Saint Augustine, Florida / 904.471.5903
Saint Augustine, Florida / 904.471.5903
Southern Realty, established in 1987, proudly holds the distinction of being the oldest active real estate company on Anastasia Island (32080), operating steadfastly from its original location primarily concentrating on southern
St. Johns County, particularly oceanfront and intracoastal properties.
We are a deliberately small local firm, closely attuned to the area. Our intentional size reflects our commitment to prioritizing quality over quantity. Through our local connections, we gain access to numerous
off-market properties not available online.
At Southern Realty, our agents go beyond merely opening doors and drafting contracts; we impart the intricate insights known only to those deeply rooted in this region. We don't rely on extensive advertising or plaster our names everywhere, counting on mass outreach. Instead, we choose discernment; we exclusively accept business that we are well-prepared to personally oversee and manage. Unlike other agents, we won't hand you off to assistants or transaction coordinators. Our commitment is not to stretch ourselves thin, but to invest more time and energy into each and every customer.
Southern Realty plays a vital role in safeguarding and conserving our cherished locale. Our deep-rooted affection for this community drives us to diligently preserve it. Overdevelopment has marred the charm of numerous enchanting places, and we confront similar challenges here. The tranquility of southern St. Johns County isn't a mere coincidence; it is a result of the local residents who have dedicated decades to the battle for the preservation of our remarkable environment and the enduring spirit of old Florida.
I am a real estate lawyer and investor. I have bought and sold properties for almost 40 years. I have worked with hundreds, maybe even a thousand, real estate agents and brokers in my career -- some good, some bad, but NONE better than Keto Burns. Keto's knowledge of his market is excellent, which is key to being a good realtor, but what is even more extraordinary is his obvious concern and empathy for his clients. This motivates him to be responsive, thorough, insightful, honest and careful, all while showing an obvious enthusiasm and connection to his client's needs and objectives. Unlike most agents, who focus only on their commission check at closing, Keto was more interested in ensuring that the seller and my wife and I as buyers had everything we needed, and were ready to close. After the closing, he has been incredible with his follow-through, helping us with referrals, resources and further insight. Since meeting Keto Burns in Fall, 2019, I now know how the ideal real estate broker operates. If the rest of the industry would or could follow his example, we would all be better off.
Keto was attentive and intuitive, as well as creative in both our home search and purchase negotiations. He never imposed his viewpoint or feelings, but actually listened to our feedback on each property--concerns, issues, bottom line. We worked together, benefiting from his local insights and expertise and fine-tuned our negotiations accordingly and successfully. He did not push the higher commission properties, but honestly evaluated each option with us. We felt he had our back and protected our interests every step of the way. Keto was always available to answer any of our questions and make himself available for yet another showing, never causing us to feel like we were wasting his time. He does not spread himself too thin so that he can focus and devote his energy to only a few properties at a time. We have had eleven major moves, national and international, over the past almost 4 decades. We have had both good and bad realtor relationships and experiences with the buying and selling of homes that that entails. We have only felt that 2 realtors did their best by us and Keto is one of them! We can recommend him with great enthusiasm and complete confidence.
Austin is the best agent I have ever worked with. His responsiveness was exceptionally fast, no matter what or how many questions I had. During the searching process Austin organized viewings immediately, no matter what day of the week. He did all negotiations on my behalf promptly and professionally from start to finish, and in such a pleasant manner. His wonderful demeanor and positive energy is unmistakable. I highly recommend Austin for your real estate needs.