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. 

Karin offers Mortgage Origination to add value to her existing and new clients. She can help you with your Mortgage Needs.  Karin Heitmann NMLS #2106245 with Rocket Mortgage NMLS #3030. 

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.

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Highly likely to recommend

“My wife and I worked with Karin to find a home in Englewood. We told Karin what we wanted, she listened, and led us right to it. Karin helped us with our offer which was accepted among, we were told, 8 competing offers. We've purchased many homes over the years but this was our first in Florida. Karin walked us through start to finish. It was a remarkably smooth transaction because of Karin's professionalism, experience, and genuine caring. We highly recommend Karin Heitmann! Thank you, Karin!”

Englewood, FL

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“Being a first time home buyer can be scary and a little nerve wrecking, but Karin Heitman and her wonderful services made the experience very easy from start to finish. Karin is very professional and was always very quick to respond to any questions that came up. She was able to help me secure my first home, and did such a wonderful job I recommended her to my parents who were also in the market to find a new home.

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

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“Karin was wonderful to work with! We were interested in a "For Sale by Owner" property. Coming from out of state to view homes was a challenge since we had a short window of time to spend looking plus it was during COVID so there were a lot of logistical challenges. She took charge for us. She lined up the showings, had extra masks and hand sanitizer for us, and answered all the questions we had about Rotonda. She even handled the contract negotiations and communications with the seller through closing. Karin made the entire process that much easier! Thank you Karin!”

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“I met Karin almost 8 years ago when I first moved to Florida at a law firm I was working at. Over these years Karin has shared her real estate expertise with me from her side of the buying and selling process. She is extremely knowledgeable, very helpful and a joy to work with on transactions. When I see her name pop up it always puts a smile on my face.”


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“Karin has consistently been an excellent communicator, extremely pleasant and helpful and works very hard for her clients. She always goes above and beyond.”

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“Thank you Karin!!!!! Finding the right new home is hard enough, but as a resident of New Hampshire, living in a no-hoa, non deed-restricted neighborhood there was no limit as to how many pets you had or what type of pets you had! When I started my search for a new home in the Venice, Northport, Fl area we just assumed we could move in anywhere with my 7 pets!!! As I searched the internet I found as I read through the listings I came across the "pets allowed" Yes or No and "# of Pets allowed" My heart dropped into my stomach when I saw that there was a limit? AND....the limit was way below the amount that I had.
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!!!!!”

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“Karin is an amazing person. She went above and beyond during our house's selling process. I will highly recommend her for any of your real estate needs.”

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“Dear Karin, you have no idea how much we appreciated all you did for us. From finding the perfect place to all the time and work you have done in helping get the mortgage through. Looking forward to a lot of new memories and hope to include you in them!!”