Client Reviews

I would like to thank everybody for the hard work to make this transaction a success. Especially, thanks and greetings to the lovely Judy Kepecz-Hays and her team to finalize this transaction in a record breaking short period of time and with a surprisingly good result for me. She is a real “real estate guru” (besides the “tax guru” Renea Glendinning)

February, 2020
Mit freundlichem Gruß/ Kind regards
Dr. Karl Kinzler

Judy, we cannot thank you enough for the over the top service you and your team have provided us. We have told everyone that the best part of this real estate “adventure” we were on was choosing you and Coldwell Banker as our agent.


As Dave has told you, we recommend you to whomever asks as well as mentioning your wonderful service when talking about selling 412. Despite the very important issue you were dealing with, you never neglected to deal with all the things that came up during the listing. You always had time to give to us. Steven, Veronika, Mackenzie, Jenifer, and all who held open houses for us were super. You have a great team.

June, 2018
David and Wendy Polke
Bird Key

Judy, Thank you very much for your help yesterday, you make spending money a pleasure. It was not lost on me your integrity in pointing out the curtains yesterday. You have assembled and trained a strong team. As ever

August, 2018
Charles Jones
Longboat Key

Good Morning Judy!

We promise we did not forget you in all this craziness! We have been out of the house these past two weeks while they are doing all our flooring and it looks like we may finally move in next Thursday! It’s been a long month but things are finally coming together.We wanted to take time to write you a thorough testimonial because you deserve the best! So you will see our comments below. Feel free to use them wherever you need to. We want everyone to know you are amazing and they couldn’t hire anyone who would do the job better than you.



We met Judy two years ago at an open house in Longboat as we started our two year quest to purchase a home on the Key. From the moment we met, we knew that Judy would be our realtor! She was so personable and started immediately to communicate with us on a regular basis to assist us in finding the right property for us.

Throughout the two years Judy never wavered, she was always there no matter how big or small the question. Always available by phone, even when we knew she was out of the office. We call Judy’s team the A TEAM, because they were so efficient throughout the entire process. But most importantly, Judy and her team genuinely care about you and that shows in everything they do. We would without hesitation recommend Judy and her team to everyone, to us they are amazing! Thanks Judy for all you have done for us!

Vinny and Diane Baez
Country Club Shores

We would, and have, highly recommended Judy Kepecz-Hays and her team for any real estate needs. As a retired real estate broker, I knew that having an agent that was current on the market, had great attention to detail with a support team, and listened to clients needs offering advice when appropriate was essential to a successful sale. As “snowbirds” we wanted a sale while we were in residence for the winter and with Judy achieved our goals of a quick and profitable yet fair sale. She was able to connect our home to people who truly appreciate the value and care we had put into our home. Her marketing skills are outstanding. Judy and her team really care!

May, 2016
Catherine and David Hanson
Sarasota Harbor East

It was a pleasure working with Judy Kepecz Hayes during the sale of my condo on Longboat Key, FL. It was a challenging situation as I had a renter in my condo, but Judy coordinated everything to accommodate all parties. Judy is always highly professional, available and pleasant. She is also surrounded by a great team that are a true reflection of Judy herself. I would not hesitate to recommend Judy or retain her again for her services well rendered.

Stephanie Nigro

Compared to other agents I interviewed to sell my house, you were better prepared and had really analyzed the value of my property. Your price point was higher than other estimates, but your belief that the price was reasonable in light of the condition and features of the house was apparent in all our communications. Your enthusiasm made me feel I wasn’t just another “property” to be sold. Thank you for making this stressful process actually fun at times! I recommend anyone who is thinking of selling should call you first!

May, 2016
Nancy Woodley
Country Club Shores

I cannot begin to tell you how important your professionalism was when you recently sold my home. As you and I have discussed, homes are part places to live, places to create memories with family and friends , creative/sacred space, and, financial investment tools. I can think of no other group of metaphors that captures so much of the human necessity and condition. People in your profession have to be part economist, marketing professional, designer, sales guru, teacher, psychologist and in the end hopefully gain and are rewarded with the role of trusted financial advisor and friend. All of these things are a lot to consider, recognize, value and ultimately sell in the residential real estate business.
My home was very special to me. It was an extension of all of the things I value and love. It took hard work to be able to buy it. It took time and effort to create a space that was reflective of who I am and what I wanted people to feel when they come to visit or enter the space. It represented the collection of all things that I love: family and friends; art; cultural heritage; and, even a lot of care and upkeep to keep it functioning and working in tip top shape. I suppose all of those things go unrecognized in most typical residential real estate transactions. Most people see walls, a roof and landscaping; they see market data. Most residential real estate professionals don’t understand the emotional connections most people have to their homes and they miss an opportunity to connect something very tangible from seller to buyer.
You saw, felt and understood, all of these opportunities from the first time we met at the house. The first time I was with you and your team you all understood who I was and what this house represented to me and my family. In short, you got it.
You developed a marketing and advertising plan that caught and captured all the important things about my home. You worked with me as an equal business partner to get the best price for the market. You communicated often and well as most good business people do. I felt equally involved and understood. And, in the end, you brought a buyer who saw, appreciated, and understood what they were getting. The process of selling residential real estate worked as it should be, emotionally and financially rewarding.
You and your team did your job on every level. From beginning to end I felt respected and cared for. Thank you for being my trusted advisors and friends!

December 11, 2014
Connie Parker, Longboat Key

I would like to thank you again for the professional way that you handled both the purchase and re-sale of my property at Sands Point. You were realistic in your appraisal of what I should pay when I purchased it, and in what I could expect to receive when I re-sold it. I was and still am amazed at your expertise and knowledge of the local real estate market on Longboat Key. Your professionalism in keeping us abreast of your showings and taking care of repairs that we could not handle from Ohio…you far exceeded your obligations as our realtor. It was a real pleasure working with you. If and when we buy or sell real estate again in Florida, as far as I’m concerned, there is no other realtor.

Richard Kennedy
Lima, Ohio

After coming to beautiful Longboat Key many times on vacation, often at the Colony, we finally decided to buy a second home here. We were recommended to Judy by a mutual friend who also has a second home here. Judy’s experience, warmth and patience helped us to find the perfect place here on beautiful Longboat Key.

Martin & Cathy Vanderstein
London, England

Judy gets the job of putting buyer and seller together in an outstanding fashion. From showing you the property to closing and move in, she IS the platinum standard.

Mark and Barbara Fried
Crozet, Virginia

Words cannot express my gratitude to you for selling my L’Ambiance condo in 10 days! Darn if you’re not the best!! Your hard work, honesty, marketing (the color brochures were incredible, as was the on line video tour) skills and kindness just blew me away! Also important and greatly appreciated, was the anytime access I had to you…THANK YOU!

Patty Thomas

It has been a pleasure dealing with a really top class Realtor with a professional understanding of what customers want. Your thoroughness and response times were excellent. We will have no reservation in recommending our friends to you for assistance with all of their real estate needs.

Charles & Yvonne Murray

Judy, thank you so much for the time you and your Assistants gave to me and my Buyers.  You are a true professional, one that makes me proud to be in this business!

Shirley Dabringhaus

It is very clear that you are truly one of the very best realtors in all of Sarasota. Your marketing efforts are superb. Your salesmanship has no paragon. Your responsiveness, helpfulness and cooperative approach makes it a delight to work with you.

There is no doubt in my mind that you are the very best both as a consummate professional and as a person. I have no doubt that if I had to do it all over again you would be my sole choice to represent my property. I would also add that your support staff are also truly outstanding.
Thank you ever so much Judy for your indefatigable efforts and never giving up on realizing an outstanding sale. All the very best to the BEST!!

Richard Nicolosi

We have known Judy both professionally and personally for five years. In that time, she has worked tirelessly to help us find the perfect home for our family. She has a wonderful ambition to make and keep all her clients happy. She loves her work and it shows! We could not be more pleased than to highly recommend her to others, and we have!

Larry & Joan Castellani
Bird Key, FL

First, thank you for the part you played in our purchase of Beau Ciel. I know it took some work on your side of the deal that was not easy, and we thank you for it. Second, congratulations on #1 Coldwell Banker Realtor in Florida for the year. Big accomplishment with some tough competition. Looking forward to seeing more of you!

Ursie & Bill Fairbairn,
Beau Ciel

Judy is a hard-working professional with great knowledge of real estate on Longboat Key, including Queens Harbour. She not only sold our Queens Harbour home for a good value, but also helped us find our new home. She is a deal maker that benefits both the buyer and seller.

Debbie Gould
Queens Harbour

Judy was recommended by our friends who had worked with her. She is very knowledgeable regarding the area and is a complete professional. We immediately felt at ease listing our property with her. She and her staff communicate regarding every showing and attend every showing. Judy makes every client feel like they are her only client. We truly enjoyed working with her.

Jane and Tom Hammelrath

Judy is a tireless worker, has many contacts, International as well as National. She has worked on the Key for years and specializes in that though she sells in Sarasota too. She stays in touch and lets you know what is going on. On top of all that she is a very nice person. Her office helpers, are also very helpful, reachable and nice too. Judy has sold our condo in Grand Bay and our house in Queens Harbour. We have bought a house with her help also. You would be very happy with her.

Ann B. Anderson
Queens Harbour

I have know Judy for more than 25 years from the time that she and I failed to acquire a new build property on Longboat Key. Most Realtors would simply move on to the next client but Judy is not like most Realtors. She remembered me and helped me acquire and even better property two years later. She has continued to stay in touch and has consistently given me and my family very sound advice even when there was no immediate prospect of a deal.
She has very recently helped me sell on Longboat Key and I have no doubt she will be there for me again in any future transactions. Judy is thoroughly professional and totally committed to her clients to whom she is very loyal. She is also lovely to deal with. I have no hesitation in recommending her to anyone looking at the property market in Sarasota and the nearby Keys.

Stephen Matheson

Jeff and I just wanted to express our thanks to you and your team on listing and selling our Putting Green Lane home. As you know, you were the listing agent when we purchased the property. It was a no-brainer on our part! After speaking to many people about their home sale or purchase, we realized we were VERY fortunate to have you as our agent. From our initial discussion to signing the closing documents you and your dedicated team were with us all the way. And what a quick trip it was -good and crazy. I must admit offer to close in less than twenty days is mighty good and crazy.We will most certainly recommend you whenever possible and look forward, hopefully, to working together again when we move back to LBK!

Roberta Schaefer

Peggy and I would like to thank you for your hard work and support in selling our home in Country Club Shores. You showed continuous energy and professionalism during the entire time our home was listed and all throughout the closing process. Your support staff was excellent and supplied us constant updates through the whole process. You were always positive about the sale of our home and assured us that our asking price was competitive and fair for this area. That is not true of the other agents that we interviewed.  
A wonderful buyer was found and the sale price was very close to our asking price. Thank you. After all is said and done, I would love to write letters to Lynne and Roger who both thought our house was worth less than $1,100,000. Thank you so much for your superior insight toward our asking price and positive attitude that our house was going to sell.

Peg & Leo Latini

I used Judy to sell my beach condo at the Ritz-Carlton on Lido Key. She did a great job on several fronts, during the worst real estate market Florida has ever seen (especially for condos). She was successful for several reasons. One, she knows the area extremely well. Two, she is a very hard working, capable professional. Three, she is plugged into the foreign buyer market (my condo was sold to a guy out of London). Finally, she just has this dogged determination to get a property sold. It is also helpful that her brokerage is so well established. I may be the only person in Florida this year that bought a property in 2005, and sold it for a gain even after upgrades. Feel free to call me to discuss this if you wish.

Jeffrey Leck,

Please accept this letter as my very strong reference for you retaining the services of Judy Kepecz-Hays in connection with the acquisition or disposition of property in the Sarasota area. Not only is she a delightful person to be around, she is a whirlwind of activity, knows and is respected by all of the real estate brokerage community and has an optimism that never ceases about her business. I am sure you will be very satisfied with the results if you retain her services.

Gerald Lippes

Since the first time I spoke to Judy on the phone about the property on Longboat Key, she made me feel comfortable. Whenever I needed anything she was available. If I had the need for more information, it was always given to me very quickly. At the closing, I remember looking across the table at her and realizing how easy she had made this entire process. She is a warm, kind, and professional woman that I highly recommend. It was an absolute pleasure having her as my real estate agent.

Tom Meadows

(This client found me on the internet and purchased his new home sight unseen based on my knowledge & expertise. I handled both sides of the transaction & helped him close in 11 days!)

Within the last 10 years my husband and I have had three real estate transactions on Longboat Key. We were introduced to Judy Kepecz-Hays as the most successful realtor in the area, so we decided to have her handle the first sale of a small house. The next transaction involved the buying and 10 years later the selling of a condominium, also on Longboat Key.
In all these instances Judy was in charge of all aspects of the deals and we could not have been more pleased. From listing to closing, all work was handled professionally, efficiently, pleasantly and above all to our great satisfaction. Attention to details by Judy and her colleagues brought the contracts to conclusion without undue complications. I have never had any hesitation, nor would in the future, in recommending Judy to a prospective seller or buyer.

Margaret & Ian Smith,
Park Ave.
New York

I couldn’t be happier with you being the one helping me to sell our home. You put your all in doing what was needed to be done, having open house and advertising in numerous magazines and papers. My confidence in your ability to make it happen never wavered. I would choose you again without question. You were always very professional and highly skilled. I would recommend you always as the one realtor “to get the job done”.

Rose Sorbello

Thank you, Judy, for being absolutely the best realtor we have ever worked with, after buying and selling 11 homes over the years. We know it was a major challenge to market our high-end home in a discouraging econ-omy, but your positive can-do attitude, determination, and professionalism never flagged. Your deep understanding of the changing marketplace was an important factor, both in creating a strong, imaginative marketing program for us; and in effectively communicating with potential buyers. Also, your attention to detail was extraordinary from helping us prepare the house for sale, to providing us frequent follow-up reports, to your fine-tuned negotiations on our behalf.


Most importantly, we are so grateful for your complete commitment to us as your clients; it was always obvious that we could count on you to work specifically FOR US and our objectives, not just to try to get a sale. The bottom line was great; with grace and professionalism, and despite the tough market, you sold the house at an excel-lent price that we are very happy with. Congratulations for an outstanding job.

D’Arcy Gue
ME & Sedona

Sandy and I want to express our sincere appreciation for the delightful and instructive time you spent with us while show-ing us seven of the available Ritz Carlton Beach residences, most of which were your listings. In addition to viewing the specific residence, the tour you provided of the common areas and facilities was extremely informative and impressive and contributed significantly to our ultimate decision to become a neighbor. We are very much looking forward to becoming a neighbor of your in beautiful Sarasota.

Sandy & Ron Olin

When my husband and I decided we’d like to buy a place in Florida, we got on the internet and quickly found that Judy’s name was synonymous with honesty, integrity and being held in the highest regards in the Florida Real Estate community. We immediately got in touch with her and within a week, we flew to Sarasota to view the condos she had waiting for us to see. She seemed to understand what we were looking for and before we left, we had put in an offer. Within two months, we took possession of a luxury condo that surpassed our expectations!


We can’t speak highly enough of our experience with Judy Kepecz-Hays and her dedicated and amazing team!! No matter what, they were only a phone call away during this process and made the sale and entire process so seamless from their side.Thanks to Judy, we look forward to may years crating wonderful memories with our children and grandchildren!!

Mary & Dee Vaidya

Judy was definitely the right choice as a Realtor for us. It did take a while but she was very confident that our home would sell and was always pleasant and reassuring to me. She knows her business well. You have been a pleasure to work with…I don’t know what I will do without talking to you everyday!!! You have had a lot of patience and is much appreciated.We made the right decision and are so very thankful.

Laurene Patton

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