Dean Saunders

Broker, Founder

(863) 648-1528


Dean Saunders, ALC, CCIM is owner/broker of SVN | Saunders Real Estate (SVNSRE) in Lakeland, Florida.

Since 1985, Dean has specialized in Florida land and conservation easements. He served in the US Senate as Agricultural Liaison, Special Assistant, and Director of External Affairs to US Senator Lawton Chiles, then Governor Chiles (D-FL).

From 1992 to 1996, he was elected to the Florida House of Representatives, where his strong passion for supporting landowner property rights and conserving the integrity of a property’s natural resources culminated in his authorship of groundbreaking conservation legislation.

He comes from an eighth-generation Florida agricultural family, earned a BSA from the University of Florida in Fruit Crops, Food and Resource Economics, and is a recognized Florida land and conservation easement authority.

In 1996, Dean formed the real estate brokerage firm as Saunders Real Estate, LLC and affiliated with the SVN brand in early 2006. This affiliation brought a national and global presence to the firm.

Dean receives significant recognition for exemplary sales performance from both the SVN affiliate network and regional industry organizations. He has earned the #1 Sales Professional recognition in the SVN affiliate network multiple times. He has led the company to SVN’s highest honor, the Commercial Elite award, for outstanding company sales performance and customer service multiple times. He was recognized as the Florida Realtor® of the Year by the Realtor® Land Institute (RLI). In 2003, Saunders was selected by the National Association of Realtor®, along with Alan Greenspan, then four-term chairman of the Federal Reserve Board, as one of the exclusive nine “Notables.” As a Notable, Dean was considered by his peers to be among the influential in real estate nationally.

Dean serves on the advisory board of the Bergstrom Real Estate School at the University of Florida, where he contributes to the professionalism and education in the real estate industry. Dean is a member Realtor® of the Lakeland Association of Realtors®, among others, including the Central Florida Commercial Association of Realtors® and the Florida Gulfcoast Commercial Association of Realtors®. He is the former chair of the Florida Real Estate Commission (FREC), which oversaw nearly 200,000 real estate licensees in 2001 and is past president of the Florida Chapter of Realtors® Land Institute (RLI). He is Chairman of the Legislative Committee for RLI and on the Board of Directors of RLI.

As an industry authority, Dean is published and quoted in a variety of respected journals, such as The Land Report, Florida Investor, Florida Trend, and Florida Forests. He authored the benchmark, award-winning consumer publication, We Create Solutions: A Primer on Conservation Easements, and produces a real estate Florida land conference based upon his innovative work through the Lay of the Land Market Report. The report is unique in that it details hard data for verified Florida land sales and values for specific land property types.

Dean resides in Lakeland, FL with wife, Gina, and their four children and is an avid hunter with numerous trophy mounts. Each year, the Saunders family commissions an original painting to add to The Saunders Collection: Natural Lands of Florida and Agricultural Heritage from well-known Florida wildlife artists.




Large Acreage Land
Ranchland, Recreational Land, Pastureland
Citrus Lands, Groves
Entitled Land and Bulk Lots
Conservation Easements
Florida Land Values & Verified Sales Analysis
Publisher of the Lay of the Land Market Report of verified Florida land sales
Producer of the Lay of the Land Florida Land Conference
Author of "We Create Solutions: A Primer on Conservation Easements"
Agricultural land


• SVN - Commercial Elite Office – top 15 Global: 2016-2010; 2008- 2006
• #3 in the Top 5 Sales Professional – among 3,000 SVN commercial professionals
• SVN - #1 office Florida – 2016-2011, 2008-2006
• The Land Report's America’s Best Brokerages – Best Land Brokers Nationwide – 2015-2010
• The Land Report's Timberland Deal of the Year – 2014
• MerComm, Inc. Marketing Awards – Galaxy Award for 21-page pamphlet “We Create Solutions for Landowners” Conservation Easement, authored by Dean Saunders - 2002
• MerComm, Inc. Marketing Awards – Mercury Award for 21-page pamphlet “We Create Solutions for Landowners” Conservation Easement, authored by Dean Saunders
• SVN - #1 Sales Professional North America – 2014, 2011, 2010, 2008, 2006
• SVN - Top 2% – 2016-2006
• SVN - Circle of Distinction Platinum – 2016, 2015, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2008, 2007, 2006
• SVN - Circle of Distinction Gold – 2013
• SVN - Circle of Distinction Bronze – 2009
• SVN - #1 Sales Professional in the State of Florida – 2016-2015, 2011, 2010, 2008
• SVN - #1 Sales Professional by Specialty – Land – 2016, 2014, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2008
• SVN - #1 Sales Professional by Specialty – Sales – 2014, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2008
• SVN - Top 5 Producers Regionally-South Region – 2007
• FGCAR - Pinnacle Award – #1 Top Producer – National – Land – 2016, 2014, 2011, 2010, 2008, 2012, 2007, 2006
• FGCAR - Pinnacle Award – Overall Top Producer – 2014
• CFCAR - Hallmark Award – #1 Overall Top Producer -Land – 2016, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2007, 2006
• CFCAR - Hallmark Award – #1 Overall Top Producer – Polk County – 2016, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2008
• CFCAR - Hallmark Award – #1 Overall Top Producer by Volume – 2016, 2011
• CFCAR - Hallmark Award – Top 10 Producer Overall – Polk County – 2010
• CFCAR - Hallmark Award – Top 10 Producers – Land – 2008
• CFCAR - Hallmark Award – Top 10 Producer Overall – 2008
• CFCAR - Hallmark Award – Most Deals – Polk County – 2006
• CFCAR - Hallmark Award – Top 10 Overall in Sales – 2006
• Realtors® Land Institute - Florida Land Realtor® of the Year – 2013