Florida’s Premier Boutique Real Estate Agency
Celebrating 20 successful years in business!

About us

shirley Shirley J. Dabringhaus – Broker – Owner
Fax: 941-927-2740

* BA Degree- University of Illinois
* ABR– Accredited Buyer Representative
* CIPS– Certified International Property Specialist
* CNE – Certified Negotiation Expert
* e-PRO– Internet Professionalism
* GRI– Graduate REALTOR® Institute
* TRC– Transnational Referral Certification
* Licensed in the State of Florida since 1988
* Fluent in French and German
* http://www.Immobel.com/sunsetrealty
* Eleven Year – Five Star Real Estate Award Winner

Shirley is known in the Real Estate community for her honesty, integrity and professional friendliness.  She enjoys helping people.  Today’s market offers many challenges.  Her experience, continuous involvement and knowledge of the market, make her a wise choice.  She loves showing off Sarasota, from its dazzling waterfront communities and exciting Downtown to its sprawling ranches and manicured country clubs.  It is a place Shirley proudly calls home.

carolynallen Carolyn Allen
Fax: 941-927-2740

*BA University of Florida
*MA University of South Florida

Carolyn grew up in Sarasota and attended the University of Florida and the University of South Florida, earning a B.A. in Business Education, M.A. in Guidance and Counseling, and certification in Educational Leadership.  Her 38 years in education as a teacher, guidance counselor, middle school administrator, and district office supervisor have provided her with experiences that easily transfer to helping her clients with all their real estate needs.  She has been married to her husband, Paul, an electrical engineer, for 32 years, and they have two sons.  Her oldest son, a former U.S. Marine and Iraqi Freedom veteran, is a University of South Florida graduate currently pursuing a second degree in civil engineering.  Her younger son, a University of Florida graduate, is currently finishing his Masters degree in Marine Biology in Australia.Carolyn not only knows the Sarasota area, but has a thorough understanding of most areas within the greater Tampa Bay region, especially Hillsborough and Pasco Counties.  Her enthusiastic and ‘can do’ attitude definitely help to fulfill all of her clients’ real estate dreams!

diana Diana Andersen
Fax: 941-922-3877

Diana is very happy to be part of the Sunset Realty Team.  She is a licensed sales associate and also has her real estate appraiser license.  She has been involved in real estate activities since April of 1987, starting as a sales associate in Fort Myers.  In 1992, she moved to Sarasota to raise her daughter.  Diana is a State Certified Appraiser since 1992 and a FHA Certified Appraiser since 1997, as well as a FHA Certified Appraiser for the past ten years.  She does single family, condominium, land, small income (2-4 family) reports, retrospectives, and review appraisals.

bill_bastek William “Bill” Bastek
Fax: 941-927-2740

* BS Degree– Rider University

Jurgen William Bastek, better known as “Bill”, was born in Germany and came to the USA at the age of 3.  He graduated from Rider University in Lawrenceville, N.J. with a BS degree in Commerce.  Bill has 37 years experience in the Finance and Banking industry.  He retired as VP after 25 years with Northern Trust Bank in Sarasota where he has resided since 1981, along with his wife, Patty and their two children, Ryan and Mary. Oh, let’s not forget the dog, Chewy!  Bill earned his Real Estate license in November 2010 and is enjoying his association with Sunset Realty.

bill_bastek Venus Belger
Fax: 941-927-2740

* Fluent in Spanish

After a 20 year career in law enforcement, Venus and her husband, Robert, moved to Venice five years ago. They fell in love with Venice after an extensive search of the west coast and have been singing its praises ever since. So much so, that they’ve had numerous friends and family members move to the area from out of state!

Venus has a keen eye, having bought, renovated, decorated, and sold properties of her own. Her friendly professionalism, love of real estate and the Venice area, make her the right person to help you find your own slice of paradise.

James-Belter James (Jim) Belter
Fax: 941-927-2740

*Veteran US Army

Jim grew up and received his education in Michigan before enlisting in the US Army. Following an honorable discharge he worked for, and became national sales and marketing manager for a Michigan based manufacturing vendor. A later career change decision resulted in acquiring a Michigan builders license and starting a residential building and remodeling company. It was during this time that he decided to relocate to Sarasota, Florida. Initially he bought a home on Siesta Key but now resides near Philippi Creek. Since moving to Florida, Jim has been a consultant for a Michigan based company specializing in resolving labor relation issues. Most recently, he acquired a Florida real estate license. Some of Jim’s interests include boating, having a private pilot license, being a snow ski instructor and a certified scuba diver.

jenny Jennifer “Jenny” Bennett
Fax: 941-927-2740

After an illustrious career with a Fortune 50 corporation as Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Jenny Bennett joined a developer of an upscale, waterfront community in southwest Florida.  As a Realtor/Sales Associate, within 12 months she experienced tremendous success, selling 33 residences for a total of $26 million.  Although specializing in waterfront communities in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Manatee and Sarasota Counties, she also has extensive knowledge of unique community and commercial properties throughout the State of Florida.

jenny Marie Black, REALTOR®
Fax: 941-927-2740


* BS Degree Nursing – University of Connecticut
* CSP – National Association Home Builders

Marie Black has been a full time Sarasota resident and a member of the National, Florida State, and Sarasota (now the Realtor® Association of Sarasota and Manatee) Boards of REALTORS® since 1994 and is certified by the National Association of Home Builders as a New Homes Sales Professional (CSP). She is a member of the Global Business Council of the Realtor® Association of Sarasota and Manatee (RASM). She is a Past President of the local chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC), a volunteer with Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium, a certified Master Conservationist from the Florida House Learning Center and has been a member of various community boards.

After many years as a Professional Nurse and Computer Systems Programmer Analyst, Marie relocated to Sarasota with her husband, Bob, a Design/Build Consultant. She now spends her time helping others make the Sarasota, Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch and Venice areas (including the surrounding Keys of Siesta, Lido, Bird, Longboat, Casey and Manasota) their home. Whether buying or selling, Marie’s primary concern is helping her clients meet their particular real estate investment goals. She enjoys listening to their wants and sharing her knowledge of the area to help them find the perfect property. Marie pays attention to the details.

yvonne_blackburn Yvonne Blackburn
Fax: 941-921-1635

* BA Degree- UCLA
* CCIM- Certified Commercial Investment Member
* Certified Interior Design

Retired manager of Pacific Bell specializing in supervisory and employee management, crisis and administrative management and budgets.  She has been a real estate investor and property manager since 1976 and went on to obtain her real estate license in California in 1985.  She was in the RE Top 100 Magazine for California State. She moved to Sarasota, Florida and was RE State licensed in 1990.  She specializes in commercial, office, retail, shopping centers, land, residential and condominiums.  She loves all aspects of real estate and renovating to prepare for sale or designing and remodeling after sale along with property management and maintenance for numerous clients.  She is assisted by her husband, Bob, who has a managerial, engineering and auditing background along with a contractor’s license.  Yvonne really loves to see the joy, excitement and exuberance of a win, win situation when clients are completely satisfied and have what they want to enjoy their life or business.

jean_burns Jean Burns
Fax: 941-925-9636

Jean, a native of New York, moved to Sarasota 30 years ago.  Prior to moving here, she lived in Virginia and Texas, working in the Hospitality Business.  Having made several long distance moves has given her personal experience as to what it is like to be a “relocatee”; she therefore strives to make your move as stress-free and easy as possible.  The Hospitality business was a great prelude to becoming a Realtor, 28 years ago.  Always meeting and greeting people and finding a solution to their needs.  Jean has received Sales Awards for every year in the business.

Service, Service, Service is Jean’s philosophy; not only in Real Estate but also in her community.  She is Vice President of her Condo Association, Program and Services Chair, also helps with Animal Rescue when needed.

Dan Dabringhaus Dan Dabringhaus

*Lieutenant Firefighter/Paramedic
*CPR Instructor at Suncoast Technical College

Dan moved to Sarasota from Michigan with his family when he was six years old so it’s safe to say he’s grown up here and knows the area like the back of his hand. Dan is a consummate family man always ranking his wife and twin boy and girl above all else. Since 1999, Dan has built a career with the Sarasota County Fire Department. Starting as a firefighter/EMT, he set distinct career goals for his future. In 2004, he successfully became a paramedic spending many years at one of the county’s busiest stations and also a few years at the more tropical Siesta Key station. In 2014, Dan took his biggest step yet and was promoted to lieutenant, the rank he currently holds. Certain to always stay busy, Dan has also been a CPR instructor at Suncoast Technical College since 2013. Now his focus for the future is real estate. Dan has been a realtor/associate since 2005 and he has developed a vast knowledge of the laws, ethics and trends of the real estate market. His work ethic and integrity as a firefighter follow him in everything that he does. Whether you are buying or selling your home, you can feel confident that your best interest will always be top priority during and after the transaction takes place.

Tanya-Ferris Tanya Ferris


While Tanya’s career background in sales and marketing is an asset for her customers, it is Tanya’s personal experience in buying and selling real estate, along with her firsthand knowledge, that makes her an exceptional real estate broker/agent. Tanya holds a real estate license in Texas, as well as a Broker’s license in Florida. Although Tanya considers herself a Florida native, career advancements have relocated Tanya’s family multiple times, including locations throughout Florida, Texas, Connecticut and North Carolina. Having the personal experience of relocation and understanding the needs of buyers and sellers, is what inspired Tanya to become a REALTOR.

She has extensive knowledge of the luxury, high-end market as well as investment and bulk/asset analyst purchasing and selling. As the daughter of an architect, she also has knowledge and experience in the planning, designing and construction stages of residential and commercial property. Tanya is a real estate professional who has the knowledge, motivation and expertise to help you achieve your real estate needs, goals and desires through personalized attention and superior service.

In her spare time, Tanya enjoys spending time with her three children, playing tennis, boating and fishing. She also enjoys scuba diving and world travel.

PearlFlorand Pearl Florand
Fax: 941-927-2740

Pearl has been licensed since 1987 in the State of Florida, shortly after she and her husband, Dave and their two children moved to “paradise” from New Hampshire, escaping the long cold winters of New England.  Pearl and Dave have invested in Sarasota, both residentially and commercially since 1988, managing all their own properties.  They both truly have a love of real estate and Pearl enjoys finding the perfect home for newcomers, as well as established Sarasota residents.  With her knowledge of commercial/investment properties, Pearl is the right fit for researching all types of properties in Sarasota County.

Real-Estate-Photo Teena Goodman

Teena grew up in Pennsylvania, where she attended the Temple University School of Business Administration. She later moved to Florida, where she attended the Gold Coast School of Real Estate.
Teena has been the owner and manager of her own business (Boca Quality Dry Cleaners) and investment property (a triplex). She has gone through and understands the process of investing, owning, and managing property.
Teena’s dedication in making the best offer for her clients and negotiating the best deal is the reason she has been so successful for the past 14 years. Specializing in residential, rental, commercial, and investment properties. Her clients have consistently sought her advice and judgement in the management of their real estate affairs. She will guide you through every phase of the real estate contract, from the offer to the closing.
She is also certified with training from the Red Cross as a Certified Nursing Assistant, and has strong ties to the Sarasota senior community. On the days when she is not selling real estate she is giving a helping hand to those who need assistance. Her selfless desire to help others is the quintessence of her virtue.
On her spare time, Teena enjoys traveling to Italy, Spain, and Greece.

rob Robert “Rob” Greenland
Fax: 941-922-8544

*Veteran US Army

Initially licensed in 1984, Rob left real estate to honorably serve in the U.S. Army and then pursued a career in engineering. Since retiring in 2007, the native Floridian rejoined the professionals of Sunset Realty to utilize experiences gained as a private investor.  Rob specializes in large vacant land parcels as well as residential property management/ maintenance for seasonal clients.  Rob truly understands the definition of “agent” resulting in loyal and professional representation of his client’s interests.

John_hardy John C. Hardy
Fax: 941-927-2740

*GRI Graduate Realtor Institute
*Veteran USAF

John Hardy has been a licensed real estate agent in Florida since 1998. He earned his Broker’s license in 2000 and opened his own company, Colonial Real Estate Corp.. Due to health issues and the market downturn, his agency closed its doors in 2013 and John returned to general real estate. Having seen some of the best and the worst of market conditions, certainly helped to increase John Hardy’s knowledge and experience of real estate in Florida. John knows how to work well with both buyers and sellers who look to a professional REALTOR® to fulfill their real estate needs. Besides residential sales, you will feel very comfortable working with John on commercial and vacant land transactions.
Experience, professionalism and knowledge, along with the fact that John is an honest and good man, may make him the perfect choice for you.

DianaKaeding Diana Kaeding

Cell: 941-356-2874
Fax: 941-922-8544


* BA Degree in Music
* Masters Degree in Education- Ashford University
* GRI- Graduate Realtor Institute
* Speaks German and Italian

Diana earned a degree in music from Boston University and a master’s degree in education.  After singing professionally in Boston and the greater area, she moved to Europe to perform as a concert and opera artist.  While in Germany, she studied real estate investing and acquired a large international clientele interested in Sarasota real estate.

In 1991 she returned to the Sarasota area where family members had lived for 40 years.  Realizing the beauty of the area and falling in love with the lifestyle, she decided to make Longboat Key her permanent home.  In meeting the goals of her international clients, she sold many residences on Longboat and Siesta Keys as well as Anna Maria Island.  She has also sold many homes in newer gated communities in Sarasota and Manatee counties, receiving awards for high volume of sales.  Diana owns a 1927 home so is very familiar with vintage homes and renovating them.  Diana speaks German and Italian.  Her people skills and commitment to excellence combined with her extensive knowledge of the area offer her customers a rewarding real estate experience.

barbara_lafrock Barbara LeFrock
Fax: 941-927-1314

* Associate; Registered Nurse

Barbara moved to Sarasota permanently in 1986 after having vacationed here since 1961.  She has seen a great deal of change, especially in the real estate market.  She obtained her real estate license in 1988.  She took a short break from the profession to raise her children.  Now back actively involved, she joined Sunset Realty and finds it a perfect fit.  Barbara lived on Siesta Key for many years and stays up-to-date on its activities, as well as those of the nearby areas.  It is her pleasure to help buyers find their perfect piece of paradise.

Robert-Melo-Sunset-Realty Robert Melo
Fax: 941-927-2740

* BA – Eckerd College

Robert has been living in the Sarasota and Bradenton area for 20 years. He has a business degree from Eckerd College and has successfully owned and sold an accounting and tax franchise (2005-2010), and subsequently owned and sold another accounting, payroll and tax practice (2011-2016). He relocated from Colombia at a young age, bilingual in English and Spanish. Robert has a diverse background in business financials, taxation, human resources and management, focusing on business brokerage and real estate. Recently married to Kathy, Robert takes particular pride in providing outstanding personal, quality service to his clients.

jacqueline_middleton Jacqueline Middleton
Fax: 941-927-2740


* BA Degree- Eckered College, St. Petersburg, FL
* RN- Peterborough Civic Hospital, Ontario, Canada
* CRS- Certified Residential Specialist
* GRI- Graduate Realtor Institute

Jacqueline was licensed in Sarasota, FL in 1985 and received her Broker’s license the following year, as well as her Graduate Realtors Institute (GRI) designation.  After successfully closing over 200 transactions and taking additional required courses, Jacqueline received her esteemed Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) designation from the National Association of Realtors (NAR).  She has received numerous sales and customer service awards and many of her clients have become good friends after the sale and closing of their property.

Along with selling Sarasota, Jacqueline has been an investor of income producing properties here since 1988, and conducts all her own property management.  She has also served as a Director on several condominium and homeowner associations.

What does this mean to you?  Jacqueline is a real estate professional who believes that education and experience count.  She is dedicated to personal service with honesty and integrity during and after the sale.  Her business has continued to flourish over the years by continual referrals from happy clients who want their family and friends to also enjoy an equally successful and profitable buying or selling experience.

Whether you live locally or have family and friends looking to relocate to beautiful Sarasota, Jacqueline has the expertise and dedication to make your real estate dreams come true.

marcia morse Marcia Morse
Fax: 941-927-2740

A former financial advisor, Marcia saw first hand one of the greatest financial rewards her clients acideved was through real estate investments and home ownership!
Marcia’s passion for real estate drove her to become a realtor in 2004. Marcia specializes in assisting first time home buyers who relocate to sarasota. Through her many years of experience, Marcia continues to help sellers prep their homes to sell, always knowing what a buyer is looking for.
You will find Marcia, every month, holding a free seminar in the Sarasota area, to help buyers understand and enjoy the home ownership process.
Originally from the New York city area, Marcia and her family have lived in Sarasota for over 30 years, and now her grandchildren are growing up in the area too!

dick_munchel Richard “Dick” Munchel
Fax: 941-927-2740

Dick Munchel has been living in Sarasota practicing Real Estate since 2006.  Dick, with his wife Grace, picked Sarasota to make their home because of its wonderful winters and beautiful beaches.  Dick & Grace are avid golfers and belong to TPC Prestancia where they live comfortably overlooking the golf course.  Other than selling Real Estate and playing golf, Dick’s time is taken up with 12 grandchildren.

CathyLeeNeubauer Cathy Lee Neubauer
Fax: 941-927-2740

* BBA Degree–University of Central Florida

Native to beautiful Sarasota, Florida, Cathy has lived in Sarasota County for over 40 years.  She is a graduate of Sarasota High and The University of Central Florida where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.  Cathy previously worked in Healthcare Administration at Sarasota Memorial Hospital and worked as a Director with Senior Services at the Senior Friendship Center.  Cathy is very involved in the Sarasota County Schools serving on PTSO Board for Brookside Middle School, as well a College Readiness Coach with Take Stock in Children serving Sarasota County Schools.  Take Stock in Children is a non for profit scholarship program serving local students since 1995.  In addition she works with youth at Freedom Christian Church.  She received her Real Estate license in 2000 and specializes in residential real estate.  She is a member of the Sarasota County Association of Realtors.

Cathy is married to Jason Neubauer.  They enjoy fishing, boating and most of all spending time with their two sons in various athletic programs and academic achievements.  She has a large family who also lives in Sarasota.

As a member of the Sunset Realty Team, she is most familiar with the community, its schools, community leaders and seeing that her client’s interest are well met, whether that be in locating a home, commercial interest or income investment.

loisp Lois Papineau
Fax: 941-927-2740

A native of Florida, Lois was born and raised in Wildwood, just 120 miles north of Sarasota.  Having raised a family and having an extensive background in construction and the energy industry, Lois also has garnered valuable experience in accounting and more recently in commercial contracting.  Now that her family is grown, Lois has devoted her interests and experience in the Real Estate industry.  She is eager to help home buyers find the perfect home to meet their specific needs, or assist sellers to obtain the best price for their property.  She will make sure all involved leave the closing table confident they have received the very best representation in today’s complicated real estate market.

srlogo_nopic Jay Rosenberg
Fax: 941-927-2740

* BA Degree– Skidmore College
* AOS– Culinary Institute of America
* MIS– Johns Hopkins University

A native of Pennsylvania, Jay’s first career was successful as a personal chef in NY, NYC, NJ, Baltimore/DC and St. Thomas, USVI; as well as chef at Caneel Bay Plantation, St. John, USVI and the Boca Raton Resort and Club in FL.  In 2005 he transitioned into a new career as an investment advisor, managing equity, bond and real estate portfolios.  Jay has been investing in residential property in Florida for over a decade.

Mike S Mike Silvestri
Fax: 941-927-2740

*BA Degree – Delaware State University

Mike Silvestri is the consummate professional bringing his six years of experience appraising properties for Sarasota County, five years of mortgage broker experience, and his knowledge of the local arts scene as owner and manager of AnythingArts.com. He is a devoted husband and father with extensive knowledge of the local community, including the schools and great spots to raise a family. This experience is particularly useful when aiding his clients with a successful and effortless transition to Florida living. He has an artist’s eye for locating the best deals, which can be transformed to Sarasota gems; and he knows the right people to help you do it. He is also an expert in all things beach related – he even married people on Siesta Key!

CharlieS Charlie Swanson
Fax: 941-927-2740

* BS Degree- Minnesota State University

Charlie has been licensed since 1996.  He has worked for Sunset Realty since 2007.  Charlie works with both buyers and sellers in residential real estate in the Sarasota, Florida area.  He formerly had a Minnesota real estate license prior to moving to Florida.  Charlie has a background in retail grocery management with Lunds, Kash ‘n Karry, Target and Winn Dixie.  His area of expertise is Siesta Key, Gulf Gate and the Palmer Ranches.

ida_tidwell Ida Kay Tidwell
Fax: 941-927-2740

*BA Florida State University

Ida is very proud to be living in beautiful Sarasota, where she has been raised. She is most knowledgeable of the various areas and has been a licensed Florida Realtor for over 20 years.

When not working with her seller’s and buyer’s, Ida enjoys time spent with her pet therapy dog Emma. Ida is also a proud lifelong active member of the First Presbyterian Church in downtown Sarasota.

karen_vanderburg2 Karen G. VanderBurg
Fax: 941-927-2740

Karen grew up in Staten Island, New York. In 1978 she relocated to the Richmond, Virginia area where for 19 years she owned and operated both Andruzzi Hair & Nail Studio and an Amoco Service Center. Karen has held a Real Estate license since 2003 and has assisted sellers and buyers in both Virginia and Florida. In her spare time Karen enjoys family, reading, dancing, but most of all, boating. She is a member of the Bradenton Yacht Club and a volunteer member of the USCG AUX.Whether you are buying or selling, Karen understands the process can often be challenging. She focuses on taking the pressure off of you so you can make clear and concise decisions throughout the transaction. Karen looks forward to welcoming you to Paradise.

carol Carol White
Fax: 941-922-8792

* GRI– Graduate REALTOR® Institute
* SFR- Short Sales & Foreclosure Resource
* Six Year – Five Star Real Estate Award Winner

Key to success- “Love what you are doing.”  That describes Carol’s enthusiasm for selling Real Estate which easily translates to her goal…”Smiles on the Faces of Happy Customers.”  Her market knowledge, dedication and professional approach will assure her customers incredible service throughout their real estate transaction, and her many years of managerial experience will guarantee them an attention to detail which will result in a smooth and successful conclusion.

BartYoungblood Bart Youngblood
Fax: 941-927-2740


Selling the Sarasota area with integrity and professionalism for over thirty years.  If you are buying or selling Bart understands the process, keeps current on the newest laws and regulations, and is dedicated to personal and professional service.

Whether it is island waterfront, mainland, investment or distressed property, Bart’s extensive experience focuses on making your transaction smooth and trouble free.

Additionally you benefit from his experience as a State Certified Building Contractor and licensed Home Inspector.  All of this in one package puts you in good hands with Bart.

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