Shawn R. McDonald

10 years of work experience
New Homes & Realty of Central FL
110 E. Pine St.
Lakeland, FL, 33801
(863) 968-7813

Ratings & reviews (40)

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Highly likely to recommend
07/07/2014
mseward9
Helped me buy home
Shawn R. McDonald, provided personal, outstanding and timely service in helping us purchase a condo in Lakeland, Florida. to meet our needs. I highly recommend Shawn R. McDonald, Realtor.
Highly likely to recommend
06/26/2014
rdcjlong
Listed and sold a home
We have many friends in the local real estate business. We were discussing which one to contact when our builder recommended Shawn. We met with him and were impressed with his knowledge and efficiency. He allowed us input on setting the price but guided us to a reasonable figure that he knew would elicit a good response. We sold the house in a month. We plan to use Shawn again to sell our daughter's house.
Highly likely to recommend
06/04/2014
user89622333
Helped me buy home
Shawn was great to deal with he showed us quite a few houses and we picked the one on the first day out. We closed in less than 6 weeks. He connected us with a mortgage lender that was so close and everything was pretty seamless and smooth. His promptness and immediate responses to any issues was a blessing.
Highly likely to recommend
02/18/2014
rcello59
Helped me buy home
liked him from the moment we spoke on the phone. Taxid and stayed with us for two entire days showing us homes and lots all over cenrtal fl. we stayed with him and purchased a brand new home in lakeland, could not have done it without him. We will use his services again in the near future. thanks again shawn
Highly likely to recommend
12/20/2013
mimrn
Helped me buy home
Shawn was extremely helpful with our experience. He answered every question honestly and always had our best interests in mind. He never mislead us in any way and worked hard on our behalf when it came to negotiating for our home purchase. The one word that comes to mind when I think of Shawn is "integrity".
Highly likely to recommend
12/03/2013
wolaverc
Listed and sold a home
Shawn McDonald was an amazing realtor to work with. His timely responses allowed us to keep up with the process of our home selling and buying experience. From the smallest of questions to the more challenging ones he was right there by our side to guide us in the direction that we needed to go. I would highly recommend Shawn to anyone that is looking for a very smooth selling/buying experience.
Highly likely to recommend
10/13/2013
lesleyobannon
Listed and sold a home
Shawn brought experience and professionalism to the sale of my home. He was consistent and punctual with his communication. I would recommend him to anyone looking for a honest, hardworking, respectful realtor.
Highly likely to recommend
09/25/2013
erpr33
Listed and sold a home
Very professional; helpful and creative. It get things done even when I was miles away. Very reliable; works around the clock and makes sure both parties are satisfied with the sale/ purchase of their homes.
Highly likely to recommend
09/20/2013
tim5265
Helped me buy home
The number one quality that I appreciate in Shawn is that he is a good listener. He listened to what I was looking for in a new home, understood what was important to me and set out to find properties and builders that could match my needs with their solutions. There are not many Realtors that do this... In fact there are not many sales people that do this. Listening is a lost art. Shawn was very diligent in his attempts to find properties for me. He did what he said he would do.. and as a customer, I showed equal loyalty. I would wholeheartedly recommend Shawn to prospective real estate buyers. Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
08/11/2013
user1627119
Helped me buy home
My wife and I were recommended to Shawn by a close co-worker of mine in the summer of 2012. We began searching the North Lakeland area high and low, but unfortunately we were not able to find a home that was a good fit for us at that time. In the fall I received a pay raise which caused us to lose our financing, and everyone was a bit disappointed. During the course of the next 12 months we worked painstakingly to reposition ourselves for a purchase, all the while Shawn was patiently checking in with us to see how things were going. Finally, in the early summer months of 2013 we began actively looking, and, as most of you are aware, the home prices and interest rates had begun to climb. Shawn was able to steer us through the negotiation process all the way to the closing table, and was even kind enough to give us a gift card when everything was final as his way of saying thanks for your business. For those of you to whom it matters, Shawn is a Christian man, and my wife and I were able to talk openly about matters of faith with complete liberty. I highly recommend his services to anyone looking for a kind, patient, and insightful advocate in the home buying process. Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
07/08/2013
user2035694
Helped me buy home
So far I've used Shawn to purchase my new house. Currently in the process of listing my old house with him. A number of things I liked about Shawn. He's a smaller shop so much more personal attention. I prefer electronic communications (can easily communicate at any time of day) and he's very open with e-mail and texting. I had researched realtors on Zillow while window shopping for houses and had marked Shawn as a possible realtor to use based on his reviews. We found a house that had went from being foreclosed to being offered by the bank, but they had set a 24 hour window for offers. I contacted Shawn and he got back to me immediately (didn't know me from Adam at the time) and he arranged a walkthrough of the house asap. We ended up being outbid (6 bidders) but without his fast response, we wouldn't have even had a chance. It was for the best because in the end, we found the property that we really want to retire at, and bought it with Shawn's help. Shawn has a lot of contacts for everything you'd need. Mortgage guy, insurance people, inspectors, etc. So he's very much a "one stop shop" kind of realtor. He could also kick people in the butt if they weren't moving fast enough either. Being that we hadn't bought a house in 15 years, he was also very quick to answer my numerous questions, meet me on a weekend to fill out paperwork or view a house (he has young children and I know how challenging it can be to get away). I look forward to a successful sale of my old house with Shawn and know that he'll earn every penny of his commission. David and Felicia J. Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
07/06/2013
user9902071
Helped me buy home
Shawn was very patient with us as we were new to the area and not sure where we wanted to live. He even encouraged us to reconsider making an offer on a home that in hindsight would have been a great mistake to purchase. He connected us with the only mortgage broker we could find that was able to help us even after a short-sale within the last 2 years. We are very grateful that Shawn helped us find just the right home!
Highly likely to recommend
06/28/2013
user3040171
Helped me buy home
Shawn was great to work with. Kept us informed of all new developments throughout our home buying experience. I would highly recommend Shawn to anyone looking to buy a home.
Highly likely to recommend
06/26/2013
user5414755
Helped me buy home
Found Shawn through a home he had listed on Zillow. Decided to give him a call because of all the great reviews. It was a great decision. He helped us find the perfect house with everything we were looking for in a great location! Always prompt in responding to all communication, even after closing!
Likely to recommend
05/11/2013
robbinh
Helped me buy home
My husband and I were not sure we would be able to purchase another home. Shawn introduced us to Matt, an FBC Mortgage broker who was able to help us out and move into our new home within 2 months! We are very grateful! Shawn knows the process and is a great negotiator. Thanks Shawn!
Highly likely to recommend
04/29/2013
user27859672
Helped me buy home
Shawn McDonald is a true professional. Shawn took the time to meet with me on the listings I called him about. After we previewed the listings I called him about, he asked questions which helped him understand what exactly it was I was looking for. Over the next several weeks, Shawn e-mailed me listing he thought I may be interested in. Over the course of the next several weeks, we found the perfect home when it had been on the market for only a few days. We previewed the home, made and offer, and it was accepted. We now own that home. Shawn showed great attention to detail, left no stone unturned, and was in CONSTANT communication. Shawn is a true professional. Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
04/10/2013
user3998884
Helped me buy home
Shawn has excellent knowledge of the local landscape. His famiiarity with the local builders were a welcomed source of information and helped shape our decision. I would reccomend his services to anyone seeking to purchase in Lakeland and the surrounding areas. His patience was very refreshing.
Highly likely to recommend
03/19/2013
user20356865
Helped me buy home
We actually switched realtors in the middle of our quest to find a home, and when it was all over, my wife and I were so glad that we found Shawn. He listened to what we were saying about what house we wanted, and didn't try to oversell us. He coached us very well through the negotiations and even after. Our closing was moved twice due to other parties, and Shawn went to bat for us several times getting the other parties moving. I do not have a single negative thing to say, I tell everyone to call Shawn. If you are looking to buy or sell a home, call Shawn, he's the best! Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
02/06/2013
user53753724
Helped me buy home
Shawn stuck with us through one failed deal and helped us negotiate through another that closed very smoothly. We would recommend him to anyone looking to buy a new home. One thing in particular that we appreciated was the fact that once we told him our price range, he tried very hard to keep us within that range and never recommended properties that exceeded that range. He was always responsive, very prompt, and always courteous.
Highly likely to recommend
01/24/2013
user00683457
Helped me buy home
We were very happy to have Shawn McDonald work with us to buy our home. Shawn scheduled all meetings and interactions at our convenience after work and on weekends. Shawn provided us with outstanding advice throughout the buying process. Shawn promptly returned all phone calls and had multiple homes for our us to view that were in our price range and within our desired location. He worked hard, illustrated a great understanding of contract details, negotiation etiquette and documentation. We were able to find our new home within 30 days! We are confident that the reason we were able to find our new home, work through inspections and close quickly were due to Shawn's expertise. We really appreciate Shawn's reassurance and expert advice throughout the entire process. Shawn is an outstanding professional and exceeded all our expectations! Kevin and Mandy Brandt Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
01/18/2013
user0407776
Listed and sold a home
Having bought and sold several expensive homes, Shawn is one of the most knowledgeable, courteous and professional realtors with whom I have worked. But above all Shawn is a great communicator.
Highly likely to recommend
01/17/2013
user3988978
Helped me buy and sell homes
I had the pleasure of dealing with Mr. Shawn McDonald twice in the purchasing and selling of the same home. Several years ago Shawn helped me get into the home of my dreams, unfortunately as the economy made its turn I was forced to sell my home and move out of state a few years later. The house was on the market for a time due to the unforseen changes, but Shawn was able to come up with the right strategies to sell our home to the right buyer at the right price which was good for both of us. If Shawn was able to find and sell us our next home in another state the choice would have already been made. Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
10/17/2012
user1260049
Helped me buy home
Upon arrival in Florida we had four days to find a home and wanted to be under contract before leaving. We had been communicating via email for more than six months. Not knowing the area, Mr. McDonald spent three days taking us from one end of the county to the other. We looked at new homes, existing, and met with builders to consider building. When all was said and done we left the area under contract with the home of our dreams. I would highly recommend Mr. McDonald to anyone seeking to purchase a home. Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
10/15/2012
user762275
Helped me buy home
We were new to the Lakeland area and Shawn did a nice job of orientation. He knows the market well, listens and responds to your needs. Was very helpful in sorting out much information which led to a good purchasing decision. We would welcome having Shawn represent us again for ourselves or family.
Highly likely to recommend
10/08/2012
user5115930
Helped me buy home
Unlike other Realtors I had dealt with, Shawn actually listened to my wife and I, and found us a house that we could readily afford. I tried to explain to my previous realtor the difference between what I 'could' afford and what I 'should' afford but he didn't seem to get it. It was "highest price possible with at guy. Shawn was the exact opposite in every way. Not only that, Shawn negotiated with the bank and got me an even better deal than originally presented to me. If / When it comes times to buy another house, Shawn will be the first person I go to. Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
08/13/2012
user2152872
Helped me buy home
This was our first home purchase and first time working with an agent. Shawn more than exceeded our expectations and he was great to work with. Shawn helped us get the new construction home we were looking for and I look forward to working with him again!
Highly likely to recommend
07/02/2012
user7048242
Helped me buy home
Shawn was very responsive to our needs and sensitive to the fact that we were there from another state and had a short time frame to view homes. The homes we saw the first day were disappointing but Shawn suggested changing our search criteria and we found something the very next day!
Highly likely to recommend
01/27/2012
Flmommyof4
Helped me buy home
Shawn was the best realtor. After we were very frustrated with our first realtor Shawn came in and saved the day...literally! I told Shawn what our budget was and the size of house we wanted and he called me back a few hours later with 4 house choices. He kept all the houses within budget and size. After looking at the 4 choices and not really falling in love with any of them, he showed us a model home. We loved the neighborhood but just knew we could never afford to build a house. After talking with Shawn and the office manager, we quickly found out Shawn is a great negotiator and he talked the price down to where we needed it! That very day we signed the papers to start building our very first home! Of course we hit a few bumps along the way (mostly mortgage issues) but Shawn was always just a phone call away, and always made the problem disappear! If we ever decide to move out of our beautiful new built home ( which I doubt will ever happern), we will call Shawn first and allow him to assist us in selling it and buying our next house! Our Experience with Shawn was the most professional and sincere we had seen in a long time! Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
01/10/2012
Jason4444
Helped me buy home
I recently purchased a vacant parcel of property through Shawn as the realtor for the seller. Having never purchased vacant land before I was a little cautious.However, I was very pleased with Shawn from the beginning negotiations all the way through the closing. There were a few bumps in the road (none of which could have been forseen or were anyones fault), and Shawn handeled them all in a timely and professional manner. He answered any questions that I had quickly and helped me establish relationships with local builders and banks for my future homebuilding experience. After closing and still to this day I would recommend Shawn to anyone looking to buy or sell land/home. My experience with Shawn as a realtor exceeded my expectations. Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
12/30/2011
Shawns House
Helped me buy home
Shawn helped me through a very long process of trying to find the perfect house. Once we did find the house, it turned out to be a short sale that took forever. Not because of Shawn but because of the sellers bank. Shawn stayed in constat touch with the sellers realtor and gave me weekly and sometimes daily reports as to where things were. When little hickups arose, they were dealt with quickly and efficiently. During the time I was trying to buy a house, Shawn also helped my parents buy a house that went very fast and very smooth. I would highly recommend Shawn for any realty needs. Should I ever sell this house, Shawn will be my first choice. Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
12/29/2011
LPhegwood
Listed and sold a home
Shawn was undoubtedly the best thing that happened to my family when trying to sell our home. Shawn was responsive, knowledgeable and not afraid to push the envelope to get top dollar for my home. He has high ethical standards and uses exceptional analytical skills to create a plan for action that maximizes the outcome for all involved. Lastly, Shawn?s local knowledge and relationships allow him to navigate any situation. I highly recommend Shawn and his skills to represent you on either the seller or buyer side of the business. If my family and I had not moved out of the area I would use Shawn exclusively. Consider yourself lucky to have an option like Shawn for your real-estate needs. Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
11/17/2011
Sholder8
Helped me buy home
Shawn goes above & beyond in his assistance. I have purchased several properties with him as well as leased properties with him, he has never let me down and always given me great advice & direction and is always still around AFTER the close. I will only use Shawn for any of my real estate needs!
Maybe recommend
10/18/2011
Jimmy133
Helped me buy home
Shawn was recommended to me by my son, Scott Reed, after I explained to Scott that there was a certain piece of property in Lakeland that I wanted to investigate for purchase, but was not able to personally visit the property. Short story is, due to the efforts of both Scott and Shawn my wife and I was able to purchase the property in a very efficient and timely manner. Shawn is truly a Real Estate Professional and I very much enjoyed working with him.
Highly likely to recommend
10/14/2011
mmrich08
Helped me buy home
This was our first experience dealing with a realtor and Shawn was great. He explained everything to us and was very quick to respond when we had a question or a concern. We will definitely use him again the next time we are in the market!
Highly likely to recommend
09/08/2011
caltherock
Helped me buy home
Shawn helped us purchase our dream home. He made the home buying process as painless as possible. We were always informed and he was always available for answering any of our questions, before and after the sale. We would highly recommend Shawn to all our friends and family. Thanks, Chris & Elizabeth
Highly likely to recommend
08/09/2011
Pat1935
Helped me buy home
Shawn was our son's realtor and he stepped in to assist us with our home purchase. He was very accomodating, friendly and polite. We appreciate all he did to help us secure our home.
Highly likely to recommend
07/26/2011
ashleyyoung1979
Helped me buy home
Shawn was a wonderful and highly experienced agent to work with. He helped us to find our very first home over 6 years ago. So when it was time to upgrade and purchase another home, we called Shawn without hesitation. If you want an honest, experienced and efficient real estate agent, I would highly recommend Shawn McDonald. It was a pleasure working with him!
Highly likely to recommend
07/14/2011
misfortuneo1
Helped me buy home
Shawn assisted me in buying my first home. He was always available to answer my questions and went above and beyond the job description. I am so glad that I had him as a guide as I went through the process. I would definently reccomend his services to potential buyers and sellers.
Highly likely to recommend
06/12/2011
Walthev
Helped me buy home
I highly recommend Shawn McDonald. He assisted us with the purchase of a forclosure and went above and beyond from beginning to end. We would definitely use Shawn for any of our future real estate transactions.
Highly likely to recommend
05/31/2011
Jenndave
Helped me buy home
We recently used Shawn as our agent to purchase a new home. He was wonderful from beginning to end. We felt like Shawn gave us 100% all the time and was always extremely professional. Whenever we had a question and called him, he always got back with us immediately. We have already recommended him to friends and would use him again when buying/selling a home. David and Jennifer Campbell