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
.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
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
--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
--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,
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,
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,
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