With respect, I wish to commend your realtor, Maureen Doherty who, with her husband, made the sale of our beloved SRQ condo happen with absolutely NO hassle or trouble to me, during a time of my own personal distress. It was obvious our lives had permanently changed, and we must return to Colorado asap. As Maureen had occasionally shown us properties over the years, along with sending SRQ updates, I emailed her. Comparables in hand, she arrived at my door and I sadly listed the condo my husband and I had enjoyed for 23 years. Maureen then took over taking care of everything. Everything! She assured me, in my distress, not worry about the condo. When the first contract bailed, she quickly found a 2nd, at an improved price! If the Inspection had problems, I never heard about them. The closing was 100% trouble free.
If you bestow special consideration, commendation or reward for such efficient and magnanimous service, Maureen Doherty deserves it for 2023.
I simply could not have asked for better. She and her husband make a marvelous team; are assets to Michael Saunders & Co. and humanity. I am humbled and grateful.

Barbara S (Denver, CO)

We’ve used Maureen and Patrick Doherty for our last five real estate transactions and each time we are so thoroughly impressed with their skill level, their professionalism, and their ability to get to closing. They really go ABOVE AND BEYOND in ways we’d never even expect of a realtor! We are getting ready to list another property for sale with them and we know we are in good hands. They are truly an asset to MSC!

Erica Mayer

There are no better realtors than Maureen and Patrick Doherty! They were amazing when they helped me buy my condo at Black Burn Harbor and even more amazing and helpful when I sold my condo. They went out of their way many times to help make my move the best it could be. I have been referring my friends to Maureen and Patrick since 2008 and continue to do so. They are the VERY BEST!

Suzi N

From start to finish, Patrick was a steady and trustworthy presence throughout the process of purchasing this home.
He was professional and approachable clearing stating the facts presented and the options available for us to
to make sound decisions. Patrick spoke to the seller at length. He was able to expedite the sale with the seller as the selling of our place and move would have left us renting and put our household in storage. Not an easy feat.
He led us to a great inspector as well as give us a list of roofers that he thought would
meet our needs, since the roof failed the inspection and needed to be replaced. Both turned out to be wonderful! We appreciated his experience and vast knowledge of real estate.

Patrick took all those stresses away from us, allowing us feel comfortable every step of the way. We cannot thank him enough for all he did to help us. We would easily recommend him to others moving to Sarasota.

Thank you, Patrick!


Lorene and Scott Silverman

Hello, I just want to express my gratitude and compliments to Maureen Doherty for all the hard work she did in helping me purchase my condo. She is tireless and such a joy to work with!
> I received the MLS notices, but she often beat me to it in spotting a condo that was within my requirements. And then she wasted no time in making an appointment to see it.
> When we found “the one” her quick action and professional knowledge helped me to be the lucky one whose offer was accepted.
> She really knows the market and I would absolutely recommend her to anyone wanting to purchase in the Sarasota area.

Sue Lindstrom

Jerry and I want to thank you for your great advice, hard work, Professionalism and kindness. We were so pleased to work with you and thank you so much. Wishing you all the best, Lisa and Jerry

Lisa and Jerry

In 2010 Maureen James Doherty helped us find our condo in Sarasota. As she had shown great initiative and excellent service at that time we decided last year {2020} to engage her again as our real estate agent to help us sell the same condo.

During the listing period because of Covid we moved back to our home in Canada. However, whenever we needed help Maureen was there for us, quickly and efficiently. She helped us find professional services and was personally present to help facilitate the staging of the condo. She, with the help of her husband, went over and beyond her responsibility as an agent when she helped to have some required minor repairs taken care of. We could not have left our condo in better hands.

Thanks to Maureen and Pat’s hard work, dedication, guidance along the way, and professional service we were able to sell our condo for a great price. All this during a pandemic.

We are grateful to both of them and would recommend them wholeheartedly to anyone requiring real estate services.

Hetty & Nick

After 3 bids, 2 of them lost to cash offers agent Maureen Doherty from your Sarasota office got the deal done and held it together. Having shown us properties on and off for two years, literally even during tornado watch warnings, we found our dream retirement home. Kudos to you Maureen, you’re the bomb. We are very satisfied customers!

Sarah and Dominic

If there is any way that you can add or promote Maureen Doherty as an ambassador of your company, you should. Her professionalism and her client communication/advocacy is beyond the best level of service.

I have bought 5 houses over my lifetime and no one comes close to her. From the moment I met her, she has gone above and beyond in every interaction.

I have been familiar with your company for the 22 years. If all of your agents are as amazing as Maureen, it is no doubt a reflection of you, your character, and of the client-centric brokerage which undoubtedly you have put tireless hours and years into creating.

Congratulations to you and thank you for having Maureen on your team!

I look forward to referring many people to Maureen and Michael Saunders!

Brad Swanson

My husband and I have been working with Maureen and Patrick Doherty for the past 6 years. We’ve completed 5 transactions with them now (4 as buyers, 1 as sellers), and surely there will be more in the future.

I cannot begin to tell you how wonderful they are and what a great team they make. We primarily work with Maureen, but Patrick is always available and helpful. Maureen is such a go getter and we’ve appreciated that about her from the very beginning. She absolutely goes above and beyond in every way imaginable. We are so grateful that we get to have her as our realtor!!! I’m sure you already know all this, but we just wanted to add to the pile of great feedback you must get about them.

Erica Mayer & Tom Best

Patrick Doherty was our agent and I doubt there is anyone in your company better. I have purchased 7 prior properties and this one was by far the best experience we have had. Patrick quickly picked up on our preferences, likes and dislikes and didn’t waste our time on looking at homes that didn’t meet our needs.

Patrick was a pleasure to work with from start to finish and he made the process smooth and uncomplicated. We would also commend your closing team, especially Cindi Ernst.

Please be assured that if we have any friends or relatives who need real estate services we will recommend Patrick and Michael Saunders.


P & M Thompson

Robin and I were extremely pleased with Maureen Doherty’s professionalism and customer care. She treated us like family; working around our schedule and timeline and ultimately helping us to find the perfect seasonal home in Bradenton, Florida. Maureen made herself available to us through every phase of the closing – answering questions, giving helpful advice and even offering to do the final walk through of our villa on our behalf so we didn’t have to make an extra trip to complete the closing.

Maureen is an outstanding real estate agent who certainly understands the business and displays all the qualities of a true professional . She did an exceptional job of representing your company and we couldn’t have been more pleased with her and our experience with Michael Saunders & Company. Robin and I certainly valued her knowledge and expertise – as well as her friendship.

Robin and Michael Dailey

We are forever grateful for your diligence, compassion and experience.

Through the multiple long distant calls,extreme weather conditions up and downs of contract negotiations we always felt you were there for us.

We are so excited to own this beautiful home and look forward to many found memories together and with our family. Also looking forward to boating on the gulf.

John & Pat Avery
New Jersey

We just wanted to drop you a line to tell you how happy we have been with the assistance given us by Maureen and Patrick Doherty most recently and over the last few years.

Maureen and Patrick helped us to purchase 2 homes one on Longboat Key in 2008 and Laurel Park in Sarasota in 2014 and also to sell our Longboat Key home in 2014. In all of our dealings with them we have found them to be friendly, knowledgeable, helpful and thoroughly professional. On many occasions they have found creative solutions to roadblocks and managed each and every issue with efficiency and panache. We cannot overestimate our appreciation and gratitude for their efforts on our behalf.

Allan Kathnelson and Dr. Judith Robertson

How can we thank you for making our Sarasota real estate dream come true. We really appreciate all the effort & time you took to make this happen for us! You made sure everything was completed & in working order which proves how good you are at your job. So now we are anxious to get to Sarasota & start the process of fixing up our home away from home. This is where the fun begins. With much appreciation.

John and Barbara
Lexington, KY

"Patrick is a good listener and he carefully searched for what we really wanted. So we were able to buy a house within 5 days. In the following process he accompanied every step, updating us about every single detail. And especially as a foreigner we were glad for his eager help. Thanks Patrick! We can only recommend you to everybody looking for a home!"

Ursula Steinert

Maureen Doherty is exceptional ! She was there for us every inch of the way to guide us through the short sale that we purchased in Sarasota. Maureen is a shining ray of sunshine and always the professional.
Because of the exceptional experience we had with Maureen, we would do any further real estate dealings with her and also recommend her company to all.

Doreen and Carl


Oscar Sevilla
Vail, CO

Maureen, thanks so much for all your help throughout, you have been tireless and operating as we are from afar it has made everything so much easier working with someone that we could be completely confident in. We will certainly recommend you if the opportunity arises. Do let me know if you're ever in London!

London, England

Maureen and Patrick were wonderful. They looked after us as if we were the only clients they had. They listened to us, heard what we said and did their best to meet our needs. We are very pleased with our association with Maureen and Patrick and Michael Saunders & Co. and so happy to be owners of a property on Longboat Key.

Barb and John
Orillia, Ontario Canada

My Husband and I recently purchased a beautiful house on 176 Wading Bird Drive in Venice, Florida. Our house-buying experience, with the help of your employees exceeded our expectations.

We only had one week time to find what we were looking for! After screening the houses on the market, we put together a list of homes that coincided with our taste and budget. Working together ahead of time with Maureen Doherty (your Sarasota Office) via e-mail from Germany, we sorted out homes that we wished to include in our quest. At our first visit to your office, we were met by a very friendly, competent and most compatible real estate agent - Maureen- who whisked us away, with a stack of home brochures and a city map to accompany us on our adventure. The tour of the homes was a very delightful experience, with no questions being left open! Maureen not only showed us the homes, but gave us minute details of the interior/exterior qualities as well. Our inquires of monthly bills and charges were met with a slew of information, just as we expected from Maureen. Even our questions regarding culinary delights were answered readily with such details, for example which part of the restaurant had the best menu! That is what I consider to be service extraordinary!

We also had the opportunity to enjoy the company of both Patrick Doherty and Michael James, who showed us homes on two following days. The outgoing personalities of both men made our home-shopping experience complete. The home tours were very intensive with expert advice and no rush at all. Michael gave us a special tour of Venice´s beach (even though it was especially windy that day), which made us fall in love with the area and assist us in making our decision.

Even though our sale is complete, Maureen still helps us finding compatible services for the lawn, pool, garden, house, etc. She even sent me a list of all the companies I had to register with (FPL, Sarasota Water, Comcast and many more). Since we live in Germany, this information was a very valuable asset!

So in our opinion, it was a very remarkable experience being accompanied by your agents! An experience we will highly recommend to all our friends!

Sincerely yours,

Dr. Wolfgang and Rita Hepp

We owned a condo in The Renaissance in Sarasota and listed the property with Maureen Doherty, and I don't think anyone else would have worked harder to sell the condo. She overcame obstacles thrown at her in every direction, and she never gave up. She gave us excellent service and represented you well.

John & Amy S.

I'm also glad that we have chosen you as our agent, we have always felt that our best interest were kept in mind during the entire transaction and that your advice was very helpful in setting up this deal. Furthermore, in the next 2 years we will need to purchase two more properties and would really appreciate your expertise at that time.


Moscow, Russia

Dear Patrick and Maureen:

I received a wonderful, over-the-top “raving fan” call from your client, Bob Murray, of Niagara Falls. He said you went above and beyond and provided them with such excellent customer service that he is recommending all of his Canadian friends to seek you both out when they come to Florida in search of real estate. I cannot think of a better compliment or endorsement than that.

Thank you, both, for your professionalism in representing your clients and the company so well.

Warm regards,


Over the last few months we have been working with Maureen James Doherty during our search for and purchase of a home in Sarasota. The experience has been exceptional. Given that we live in New York and had but a week to visit properties and then follow-up with a purchase, closing, and move, having Maureen as our agent greatly facilitated the process. It was much to her credit that everything went quite smoothly.

I am sure you are aware that Maureen is an affable and diligent agent who comes across with tremendous sincerity and follow-through. She assisted us with every aspect of the purchase and move and helped to expedite certain matters that needed personal attention. As someone who employs over 400 individuals, I fully understand the value of an employee with her aplomb, work ethic, and affability. There is no question that she is an outstanding realtor who reflects your agency in the most positive manner.

Should we know of anyone who is looking for properties in Sarasota, we will most certainly send them to Maureen. Please be sure to convey to her our thanks and appreciation for her work.


Dr. Ken Mitchell
New York

My husband and I would like to take this opportunity to commend Maureen Doherty, for her exceptional service in helping us to find and purchase our vacation home in Sarasota. Our family has been regularly traveling to Sarasota for 20 years to visit my father. Despite some familiarity with Sarasota property, I began my search for a vacation home on the internet and found the “Doherty Real Estate” real estate site very user friendly. I sent an email inquiry on a Sunday afternoon, and Maureen quickly responded with a phone call although she was attending an important event. Since that initial encounter, her responsiveness to my interest was exemplary in all respects. Her knowledge of the market was comprehensive. She was sensitive to our specific needs and pace. Her communication skills were outstanding and she consistently went the “extra mile,” agreeing to meet with us over both the July 4th and Labor Day weekends. When she broke her ankle, her husband Patrick capably stepped in for her while she provided backup instructions and ideas via her cell phone. Additionally, she capably navigated the closing procedures, providing us with useful referrals. When we arrived at our new apartment for the first time after the closing, we found gifts including champagne and elegant wines.

Most importantly, Ms. Doherty’s competence was reassuring at every juncture, and not one time did she become pushy in any attempt to make a sale, a characteristic that I cherish. This was an unusually pleasurable real estate purchase for us, largely because of the extraordinary service we received from Ms. Doherty.


Deborah Hamm & Hillel Bennett
New York, NY

In September we closed on the purchase of a condominium in Sarasota. Maureen Doherty was our agent and we promised her we would provide some feedback on our experience. Our home is in Canada and we had no real estate experience in the US, let alone Florida. By the way, we selected Michael Saunders & Co thanks to the excellent web-site your company features.

Last December Maureen was assigned to us to help us look at some properties in Sarasota during our first visit to this city. She spent a day with us showing us a good selection of properties while staying within the guidelines we had given her. The next morning she made herself available again to assist us in finding properties meeting new guidelines we had given her and arranging for showings. We returned to Canada very satisfied with the service we had received. She continued to stay in touch and in January we decided to enter into a purchase and sale agreement for a condominium, from which we ultimately withdrew as we did not want to get caught up in a bidding war. Again, she guided us through this process very efficiently and professionally. We were also grateful for some insight from her husband into the financial aspects of acquiring and owning real estate in Florida.

Several months later she alerted us to the fact that another opportunity had presented itself in the same building and even took some pictures for us. Again, we entered into a purchase and sale agreement and this time there was a successful outcome, notwithstanding that it was a short sale. All through the process she was efficient in dealing with our emails and available whenever we needed her.

Thanks to her professional attitude at all times, her knowledge of the current real estate situation in this area which allowed her to point out the good opportunities, and her advice on how to do business in Florida, the whole process was a pleasant and smooth experience for us.


Nick & Hetty Baets
Ontario, Canada