About Us

After 30 years in sales in the telecommunications industry and over 40 years dealing with harsh winters, I uprooted and moved to Florida. At that time, I decided I no longer wanted to travel weekly and could use my training and experience to provide the best possible service as a local realtor® and help others.

With my passion for helping others in mind, I joined the Allison James Estates & Homes team because of their state-of-the-art marketing technologies and support they provide to their agents. Since I started, I am humbled to say that I have built a successful business that allows me to enjoy my down time in my piece of paradise that was once only a dream. If I can do it for myself, I can do it for you! I can help you follow your dream whether it is buying your dream home in Southwest Florida or selling your Southwest Florida home for the market’s top dollar.

– Laurie

Testimonials

“While we were still living in CT, we decided to purchase a home in the Port Charlotte area of Florida. We have a daughter and son-in-law who live in Port Charlotte who are also “snow birds” from VT. We thought it would be wonderful to be close to our family even though it would only be for six months of the year. Little did we know the house in CT. would sell in one day and we found ourselves saying, what now and feeling a bit stressed. We teamed up with Laurie and Vern Kratz through friends of ours, who became our realtors. After speaking with them over the phone we felt very comfortable knowing we would be able to find a home we would love. We viewed many homes over the internet and asked Laurie and Vern to take a look at the homes we had an interest in. We discussed what our needs were so they had a good understanding of what we were looking for in a home. They kept in close contact with us and the thing we most liked about them was their honesty. They explained situations we were not aware of in Florida which made things less stressful. Buying and selling a home at the same time can cause stress in our lives which we did not need. If we placed a call to them, they either answered their phone or were able to get back to us very quickly.

When we arrived in FL., the second home we looked at was the one for us. Thanks to Laurie and Vern, we purchased our home July 15th and moved in August 11th. We feel we made a lasting relationship with Laurie and Vern and would recommend them for your home shopping needs in this wonderful warm state of FL. If need be, we would also use them again as our realtors. They are very honest, caring, wonderful folks who listen to your needs.”

Mary Sleeper

“Working with Laurie and Vern was an incredible experience. We were looking for that needle in the haystack kind of home. One that was priced right, yet had all the bells and whistles. Through patience and perseverance, they were able to find that perfect home. I have to say that it was no small feat. We will continue to use this dynamic team to buy and sell properties in the future because they were truly outstanding.”

Sandy S. Port Charlotte, FL

“Vern was very knowledgeable and had our piece of property sold in just days”

Michele & David H, Port Orange, FL

“It was important to us to have a straightforward, honest broker who was professional and considerate of our needs while also delivering information directly without embellishment. Our experience with the Kratz team far exceeded any expectation we had. What we experienced was the perfect marriage of professionalism, empathy, honesty and trustworthiness, hard work and care, diligence and character. We are so thankful to have met two people whose word and handshake really mean something. We were thoroughly impressed with what an exceptional job Laurie Kratz did to get our home shown right off the bat, sold in such a short time, for top dollar. Laurie needs to be the example set for others in her field. She demonstrates that integrity, honesty, compassion and authenticity truly pay much greater dividends in the long run. People truly matter to her! Laurie is a phenomenal realtor and an amazing person! She is a wonderful communicator, extremely kind and professional and will advocate wholeheartedly for her client! Working with Laurie Kratz comes with our highest recommendation”

J. Ross, North Port, FL