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The History of Coldwell Banker in the Florida Keys

Coldwell Banker was founded 100 years ago in San Francisco in the aftermath of the 1906 earthquake by Colbert Coldwell and later Benjamin Banker.  Today, Coldwell Banker has more than 3,900 offices and over 126,000 sales associates across North America, Central America, Mexico, Europe, China, and the Caribbean.

Schmitt Real Estate Florida Co. was started in 1955 by Alan G. Schmitt in Marathon.  He came to the Keys as General Manager for Phil Sadowski’s Key Colony Beach developments when today’s canal front subdivisions were literally being pumped in with dredges.

In 1980, an office was opened in Big Pine Key.  In 1983, Alan’s son, Brian C. Schmitt became the Broker and in 1987 the company affiliated with Coldwell Banker.  In 1995, a Key West office was added. 

Today, Coldwell Banker Schmitt Real Estate Co. has five offices and 150 agents from Key Largo to Key West with residential, commercial and property management specialists to serve you. Coldwell Banker Schmitt Real Estate Co. is not only the oldest real estate company serving the Keys, having been established in 1955, we've been the #1 company for listings and sales across the Keys since 2004 due to our Every Day Until It is Sold marketing program.  We're one of 67 Coldwell Banker companies out of 650 in North America named to the elite “Chairman’s Circle” company designation for 2021 based upon overall agent sales production. We're ranked 1st among 32 affiliate companies in Florida.

Commercial Division

Our mission is to provide you with comprehensive, professional marketing, valuation, leasing and sales skills to realize your goals in the buying, selling or leasing of businesses and commercial Keys Florida real estate.

We represent buyers and sellers, bringing our long standing knowledge of the market and a lengthy list of successful transactions to the effort - from large shopping centers to small businesses and leaseholds.

As developers, owners, and managers of over 175,000 sq. ft. of commercial rental and institutional space in the Keys, we have a unique perspective on the commercial marketplace.  We also have represented tenants and landlords in lease negotiations from short term office leases to 50-year supermarket tenancies.  We are your primary resource for business and commercial real estate from Key Largo to Key West!

Residential Division

We guarantee to provide buyers and sellers with the services necessary to effect the purchase or sale of their residential property. Our signed 23-point guarantee puts into writing those services.

With 67 years in business in the Keys we are uniquely capable of counseling you concerning market value and how best to deal with negotiations, inspections, financing, etc. to effect a successful closing of your transaction.

We have the largest inventory of residential properties in The Keys ranging from small Conch cottages to oceanfront estates. Our exclusive Luxury Island Properties® program is specially designed to market upper-tier homes through a worldwide network, and our Luxury Island Properties agents are specifically trained to handle vacation and second-home transactions.

When you list your residence with Coldwell Banker, you’re guaranteed global exposure through our website, coldwellbanker.com, and hundreds of others on which your listing will appear through our listing distribution partnerships. Thousands of prospective buyers have access to information about your property 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by visiting the site at coldwellbanker.com and our company website, RealEstateFloridaKeys.com

Coldwell Banker has consistently been ranked the #1 real estate franchise in America and enjoys a brand awareness figure of 90+ percent putting it in the same realm as America's best known brands.  We work hard every day to continue that tradition. If you are planning to buy or sell a property in the Keys, Florida, visit our website or get in touch with one of our realtors in the Florida Keys.

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