Melissa Bristol your Realtor in Bradenton, Sarasota and Lakewood Ranch

I have been selling homes in Florida for over 16 years 

Finding a place to call home

You need a realtor that listens

I have 16 years of experience working with buyers and sellers from all over the world. I know Florida home sales in Bradenton and Sarasota, I specialize in new constriction, condos, golf communities and resale homes from all over Sarasota, Bradenton and the Lakewood Ranch area.  I take the time to listen and walk you through the buying and selling process. I have been Realtor in Sarasota for many years, I know the communities and the wonderful people that make this the greatest place to live. 

So give me a call if you need a realtor in Bradenton, Sarasota or Lakewood Ranch.

Real Estate News

For news and infomation on the real estate market click the link below.

Finding Your Community

New Home Sales

I specialize in new home sales in River Strand Golf Community, Lakewood National, Tidewater Preserve a  Boating Community, Eagle Trace, Greyhawk Landing and many more. Builders include Lennar, Neal Communities, WCI, Taylor Morrison, John Cannon Builders and so many more.

Call today for pricing and a tour of all the new builder communities in the Bradenton and Sarasota area.

Riverstrand Golf Community

Hurry Only 9 home sites left.  River Strand Golf and Country Club offers Resort Style living at it's best. . You will be greeted by Tuscan-inspired gatehouse, as you enter the gate,  you will see the fabulous 40,000sf clubhouse with full  restaurant and bar.  9 pools, 9 Har Tru Tennis courts, 8 pickelball courts and River Strand Features a 27 hole Championship Golf Course designed by Arthur Hills. Resort Style Pool, two 24 Hour Fitness Center's and much more!
Resale homes in the 320's Coach homes in the high 200"s, call today for a personalized tour of this awesome community

Tidewater Boating Community

   Tidewater community amenities include a private marina with access to the Manatee River, two clubhouses including The Lodge with its beautiful resort style pool, fitness center, community room with catering kitchen, billiards, flat screen TVs and gas fireplaces both inside and out. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy the 3 Har-Tru tennis courts as well as the canoe and kayak park with free use of the community canoes and kayaks. Secured by a 24/7 staffed gatehouse, lawn and landscape maintenance is provided as well as a full time lifestyle director. This home is conveniently located to restaurants, shopping, area beaches. 

I offer Staging for vacant homes

I go above and beyond for my clients. If your home is vacant and in need of staging I have a staging service that will make your home look like a model home we do what it take to get your home sold. 

Lakewood National Sarasota

Lakewood National is resort-style Living at it's best in the heart of Lakewood Ranch. Five different maintenance -free collections are offered, from condominiums to luxurious single-family homes all included with a golf membership on a Arnold Palmer designed golf course.

Verandah Homes with Golf Memberships

We have Condos and Verandah homes  available with golf memberships in River Strand and Lakewood National as well as Estate Homes on the water. 

Housing Market

Real Estate News

 According to the US Census Bureau's recent Quarterly Housing Vacancies and Homeownership report, rates of homeownership look to be holding steady. The homeownership rate clung to 63.6 percent in the first quarter of 2017, virtually unchanged from 63.7 percent the quarter prior and 63.5 percent the year prior. 

Florida's Housing Market Continues to Show Rising Prices

 With home prices zooming up with no end in sight, a record number of Americans think it's a good time to sell a home.About 61% of folks said there was no time like the present to put a home on the market, according to Fannie Mae's National Housing Survey for May. That's the highest percentage it's been since Fannie began the survey in June 2010. (Fifty-seven percent of participants said it was a good time to sell in April.)The monthly survey polls 1,000 Americans with more than 100 questions on their attitudes toward owning and renting a home, price changes in the housing market, and the health of the economy. 

Looking for a Newly Constructed Home


There’s a national housing shortage sparking bidding wars, multiple offers and overall higher prices. So are builders putting up more homes to meet demand?June 16, 2017 

#1 upgrade to make to your home.


Kitchen updates

The kitchen is one of the places that buyers look closely at when considering whether or not they will purchase your property. According to Zillow Talka full-gut kitchen renovation averages a 75 percent return rate (i.e., average cost: $30,000; resale value/ROI: $22,500). However, you may be able to get more or less value depending on what parts you choose to renovate and which you leave as-is.  Let’s take a look at individual updates and keyword listings to see what may be more worth your time and money. And then take a look at some of our other kitchen suggestions in our kitchen guide. 

How to Landscape your home.

 If designing an entire landscape from scratch sounds intimidating, that’s because it is. The good news is that if done correctly, your landscape overhaul can save you a lot of time and money in the long run.Whether you’ve purchased the “haunted house” of the neighborhood or just let the yard get so overgrown that your lawnmower sputters in fear, renovating your landscape is easier than you might think.Here’s what you’ll need to know before getting in over your head.

Put safety first

Make safety your priority. If you recently purchased the home, carefully walk around the yard and pick up trash with a sturdy pair of gloves.Purchase a telescopic magnetic stick from your auto parts store, and use it to pick up any fallen roofing nails — that way you won’t find them in your foot later.To avoid digging disasters, call your utility companies before you dig so they can mark any buried pipes or lines.

Don’t bite off more than you can chew

Even if you have the perfect garden design in mind, remember that you have many years to see it through. Just start with the basics — a narrow foundation planting, a few trees, a small mailbox garden, and a manageable garden patch in the backyard.If signposts, trees, or fences make mowing a hassle, dig up the grass around them, and lay landscape fabric and mulch instead. You can add plantings later.

Eliminate weeds

Before you overhaul your landscape, eliminate weeds as soon as possible so they won’t proliferate and prosper in your newly planted lawn and garden. Their seeds and roots survive everything short of an atomic bomb, and even nearby weeds can colonize newly exposed soil by hitching a ride on the wind or your shoes.Chemicals can kill the “good” grass, so digging is your best bet. To protect your existing plants and grass, find a good, sharp trowel (serrated is best) or weeding tool, and remove the weeds one by one, replacing the disturbed soil with new turf as you go.To prevent new weeds while you work, cover up any exposed soil with landscaping fabric until it’s ready to be used. 

Customer Testimonials

"Help us find our Home"


I wanted to thank Melissa for all she did to make our dream of owning a home come true. I feel she was put into my life for a reason to help me on this crazy journey and she never gave up. When I met Melissa at a open house and told her what my family of 6 needed and the price point we were in, it was a task and most Realtors would have walked away from. After 4 months of searching, Melissa found us a 3700sf, 5 bedroom home that was bank owned through HUD, and after another 2 months of paperwork and inspections,  Melissa was there through it all and even when we got frustrated, she kept it going. I Just wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart . I am so happy when I walk through the door of our new home. I am truly Blessed.              

Char Silva 

"Had our home sold quick"

  Melissa listed our home for us, we had to move for my work and needed the home sold quick.  Melissa came to meet me at my work and gave me a market analysis on what we needed to sell the home without losing money.  Melissa put the house on the market on Friday we had 3 offers by Sunday and got over asking price.  She handled the whole process for us while we moved and we couldn't have done it without her.  Thank you                                          
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"Help us in relocating to Florida"


When we needed to move from  Seattle Washington to Florida for my Husbands work I needed a realtor. My in-laws referred  Melissa, so while on-line looking at homes I called her. I knew from the moment I talked with her that she was a great match for me. I am very picky and I know what kind of home I was looking for and when I told Melissa all the things I wanted in my new home she was right on. She emailed us some properties that were exactly what we wanted. She went to the home and took videos and pictures, walked the property, we loved it and  we felt so comfortable with Melissa we purchased the property. Melissa handled everything from inspections, water testing, survey's, she even watched the property for a month until we got moved down to Florida. Moving across the country is a really a stressful ordeal but Melissa took a lot of that stress out and we are so thankful.

John and Lisa Bradley 

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Melissa is an outstanding realtor who is very attentive. She will go above and beyond to help you with your purchase or your sale in any way she can. She is very detailed and will have your best interest at heart when purchasing a property. If you are looking to buy a home or to sell, I highly recommend her!

Jeff and Lila Massey 

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1662 Main St, Sarasota FL 34236