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RISMEDIA, January 20, 2011—Keller Williams Realty announced that two top REALTOR® teams—Jim and Donna Soda and Ian and Julie Cutmore—have joined forces under The Soda Group umbrella.

“We are proud to announce that we have recently entered into business with The Soda Group to develop our luxury home division within Keller Williams and to expand their reach,” said Brandon Kekich, Team Leader/CEO of Keller Williams Realty-Sarasota Lakewood Ranch. “We know that this relationship will be a win for us, a win for them and a win for their clients. Couple their skills and abilities with the Keller Williams systems and models to better assist buyers and sellers in today’s market, and The Soda Group will continue to expand their business through 2011 and beyond. This combination makes them simply unstoppable.”

According to the company, the Sodas and the Cutmores are the Number 1 and Number 2 teams respectively in Lakewood Ranch, according to Trendgraphix reports (34202 zip code). They have been responsible for more than $250 million in combined real estate transactions over the past eight years.

“Together we will be able to form our own business entity, grow our team, and augment our resources, knowledge and more than 30 years of combined experience to better serve our clients,” said team leader Jim Soda.

“Over the years we have worked together on opposite sides of the table—the seller side and the buyer side—and have found that we share the same commitment to customer service and professional standards,” said Ian Cutmore.

Plans include adding team members from Siesta Key, Longboat Key, Lido Key, Anna Maria and Bradenton, as well as other geographical areas, and forming a luxury department and international department. The Cutmores, who are originally from England, have helped numerous international clients to relocate to the Sarasota area.

Together, the Sodas and the Cutmores are the Number 1 real estate sales team in Manatee County in volume, and the Number 1 team in Lakewood Ranch in both volume and homes sold. In 2010, they averaged a home sold every four days. A dedicated team of professionals committed to providing the best possible real estate experience for their customers, both teams have been consistently voted by their customers and peers to receive the Five Star Real Estate Agent Award for overall customer satisfaction.

The team is experienced in working with short sales, foreclosures and first-time home buyers, as well as new construction, waterfront condos and golf course development, serving the greater Sarasota, Bradenton and Lakewood Ranch areas.

For more information, visit or call 941-840-1168 or 941-961-5857.