provided to The Santiva Chronicle
A celebration of another Sanibel business reopening brought out the representatives of the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, Jan. 17. Having purchased the John Naumann & Associates real estate brokerage one week before Hurricane Ian hit in September, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty, which operates 33 offices statewide, has completed recovery efforts at 1149 Periwinkle Way.
“We were privileged to acquire the 40-plus years of goodwill and the exceptional reputation John Naumann & Associates always had,” said managing broker Craig Dorfman. “Our entire Sanibel office is comprised of agents with many years of experience successfully marketing and selling Sanibel and Captiva properties under John Naumann. So, our Sanibel and Captiva customers will continue to receive the same outstanding service from agents they’ve loved working with all these years, but now that great service is paired with the worldwide exposure and resources that comes with being affiliated with Warren Buffett and Berkshire Hathaway.”
Berkshire Hathaway suffered only light damage from Hurricane Ian on Sept. 28. Since the storm, its agents have worked tirelessly to check on hundreds of properties affected by the hurricane.
“They have definitely served as valuable resources for those homeowners trying to navigate the renovation and/or sales process – all while many of those customers have been living out of state but needed assistance locally,” said Dorfman.
“We welcome the Berkshire Hathaway team to the island and to the chamber,” said John Lai, chamber president and CEO. “Its name, combined with the long-trusted John Naumann expertise, is a win-win for the islands’ real estate industry.”
“The SanCap chamber has always been a very strong and important force in supporting the businesses on Sanibel and Captiva Islands,” said Dorfman. “We at Berkshire Hathaway are very fortunate to have such an efficient organization helping rebuild our local economy.”