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Darla was great to work with and helped us get into our dream home!

Even though we had some very specific wants in a tough price range, she always found places for us to look at. She was also very good at looking through our picks and letting us know which ones wouldn’t work for what we wanted and why. We are so grateful for all of Darla’s hard work and we absolutely love our new home.

Nichole and Brandyn B.  Aurora, Colorado

I have known Darla for about a year now and have found her to be one of the brightest lights I’ve ever come across in the real estate business.

  That says a lot to me since I’ve been in real estate for 32 years now.  My first encounter with Darla was when she interviewed me for a real estate website.  Her disarming charm and engaging personality came full force over the phone.  I was immediately struck by the passion and joy of what she does I was fortunate to be able to attend her seminar at a real estate convention last fall and was again mesmerized by her warm personality and generosity of spirit in sharing what she has learned in the business.  Darla embodies what I’ve come know as a “loving kindness”.  I believe we attract what we put out to the world.  Darla understands this and is able to demonstrate how this can be put to work in the real estate industry.  The world needs more Darlas.

Keith Kropp, J.Wood Realty Sarasota, FL.

If relationships are as important to your business as responsibilities, I can assure you that Darla Michelsen will bring value, consistency and a proactive kindness to the goals and challenges your venture faces.

William Dillon   KAMLET / SHEPHERD

Joey was a big help in our home buying process.

We had a limited amount of time and he was always available. We could always trust his information. His judgement was never clouded with just "trying to close a deal". We felt he was really looking after our interest.

Mary L

I actually didn't deal with Sonny.

We met him once and JEFF MARCHA was the one who handled everything. Jeff was great. Very helpful when we needed him to answer certain questions for us. Went to bat for us when the situation called for it.

St. Petersburg Buyer

My Husband and I recently moved to the St.

Petersburg area from London. Although I grew up in St. Petersburg, I had not lived here in over 10 years, in which time St. Pete had gone a true transformation. Joey actually met with us on New Years Eve day - what a great work ethic! During our first meeting, he really listened to what we wanted and needed in a home. His local knowledge and expertise on the process was impressive. Within hours, we were on the system and looking at houses! Joey was very easy to get a hold of and even though he has many clients and meetings, it felt like we were his only clients! Within a week, we were viewing houses and found our new home quite quickly! He was a pro at helping us negotiate the price and the process moved very quickly after that. Days after, the home inspection was complete and he arranged for a quick closing as well. We couldn't be happier with our choice of house or choice of realtor!!! Joey Romanik is a total star and would highly recommend him to anyone!!!

Jennifer L.

We worked with Joey at the Hotchkiss group, and he was AMAZING!

He was our agent for a home sale that we just completed, and we were thoroughly impressed throughout the entire process. He was quick to reply to inquiries, very knowledgeable, and really did everything that he needed to do to get our home sold- quickly! I would highly recommend this real estate group if you are looking for an agent in the area.

Celesta Carter

Listed my Condominium - I needed a quick sell and was set for this to be difficult.

But we priced it right and had it sold in two days. The subsequent inspection and closing went well - a very easy process.


As an asset manager it is very important to have someone locally who knows the market, has contractors available to help with work that needs to be completed, offers suggestions to maximize sales price, and responds immediately.

Sonny meets all of these needs and on top of that, he is a real pleasure to work with.

Cheryl H.

In the fall of 2011 we decided to visit St.

Petersburg and decide if it was a place we'd like to live. We did some research on the internet and found some advertisements for Sonny Hotchkiss so we contacted him. From the very beginning Sonny was great to work with. During that first visit, Sonny took us to several different homes for sale in the area to help us get an idea of the St. Petersburg housing market. After that visit, Sonny set us up to receive regular listing updates and my partner, Jack, went through them every day for over 6 months. If Jack had a question about a property he would just call or email Sonny and Sonny would give us more information. Because Sonny took the time to get to know us on that first visit, he really understood what we were looking for. Once our house in Ohio went into contract, we decided (at the last minute) to come back to St. Petersburg and try to find a home to buy. Sonny rearranged his plans to accommodate us and took us to see several properties. The property we finally decided on was a short sale and Sonny was very upfront in letting us know that the process could take several months. We wrote an offer on the house anyway and we were prepared to wait... This is where Sonny truly helped us out! Sonny went above and beyond his role as a Realtor and pushed the seller's bank into accepting the short sale offer. After less than 10 days we had bank approval and they even wanted to move the closing date to 2 weeks earlier! Sonny then helped out even more by helping us navigate Florida insurance. We had to order an elevation survey for flood insurance and when that came back the flood insurance was "very high". Sonny worked with a contact of his at Harbor Insurance, Gina, and they were able to get the flood insurance back to a very, very reasonable level. Thanks to Sonny we were able to close on our house in Florida just 1 week after the final sale of our house in Ohio. Sonny truly went the extra mile for us and I highly recommend him to anyone looking to buy a home in the St. Pete/Tampa Bay area.

Doug H. and Jack M.

With all of the recent turmoil and fluctuations taking place in the real estate market over the last several years, we were concerned that we may not be able to get the price we wanted for our home.

Sonny was able to do a competitive market analysis and substantiate the true market value of our most valuable asset. From the onset, Sonny made us feel confident that we had selected the right realtor to sell our home. His service, professionalism and most importantly, the results he achieved, far surpassed any expectations we had. With Sonny's expertise and assistance, we successfully sold our home very close to our asking price, within 2 days. Should I need a realtor again, I would not hesitate to use The Hotchkiss Group.

Kevin F.

My husband and I used Joey Romanik, Sonny's partner, as our real estate agent when we purchased our first home this year.

As first time homebuyers with a bad taste in our mouth from a different agent, we were afraid and anxious. Joey was awesome! He was easy to get in touch with, frequently communicated updates and helped us navigate the homebuying process, and was never pushy or coercive. We are all settled into our new home now and we are so appreciative to Joey for lending us his expertise in this matter. Highly recommend and will definitely be using him for any future real estate transactions.

Holly T.

Had two excellent experiences with Sonny, first representing us as buyers and then as sellers.

In both cases, Sonny's deep knowledge of the local market and real estate procedures in general was always evident and very helpful. We would highly recommend Sonny to anyone looking to buy or sell a home.

Steven B.

Sonny is incredible!

He is so delightful and responsive. Our sale was complicated and he handled it with grace and ease. It was a true pleasure to have him as our agent. I would highly recommend him.

Tricia & Phil D.

Sonny helped my girlfriend and I search for a home in South Tampa for about six months, which can be challenging.

We really wanted a home in South Tampa, on a budget. Sonny always took our requests to heart and showed us a ton of properties. When we finally found the home we ended up purchasing, he was able to secure that for us quickly and efficiently. He really knows his way around as well and is very knowledgeable!

Cody H.

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