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Connecticut company expands presence in Florida with Sarasota acquisition

This latest acquisition brings the company's total number of Florida-based offices to 14.

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  • | 2:38 p.m. August 20, 2021
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SARASOTA — Connecticut-based William Raveis Real Estate, Mortgage & Insurance (WRRE) recently acquired Sarasota-based Key Solutions Real Estate, a luxury, family-owned brokerage with 44 professional sales associates. 

The Key Solutions’ offices on Siesta Key and in Lakewood Ranch will reopen under the WRRE luxury brand marking the company’s entry into the Sarasota community. 

“Key Solutions Real Estate has built a wonderful culture with their staff and sales associates, and delivers an exceptional level of customer service,” says William “Bill” Raveis, chairman and CEO, in a press release. 

WRRE, a luxury real estate company, has more than 4,300 agents in eight states in the U.S. with $16 billion in real estate sales as of 2020. 

Courtesy. Pictured, from left, are WRRE Co-President Chris Raveis, CEO/Founder Bill Raveis, and Co-President Ryan Raveis.
Courtesy. Pictured, from left, are WRRE Co-President Chris Raveis, CEO/Founder Bill Raveis, and Co-President Ryan Raveis.

The addition of the two Sarasota offices brings the number of William Raveis offices in Florida to 14. The family-owned company is seeking additional growth opportunities along both of Florida’s coasts with plans to eventually open 30 offices in the state. 

“Florida is hot in more ways than one,” says Raveis. “As more and more people from the Northeast buy primary or vacation homes in Florida, we plan to expand throughout Florida for many years, further strengthening our luxury network.” 
Susan Saltalamacchia, her son, Brian Tresidder, and close family friend, Keith Redding, all with Key Solutions, have generated close to $1 billion in sales since their inception. 
"When we were approached to join William Raveis Real Estate, we knew it was a perfect fit. Their company and leadership team have the same values we embrace in our offices and their focus on agent success and training to improve the customer experience is second to none,” says Tresidder, who will continue on as broker for the two Sarasota offices. “We knew this was a company we wanted to be working with, and not against.”  

Raveis opened his company’s first office in Naples five years ago before expanding to Palm Beach. Now, WRRE is on its way to close over $3 billion in sales in the state alone. 

“There’s no other brokerage like us in Sarasota,” says Matt Lane, the general manager of William Raveis in Florida. “We have more than 4,000 sales associates in our Northeast footprint, and considering 4 of the top 5 states with the most people moving to Sarasota County are from the Northeast, we offer a marketing network unlike any other.” 




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