As a resident of Canada looking to purchase a rental property with future thoughts for retirement I was very much unsure of the process, taxation, inspection, repairs, property management, local government and all other needed contacts. Drake walked me through the entire process from finding a suitable property to meet our style and financial budget. When any issues arose he was immediate with his advice and followup to make the purchase process as easy as possible. Over the past 6 years since we purchased the property I have continued to request advice from Drake regarding the property and he has been happy to oblige. I highly recommend him and will use him on our next purchase in the area.
Drake is one of the most professional and hardest working realtors we’ve ever had the pleasure of working with! He makes himself readily available at all times and is very prompt and detail oriented. He is very thorough and is extremely knowledgeable not only about real estate (especially waterfront) but also about local ordinances, codes, permits, etc. Once he knows what you are looking for, he goes above and beyond to research your choices to make sure they are going to be in your best interest. He genuinely cares about his customers. He is very careful with your money as if it is his own. No matter how large or small the purchase, he is right there with you every step of the way from start to finish. He makes you feel as if you are his ONLY customer. He is also a wealth of information when it comes to providing references for the many services needed when purchasing property and building a home. With Drake, we found a realtor that “Rocks”, and a gorgeous waterfront property for our dream retirement home! Thanks, Drake!
We are out state buyers and needed to find a home we could rent for a few years and then make it our retirement home. We only knew we liked the Gulf coast areas and wanted a larger waterfront, within a price range, with a view and in excellent shape. We also had a short window of time to find one during a 1 week trip. Drake Bliss and Doug Winterbauer with Aterra Realty Associates worked together. tirelessly setting up and showing us almost 60 homes from St. Pete to Bradenton to Cape Coral. We reviewed many neighborhoods and local issues. We discussed pro’s and con’s. And we finally found a home in Punta Gorda, that met the criteria. With their help, we negotiated a very good deal and a month later on a 2nd trip, we purchased it. All this in the span of 2 months and only two trips. My wife and I are very satisfied and appreciative of the extra efforts Drake and Doug went through to make sure we looked at all options and found what we wanted. Their expertise in the various areas and on waterfront properties was extremely helpful and insightful. I’ve bought a lot of houses over the years, and haven’t found too many realtors that were as thorough and helpful as these guys were. Thanks again.
Joe and Cindy
Drake’s knowledge of the market and ability to find exactly what you are looking for is incredible. When I met Drake my head was spinning from all of the various property choices I was looking at. His understanding of property value and ability to determine what was important to me helped us narrow down my list of over 100 choices to about 10 in just one weekend. We focused on the very best of the 10 choices and he was able to negotiate an incredible deal for us. This guy has been successful through all of the ups and downs of this turbulent real estate market. He’s seen the super highs and the lowest of lows in his time in the business. He is not a fly by night real estate guy. He’ll guide you through any rough seas and get you the very best deal possible. I have no question about his ability at all and have recommended him to many friends and family over the years.