Client Reviews and Testimonials

When looking for the best Central Florida Realtor it's important to read independent client reviews to see what past customers have to say. For decades we have successfully handled $100 of millions in real estate transactions for 1000s of clients with a perfect 5 star rating. If you have real estate to buy or sell, contact us today to see how we can help.

Winter Haven Realtor Reviews

I recently sold my home in Winter Haven with The Stones. I've purchased and sold 3 homes in my life. My experience with Mike was by far the best, smoothest, and least stressful. He was confident and knew his stuff from day 1. He came to our house and did a thorough walk through.
He informed us of what we should do to get the max value out of our house. He didn't push to sign a contract that day at all. He left and said give me a call when you feel you are ready.

Well we followed what he said and it worked. We accepted an offer on our house on the first day it was listed! If and when we ever move back to central Florida I will without a doubt be using Mike.
Nick Galliher
From our first meeting to the final close, we found Mike Stone to be totally professional, responsive, attentive to the smallest of details, and patient with our sometimes tedious questions. Mike has full and current knowledge of our local market, while providing a realistic and positive approach to his negotiations. We found him to be intuitive to our expectations and a pleasure to do business with! In our opinion, Mike Stone is the BEST and ONLY choice for a real estate agent in Polk County !!
Mac and Judy McCain
“What a pleasure it was working with Eric and Jess on our relocation and finding our new home. They listened, asked the right questions and showed us a number of properties that met our needs. Their knowledge of the area helped us immensely in focusing our search until we found the "one". Patience, humor, professionalism and a human touch made working with them a great experience.”
Theresa and Brian Peluso
“From the evening we signed the contract to the closing at the title company, the home sold in less than a month. It was in the market Friday afternoon, two showings on Sunday and we accepted an offer $3,000 over what we were asking on Tuesday.

The Stones gave us advice on staging the home, had remarkable photography completed, including drone shots, and skillfully and quickly closed the deal.

This is the quickest and least stressful sale I have had of the 6 homes I had sold.”
Walter Lynch
“Living across the country and not knowing any Realtors in Florida, I interviewed a few to sell my mother’s house in Winter Haven. I chose Michael Stone because he was professional, knowledgeable and seemed like the best fit. I’ve worked with many Realtors over the years, and Michael is at the top of my list! He made solid recommendations, did more than I expected, and just made the selling process pleasurable and easy. Mom’s house sold in 1 day! Pictures were phenomenal, pricing was on the mark, and we closed in 45 days! Need a great Realtor? Michael Stone should be your choice!”
Clare Stewart
“I have now sold two homes and purchased one home using The Stones Real Estate Firm LLC (Michael Stone). They can sure sell a home quickly. They did a great job with the photos and the video of my home was outstanding! It has been a joy working with The Stones and everything was so easy. They know how to sell a home and I highly recommend them to anyone looking to buy or to sell a home.”
Morag Thompson
“Absolutely outstanding in every aspect of my home purchase. I highly recommend Deanna Stone for all of your real estate needs.”
Jeffrey Davidson
“Very experienced and knowledgeable Realtors.........Very responsive and attentive to details.....You won't be disappointed selecting this brokerage.....I retained their services three times and all three times they did not disappoint!”
Frank Mansella
“Absolutely hands down best Realtors ever! I have personally bought from Mike and Deanna twice and I send all of my family and friends to them. The experience is so much easier dealing with them anyone else!”
Eric & Jese Foster
“These agents are sales people!! I had no idea my house would sell as quick as it did. They handled everything great, I wish I had more to sell! I will say this to everybody, if you want your house to sell, THE STONES are the ones to get it done, hands down they are the BEST!”
Ron White
“The Stones are simply the best Realtors I have experienced having lived in several cities in North America. They are extremely knowledgeable and put together a great package to represent your home and get you top dollar. Simply look at the quality of the photos and presentation on their website to see for yourselves.”
Dr. Ali Zahari
“From start to finish, Mike was awesome! He ultimately matched us with a buyer that connected with the architecture, lakefront views and lifestyle of our family home. He has great insight into buyers and sellers in the overall market and understands the added value that lakefront properties hold. His unique approach to finding buyers outside of our local market is ultimately how we connected with the buyer of our house. From start to finish he took a personal interest in pricing, preparing, marketing, showing, advising and closing the sale of the property. He was always professional, detailed, flexible and available, and went way out of his way to help resolve the last minute issues that popped up in completing the sale. I give Mike my highest recommendation and would certainly use his services again.”
Bill Sands – Gene Leedy Home
“My husband and I have spent a few years on and off searching for a new home. Michael and Deanna were very patient and never pressured us into choosing a home that did not meet all our criteria. Texts and emails were always returned promptly, even when it was late at night and I didn’t expect a response until the following day I would receive one almost immediately. After they helped us find our new home, they sold our prior home. They made that process even easier than buying. They truly are your advocate in every way possible. We trust their judgement so much that we are constantly asking them for referrals as we continue to modify our new home. The customer service we received from them is unmatched.”
Joe and Layla Smith
“The Stones helped me both purchase and sell several houses. They really treated me like family and made the buying and selling process very easy. They’re extremely professional and I highly recommend them!”
Mark and Jill Gawlik
“Mike is the best realtor I have had the pleasure of working with. His constant communication and willingness to help warrant more than a 5 star review. I will definitely be using the Stones in the future.”
Chance Young
“Michael Stone helped us buy the house that met our needs. He was with us every step in the negotiation process and closing. He was then able to sell the house we were leaving within two months. His marketing was on target for the perfect buyer. Strongly recommend The Stones.”
Diane Lloyd
“Michael took the challenge of selling a historic home in a small town with no reservations. His knowledge of the local market and buyers’ tendencies sold the property sooner than I expected and within my preset pricing goal. Issues that arose were promptly communicated and dealt with professionally. Never felt like I was being “handled” just to keep the listing. I highly recommend The Stones.”
Justin Martin
“These people are sales people!! I had no idea my house would sell as quick as it did. They handled everything great, I wish I had more to sell! I will say this to everybody, if you want your house to sell, THE STONES are the ones to get it done, hands down they are the BEST!”
Ron White
“I would like to thank you!! For being a fantastic Realtor. This is a bad time of the year to sell. I met with you on a Friday. You had multiple walkthroughs on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. On Thursday you had a buyer and we close tomorrow. I cannot recommend you enough to anyone who is selling or buying. You made yourself available 24-7 and it felt like I was your only client. When I buy again, I will call you. When I sell again, I will call you. Impressed. I almost feel bad for the other condos in the area for sale for months, even longer. GREAT JOB!”
John Mills
“The Stones did a great job selling our home in Wyndsor Oaks. Very professional company.”
Ventas Medicas
“Hi Mike, Thank you for all of your help. We really appreciate it. Your attention to detail was awesome and you truly went the extra mile.”
Bill Sands
“The Stones are not only wonderful Realtors, but wonderful people. Deanna helped me get into my starter home 4 years ago, and helped me sell it to get into a larger home to start a family with my husband. Although it was a little bitty starter home, Deanna and Michael treated me just as equally as a person who was selling a luxury home. They made the listing photos look like a million bucks, and were quick to put it onto the market for me. They are always available if you have any questions and are eager to help. They are the epitome of what a Realtor should be, and I am so glad that they could help us start the next chapter in our lives. They will be our family’s Realtors for years to come!”
Kacie Laube
“The Stones sold our home at the perfect time at a great price allowing us to make a profit from the sale. Beautiful photos, tour and website showing off our home. Both Deanna and Mike are very friendly, personable and easy to work with.”
Gina Boche Barfield
“We just closed our home in Lakeland and simply could not be more impressed with the quality of professional service we received. Michael always responds quickly to any question, is highly proactive in resolving issues, and dispenses well thought out advice. You can trust him. They have developed one of the best real estate websites on the market. The Stones can assist you with any conceivable need. They can recommend quality professionals from insurance, home repair, pest control, and many other services. As a deployed service member, I had to rely heavily on Michael to help me close on time and he was there every step of the way looking out for my interests. I cannot give a higher recommendation.”
Monte Erfourth (US Army)
“As a first time home buyer, we were in need of a Realtor in the Valrico area. I knew Deanna was the best so I asked her for a recommendation in our buying area. She quickly recommended an agent whom she has never worked with directly, but had heard great things about. Unfortunately, the suggested Realtor neglected our needs as first time home buyers and we found it very difficult to work with her. However, with one phone call to Deanna, all of my troubles went away. She quickly reached out to the seller’s agent, our mortgage broker and the homeowners association that we were buying in to get all of our questions answered. She arranged the closing and took care of the details that we, as a first time homebuyers, had no idea needed to be handled. She is great and I highly recommend using The Stones. Your experience will be a positive one, for sure.”
Ellie Dahl
“Michael was great through the whole experience. He was very nice and also patient with us until we found just the right house. What really surprised me was after we found the house – he helped us navigate the unknown world of inspections and title/mortgage particulars that we had no idea he would be so knowledgeable and helpful with. I highly recommend him.”
Mr. & Mrs. David Norstedt
“I have purchased two homes from Michael and Deanna Stone and I will surely use them again in the future when we want to buy again. Our 1st property is now a rental property and is working for us by bringing in additional income! Working with the Stone’s I felt like their only customer and that they wanted to make sure the home I purchased was going to fit my every desire and need without busting my budget. They are quick to respond to any questions, they will set up as many showing as you need to make sure you find your perfect home, and they will always go above and beyond to make sure you are stress free during your home buying purchase whether it is your first, second, or ninth! We love our new home. Thank you Mike and Deanna, you guys are awesome!”
Jessica Foster
“Our experience working with The Stones was magnificent. Michael is very professional and he has a brilliant knowledge of the real estate business. It was a comfort to have a Realtor who liked to be totally involved in every aspect of correspondence. We couldn’t have chosen a better company to help with the sale of our home. Thank you Michael for everything!”
Mark Hinton
“My family has used The Stone’s for 3 transactions, and they are the absolute best. They are very resourceful and creative when challenges arise. I will continue to use them and recommend them to anyone looking for a home.”
John Lotze
“After much thought we decided to put our house on the market. We contacted The Stones and put our home on the market. Our experience from start to finish was both professional and personable. As a Realtor I could not ask for a more knowledgable and dependable person…Deanna Stone made our process fast and easy! I would recommend The Stones to any and everyone.”
Christy Westbrook
“My husband and I have been very fortunate to work with Michael & Deanna Stone on 4 real estate transactions over a period of 5 years, both buying and selling. Their knowledge of the local market is most impressive, they always seem to know the latest news and trends. In all of our transactions with them, we put ourselves completely in their hands and knew that they would handle everything with the utmost professionalism and in our best interests. I would highly recommend Michael and Deanna if you are looking for a team that will work extremely hard to meet all your expectations. You will know that you are dealing with true dedicated professionals that will go above and beyond for their clients.”
Sandi Silverman
“Deanna was a dream to work with. Always available for all my questions. I was living out of town and trying to find the right house for me which she did. She handled everything and made things easy for me. Thank you Deanna for all your help!”
Jo Duckworth
“Exceptional knowledge and I feel very fortunate to have been able to work with Deanna on the sale of my house. I had to be out of town for 2 weeks in the middle of the process and Deanna handle everything for me and kept me informed via text and email Deanna is very professional and knows the business very well.”
Charlotte Gonzalez
“Excellent professional service. Michael Stone was a pleasure to work with. Located a great property for me, and handled everything in a timely manner for a fast and easy closing. AAA+++”
Mark Barletta
“The Stone's are an amazing couple who made buying our dream home possible! If we hadn't had their guidance and support, we would have given up on our home.”
Brooke Feagle
“If you're looking for a home or want to sell your home we strongly recommend you to work with the Stones. We worked with Michael, he found us a beautiful home that met our wish list and he sold our house in 3 days, that's right, 3 days! The pictures he takes to put on their website are amazing, he does an awesome job with that. Michael and Deanna are very professional, knowledgeable and honest. We were very pleased to work with them. If we happen to want to sell our house in the future or buy another property we would definitely work with the Stones again. I wouldn't recommend anybody else. Thank you Michael!”
Carlos and Maria Polo
“Great people! The Stones helped us sell our home in less than 24 hours. They also helped us buy our new home within a tight time frame. I have my dream home now but if I ever need a Realtor again, I would not even consider anyone else.”
Michelle Alldredge
“I listed my property with the Stones on a Monday and had a contract by Wednesday! I have had the buying and selling experience with the Stones on four different properties and they made each one easy and smooth! I would highly recommend having the Stones in your corner whether it be buying or selling a property!”
Keith Miller
“Mike did a excellent job listing and selling our house, and helped us buy a beautiful new home. He was a professional thru both transactions and assisted in the closing for both homes. His knowledge on how to show the home helped. Our home was listed for only 10 days before we had a offer we could accept. Excellent job Mike! I would recommend Mike to anyone who would think about selling or buying a home.”
John and Kathy Boren
“What first attracted me to The Stones was their website. I knew if they put that much effort in maintaining such a professional and helpful site, that they were clearly focused on their customers and I was dead-on in my assessment. Mike's service was top-notch.

We moved from Virginia and went from accepting a new job in Florida to moved into our new home in Winter Haven in about 6 weeks. We couldn't have done that without Mike. He found us the perfect home in the best school district in the area and we couldn't be happier.

Thanks Mike!”
Jason Yates
“The Stones did a great job in helping us find our new home! They are very professional and knowledgeable in the market. We received excellent service and would highly recommend them for your real estate needs. Thanks for all of your help, Mike!”
Rob & Erika Joens
“The Stones Real Estate Firm provided excellent services putting my home on the market. From our first conversation to the day of the final transaction the firm assisted with all my concerns and needs. The Firm is extremely professional, knowledgeable and treat selling your home as if it were their very own.”
Jacqueline - Lake Shipp
“My wife and I love doing business with Mike and Deanna, they are the best! They represent your home as if it were their own from taking excellent photos to pointing out the smallest of details. They do a great job for you as a seller or a buyer (we were both in one week). Thanks Mike and Deanna!”
Jim Burns - Heron Cay
“Great service and advice as usual. Mike and Deanna have always given a realistic outlook on market conditions, whether buying or selling. This helped us make the sell decision and made initial pricing more reflective of what to expect as a return. Mike stayed on top of closing procedures and navigated a few unusual events (not of his making) with ease. Good people to have on your side.”
Justin & Niki Martin - Winterset
“The Stones were extremely helpful in finding the perfect place for us and for meeting us when it was convenient for us. I would highly recommend them for your real estate needs!”
Michael Rice - Winterset
“They sold our house in less than 30 days!”
Armando Colon - Mandolin
“We had an unbelievable experience selling our home with the Stones. From beginning to end they were there to help us prepare our home to be sold and it sold in ONLY 13 DAYS!”
Jennifer Ramirez - Miller's Landing
“The Stones helped both buy and sell our home. They helped us step by step and constantly within reach for any and all questions. Would most definitely recommend The Stones for all real estate needs.”
Trish Price
“I had a really great experience using Mike Stone as my Realtor to sell my home in Cypresswood. He sold it for me in 2 weeks for full asking price. Even with the delays caused by the hurricane, Mike helped me to close within a week of the original close date. Highly recommend!”
Bruce Clement - Cypresswood
“The Stones are great. Customer service beyond anything we could imagine or expect. Thanks for all you did Mike and Deanna!!!”
James Bent - Winterset Gardens
“Selling a home is always a stressful experience, but not when The Stones sell your home. Michael and Deanna are professional, knowledgeable and always available to answer your questions and give you great advice. They sold my home in 9 DAYS!! I would trust The Stones again with the next sale of my house. Thank you for making this experience very easy.”
Chris Boyette - Fox Hollow
“Mike and Deanna should absolutely be your choice to help buy or sell your home. They are professional, extremely courteous, and work very hard to find you what you need whether it be a home or a buyer. Hands down I would use them in the future and would recommend them to anyone I know. Strong professionals with great knowledge of the area!”
Matt & Rebecca Sumner - Harbor Estates
“Michael provided us with his best estimate of what to expect to transpire when we listed our home and that is exactly what happened. No surprises! We would most definitely recommend him to all our friends and family!”
Raymond and Terri Oppel
“Best real estate agent I've ever had. I was selling my home but was living in a different city. Michael was hands on and helped me sell my home in so many ways. I strongly recommend using him if you are a buyer or a seller.”
George Carter - Eloise Pointe
“Mike Stone is an extremely patient and knowledgeable Realtor! The entire experience was very calm because of the planning and communication with Mike. We feel great knowing that even in a seller's market we purchased our new home for thousands under appraised value.”
Derek Burns
“I highly recommend The Stones Real Estate Firm. Our house went under contract in less than a week and sold for full asking price! Michael's knowledge of the real estate market and amazing marketing skills are unparalleled. Thanks again to Michael and the Stone team for making our home selling experience everything we had hoped for.”
Pamela Bodine
“Our experience using The Stones Real Estate Firm was fantastic. The photos they took of our home brought the right buyer in only 16 days. Mike then helped us find a new home in less than a month. Both Deanna and Mike communicate extremely well keeping you in the loop about everything that is going on with your sale. We recommend these folks to anyone needing a Realtor that will work for you.”
M Hansen
“I have no reservation in recommending this firm. Michael was the one who helped me but I'm sure they're a great team. My house sold in 4 days for more than what I wanted to list it at.”
Vith - Crescent View
“My husband and I have worked with Mike and Deanne Stone for the past 10 years. They are both very knowledgeable and have walked us thru the process many times. They are loyal to their clients and very honest.”
Erin Warner - Crossroads
“One meeting with Michael and bingo, he was the one to sell my father's home. Only had to meet that one time, he was prepared with all market statistics, pricing and such! Everything was done smoothly, even though I live hours away. Michael had a contract with 2 weeks of putting it on the market and closed within a month. Not even 8 weeks and it closed. Very highly recommended and an amazing agent!!”
Christina Peterson
“My husband and I were so very pleased with the amazing job Michael Stone did for us. We are very thankful. We will surely recommend him to others!”
Bob and Dee Hackworth
“From start to finish, Michael was always available to provide us answers and get things done. Always professional while maintaining a personal touch. Highly recommend his services!”
Craig Corriveau
“From the day we met with Michael, we knew we had chosen the Realtor for us! He is highly knowledgeable, and he guided us through every step of the sale of our home. He listed our house and immediately let other Realtors know about it. Showings started within the first day and, in fact, the house sold in one day! If you are looking for a Realtor who will be on your side, who will listen, answer questions, keep you informed, and make things happen....look no further! Contact Michael and Deanna Stone!”
Rick Slaughter and Veita Stephens
“Words can't express how grateful we are to The Stones Real Estate Firm. Michael and Deanna went above and beyond to make us feel like we were valued clients. Our sale went through very quickly (under contract 2 days after listing!) and it was due to their thoughtful marketing plan, aerial drone photos, and assistance with detailed staging of the home. Michael expressed patience with our million+ questions and a thorough knowledge of the entire real estate transaction process. Would gladly use them again!”
Alan Adair
“Michael Stone was the most effective, responsive and professional Realtor that I have ever dealt with - and I have dealt with several. The property I was selling was at a remote location from my home and the sale was essentially effortless for me. Michael put an exceptional advertising brochure together in a day and had the property listed a day after we talked. There were multiple showings and an offer within a couple days. I feel so fortunate to have been able to deal with Michael and his real estate firm. I would recommend him very highly to anyone interested in selling property. He was exceptional!”
Bob Mantle
“The Stones listed and sold a lakefront estate property that I was representing. This is the second time I have worked with Mike Stone and each time he has done a professional and thorough job. As always there are obstacles that arise in every transaction and he is always on top of working things out to everyone's satisfaction. Very pleased and looking for the next time.”
Randy Brester
“Michael came and met with us before we were sure about when to put our house on the market. He was very knowledgeable about our house and the SE Winter Haven area. He had our house under contract in less than 3 weeks with multiple offers while other homes for sale in our neighborhood had been sitting inactive for months. His attention to detail and knowledge made selling our home very easy. I highly recommend The Stones Real Estate Firm.”
Jenny Darr
“Michael was on top of the entire situation, friendly, professional and highly competent. So glad we worked together on the sale of my home.”
Robert Fusco
“What a pleasure to work with, a true professional. My wife and I felt so comfortable through the entire process, can’t wait to work with Michael again on our new purchase.”
Matthew Osborn
“It doesn't get any better than the Stones. Listen and do what they tell you, they truly are professionals. Our house sold in a week. Thank you to The Stones Real Estate Firm!”
Phillip Thurston
“Deanna is AMAZING!!!! From Listing to Selling she is at the top of her class! Not to mention the most impossible sell of a house ever, she nailed it with flying colors and never stopped being persistent and following it all through until the end!!!! I can't say enough great things about The Stones!!!! If you are looking to Sell or Buy, this is where I would come a million times over!!!!!! Deanna has the patience of a Saint and handles all angles with professionalism and ease! #5STARS #BESTREALTOREVER #ROCKSTAR #BESTPHOTOS #DRONEVIDEOROCKS”
Christina Paul
“There are not enough superlatives to describe how wonderful it was to work with Deanna in selling our home. She was so professional in all aspects of the transaction. She was patient with our questions and concerns. She was always optimistic and kept us informed at every turn. There really are no other Realtors to consider if you are buying or selling a home in Polk County. Five stars is not enough for the service we received!”
Matthew Mick
“The Stones made the sale of my home a true pleasure they were super on top of everything from the day the sign went in the yard until the day of closing. I would highly recommend anyone considering either selling your home or buying a home to contact the Stones.”
Gary Gwynn
“Michael was amazing!! He took care of everything quickly, efficiently, and professionally, and I didn't need to worry about anything! I would recommend Michael for any of your real estate needs!”
Marsha Engelhardt
“Working with Michael was truly amazing!! He was knowledgeable, responsive, helpful and kind. He helped us sell two homes for our respective mothers and we really can't say enough good about how the whole process was handled! He will get it done!!!”
David and Kathi Jensen
“Mike made selling my home easy and painless. He is very professional yet friendly and caring. Had some great ideas for the selling of my home and it sold FAST. He walked me through the whole process and helped me understand everything that happened along the way. You simply can't go wrong with Mike as your Realtor!”
Anita Folkenberg
“Michael Stone was on point during the entire process. He is a true professional with the knowledge and experience as a Realtor that is second to none. Thank you Stones!!”
Ron and Terri Marciano
“I cannot say enough good about Deanna and the way she handled the sale of my grandmother's home. From start to finish, Deanna was knowledgable, overly helpful and a constant voice of understanding and guidance. I honestly wish we had another house to give her to sell. She took the reins and I never had an ounce of stress throughout the process. She sold the home for well over ask. Having multiple offers, she guided us on the best option and it was without a doubt a seamless process. I look forward to getting to refer Deanna Stone to family and friends for the sale of their homes!”
Jessica Strack
“We hired Deanna to sell our home on 1/15/20 and after nine showings in just eight days we were under contract on 1/24/20, which we found to be remarkable and no small thanks to her! Deanna is a consummate professional and responds to all phone calls, text messages, and emails in a timely manner, which is rare in our day with any profession. She not only helped us sell a home that we had lived and invested in for 18 years, but helped with the psychology of the negotiation process and the emotions associated with that. We will be moving out of state soon but know this...we’d never use any other Realtor in Central Florida! She is the best. Don’t look any further than The Stones.”
Tim and Cindy Bullington