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Originally from New Jersey, Dawn Merrill has lived in Sarasota for 42 years and brings over 15 years of real estate experience to Premier Sotheby’s International Realty. She started in the field as an interior decorator for a homebuilder, assisting buyers and designing model homes. Dawn then spent six years as a sales professional at Neal Signature Homes, where she consistently had the highest sales volume, as well as achieving over $100 million in sales of new custom homes. She has received the Platinum Sales award at the Celebration of Excellence from the Manatee-Sarasota Building Industry Association multiple times and most recently for closing $23,233,000 in new home sales in 2017. Dawn is also a licensed Certified Building Contractor in the state of Florida and is part owner of Arox Land Development, a company that focuses on commercial site work.
A member of the REALTOR® Association of Sarasota and Manatee, she has earned designations for Pricing Strategy Advisor and Transnational Referral Certification. That knowledge, together with her extensive background in luxury design and custom home construction is what makes her a leader in the real estate field. From start to finish — preparing a property, building the structure, choosing the finishes, decorating the interior, listing the home, pricing it right, marketing it and selling it — Dawn’s expertise has been a huge asset to her customers in the build, purchase or sale of their homes. She is the past chair of the Sales and Marketing Council of the MSBIA and a current member of the NAHB Professional Women in Building Council.
Dawn’s mission is to be the best that she can be so that she can do the best for her buyers and sellers. She attributes her success to her ability to listen to people to truly understand what their needs are. Dawn believes in individualized service and does not take the “one size fits all” approach. She prides herself in her honesty, integrity and dedication to hard work.
Dawn has resided in Sarasota for 42 years. She is married to David Merrill, former mayor of Sarasota, and has three children. She has a son who works and resides in Sarasota, another son who attends the University of Florida, and a daughter who attends Pine View High School. Giving back to the community is important to Dawn. She has spent five years on the board of Cotillion Club of Sarasota as well as the executive board as president and vice president of logistics. Charities she is involved with also include being a founding member of Impact 100 SRQ, and a team captain for SPARCC — Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center’s annual Amazing Raise event.