Two years ago we decided that we would move to Florida when we retired. Our plan was to retire in July 2017. We knew we needed to sell our house before we could considered a move. We wanted a 55+ gated community and searched the internet for a realtor. We were impressed with Florida Plus Realty.
In July 2016 we came to Florida to view the different 55+ communities that had homes in our price range. From our research we were impressed with the Leesburg area. We were shown several communities and a number of homes. We let John Greenslade know that we would not be purchasing at that time but that had no bearing on the professional treatment we experienced. John asked questions to determine our interests as he showed us around.
When we returned home communications with Florida Plus Realty continued. Each week we received houses to review that were in our price range.
We sold our house in April 2017 and knew we would be heading to Florida in July to find a house to purchase. At that time we decided to find a rental in the Leesburg area for a couple of months while we looked for a house.
We contacted Florida Plus Realty for a furnished house that we could rent. We needed a furnished house as we were not ready to transport our furniture yet. Sharon found us a three bedroom, spacious house in Plantation. It was furnished and met all of our needs. They readily accommodated our needs which gave us time to look for a house to purchase.
In July 2017 we came to Florida to look at houses. Again Florida Plus Realty was there to show us houses. We had a list of houses we wanted to see. Our list was developed based upon information sent to us by Florida Plus Realty. and our own research. John showed us the houses we prioritized on our list. The fifth house we went through met all our needs and we are now living there.
Florida Plus Realty helped us through the process of finding a place to retire. We always felt they listened to what we said we wanted, and they maintained a weekly communication of what houses were available and made us feel important during the rental and purchase process. We would definitely recommend Florida Plus Realty to others.
To the amazing team of Central Florida 55 Plus,
We especially want to thank Nicky, Lesley, Sharon, Amanda, Vic, (and everyone else involved) in providing the best realtor service we have ever experienced. In addition to being very knowledgeable and expedient, they came to our home the first day I called and the next day, provided us with a comparative market analysis.
The property management service they offered was also a real "plus" for us. Everyone on the the team was very proficient, knowledgeable and demonstrated good judgement in all matters.
Finally, the customer service was excellent. They made us feel that our wishes and needs were a top priority for them. They even extended personal service after the sale. We would highly recommend them to anyone looking for a positive real estate experience.
We wish you all much continued success,
Dave & Linda Regan
Thank you for all your efforts in selling our Mom and Dad's home. They loved their time in this home and community. I am sure the new homeowners will be quite happy there as well. Wishing you many new homes sales in the future. You did a wonderful job and we appreciate the many things you did for us to make it easier on us. Warm Regards!
"We had a wonderful experience with our Real Estate Broker, Nicky Martz. She was always very professional yet warm and friendly. We appreciated how she listened carefully to what our needs were in selecting our new home. We have developed a life-long friendship. We could not have asked for a better realtor!"
"We were lucky enough to find Diana on 55places.com, and she is second to no one! She spent many days and nights with us looking at all of the communities in the Clermont, FL area and she was never a pushy sales agent; she's the best! The first day we arrived from Boston, she spent the day showing us the towns nearby and her knowledge of the area is incredible! Any time I called Diana she always responded within a few hours. She is simply the best and her people skills are what won my wife and I over and we are so glad we purchased from her! Thanks Diana for everything and stop buy for an iced tea!"
MaryAnn & Bruce, June 2017
Boston, MA now Groveland, FL!
"When you are thinking about buying a house, you want to have the best information you can get about the properties you are considering. You want a real estate agent that can give you their expert opinion and provide the type of real estate skills that will help you find the right home. Nicky Martz excels at finding the right home for her clients. She is an excellent 55 and over real estate agent. She is also a kind and compassionate human being that you wouldn't mind having as a good friend. She devotes 100 % of her time and effort to make sure the homes she shows you meet or exceed your expectations! She is a pleasure to deal with and you will learn a lot when you go with her looking at properties. My wife and I purchased our house in Clermont after one visit with Nicky three years ago. During the years that preceded the purchase of our house in Clermont in 2014, we dealt with real estate agents that were incompetent, sloppy, and unprofessional. Nicky Martz is different than just about every other real estate agent because she cares about finding you the right home and she will use all of her knowledge and expertise to accomplish that goal. She is diligent, hardworking, and tenacious. She is also kindhearted, cheerful, and trustworthy and the type of human being that you come across once in a lifetime. You will not regret spending time with her, so she can find you the right home. They don't come any better than Nicky Martz."
"Diana Stone is the best realtor I have ever dealt with. I bought a new home in Heritage Hills, there was so much to do with closing, installing utilities, etc. She stayed with me every step of the way and continues to after closing. She actually cares about the client, and their well being. I will forever be grateful to her for helping me find a lovely home and her caring ways. If you are looking for an unusually helpful, knowledgeable and experienced realtor, please contact Diana Stone."
-Jean Marie Mildes, May 2017
"Purchased a home and John was extremely helpful and our experience with everyone in your office was A+!"
I met Nicky 2 years ago. I have 25 years of experience as a Real Estate Broker. I was impressed with Nicky's sincerty and knowledge of the 55 plus community in Central Florida. I live at the Plantation 7 miles south of Leesburg. When I list it will be with Nicky. Contact Nicky regarding selling or buying.
-Al Lopez, November 2012
"We found Nicky on the web site. Still living up north, we started to communicate with her long distance. Nicky kept in contact with us for several months. When we arrived In FL she was there with us every step of the way to find our new home! Her expertise is unmatchable, her personality is a gem! If you want a great experience and no stress go with Nicky Martz. Thank You Nicky for finding our fantasy home."
-Melinda Knapp, January 2013
"Even though we ended up choosing another area, I'm a retired sales person and I want to acknowledge and again thank you for all your conscientious and professional service."
"5 out of 5 Stars - Local knowledge / Process Expertise / Responsiveness / Negotiation Skills. Bought a Single Family home in 2015 for approximately $525K in Groveland, FL. Diana Stone is very knowledgeable, congenial and totally honest with long experience in both the area and varied housing options....Enjoyed meeting Diana and working with her....she found the perfect lot and home for us and carefully followed us through the entire process, making certain we were satisfied with every stage of the buying experience."
"Diana is a true professional with the highest of standards. She sold our home in less than a month! She is a very warm caring person that will be honest Diana is a true professional with the highest of standards. She sold our home in less than a month! She is a very warm caring person that will be honest with you at all times. She returns your calls quickly and gets results! We will always use Diana for any real estate transactions that we need."
"Diana Stone. What can I say? She was fantastic. Very professional in her job. I just sold my home faster than I expected, and had to find a home in the area I wanted fast. Before I knew it she called and set up an appointment to see about 8 homes. And I found one and bought it. Even though I wasn't in the area all the time she kept in touch with me all the way. She was like my friend. Thanks Diana!"
"We met with Nicky back in August 2012 because she has much experience in 55 and over communities, which is where my husband and I wished to buy. She immediately made us feel at ease and understood our wants and needs. She showed us several homes that we had asked to see, but also made suggestions on other communities and showed us homes in those as well. She never pressured us and listened to our likes and dislikes. The house we ended up buying was one she showed us that we hadn’t asked to see. We love it and the community are are totally pleased with Nicky’s help and guidance through the process. She made it easy for us to buy a home."
"Nicky was well informed about our geographical areas of interest. Extremely flexible and willing to meet with us even on a Sunday. Great personality that made house hunting fun, comfortable and relaxed experience."
-Scott and Linda Juten
"If you want to work with a true professional then there is no need to go any farther than Nicky Martz. I have sold and bought several homes (total of 8 in the last 25 years) and Nicky Martz has been the best realtor that I have ever had the privilege to work with. Besides being a great communicator and extremely knowledgeable of real estate, her expertise dealing with the 55 plus communities was outstanding, but her passion to listen to our needs was exceptional. Nicky Martz made the experience exceedingly enjoyable; she truly represents the definition of professionalism in real estate."
-Clay & Susan Riviere
"We just want to thank you for the excellent service you provided helping us find a really nice rental property. Always listening to what we were looking for. In a matter of weeks we signed a contract. We would highly recommend you to anyone we know wanting to buy or sell a home. You were allot of fun to work with. Thanks again."
-Annette MacDonald and Charles Harrison
"Hurshel and I can’t say enough about all the help and kindness you have shown us during our home search. We found your website and emailed you for information at the beginning of our search. After we informed you that we were still in Arkansas you gave us directions for looking on-line, who to contact for mortgage info and answered all our questions about the 55+ communities in Leesburg. Our trip to Florida was very productive because we were able to give you a list of the homes that we wanted to see and you had the schedule all set up for us. With your recommendation we met with mortgage people, set up for home inspection and insurance needs before we went back home. We couldn’t have done all of this without you. Of course, there was a major obstacle with the unfortunate death of our seller. With your help we were miraculously able to close on the original closing date. There was never a time that we felt that you didn’t have our best interest foremost in all the steps necessary to complete this adventure. I can honestly say that I will recommend you to everyone that ask about a realtor. All your honesty and hard work are greatly appreciated. We can’t wait for you to come visit when we get all moved in and our family is here to see our new home."
-Hurshel and Becky James
"Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! From Southfield, MI to Leesburg, Fl you made the transition almost painless. And when it skewed off, you went to bat for me and corrected whatever necessary! Wow, it would have been impossible without you and we thank you every day. I am enjoying the sunshine!"
"Nicky is the best realtor we have ever worked with. Her communications is great–she always kept us informed during the process. Other admirable traits Nicky has are she is honest and trustworthy. We never doubted she was telling us the truth. She has a positive attitude toward life and is a pleasure to be with. Thank you, Nicky, for a seamless house purchase!"
-Patty and Paul Broat
"Last January we purchased a house at Legacy of Leesburg , 55plus gated community. We met Nicky and we were impressed from first moment . She is an honest, hard working Realtor who puts Clients needs at first priority. Being ourselves Realtors, we can appreciate those qualities. Nicky is knowledgeable, polite, professional and goes the extra mile for her clients. We recommend her services without any doubts."
-Tamara and Sam Bisker
"Nicky is the sweetest sales person I have ever worked with. For two years, she has driven me from home to home to find the “right” one for me. In the end, I wasn’t able to get the financing for the home that I wanted. In spite of all the time she spent with me, and for this to happen, she showed no anger but rather empathy and hope for the future. She made my terrible disappointment easier to handle. Thank you Nicki. You are the greatest!!"
"How fortunate to have found Nicky! Not only is she knowledgeable about the 50plus communities, she bends over backwards to answer any & all questions, and right from the first she says “don’t worry, we will find the right home for you!” She dealt with me over the internet for almost a year, sending me links which allowed me to narrow my search. In April we went down to Leesburg and I walked into a house that was IT for me. From the first step inside I KNEW. We were all happy! When she couldn’t physically be with us, she made sure she was covered with another employee – we were never left on the lurch. This lady deserves an award for her patience and her diligence! Thanks ever so much Nicky. It was a trying time, as Canadians, but made ever so much easier by YOU!"
"There is nothing else to say about Nicky…I think conscientious with great attention to detail, always offering encouragement AND endless patience just about sum it up. We are so grateful that we found Nicky when we decided to make the move from one 55+ community to another. She made the process much smoother than it otherwise would have been. I would recommend her with no hesitation and already have. Thank you Nicky!"
"Thank you Nicky for helping us find the perfect house in Florida! We could not have done it without you. Your knowledge and professionalism made the process run smoothly. We think of you not only as our realtor but as a friend. We would not hesitate to recommend Nicky to anyone looking for a house in Florida!"
-Kathy and Gary Reece
"We want to thank you for all your assistance in finding the perfect Central Florida home for us! You guided us so well, and stuck with us for so long. You took the time to get to know us, and the type of community and home we were looking for. You sincerely cared. We appreciated the advice you gave us, and the wealth of knowledge that you have of this area. Thank you for working so hard with the seller to make the transaction possible. You went above and beyond the call of duty to make the deal happen. House shopping with you was a pleasure (and fun too)! We will highly recommend Nicky Martz to anyone looking to buy or sell a home in this area. Thank you again!"
-Rick and Colleen Lampertz
"My wife and I used Nicky Martz as our buying realtor for a purchase of a home in a 55 plus community in Leesburg FL. We closed on our home in June 2013 and now over a month later,we are very pleased with our purchase and the service provided to us by Nicky. I would say she knows the local market and especially the 55 plus communities. She keeps up to date with the listings and is always working to further her professional credentials. She worked hard and found for us what we were seeking. She was also patient as we had a few missteps with potential finds that, for a variety of reasons, didn’t work out to be best fits for us. One of my favorite aspects of the service that she provided was her honesty in her independent assessment of the properties that she showed us. Her opinion was very helpful in our making the final right choice for us. I would recommend her as a Leesburg FL. realtor."
-Ron and Sally Priest
"When we decided to move to Florida we found your website and emailed you about some homes we found on the internet. You set up the showing of all 7 homes on one Sunday and you spent the day with us so we could see them all while we were here from Virginia. In the past 35 years we have purchased and sold 9 homes in 6 states and this was the best help we have ever had from a realtor. You are the most knowledgeable, polite and helpful of anyone we have ever dealt with in the real estate business and I would recommend you to anyone looking to purchase real estate in this area. We cannot thank you enough for your help, far beyond any expectations."
-Max and Doris Modlin
"I wanted to write this testimony concerning my experience with Nicky Martz, during the research, planning, and purchase of my 2006 Condominium. I was looking for some property (a second home) in central Florida and by fate made contact with Nicky Martz as I needed a realtor. It just so happen Nicky had just started working as a real estate agent in central Florida and I was her first client. I was only in town for the weekend and had communicated with her via email prior to arriving. When we meet for the first time she was organized and prepared to show me several listings based on what I had told her I was looking for. I can honestly tell you that I had worked with Agents in Northern GA, NW Arkansas and in east TN and NONE were as helpful, positive, and thorough as Nicky Martz. By the end of the weekend we had found my current second home and it is a year later and that condo is my future retirement home. She has provided me with such a sense of calmness’ and peace of mind with regards to where I will be once I retire. Florida is my present and future thanks to Nicky Martz."
"We are so happy with sale and purchase of our home. Nicky is a fantastic realtor and person. She is never more than a phone call away and returns calls promptly. She listed our home and sold it in 5 days. She took us to see our new home and we had a contract to buy the same day that we sold our home. Nicky will help with all information you need about the new community and is willing to take you wherever you want to see property. She will walk you through the whole process of buying and selling. This is the second time she has helped us and we would recommend her to anyone. All of our neighbors and friends have been amazed by how fast our home sold and have requested her card."
-Hurshel and Becky James
"Nicky for hire, when you want the best! When we first met Nicky, we knew right away that we were in good hands. She took the time getting to know us as people not just clients. Over a five day period and showings, we did find exactly what we were looking for. From start to finish, we were simply amazed how smoothly everything went along. The harsh winters of Maine will now be a distant memory. We would HIGHLY recommend Nicky and her team to anyone looking to relocate in Central Florida."
-Michael and Lorette Dumont
“Nicky made our buying experience the best we ever had. She and Lesley communicated regularly and stayed on top of all the details. We give her our strongest recommendation and she we be our first call if we needed a realtor. Thanks Nicky you rock!”
-Steve and Sandi Bryan