Kara Landiss

12 years of work experience
Prudential Shimmering Sands Realty
123 E. Gulf Beach Dr.
Saint George Island, FL, 32328
(850) 397-4712

Ratings & reviews (35)

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Highly likely to recommend
06/03/2014
zuser20140603093839507
Listed and sold a home
Kara Landiss is probably the most informed agent on Saint George Island. She knows what is going on with all of the area real estate, not just her company's listings. She makes time to keep up with other agents and is, therefore, able to get a customer into anything property they are interested in. On top of that Kara knows how to keep the communication between buyer and seller on a positive note. We used Kara as our agent when we bought the Saint George Island house. It was a Short Sale headed for Foreclosure at the time. AND, we used her again when we decided to sell 4 years later. We sold to people from Tennessee and the entire process was smooth as can be. The new owners first bid on the house was low. We had decided what we needed to sell the property so the negotiating began. After a little back and forth on price we got the price we wanted and closed in less than 30 days. What is amazing is that Kara was handling the property for some other Island agents who had the listing but were out of town but we always felt she doing everything JUST FOR US :-) Kara Landiss is a special person and if I ever buy or sell in her area again she will be the person we'll use. Lydia Giordano Less ... More
Response fromKara Landiss
Lydia, thank you for the accolades! I loved helping you buy and sell your island home. We sure do miss having you here, I hope you'll come visit again soon! Thank you again, Kara
Highly likely to recommend
04/26/2014
cshadel7
Listed and sold a home
Kara is very professional and responds quickly to calls and questions. She is very knowledgeable and up-to-date on everything affecting Saint George Island real estate. We enjoyed working with her on the sale of our lot.
Response fromKara Landiss
Thank you Sue & Chuck, I really appreciate your business! Next we focus on getting your house sold :-)!
Highly likely to recommend
01/09/2014
FM2Bornot
Helped me buy home
Kara Landiss was our realtor in the purchase of a house on the lovely St George Island. We are Brits - and could only visit occasionally from the UK. Kara was diligent, tolerant, incredibly helpful and somehow understood all the extra problems that faced us as alien buyers. She showed us various properties, was patient with our indecision, knew all there was to be knowed about the houses we saw, was sympathetic to our concerns, constantly came back with new ideas and ways of looking at a situation. Above all she was good fun, and we loved spending time with her. The purchase was very smooth, and since the purchase, she has continued to be really helpful... taking delivery of items we send from the UK, advising us about builders and local services, popping over to the house to check the odd thing. Can't recommend her highly enough. Gold star. Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
10/26/2013
killearnhome
Listed and sold a home
After deciding to purchase a beach house, we contacted Kara on the recommendation of a friend familiar with St George Island. Kara was knowledgeable and always very responsive, showing us homes whenever we could manage to drive to the coast. After finding "the one" she negotiated the contract and saw us through an easy closing. In the year since, Kara has continued to be a valuable resource, helping us connect with local contractors and tradesmen as we personalize our cute little second home. We definitely recommend Kara, and will use her again when we decide to expand our island dream! Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
10/23/2013
tara craft
Helped me buy and sell homes
Kara has been wonderful to work with. She is friendly, knowledgeable and most importantly, easy to reach and quick to return calls. We used her to purchase a home and have another listed with her. I have never before been as happy with a realtor and would highly recommend her to anyone.
Response fromKara Landiss
Thank you Tara! I really enjoyed working with you and Mike in finding your Apalach home. I know you'll make it a showplace! I look forward to seeing you your next trip down.
Highly likely to recommend
10/22/2013
user7914456
Helped me buy home
It was a pleasure working with Kara. I never felt pressured and I always felt like she was being very honest whenever I ask for her personal opinion or with any questions I had.
Highly likely to recommend
10/22/2013
doilesue
Listed and sold a home
We were very pleased with Kara. We could always get in touch with her by phone or email..She is very professional and knows the area very well..She kept us informed of all the showings and other interest in our property..I would definitely recommend Kara.
Highly likely to recommend
10/21/2013
dacar66
Helped me buy and sell homes
Kara showed me a home on the river in Carrabelle, Florida. It was perfect for me at the time but before I could get retired and move my life changed. I found I needed to give up this home and wait a few more years.Kara sold the house and I have a Condo on the market as well.
Response fromKara Landiss
Dave, I'm happy we were able to get your home sold so that you could move on to bigger and better things! Now our sole focus is to sell your riverfront condo! Kara
Highly likely to recommend
10/21/2013
marty wagner3
Helped me buy home
Working with Kara was a true pleasure; no hard sell or pressure tactics at all. She has in depth knowledge of the area and properties. Through Kara, we were able to purchase a marvelous house with a very competitive price. I would not hesitate recommending Kara to family or friends. She is as good as they get!
Response fromKara Landiss
Thank you Marty, I knew our hard work and perseverance would land you a great island home! So happy to have you as friends and neighbors :-). Kara
Highly likely to recommend
08/08/2013
user63099108
Showed me homes
Kara Landiss has raised the standard for real estate agents. Not only was she there throughout the entire process, from looking at homes to closing, she even continued to provide incredible service long after the contracts had been signed, when there was no further financial incentive to do so. Even while on vacation in California she kept in contact to make sure I was made to feel welcome into the community. I lucked out when I stumbled upon Kara. I can't imagine a more pleasant and painless real estate experience. Less ... More
Response fromKara Landiss
Allan, the community is happy to have you! Thank you for your kind words. Kara
Highly likely to recommend
06/20/2013
user9755330
Listed and sold a home
Kara sold our home on St. George Island, Florida. She was always available by phone and or email which was great since we do not live locally. Her innovative marketing skills were impressive since our home sold at a great price in only months.
Highly likely to recommend
06/14/2013
user3447471
Helped me buy home
Kara is very knowledgeable of the area. she is easy to work with and really tunes in to what u are looking for, not just what is available at that time, and will seek it out. We bought our lot, will build our home and live on an island what most people only dream of.
Response fromKara Landiss
Ro & Jeff, We look forward to you building your home and relocating fulltime! Come on down...SGI is waiting for you! Kara
Highly likely to recommend
06/14/2013
BettyLouDouglas
Listed and sold a home
Absolutely, without a doubt, the best realtor that we have dealt with. Kara was always there to answer any question we had. Our house was only on the market 19 days! That says a lot for a slowly emerging market! She not only posted pictures on her website, but also had a video made and posted within a week.
Highly likely to recommend
05/17/2013
vslavov
Helped me buy home
Kara assisted us in acquiring several properties on St. George Island since 2011. She has been of tremendous help throughout the research and purchasing process. Kara always responds to questions and requests in a timely fashion and provides relevant information based on her knowledge of the market and extensive network of local resources. I would not hesitate to recommend her expertise to anyone interested in purchasing or selling a property in the area.
Response fromKara Landiss
Thank you Vlado! I look forward to seeing you, Meltem & Sophie on your next visit to the island. I really appreciate your faith in the work I do! Kara
Highly likely to recommend
04/24/2013
user8142245
Helped me buy home
Kara is incredibly competent in all stages of real estate transactions. She is one of the very few people that I would trust implicitly concerning matters sight unseen. Kara has a conscience and wonderful sense of fairness that generates trust from all parties involved.
Highly likely to recommend
04/22/2013
user17531597
Listed and sold a home
Kara did an excellent job selling our property.. She had an offer within two weeks, and when they did not qualify, she got a better offer two weeks later. She has a great knowledge of the area and is very professional. I would be happy to reccomend her to anyone.
Response fromKara Landiss
Thank you David! It was a pleasure working with you and Kacelle. I hope you'll stop by to say hi next time you're down. Kara
Highly likely to recommend
04/22/2013
user3063705
Helped me buy home
We worked with Kara over a period of several years before we bought our home. She never treated us as unlikely purchasers and was very good about responding to our inquiries. She spent time showing us properties even when she knew we were not yet in a position to buy. She is very personable, and competent. We have purchased several homes over the years and our experience with Kara is by far the best of them all. We would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone.
Response fromKara Landiss
Thank you Julie & Bob! Your bay front home suits you to a "T"! I hear you're out kayaking every day the weather permits...that's island life at it's finest! See you soon, Kara
Highly likely to recommend
04/21/2013
user45506291
Helped me buy home
Buying property in another city can be trying. It is not just the negation for the price, but all the other aspects of a property purchase that really makes a local realtor worth their salt. Kara was professional and very helpful through the entire process. Never making us feel pushed one way or another, but quick to help point out the differences. When ever a question came up, Kara was on top of it, and doing whatever was necessary to keep the process moving. Now I not only count her as a professional realtor, but as a true friend. There are many great realtors in the area, but Kara really sticks out as a local professional. Less ... More
Response fromKara Landiss
Hal, you and Susan were meant to be island property owners...I was just waiting for you to come to those terms :-)! We're thrilled to have you as neighbors. Thank you for your nice recommendation. Kara
Highly likely to recommend
04/21/2013
user4246541
Helped me buy home
Kara helped us buy a short sale house and then went far above and beyond to help expedite the sale. She helped us get into the house that we just love and made a potentially stressful sales process totally reasonable - cutting through the red tape whenever she could and keeping us informed every step of the way. After the sale, she was a wonderful source of information about repairmen, utilities, community services etc.. I cannot recommend Kara highly enough!
Response fromKara Landiss
Thank you so much Kay! I hope you and Richard are enjoying being a part of our wonderful community! I look forward to seeing you soon. Kara *You got a terrific deal on your home! SO nice to see short sales working these days...
Highly likely to recommend
04/06/2013
user0047845
Helped me buy home
Bonnie and I  thank you for your efforts on our behalf related to our recent home search on St. George Island, FL.  After some careful examination of our hearts and pockets, we have come to the decision that now is not the best time for such a purchase.   You have been cooperative and helpful in every way, and I know your professionalism, knowledge of the area, and cheerful attitude will continue to give you good success, as well as win you many friends! We know you have done so many extra things for us and really hate to let this go. We will be glad to sing your praises for any homebuyer interested in looking for property on St George Island.   Gratefully, Bonnie and Walter Catching Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
07/30/2012
fullmoon.doucette
Helped me buy home
Frist of all, we wouldn't have found or purchased this property without Kara. She's a very energetic, personable and agent with a lot of skills. We met Kara when down for a visit to Apalachicola. We had had some casual conversations prior to our trip and decided to give her a call concerning some property she had mentioned to us. With very short notice she managed to schedule showing for us. (Note: Lynn and I also indicated to Kara that we were just viewing property with the hope of a purchase down the road. However that didn't seem to dampen her efforts or make her shy away because of our unlikely interest to buy at this time. ) After meeting with Kara at the property we immediately took a liking to her. She showed the property and gave us detailed information on the history of the past owners and its' features. After viewing the property, my wife and I thanked Kara for her assistance and indicated that we still weren't in a position to pursue a purchase. Kara thanked us and let us know she was still available to help and inform us of other properties that might be of interest. After a few days of family discussion, we realized the property's potential and decided to contact Kara for a second visit which she again accommodated. The second tour was what we needed to decide to make an offer, and we did! This is where Kara really kicks in by making it happen. First, she got us pre-approved in a matter of 2 hour's so we could make the offer. Second, she stepped us through the process and started us down the path in order to make the official offer which we eventually did. Well, to make a long story short, after a second competitive offer it was accepted. A long month of work involving insurance brokers, roof repair, loan mortgage, house inspections, survey and the ugly title company in Plantation , Fl. making us do the closing twice, we eventually succeeded! Kara was actively involved in the process the whole way and her very reliable sources in: ? Loan pre-qualification ? Property inspection ? Insurance broker ? Local attorney ? Local Roofer I believe we're very fortunate to have made contact with Kara and we are very excited in our house in Apalachicola. Kara definitely gave us her best as a realtor. So if you're in interested in property in the Apalachicola or St. George area I would highly recommend giving Kara a call. You won?t be disappointed. Michael & Lynn Doucette Less ... More
Response fromKara Landiss
Lynn & Michael, I really appreciate your accolades. It is rewarding to me when I'm able to 'marry' the perfect property with the perfect buyer(s) and I think we all succeeded with your purchase! You are owners of a great 'Apalachicola getaway' located 2 minutes from the River, 10 minutes from the Apalachicola Bay and 20 minutes from the beautiful beach on St. George Island! Congratulations and thanks again for your confidence in me. Hope to see you soon! Kara
Highly likely to recommend
05/09/2012
user573773
Helped me buy home
Kara helped our family through the process of finding the best house for us, she was always available when we had questions. She is so knowledgable about the area and was wonderful to work with! Resourceful and went above and beyond! She is still helping us with recommendations. So fortunate to have met her :-)
Response fromKara Landiss
I am so glad you chose me as your Realtor and now thankful to have ya'll as 'neighbors'! Welcome to SGI - let's get together to celebrate next time you all are down! Hope to see you soon :-) Kara
Highly likely to recommend
05/02/2012
user6307749
Helped me buy home
We met Kara 4 years earlier and came back to SGI many times to look at property. She was always extreamly helpful and even after years of no sale, she continued to be a wonderful agent. I could not think of anyone else I would want more to act as my agent.
Highly likely to recommend
10/17/2011
heather121
Helped me buy home
Kara was always willing to help me with any questions or concerns that I had during the process of buying my townhome. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for property in the area!
Highly likely to recommend
09/26/2011
cashplusconnect
Showed me homes
She is an excellent agent. I highly recommend her to anyone looking for a home or any real estate needs. Judy Loy, TN
Response fromKara Landiss
Thank you Judy! Kara
Highly likely to recommend
09/08/2011
yvette14
Helped me buy home
My husband and I recently purchased real estate through Kara Landiss of Shimmering Sands Realty on St. George Island. Kara is a one of a kind realtor and special person...She goes over and beyond for her profession.. If you want to find a special place and a special realtor..Call Kara Landiss on St. George Island, Florida
Response fromKara Landiss
Thank you Yvette & Mitch, I enjoyed working with you & I'm glad to know that you're happy with your purchase. Let me know the next time you 'sneak away' from the everyday grind and head to the island for some rest & relaxation! The fish are biting & the weather's perfect! See you soon! Kara
Highly likely to recommend
09/08/2011
Gdohert
Helped me buy home
Kara is the best! I work at a small liberal arts college in Georgia. I always tell my students I may not know the answers to all of their questions, but I can almost always help them find the answers. That's how Kara was for us. She definitely goes above and beyond to help her clients. We were amazed at how many people we have met in Apalachicola who know Kara. And they all seem to hold her in high regard as much as we do. She has a sincere respect for the area and the people. We love Kara and will definitely be recommending her every chance we get! And now we are on our way toward building our dream home. We thank you so much Kara! Gayle (and Jim) Doherty Less ... More
Response fromKara Landiss
Gayle, thanks for the nice review. After looking high & low for the perfect property, we finally found it! I drove by your lots the other day & they've already taken down the structure & cleaned up the lots - they look beautiful! I am so glad to have you in our community! Kara
Highly likely to recommend
09/07/2011
SGIowner
Helped me buy home
Kara knows the local market very well. Zoning, insurance, and utilities questions were answered promptly. She worked with other agents in a proactive manner to help me find a property. She helped arranged a survey and the closing with no issues. This had to be the easiest property transaction I have ever been involved with.
Highly likely to recommend
06/23/2011
Liljeanne01
Helped me buy home
The purchase of our home was very complex, to say the least, as there were multiple bidders, it was a bank owned home and required us to go through the bidding process many times. We absolutely could not have navigated this without Kara. She was on the job 24/7 it seemed and advised us every step of the way. Even if an update happened at 10 o'clock at night she would call us right away. My family now considers her a very dear friend. I would not make another move in the real estate market without her. Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
06/08/2011
possumandy
Helped me buy home
Kara helped us find a great house that fit our needs and desires on St George Island. She is friendly and open and listens to her clients.
Response fromKara Landiss
I enjoyed working with you all and helping you purchase your dream home at the beach! See you next time you get down to the island!
Highly likely to recommend
06/06/2011
montew
Helped me buy and sell homes
My husband and I have bought quite a lot of real estate over the years and Kara Landiss is ,by far, the best real estate agent we have ever had. She is a genuine, honest, and reliable. We highly recommend this agent for your real estate needs. Dr. & Mrs. Monte W. Phillips
Highly likely to recommend
06/06/2011
GiaKhanh
Helped me buy home
I had known Kara since 2005 and she is always looking out for our best interest. She would goes out of her way to check out the lot for us, ensure the survey, and title were correct when we bought a lot in the Forgotten Coast Areas.
Highly likely to recommend
06/05/2011
kristifair
Helped me buy home
Kara is fantastic at her job, and personable too. She works tirelessly to be sure that the client finds what he/she is looking for, and that you get the best deal possible. I cannot imagine anyone else on SGI holding a candle to her.
Highly likely to recommend
06/03/2011
jpetitt
Helped me buy home
Kara was very professional and helpful with getting us the deal that we wanted. She has since became a close personal friend of with we feel fortunate to have. They don't come any better!
Highly likely to recommend
01/14/2011
jsmithson
Helped me buy home
Kara went way out of her to help us during the purchasing experience and still continues to be helpful in so many ways. She is very knowledgeable and takes care of business promptly. I would definitely use Kara as my agent to sale my home or to purchase another.