About Debra Lichter

Debra Lichter - with over 30 years of expertise in the Sarasota luxury waterfront property real estate business, Debra has made a name as a confident Sarasota real estate agent.  A Florida native, Debra has found her niche selling Longboat Key, Bird Key, Casey KeyLido Key, Siesta Key and Sarasota real estate. She is the Broker and Owner of Sarasota Beach to Bay agency www.sarasotabeachtobay.com.

Background: Debra graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor of Science and double Major in Business Management and Political Science and Minor in International Studies. She was also a SEC Registered Broker-Dealer from 1983-1991, and a (NASD) FINRA member for the sale of income properties. See some of Debra Lichter's Awards listed below.

Debra represents clients with total availability, attention to detail, real estate expertise, along with a confident and personable manner. She has participated in a number of unique transactions, including the January 2006 sale of a 1922 bungalow in the historic Riverview area of Bradenton to a former Southern Living magazine home designer.

In addition to real estate brokerage, Debra is a successful investor in multimillion-dollar waterfront properties. She develops the full potential of a property, whether renovating it or knocking it down. She was an investment partner in Whitehall Homes, the builder of Avalon in Palm Aire and Maple Hammock, and brokered the deal when Whitehall Homes sold Villages of Palm Aire to Taylor Woodrow Homes in 2000.

A Florida native born in Miami, Debra received a B.S. in Political Science and International Studies with a minor in Business Management from the University of South Florida. She is a Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM), Level One. For real estate properties with an income stream, she was a securities broker and member of the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) from 1986-1995.

In 1981, at age 25, she was recognized in the St. Petersburg Times as the selling broker for the largest transaction in Pinellas County history – the sale of the Pasadena Golf Club to Metro Development of Atlanta, for $10 million, which sold it to US Steel (USX) for $12 million, in a $22 million simultaneous transaction. US Steel developed the property into the Pasadena Yacht and Country Club waterfront community.

An avid athlete, Debra is a "master rower" and certified scuba diver. She was one of the founding families of the Sarasota Crew Rowing Team and president of the Sarasota Crew Booster Club for three years. Her hobbies include spinning, yoga and windsurfing. She enjoys cooking and is a gourmet chef.

She has been a “Parent Connector” for MIT for four years, representing Southwest Florida. She and her son formed a MIT Summer Send-Off get-acquainted program for student and parents in 2002. She is a member of the Women's Council of Realtors, receiving its “Superstar” Award in 2001. In January 2006, she was named chairman of the Sarasota Association of Realtors (SAR) Public Information Committee.

Additional Community Involvement Includes:
G. Wiz Science Museum
Susan G. Komen Foundation
Mote Marine Laboratory
Pine View School for the Gifted
Police Athletic League (PALS)
Selby Gardens
University of South Florida/USF Alumni Association

** VOTED Five-Star Best in Client Satisfaction Award **

Recipient of the Five-Star Best in Client Satisfaction Award by Sarasota Magazine. Surveys were sent to recent homebuyers in Sarasota, subscribers to SARASOTA magazine, along with community mortgage and title company offices. The entries were judged on their customer service, integrity, market knowledge, communication, closing preparation, negotiation, finding the right house, marketing efforts and overall satisfaction.

Sarasota Herald Tribune Article about Award-winning Realtor Debra Lichter


2007 President's Award


PRESS RELEASE - Sarasota Herald Tribune - SRQ Magazine 

SARASOTA, FL – October 14, 2019 -  Debra Lichter, Broker/Owner of Sarasota Beach-to-Bay Real Estate, has been awarded Realtor Emeritus status, which honors a Realtor who has been a member of the National Association of Realtors (NAR) for 40 years and who has served at the state, national or local level. The award was presented at the 2019 annual membership meeting of the Realtor Association of Sarasota and Manatee (RASM).

Lichter is a multimillion-dollar producer and luxury waterfront specialist with experience in Florida real estate development, investment and residential sales. For properties with an income stream, she was an SEC Registered Broker-Dealer and member of the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD, now FINRA) for 10 years.

Lichter is very active in her industry, serving as 2018 Chair and 2017 Vice-Chair of the RASM Realtor-Attorney Joint Committee (RAJC), which is composed of eight RASM Realtors and eight Sarasota-Manatee real estate attorneys. She has served three terms on the Public Information Committee, which she co-founded in 2006 and chaired in 2006 and 2007. She was appointed to a three-year term as a non-attorney member of the Bar Association Grievance Committee for the 12th Circuit.

Her efforts on behalf of the industry and board earned her the Realtor Association President’s Award in 2007. Clients rewarded her customer service by voting for her to receive the 2019 and 2020 Five Star Real Estate Agent Award for best in customer satisfaction.

A Florida native born in Miami, Lichter earned a B.S. in Political Science and International Studies with a minor in Business Management from the University of South Florida in Sarasota. She cites being a mother and grandmother as the most important part of her life, and was a founding parent of Sarasota Crew and an MIT Parent Connector. She can be reached at (941) 350-7104 or debralichter@gmail.com.

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For more information about Debra Lichter, please contact Sheila Brannan Longo of Thomas & Brannan Communications at (941) 355-3006 or sheila@thomasbrannan.com.