As a full time resident of Imperial
Golf Estates for 25 years, and a golf club member for even longer,
Ive 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.
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 mothers
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
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 Ruths 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. Thats
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.
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,
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,
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,
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,
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,
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