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When it comes to real estate transactions, I cannot say enough about the service provided by Mary Lee and the Ocean Reef Real Estate Company. Mary has handled the sale of two Ocean Reef homes for us, both were completed professionally, in record time and without any of the glitches caused by brokers with limited experience. Each property was also priced properly and qualified buyers were found, this is what quality Realtors do.

Recommendations are always risky, but I recommend Mary to friends and if you do the same, you will not regret it.

–Henry Stout
Atlantic Properties

We had an incredible experience with Mary that we feel compelled to share.

As first time buyers at Ocean Reef, we had many questions. Mary not only knows Ocean Reef and its many homes, but she listens and takes great care and pride to match the interests of buyers with the potential inventory of homes, whether listed or not. In our case, Mary’s relationships with a homeowner on the Reef made this deal happen for us with an unlisted home. Again, as first time buyers with more than a few questions, Mary was happy (and patient) to assist us during every phase of the process, from contract to closing.

Like any transaction, financial or otherwise, the key to a mutually acceptable deal is actually not price, but trust. The foundation in working with Mary centers around her knowledge and experience on the Reef, the housing market, and the positives and negatives associated with any home. Mary is open and honest, sharing the history of the property including its virtues and drawbacks. The highlight in working with Mary was all about her transparency and trust.

Thank you Mary!
Michael and Patty Heaney

My first meeting with Mary began with identifying opportunities to build a relationship with Ocean Reef Club. Mary suggested Marina Inn and Yachtsman Inn for investment and development opportunities.

I immediately initiated the planning and acquisition of Marina Inn. Mary arranged for meetings with senior board members of Ocean Reef Club to create a shared vision of development. During this time Mary also began the introductions to the president of the Yachtsman Inn condo association. This started the two and a half year process of meeting with all those involved in the transfer of the asset to insure that they were communicated with and fairly compensated.

The sale of my asset, the Plaza building, could not have been done without Mary’s very unique approach of putting the seller and the buyer together. This has also resulted in wonderful friendships and continuing business opportunities, which is very refreshing in the world of real estate.

The hosting, at the 121 Marina sales center, of Dom Pérignon events with Navy SEALs, Master Sommeliers and Northern Trust has raised the level of marketing what will become the standard for ongoing events at 121 Marina. My wife Cristina and I thank Mary for all the wonderful Ocean Reef members we have met through her. Our visits to the French Laundry, Napa Cult vineyards, playing in the Legends Invitational while supporting All Charities is a fine representation of how extraordinary relationships continue to grow. Wishing you every success, love from our family to yours.

Eric & Cristina Soulavy

Dear Mary,

It is with great pleasure for our organization to thank you for an assignment “well done” on the successful purchase on our behalf of 31 Ocean Reef Drive, known as the Plaza Building at Ocean Reef Club, Key Largo, FL.

Mary Lee of Ocean Reef Real Estate Company, who is our “exclusive agent” for procuring and or selling real estate at Ocean Reef Club on our behalf, has clearly demonstrated the value of the “exclusive agency” relationship, which has translated to adding significant value to our real estate investments. You consistently prove your professionalism by demonstrating your broad command of market knowledge at Ocean Reef Club, attention to detail and above all, “integrity”.

We appreciate the “personal attention” and “follow through” you have provided us. We look forward to your continued successful assistance in professionally and exclusively attending our real estate requirements at Ocean Reef Club.

Thank you.

Sincerely.
Russ Chinnici, President
ORU Associates, Inc.

Hi Mary,
John and I spoke last night about me sending a testimonial to and about you and your unique approach and dedication to client satisfaction. So here goes feel free to modify as you see fit.

Buying and selling property is an emotional experience for all parties involved in the process. The art of putting a good deal together is best achieved when a professional is involved that appreciates the complexities of working on behalf of client interest to achieve a successful outcome. Mary is one of those unique individuals capable of drilling thru the challenges of a real estate transaction to arrive at the desired client result. She is actively involved in every stage of the selling process. In my and my wife’s situation we decided to sell a house we had designed that was already under construction. Mary took a tour thru the house while being built and immediately recognized some design flaws that limited the outstanding views the house had to offer. We incorporated Mary’s changes and the home opened up beautifully and had much better views. Mary thinks outside the box! She has a unique marketing plan tailored for us that is creative, clever and sure to be successful in selling our home. We would not buy or sell a property without Mary’s help and guidance.

Sincerely,
Dan Babcock

John & Mary,
I wanted to give you some great news.
As you will hear, we are delighted that we are going to distribute more dollars and fulfill more grant requests this year,then ever before.
I wanted to thank you both for the wonderful support you have provided year after year.
Your Cult Wine Dinner, Legends Invitational, and French Laundry experience provided approximately $200,000 in much needed funds at this years event.
In fact, over the past ten years, you and Mary’s contributions have generated over two million dollars.
The whole Ocean Reef community, All Charities, and the Ocean Reef Foundation are very fortunate to have you two in their corner.
As you heard me say before…the only thing bigger than the exquisite wines you serve…is your hearts.

Thank You!

Michael Berman
Managing Director
Ocean Reef All Charities
Vice President
Ocean Reef Community Foundation

Buying and selling property is an emotional experience for all parties involved in the process. The art of putting a good deal together is best achieved when a professional is involved, that appreciates the complexities of working on behalf of client’s interest to achieve a successful outcome. Mary is one of those unique individuals capable of drilling through the challenges of a real estate transaction to arrive at the desired client result. She is actively involved in every stage of the selling process. In my and my wife’s situation we decided to sell a house we had designed that was already under construction. Mary took a tour through the house while being built and immediately recognized some design flaws that limited the outstanding views the house had to offer. We incorporated Mary’s changes and the home opened up beautifully and had much better views. Mary thinks outside the box! She has a unique marketing plan tailored for us that is creative, clever and sure to be successful in selling our home. We would not buy or sell a property without Mary’s help and guidance.

Nanette and I wanted to take a moment and express our complete and total satisfaction with the recent sale of our home at 1 Sunset Cay, and then the purchase of our new home at 11 Sunrise Cay.

Our Sale:
When we decided to sell our home, the listing decision was pretty simple for us. As 15-year Equity Members of ORC, it made perfect sense to us to use our own real estate company. Your reputation and professional approach made choosing you as our listing agent, very easy for us. We felt like our decision was vindicated at our very first meeting, when we were discussing the listing strategy and the always difficult pricing decision. We expressed our desire to price the property properly, because we wanted it sold. We have seen too many properties stay for sale for years, because the pricing was set too high… essentially to secure the listing rather than attract a buyer.

We took Paul and your recommendation on pricing and listed the house. When the season started this fall, there was a steady stream of showings to qualified potential buyers. We ended up shortly thereafter with two bidders and several other interested parties. We quickly came to a fair and equitable price. Your professional guidance and steady coaching made a huge difference along the way. Closing was flawless and we had a happy seller and a happy buyer.

Our Purchase:
We had decided early on that we weren’t going to purchase our new house until the first one was under contract. We wanted to be either on the ocean or Card Sound, and you patiently showed us everything that was a potential home for us. We were moving very quickly, and Mary was an excellent resource on the many properties for sale and the positives and negatives of each. We decided on 11 Sunrise, and then were able to work through another ORC Real Estate Company professional, Bill Dickinson, who was the listing agent on 11 Sunrise. After much back and forth a deal was struck that pleased, again, the buyer and seller. We were able to arrange same day closings and the transactions were completed.

From start to finish, on all sides of both transactions, we were professionally and competently represented by Mary Lee and her team. We couldn’t be more pleased. Thank you for being such a professional. We are now in our favorite home…. ever. Thank you for making it possible.

Warm Regards,
Ron & Nanette Elenbaas

Working with Mary Lee and the Ocean Reef Real Estate Company has been a great experience. Mary really got it. She quickly picked up on what we were looking for — and put together some terrific options that met our wants and needs. It wasn’t more than an hour from simultaneously signing the papers on the new, perfect condo, and the listing of our home, that we got the call. Eric Woodward and Andy Hofmann, of Ocean Reef Club Real Estate Company said they had the perfect buyers. And they did! Within 24 hours we purchased and sold……it doesn’t get any better than that. Our hope is that every member knows that when you list or purchase through the Ocean Reef Club Real Estate Company, every member benefits from the transaction. Great job to all!

Thank you,
Theresa and Jay Holmes