Bonnie Jim

Testimonials

We knew the time had come to leave Florida behind and finally realize our dream of moving to our home in the mountains. While it is never easy to give up one lifestyle you love for another the transition was made infinitely easier simply by signing with Strickland Property Group. From the onset we knew we had made the right decision. During our initial meeting with Bonnie we were provided with a uniquely comprehensive analysis of the current state of the real estate market specific to our area. She proposed a course of action to sell our home within a reasonable amount of time for a very fair and equitable price. Bonnie then determined which of her Associates would be best suited to work directly with us. Enter Nikki Pagano…as I write this I strive to think of adequate words that best describe Nikki and her incredible work ethic. Industrious, passionate, enterprising, high spirited, ambitious, energetic…the list continues.

Without exception Nikki was readily available to us 24/7 even when on holiday with her family. She was never more than a text or phone call away. We were always made to feel like we were Nikki’s top priority and quite honestly will miss her and our daily interaction more than words can say.

Bruce and I would not hesitate to recommend Strickland Property Group and Nikki Pagano to make your home selling (or buying) experience a positive one.

  • Donna and Bruce Bowers

We just had our third real estate transaction with Bonnie Strickland and the Strickland Property Group. It is no wonder why Bonnie is the number one agent in Pinellas County because she goes over and beyond the call of duty to match her buyers with the perfect house. She represented us and the sellers on our new home and everything went smooth and very professional. This is the second time Bonnie represented both sides for us and we consider the sellers friends because Bonnie and her team were able to negotiate a win-win and there were big hugs at the finish line.

We highly recommend Bonnie and her group to serve your real estate needs!

  • J. Kelly & S. Kelly

We first met Lauren Feaster at an open house that we chanced upon. What a great moment that became! We met her smiling and welcoming face and started talking about St. Petersburg and our indecision to buy a home here.

Her enthusiasm and support overwhelmed us! She was excited and enchanted by our discussion of what we were about. She listened intently to our story and gave us her card, assuring us we were in the right city and could find us the right house.

How true that turned out to be! After countless travels with her to a myriad of homes, we were told that we “HAD” to visit this home on Monticello Blvd! Eventually we got ourselves there on an Sunday open house.

Sure enough, it WAS THE ONE! We worked with her through the entire process of offering a bid, going through the inspection, banking and financing, insurance and title, closing and all things afterwards. What a smooth, easy and enjoyable process it was! Always offering to come over, help in tracking something down, and always her smiling and energetic assurance kept us with a positive attitude and eventually a wonderful home!

Thanks to Lauren and Strickland Property Group we have a new home and are enjoying the rewards of putting our faith in a professional group that truly delivers!

  • Richlynn Forest

Strickland Property Group provides highly individualized, personable service to its clients. This was my 3rd transaction with them. First, when I moved to Florida, Bonnie helped my find and buy a house. Then, last year, I decided to move into a condo, and Lauren Feaster and Bonnie found the perfect one for me! And just recently, Lauren has been able to find a buyer for my house! Throughout this process, Bonnie and Lauren went above and beyond what I would have expected: they not only fought with an unreasonable seller (I didn’t buy that property), but connected me twice with a great mortgage lender, spent hours waiting for and supervising contractors at my old house, and throughout it were always available to answer my many texts! They have become true friends! I can highly recommend Bonnie and her team!

  • Brigitta Mueller

I can’t say enough good things abut the experience we had with Mandy and Bonnie marketing and selling our home. Our situation was difficult but Mandy and Bonnie took the time to understand the challenges we faced and the unique needs that had to be satisfied with the marketing and eventual sale of our home. Mandy and Bonnie’s market knowledge proved helpful in educating us as to how best to position our home from a pricing perspective. The Strickland Property Group continually kept us posted regarding how our home was being marketed, provided us instant feedback on each and every showing and continued to follow up with all prospective buyers. I would highly recommend Mandy and her team!!

  • Sellers of 1935 Massachusetts Ave NE in Venetian Isles

We unexpectedly faced our rental property being vacant and wanted to pursue selling the property while the market was hot. Working with Lauren and Bonnie could not have been a better experience. We were quite concerned about pricing it correctly to sell and, with Lauren and Bonnie’s help, we sold our property before it even made it to market (in less than a month)! We highly recommend Lauren and Bonnie and look forward to working with them again in the future!

  • Geoff & Whitney LeCain

My husband and I cannot say enough wonderful things about Strickland Property Group! Bonnie teamed up with Lauren Krawczyk, to list our home in Historic Kenwood, as Lauren happens to know the neighborhood very well. They make a fantastic team, and it could not have been a more perfect match for us! We absolutely ADORE Lauren, and were so appreciative of the insight and guidance that both she and Bonnie, had to share. Lauren never missed a beat, keeping us updated and informed at all times. She is truly amazing, and by the end of the process, felt more like a close friend than our Realtor. We received multiple offers within the first week, and closing was a breeze! We highly recommend Bonnie, Lauren Krawczyk, and Strickland Property Group!

  • Shannon Waddell

When we set out to downsize and find our forever home we put our full faith into Nikki Pagano. We were not disappointed and could not be happier as we listen to the waves roll in. Excellent follow thru, communication, and integrity!

Christy, Steve and Madison

  • Christy Brown

We have purchased and sold many homes over our lifetime (P.S. we’re old) but we have never had such a high degree of confidence and comfort that our interests were being fully represented, until we started working with the Bonnie Strickland Realty Group. A principled group of professionals that put honesty and fairness above all else. They were totally transparent and highly communicative throughout the sales process. We feel blessed getting to know them.

  • Jeff Swain

We have had seven moves in our adult years and have worked with a fair share of realtors. Nikki Pagano was great! We were buying a second home in St. Petersburg when we met Nikki and immediately liked, respected and trusted her. She was discerning and patient with us every step of the way. Buying a condo, and not a free standing home, was a new experience for us. Her responsiveness, knowledge, honesty and hard work ethic was very much appreciated. We now consider Nikki a friend and would highly recommend her to anyone searching for or selling a home. Nikki and everyone at Bonnie Strickland Real Estate was a pleasure to work with. We are so excited about our new adventure in St Petersburg!

  • Monica W.

We have been in our house for about a month now and can’t thank Bonnie Strickland and Jim DiMartino enough for the great help they provided. From finding the home and helping us deal with a change in mortgage lenders midstream, they couldn’t have been more helpful…totally on our side and working for us the whole way through. I can’t recommend them enough, and will gladly refer any and all in the Tampa/St. Pete area their way to provide you with the best realtor experience you will ever have.

Thanks so much, Bonnie and Jim…you made this our easiest move yet and we have the perfect home because of it!

  • E. & L. Shepherd

Downsizing and selling my family “dream” home was a tough decision for me to make. I knew I needed to find the perfect realtor/broker to make my transition as easy as possible. Bonnie Strickland and Lauren Krawczyk were knowledgeable about the St. Petersburg market, professional, personable, confident, and most of all, caring during our interview. I knew within minutes of our first meeting, that this amazing duo was a perfect fit for me and my home.

The Broker Open House was scheduled quickly and a huge success! An offer was accepted 5 days after being listed on the MLS, and my beautiful, historic home in Euclid/St. Paul was sold for top dollar!

From beginning to end, Bonnie and Lauren were patient, faithful, positive and committed. Correspondence was replied to within minutes, I was kept in the loop at all times and they were always one step ahead…they continued to impress me more with each passing day.

Thank you Bonnie and Lauren for your professionalism, your guidance, your contagious smiles and your caring souls! You made this process a peaceful and stress-free transition for me.

The Strickland Property Group holds the highest of expertise in the Tampa Bay market. I highly recommend and truly appreciate them!

  • H. Mixner

We loved working with Lauren Krawcyzk, who was extremely attentive and always had a positive attitude. She really understood our needs and what we were looking for and helped us find our perfect forever home. We would recommend Lauren to any first time house buyers who are a little overwhelmed with the process.

  • A. Fox & P. Sosinski

Bonnie Strickland and Lauren Krawczyk are my heroes! They sold my house in only a couple of months! Everything in the process was stress-free. Bonnie or Lauren called me every few days to update me on how showings went or with ideas of how to market it better. Whenever I contacted one of them with a question, they would answer my call or email within minutes. My husband passed away during the selling of our home, and they couldn’t have been more compassionate. They staged the property, took beautiful aerial photographs for further marketing, held Open Houses and actively pursued potential buyers. When we sat together at the closing, I felt like I had the absolute best experience one could have!  Thank you Bonnie and Lauren!

  • D. Nicolosi

I wanted to recognize two fantastic real estate professionals, Lauren Krawczyk and Bonnie Strickland as well as the entire team at Strickland Property Group for an amazing property sale and purchase. We lived in the Old NE and loved the neighborhood, but it was time to find a home with more space within the downtown area that we had grown to love. We had to sell our home first to be able to afford the upgrade we would be making, and we knew we needed a well-qualified realtor/broker.

I left a voicemail on the Strickland Property Group office mailbox after 5pm thinking I might get a call from one of her assistants the following day or next. To my surprise, Bonnie personally called me back that evening around 6:30pm. She was full of energy, and we set an appointment for her to personally view our home the very next day. What a great first impression!

During our appointment Bonnie was very prepared and gave us a detailed professional comparison of home values in our specific section of the Old NE, not just the neighborhood as a whole. Her local knowledge was impressive. To our surprise she felt our home was valued much higher than we were anticipating and her homework proved it. Lauren Krawczyk, who assisted Bonnie with the sale of our home, exuded positive confidence and 14 days later we accepted a cash offer and set a closing date 30 days out!

Days later, we failed the inspection due to an unknown mold issue in our master bathroom. Our buyers were immediately concerned, however Bonnie and Lauren had a contractor to our property in a few hours to assess the situation. This contractor was fairly priced and began the repair the following day. Over the next two weeks, Lauren was at our home every day making sure that the bathroom was progressing as anticipated. Lauren went well above our expectations; she even located custom glass tile from an out of state distributor to assist our contractor when he couldn’t find a match locally. Within two weeks we had remediated the mold and repaired the affected areas, and the bathroom looked as good as new! Not only were we thrilled, but the buyers were blown away at Bonnie and Lauren’s ability to fix/manage the issues within the inspection period.

During this time, Lauren found an ideal home in Snell Isle that fit our family’s needs. Between the challenges in closing the sale of our existing home, working with our lender, and satisfying the sellers of our new home, I can’t begin to tell you how impressed we were with Lauren and Bonnie’s ability to keep all of these details organized. As a result, both closings were a success! I’m convinced that Lauren and Bonnie are two of the best in the business, and we can’t imagine having worked with anyone else. If you want results and a customer first attitude along the way, select Lauren and Bonnie. You will not be disappointed.

  • K & J Best

I first met Bonnie Strickland when we bought a home in St Pete about four years ago. It turned into a complicated and not always pleasant exchange. I was amazed at the efficiency at which Bonnie handled all the issues. She is a caring and thoughtful person who also knows how to handle just about anything that comes along in a real estate transaction. Anyone can handle an easy sale, but when things get difficult, I would definitely want to use Bonnie.

I have just become acquainted with Niel Allen in the past few months when we sold the above mentioned house. He is delightful to work with, and also very knowledgeable in all things to do with real estate. I have been most impressed with his ability to get right back to me. Whether it be a phone call, an email, or a text, he is right on it. I am currently purchasing a townhouse through Niel and feel very comfortable and informed about my decision.

  • J. Cline

With this being our first home, Lauren Krawczyk was absolutely phenomenal. She explained every detail of the process in an understanding way and was very patient in our search for the perfect home.

We found Lauren to be a highly attentive agent, almost as if we were her only customers, although we know that was not the case. She returned all phone calls and emails the same day. We never felt neglected or unimportant.

Our experience at each phase was superior and we would recommend Lauren Krawczyk and the Strickland Property Group to anyone looking for an incredible home buying experience and educated realtor.

We are so grateful for Lauren and her skills because we now have a beautiful home and couldn’t be happier!

  • K. Benoit & K. McCall

I wanted to thank you and Jim for the exceptional work done regarding the two recent real estate transactions with the Strickland Property Group. My wife and I were particularly impressed with the clear lines of communication. This included some after hours calls and interruption in personal vacation time, all without any sense that it was an inconvenience. Additionally, we were very pleased with the team of people recommended to bring these properties to closing. I could not imagine choosing any other firm in the future.

  • J Clements

Thank you both, Bonnie and Lauren for truly putting your hearts and efforts into the selling of our Park Street house in St. Pete ! We were so comfortable working with you right from the beginning and as the process unfolded, we found you to be very attentive, informative and easy to communicate with. I think the experience people have when selling or buying is important, not just the exchange of monies. During what was at the same time a sentimentally sad thing to do, the selling of a longtime family home, your sensitivity was quite comforting and we came away, after what was a quick but profitable sale, happy with the whole experience. We would definitely use your services again and will recommend you to our local friends.

  • C. McGarry

We had the pleasure of dealing with Niel Allen at the Strickland Property Group when we purchased our home in Madiera Beach, FL. His level of professionalism and courtesy were unsurpassed. From our very first meeting to closing, he was attentive to our needs, very knowledgable about the real estate market and gladly answered all of our many questions. I would highly recommend both Mr. Allen and Strickland Property Group for all of your real estate needs.

  • T. Mitchell

We tried to sell our house on Cherry Street twice before, to no avail. So we tried Strickland. Bonnie assigned Lauren to our house and we couldn’t have gotten any luckier. We now live out of town, and Lauren basically acted as a project manager with our contractor, overseeing kitchen and wood floor refinishing, wall touch repairs and all new paint. She ran the whole thing. Next she organized pre-sale showings and open houses and we had offers before we were even on the market.

One Sunday night I stopped by the house to drop off a key and Lauren was in the living room, in t-shirt and sweats, sweeping the living room floor. It all paid off: we sold it above asking, all cash, sooner than we could have imagined. So you could say the third time is the charm in selling this house, but we know better.

It was really hard work, perseverance and charm. It was Lauren.

  • John Miller

I was looking for a waterfront home in the Tampa Bay area for over two years and had worked with several realtors in the area. I was leery after having dozens of bad experiences with other realtors and my trust in realtors was very low. However, after meeting and speaking with Bonnie at an open house she was hosting, I realized she knew the area inside and out.

She mentioned she was different than other realtors because of the personal attention she gives to her clients. I arranged to see a few houses with her in a St. Pete waterfront neighborhood that either were not on the MLS or were about to be in a few weeks. I thought that the “personal attention” was going to disappear after a few weeks of showings, which has happened more than once with me. That did not happen. In fact, after a few weeks, when a mutual trust was established, the attention became more focused. She was able to decipher my wants/needs and find me a home. Knowing what I was looking for, she convinced me to see a house that I was not excited about because of the listing price and MLS pictures. Once she opened the door, I knew it was the perfect place for me. After her dedicated negotiating, we went under contract. At that point, she showed even more personal attention by going out of her way to accommodate my ever changing schedule and appeared at all the inspections giving me truthful and accurate descriptions of discrepancies found. She was always available for calls and very prompt when returning emails. By the time of closing, she earned my complete trust. She will be the only realtor I work with in the Tampa Bay area from now on.

In a nutshell, Bonnie is the most professional, personable, knowledgable, and helpful realtor I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. Bonnie went way above and beyond what was expected of any realtor. You will not be disappointed with Bonnie Strickland.

  • Ray Scherzer
  • St. Petersburg, FL

Working with Bonnie took the stress out of selling my home. She is professional and full of integrity. I would definitely use her again and highly recommend her.

  • Jean Irwin
  • St. Petersburg, FL

I found Bonnie Strickland by driving around my neighborhood and looking at realtors’ signs to figure out which realtor had what kind of listings. She was the only realtor with two signs that said SOLD. I had a house that had been for sale with six realtors over four years. I needed a realtor who could put a SOLD sign in from of my house, too.

Less than six weeks after the house went on the market, Bonnie Strickland presented me with a contract for almost full price. She had advised me with practical, inexpensive ways to bring the house into shape for her image of the future buyers. Previous realtors had paraded suggestions, objections, and excuses, each one more expensive and silly than the last. Four years of stupidity, theirs and mine.

And did I mention that Bonnie has patience? I was (really stupidly) reluctant to use a house staging service, with a live-in house manager. Bonnie showed me the difference it can make, and talked me around to using the staging service and house manager. Spectacular results.

One final word: Other realtors talked about “keeping in touch.” Blah, Blah, Blah. None followed up showings and contacts with other realtors like Bonnie. She let me know what was happening, when necessary and advisable, but always used perfect judgment to keep things moving along.

I can give you a long list of realtors to use if you don’t want your house sold. If you want your house sold, just use Bonnie Strickland. She’ll put a SOLD sign in your front yard too.

  • George H
  • St. Petersburg

When we first listed our home with Bonnie Strickland, it had already been on the market for two years. Bonnie’s fresh perspective made us feel confident that our home would in fact sell. She did a thorough evaluation and communicated her recommendations with deep care and respect. She was able to pinpoint several cost effective tweaks, including home staging, which would help sell our home. She did not just give us directions; she handled the coordination of the services, alleviating a tremendous amount of stress. Bonnie targeted and screened potential buyers; she knew who was coming in and out of our home and what they were looking for. We felt safe and secure. Bonnie knows exactly what it takes to get to the closing table and she will do whatever is necessary to get you there.

Our home sold in 3 weeks! After being on the market for two years, Bonnie staged, marketed, and had us under contract in 3 weeks!

I highly recommend Bonnie Strickland. She has a passion for Real Estate and for serving others with excellence. There is NO OTHER Realtor if you are looking to sell your house!

  • Daryl & Mary Beth Saylor

I needed to find a home in a very short period of time and I was a little nervous as a first time home buyer. Then a co-worker referred me to Bonnie Strickland. Within my deadline I closed on the perfect home for me! It is complete with a pool and is located in the area of town I had hoped for. Bonnie helped me to find a lender who could make my dream of owning my own home come true. I recommend Bonnie because she works hard to take good care of her clients- no matter what their needs are!”

  • Patti Northrop

“Thank you so much again for everything you did in selling my home. It was so great working with you- you do everything with excellence and you have so much integrity. I appreciate you working so hard to make the sale happen. You are a wonderful realtor and I have been singing your praises all over town!!

  • Joanne LaBuda

We made a decision to sell our home of 25 years at possibly one of the most challenging markets for sellers. The decision to list the home with Bonnie Strickland was the key to our home selling. To say Bonnie went way above and beyond what we anticipated doesn’t even begin to tell the whole story of what she did to sell our home. Bonnie is the ultimate professional and takes a great deal of pride in keeping her sellers in the loop of information and making any and every suggestion that could help in selling the property. Each time I spoke with Bonnie, I felt totally confident that the home would sell.

We are thrilled to say that the house did in fact sell, and we give Bonnie all the credit. The total experience was as stress free as selling a home can be. She stayed on top of every detail and protects her seller. We would highly recommend Bonnie Strickland to any person looking to sell a property or purchase a property because she works equally hard in both situations.

  • Sandra P. Crawford & William R. Koons