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After 15 years of military moves, we were looking for a permanent home in Tampa. Darren White helped us find exactly what we were looking for. We first contacted Darren about a Hyde Park listing we saw on the Internet. Coming from Miami on house hunting tip, Darren took us on an all day tour of homes, showing us all the neighborhoods in South Tampa. Darren spent a lot of time talking with us, listening to what we wanted and over the next few months helped us to refine our search of on-line listings. We also made additional house hunting tips, and Darren researched the listings and lined up several houses for us to see on each trip. He would even preview houses for us and send us pictures before hand to make sure we maximized our time. When we found the house we wanted to buy, Darren went out of his way to make sure the deal went smoothly, and now we have the home of our dreams.

Darren's knowledge of the Tampa real estate market, along with his experience as a home builder and designer, proved invaluable as we conducted our search. It was the most positive experience we've ever had with a real estate agert in the last 20 years. I highly recommend Daren White to anyone searching for a home in the Tampa Bay area.

- Major Jeff Donnell, USAF


Words cannot express what an easy time I had with making sure everything was in order to allow us to move in, sell my house in Orlando and then close after a year of living in temporary quarters. Your negotiations skills with the home owner in Tampa and your ability to find me a better realtor to sell my house in Orlando allowed me to close after a year of trying to find a place - even though I had already worked with four other realtors in the area.

Thanks again for your continued friendship over the years, your dedication to supporting anyone I send your way and for personally helping me renovate my house! Your talent in renovating, decorating, and project/construction management is amazing. I can’t even decide what you do better - realty or design - oh well, I guess you’ll just have to continue to do both!!!

- Leah Treppel


We would like to express our extreme satisfaction with Darren White's services and his handling of our listing transfer to your office. As you recall, we had originally listed our house on Melrose Ave. with the North Coldwell Banker office. Upon our dissatisfaction with the listing agent's efforts and marketing campaign, we requested our listing be transferred to your office and be put under Darren's purview.

Darren showed exemplary attention to detail, professionalism and real estate acumen in marketing our home. His command of the construction, interior design and real estate industry is truly remarkable and quite a credit to your organization. In short, there are not enough accolades to express how satisfied we are with darren's services.

- Ramon & Anna Martinez


I have known Darren for years. He is a builder and much, much more on my penthouse at the Grand View on Harbor Island throughout the entire project. Darren is much more then a builder, he is also filled with the capacity of interior designer and also assisted with interior decorating. His knowledge of lighting, flow and structure was above average if not superlative.

I would give Darren my highest recommendation. In fact, I am using him on my very next project as I would for any residential building projects in the Tampa Bay area.

- Brian C. James MD.


The moment we purchased the penthouse shell, Danielle and I knew this could be such a special home for us, but we also realized a project like this would present some very difficult challenges. After working with you so successfully on our last home, and knowing the skills, talents, and level of commitment you brought to the table, we knew for us, you were the key to help achieve our vision.

What I find amazing are the daily visits and phone calls from the other penthouse builders, to ask your advise. or check to see how you solved a problem. How would they build those units without you? The design elements and details you incorporate in your three units are so well done, I almost feel bad for the penthouse owners who had only the help of an architect.

- Brian and Danielle Clark


It is with pleasure that I recommend Darren White to anyone as a contractor for a new home, office, or remodeling job. Darren was the project manager on our new home during construction in 1999 and 2000 and did an outstanding job. Our home is a two story brick veneer home with 7900 square feet of air conditioned space and a total space of 9100 square feet plus decks, drives and pool. The choice and coordination of the subcontractors was well done by Darren. Further, Darren worked closely with my wife in the choice of trim and colors and he again did a good job.

If Darren would like to show any prospective client our home by appointment he would be most welcome to do so.

- Robert Vaughn


We would like to express our appreciation to you for assisting us throughout the past year in the many decisions required in building our custom home in Avila. As you know, we were inexperienced in the building process and probably needed more guidance and had more questions than the average home builder.

We appreciate your professional and helpful manner in addressing our concerns. Your detailed and ongoing change order notices always kept us informed and within budget. Your rigid supervision and intervention with the subcontractors on our behalf alleviated our involvement. And your pleasant and courteous demeanor made the building experience a very enjoyable one for us.

- Betsy and Mike Hartman - GTE Area President • Florida Gulf Coast


Darren was the listing agent for our home on Harbour Island. The offer we made was contingent upon the swift sale of our existing home for close to full price. My wife and I were hesitant to put ourselves in this position, but after his initial tour of our existing home, Darren assured us that he would have no trouble selling it for our intended asking price.

In both the sale fo our last home and the purchase for our new home, Darren has proven to be the consummate professional. His knowledge and insight of the Tampa residential real estate market in general, and South Tampa & Harbour Island in particular, is second to none.

- J. Michael Ertel - The Bradway Group


I am co-owner of BHD a custom home builder in Palm Beach County. We have been in business for 30 years and build high quality custom homes in the $500,000 and up category. We are one of the premier builders known for our quality and attention to detail.

I had the pleasure of purchasing one of your custom homes. Living in this home, I have the opportunity to examine it in great detail and in my honest opinion I believe it to be one of the best-built homes that I have seen. The consideration to quality and detail to the finish work is superb and you can be very proud of your work. There are many builders around today, but very few that have the ability, desire or skills to construct the superior quality home to equal the one I live in now.

- Dan Thompson - Owner BHD Home Builder


Thanks for your assistance with the sale of my home. You are a true professional in every sense of the word. The champagne, cheese and fruit platter were a great touch and very much appreciated. I certainly hope I get the opportunity to work with you again in the future.

- Beth Dunlap Marangiello - Real Estate Financial


Thanks for being such a great, energetic person to work with in exchanging our houses. You have done a remarkable job. Every time I look at the artistic arrangement in our hall, I will say a little thank you…take care of Darren prayer.

- Pat Ertel

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