The Shine’s on MSC Commercial

Posted On 03/18/2021 by St. Pete Chamber Member

“Michael Saunders & Company is celebrating its 45th year of real estate service to Florida’s Gulf Coast and a benchmark year of $3.49 billion in annual sales volume.

MSC Commercial was founded in 1977, one year after Michael Saunders & Company. After years of doing well in the Sarasota-Bradenton market is made perfect sense for us to expand into the St. Pete market. With a very business-friendly environment, a great national reputation we are very excited to be here in St. Pete.

Seeing an opportunity through the lack of a local, real estate company dedicated to exceptional customer service, Michael Saunders decided to fill the void herself by founding Michael Saunders & Company in 1976.

In the 70’s it was difficult for women to procure funding on their own, and though Michael’s name may have gotten her foot in the door, the bank required a male business client to cosign for the $5,000 loan that would open up the business. This client had faith in Michael’s shrewd storytelling and passion for service and entrusted her with selling all of Tiffany Plaza, a then-new development on Longboat key. Beginning in a single small office on St. Armands Circle, the company has expanded to 24 branch offices throughout Florida’s Gulf Coast.

Michael Saunders & Company’s earnest beginnings have blossomed into a corporate culture where character, integrity, and good works speak for themselves; and every customer interaction leads to a rewarding real estate experience.

Our local knowledge and global reach set us apart. Our professionals are integrated into their communities by serving on local business councils, economic development committees, and non-profit organizations. They are the movers and shakers of the region, connected to the pulse of the commercial market and the executives around the country looking to expand into our growing markets. Through the TCN Worldwide Network, we’re connected to the top independent commercial brokers throughout the country and world.

Our St. Pete team is led by our #1 Senior Commercial Advisor Ben Bakker who has tremendous market share in Bradenton, who is joined by Erik Carlson and Darrin Desmarais, with proven track records of success.”

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