My wife Krystyna and I just recently purchased and closed on a condo at the Sanibel Inn that was both listed and sold by John R. Wood.  We worked with Valerie on that transaction and I just wanted to take a moment to tell you what a wonderful experience it was and tell you how pleased we were working with Valerie.  

From the moment we met Valerie at an open house on Sanibel she was kind and gracious with her time and expertise.  She followed up with us immediately later that afternoon and found us exactly what we asked for.  Valerie was a pleasure to work with, always prompt, knowledgeable and resourceful. 

My wife and I are both financial executives from New Jersey so it’s fair to say we have high standards and expectations when it comes to financial transactions, deadlines and responsiveness.  We couldn’t be more pleased with the level of service we received from Valerie and you are very fortunate to have her as part of your team.    

We will happily refer both your agency and Valerie to friends and colleagues looking for property in the area.  I look forward to doing business with Valerie again in the future and take great pleasure in knowing we have made a friend in Valerie that we can trust to help us locally when necessary.


Bob and Krys, New Jersey


Fully realizing that there are many stations in life and everybody isn’t wealthy who would like to live in Sanibel…..Val seems to grasp that concept.   She took the time to show us a variety of homes from what we felt we could actually afford (most of which would be the proverbial….fixer upper) to what we felt like we couldn’t afford.

From our first thought about where we might want to live both on and off the island …to the best deal she could get us that wasn’t a bottomless pit of repairs/updates.(fixer upper).  

That’s not all of it. I have never worked with anyone in the real estate broker part that is that……On Point.

Everything was over quickly and efficiently on the paperwork side.,….I mean On Point. This is the first time that I didn’t feel compelled to drag an attorney to closing with us because I questioned the agents competency.

She was able to provide us the step by step things to get the funds in the right place…tracking numbers….all the deed/discovery …..checks and balances….all of it….handled…… Any contacts she had for tradesman/craftsmen….lawn folks….helpful tips about a million things. 

John Wood is my recommendation to anyone I know for Southwest Florida Real Estate.  And Val…..Is my recommendation for an agent that any buyer or seller would want to handle your real estate transaction.


Don and Cindi, New Jersey


Professional, hardworking, respectful and caring is the best way to describe Valerie Tutor. We were extremely pleased with the way she handled the purchase of our new home in Sanibel. Real estate negotiations are never easy as a lot of emotions are normally involved. Choosing her to handle this transaction proved to be a very good match. She looked after our interests and negotiated 100% on our behalf. She was supported by a good team inside John R. Wood Island Real Estate.

What made Valerie's performance outstanding was how she handled the 'after sales' process. As a long time resident of Sanibel she is well connected with the local community. She pays close attention to detail and makes sure that nothing ever slips through the cracks.  She put us in contact with insurance agents, the relevant utilities as well as pool cleaning, garden and pest control services. We were very impressed with her dedication 'to make everything happen'.

We couldn't have asked for a better experience or set of results. We strongly recommend her and truly thank her and the John R. Wood Island Real Estate team for all their time and effort.


Name on File, Germany

My husband and I made several trips to Sanibel looking at properties to purchase prior to meeting Valerie. Not being from the area, we found there was much to learn about owning property on Sanibel. We made one trip to meet with Valerie. We found her to be very knowledgeable about Sanibel and and actively involved in various organizations/committees on the island. Valerie was responsive to emails, phone calls, and text messages. Though we did not expect an immediate response, she acknowledged receipt of any such communication and let us know when we could expect a response if it had not already been provided. Valerie kept us informed throughout the closing process. If you are looking for someone who will look out for your interest, Valerie is the person. We are glad that we met her and will use her again when the opportunity presents.

Wayne & Carol, Tennessee

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I am a true Florida native and proud of my heritage growing up in South Florida on an 80 acre cattle ranch only two hours from Sanibel. Since the early 1960s, my family loved to spend our free time on Sanibel and Captiva, so I pretty much grew up here. After living and working all over South and Central Florida, my husband and I were thrilled to be able to move home to Sanibel Island.

Kingfisher Real Estate Inc National Association of Realtors Sanibel & Captiva Islands Specialist
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