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As an experienced Broker-Associate with Premier Sotheby's International Realty, Barbara Mei focuses on the luxury condominium market in Sarasota, Florida. She moved to Sarasota in 2005 to enjoy the cultural richness, award-winning beaches and enviable lifestyle on the Florida Gulf Coast.

Born in Italy and raised in New York, she has represented some of New York City's most prestigious homes and estates for more than 20 years, including managing the Corcoran Groups Townhouse Division. She also independently managed more than 100,000 square feet of commercial and residential space. From 1984-1987, as a construction manager, she oversaw the demolition and rebuilding of an architecturally innovative mixed use commercial building located at 830 Eighth Ave in New York City.

Her passion for the real estate world began at an early age. At just 12 years old, she was helping out with paperwork for her family's rentals. As she grew older, she succeeded in just about every facet of the real estate field, from residential and commercial property management, to construction management for new, renovation and restoration projects. A true innovator, Barbara was building "green" before there was a word to describe it. To top it off, Barbara even served briefly as a mortgage broker, learning the ins and outs of real estate finance.

Given all this, you might not expect that Barbara also has a background in science. More specifically, she worked as a research technician at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, Memorial Sloan-Kettering, New York Hospital/Cornell University and Rockefeller University. While at Rockefeller, she co-authored a research study in the Journal of Experimental Medicine in 1977. Barbara graduated cum laude with a bachelors degree in biology from Boston College and a masters degree in nutrition from Columbia University.

In 1995, Barbara assumed the role of proprietor of her family's Italian restaurant, Fontana di Trevi in New York City, which singer-songwriter Billy Joel immortalized in his hit song, "Scenes from an Italian Restaurant." The restaurant, which was located across the street from Carnegie Hall, was sold in 2006 after 50 years of business.

Its clear that Barbara approaches every endeavor with commitment and relentless determination. In other words, she caters to her clients with personalized attention and strategizes on their behalf. She speaks several languages, including Spanish and Italian. She serves on the Sarasota board of the American Cancer Society. She is a member at-large of the Women Presidents Association and holds her Florida and New York brokers licenses. She enjoys frequenting the cultural ventures in Sarasota.

Languages: English, Italian, Spanish

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"My wife and I recently sold our home at Beau Ciel and purchased a home in The Oaks Preserve. We were represented in both transactions by Barbara Mei. By whatever measure one may judge the competence and effectiveness of a real estate agent, Barbara's performance was extraordinary.

Perhaps the most obvious evidence of that performance was finding a buyer for our Beau Ciel condo barely a day after its listing at an attractive offering price. In fact, of course, finding a buyer had nothing to do with serendipity. Barbara plainly understands the marketability of real estate properties suited for particular buyers and in our case found a buyer in record time. My wife and I also greatly appreciated Barbara's advice and guidance in negotiating the terms of sale for that property, no less so than with respect to the Oaks Preserve unit that is now our new home. In short, we could not be more pleased with Barbara's handling of both our real estate sale and purchase."
Werner H.

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Letter to Premier Sotheby’s International Realty
“My wife and I recently used one of your Realtors to sell our condo at Beau Ciel in Sarasota.

Knowing that you probably hear more “bad” than good” in terms of feedback, I am very happy to report that we had a wonderful experience with Barbara. In representing both us - the sellers - and the buyers which can certainly be tricky, she was able to masterfully manage the process and all communications throughout.

Barbara understands the Sarasota market better than anyone we have encountered and was able to effectively articulate the “value” of our condo versus all else on the market. And her pace of correspondence throughout the sales process with all prospects was always excellent. Never too quick or aggressive but forceful when the opportunity presented itself.

We would certainly use her again and would also wholeheartedly recommend her to anyone that asked.”
Nick & Susan

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"Just a short note to express our thanks to you for your help and support during the sale process for Beau Ciel 901. Selling property can be a stressful time. Your constant support and professionalism in reaching a successful conclusion was very much appreciated.
Best wishes for the holiday season and for a prosperous 2014.  Look forward to seeing you in the spring."
Jim & Liz

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"I first used Barbara to sell residence #602 in Beau Ciel August of 2012. She worked, marketed, and devoted serious time and effort to the task and achieved excellent results for me after a previous agent had not.

More recently, she listed my #604 residence in Beau Ciel in late January 2013 and we closed the transaction in late May of 2013. She performed over 40 showings (in person), brought in a decorator to evaluate and suggest changes to increase marketability, spent untold sums to market the unit, and was unstinting in her dedication and effectiveness.

What a gem of an agent you have in Barbara. Feel free to refer any potential clients to me for questions regarding her abilities, dedication, and effectiveness."
 W. Davisson, M.D.


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"Thank you so much for your hard work, your professionalism, your attention to details and many courtesies in being our Realtor at Beau Ciel in our recent condo sale. We were so impressed with your enthusiasm and we are recommending you to anyone who is thinking of selling or buying property." Sharon

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"Two days ago, my husband and I closed on a condo in Beau Ciel, in beautiful Sarasota, Florida. This letter is to express our appreciation and gratitude for Barbara Mei's exceptional care, competence and consideration throughout the sale, from start to finish.

Let me begin by saying that a new medal should be struck in Barbara's name for outstanding professionalism. She truly sets the gold standard for realtors, in our experience.

Barbara knows exactly what she is doing every minute and is so organized it makes this Type-A list-maker look like a piker by comparison. Barbara took charge of the smallest and largest details, going above and beyond what is ordinarily expected of area estate agent. She was available every minute of the day in case we needed to speak with her. All of this was a wonderful bonus for us.

Ms. Mei saw to it that every need, every desire, every question was answered, more often than not before we asked them. She seems to have the remarkable capability of reading minds.

My husband and I have bought and sold many houses in our lives but Barbara's care and professionalism is by far the best we have experienced. There really are no superlatives lofty enough for how well she handled our sale. She went out of her way to be sure
we were comfortable, informed and happy with every phase of the transaction. We were.

n addition to Barbara's extensive knowledge base, technological expertise and professional competence, there was the added bonus of her friendliness and caring. She is ultra-pleasant to be with.

Perhaps we can call Barbara's medal, 'The Mei Platinum Outstanding Service Medal with Clusters.' I like the ring of it.' "
J and M Matthews


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"I wanted to drop you a note to tell you how much we appreciate everything you did for us regarding the sale of our condominium at Alinari. Everything was handled most professionally and in a most timely manner.

Your guidance and thoroughness were appreciated very much. It made us feel most comfortable to know that you were on top of every detail. We did not have to be concerned about anything because we knew you were handling things in your most competent way!"
 C. Brown

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"Barbara was the 'go to' broker when it was time to list a unit in Beau Ciel, Sarasota.  By living in the building, she has the inside scoop.  She tenaciously marketed the property and obtained an offer at nearly full price within two weeks of listing the residence.  Barbara was always available, followed-up with potential buyers and conscientiously monitored the entire contract process."



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