Licensed Real Estate Broker, Realtor
A little about me
Originally from Konstanz, a harbor town in Germany, Karin relocated to Englewood in 2000. Her travels in the early 1990' brought her and Jan, her husband to Florida. They fell in love with our beautiful area.
In Germany, Karin worked for 15 years as a pharmaceutical sales representative for Glaxo Smith Kline and Solvey Pharmaceuticals. She brings many years of sales and marketing experience to her real estate career.
Upon her arrival in Englewood, FL, Karin worked for the largest Immigration Law Firm in Sarasota. After getting her feet wet, she wanted to work independently again; therefore, she decided to run her own business and started a mortgage brokerage from scratch.
Karin helped many international and relocation clients achieve their dream of owning a vacation home in Florida. She seamlessly guided her customers through the mortgage process from loan pre-qualification to the closing. In 2003 Karin earned her Real Estate License. Her comprehensive knowledge of the home buying experience from the lending side makes her uniquely qualified to help her customers navigate the home buying process.
2013 Karin and her husband Jan started their own Real Estate Company and Bay Breeze Intl. Realty was born. Her commitment to excellence, integrity, and positive customer experience is her main goal.
She is a member of the Sarasota Global Business Council and Broker/Owner of Bay Breeze International Realty.
She and her husband live with their two cats. In her spare time, she enjoys kayaking, biking, walking the beach, and practicing yoga.
Our clients are awesome
and here is what they are saying
Karin helped my elderly parents feel very comfortable and could not be happier to have met such a professional and caring individual to help them purchase their new home. We are now in the process of having Karing help us with selling the old home and could not think of a better person to work with. If you are new to the area or are needing somebody you can trust to help you find the home of your dreams I would highly recommend using Karin Heitman for your real estate needs. She truly loves her job and does a great job.”
Port Charlotte, FL
Krista & Peter Jennings
Nikki Vantilburg at Stewart Title Company, Englewood
So I persisted and did searches on pet friendly communities, no restriction pet communities, etc. etc. I was just about to give up when I happened across a blog about home buyers and pets and finding a pet friendly community and the issues that go along with that. The blog was had so much great information and was so full of empathy and compassion for pets and their people I emailed her right away! She got back to me immediately and was so helpful and optimistic although she certainly was surprised when I said I had 7 pets! But she totally got it. I told her my plan about moving but it wasn't happening for a year. We texted back and forth for a long time and I finally realized that SHE was the agent that was going to find me my home WITH my pets! Karin was amazing, that's putting it mildly! She worked with me even though it was so early in the process, she understood that these things take time to find the right home and that I had to sell my home but wasn't selling til the time was right. I did a lot of looking on my own just to get an idea of what I liked. At first I said well, I liked a particular community but they only allow a max of 3 pets so no big deal, i only have 4 extra whose going to know? She explained to me very nicely that I could do what I wanted but she advised against that due to the fact that if I was found out it would be a serious problem since they would boot me out or I would have to boot my pets out! Well, that made me realize that I couldn't go that route. We discussed different areas, communities. She did all the work to help me find the perfect place for me and my pets. She called the HOA of each community that I liked and called again and got it in writing and absolutely made sure that they would welcome me and my family. All 9 of us! She worked so hard for me because she is an animal lover herself and it's wonderful to have someone like this to work with you who totally gets it and knows all the pitfalls of pet restrictions in an HOA community. In additon to all this, she is kind, warm, caring, funny, personable and beyond professional! She is very intelligent and spot on with the information she will give you. I say she was the pefect person for the job I gave her!!! Your not just another buyer....you feel special because she treats you that way. She will always get back to you whether you call or email her sooner than later. If she is delayed she will let you know. She will never let you down and will always be there to answer your questions. I started out feeling doomed and that I would never get out of the Northeast! Finally after months and months of lookiing and talking with her and learning so much form karin, we picked a few homes we wanted to see and then made the trip down. She showed us the communities that she had narrowed it down to according to my pet needs. It was a wonderful experience meeting her; as if we had known here forever.....We knew we were going to be "home" soon! We wanted to go back the next day to see one home again, and we made an appointment to meet at the home. All this work when she knew we couldn't actually put an offer in yet but was happy to show us anyway. Well, as luck had it, our home sold 2 months later and the day we went under contract we put an offer in to the home and well, here we are in our dream home in Venice Fla, with all our pets and we couldn't be happier!!!!!”