Phaidra was very responsive to our questions and "fears." My husband described her as a Realtor "Pit Bull" and that is HIGH praise! Exceeded Expectations with service, follow up, detail management and overall experience!

Susan in

Thank you so much for your help and great counsel during our quest to own a piece of paradise...tucked away inside the preserve to join with the beauty of nature. The peace and solace is a wonderful retreat from the world.

Beverly & Chuck in Sanibel

Love love Phaidra. She was totally perfect! Would not have purchased without her!

Tom and Cindy in Sanibel Island

Phaidra is a great sales person!!!

James in Sanibel Island

110% Magnificent, Marvelous and Unbelievable! Great person, Magnificent Agent!

Roy and Barbara in Sanibel Island

I have known Phaidra for 20+ years and bought and sold homes with her. Phaidra and Amy are a great team and it is a pleasure to work with them. They are the BEST!

Richard in Fort Myers and Sanibel

Fantastic Agent! We appreciated her help in purchasing our home and purchasing a new home!

David and Anne in Sanibel Island

Phaidra was very responsive to our questions and "fears". My husband described her as a realor "PittBull" and that is HIGH praise. We did have an an unorthodox buyer. Exceeded expectations on all fronts. Same marks for Amy also! (her assistant)

Chris and Susan in Sanibel island

Phaidra was always available and helpful through all stages of both buying and selling our property. Not enough can be said about using someone with local connections and knowledge. Thanks to her and her staff especially amy.

KeyWestSusie in Sanibel

Phaidra was great and help us navigate a sale to a difficult buyer! The house was a little older so needed some sprucing up to get it ready. She was just great in helping us do this from out of town. She also knows Sanibel and can be trusted to get the job done.

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Excellent all around! Thank you!

Elio in

Chose Phaidra based on her excellent reputation. Excellent advice and work!

John Lindahl in Sanibel island

We enjoyed working with you and getting to know you a little bit. We really appreciated all your knowledge and history of the island. We really believe we hit the jackpot with you as our realtor. Thank you for all you did for us! Perhaps our paths will cross again at some point.

Blessings to you for a happy and healthy holiday season!

Sincerely, K Hoyle

K. Hoyle in

Phaidra and her assistant Amy could not have been more helpful, professional, always courteous and kind and respectful of me and my property. There were issues created by the buyer which delayed the settlement, but my agent Phaidra made sure that my interests were protected and kept me informed at all times. I cannot say enough good things about Phaidra and Amy.

Bev in

08/24/2015 - hennen claudia

Bought a Single Family home in 2015 for approximately $575K in Sanibel, FL.

Phaidra is the best realtor you could possibly find! She will listen to you, and come up with ideas to suit your needs. She won't try to sell you any property you don't want. We are convinced her knowledge of the market saved us thousands of dollars on our purchase. She answered all our questions about our move, and gave us helpful information to get us started in our new home. She and her office staff are a delight to work with!

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09/21/2015 - bevinsanibel

Phaidra and her assistant Amy could not have been more helpful, professional, always courteous and kind and respectful of me and my property. There were issues created by the buyer which delayed the settlement, but my agent Phaidra made sure that my interests were protected and kept me informed at all times. I cannot say enough good things about Phaidra and Amy.

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Published Review

Phaidra's assistance in the recent purchase of our condo was outstanding. Her knowledge of the Sanibel condo market helped to effectively steer us to the best properties within our price requirements. Her local knowledge was extremely impressive, as she was able to recommend an excellent attorney, a knowledgeable and professional home inspector, and numerous contractors. She was able to negotiate a price that was fair to everyone involved. And, most importantly, she was available to 24/7/365. We would not hesitate to recommend Phaidra to anyone who is looking to buy or sell property in the Sanibel market. It was a real pleasure working with her.

Service provided

Helped me buy a home or lot/land

Street address

1340 Middle Gulf Dr UNIT 9C, Sanibel, FL 33957



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Pam in

If you are thinking of relocating to the Sanibel/Captiva area there is no better choice than Phaidra McDermott for your realtor. Phaidra's attributes read like the old Boy Scout Motto--"A Scout is Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean and Reverent". Ok, some of those may not be purely relevant, but lets talk about the ones that are. Phaidra is Trustworthy. This is a rare quality in anyone, much less a realtor. But I worked through a number of scenarios with Phaidra--all highly confidential--and she breathed not a word to anyone. Phaidra is Loyal. No one fights harder for the deal her clients want than Phaidra McDermott. Phaidra is Helpful. Phaidra grew up on Sanibel, her dad and grandfather were both former chiefs of police here. She knows everyone, can recommend all the best professionals (and did in our case), and she will be straight with you no matter what. Phaidra is Friendly, Courteous, Kind and Cheerful! Wow, is she Cheerful! Even though we had her drag us to countless properties across the Islands and even some in Ft. Meyers she was always ready to go, with great suggestions (often before anyone else even knew folks were going to list their homes), and no matter how long the days (or how difficult I was) she was always a joy to work with. Phaidra is Obedient, Thrifty and Brave. I lump these together because sometimes you need your realtor to be the bad guy or to take it on the chin for you as you work toward the best deal possible and Phaidra was always ready to go the distance for me, even if it meant a tough conversation with another realtor on the island that she knew well (and of course Thrifty is important too--Phaidra treats every dollar of yours as if it were her own). Clean and Reverent the last two in the Motto may not be directly relevant, but hey, you want a professional who looks and acts professionally and one who is a person of integrity and Phaidra is all of that and more. I know this is a long review but I would not let anyone in my family work with anyone other than Phaidra and her team and I want to be sure you leave this page with the same feeling for Phaidra that I have (oh and by the way, as I write this I am the proud owner of an exceptional family home in Sanibel all because Phaidra McDermott was there to help me through the process).

Andrew in

We certainly enjoyed working with Phaidra McDermott in purchasing our lot on Sanibel. We have been visiting Sanibel for more than 25 years and had never seen the Sanctuary golf club which is a few blocks away from our lot. We really liked their tennis facilities. Phaidra understood we had limited time to spend with her and was ready to show us properties that perfectly suited our needs. She also took the time to give us a tour of the golf club. Phaidra is delightful and her knowledge of Sanibel and the people who live there is very valuable.

Edward and Karen in

Phaidra -

Thanks so much for a must excellent adventure, and a terrific outcome. We appreciate all your hard work of expertise, and look forward to seeing you around the island in the future.


Barb & Chape

Barb and Chape Whitman in Sanibel & North Carolina

Phaidra was exceptionally knowledgeable and extremely personable . . . and very patient! We looked at many properties!

Mary Carella in Sanibel

Thank you so much for everything! It's been our dream and we can't thank you enough.

Sherri & Joe in Sanibel

We have partnered with MANY realtor professionals in our time and would highly recommend Phaidra to buyers and sellers. We have been pleased to deal with Phaidra on both types of transactions and there is absolutely no one who is more thorough, more diligent and more focused on get clients priorities. She knows the market so well and listens to the issues we have identified as our priorities. Phaidra is the BEST !!

Chris McGillvary in Sanibel

We were walk-in clients at the John R. Wood Island Real Estate office. We are very lucky and very, very pleased with the service that Phaidra McDermott and Amy Costello provided. Their service, follow-up communication, management of details, and overall expertise exceeded our expectations. We would highly recommend them.

David Johnson and Anne Nobles in Sanibel

She is your “Gold Standard” for Realtors. She is the best I have ever had the pleasure to work with.

Lise Kauffman in Sanibel

Thank you so much! The house is perfect! And so were you!! You were there for us in so many ways: informative, patient, and because of you I have a house I absolutely love! So happy! Lovingly, Glen and Walda

Glen and Walda in Sanibel Island

Phaidra did a superb job of showcasing our home and bringing possible buyers in a difficult market. Phaidra exceeded our expectations in all aspects; follow-up communication, management of details, services, and overall expertise. Well done! Hans and Marie Muehler

Hans & Marie Muehler in New Jersey

Phaidra, It was such a wonderful experience working with Phaidra, she made the process of buying property 2,000 miles away from home a smooth process. We looked at many properties and bid on more than a few on the islands and we always felt Phaidra was so ready and willing to work hard for us, with her great enthusiasms and amazing knack for all the details it was truly easy. Sincerely, Bill and Vicki Stevenson

Bill & Vicki Stevenson in Captiva

"Phaidra is a true professional with great insight and knowledge about the real estate market on Sanibel. She is extremely hard working and would be valuable individual to work with when purchasing any real estate."

Kevin Ruane in Sanibel Island

"I have had the pleasure of working with Phaidra on several occasions and she has always been a true professional. I would welcome the opportunity to work with her in the future. As a licensed contractor, I would trust her to always act in an honest and professional manner."

Joe Mason in Sanibel Island

"Phaidra is an extremely knowledgeable professional and I would highly recommend her to anyone who is seriously interested in purchasing an exceptional property on Sanibel Island."

Mitch L. Spelios in Sanibel Island

"Phaidra is an outstanding real estate professional that achieves results with the highest level of integrity. She is extremely motivated and has an in-depth knowledge of the real estate profession. She has always been a pleasure to work with and goes the extra mile to fulfill her commitment to clients. I highly recommend her to anyone that is interested in buying, selling and/or leasing real estate in the Southwest Florida region."

Raymond Rhodes in Sanibel Island

"Phaidra knowledge of the Sanibel real estate market is unmatched. She found me exactly what I was looking for and she made the process from start to finish very stress free."

Caroline Semerjian in Sanibel Island

"Phaidra is the best real estate agent and local expert for Sanibel and Captiva Islands. I highly recommend her services."

Rob Hurst in Sanibel Island

"Phaidra is an excellent realtor with many years of experience. She is thorough and extremely hard-working and gets results. Phaidra's hard-work has earned her the sucess she enjoys in her career. She knows more about Sanibel and Capitiva than most and was born and raised on the Island."

Ginger Brien in Sanibel Island

"I have had the extreme pleasure of working with Phaidra McDermott in the sale of my Captiva, Florida home. Phaidra is the consummate professional. Her demeanor assures you that she is in control that she knows what she is doing and that you will have a good outcome which is what all sellers want. She has a great sense of the market and she knows how to get the job done at a price that makes everyone happy. In our case we sold at a time when the market was still down and yet we came out unscathed. We were happy and the buyer was happy. In the Real Estate climate at that time, that was quite an accomplishment. We love Phaidra and we would never use anyone else for our real estate needs. She grew up in the barrier islands and knows the area inside and out. Phaidra has been in the business for a long time. She is intelligent, organized and no nonsense. Phaidra McDermott will take care of your Real Estate needs as if you are family. You just don't get any better than Phaidra!"

Kathleen Serra in Sanibel Island

I worked with Phaidra after working with another local realtor and getting no where. Phaidra is AMAZING! Her knowledge of Sanibel is fantastic. She is personable, a great communicator and answers any email or text message very quickly, many times within minutes. She is the ultimate real estate professional. We ended up seeing about 30+ homes in a long weekend trip to the island and found "our place". She negotiated the deal very well and before we knew it we owned our vacation holiday place. I would recommend Phaidra highly. Marvin & Jan Willard - CT

Marvin & Jan Willard in CT

Dear Phaidra, I just want to thank you for the the work you put into the selling of my home on Troon Court You helped me with questions I had and kept me informed with all the information that was needed. I feel that the buying and closing went very well for both parties. It was a pleasure working with you. I would not hesitate on recommending you to anyone. Sincerely, Susan Chrenc

Susan Chrenc in Sanibel

Dear Phaidra: My appreciation for the great way this sale was accomplished! Phaidra is a star! Your service, follow-up communication, management of details, and overall expertise exceeded my expectations. I would highly recommend you to others who are seeking a Realtor!

J. Billheimer in Colorado

Dear Phaidra and Amy: Thank you both so much for all your help and diligence in selling 6B. We appreciate everything and are so glad it's gone!! You are both the best!

Sandy & Colin Black in

Phaidra is wonderful . . . perhaps the best broker on Sanibel. We found Phaidra by word of mouth. Her service, follow-up communication, management of details, and overall expertise exceeded our expectations. I would highly recommend Phaidra to others who are seeking a Realtor! Thank you!

Cross Associates in Long Island, NY

Dear Phaidra: Your service, follow-up communication, management of details, and overall expertise exceeded my expectations. I would highly recommend you to others who are seeking a Realtor! Thank you!

K. Monahan in Sanibel & Martha's Vineyard

Dear Phaidra, It’s been a whirlwind, thrilling last few months and I could not be happier with the way things have gone and with the house. Much of the credit for that goes to you and your staff. Thanks so much for managing the process so competently and effectively on my behalf. I have had great fun beginning to personalize the space without (I think) disturbing the lovely, peaceful feel of the space. It was nice and fun to get to know you a bit and I look forward to occasionally crossing paths on Sanibel. Thanks again, Breese

Breese in

Dear Phaidra, Thank you so much for the delicious gourmet food basket. You didn't have to do that. We have really been enjoying it. Thank you too for your excellent service in selling our unit. We will keep you in mind for future reference.  Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas, Gordon and Pamela 

Pamela and Gordon Bell in Sanibel

We recently had the opportunity to work with the real estate professionals at R. R. Woods on Sanibel Island when we decided to sell our home. I must emphasize the word professionals, as everyone we dealt with, from the secretary answering phones, to our title company personnel, were just that!! When it came to choosing a listing agent, we chose Phaidra McDermott to list our home, knowing first hand of her integrity, knowledge, and “get it done” attitude. We were not disappointed! Phaidra, in our first meeting, found our expectations, desired time frame, price, etc. then came up with a realistic plan to sell it. After her market analysis of our home, and her suggestions on how to present it, we put it on the market. 10 days later we had a contract, and 6 weeks later we had closed!! We had lived on Sanibel Island for 10 years and were well aware of the current real estate market, so it was very important for us to get the best possible company and professionals representing our home. I would highly recommend this real estate company to anyone looking to buy or sell property on Sanibel or surrounding Lee County as they are truly professionals!! Sincerely, Laurie Taub

Laurie Taub in Sanibel, FL

Dear Phaidra, You have amazing skill, determination, and focus. This sale is an exapmle of this. Great service that was witnessed by the one year extension nod of approval just before the sale. After many chances, the victory remains with you and your efforts. Congrats! Your accomplishments over the last few months have been superlative. Thank you for allowing me to be your broker. Jay

Jay Richter in Sanibel

Thank you for all you and your staff did to bring about the sale of our "house". No longer "our home". We are so grateful for the right buyer at the right time! May you be blessed with health, wealth, prosperity, and joy. Sincerest gratitude! Hamaste- Paulete and Russ

Paulette and Russ in Sanibel

Wonderful news! Thank you SO MUCH for all that you have done for us. I know how difficult it was for you at times and we both are so grateful we had you to lead us thru this whole experience. What a ride.....

Jim and Joan

Jim and Joan in New England

"We want to thank you for all your hard work. We can't thank you enough for working so hard for us."

Coleen S. in

"Because of your professionalism and attention to detail, the process was actually easier than expected. We felt that you laid everything out very clearly. You were accessible and stayed on top of the entire process. At no time did we feel lost or uninformed. I would definitely work with you again and certainly refer anyone to you."

David A. in

"Thanks to you and Amy for the outstanding job you did in selling our home. The extra effort demonstrated to finally get everything in line to close the sale was a tremendous task."

Jill T.

Jill T. in

"I just wanted to write you to let you know how much I appreciated what a wonderful job you did in helping my dear friends, Paul and Donna, sell their home. I'm so grateful that there are professionals like you who really love what they do and show it in their work. Thanks again for just being there with Paul and Donna."

Paul D. in Sanibel

"You are just great! Sold the house before the sign was up. We are very pleased with all your efforts. Thanks again for all your hard work."

Francie Shelton in Sanibel

"Sidney and I wanted to express our sincere appreciation for the professional manner in which you marketed and sold our home. You not only predicted the sales price, you produced it as well! Having you as our Realtor made selling our home one less thing to worry about. You have handled every aspect of the sale in a thorough and comfortable manner. You've shown us that you are truly a professional and we are absolutely convinced that you are the most valuable asset to real estate on Sanibel and Captiva."

Sidney O. in

"You are recognized nationally as one of the most successful real estate agents in America. Congratulations!"

Five Star Agents in

"The sale was my first "realtor experience" and I have to say that I was eminently impressed by your professionalism and your dedication to me as my realtor. I wouldn't hesitate to use you again or to recommend you to others."

D. Smith Ph.D. in

Jane and I thank you so much. I truly think we are the ones who should have sent you a gift for just a magnificent job. We cannot tell you how much we appreciated all you have done. All we can say is thank you very much and we hope your year is just full of success. With all our gratitude and love, Jane and Karl

Jane and Karl in New Orleans

We are so thankful to you both- we extend our heartfelt thanks for assisting Scott and Jen- we look forward to giving back to you both. Your generous spirits are valued, Thank you!

Jim and Linda Cummings in Stillwater, MN

You did a great job helping us sell the condo. We appreciated your advice and enthusiasm and would be happy to serve as a reference in the future.

Doug and Kris Ryckman in Sanibel

Dear Phaidra,

Thank you very much for your guidance and expertise in helping us purchase our condo.

Because of the final closing moments in your capable hands, we were able to leave Sanibel with our mission accomplished. We are most appreciative.

Sincerely yours,

Barbara and Lew Schwartz

Barbara and Lew Schwartz in Pennsylvania

Dear Phaidra,

We can't thank you enough for all the time you spent with us. Even though we found something in Ft. Myers, we ultimately would like to be on Sanibel.

We really enjoyed working with you and I think you're a "true" professional and look forward to working with you in the future.

Highest Regards,

Michelle and Scott Johnson

Michelle and Scott Johnson in Ft. Myers, FL


We would like to thank you for selling our house! You were able to put your buyer together with our house for a very successful sale, in one of the worst housing markets of all time! Your hard work, dedication, and perseverance paid off. We are convinced that no one else on the island (or anywhere) could have marketed our house better and closed the deal. We really do appreciate everything that you have done. Thank you very much!

Donna and John O'Brien

John and Donna O''Brien in South Carolina and Sanibel

Dear Phaidra,

Once again very many thanks to you for everything, needless to say we really couldn't have managed without you and you did it all with such a lovely smile that we never felt we were a nuisance. Thank you also for the mitigation inspection offer, that would be wonderful.

We are very excited and will be even more so when we get to try the house out.

Enjoy your day.

John and Sara Stubbing in UK

To Whom It May Concern:

We tried two different companies and two different agents over a two-

and- a- half year period with no results.

Within only a few months of choosing Phaidra Velardé as our listing

agent, our near-beach home sold--- and we were very pleased with the

selling price!

Frankly, we weren't surprised.

Phaidra's enthusiasm, work ethic, efficiency, and marketing skills

clearly are superior.

Furthermore, throughout our difficult negotiating period, in which

she represented both parties, Phaidra demonstrated patience,

perspective, professionalism, and equanimity.

My advice, then, should come as no surprise: choose Phaidra to help

you sell your property--- or to buy one!

Did I mention how pleasant it is dealing with her?

Phaidra is one of those rare people you look forward to seeing and

talking with: she's always cheerful, upbeat, and ready to help. With all of these skills, she'd be highly successful in any field. We're glad she chose real estate! You will be very glad you chose her, too. Thanks, Sarah, Ava, and Jayme Vasconcellos PS This, of course, was non-solicited and non-remunerated.

Sarah, Ava, and Jayme Vasconcellos in Sanibel, FL

Congratulations again Phaidra on your selection as a FIVE STAR: Best in Client Satisfaction Real Estate Agent for a second straight year in a row.

Gulfshore Life in Naples Florida

Tom and I love our new home...We owe it all to you...Great find...Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!

Tom and Liz McDermott in Captiva and Sanibel Island

Dear Phaidra,

Thanks for all you do to make us Florida's best!!!

Budge Husky in Coldwell Banker Florida President

Just wanted to drop you a line and tell you how pleased Sharon and I were with the process of buying a house on Sanibel and the service you provided.

As you know, my time was at a premium, and the schedule I set was quite demanding. You were, however, able to meet my demands without fail, and as a result, we were able to identify the perfect house for our family vacation home in just a couple of days.

You ability to understand what we were looking for and show us a house that was just about to come to market, and facilitation of the usual buyer-seller negotiations, was superb. Your coordination of closing and help on all the details of getting services switched over to our name was most helpful. You also took the time to make sure we had an insider's view of all the little things we needed to know, from what vet to use, to where to eat and shop.

I found your upfront approach to be quite refreshing. I am sure that your lifelong knowledge of Sanibel is far superior to the vast majority of other realtors selling houses on Sanibel. Your professionalism was greatly appreciated.

I would be happy to recommend your services to anyone seeking to purchase on Sanibel/Captiva.

Mark Schwartz in New York

Thank you so much!! It was good working with you. You have made leaving our island home easier and less painful than it could have been. And I leave knowing that you love the island and will work toward preserving the natural character and habitat.

Good luck with your gardening!



Frances Sheldon in Sanibel Island and Michigan

Thank you for your attention and expertise in the sale of our home on Sanibel.

Derek and Carole Russell in Sanibel and England

Frank and I cant tell you how much we appreciate all you did to make this happen for us. We absolutely love the house! Thanks for everything.

Frank and Kelly Schneider in Chicago and Sanibel Island

We cannot tell you how much we appreciate all that you have done. All we can say is thank you very much.

Jane and Karl Kreutzberger in Sanibel Island and Louisiana

We have you to thank for making our dreams come true!

Steve and Laura Kreter in Sanibel and Conn.

Thank you for the great job you did in getting our house sold. We know you went the extra mile&and you (took) care of the entire transaction for us in such a professional manner.

Joe and Ann Costanzo in Sanibel Island and Panama

Thank you for your professional service and your diligent efforts with the listing of my property&I will endeavor to refer your real estate services at every appropriate opportunity. You are a credit to your industry and your firm. You did what you said, said what you did.

Jess Fisher in Sanibel Island and Hawaii