About Us

ANJA DEICHMANN

2016 MASTERS AWARD RECIPIENT

Originally from Munich, Germany, Anja Deichmann made Sarasota her home in 2003 after living the New York City life for almost a decade. She decided to combine her two major interests real estate and marketing and obtained her real estate license in 2005. In 2008 she also achieved her brokers license.

Anja and her husband enjoy an invigorating yet balanced lifestyle. Anja is family oriented, a zealous animal lover and she has a passion for horses and the equestrian sport. Her favored discipline is Dressage, but you may also find her on horseback on the beach or on the trails.

Anja holds a degree in communications & marketing, which has proven to be very beneficial for her career in real estate. She is dedicated to her clients and makes reaching their goals her personal mission. Anja epitomizes energy, integrity and creative solutions in all her real estate transactions. She truly enjoys assisting her clients and in return her clients value her friendly yet professional approach, her hard work, her focus on their individual needs and desires, and her never-tiring enthusiasm for real estate and marketing.

Anja certainly goes the extra mile to earn your trust and your referrals and strives to build ever-lasting relationships based on exceptional service, high values and strong work ethics.

It all started with a lady named Michael.

Seeing an opportunity through the lack of a local real estate company dedicated to the utmost in customer service, Michael Saunders decided to fill the void herself by founding Michael Saunders & Company 40 years ago — in 1976.

Little did she know at the time that her new brand of customer engagement—delivered with her signature style from a single small office on Sarasota's St. Armands Circle — would grow to include 26 branch offices in three Florida counties; and an influence on the real estate business felt around the world.

Even from its earliest days, Michael's was a company informed by solid core values, driven by knowledge and hard work; and based on the mutual trust that develops from cultivating lasting customer relationships. Pretty much a voice in the wilderness back then, Michael’s deeply held values along with a keen focus on customer service and global connections are now shared by dedicated agents—from Bradenton to Boca Grande.

In 2003, Michael was joined in the business by her son Drayton, who grew up around the company even as it was growing. Drayton not only shares Michael's passion for real estate but also her fierce insistence on remaining an independent company focused on serving the unique needs of her local constituents on Florida's Gulf Coast.

The company they have built together goes beyond real estate to being a proud member of the communities that have contributed so much to its success. Giving back to these communities is a value that starts at the top and is shared by members of the Michael Saunders & Company family. For this reason, the MSC Foundation was founded as a way to engage our agents, management and staff at every level of charitable giving to the members of our community most in need of shelter, sustenance and a path to self-sufficiency.

Our earnest beginnings have blossomed into a corporate culture where character, integrity and good works speak for themselves; and every customer interaction should lead
to a rewarding real estate experience. And it all began with a lady named Michael.

Michael Saunders & Company

 

You deserve the best people by your side

Our Services

We offer a full range of dedicated real estate services, making your home buying or selling experience seamless, stress-free and rewarding.

Search thousands of properties to buy or rent

Find land, homes and condos for sale, that inspire you.

The best new developments, presented by
Michael Saunders & Company

At MSC Mortgage, we partner with Michael Saunders & Company to provide a full range of real estate services along with home financing options.

Commercial property experts specializing in Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte County and beyond.

We go beyond simply meeting your needs. We anticipate them.

Gulf Coast and Sarasota, FL rentals
Vacation rentals, you'll find your place here

Coming or going, we will help you relocate in style

Our Values

 
Integrity

Building relationships based on trust.

Excellence

Exceeding the needs and expectations of all.

Communication

Positive, productive and harmonious relationships.

Mutual Profitability

The resources to grow and prosper.

Meet the Founders

Michael Saunders

FOUNDER & CEO

Thanks to a lifetime spent in Southwest Florida and the last forty years at the helm of her company, Michael Saunders has sat squarely at the epicenter of one of Florida's fastest growing and most desirable regions. One of the surest barometers of that growth and desirability is the parallel expansion of Michael Saunders & Company® during the same period. In 1995, the company enjoyed annual sales volume of just over $274 million. Ten years later that volume had increased eleven-fold, rocketing upward to the tune of $3.07 billion.

Nothing about this phenomenal growth has been accidental. It was never about luck or being in the right place at the right time—although Michael's native-born understanding of the region didn't hurt. Growing up along the coast helped her identify major gaps in the real estate market that were being woefully underserved at the time. Above all, she set out to provide buyers and sellers of fine coastal properties something they didn't automatically expect from a real estate company back then—outstanding customer service, uncompromising integrity and a brand of cutting-edge marketing rarely seen in the real estate industry.

Her many years of hard work and hands-on stewardship have been rewarded with their equivalent in success. Now halfway through her fourth decade as the dynamic force behind a real estate enterprise that today employs nearly 700 professionally trained agents and an administrative staff of nearly 200, Michael has propelled the company toward a new level of international distinction. Already well-known globally for representing the finest properties on the Gulf Coast, Michael maintains close ties with leading names in worldwide real estate and maintains powerful affiliations with the worlds leading brokerage networks—including Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, Luxury Portfolio International, Christie's International Real Estate, Mayfair International Realty and The Realty Alliance. After receiving twin degrees in history and psychology from Florida State University, Michael began her career as a history teacher at Manatee High School—in Bradenton—before joining the Manatee County Court System as a juvenile court counselor. Then, as a single mother raising a child on her own, she sought a new career direction that would provide greater independence and financial security.

With $5,000 borrowed from an acquaintance—because banks frowned on lending money to single women back then—Michael debuted the company in 1976 as a single small office on Sarasota's St. Armands Circle. Since then, Michael Saunders & Company® has grown into a regional network of 24 full-service real estate offices spanning Florida's Gulf Coast from Bradenton to Punta Gorda. In addition to its worldwide capabilities, the company now offers a comprehensive range of customer-oriented services, including residential and commercial sales, new homes marketing, commercial property management, resort management and corporate relocation. Additional services include MSC Mortgage, MSC Title, MSC Assets Management and REO Divisions. With success comes added social responsibility and Michael has maintained a deep and longstanding commitment toward enriching the community life of Southwest Florida. Her groundbreaking achievements in real estate notwithstanding, Saunders never lost her love for teaching or allowed her focus on real estate to diminish her strongly-held conviction that one person can make all the difference in the life and welfare of a child. To this day, her philanthropic activities largely involve underwriting programs that protect, educate or otherwise enhance the quality of life for children and young adults. These noteworthy causes include All-Star Children's Foundation, Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and Manatee Counties, Brothers & Sisters Doing The Right Thing, Child Protection Center, Junior Achievement, Habitat for Humanity, Community AIDS Network, Florida Studio Theater's Children's Write-A-Play Program, Education Foundation of Sarasota County, The Florida State University Foundation, Manatee County Schools Foundation, The University of South Florida Foundation, The Foundation for Manatee Community College and Ringling School of Art & Design.

In her time away from the office, Michael's commitment to the environment—plus her passion for fishing, the sea and the awesome natural beauty of the native Florida landscape—has led her into active involvements with Mote Marine Laboratory, where she is an honorary board member, and The Marie Selby Botanical Garden, where she is a past Chairman of the Board.

In 2015, Saunders was named to the Inman Top 101, recognizing the most influential people in U.S. real estate. In 2003, Saunders became the first female recipient of the Florida Enterprise Medal, an honor bestowed annually by the Merchant's Association of Florida. In accepting the honor, she joined some of the most distinguished and influential Floridians of the past thirty years. That same year, she was named "Citizen of the Year" by the Sarasota Kiwanis Club and was honored by the Sarasota Community Video Archives with a cinematic time-capsule depicting her countless contributions to civic life.

Michael Saunders & Company® has been named one of the top 500 women-owned businesses by Working Women magazine, ranks third among leading women-owned businesses in Florida and is listed among the top 100 businesses in Florida by The Tampa Bay Business Journal. Michael has appeared on the cover of Florida Trend magazine, was awarded "She Knows Where She's Going" by Girls Inc. of Sarasota County, and received the Visionary Award from The Marie Selby Botanical Gardens.

In 2004, Saunders earned statewide recognition by being named Ernst & Young's "Entrepreneur of the Year." That same year, the company was awarded the prestigious "Excellence in Industry Award" by Sarasota's Committee for Economic Development. Moreover, Michael Saunders & Company® is regularly cited in the media for being among the region's largest and most admired companies; and its founder for being one its most admired citizens.

Drayton Saunders

PRESIDENT

Although he grew up immersed in the culture of the company, Drayton Saunders didn't formally join Michael Saunders & Company® until January of 2003. Since then he has held a number of key leadership roles that have culminated in his current position as company President.

A native of Florida, Drayton was born in Sarasota. He attended high school at The Bush School in Seattle, Washington; and graduated in 1995 from Colgate University, in New York, where he majored in philosophy, minored in economics and was a member of the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity.

While at Colgate, Drayton developed and nurtured a passion for Latin America. This lead him to participate with Amigos de las Americas—a non-denominational, non-profit group that focuses on basic problems in rural communities throughout Latin America. Projects he helped facilitate included building homes for teachers in Costa Rica; and—working in conjunction with CARE International—helping to improve basic sanitation, health and hygiene practices in the highlands of Ecuador.

After college, Drayton spent eight years in Santiago, Chile conceptualizing then opening New York Bagel Bakery, Chile's first bagel coffee shop. In 2003 after selling the business, he returned to Sarasota where he joined Michael Saunders & Company®. He managed the firm's Venice and Longboat Key offices and then went on to assume President position of MSC Title and MSC Mortgage. In 2009 he also became President of Michael Saunders & Company®.

As proactive in his off hours as he is during each business day, Drayton is proud to have been a founding member of Sarasota's Young Professionals Group—an organizational offshoot of the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce. He has served on numerous boards of directors, including those for The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, The Community Foundation of Sarasota, and the Sarasota Association of REALTORS®.

Drayton is the Vice President of the MSC Foundation, established in 2011 to expand the company's legacy of philanthropy. With its mission statement "to improve the lives in the communities we serve by providing funds to organizations that offer shelter, sustenance, education and a path to self-sufficiency," the MSC Foundation funds grants to well-deserving organizations whose important work improves the quality of life along Florida's Gulf Coast.

Currently he sits on the boards of FSU Medical—Sarasota, Goodwill Manasota, CRAAB – Community Reinvestment Act Advisory Committee Sarasota, MFRMLS Board of Directors, Sarasota EDC and Visit Sarasota County—the county's official tourism agency. There he is also actively involved in the exploratory Bayfront 20:20 project to optimize access to the Sarasota bay front and create a common vision for its future.

Closer to his home near downtown Sarasota, Drayton serves on the board of the Harbor Acres Homeowners Association. In his spare time he enjoys sailing, cooking, spending time with his wife and daughter; and salsa dancing.

Testimonials


  •  We would like to especially commend Anja Deichmann. Not only does she represent your company with the highest level of integrity and professionalism, Anja ensured that our best interests and the achievement of our dreams to live in Sarasota were achieved.



     We would like to especially commend Anja Deichmann. Not only does she represent your company with the highest level of integrity and professionalism, Anja ensured that our best interests and the achievement of our dreams to live in Sarasota were achieved.


    Frank and Mary Ann D.


  •  I would like to give a short testimonial about my recent transaction in Sarasota. We had the pleasure to work with Anja. Our experience was great, we found a genuine professional that demonstrated patience, competence and made us feel like we were her only customer. She demonstrated negotiation skills, talent and passion. We recommend you using Anja's services.



     I would like to give a short testimonial about my recent transaction in Sarasota. We had the pleasure to work with Anja. Our experience was great, we found a genuine professional that demonstrated patience, competence and made us feel like we were her only customer. She demonstrated negotiation skills, talent and passion. We recommend you using Anja's services.


    Denis Houde


  •  Anja Deichmann is the consummate professional, very knowledgeable, and a tireless agent. Her work ethic and energy are truly extraordinary. In addition to having immense professional credentials, Anja is pleasant and fun to work with, and a truly caring person. We strongly recommend Anja to anyone looking to buy or sell in the Sarasota area.



     Anja Deichmann is the consummate professional, very knowledgeable, and a tireless agent. Her work ethic and energy are truly extraordinary. In addition to having immense professional credentials, Anja is pleasant and fun to work with, and a truly caring person. We strongly recommend Anja to anyone looking to buy or sell in the Sarasota area.


    Victoria & Nelson H.

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