myers. The best part is they are each a place that we could retire into and feel safe and at home living in. And if we feel that way, many other people will too! I can't wait to get my hands on some more cash so I can come down and go Treasure Hunting with you again. If any of your clients would like to talk to me, I love to talk about real estate. My cell number is 314 471 8259. James, you started out as my real estate agent, now I consider you a great friend. Sincerely, Larry Luksza " Larry Luksza
"James and the folks at Gulf Gateway Realty, I would like to take a few moments of your time to talk about James Sommers. James helped us out of a very bad rental situation back in August of 2010. We had a couple of nasty years due to health, job, economy related, and were in need of somebody who would show us some patience and understanding. The problem was that, as a former realtor and mortgage broker, I was probably a realtor's nightmare in terms of selecting properties to show, as well as putting together a team to get the loan closed. James, as a true professional, dealt with the challenge, showed my wife and I probably in the neighborhood of 40 or so homes, from waterfront wrecks in the $200K range, to Chinese drywall homes in the $60K range. Some days my wife, Lynn, went with James, some days I went with him, and some other days we both made the trip. I think he finally figured out that once Lynn found the 'home of her dreams' that I was done. It worked, as he showed us the home that eventually closed, and in which we currently reside. Without James' help, I think we probably would be in the same situation we were in, and probably more miserable than ever before. We were driving the other day, and I asked Lynn where we should go, and she said 'Let's go home, I miss it". This, after being away for a couple of hours. I haven't heard that from Lynn in more than 20 years, and for that, I thank Mr. James Sommers. If you need any further testimonials for James, call my cell phone at 508-801-6694 and we'll talk. Thanks for your time, " Jim Gledhill
"This email is to let you know what a great job you did finding us a new home in Cape Coral. You made the entire experience so enjoyable and stress-free! We love our new home and it is just perfect. From the time you talked to us about what kind of home we wanted until the signing was an amazingly short time period. You emailed us information on homes that matched what we wanted and always got back with us immediately when we had questions. I really appreciated that you looked at the homes we requested you to see in person. When I flew down for a visual inspection of my own, I was delighted to see exactly what you had described to me and I knew we had found the home of our dreams. You found a home inspection company that was very thorough and easy to deal with, and less than 2 weeks later, you took us to the title company to sign the papers to make the home ours. Thank you for helping us find an insurance agent and for your follow-up too. I have never regretted moving from Illinois to Cape Coral, where every day feels like paradise. I recommend you as a realtor to anyone and everyone I know or meet to find them their perfect home. " John & Cathy Atchison
" James Sommers knows what a good price is for the type of house, he will tell you honestly if it’s worth it or not. He is a person whom you can count on when you need a decent house for a fair price. As my family has bought and sold several houses through James. – Brooke Fischer I met James when my husband and I were looking for a house after going through eight different realtors that would not listen to what we wanted in a house, I called the real estate company that James was working at and he took the time to listen to what we wanted in a home. I would recommend James to friends, family, and acquaintances. In the real estate world honesty is a hard quality to find. – Colleen Fischer While looking for our primary residence in Cape Coral Florida. I thought I found my dream home, which turned out to have extensive water damage to the ceiling. As James poked the ceiling which almost fell on us, he took me out side to look at the roof. Upon our inspection there was a large portion of the roof missing and I told him I could fix it, he grabbed me by the ear and dragged me out of the house and told me there are better deals out there! Thanks to James we have bought a house that we spent our money upgrading it instead of repairs. – Brian Fischer " Fischer Family
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