Marilyn Kneafsey

Marilyn Kneafsey

Broker Associate
Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate
100 N Tamiami Trl
Sarasota, FL 34236

Professional Background

Now, as an experienced realtor, I look back on my 30 year career as a senior manager at IBM simply as preparation for my real love … real estate.  My husband and I enjoyed every one of our 7 corporate relocations, loved renovating homes and building investment property.   

My responsibilities in the numerous and varied positions that I was privileged to hold at IBM included sales, marketing, consulting, project management, personnel and people management, financial management, risk management, contingency planning, and change management.  And I will bring ALL of these skills to bear to help make your real estate buying or selling experience a smooth, pleasant, and rewarding one.  

Most of all, I will listen carefully so that I can best bring my knowledge about our real estate marketplace and business expertise to bear to help you achieve your goals.


Business Philosophy

I have the greatest “job” in the world!  

For home sellers, featuring all the wonderful aspects of their unique home and of our suncoast and, for buyers, helping them to find the home that really does match the one they’ve been dreaming about. 

It is certainly not work.  It is a pleasure! 


Education and Recognition

Bachelor of Science from Bowling Green State University in Information Systems  (Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa)

Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Ohio State University in International Business

Named Cincinnati's "Business and Professional Woman of the Year"

Graduate, REALTOR® Institute (GRI) which is a national program of advanced real estate instruction and examination designed to increase members’ knowledge and skills in a broad array of technical and business subjects.  It requires a commitment to apply that knowledge consistent with the Code of Ethics.

Graduate of the Sarasota Association of Realtors' 2014 Emerging Leaders Program


Hobbies and Diversions

Former nationally ranked figure skater            

Ran first (and last!) 26 mile marathon 

Socially competitive (but not very good!) golfer  

Swim 1 mile+ three or more times a week

Proud grandmother of 5 

Cincinnati Red's fan 



Community Affiliations

Active and involved member of St. Martha's Catholic Church

Volunteer usher at Van Wezel Performing Arts Center

8 year Board Member of the Bay's Bluff Condo Association

Former city-wide Treasurer of Kindervelt in Cincinnati, Ohio - raising funds for Children's Hospital

Formerly IBM's liaison to United Way

Current member of the Association of Realtors' Leadership Academy Task Force


Recent Testimonials

"Your professionalism and friendly attention to every detail has been outstanding."

"I work with many realtors during my every day work and you have been truly special."

"She took the time to explain everything in detail with patience."

"Marilyn Kneafsey was an absolute joy to work with."

"Rarely do I come across business people that I am truly impressed by.  Marilyn Kneafsey's professionalism was extraordinary and her attention to detail flawless.  It was a joy working with her and a comfort knowing she was working on our behalf."

"... I don't exaggerate when I say it would not have