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★★★★★
"We were very happy with Lori & Marcy. They are very sincere and throughout the process were honest, up front, and if anything, tried to point out every potential negative with each property we looked at. When we started to get shopping fatigue and were considering settling for something that didn’t meet all the items on our wish list, their response was always “you can do better”. We almost went with a nice house on a busy street and they talked us out of it.

I’m fairly high maintenance and want to check out all possible options before proceeding and they were very patient. There was never any pressure, yet they were always available with advice and suggestions. For the various advisors needed to complete the deal they had great recommendations.

They’ve lived in the area for many years and have a lot of direct knowledge which led to us buying a home before it was on the market.
"-Don B.

★★★★★
"We recently sold our house during the Covid-19 pandemic breaking highest price records in the Upper Eastside, Belle Meade and Bayside.  We had spoken to a couple of other area realtors but we didn’t feel they had our best interest at hand, were very pushy, and we witnessed carelessness regarding the following of Covid precautions.  Selling your home can be extremely stressful, especially considering we have 3 young children and a dog, but it was anything but that with Lori and Marcy.  Our house did not even hit the market.  We had a full price offer within 2 days.  We couldn’t be happier with the service that we received.  They will definitely be selling our next house!"-Danny and Roger, Bayside Historic District

★★★★★
"I met with 3 other area realtors but from the moment I met Marcy and Lori they were the most engaged, thoughtful and informative.  And once we got started...WOW!  I've been in client services my entire career and can confidently say they went above and beyond my expectations (even my family loves them).  From staging to pricing, and especially to handle my sale during COVID, it was a dream.  Their responsiveness can't be beat. I feel extremely lucky to have worked with them and I still can't believe we were under contract in 5 days and closed in less than 30!" -Jessica C., Miami Shores



About Gimme Shelter
Top-producing GIMME SHELTER team offers you the combined talents of three highly dedicated and visionary real estate professionals working full-time on your behalf.

Marcy Kaplan and Lori Brandt, sisters, moved from NYC to Miami Beach in 1994 and soon became residents of Upper East Side’s neighborhoods, Morningside and Bayside. Seeing the area’s potential, they opened Crybaby, one of the MIMO District’s first boutiques back in 1998. These longtime residents have established a proven track record of real estate success, specializing in the Design District, Morningside, Bayside, Belle Meade, Palm Grove, Shorecrest, El Portal, Biscayne Park and Miami Shores for the past 18 years. Claudia Stec Russo, their newest team member, is Marcy and Lori’s long-time neighbor and client, who shares their love for Miami’s Upper East Side and passion for historic homes.

Marcy is a creative and visionary trendsetter. She attended SUNY Purchase, NYU, and earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Lehman College. She enjoyed a successful career as a makeup artist, interior designer, and personal trainer before transitioning into real estate. Her artistic talents are well utilized in the team’s marketing, staging and styling properties for sale and matchmaking buyers with their perfect home. She is passionate about senior dog rescue and competitive amateur boxing. Marcy is enjoying a newfound interest in yoga and meditation. She owned historic homes in Morningside and Bayside before her recent move to Palm Bay Condo.

Lori brings coordination, organization and attention to detail to the team. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Vermont and a Master’s degree from NYU. Prior to real estate, Lori had a successful career in nursing at NY Hospital/Cornell Medical Center, Beth Israel Hospital, and Jackson Memorial Hospital. She was an adjunct professor at Barry University School of Nursing teaching community health and psychiatric nursing. Lori is conscientious and responsible, ensuring that every transaction is as smooth as possible, keeping you informed every step of the way. She resides in Miami Shores and is a proud single adoptive mother of a child from Kazakhstan. Lori volunteers in animal rescue and is a dog Mama of her 3 fur babies.

Claudia was born and raised in Panama where she graduated Dental School and enjoyed a rewarding career as a Dentist, before moving to Miami in 2008. She met Marcy and Lori when purchasing her first home eleven years ago, and since then has bought and renovated homes in the Upper Eastside, Miami Beach and most recently, Biscayne Park. Fueled by her passion for tastefully transforming homes and commitment to excellence in customer service she decided to pursue a career in Real Estate. An adventurous traveler and eater, she loves to explore Miami’s culinary scene, as well as paddle-boarding in Biscayne Bay with her husband Victor and their 2 little rescued dogs. She believes in giving back, so she is a regular volunteer at a local animal shelter. As a result of her travels and diverse upbringing she is fluent in English, Spanish and Italian.

Buyers and sellers delight in the team’s savvy negotiating skills, eye for unique and special properties, and personalized attention and care throughout each and every transaction.

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Gimme Shelter’s Listings

Listed By Compass
Pending
$898,000
4 BD
3 BA
2,401 SF
Listed By Compass
$815,000
4 BD
3 BA
2,218 SF