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    My Client Testimonials

    At first we were referred to Lela through my aunt, so I assumed she would be someone who did real estate on the side and didn't expect much. But I was in for a heck of a surprise, after speaking to her on the phone and in person my wife and I could just feel her energy, and motivation. And hearing her negotiations and contact calls with our loan officer we knew we had the right lady for the job of finding my family a new home in the keys. she pulled and did what she had to do to get the job done, on time, and with excellence. JCT
    Lela was an excellent resource for us. She knows the properties, services and importantly value of these in the Florida Keys. She is committed, thoughtful and attentive as well as capable and willing to stick with you until you find what you want. Notably she never pushes you to buy something you don't want. What a refreshing change to our prior experiences! If you want an excellent realtor, look no further. MC
    Can't say enough about Lela.........EXCELLENT ...........very detailed and responsive...........great communicator.......always happy and very knowledgeable.followed the all details until we closed and even handled the closing because I could not attend.. Ed G
    Lela listens to what you want, Then she makes it Happen. Her knowledge of the area and the market are amazing. Anything you need she is there! What a joy working with her! Would HIGHLY recommend her to anyone looking for real estate!. Valerie M
    Lela is by far the best realtor I have worked with. I have bought and sold houses with her. She is knowledgeable about her product, the area she is selling in and if you ever need her help with anything she is their for you after the sale. If you have questions or concerns she is always immediately right there to assist in whatever it is you need. I highly, highly recommend Lela as a realtor. April P
    Lela was very professional and helpful in helping us find the perfect Townshouse. I would highly recommend Lela to anyone looking for property in the beautiful Florida Keys. Ralph D
    Lela is amazing! Lela gave us tons of information that we realized we didn't know and would not have been easy to get on our own. You can tell just how professional and knowledgeable she is. She is able to answer any question instantly and honestly. You never get that pushy salesperson feel from her which I loved. We felt we were out with a friend. She makes you feel comfortable instantly. I loved that she was honest in her opinions of the houses we saw and was obviously quickly able to assess what we wanted and needed. I would highly recommend Lela to anybody purchasing a house in that area. Denise R
    Lela Ashkarian went above and beyond expectations to find us our little piece of the Keys. Since this is our first "starter" retirement property, our budget was not large and our desires for location with water access was high. Lela did what many other realtors did not do...she actually worked with us on our small budget and found us a property on a lagoon with our own water access that we now own. She is very experienced as a local resident of Marathon and assisted us with the particulars with city hall business and other local necessities. Lela really listened and took time with us. I find that both refreshing and welcoming. I would heartily recommend Lela Ashkarian to anyone looking for property in the Keys. She is well versed in the multi-million dollar properties as well as "starter" properties like we bought. She treated us as if we had purchased the multi-million dollar property! Give her a call...you won't be sorry. Pam W
    Lela is very responsive and knowledgeable. She always answers her phone and follows through on what she says she will do. I would recommend Lela any time. Great to work with! Brian B
    I have worked with Lela for quite some time now and what I learned many years ago still holds true. If you want the someone to take care of you along the whole buying or selling process, you can count on Lela. She knows the market and her follow through is fantastic. Trust me, this is hard to find. Lela, is the best! KD
    Lela is outstanding, her integrity is beyond reproach, she guided us through the largest purchase of our lives, and we are excited about our purchase. Lela held our hands and kept us from making some big mistakes that could have cost us tens of thousands of dollars or more. Her vast experience in the Florida Keys kept us from choosing property that would not meet our requirements and kept us on track. We are so grateful for her help and most of all for the bound of caring about us. She will take care of those who call her for help. She did us. Steve W.
    Lela is professional, courteous, and friendly. She is such a pleasure to work with and her follow-up is phenomenal. Lela has such a great attitude about life and the opportunity to really get to know her clients. I would highly recommend Lela to anyone who is looking at real-estate. STL
    I have known Lela for many years as an honest, creditable individual whom I consider to be a top Real Estate Expert. Lela is totally committed to satisfying her clients real estate needs to the fullest. Her professional abilities, organizational skills, coupled with a warm and caring personality, place Lela at the very top of her profession. If you are interested in either selling or purchasing real estate, Lela Ashkarian must be your first choice. Joe P
    Dear Brian, Tomorrow our family will realize a dream that began almost forty years ago for both of us as children visiting and enjoying the Florida Keys. We are writing this letter to you because our dream would not be coming true if not for the spectacular person whom you work with named Lela Ashkarian. This is the biggest purchase of our familys life and we could not be happier with the results. The journey did not start recently, but rather 4 years ago. Four years ago, on a Saturday morning, Lela called us after we expressed interest in one of her properties that was advertised online. We discussed with her our vision and dream of purchasing a home for our family in the Florida Keys. Lela listened to us explain our vision of this dream home and took it all in stride. It was the first of many steps that proved to us we wanted her as our realtor. After that first conversation, we began to see her dedication, persistence and follow through. Over a span of 48 months she kept in contact with us, delicately touching base with us every few months to see how our dream was progressing. For 4 years, this amazing professional would email us, call us, and send us pictures of the houses that at that time we could only hope would one day be our home in the Florida Keys! Her faith in us never wavered as we kept postponing our purchase in the Keys. As much as we wanted to purchase our dream home, we could not do so because we were investing in our start up business. Most people would have given up on us as a lead with so many delays over the 4-year journey. Many, if not all, would have decided to let us disappear into the rear-view mirror however LELA chose to keep in contact with us and we cannot thank her enough. She has truly EARNED herself the REALTOR OF THE CENTURY AWARD from our family. Through the years many realtors asked us to work with them and our response was always the same - THANK YOU WE ALREADY HAVE AN AMAZING REALTOR! In the few times we had spoken at this point, our hearts told us that LELA was the right person for us to work with! She has truly deserved and earned our business. How many people would have thought we were just wasting their time? How many people would have discounted our dream. Lela did not! Tomorrow our familys dream is coming true and we can honestly say that without LELA and her dedication to her career we would not have our dream home. We have found a friend in LELA as well as met a truly fantastic person ---who also happens to sell Real Estate. LELA has been a dream to work with. We will recommend her to everyone that mentions they have plans on purchasing or selling their home in the Keys. Why? After this experience we feel that it is our OBLIGATION to her to do so! She stuck by us and now she is stuck with us! Thank you, Lela for having our best interest at heart! Thank you, Lela for not giving up on us! We will NEVER forget this experience and we look forward to many memories in our new Key Colony Home! Sincerely, Milton and Gelcys
    Lela is always there to help and get any information you might need.She is very knowledgeable about the area and the market. We were first time buyers in the Florida Keys and we were lucky to have gotten Lela as our agent. Betty D
    Lela was an excellent resource for us. She knows the properties, services and importantly value of these in the Florida Keys. She is committed, thoughtful and attentive as well as capable and willing to stick with you until you find what you want. Notably she never pushes you to buy something you don't want. What a refreshing change to our prior experiences! If you want an excellent realtor, look no further. Mariane C
    Lela was an excellent resource for us. She knows the properties, services and importantly value of these in the Florida Keys. She is committed, thoughtful and attentive as well as capable and willing to stick with you until you find what you want. Notably she never pushes you to buy something you don't want. What a refreshing change to our prior experiences! If you want an excellent realtor, look no further. Mariane C
    Dear Brian, Tomorrow our family will realize a dream that began almost forty years ago for both of us as children visiting and enjoying the Florida Keys. We are writing this letter to you because our dream would not be coming true if not for the spectacular person whom you work with named Lela Ashkarian. This is the biggest purchase of our familys life and we could not be happier with the results. The journey did not start recently, but rather 4 years ago. Four years ago, on a Saturday morning, Lela called us after we expressed interest in one of her properties that was advertised online. We discussed with her our vision and dream of purchasing a home for our family in the Florida Keys. Lela listened to us explain our vision of this dream home and took it all in stride. It was the first of many steps that proved to us we wanted her as our realtor. After that first conversation, we began to see her dedication, persistence and follow through. Over a span of 48 months she kept in contact with us, delicately touching base with us every few months to see how our dream was progressing. For 4 years, this amazing professional would email us, call us, and send us pictures of the houses that at that time we could only hope would one day be our home in the Florida Keys! Her faith in us never wavered as we kept postponing our purchase in the Keys. As much as we wanted to purchase our dream home, we could not do so because we were investing in our start up business. Most people would have given up on us as a lead with so many delays over the 4-year journey. Many, if not all, would have decided to let us disappear into the rear-view mirror however LELA chose to keep in contact with us and we cannot thank her enough. She has truly EARNED herself the REALTOR OF THE CENTURY AWARD from our family. Through the years many realtors asked us to work with them and our response was always the same - THANK YOU WE ALREADY HAVE AN AMAZING REALTOR! In the few times we had spoken at this point, our hearts told us that LELA was the right person for us to work with! She has truly deserved and earned our business. How many people would have thought we were just wasting their time? How many people would have discounted our dream. Lela did not! Tomorrow our familys dream is coming true and we can honestly say that without LELA and her dedication to her career we would not have our dream home. We have found a friend in LELA as well as met a truly fantastic person ---who also happens to sell Real Estate. LELA has been a dream to work with. We will recommend her to everyone that mentions they have plans on purchasing or selling their home in the Keys. Why? After this experience we feel that it is our OBLIGATION to her to do so! She stuck by us and now she is stuck with us! Thank you, Lela for having our best interest at heart! Thank you, Lela for not giving up on us! We will NEVER forget this experience and we look forward to many memories in our new Key Colony Home! Sincerely, Milton and Gelcys
    Lela is always there to help and get any information you might need.She is very knowledgeable about the area and the market. We were first time buyers in the Florida Keys and we were lucky to have gotten Lela as our agent. Betty D.
    John and Kathy Fruzynski Lela is the ultimate real estate agent in the Florida Keys! Perfect in every way...Hard working, compassionate, great communicator and listener. From our first conversation I knew that something great would happen. We were not from the area so we put our wants and needs in Lela's hands. She sent us many properties to look at and over time decided on our dream home. Lela has shared her extensive expertise and advice to make our property purchase a wonderful and memorable experience! If you are considering buying or selling your home in the Florida Keys...please call Lela, She can make it happen!
    Maira Lumpkin Lela has a great personality, fast thinking, Very professional on her job, I would say , she is the best Realtor in Florida Keys. She sold our house within month. I am so happy having Realtor like Lela Ashkarian. Thank you Lela.
    Denise Sessa Geromanos Director of Merchandising I highly recommend Lela as as real estate agent. I cant think of a better or more qualified real estate agent to work with on your home purchase. I cannot say enough about Lelas professionalism, true caring nature and extensive knowledge of the Florida Keys. We bought our property from Lela because she took the time to work with us and understand our needs. She did not stop until she knew we were statisfied . Lela does not forget about you once the deal is done. We have called her and met with her for recomandations of builders, architects and landscapers . She has always come through with excellent and well thoght out recommendations.Till this day she makes me feel that helping me is her highest priority. My husband Tom and I consider Lela a dear friend . She is bar none the best in the industry
    Aaron Hilligoss Technician Lela is fantastic! If you are looking for a serious realtor, one that is a go getter, ready to do the best job that a realtor can. Than you need look no further! Lela has a work ethic like no other, with the absolute intentions of being the best realtor there is! Which is exactly what you are looking for. You want to have someone that has been in the business for many years, and that isn't trying to learn the ropes on your dime and using your time! She has been working in the keys for decades and knows the market like no one else in town. A true local working non-stop to make your real estate transaction one of the best experiences you have ever had. We could not have been happier with Lela's service, it was amazing and we were able to effortlessly purchase the exact home we wanted as well as get the best advice we could find in getting our other home sold. We thank here so much and we hope that this recommendation will be used to help you make your real estate experience the best it can be by choosing Lela to be your agent!
    Stephen Williams Cpt USARMYRR It is easy to make a big mistake in the Florida Keys when it comes to real estate but Lila takes you by the hand and make sure that you don't make those mistakes. Those mistakes can cost you thousands of dollars in buying real estate. Lila will help you in getting the property that you want and keep you're best interests in mind while doing it. One thing l can tell you for certain from my experience with her is she will always be my real estate agent for the Florida Keys.
    Julio Avinoa Owner The best real state agent and person in the Florida Keys
    George Lastinger Ceo retired it only takes one word Awesome!
    elva neumann Lela was great in taking on a complex property and got the job done! She is professional and stayed on top of things.
    Michael Haggard Managing Partner at the Haggard Law Firm I would recommend Lela to my friends and family as her professionalism and expertise is simply unmatched! Lela is dependable, helpful, and extremely knowledgeable as a Real Estate Consultant.
    Dr. Paula G. Pettorini Seller To say that Lela Ashkarian is a treasure is a gross understatement. From the first day we met, Lela has given "you are my only customer" attention to our needs and concerns. She goes above and beyond what is required, and she makes a personal bond that is surprising today. She and Natalie Ardis work beautifully together. We couldn't be more pleased. Not only have we met a most competent realtor, but also have we developed a trusting personal relationship! Blessings, Dr. Paula G. Pettorini
    Matt Mahtesian Lela is a hardworking realtor who will get your property sold. She helped me buy a house many years ago and still keeps in touch with me providing insight into the ever changing reality market in Marathon,
    The Fishers We purchased a home in the Keys and Lela was our seller's agent (not ours) but she left a positive impression on us! We would not hesitate to use her in the future. She was very personable and even gave us a very generous gift at our closing which was pleasantly unexpected!!
    Dr Merlin Shriner Lela is highly educated enthusiastic and motivated realtor. I would recommend her for sales or purchase of property or homes.
    Eileen Dutka Our family has bought and sold a property with Lela. She is extremely knowledgeable about the area. She always goes above and beyond for her clients. Unfortunately, we no longer own in the Keys but we still make trips down to visit our new friend, Lela.
    Jeannie gracy She answered many questions about my house and the housing market without being my realtor. She is extremely knowledgeable and a very nice and honest person.
    Pam W. Buyer I have known Lela for many years as an honest, creditable individual whom I consider to be a top Real Estate Expert. Lela is totally committed to satisfying her clients real estate needs to the fullest. Her professional abilities, organizational skills, coupled with a warm and caring personality, place Lela at the very top of her profession. If you are interested in either selling or purchasing real estate, Lela Ashkarian must be your first choice.

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    • Experience and Statistic have shown that 95% percent of buyers that used the internet when searching for a home purchased their home through a real estate agent, Like me. visit www.SearchFloridaKeysHomes.com

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    • Accredited Buyers Representative (ABR) Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) Graduate Real Estate Institute (CRI) Internet Empowered Professional (E-PRO) 1st one in Monroe County since 2000

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    • Coldwell Banker Schmitt Charitable Foundation

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