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Testimonials for the
Ruth Bethem Real Estate Team

"Our reputation is our best asset."

"We were introduced to Ruth by close friends three years ago, when we took our first tentative steps in the Naples property market, and we are so glad we engaged with her. Ruth was there on day 1, compiling and accompanying us on prospective property viewings, and she was right there on our closing day in February this year, when we finally secured our very own 'slice of paradise'. From our initial thoughts right through to our eventual purchase, Ruth's guidance, integrity, market expertise and experience were just invaluable to us, even to the extent of making introductions to other necessary professionals (eg. banks, attorneys, etc) all of whom shared her absolute professionalism. We count ourselves fortunate, privileged and grateful to have shared our property journey with her, and trust me, so will you! What will you get with Ruth Bethem?..........simply the best!".
            --Allan & Andrea Ramsay - Scotland

As a full time resident of Imperial Golf Estates for 25 years, and a golf club member for even longer, I’ve seen many real estate agents come and go. I struck gold when I selected Ruth Bethem to represent me in the sale of my residence. Ruth is the most professional and detailed oriented realtor I know. She understands our ever-changing market conditions and has the experience to be a problem solver and implement her systems for a smooth and successful transaction. What I found with Ruth was not only a top notch Realtor, but I also found myself a new friend. Do yourself a favor and hire Ruth to sell your home. You can thank me later.

             --Peter Casarsa,2209 Noble Ct.

I just want to take a moment to thank you for helping me with the purchase of the condo in Naples. When one makes a purchase like that in a foreign jurisdiction, there is, quite naturally, a "fish out of water" feeling. Thanks to your expertise and diligence, everything came together without any problems and in a timely manner. Your recommendations of other professionals such as the attorney, home inspector, painter and cleaning service were spot on. I appreciated your no nonsense professional approach as well as your ability to focus my search on properties which suited my budget, requirements and preferences. Having practiced law for some forty years, with much of my work in Real Estate, I have met and worked with literally hundreds of agents. I can tell you from that experience that I would rank you and your commitment to service among the top of the people I have worked with.

--William W. Stutz, B.A. LLB. J.D., Canada

Ruth Bethem has been our realtor for more than 7 years. She was recommended to us by a friend when we were searching for someone to handle the sale of my mother’s condo after her death. Her professional demeanor, knowledge of the market and attention to detail were invaluable in securing a quality purchaser and an efficient close. We were so pleased with her handling of that transaction, that when we decided to sell our own home 5 years later, we turned to her again. Although we were selling in a down market, Ruth provided us with a clear, concise marketing plan, and her continued communication throughout the selling period kept us informed every step of the way. Once we closed on our home, we decided to rent while we researched our next home. Ruth was invaluable. She worked with us every step of the way, providing us with updates on current pricing, trends and inventory. We were so pleased with her consistent communication, and when we were ready to purchase, we were educated on the market and were able to purchase the home of our dreams. We would recommend her (and have!) to anyone who is interested in working with a true professional who puts you, the client, first, and works tirelessly on your behalf.
-- With sincere appreciation and gratitude,
Thomas and Phyllis Winslow
If you want fantastic service with a smile then stop here. When we decided to buy in Naples I sent our requirements to 4 different realtors. 3 could not be bothered to return my emails. Given the market conditions at the time this surprised me. Ruth took the trouble to make contact and from that moment we did not look back. She maintained regular contact throughout the searching and buying process and always returned my calls or emails promptly. She started by listening to what we wanted to achieve. She then drew up a list of potentially suitable properties and sent the details to us from which we selected a short-list for viewing. I made 2 viewing trips. On both occasions Ruth met me on time at my hotel on the first day and on each occasion she presented me with a file that contained details of all the properties we were going to see, with a front summary sheet showing the essential information in an easy to read format. She took me to view all the properties and spent time discussing the pros and cons with me afterwards. She worked hard to get second viewings at short notice and always checked out facts I wanted to know so that I had answers as soon as humanly possible. This often meant working late in the evening as we had spent the whole day out viewing. At all times she worked professionally and at no time did she step too far into the arena and start imposing her own opinions, ensuring that while the information was made available, the decision was mine to make. She has a good relationship with the other realtors in the area and has contact details of all the people you might need to use during the purchasing process. This purchase has not been without its complications, all out of Ruth’s control, however they have all been managed with speed and expediency and absolutely no fuss. She works with high quality professionals who you know you can trust, because she trusts them. Her service has continued after the closing date, as there were a few minor issues that still required sorting out. There has never been any doubt that Ruth has worked in my best interests throughout this process. In doing so she has saved us from possible financial disaster and ensured the property we have bought is the right one for us. Her appropriate interventions have ensured that the house is in the best possible condition. Having put my trust in her she has never let me down. I am thrilled with what we have achieved together.
-- Karen Johnson, England
When we first mooted the idea of owning a property so far away, it seemed a bit fanciful to imagine it actually happening, but Ruth helped us enormously to realise our dream and did it with the minimum of fuss and hassle.

We had been coming to the Naples/Gulf Coast area for several years as holiday makers and were particularly fond of the Olde Naples area. After one such journey we decided to see whether it would be possible to dip our toe in and see how difficult it would be to try and buy something. We initially contacted several random realtors on the internet ("estate agents" to those living in the UK), hence although it was quite by chance that we came upon Ruth, from an early stage her extensive local knowledge and professionalism shone through. Although at first it seemed quite a daunting task to first find and then successfully negotiate the many aspects of a property purchase in a quite alien legal, practical and administrative framework, Ruth helped us every step of the way.

She is very perceptive and realised very quickly what type of properties we were interested in and the areas which would be most suitable. This helped enormously in cutting down the time spent otherwise trawling through endless lists of properties. She helped us whittle things down to short lists and was very thorough providing us with all the information we would need. She then made herself available to us on two separate visits from the UK to view these short lists; driving us around over several consecutive days so that we could obtain a very good feel for the area. She helped us to initiate the legal side of things (providing a short list of attorneys) and also put us in touch with other services we would need (i.e. property inspections, caretakers, gardeners, cleaners, etc).

Nothing was too much trouble and having had many bad experiences of realtors (especially in the UK) we were delighted with Ruth's honesty, professionalism and thoroughness. Several months after buying our home Ruth is still helping us with information in many different respects;such a providing a list of recommended local doctors or helping with additional legal aspects of the purchase.
--D. & E. Beach, London and Port Royal
We both feel very fortunate to now be owning our lovely place in Naples and are looking forward to many happy years of enjoyment in such a beautiful part of the world. None of this would have been possible without your strong support, your calm guidance and understanding and Hilary and I are extremely grateful to you for all of this. Thank you for everything you have done for us.
--The Hutchinsons, Scotland
"We met on the internet". We were contemplating a Florida home and fell in love with Olde Naples on a rather hurried visit in April. On returning home to Canada, we spent hours on the internet searching for that perfect place. That’s where we met Ruth!! Her website was always up to date, easy to navigate and best of all she waited for us to contact her! And we did. We returned in June and finally met her….she was on time and well prepared for visits to some of the properties we had indicated an interest in. She even prepared a binder for us with all the listing, pictures and so on that was a great help to us as were started to narrow our choice. Ruth was always pleasant, always on task. My husband remarked that he could have used a few good salespersons like her in his business. She did close the sale for us, but her attention to detail did not end there. She has walked us through the intricacies of Florida real estate, flood insurance and everything else we have had questions about. All of this was accomplished with great efficiency through email, attachments and phone calls. So it is true, we did “meet on the internet”.
--Donna and David Whiting, Canada and Olde Naples
Aside from being utterly impressed with their expertise and knowledge of the Southwest Florida real estate market, Naples in particular, and their consummate professionalism and trustworthiness, we found it remarkable how they went that "extra mile" for us as clients.
--David and Pamela Wood, Sherman Oaks, CA
Ruth is an outstanding, comprehensive realtor who carefully managed our limited time, thoroughly screened homes, provided advice in the negotiation process and addressed all post-sale issues. We have been purchasing homes and investment properties for many years, so we appreciated working with such a professional.
--The Paradiso's, Virginia.
Dave and I found Ruth a pleasure and a treasure in the Real Estate world of Southwest Florida. Her website gave us a good idea of the market even before we arrived in Naples to begin our search. She was organized and efficient in presenting homes to us and worked tirelessly to find what we feel is the perfect Canadian snowbird community for us to migrate to. She has a good working knowledge of real estate practises in the area. Her colleagues in the business and the businesses that support and provide auxiliary services obviously like and respect her. Altogether, she made looking for and acquiring our new home a great experience. We have already recommended her to friends and acquaintances who are looking to make a similar move."
--David and Margaret Murray, Toronto, Ontario
We want to thank you for a totally professional experience in locating and negotiating for our beautiful new estate home in Medittera. Throughout the arduous process of first locating the right community, then finding the right house, and then negotiating the right price in unusual market conditions in Naples, you were always highly professional but, most of all, you kept it fun with your great sense of humour.
We valued your insights as we reviewed the various locations and homes for sale, and we found they were always correct. Without hesitation, we will recommend you to friends in the future.

--Greg and Barbara Salkow, Naples, FL

I tried something unusual - I bought a house from 1000 miles away. Using the internet and Ruth and Rick's photo slideshows. I trusted my knowledge of the area and Ruth's professionalism with great results. I'd do it again in the future.

--Susan Blydenburgh, West Chester, PA

Ruth was outstanding! She communicated with us almost daily and her expertise and professionalism was invaluable. Ruth's appearance and calm, professional attitude gave us complete confidence that our home would be sold in a relatively short time. Ruth exhibited an outstanding wealth of information that served us well during the sale of our home and the purchase of our new house.

--Mr. and Mrs. John Oustrich, Phoenixville, PA

Thank you for making our first home purchase as stress free as possible. Love the website and ability to view complete MLS selections. It's great for busy people who work alot!

--Mr. and Mrs. Jason Mikes, Naples, FL

Great experience! Love doing business with you.

--Mr. and Mrs. Volos, Macomb, MI

We have known Ruth for over two years and have been very happy with her professionalism and genuine interest with which she treats her clients...you can't improve on excellence!

--Mr. and Mrs. George Trotter, Naples, FL

Ruth has the great gift of sincere empathy, combined with honest patience and clear guidance, that ultimately pointed us in the direction of making a sound and confident decision. Ruth always went the extra mile each and every time we contacted her. Her honesty, sincerity and respect for us made it that much easier for us to put out trust in her. We highly recommend Ruth to anyone with real estate goals in Southwest Florida!

--Mr. and Mrs. George McArdle, Mentor, OH

We were exceptionally satisfied with Ruth's attention to details from contract through closing, as well as her overall performance. Your service is only as good as the people who represent them. We were proud to have Ruth representing us in the sale of our home. Not only is she very professional but she made us very happy.

--Mr. and Mrs. Bob McCollum, Naples, FL

Ruth's professionalism combined with her warm personality made the entire process, from preliminary condo search to subsequent purchase, a pleasure. Even when we hit a rather large "bump in the road" during negotiations, Ruth continued to remain supportive and eager to do whatever necessary to keep moving forward. We will refer Ruth to all our friends interested in discovering the beautiful town of Naples.

--Mr. and Mrs. S. Yount, Charlottesville, VA

We were extremely satisfied with Ruth's professionalism, real estate etiquette and knowledge, and overall attitude towards a successful completion of the sale of our property.

--Mr. and Mrs. George Trotter, Naples, FL

Ruth was exceptionally thorough and helpful. She was quick to return phone calls and always was pleasant to deal with. We appreciated her good advice and guidance. We will recommend Ruth again.
--Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence True, Clifton Park, NY
Ruth was very professional from the presentation to the sale of my property. She did an excellent job representing Keller Williams Platinum Realty and I have and will continue to recommend her to others wanting a quick sell by a great realtor. Thanks Ruth!!
--Mr. Von A. Bacon, Naples, FL
From our first telephone conversation I was impressed with Ruth's professionalism and her desire to meet our needs as first time investment buyers. We offered a special challenge as we reside out of state and didn't have the ability to view the units first hand. Ruth was religious in e-mailing us pictures of potential units and she clearly went out of her way to accomplish this in a timely fashion. Her patience with the situation was notable. I would definitely send friends and relatives to Ruth and know that they would be well served.
--The Kennedy's, Clifton Park, NY
With Ruth as our realtor, buying a house is as easy as 1-2-3. Thank you so much! We will recommend Ruth to our relatives and friends.
--Constantine, Ella and Pamela Apostol, Naples, FL

 

RUTH BETHEM, Broker - Associate
ABR, CRS, GRI, Realtor®
Premier Sotheby's International Realty
4001 Tamiami Trail N, Suite #102
Naples, Florida 34103

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