Bird Bay Realty, Inc.

The Team you can trust!

Meet the Team

Hans Kirsten Realtor, GRI, BSBA
President, CEO Bird Bay Realty, Inc.

My family and I immigrated to the United States past the Statue of Liberty from West Germany in 1953. Sarasota has been my home since 1956. I graduated from Sarasota High School in 1961, spent four years in the US Navy and then graduated from the University of Florida in 1970. Since then, I have been selling Real Estate in Sarasota, Venice and Englewood. I worked for Michael Saunders and Co. as a developer condominium sales manager and for other individual developers on Lido Key, Longboat key, Siesta Key and Englewood. During that time, I became a Real Estate Realtor and then a Real Estate Broker with the Sarasota Board of Realtors. I have been a member of the Venice Board of Realtors for over 25 years. I am also a member of MIS and the National Board of Realtors. I am accessible through, or personally through my office to list, sell or give advice. I have a wonderful wife, Charlene from New Orleans. We share seven adult children between us; Mark, Colin, Brandon, Amber, Corinne, Meredith and Olivia and my grandson Zachary. My hobbies include tennis, boating, traveling and yard work when time permits.

Contact Hans Kirsten:
Office Telephone: Real Estate Sales 941-485-4804
Direct Line: 941-350-0441

Mary Kirsten
Office Manager – Rental Services Division Manager

Mary was born and raised in Oregon, OH. After graduating from Cardinal Stritch High School she joined the Ohio National Guard and served for 6 six years. She moved to Florida in 1996. Mary has years of customer service and human resources experience. She joined the Bird Bay Realty staff in 2009. Mary serves as the rental administrator and a licensed real estate agent. Rentals, both seasonal and annual, are her specialty. Mary is also a member of the National Board of Realtors as well as the Venice Board of Realtors.

Contact Mary Kirsten:
Office Telephone: Real Estate Rental 941-484-6777
Direct Line: 941-504-3626

Barbara Ursel-Byrd

“Barbara Byrd” was born in Johnstown, PA. She moved to Venice in the mid 1970’s. Being in Venice most of her life, Barb has an extensive knowledge of this area. In addition to being a Realtor, she has owned her own cleaning business for 20 years and also offers condo watch services.

Contact Barbara Ursel-Byrd:
Office Telephone: Real Estate Sales 941-485-4804
Direct Line: 941-468-4608