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Bringing it home

omeowners know the pitfalls of buying or selling a home. Fortunately, Lake and Sumter counties are loaded with hardworking Realtors who can help rst-time buyers or longtime owners navigate around those pitfalls.

The landscape of this area is constantly changing, and as the counties continue to grow, more homes are being built and more families and members of the workforce are moving in. Realtors are busier than ever. They’re more prosperous, too.

In this issue, we’re presenting the Realtor of the Year, Connie Mahan, as chosen by the Realtors Association

of Lake and Sumter Counties. This isn’t the rst time Connie has graced the cover of our magazine. You might recall that Connie won Lake and Sumter Style’s annual Business Woman of the Year in 2019. It’s ironic that Connie became a Realtor almost by accident, yet has achieved unprecedented success in the eld. Congratulations to Connie for adding another award to her already-full trophy case.

We are also featuring pro les of other top Realtors, as well as those million-dollar and multimilliondollar sellers who are movers and shakers in the area. These Realtors are successful because they make sure buyers and sellers are happy. In short, they help both parties nd the perfect match for their needs and take pride in making dreams come true.

Now, and speaking of dreams come true, I want to share some exciting personal news. I am going to be a grandmother again! In January, my daughter, Shaena, along with her husband, announced that she is pregnant with their rst child! I was lled with joy when I heard this. I adore babies—those cute smiles, those tiny little ngers, those pure hearts. To think I have another one coming into my life overwhelms me with happiness. And guess what? It’s a boy! If you’re a Facebook friend of mine, you can rest assured I will be posting plenty of pictures leading up to and after my new little grandson’s birth!

May God bless each of you!


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Just Stress

e often associate post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) with wars, natural disasters, and other life-threatening events. But posttraumatic stress (PTS), a less severe form, can occur at any time during or after cancer treatment, from diagnosis onward, and it can also strike parents of childhood cancer survivors.

Cancer diagnosis can cause normal stress reactions like having repeated frightening thoughts, being distracted or overexcited, having trouble sleeping, and feeling detached from oneself or reality. PTS symptoms are more pronounced and can include feeling defensive, irritable, or fearful; being unable to think clearly; experiencing more sleeping problems;

avoiding other people; and losing interest in life. PTS symptoms can be triggered by smells, sounds, and sights that one had experienced during cancer treatment, even long after treatment has ended. And if left unaddressed, PTS can worsen into PTSD.

You can help protect yourself against PTS by getting good social support, learning about your stage of cancer, and having good communication with your healthcare providers. If you experience PTS, crisis interventions similar to those for PTSD can reduce stress. These include relaxation training, support groups, and (if symptoms are severe) medication. Talk to your doctor if you think you are experiencing PTS.

When It’s More than

Keeping Our Brains Healthy

“What doesn’t our brain do for our body?” asks Wendy Hall, LCSW. “Our brain does everything that’s important to our functioning.” Hall outlines five ways that we can maintain a healthy brain.

1. Be socially active, whether in person or remotely. Some RBOI support groups continue to offer an online option to keep people connected.

2. Stay mentally stimulated. Puzzles and reading engage our brains. So do hobbies that involve hand-eye coordination, like knitting or woodworking.

3. Get enough sleep. Insufficient sleep affects both our mood and our reasoning ability. The National Institutes of Health found that volunteers who slept 8 hours outperformed those who slept only 6 or 7 hours when it came to learning a task.

4. Engage in healthy eating habits and make sure you are well-nourished. Writes Eva Selhub, MD, at Harvard Health, “What you eat directly affects the structure and function of your brain and, ultimately, your mood.”

5. Exercise is the most important way to maintain a healthy brain. “It can be daily walking,” Hall says. “Whatever we can start out with, whatever kind of exercise, is what we should do.”


Percent of doctor visits in the U.S. related to stress (American Institute of Stress)


Recommended minutes of moderate exercise per week (U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Navigating a New Normal

The American Society of Clinical Oncology recommends the following for reducing stress:

• Avoid scheduling conflicts and give yourself enough space between appointments.

• Be aware of your limits and don’t feel guilty about saying “No.”

• Ask family friends, and coworkers for help with tasks.

• Prioritize your tasks and do the ones most important to you if you cannot do them all.

• Break your tasks down into smaller steps that are easier to handle.

• Concentrate on what you can control.

• Get help with financial problems by talking to an oncology social worker or a financial adviser.

25% Percentage lowered risk of depression among adults who got the recommended amount of physical activity per week (American Psychological Association)

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Writing in a journal for as little as 20 minutes a month for 3 months can benefit physical and emotional health. (World Health Organization)

RBOI’s social workers are here to support you, free of charge. Call us if you need help: Amy Roberts, LCSW, at 352-732-0277 or Wendy Hall, LCSW, at 352-527-0106.

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Mount Dora Air Brush Artist Richard Barrenechea painted a mural at McCracken’s Irish Pub, 719 W. Main Street in downtown Leesburg, to highlight the new restaurant, which opened in 2022. The mural, featuring the legendary Kraken depicted in the restaurant’s logo, is representative of the pub’s seaside-inspired Irish cuisine and culture. Richard, renowned throughout Central Florida for his unique art style, says he enjoys painting murals and is honored to have been chosen for the project. Other murals by Richard can be seen at Olive Branch restaurant and at the Starry Night House in Mount Dora, Leesburg Center for the Arts, Triangle RV and Boat Storage in Tavares, Barnwood, Wolf Branch and Sol de Mexicao in Eustis, and more.


Barrel of Books and Games, 403 N. Donnelly St. in downtown Mount Dora, and Sunshine Book Co., 647 Lake Ave. in downtown Clermont, were featured in Southern Living’s Jan. 2023 list of “20 Bookstores Everyone Should Visit in Florida.” So, whether interested in browsing selections or purchasing your next read, visit either one of these Lake County gems to nd the titles you’re looking for.


A new, 151,000-square-foot Costco wholesale warehouse is being built in Clermont. The much-anticipated retailer will anchor Plaza Collina, a commercial heavy, mixed-use development north of S.R. 50 directly across from Headquarter Mazda and Headquarter Honda. Costco will be joined at that location by Floor & Décor and Bojangles. The project is expected to


World War II veteran and longtime Clermont resident Frank Klum Sr., who turned 100 on January 24, was honored with a parade that passed by his house led by the Clermont Police and Fire Departments. The VFW Post 5277 he belongs to also hosted a pre-birthday party where Frank’s community involvement and years of service in the Army Air Force Corps/Air Force from 1941 to 1961 were recognized. Dozens of family members, friends, and dignitaries attended. Frank, who is known for playing his trumpet for friends on their birthdays, remains an active member of Fitness

CF gym and the Kiwanis Club of Clermont.



Bruce and Cathy Brown opened the Florida Scrub-Jay Trail in 2003 so visitors could catch a glimpse of the Florida Scrub-Jay, a federally threatened species whose population is estimated between 7,700 and 9,300 that lives primarily in areas containing dry, sandy soil and oak scrub trees. The Browns started the Florida Scrub-Jay Trail through a grant from the National Wildlife Federation. With assistance from dedicated volunteers, the Browns planted hundreds of trees on the property to help emulate the scrub jay habitat, ensuring the protection and preservation of this species.


For cyclists, it can be somewhat annoying when a bike trail traverses alongside busy highways and streets. That’s not a problem on the James Van Fleet Trail, which spans 29 miles into parts of Lake, Sumter, and Polk counties. Quiet and remote, it’s unquestionably the most rural local bike trail and o ers scenic views of swamp land, cow pastures and dense forests. The trail also lacks the heart-pounding climbs that might steer inexperienced cyclists away from the sport. Lake County residents can access the trail from the Mabel Trailhead on S.R. 50, ve miles past the intersection of C.R. 565/Bay Lake Road.


The Cli ord-Taylor House was built in 1910 on the shores of Lake Eustis by Eustis’ rst settler Guilford Cli ord, who constructed the city’s rst building, a general store located downtown. The home is made of Florida cypress, and the wood oors are heart of pine. The 4,500-squarefoot home contains 18 rooms, including ve bedrooms, two bathrooms, two great hallways and a basement. Call 352.483.0046

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Action-packed excitement and nail-biting moments await at The Villages Senior Games, April 15-23. This competition allows people age 50 and older to showcase their athletic skills in numerous sports, including archery, basketball shooting, softball, swimming, track and eld, volleyball, and more. In addition to earning gold, silver and bronze medals, athletes hope to punch their ticket to the National Senior Games, July 7-18 in Pittsburgh.


Relay for Life of Tri-County, an 18-hour event that raises funds to ght cancer and create awareness about the deadly disease, will take place Saturday, April 15 at 250 Rolling Acres Road in Lady Lake. Beginning at 5 p.m., participants walk around a track throughout the night. Proceeds bene t the American Cancer Society.


Kudos to Akers Media Group Sta Writers James Combs and Roxanne Brown, who recently garnered 11 awards – combined – for stories entered in the Florida Press Club’s 2022 Excellence in Journalism competition. The stories, published in Style, won in categories including: ‘Headline Writing,’ ‘Sports Commentary,’ ‘Religion News,’ ‘Light Features,’ ‘Education Writing,’ and more. Visit www. for a full list of award winners recognized during a banquet in Daytona Beach on Jan. 14.


Tatiana Sidorova

Hard-working mom adds hard hat to collection of pageant crowns, turning dreams into reality in Central Florida.


What brought me to Florida: In 2005, at age 20, I moved to Florida as a student exchange employee at Universal Studios. It was a three-month job for the summer. I came with $150 in my pocket and barely spoke English. My family called me crazy. I was supposed to go back and never did. I saw a huge life of opportunity and possibility in a country where you can achieve anything. After living here for three months by myself, I took the craziest leap of faith. Now my parents live here in Florida with me.

What brought me to Lake County: I was living in Orange County when I applied for the amazing job at Dream Finders Homes, so I moved to Minneola. I fell in love with Lake County and feel like I belong here. I love the hills, nature trails, beautiful parks, and the school system.

Career highlights:

Top producer 2021 and 2022. As a realtor working for Dream Finders Homes, I sell homes and manage construction projects.

Specific career goals: I’m passionate about my work and making dreams come true for my clients.

Best thing about my career: We create a home from scratch, so it’s like delivering a baby for the client. We create their dream, watch it grow and at the end, give it to them. It’s rewarding to be part of this process, knowing I’m part of a family’s legacy.

Personal achievements: Crowned Mrs. Florida 2017 (after having two kids!). Worldwide participation in pageants as Mrs. Moldova and Mrs. Florida. Top 5 nationwide in Mrs. America pageants. Top 3 Mrs. World. Semi- nalist in Mrs. Globe. I have a few crowns in my closet! Now I’m the “Queen of Construction.”

Favorite activities: Krav Maga, ballroom dancing, vacationing with my kids.

Four words that best describe me:

Determined, passionate, authentic, caring.

Best advice to my younger self: Believe in yourself.

On my bucket list: Visit countries I haven’t yet (Japan, India, France). Win a ballroom dance competition. Get my blackbelt in Krav Maga.

Favorite books: The Four Agreements, Ask and It Is Given

Words to live by: Find what brings you joy and do it.

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Leader of the pack striding toward college, Olympics, medical career.

Making it to Champs/ Footlocker XC National Championship: It was such a surreal feeling crossing that nish line knowing that I was one of only 40 that quali ed and the only one from Florida. It’s a moment that I will never forget. It was a dream come true.

Something I will take from this experience is: To not get caught up so much in the lights and just enjoy the moment.

One of my personal bests is: 14:59.25 for a 5k, placing 81st of the all-time top runners at McAlpine Park since it started in 1982 and one of only 12 Floridians to break 15

I discovered my passion: When I was in the 4th grade at Tavares Elementary School. The TMS cross country coaches hosted a race called the Patriot Mile Elementary School Challenge and I came blazing through the nish chute in 1st place.

When I’m on the track, I am motived by: My hopes and dreams of one day being able to call myself an Olympian.

A saying I live by: “Everybody you ght is not your enemy and everybody that helps you is not your friend.” - Mike Tyson

In the future: I have three official visits coming up with Notre Dame, NC State, and FSU. I plan to run in college and work towards getting my doctorate to work in the medical field.

Topping my music playlist: “Just Wanna Rock” by Lil Uzi Vert

My message to the world: Always be kind!

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Cebert Wealth delivers confidence through superb financial planning.

ard work and dedication pay big dividends.

Just ask Private Wealth Advisor Dale Cebert. He started Cebert Wealth 25 years ago from scratch. He hired his mom as receptionist and his father-in-law as administrator. His o ce was located in a 900 squarefoot building. The Villages was much smaller back then, so building a client base presented a big challenge.

Fortunately, Dale was up to the task. From the very beginning, he exhibited three traits that ultimately helped him win over the hearts and trust of clients: he was passionate, he was reliable, and he practiced ongoing communication.

Fast-forward 25 years. Today, Cebert Wealth has grown considerably since its humble beginnings. The practice now has nine financial advisors, 13 support

staff, and is one of the largest Ameriprise franchises in Florida. Cebert Wealth’s client base spans 46 states and 1,400 households.

In September 2022, Cebert Wealth opened another o ce in Brownwood Paddock Square, allowing the team to serve new retirees moving to the south end of The Villages. Soon, the team will open an o ce in Orlando and is currently considering a location in Tampa.

“I think the growth can be attributed back to 2002 when I made a big change to make our team di erent,” Dale says. “Many advisors spend money, time, and e ort trying to nd new clients. What I wanted to do was spend time, money, and e ort building relationships with existing clients, as well as educating and communicating with them and letting them be our advocates. We became a referral-only business by focusing on strengthening relationships

with clients and exceeding their expectations, so they felt compelled to share their experience with friends.”

This service-oriented approach has become Cebert Wealth’s most


Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. and every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. Local clients can come to the o ce to attend the presentations, while out-of-state clients can log in via a laptop or cellphone. During the presentation, they can type questions that are answered by the Cebert Wealth team.

Cebert Wealth also hosts special events for clients, including concerts, themed happy hours, and charity events.

“We’re constantly looking for ways to spend more time with clients, educate them, and show them how important they are to us,” Dale says.

In addition to client relationships, another aspect that sets the team

assets internally.

“Every advisor on our team is part of this committee,” Dale says. “That means clients have a team of advisors guiding them rather than just one. The committee also enables us to tap into the tremendous experience and talent each team member has.”


Integrity and care are hallmarks of the Cebert Wealth experience. Those qualities are at the root of all the firm does and the essence of who the advisors are.

At Cebert Wealth, clients can build their financial plan with confidence while being informed every step of the way.

These presentations

“It’s important that clients are in touch with their financial advisor to hear what is going on and what is being done about it,” Dale says. “These live presentations allow us to explain what we feel is happening in the market, how we think things will play out, and what we’re doing about it as far as managing their portfolios. We are proactive in how we manage money, but it’s very important that we’re proactive in how we communicate with clients. This is not just lip service.
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Dale talks about the team’s nine advisors.

1 / Chad Noble, Financial Advisor:

“Chad joined me in 2004 and has earned the position of partner in the firm. He is always working to find ways to innovate and improve the systems and processes used to enhance our clients’ experiences. His enthusiasm for investment knowledge and research makes him a valuable member of our investment committee.”

2 / Alec Thomas, Financial Advisor:

“He joined our team in 2010, but I’ve known him for much longer. Alec has the qualities that make him a valuable member to our team: intelligence, compassion, and a dedication to others. As a UCF graduate, he has brought passion for finance and people to the Cebert Wealth team, making him a valued member of our investment committee.”

3 / Cathy Harris, Financial Advisor: “Cathy joined me when we joined Ameriprise 4.5 years ago. Her father was an Ameriprise advisor in North Carolina. She grew up in that environment. She has been a tremendous asset to our team. Her clients love her. She takes tremendous care of clients and is extremely devoted to the people she interacts with.”

4 / Steve Peterson, Financial Advisor: “Steve, who joined us several years ago, is incredibly bright. He is the most influential person on the investment committee. He eats, breathes, and sleeps the markets. He and I speak about our portfolios and what’s going on in the market on a daily basis. The ideas that he brings are what we ultimately implement as we’re making changes in portfolios.”

5 / Tom Romanac, Financial Advisor: “Tom has been with Ameriprise for over 35 years. He came to work for me over a year ago. He had been in management and compliance with Ameriprise. He was the perfect fit to become our operations manager.”

6 / David DeSantis, Paraplanner:

“I’ve known David for 25 years. He owned Greiner’s Clothing for Men in Ocala, and I was one of his customers. He recently sold his business. When I heard he was looking for opportunities, I reached out to him. I am thrilled to have him join our team. He knows everyone in Ocala, has tremendous people skills, and possesses a very strong work ethic.”

7 / Tim Coakley, Financial Advisor: “Tim joined our team last year. He came from the banking industry. He has been a licensed advisor for many years and is well-suited for customer service. He is very detailed-oriented and loves interacting with people. He has definitely hit the ground running since joining our company.”

8 / Michael Fraher, Financial Advisor: “Michael will be joining our team in March. He has been with Ameriprise for 27 years and built a very strong practice in Orlando. He has a master’s degree in business administration. I’m very excited to see what he can do when he’s part of a team that is constantly encouraging each other. He is very proactive in how he communicates with clients, how he educates clients, and how he manages assets.”

9 / Keri Mitchel, Financial Advisor: “Keri has been with me for 12 years. She has been my personal assistant throughout that time. She has an extensive educational background and licensing in our industry. She is incredibly smart, and clients love her.”

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f under the impression that downsizing means having to give up on living large, you may want to think again. That’s because located in Oxford, near The Villages, is the beautiful Lakeshore community made up of charming, quality, cottage homes by Simple Life that will have you wondering why you didn’t take the leap to simpler living sooner.

“Simple Life’s culture emphasizes residential experiences, and not necessarily a collection of responsibilities and possessions,” says Simple Life founder and CEO Mike McCann, explaining that if you’re looking for lower costs and less maintenance than what goes along with traditional housing, plus community, and a place to enjoy living, Lakeshore might be perfect for you.

Lakeshore is an all-inclusive community of cottage homes on 100-acres along the shore of tranquil Lake Andrew that appeals to people seeking a permanent residence, a second home, or a vacation property at a signi cantly lower cost than traditional real estate.

Residents purchase their homes, but instead of buying the lot outright, they lease it long-term from Simple Life.

Lakeshore’s single community land approach also allows bulk purchasing of utilities and services, passing the quality and savings along to the homeowner. Keeping it simple, all home-operating costs traditionally paid separately are streamlined into one convenient monthly payment. Owners never worry about paying for water, sewer, trash and recycling, premium cable, hi-speed internet, tree care, lawn care, fertilizing, irrigation, or use of the pool or tness facility.

Lakeshore residents enjoy one a ordable monthly fee, allowing for less maintenance and more life. The predictable monthly costs and all-inclusive maintenance create a savings of time and money.

“The concept of buying your home and leasing your lot isn’t new; in fact, it’s done all over the United States in commercial settings. Think of CVS, Walgreens and many other national bricks and sticks companies who lease their land for 99 years and own their building,” says McCann. “It’s

Residents of Lakeshore are happily downsizing to live life to the fullest.

also a popular way to reduce housing costs. Leasing allows you to lower your total cost without compromising any of your homeownership rights.”

Not only that, but Lakeshore incorporates all-inclusive community living with other like-minded individuals looking for a place to enjoy life.

Residents have exclusive access to amenities, including a beautiful clubhouse, community pool, tness facility, dog park, repit, pickle ball/bocce ball, walking trails, observation deck, as well as many social events to attend.

“Lakeshore has a gorgeous tree hammock, a beautiful lake, lovely walking trails, spacious views, lots of wildlife, and so much more. It’s very easy to fall in love with the place and the lifestyle.” McCann says. “We invest in amenities to the tune of $3-4 million and we hire sta to work with residents on activities, so whether it’s Bible study one day or wine at sunset another, we’re bringing people together to share time and fun.”

The concept for such a community where homeowners can focus on the

‘value of lifestyle’ versus ‘cost of living’ originated in North Carolina back in 2017, where the company’s rst community is located.

When McCann and other partners involved in the project saw that it was thriving, they decided to introduce the concept to Florida where people with like demographics might enjoy something similar, and that’s where Lakeshore comes in. At rst, Lakeshore o ered manufactured homes but due to lack of material availability, they transitioned to site built homes by partnering with Lee Woods Construction, a local homebuilder.

New homeowners at Lakeshore choose from a selection of 1 and 2-bedroom, 725- to 1085-square-foot cottage homes ranging from $200,000 to the high $300,000s, with the choice of added amenities like garages, guest cottages, private courtyards, and lakefront lots.

All of the homes are traditionally built on-site, with customization options for colors, xtures and nishes.

The homes are constructed with energy e ciency and durability in

mind, which means metal roofs versus shingles, berglass doors and Hardie® Board exteriors that won’t warp or rot like wood materials, and double pane insulated windows throughout.

They also include features like quartz countertops, tray ceilings, crown molding and recessed lighting that not only serve to beautify the home, but make it appear larger inside.

“Our homes are smaller, which is the point of living a simple lifestyle, but some of these features make the home feel larger,” says Jennifer Belisario, Simple Life’s Director of Sales and Marketing. “And sure, residents moving in end up of getting rid of things to achieve more of a simplistic way of living, but that feeling of freedom from not being burdened with so much stu is kind of liberating.”

Overall, McCann says as beautiful as the Lakeshore community is, Simple Life is for those who want to engage with people on a regular basis, adding: “The best life is lived simply, at a lower cost and with fewer burdens in a community of neighbors who become friends.”

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Connie Mahan talks about winning Realtor ® of the Year. STORY: JAMES COMBS X PHOTOS: NICOLE HAMEL

and received the United Way of Sumter County Hometown Hero award. Other honors include: Outstanding Sumter County Small Business of the Year; Sumter County Innovator in Real Estate; and the “Top 10 Women to Watch in the Heart of Central Florida.” Recently, she was recognized as one of RISMedia’s 2023 Real Estate Newsmakers.

In addition, Connie Mahan Real Estate Group is South Sumter County’s top independent agency in both volume

Connie is humbled about her achievements. For her, it’s really all about a love for her community, a love for her clients, and a love

“Being of service to others is my mission; the fact that I get to do that through real estate is a blessing,” she says. “Helping people buy, sell,


build their family generational wealth, working with investors, and building my community is work that truly doesn’t feel like it should be called work. It’s a gift I get every day. And now a strong passion of mine is working with new agents. I enjoy giving agents the chance that Micki gave me. It sparks joy after a decade of doing it. Helping agents understand that building their book of business by being brilliant at the basics, not buying leads, is a challenge, but one that I get excited about. Watching them have that light bulb moment of seeing the return on their time invested into their business makes my day.”

Connie anticipates that 2023 will be an equally exciting year for her team. On April 1, they are hosting the second annual Beats and Eats, a live music and food truck event the company founded to support the Sumter Youth Center.

Connie is also founding member of the newly formed Sumter County Network for Women’s Council of Realtors®.

“This is really exciting,” Connie says. “To bring leadership and business training to our community and fellow Realtors is thrilling. We have been underrepresented in positions of leadership in local, state, and national boards, and my hope is to change that. By elevating those around us, even our competitors, we elevate our whole community. I am so excited to watch Sumter County shine.”

Despite her heavy community involvement, Connie has big goals for her company and her agents.

“I am just as determined and driven as ever to guide us all through this new market to slay those goals through 2023,” she says.

This much is certain: Connie will continue having a positive e ect on the well-being and success of individuals in the communities she serves.


Top Producers

to the Top Producers of the Realtors® Association of Lake & Sumter Counties.

1st Class Real Estate Level Up

Jordan Demastus

Rufus Devane, LLC

Barry Hoey, Hoey

A Real Estate Boutique, LLC

Jennifer Warren

Jill Nelan

Alberson Realty

Michael Alberson

Amerivest Realty

Paul Wulf

Perrine Phipps-Dowling

Arellano Realty & Investments

Alice Sirois

Diana Suarez Iacconi

Jorge Coello

Karin Arellano

Katie Dodd

Nicole Coello

Susie Westbrook

Theresa Kay

Arrow Realty & Investments, Inc.

Anita Dinard

Asano Real Estate, LLC

Leslie Campasano

Bassett Premier Realty, Inc.

Sharon Bassett

Beacon Real Estate & Associates

Al Spry

Gary Bergenske

Bella Collina Real Estate Company

Dawn Roffey

Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida

Jim Mccallum

Tess Us Uddenback Slack


Multi-Million-Dollar Club

Best Connections Realty, Inc.

Carmen Sicilia

BHHS Florida Realty

Billie Dahl

Bob David

Brittany Knight

Catherine Landry-Sonstegard

Christi Baldwin

Danielle Wiles

Darlene Clark

Dawn Bush

Jamie Lynn Hane

Joanne Levy

Kara Wisely

Kristie Baumgartner

Lynn Risch

Martha Ridgway

Mary Jo Williams

Nikki Bartle Mendez

Terry Van Eman

Bill Webb Real Estate & Investments

William Webb

Black Tie Realty, Inc.

Alex Scopino

Mark Dyer

Bonjorn Real Estate

Carolyn Bagony

Genger Narehood

Heather Lane

Mendy Bacon

Pamela Bonjorn

Brenda Dearmond

Brenda Dearmond

Cam Realty & Property Management

Beth Atalay

Can Realty, LLC

Melissa Best

Capital Hill Realty and Management, Inc.

Dionne Vazquez

Carlino Commercial Group, Inc.

Jeffrey Carlino

Carlino Real Estate Group Inc

Alex Vonhartman

Jonathan Martin

Katelyn Vonhartman

Marty Bouhall

Catherine Hanson

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Cheryl Mullen

Leslie Matthews

Leslie Rotarius Pa

Valerie Barber

Century 21 Alton Clark

Joe Hamblin

Kwynn Nicholas

Regina Rodriguez

Ted Trawick

Century 21 Carioti

Jurgita Blake

Tamara Taylor

Century 21 Prime Property Resources, Inc.

Kelly Rice

Nicole Tucci

Summer Alvis

Century 21

Professional Group

Lori Walker

Century 21 Spouses With Houses Realty

Jennifer Glidewell

Jorge Feliciano, Jr

Michell Middleton

Champion Real Estate Group, Inc.

Jeffrey Kossin

Charles Rutenberg

Realty Orlando

Angie Blanchette

Buyandelger Espada

Chrissy Keene

Christopher Murphree

David Kennedy

John Tanzi

Joseph Wynkoop

June Moore

Laura Acevedo Nieves

Robert Bryan

Stanley Yan

Sue Wood

Chase Aaron Real Estate, LLC

Chase Checho

Coldwell Banker Realty

Christine Peloquin

Deborah Govin

Eric Hernandez

William Peck

Coldwell Banker Stevens

Real Estate

Jeremy Stevens

Coldwell Banker

Tony Hubbard

Andrea Summers

April Kirkland

Dana Vander Meer

Jamie Bevelacqua

Jean Nunn

Jessica Purvis

Joanna Oswalt

Kaley Hansen

Linda Weber

Lisa Haynes

Lydia Todd

Pam Eddy

Richard Bisaillon

Shaina Ellis

Shani Marbais

Terry Mosley

Coldwell Banker

Vanguard Lifestyle Realty

Darcie Furnier

Jamye Toale

Jim Cheesman

Kathy Abruzzo

Nan Robinson

Nancy Reynolds

Patrick Shores

Coldwell Banker

Vanguard Realty

Alyse Carter

Barbara Mcguire

Bill Casey

Denise Hedrick

James Armstrong, III

Jason Wilson

Lori Reisman

Lynn Bucklew

Mandy Fisher

Michelle Bevill

Nick Digiacomo

Patricia Casey

Ray Levy

Robert Podell, Jr.

Robin Costoplos

Complete Family Realty, LLC

Robert Griffith

Connie Mahan Real Estate Group

Connie Mahan

Katherine Fields

Kristen Held

Mindy Lycans

Toni Abel

Corcoran Connect, LLC

Jennifer Garrison

Nancy Simpson Eccles

Crosby & Associates, Inc.

Ben Crosby

Richard Gonzalez

Dana Realty Group, LLC

Linda Killoran

Dave Lowe Realty, Inc.

Andrew Nolan

Andrew Stasky

Kathy Ghearing

Kirby Cartwright, Iv

Michele Lowe

Nova Fuller

Ronald Musselman

Tony Jackowitch


Deniz Realty Partners, LLC

Anyssia Singh

Ashley Pun

Mario Deniz

Nikki Rittenberry PA

Tommy Mydlo, II

Discover Florida Realty

Jamie Mansene-Lingard

Doran Real Estate Company

Georgina Doran

Double MM Development, LLC

Mo Mclay

Down Home Properties, LLLP

Brandon Shrout

Cliff Wittman

Kelly Shipes

Kevin Russell

Melanie Moyse

Mike Joy

Morgan Powell

Rachel Sowder

Rita Hinkle-Egelston

Star Hallman

Dunn Realty

Mary Dunn

Sean Dunn

Duteau Realty, Inc

Asheley Raybon

Jessica Duteau

Empire Network Realty

Ana Velasquez

Diana Mahadeo

Moises Alvelo

Sandy Gedeon

Sherae Blair

Yindy Reyes

Encore Premier Realty, Inc

Dani Roberts

Esteban Moya

Engel & Volkers

Amarjit Lahel

Brandon English

Celia Davis

Colleen Donlevy-Burns

Dianne Moore

Doreen Landi

Lisa Reed

Lynn Riffle

Michelle Ritson

Tamara Quilling

Tasha Quilling-Hofer

Trisha Browne

ERA American

Suncoast Realty

Brenda Hannigan

C.j. Dixon

Dawn Theroux

Jill Miller

Lynn Harris

Steve Latiff

Wendy Hoffmann

ERA Grizzard Real Estate

Ann Van De Veer

Barbara Thompson Pa

Catherine Mackenzie

Christi Charpia

Clarissa Rainey

Craig Yox

Cynthia Wheeler

Doug Duvarney

Dustin Meyers

Felecia Humphrey

Genie Muldoon

Gloria Tabor

Holly Weiss

Ira Miller

Jack Fehring

Jill Doss

Jim Richardson

Julie Townsend

Karol Mcdermott

Kaylyn Howard Llc

Kenneth Weber

Lauri Grizzard

Lindsay Sellars

Loretta Maimone

Margaret Smith

Mechelle Johnson

Melissa Barnes

Michelle Ertel

Misty Noland

Mona Jodray

Nancy Fallon

Ricky Harper

Shannon King

Sharon Gamble

Sharon Wooten

Stacy Bracewell

Toni Chapman

Wendy Moore

Exit Realty Tri-County

Carolyn Tessada

Jason Short

Lynn Gagnon

EXP Realty, LLC

Brenda Bell

Chris Feamster

Chris Sanford

Danny Torchia

Debbie Gentry

Dena Manning

Donald Maycott

Dorinda Torrance

Eric Wiersma

Hailey Franklin

Jeff Burke

John Chiumento

Kathy Tucker

Kelly Monroe

Kristina Thomas

Liam Barningham

Monica Mcdonald

Ron Bailey

Ryan Cousins

Sabrina Deem, PA

Sandra Wyhnanskyj, PA

Willy Sybert

Brandy Lake

Brittney Boscana

Dana Duran

Dawn Williams

Kevin Howard

Lili Whittington

Expert Real Estate Advisors

Eddy Workinger, Jr.

Jon Wanberg

Fierce Realty

Carolyn M. Maimone

Stacy Potter, PA

Flamingo Real Estate & Management

Bradley Werlin II

Brock Wiley

Leesa Wales

Mark Doggett, II

Michelle Bedgood

Robbie Shoemaker

Roy Vaca

Florida Fine Homes Realty, LLC

Catherine Tarquini

Jill Buckley

Lori Purcell

Pamela Zahner

Florida First Realty Associates, LLC

Melody Ostrom

Michelle Ressler

Florida Heritage Real Estate Group, LLC

Sherri O’neal

Florida Lifestyle Realty Group

Karen Riscinto

Florida Plus Realty, LLC

Bob Mager

Christina Greenslade

Claire Brooks

Diana Stone

Kalyn Wagonmaker

Lesley Greenslade

Mary Mateo

Nicky Martz

Renee Williams

Sandy Twito

Tonya Tibbetts

Florida Realty Investments

Alice Mckillips

Bonnie Black

Donny Stokes

Gail Barnard

Jarrett Bishop

Kristi Quick

Lily Boutros

Mary Kelly

Robyn Cavallaro

Florida Realty Marketplace

Jeri Anarumo

Fontana Realty West Ocala

Tina Teraskiewicz, PA

Fortune Realty Of Clermont

Ranji Seepersaud, PA

Four Star Home Brokers, Inc.

Colleen A. Kramer

Garnet Eversole

Jim Cote

Foxfire Realty

Jill Ruell

Foxfire Realty - Lady Lake

Dottie Wise

Michael Palmer

Robert Loiselle

Sharon Smith

Tina Williams

Foxfire Realty - Summerfield

Cheryl Parisi-Ciolfi

Cheryl Pecoraro

David Barstow

Fran Dann-Akin

Nancy Anderson

Galbreath Realty, Inc.

Gerald Galbreath

Gatap Realty

Marisol Ortega

Glamor Realty

Melissa Conway

Godfrey Realty Group, Inc.

Joe Godfrey

Grizzard Commercial Real Estate

Daniel Tatro

Michael Pederson

Hancock Real Estate

Matthew Mobley

Mitchell Stiefel

Harbor Hills Sales, Inc.

Adam Rich

Sean Rich

Harrison Real Property Group

Amanda Harrison

Hickory Hill Realty & Management, Inc.

Ryan Benaglio

High Cotton Realty, LLC

Ginger Mansour

Hoad Realty Group, LLC

John Hoad

Home Wise Realty Group, Inc.

Wendy Paradise

Homecoming Realty Group, Inc.

Pam Taylor

Homerun Realty, LLC

Elizabeth Izquierdo

Lana Flodman

Michael England


Angela Tahal

Nan Seelall

Imperial Realty

Central Florida

Eneida Rosado Bernard

Gustavo Berrios Rosado

Just a Farmgirl Realty, LLC

Susan Steinmetz

K & J Property Services, LLC

Jessica Sciacca

Shawnie Keeton

Karen Carlone Real Estate

Karen Carlone

Keller Williams

Cornerstone Realty

Debra Kline

Karen Kamperman

Leslie Strickland

Lynda Mcmahon

Marguerite Garve

Keller Williams Elite Partners III Realty

Adam Rodriguez

Andrea Adams

Anjelie Tirone

Ashlee Pringle

Brandie Mathison-Klein

Cheryl Glover

Chris Chuck

Cindy Hoagland

Debbie Hauert

Debra Vallier

Edward Lian

Gale Springer

Jenna Loyd

Lorie Gullian

Matthew Yoder

Natthan Birkett

Regina Cruz

Richard Gullian

Rodelie Tirone-Winters

Rosemary Siegler

Steve Weinstein

Susan Halverson, Pa

Tania Matthews

Tom Mcknight

Kellie & Company Real Estate

Kellie Wheeler

Kelty Realty, LLC

John Kelty


Ashton Thomas

Melissa Paquette

Nyjuwon Hatcher

La Rosa Realty Horizons, LLC

Jess Beckford

Nicole Bonadies

Sabine Bayona, PA


La Rosa Realty

Winter Garden, LLC

Jasmin Vargas

Lisbeth Recio

Oscar Brea, Pa

Samuel Cruz, P.a

Lake Panaso kee Realty, Inc.

Grace Gage

Lake Real Estate Group

Alyssa Rodriguez

Brandi Stewart

Michelle Holcomb

Lakefront Living Realty Florida

Guy Shipley

Landmark Realty

Linda Bega

Legacy Real Estate Investment

Michelle Adkins-Maddy

List Now Realty, LLC

Matt Buttner

Livwell Realty, Inc.

Kirstie O’banner, PA

Lokation Ryan Miller

Steven Simpkins

LPT Realty

Barry Blake

Dustin Hansen

Jami Robinson

Jason Lee

Rex Rutledge

Theresa Tomassi

Tom Tran

Maximillion Realty

Renee Licari

Meb Realty

Barbara Hemingway

Micki Blackburn Realty

Annie Ragar

Cindy Newman

Dale Odom

Joe Patterson

Kerri Leininger

Michael Lovett

Patricia Daries

Mission Inn Real Estate, Inc.

Janet Pratt

Mobed Realty, P.A.

Ariya Mobed

Mo ett Real Estate

Crista Moffett

Monique Mcguire Realty. Inc.

Monique Mcguire

Morris Realty & Investments

Jo Leen Copper Howe

Joan Defoe

Kim Ducharme-Levensohn

Lauren Fickett

Lena Williams

Lindsay Sanders

Lynn Haynes

Scott Strem

Theresa Morris

Morris Williams Realty

Jeff Smith

Mount Dora Golf and Lake Realty

John Welch

Narrow Road Realty

Brad Verkaik

Neighborhood Professionals Realty Group

Dawn Brooks

Kimberly Jones-Wilde

Rich Sczykutowicz

Sammi Brooks


Arrowsmith Realty

Janine Arrowsmith

Tyler Adams

NextHome Orange

Premier Realty

Michael Harris

Raena Ratcliff

Tony Piccione

NextHome Sally Love

Real Estate

Bj Atkins, III

Brad Craycraft

Candace Tulensru

Carlos Fuentes, PA

Carol Julianelli

Caroline Fromkin

Charla Cody

Dee Dzura

Donna Cline-Hansard

Donna Normington

Frank Melino

Greg Nacke

Holly Hernandez

Jayne Marvin

Jeannie Ulmer

Joy Wilson

Joyce Ann Ellis

Kelsie Brennan

Kim Coffer

Kris Dileva

Lee Harper

Lena Sharff

Linda Engelbrecht

Lizzy Bell

Lori Morgan, Pa

Matthew Kaczmarczyk

Mel Burich

Michelle Zieth

Nancy Britton

Nathan Piotrowski

Rachael Segarra

Rob Crawford

Roberto Sapia

Sally Love

Sharon King

Todd Basso

Vickie Iverson

Will Leahy

Zachary Watson

Ocala Realty World, LLC

Gabriella Vance

Kimberly Mcelroy, LLC

Yvonne Vance

Olympus Executive Realty, Inc.

Andre Hernandez

Brandon Good

Bryan Nelson

Carolina Valenzuela

Cesar Villarroel, LLC

Chad Williams

Donna Wall

Eileen Patterson

Eneida Cortes

Frank Dolney

Jen Gotlewski

Jorge Mulet, Sr., PA

Josh Duclos

Kendall Vansant

Krish D’errico

Leonard Carulli, PA

Leonardo Vidal, PA

Marc Davis

Marcus Correa, PA

Maria Rodriguez

Marianne Buchanan

Mary Jane Easley

Mary Poillion, PA

Michael Childs

Monica Velez, LLC

Nancy Pruitt, PA

Raisa Devore

Sharon Black

Sinnia Calderon, LLC

Tina Mcdonald

Tracy Summers

Optima One Realty, Inc.

Brian Martin

Dan Thompson

Drew Evans

Heather Walker

Janel Green

Kathy Entler

Kevin Keith

Laura Keith

Lindsey Barker

Patti O’malley

Stacie Romero

Tony Stanley

Vrex Isaac

Orlando Homes & Investments

Noel Moenssens

Oxford Land Company

James Mariucci

Noah Miller

Reginald Caruthers

Pal Realty

A Indictor

Betty Fitch

Cary Fier

Debra Askew

Mary Jane Grimes

Sheryl Mowry-Miller

Thomas Grimes

Parrish Realty Group, Inc.

Michelle Parrish

Picket Fence Realt, LLC

Melissa Samar

Pileggi Real Estate Group

Teri Pileggi

Preferred Real Estate Brokers III

Chris Walker, Sr.

Michael Huculak

Ron Sato

Shirley Guercio

Viv Cunningham, PA

Preferred Realty Management Group

Jim Carruthers, Jr

Premier Homes Realty of Florida, LLC

Rick Itwaru

Premier Sothebys

International Realty

Dawn Giachetti

Premium Properties Real Estate Service

Bryant Day, Jr

Property Finders

Real Estate, Inc.

Jeannene Natale

Re/Max Freedom

Alyson Stegner

Angela Polson

April Couturier

Jacob Pfaff

Jolene Dehond

Kimberly Volean

Maria Hatch

Robert Payne

Scott Hubbard

Stephanie Ray

Re/Max Premier Realty

Adriana Skoloda

Andy Key

Barbara Bellante

Chris Stanley

Coach Torrance, II

Daniel Jacobs

Dave Monty

Debbie Martin

Denise Beserock

Dustin Dubie

Erica Jacobs

Faith Mileo

Gina Johnson

Heather Hamilton

Holly A. Farley

Hope Wilson, Pa

Jack Boyd

Jarene Mathias

Jeff Kahn

John Wiga

Katy Kelly

Kerry Hanson

Kim Aschman

Kim Luxem

Maria Bernal

Mariana Micheti

Mark Sevegny

Marty Goff

Mike Biglane

Oliver Deffenbaugh

Peter Hettmann

Rachel Rivera

Tammy Freilich

Wendy Lawner

Re/Max Premier Realty

Lady Lake

Brad Salmons

Cindy Steinemann

Debbie Roberts

Diane Siefkas

Dori Furch

Guy Williams, Jr.

Henry Allcott

Larry Quartararo, Iii

Ld Black Bowers-Black

Lynn Bartlett

Mary Dyer

Matt Roberts

Paul Carraway

Rae Pearson

Robert Slutsky

Rose Rupe

Tammy Stewart

Thomas Heller

Thomas Oldenborg

Timothy Stewart

Victoria Vos

Wendy Vogt

Re/Max Titanium Group

Bill Mcelhill

Christine Newsome

Darlene Misciagno

Joe Cooper

Kaitlyn Garrett

Keith Packey

Maria Molina

Melissa Becorest

Stephen Misciagno

Terri Steck

Victor Core

Real Broker, LLC

Corrine Ritzel

Real Living Real Estate Solutions

William Kolb

Realteam Realty Inc.

Trish Leisner

Realty Executives

Gallery Properties

Enger Barnes

Realty Executives In The Villages®

Alan Lauder

Amanda Fincher, LLC

Amy Lauder

Bob Berube

Candyce Gresham

Charmaine Adams

Cheri Probert

Cheryl Simmons

Cissie Smith

Debbie Schoonover

Donna Pattemore

Eva Kennedy

Frances Pierce, PA

Gabriela Bryceland

Gail Carter

Gail Damon

Jamie Rosier

Jana Raber

Jeff Dyer

Jenna Wood

Jennifer Ferns

Kandis Buse

Karla Mason

Katrina Mcneely

Kristi Probert

Kristin Wendt

Leeann Hino

Lisa Esposito

Melissa Huennekens

Patti Belton

Peggy Schaefer

Rick Mckean

Riley Mills, Jr.

Samantha Christman

Scott Dunn

Sheila Davis

Sherri Crider, Pa

Steve Savage Pa

Sunny Parsons

Terri Edwards

Tim Davis


Realty Professionals of Florida, LLC

Douglas Silber

Harvey Rosenberg

Julie Clay

Vinnie Silber

Richland Properties

Seth Richard

Right Realty Connection, Inc.

Bethany Burge Bosbous

Deepak Ramchandani

Geoffrey Chernault

Robert Slack, LLC

Paige Rosen

Randall Kain

Ron Espittia

Sid Benachenhou

Rock Springs Realty, LLC

Joel Bornstein

Sandy Kelly Realty, LLC

Sandra Kelly Holewinski

Saunders Realty Group

Liz Saunders

Scates Realty & Investment Properties

Lisa Pownall

Sellstate Innovation Realty

April Stevenson

Sellstate Superior Realty

Andrea Bonivich

Diane Gatelein

Greg Kelly

Jack Wilson Pllc

Karen Santoriello

Keith Caulk

Linda Sears

Michael Young

Susan Beville, PA

Tammy Campbell

Smith & Smith Realty, Inc.

Danny Smith

Southern Style Management, Inc

Kay Lawson

Spruce Creek Real Estate, LLC

Katy Crouse

St. Clair Realty Group, LLC

Tina St. Clair

Stake Your Land Realty, Inc.

Katina Hargrove

Success Home Sales, LLC

Kelly Watson

Sumter Realty

J.Y. Sizemore

Sunshine State Realty

Ashlee Mohammed

Tadlock Realty

Jennifer Tadlock-Story

Michael Tadlock

Terry Real Estate Services, PLLC

Len Terry

Terza Real Estate

Nathalie Visscher

Shelley Emery

The Bridlewood Real Estate Company, LLC

Eric Gardner

The Florida Property Shop Sale

Carl Ainger

Carla Morris

Elizabeth Fowler

Rahul Rao

Sarah Gholami

The Market Connection, LLC

Andy Whitaker

Top Real Estate Agents Florida

Tammy Dunseath

Touchstone Real Estate

Addie Owens

Cindy Coldren

Dick Betts

Judith Brannon

Travis Realty Group

David Picciano

Diane Travis

Tree Frog Realty, LLC

Ben Champion

Tri Coast Realty LLC

Noel Lawrence

Trinity Real Estate Sales, LLC

Bobby Orr

Terri Kuebbeler

Tropic Shores Realty, LLC

Marian Casteel

Tyre & Taylor Realty, Inc.

Donald Oliver

Vangie Berry

Signature Realty

Angela Phillips

Brenda Flagg

Duane Lanier

John Whipple

Michael Tart

Ryan Berry

Vantage Point Realty Company

Tracie Ruffolo

Vickie Couture Real Estate Services, LLC

Vickie Couture

Vintage Realty, Inc.

Allison Petruccelli

Skye Smathers

Visionary Properties Inc

Judy Blundell

Mary Baker

Watson Realty Corp.

Ana Zitnick

Catherine Guinto

Christine Tangusso

Denise Pierce

Jody Parks

Jonathan Faw

Larry Pierce

Linda Lake

Abide Realty

Jan Hickerson

Alberson Realty

Janel Semonasky

Amerivest Realty

Dolly Plant

Philip Dowling

Sarah Lamoureux

Arrow Realty & Investments, Inc.

Rena MacPhee

Ashley Realty Group

Katherine Reeg-Polfer, PA

Assist2sell Buyers & Sellers

Karen Tefft

Bassett Premier Realty, Inc.

Benita Pardo

Cheri Perkins

Beacon Real Estate & Associates

Gerri Rosenthal

Beyond Realty, LLC

Elda Petit Frere

BHHS Florida Realty

Brianna Langford

Candace Van Waes

Donna Charbonneau

Glenys Rojas Pena

Jinx Bright

Marta Pfaeffle

Michelle Beecher

Robert Kilgore

Rochelle Swidler

Shella Jean O’brien

Black Tie Realty, Inc.

Janice Kling

Mike Ritzenthaler

Blu Sea Dreams, LLC

Elizabeth Fox

BNB Realty, Inc.

Paula Purvis

Burke Realty

Lena Berry

C Fonville Realty

Carl Fonville

Cam Realty & Property Management

Vivian Nigro

Can Realty, LLC

Nicole May

Carlino Real Estate Group, Inc.

Judith Kilgus

Karen Lamantia

Catherine Hanson

Real Estate

Kellie Powell

Tammy Langer

Tasha Rotarius

Century 21 Alton Clark

Betty Salas

Edward Whitman

Kathi Hill

Susan Prickett

Century 21 Prime Property

Resources, Inc.

Linda Foster

Robert Southern, Jr.

Century 21

Professional Group

Alla Kobykhno

Luz Dominguez

Champion Real Estate Group Inc

Kandi Hardesty

Charles Rutenberg

Realty Orlando

Bibi Rucker

Dawn Starling

Deborah Elliott

Nancy Mccloskey

Patti Pate

Robin Skaggs

Summer Douglas

Watson Realty Corp., Realtors

Ariel Scovill

Ellen Tidwell

Jason Urbanek

Kris Persaud

Michael Stich

Paula Poirier

Rhonda Moretti

Ronald Lawson, Jr

We Can Do It Realty

Gigi Capria

Weichert, Realtors

Hallmark Properties

Betty Hensinger

Mary Palerino

Brian Carboy

Joey Feeser

Lucas Barbosa Santos

Nancy Haufe

Thomas Schell

Wheatley Realty Group

Alison Wheatley

Angelicarose Aponte

Awilda Lopez

Bradley Gruber

Brandon Smith

David Wilson

Denell Behan

Katelyn Raber

Kayla Long

Laura Monteleone

Matthew Wheatley

Rebekah Carr

White Pelican Realty, Inc.

Martha Hoffman

Dianne Dorman

Georgi Peluso

Jacqueline Balint

John Stagl

Marge Hooper

Marie Cameron

Shardae Montfort

Tisbany Pinto

Chris Forbes Realty & Development

Christopher Forbes

Coldwell Banker Realty

Jackie V Patellis

Jennie Luft, Pa

R. Barry Stem

Rafael Gutierrez

Simon Ambrose

Coldwell Banker Stevens

Real Estate

Ladrica Chastain

Reetu Rani

Million-Dollar Club

Coldwell Banker

Tony Hubbard

Joni Hansen

Michele Pines

Nashay Hughes

Paul Bills, Jr

Ron Drummonds

Scott Chevalier

Vici Winn

Waleska Reyes-Jesner

Coldwell Banker Vanguard

Lifestyle Realty

Ron Wallace

Coldwell Banker

Vanguard Realty

Becki Stauber

Dana Latimer

Debbie Muma

Linda Kellerman-Rich

Mollie Podell

Coletti Real Estate, Inc

Cynthia Coletti

Colony Realty Group, Inc.

Carroll Jaskulski, Jr

Community Elite Realty

Nancy Aitken

Connie Mahan Real Estate Group

Rosa Brito

Samantha Scott

Coral Shores Realty

Holly Mcgowan

Dalton Wade, Inc.

Christopher Cheshire

Lincoln Loucks

Nicky Lerch

Dave Lowe Realty, Inc.

Ashley Lowe

Janet Shatzer

Lisa Durant

Robert Tolvo

Robin Hill

Tammy Sharp

David Chenevert Realty

David Chenevert

Deniz Realty Partners, LLC

Diana Kepley

Discover Florida Realty

Val Palmer

Diva Properties Of Distinction, Inc.

Donna Pesce

Down Home Properties, LLLP

Kristen Pillar

Dunn Realty

Jamie Dunn

E-Direct Realty, LLC

Jann Knight

Empire Network Realty

Ada Tirado

Ivette Garcia

Katie Modica

Engel & Volkers

Cathleen Mcgrath

George Rey

Jodie Mccoy

Nayara Martins Goncalves

ERA American Suncoast Realty

Mirian Metcalf

Era Grizzard Real Estate

Alyssa Sanchez

Amy Juskewycz

Kristen Myer

Lisa Jones

Mary Lou Stancil

Olga Jakubowski

Scott Mcfadden

Susan Aicher

Tammy King, Pa

Todd Tharp

Exit Realty Tri-County

Fred Slotnick

Jaret Whitney

Jessie Kulpan

Lisa Bentley

EXP Realty LLC

Dagma Leblanc

Edalys Ramos

Ivena Jean-Francois

Jessica Risher

Lauri Pound

Liza Farzati

Michelle Hose

Mike Greene

Moises Morejon

Nanette Elliott, Pa

Nick Bowers

Scott Shock

Steve Bedell

Sydney Burgess

Sylisa Faith Hoffman

Tonya John

Veronica Jauregui

Expert Real Estate Advisors

Ross Wightman

Fallman Properties

Debra Fallman

Fillingame & Associates

Jean Fillingame

Flamingo Real Estate & Management

April Connolly

Florida Fine Homes Realty, LLC

Jenna Werner

Lana Goldston

Laura Carver

Florida Plus Realty, LLC

Jessica Mckinney

Florida Premier Realty Associates, Inc.

Jessica Rush

Florida Ranchland & Home Real Estate

Kaitlyn Wiant

Florida Real Estate Center LLC

Dj Wilson, Jr.

Florida Realty Investments

Debbie Studer

Jearri Joann Bush, LLC

Mary Zecca

Steven Bush

Four Star Home Brokers, Inc.

Darlene Cutter

Linda Biggs

Foxfire Realty - Lady Lake

Daniel Hoppach

Donna Moody

Katrina Lanier

Vito Farella

Foxfire Realty - Summerfield

Gary Arnold

Gerard Corbin

Mika Garry

Timothy Condron

Future Home Realty, Inc.

Whitney Griffith

G World Properties

Lameen Schand

Gallery 54 Realty, LLC

Cheryl Christ

Jamacan Penney Vassey

Global Properties


Bill Marsh

Linda Marsh

Gottus Realty Inc.

Darlene Gottus

Grizzard Commercial

Real Estate

Amy Spivey

Harrison Real Property Group

Ella St. Pierre

Kim Beisley

Hickory Hill Realty & Management, Inc.

Lois Benaglio

Richard Trzaskoma

High Ridge Realty

Ladydi Novak

Highland Real Estate & Investments

Darryl Ladd

Hill’s Premier Realty LLC

Stephenie Winheim

Holly Curley Choice Realty, Inc.

Holly Curley

Peter Tarby

Homes And Heart Realty, LLC

Colleen Taylor, PA

Turk Taylor

Homevine Realty

Camille Ruiz

Horizon Homes Realty

Jenine Garcia

Illustrated Properties, LLC

Karen Carey

Janus International Realty

Wazir Mohammed

John Edwards Realty Investment

April Allain

John Roberts Realty

Cheryl Roberts

Keller Williams

Cornerstone Realty

Debbie Brown

Diane Smallwood

Joe Burt

Keller Williams Elite

Partners III Realty

Amanda Severance

Amy Barbisch

Beverly Cunningham

Darlene Miller

Heidi Kinlaw

Jon Hernandez Llc

Joshua Howard

Ricardo Escobar

Simona Krasnansky

Victoria Kania

Viridiana Garcia

Yolanda Abuabara

Yuanyuan Li

Keller Williams Realty-Elite

Barbara Dovi

KRG Properties

Emily Brown

La Rosa Realty Horizons, LLC

Greg Boliek

Jamal Bensaoui

Lisa Ferris

Shelly Linder

Sonya Dumas

La Rosa Realty, LLC

Ana Allred

Milton Thompson

Paul Tangalan

Yanett Saborido

La Rosa Realty

Winter Garden, LLC

Abel Cruz, Jr

Goutam Pai, Pa

Wilfredo Gomez

Lake Compass Realty Group

Debbie Payne

Lake Real Estate Group

Liz Kruse

Tammy Taylor

Lakefront Living Realty Florida

Kevin Shipley

Livwell Realty, Inc.

Kimmie Lane

LJ Realty

Linda Reynolds


Mike Byrne

Rachel Maldonado

LPT Realty

Kaye Sasser

Nick Poulsen

Robin Cropp

Steve Haren

Will Siebert

Luxe Properties

Jen Meece

Maximum Realty Investments

Heather Earnest

Michael D. Weatherford

Michael Weatherford

Micki Blackburn Realty

Karen Rose

Sonia Brown

Millennia Realty Group, LLC

John Ardizone Jr.

Monique Mcguire Realty, Inc.

Jeanne Loftis

Mont Rose Real Estate, LLC

Carolina Rosillo

Morando Realty Group

Holly Gorman

Morris Realty & Investments

Brittany Meany

Camie Kennedy

Judd Dickerson

Morris Williams Realty

Julie Smith

Mosaic Services, LLC

Chris Cain

Jennifer Cain

Move Florida Real Estate

William Schinagl

Narrow Road Realty

Leslie Verkaik

Pamela Myers

Neighborhood Professionals

Realty Group

David Wilson

NextHome Orange Blossom

Real Estate

Florina Sharrock

NextHome Orange

Premier Realty

Lisbeth Cline

NextHome Sally Love

Real Estate

Anthony Segarra

Christopher Goble

Chuck Wilsey

Hope Medina

Jana Schautz

Jeffrey Inglehart

Jim Grider

Kathy Workman

Kerrin Conklin LLC

Mary Hart

Pamalla Craycraft

Priscilla Atkins-Bryant

Teresa Ouellette

Wanda Lund


Northstar Real Estate, LLC

Darren Sowell

Number One Choice Realty

Daulis Webb

Olsson Properties, Inc.

Avery Curry

Olympus Executive Realty Inc

Allen Mates

Auristela Perez Carrasquero

Elaine Auston

Kirsty Pitts

Kristen Shirley

Larry Hilton, Jr

Leonardo Nieves

Mary Porta

Mary Stallone

Renee Lannaman

Optima One Realty, Inc.

Caleb Cox

Denise Britt

Elisabeth Privitera

Haleigh Lane

Jasmine Ani Vila-Beltram

Laura Mccarthy

Mathew Decker

Michael Diorio

Michael Termini

Troy Steadham

Oxford Land Company

Robby Strickland

Terry Hurst, Sr.

Pacific Realty

Noah Joseph

Pal Realty

Linda Grabusic

Lisa Wolfinge

Palisades Realty, Inc.

Deena Thurmond

Patterson Realty

Janice Patterson

Preferred Real Estate Brokers III

Cristina Mcguire

Neville Smith

Stephanie Williams

Preferred Real Estate Brokers

Janet Pells

Premier Sothebys

International Realty

Charlie Solis

Property Finders Real Estate, Inc.

Susan Ellis

Rawls Realty

Barbara Deloach

RCR Real Estate, LLC

Dotti Mizowek

Re/Max Freedom

Clay Bass

Damon Lively

Karey Team Yarborough

Stephen Yohn

Re/Max Premier Realty

Carla Boyd

Debbie Affatato

Jaime Mcgrenra

Kimberly Nebesnyk

Kristine Maroney

Mike Dybas

Sharon Wick, LLC

Re/Max Premier Realty

Lady Lake

Becky Rainwater

Bob Woodsford

Cindy Steinemann

Deborah Woods

Ellie Hennessee

Gerrie Cosme Matias

Joy Farenden

Marilyn Fletcher

Michael Zampini Jr

Patricia Toale

Randy Fox

Raquel Uribe

Roland Stults

Re/Max Titanium Group

Andrea Palka

Kayla Milroy

Scott Coumbe

Real Living Real Estate Solutions

Jeralia Kolb

Realty Choices, LLC

Stanley Carroll Realty Connect

Teri Paduano

Realty Executives in The Villages®

Ann Dyer

Annette Mccullough

Dena Anderman

Doug Lange

James Cooper

Jude Hamilton

Linda Flack

Micki Wohl

Randy Erb

Zachary Hale

Realty Professionals of Florida, LLC

Cynthia West

Jennifer George

Right Realty Connection, Inc.

Greg Sizer

Joseph Bosbous

Kayla Camps

Patricia Baker

RLW Realty

Jessica Starkey

June Stienstra

Rochette Realty, LLC

Edward Rochette

Rock Springs Realty, LLC

Joanne Montchal

Russell’s Key Realty

Pamela Russell

Saunders Realty Group

Rebekah Spahn

Scates Realty & Investment Properties, LLC

Eileen Scates

Sellstate Next Generation Realty

Heather Cogar

Sellstate Superior Realty

Gerri Nelson

Greg Mills

Laura Shea

Maureen Wilson PLLC

Michael Calabrese, Jr.

Ron Cerota

Sandy Windham

Willi Mitchell

Shaw Realty, LLC

Shawzie Shaw

Smith & Smith Realty, Inc.

Billie Faye Smith

Southern Style Management, Inc

Ruth Callaghan

Success Home Sales, LLC

Brittany Poe

Team Wyn Realty, LLC

Gloria Wyninger

Terza Real Estate

Fazela Khan

The Bridlewood Real Estate Company, LLC

Danyell Irvin

The Market Realty Group

Amy Whitaker

Craig O’neill

Kenny Riehm

Tropic Shores Realty, LLC

Mark Siegel

Tyre & Taylor Realty, Inc.

Lee Johnson

Sue Hooper

US Realty Hub, LLC

Tina Alsina

Vangie Berry

Signature Realty

Christine Guiffre

Visionary Properties, Inc.

Bonita Kosson

Watson Realty Corp.

Christina Nelson

Deborah Zimmer

Kim Koch

Lindsey Stoothoff

Terry Morroni

Watson Realty Corp., Realtors

Darryl Love

Jeannet Vintimilla

Linda Dibenardo

Weichert, Realtors

Hallmark Properties

Barbara Summers

Gina Cox

Julie Hall

Matthew Ferland

Ramona Montgomery

Victoria Hall

Anthony Arielly

Dawn Haggerty

Joanne Galyean, Pa

Leslie Jarrard r

Lonnel Dragus

Wheatley Realty Group

Dana Broadway

Daniel Sierra

Haley Garrett

Kevin Alex

Maureen Hines

Pam Howell

White Pelican Realty, Inc.

Alexa Anderson

Young Real Estate

Ana Hofer

Tim Vaughan

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Passion, hard work, and dedication guide these local real estate agents. For them, nothing is more enjoyable than creating and delivering an unmatched customer experience before, during, and after the buying or selling of your home.



When it comes to buying or selling your home, of course you want the most distinguished real estate agency in Lake & Sumter Counties on your team.

Theresa Morris, Broker/Owner of Morris Realty & Investments is proud to introduce you to her elite team of experienced multi-million dollar producing agents, who all take pride in their availability, experience, proven track record of sales, and happy clients.

“Success for our clients is our top priority,” Theresa says. Morris Realty is dedicated to serving clients and the local community by staying actively involved with many organizations. The agents have all the tools and support necessary to help your real estate transaction close successfully.

Morris Realty & Investments serves Lake, Sumter, Marion, and Orange counties. They have retirement

and lakefront property specialists on sta , along with property management and commercial services to meet their clients’ every need.

What makes Morris Realty stand out above the rest is their honest and personal approach when it comes to every transaction, each one as valuable as the next, and each one treated as if it were their own.

You can’t go wrong with the winning team at Morris Realty and Investments and any of these successful agents.

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“Success for our clients is our top priority”
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Bearing witness to the excitement, pride and sense of accomplishment people emanate when buying or selling a home is one of Sharon Bassett’s favorite things about being in real estate.

She’s seen it seen again and again in her 26 years as owner/ broker of Bassett Premier Realty, and each time, she can’t help but feel satis ed about her role in making it happen.

“Those are the things that as human beings, make you feel good,” Sharon says. “I care about my customers, and I want to make sure that whether they’re buying or selling, I get them to the nish line.”

Sharon says it’s her belief that experience make a real di erence and she has plenty of it.

As a licensed Florida real estate broker, she specializes in land and residential sales and some commercial. She is also a licensed residential contractor, and brings experience in home design, remodeling, property valuation, probates, titles, investments, and property management.

With that said, Sharon can steer clients through the process seamlessly from start to nish despite any challenges they may encounter along the way.

“Being a real estate broker with experience in design and development, I understand the entire process to assist my buyers and sellers with every need and more.” she says. “No matter if the customer is buying or selling, I bring a solid background in professionalism, pro ciency, and integrity to achieve the goals of my real estate clients. Experience matters.”

Additionally, if Sharon is not familiar with a particular topic that may help a customer, she most likely knows someone who is. And it doesn’t just stop when the sale is made because Sharon will go above and beyond to lend a hand if needed.

“I have a lot of people I can recommend to the buyer for whatever part of the house whether it be repairs, updates, or remodeling,” Sharon says. “I’ve been in the business so long that I have a huge rolodex of people I feel comfortable with from roofers, insurance companies, lenders, electricians, air conditioning companies, drywallers, stucco companies, anything.”

If that’s not enough, Sharon has a partnership with Ocala-based Baxton Homes to build quality, a ordable homes in Marion Oaks for rst-time homebuyers. They accept VA, FHA, and USDA loans.

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“Being a real estate broker with experience in design and development, I understand the entire process to assist my buyers and sellers with every need and more.”
Bassett Premier Realty, Inc 352.307.2925 / / 14100 SE Highway 42, Weirsdale


Jaime Bach, owner of Jaime & Company Real , wants you to think of two things when you’re considering her to list or buy an existing home; A level of attention that only a boutique Realtor® can provide, and her personal passion for the community. Over the past year she reached a sold/pending volume of nearly $8.5 million. Working previously in local planning and zoning, she has an intimate knowledge of the Lake County real estate environment. Additionally, raising two children, Jaime also has a deep appreciation for the unique communities and amenities that provide such a great quality of life for homeowners and their families. Her clients also benefit from her close relationship with Kevco Builders - Central Florida’s #1 Custom Home Builder - providing the flexibility of being able to offer reduced commissions if a homeowner is interested in listing their current home for sale with Jaime while building a custom home with Kevco. Jaime will get you the best possible results in today’s market without the stressful process.

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Raising two children in Lake County, Jaime has a deep appreciation for the unique communities and amenities that provide such a great quality of life for homeowners and their families.


Smith & Smith Realty Owners Danny and Billie Faye Smith take their customers’ best interest personally in every sense of the word.

The care they extend to ensure every customer’s buying and selling goals are met is unrivaled, and they are fully committed to giving each one the personal attention they deserve from start to nish.

“At Smith & Smith, customers are dealing directly with the owners and brokers; the people whose names are on the door and whose care and expertise will work in their favor when it comes to seeing their dreams to fruition,” Danny says.

Billie Faye says she and Danny, with help from new team members Cassie Cribb and Lauren Vick, are focused on upholding that commitment.

With that, the entire team continually strives to surpass expectations.

“We pride ourselves on our service, on being available at all times, and on making a real di erence,” says Billie Faye.

Smith & Smith Realty, based in Wildwood, specializes in land, commercial, and residential properties, and services all of Sumter County, Southeast Marion County, and North Lake County.

Billie Faye handles residential properties, and Danny specializes in land and commercial, but regardless of the transaction on the table, customers are never hit with add-on fees sometimes typical of larger rms.

“We see things like application fees, transaction fees, and record holding fees on contracts all the time, but we don’t do that because we feel it’s all included as part of our service,” Billie Faye says.

Danny says their greatest reward overall, is a satis ed customer.

“We’re thankful we’re growing and that we’re still very successful after 25 years, “Danny says. “We love this area, and we love helping nd the perfect properties for our customers.”

Billie Faye says she is equally passionate about the area, and loves showing customers all it has to o er no matter what it is they’re looking for.

She says the plan is for the Smith & Smith team to continue doing what they love and using their knowledge and expertise to create the best customer experience possible for years to come.

Billie Faye adds: “We want to develop a lifelong relationship with our customers, so when they think of real estate, they think of us.”

L-R: Lauren Vick, Billie Faye Smith, Danny Smith, Cassie Cribb
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Billie Faye Smith—Owner/Broker Danny Smith—Owner/Broker


After successful careers as multimillion producing agents/brokers with a large rm in the area, Guy and Kevin Shipley decided to turn their mutual passion for real estate into something of their own.

Guy, in real estate since 2009, researched di erent agencies when he came across Lakefront Living Realty, a national franchise. Guy says it couldn’t have been a more perfect nd since he and son Kevin, an agent since 2015, are more than familiar with the lifestyle.

In October 2022, they took the plunge and opened the doors to the rst and only location of the Lakefront Living Realty in Florida.

“Our lives are based around real estate, it’s not just a job or a hobby to us and everything was just kind of leading us to venture out and do our own thing,”

Kevin says, adding that specializing in lakefront property was a perfect t being that water has always been a fundamental part of his life.

“It’s something we’ve always based a lifestyle around,” Kevin adds.

Guy, who’s owned property along Lake Dora for the past 18 years, adds: “I felt like it gave me a little bit of an advantage for customers looking for that.”

Lakefront Living Realty is based in Mount Dora where father and son live, but their service area stretches from

Jacksonville to Tampa, including Central Florida, and more speci cally, Lake County.

The two specialize in lakefront property, but they also show inland residential and vacant land.

“We get people from all over the country coming here looking for lakefront housing. I mean, we are Lake County for a reason,” says Guy. “The Lakefront Living franchise is about the lakefront lifestyle so that’s our specialty but being that we’ve both been in real estate for so long, some of our customers don’t want that, so we’re not limited to that only.”

Even so, Guy and Kevin agree that showing lakeside properties is what oats their boat—literally.

“It’s always a fun thing when we take customers out on a boat and pull up to the back side of the house we’re going to show and let them see it from the water rst,” Kevin says. “It reiterates the lifestyle and how you can easily hop on a boat from your lakeside home to a nearby town, dock at a restaurant, hop out and eat, or even make it a day by visiting nearby shops and attractions.”

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“It’s always a fun thing when we take customers out on a boat and pull up to the back side of the house we’re going to show and let them see it from the water first.”
Lakefront Living Realty Florida 4047 Lake Forest St., Mount Dora Guy Shipley 321.356.3755 / Kevin Shipley 352.744.7539 /


Kristen Held made an instant splash in the world of real estate.

She’s a rookie real estate agent who delivered the same results of a seasoned professional.

Kristen Held joined Connie Mahan Real Estate Group in January 2022. She hit the ground running, becoming a multi-million dollar producer in her rst year.

Her hard work and talent did not go unnoticed. The Realtors Association of Lake and Sumter Counties awarded Kristen with the Rookie of the Year award during an awards gala held January 14.

To say Kristen was elated would be an understatement.

“I try to be low key, but the fact that my colleagues recognized my work and nominated me for the award is very humbling,” she says.

However, Kristen remains modest after winning the award. For her, meeting the expectations of her clients is more important than racking up individual awards and large sales numbers.

“I’m a big believer in quality over quantity,” she says. “How I represent the brokerage and how I represent customers means more to me than how much I produce.”

Kristen worked for her family’s construction company before becoming part of the Connie Mahan Real Estate Group, team. Kristen, who specializes in residential, commercial, and land development, immediately fell in love with the industry.

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“How I represent the brokerage and how I represent customers means more to me than how much I produce.”
Connie Mahan Real Estate Group, Inc. 352.569.0233 / / 218 N. Florida St., Ste. #1, Bushnell


As a Realtor, Mindy Rudd Lycans is #teamcmreg’s top-producing solo agent for 2022.

“Whatever your dream is, let me help you build it.”

Mindy has certainly lived up to that motto since joining Connie Mahan Real Estate Group nearly two years ago and quickly earning the title of multimilliondollar producer.

That’s because she possesses the most important qualities of a successful real estate agent: honesty and integrity, attention to detail, keen communication skills, dedication and determination.

“I am building friendships and relationships and loving what I do,” she says. “I am a people person, so I love meeting all the different people that I come across. I am a problem solver, so when customers call me looking for specific things, I like the challenge of finding something for them.”

She also brings another important quality to her job: Multitasking.

“Raising and homeschooling six children I know firsthand what it’s like to juggle many things at once,” Mindy says.

Being a Realtor has afforded Mindy a flexible schedule, which is important since three of her children are still being homeschooled. The balancing act of being a single mother and a successful real estate agent can

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When Robbie and Jamie Shoemaker opened Wildwoodbased Flamingo Real Estate & Management in 2014, their intent was to give back to the community doing what they know best—real estate.

Fast forward eight years, and after being recognized by the Sumter County Chamber of Commerce, their vision has come full circle.

“We were surprised to have been voted “Outstanding Small Business of the Year,” by our peers for 2022. That was a huge honor for us and we’re thankful,” Robbie says.

Robbie grew up in Wildwood, where his family’s legacy of community support and participation is four generations strong. His ongoing involvement is evident as co-owner/broker of Flamingo Real Estate, but he also serves as Chairman of the Florida Commercial Brokers Network that covers the entire state of Florida, Board of Director (BOD) for the Realtors Association of Lake and Sumter Counties, BOD for Habitat for Humanity of Lake and Sumter Counties, and Past President of the Wildwood Rotary Club.

“I’ve grown up in this area my entire life, and have been very community minded. We want to give back to the community,” Robbie says, explaining that one example is a Thanksgiving turkey giveaway Flamingo hosted in 2022, during which they gifted 250 turkeys to local families. “I’d say real estate is de nitely part of what makes us

successful, that’s very important, but I believe that when you’ve been blessed, you should be a blessing to others.”

Robbie feels when companies focus on that mantra, people notice, and in turn, want to be part of the exchange.

“What’s unique about that is when people purchase real estate from us, when they’re buying or selling with us, they know those funds coming in are also being re-invested back into the community,” Robbie adds.

Flamingo Real Estate & Management was born 10 years after Robbie and Jamie rst got into real estate. They applied their experiences and took time sharpening their skills, so when they opened the doors to their own brokerage, were able to grow it in such a way that focused solely on seeing their customers’ dreams come to fruition.

“At that point, it was either sink or swim and sinking wasn’t an option. So, with a vast Rolodex of customers and support, Flamingo Real Estate & Management ourished, o ering professional experience and knowledge in all facets of real estate, including residential, vacant land, commercial, industrial, property management, and commercial leasing,” Robbie says.

Beginning this venture in a small o ce in Oxford, the brokerage began to grow and within a few years,

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Brock Wiley, Meghan Isom Mayo, Brad Werlin
Robbie Shoemaker—Broker/Owner/Realtor® Jamie Shoemaker—Co-Owner/Realtor®

an opportunity opened to expand into the heart of Wildwood. After many months of renovation, the vision Robbie and Jamie had for their new o ce came to fruition in 2017.

Since then, Flamingo Real Estate & Management has surpassed many expectations, especially in building a brand committed to ‘Service over Sales’, ‘Relationship over Realty’, and ‘Commitment over Commission’, as well as maintaining a company culture focused on giving back to their community.

O ering 18+ years of Real Estate experience, the “ ock” has expanded in recent years to train up the next generation and provide a larger footprint with an even greater level of service. Flamingo Real Estate & Management truly is, “your leg up in real estate.”

“We’re not trying to necessarily be the biggest, just aiming to be the best,” Robbie says. “We’re a smaller rm whose intensions are not centered around the recruitment of agents, but to keep our services personal and as high quality as we can get.”

Robbie states their commitment to quality over quantity is something he takes seriously.

“People come to us for a number of reasons, but our local Real Estate knowledge is unmatched. From rezoning and entitlements to lot splits and lineal descents, we manage properties throughout the entire process providing the highest and best use and greatest returns for our customers,” Robbie adds. “We go to city and county meetings, so we know what’s happening within our community and many people just don’t understand that.”

Additionally, Robbie says that the key to real estate, in this day and age, with so many remote dealings and deceptive listings, is having someone in your corner always looking out for your best interest.

He says customers can breathe easy using Flamingo Real Estate because they know the market.

“You can sell real estate on your own, just like I can do plumbing on my own, but if I need plumbing, I’m probably best calling a plumber. There’s a reason why they’re certi ed and I’m not, and the same thing with real estate,” He adds. “There’s a reason why we’ve been doing this for 18 years. We know the ins and outs, the pitfalls, and most of all, what works.”

“There’s a reason why we’ve been doing this for 18 years. We know the ins and outs, the pitfalls, and most of all, what works.”
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Realtors should be passionate, caring, honest, and trustworthy to make it in this business. Fortunately, Karen M. Riscinto possesses all those qualities.

Karen is Owner/Broker of Florida Lifestyle Realty Group Inc., and Florida Lifestyle Property Management LLC. Anyone who would like to read about the spectacular service she delivers can visit, a digital marketing platform that allows clients to rate their agents and display seller and buyer feedback.

For two consecutive years, Karen has been in the top 5 agents in Lake County and ranked #3 through Additionally, the website also ranked her in the top 20 percent of Realtors in the nation for two straight years due to her excellent service.

There’s a reason why Karen has achieved those accolades.

“Real estate isn’t all about sales numbers,” even though she been a multi-million-dollar producer every year since 2012; “It’s really about customer satisfaction” Making the client happy with the single most important purchase of their lifetime and getting the right home for the right price. It’s all about making sure I can sleep at night having done the best I could for my client’s.

Karen knows the market well in Lake County, where she has resided since 2005. She has been in the real estate industry in one form or another since 1977 and became a licensed agent in 1988; and a licensed broker in 2017.

For Karen, there’s more to real estate than simply helping others buy or sell a home. She also has an interior

decorating business that helps clients re-imagine a kitchen, bathroom, or just guring out where to remove a wall. As well as picking out the perfect furniture and accessories. She has had lots of practice renovating her 1919 Farmhouse in Eustis on Center St., on what was known as back in the day as Millionaires row.

“I love helping clients imagine everything they can do with a home,” and help execute when I can. Essentially, her companies o er clients a one-stop shop. Karen can sell you a home, sell your home,

decorate, remodel, and property manage your home.

Outside of real estate, Karen enjoys spending time with her four precious fur-babies. That includes two goldendoodles, Marley and Delainey, a golden retriever, Winnie and an Aussiedoodle, Charlie.

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“I love helping clients imagine everything they can do with a home.”
“It’s really about customer satisfaction”


If there are two things Clarissa Rainey is passionate about, it’s real estate and horses, and in her case, they go hand in hand.

That’s because Clarissa, a multimillion-dollar producer with ERA Grizzard Real Estate, not only specializes in selling farms and acreage, but as an equestrian herself, understands what fellow riders look for when scoping properties.

“I’ve been around the horse industry and horses my entire life, so I know the di erent wants and needs of the equestrian,” Clarissa says, explaining that good grass, rich soil, at vs. hilly terrain, barns, fencing, deed/pet restrictions, easy access to trails, and being in the vicinity of the Florida Horse Park and The World Equestrian Center in Ocala, are just some of the more common things an equestrian, depending on their discipline, may be looking for when purchasing a farm. or….may seek to nd before purchasing a farm.

Aside from that, Clarissa—who serves The Villages, Ocala, and all Central Florida, including Lake County— also focuses on residential and commercial real estate.

Regardless of the transaction, Clarissa’s top priority is getting to know her customers and making their real estate dreams come true.

“I love meeting new people as well as working with my repeat customers, and I take a personal interest in them and what it is they’re looking for,” Clarissa says. “I go above and beyond whenever and however I can. I’m known for going the extra 100 miles!”

As an accomplished professional in the real estate industry, Ricky Harper is driven to see that each transaction is successful to the day of closing by keeping everyone informed with providing the best service. Being instilled with a market-savvy attitude

marketing tools, Ricky knows that the real estate transaction represents the most my local community.”

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Looking back, Chris Walker’s decision to follow the advice of a friend who told him he’d be great at real estate paid o . He’s found great success in his seven years as a realtor—the last three as a multimillion-dollar producer—but his customers have also bene tted greatly.

“I don’t look at a client as a transaction, but more as a relationship,” Chris says. “My job is to get the answers they need to make an informed decision whether they’re selling or buying, and to nd exactly what they’re looking for; to help them own their dream.”

Chris focuses on residential, land purchases for custom homes, and veteran speci c transactions/programs, but he is adept at handling any scenario. He also has an extensive knowledge of the entire Central Florida area—especially south Lake County—and specializes in procurement strategies for a wide cross section of customers, including rst time/experienced buyers, families, veterans, and more.

On top of that, Chris is well-versed on lending requirements, credit repair, upcoming developments and local history. “Buying and selling is a major life decision for many people, and they need an agent who is not only passionate, but who is going to take the time to make sure they make the right choice.”


Mary Jo Williams, into her 20th year as a full-time REALTOR®, has a great deal to be proud of. She’s based out of the very o ce in downtown Mount Dora where she began, and has been recognized as a local top producer consistently every year. As well as nationally recognized with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Chairman’s Circle top 2%, the Honor Society, and most recently the Presidents Circle award. Most of all, she is committed to putting her customers’ best interest rst.

“I see technology changing constantly and I keep up with that, which is a huge part of why I am so successful. But also, I am totally focused on the individual and that’s what makes a big di erence,” Mary Jo says. “People are dealing with me personally, through every step. Not an assistant or someone taking notes, so it’s my focus, my experience, and my knowledge working to nd what they want and to accomplish their dreams in the big scheme of things.”

Mary Jo’s primary focus is residential real estate, but as a longtime equestrian, her expertise is buying/selling acreage, agricultural, waterfront and horse properties in Central Florida, including Lake County, Ocala and more. With that, Mary Jo says she enjoys when people share their passion for what she believes makes Lake County amazing.

“I love what I do and where I do it. The waterfront properties are incredible, and we go boating, shing, horseback riding and camping,” she adds. “I like to sell properties to people who appreciate what makes our Central Florida real estate so special and that’s where my passion comes in. If that’s what people are looking for, that’s what I can best help them with.”

Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, Florida Realty 352.516.6736 / 100 W. 5th Ave., Mount Dora

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Opening doors. Being a real estate agent is near and dear to Yolanda Presley’s heart. Anything is possible. That’s the mindset Yolanda Presley, a real estate agent with Elite Partners III, takes into every transaction. It explains why she closed 21 units and produced $5.3 million in sales in 2022.

Opening doors. Being a real estate agent is near and dear to Yolanda Presley’s heart. Anything is possible. That’s the mindset Yolanda Presley, a real estate agent with Elite Partners III, takes into every transaction. It explains why she closed 21 units and produced $5.3 million in sales in 2022.

“The supernatural component that God brings to the table helps us get to the closing table,” she says. Yolanda has spent the past ve years as a REALTOR®. She previously served as housing manager for the City of Leesburg and supervised housing programs for Lake County. “My career has come full circle,” she says. “I always wanted to end in real estate.”

“The supernatural component that God brings to the table helps us get to the closing table,” she says. Yolanda has spent the past ve years as a REALTOR®. She previously served as housing manager for the City of Leesburg and supervised housing programs for Lake County. “My career has come full circle,” she says. “I always wanted to end in real estate.”

Yolanda is a lifelong Lake County resident and 1989 graduate of Leesburg High School. As a real estate agent, she has a true passion for helping others.

Yolanda is a lifelong Lake County resident and 1989 graduate of Leesburg High School. As a real estate agent, she has a true passion for helping others.

“My main goal is to break generational curses, especially in minority communities,” she says. “Some of them think home ownership is out of reach. My goal is to educate and empower them and help them understand you can build wealth through home ownership.”

“My main goal is to break generational curses, especially in minority communities,” she says. “Some of them think home ownership is out of reach. My goal is to educate and empower them and help them understand you can build wealth through home ownership.”

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352.461.7211 / 1200 Oakley Seaver Drive, #109, Clermont

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352.461.7211 / 1200 Oakley Seaver Drive, #109, Clermont

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Connecting the with the RIGHT PEOPLE

eal estate transactions are some of the most momentous investments one will ever make. It can be one of the most exciting times in one’s life. The Realtor you choose to work with can make all the di erence.

With multiple locations in Lake County, Right Realty Connection is fully equipped to walk buyers and sellers seamlessly through every aspect of the buying and selling process.

A third-generation Broker, Geo Chernault founded Right Realty Connection, Inc. in Eustis to better serve the Central Florida market. Broker, longtime friend and partner,

Bethany Burge-Bosbous has worked with Geo since day one. Together, they have grown the business to the point that she opened an additional location in Leesburg in July 2021 across the street from Venetian Gardens.

With over 20 Realtors® between locations, clients have the con dence and assurance of working with skilled experts who are available when needed.

“We do not have ‘business’ hours, we have ‘we are awake’ hours. We answer our phones. We do not utilize an answering service; when you call with a question, we either already have, or will get the answer you need,” says Bethany.

Many factors go into selling a property. For example, families often feel overwhelmed at having to clear out the contents of a house before it can be put on the market. This can be especially daunting when the seller lives out of state, so the professionals at Right Realty function as their clients’ eyes on site.

“We understand that this can be a very emotional time, with many moving parts,” says Bethany. “We have years of experience in assisting sellers with clearing the contents of the property, often donating to churches and/or other requested charities. We can arrange for professional cleaning and

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Right Realty Connection works closely with both vendors and clients to streamline the entire process— whether a client is buying or selling.

“We have done conventional loans— from client introductions to ‘Here are your keys!’--in 14 days or less on multiple occasions,” says Bethany.

“We’ve cultivated a lot of relationships throughout the community and industry, working with other brokerage rms and vendors,” says Geo , who is Vice President of the REALTORS® Association of Lake and Sumter Counties.

Geo has served as chair of public policy at the association for several years. This close involvement is a clear bene t to Right Realty Connection clients, as Geo ’s nger is on the pulse of what is happening at the local, state, and national levels.

The experts at Right Realty Connection pride themselves on what sets them apart from other realtors.

“We are not a franchise. We are family. We are also veteran owned,” says Bethany. “We are very proud of our reputation and our 5-star reviews. We go above and beyond because it is the right thing to do. We are very proud of the brokerage we’ve built and of what we’ve done in the community.”

Connecting the right people with the right property is the goal of every transaction with Right Realty Connection.

“We truly want what’s best for our clients,” says Geo . “We do what we’d want done if we were buying or selling our own home.”

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Is it worth it to install solar in my home?

f you are a homeowner and have a utility company that is high on kilowatt hours, then you should look at ways to lower your utility bill. Using solar happens to be one of the most e cient ways to do this. Solar increases the value of your home. It also allows you to budget. With utility companies, you never know what kind of bill you’re going to have. Right now, major utility companies are announcing an increase in costs with kilowatt-hour usage. You’re looking at a rate increase between 8 and 15 percent. That means you’ll be paying more on your kilowatt-hour usage even though you have not utilized more energy. With solar, you have a set budget and know what your utility is going to cost every month. Solar provides for energy independence.


I would tell you that it would be expensive not to go toward solar and renewable energy. Sometimes homeowners get turned o by the total cost, but if they sit down with us, they’re going to realize they’ll pay that cost, plus more, by paying the utility company over a period of time.


Yes. If you’ve nanced solar you can transfer the loan or you can just add it to the purchase price. By then, you should have increased equity.


We take our time in customizing a system speci c to a homeowner’s


Owners of Florida Blind Company

Minneola 407.504.1102

What is better for my windows:

Plantation shutters, roller shades, or blinds?

t depends on whether customers are looking for fashion, function, or e ciency. From there, we can make a recommendation on what style ts a customer’s needs the most.

With plantation shutters, you have all of them—fashion, function, and e ciency. Plantation shutters have the best longevity because they last a lifetime. They’re also the most economical as far as heating and cooling, which is obviously important when it comes to conserving energy. It can help eliminate costs up to 30 percent if you cover your windows on the interior. Of course, you’re going to have a higher price tag with plantation shutters.

Roller shades also o er fashion and function. They come in endless amounts of fabrics, colors, and textures. You can buy either manual or motorized roller shades. We nd that our customers really enjoy motorized roller shades because they are easy to control and power. This is very handy when you have windows that are hard to reach, such as in homes with high ceilings. Another advantage is you can have a clear opening, which is especially bene cial for sliders and bay windows.

If you’re looking for budget-friendly window treatments, we have our 2.5-inch faux wood blinds. They are great for style because they’re very sleek-looking and almost look like plantation shutters from the outside. Faux wood blinds are also resilient, durable and very moisture resistant. Blinds are economical, simple, and safe.

It all really comes down to what customers’ needs are and how we can make that happen for them.

What sets your company apart?

We’re a husband-and-wife company. It’s just us. We do everything from measuring, ordering, and physical installation. Residents don’t have to worry about a big-box store losing their product and never hearing from them again. Also, they don’t have to worry about an installer from a third party who’s a stranger. With us, you make that connection immediately. We’re always on call for our customers, and if they text us, we always answer their questions. We service The Villages, Clermont, Minneola, Leesburg, Apopka, and more. - Christine

I’ve been doing blinds for more than 20 years. I worked for several companies and unfortunately saw that the needs of clients weren’t put ahead of the company. We started our company last year. Our goal is to put the needs of our clients first and foremost. Christine does the account management and I do installation. We make a great team. We like working together, which is rare because most couples cannot do that. Christine and I both love seeing their vision become reality. It’s such a great feeling! - Joe

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Operations Manager at Baird Homes

Fruitland Park 3475 U.S. 441

352.787.1988 /

Manufactured and modular homes have come a long way! If you’re considering a manufactured or modular home but are still on the fence, Baird Homes has the information you need to help you make your decision.

First and foremost, manufactured and modular homes are safe and reliable options for your family. The industry has boosted its standards to withstand the curve balls thrown by mother nature. Your home will be built to a speci c wind zone that matches your location. If a hurricane heads your way, your home will weather the storm just as well as a traditional site-built home. Structural integrity is a top priority, but so is energy e ciency. Living in humid Florida, it’s essential to keep the heat out, and the cool in. That’s why manufacturers like Skyline, TownHomes LLC, and ScotBilt have spent so much time and resources perfecting e cient structures and thermal insulation systems. Modern manufactured and modular homes feature energy-e cient designs, durable construction, and re safety features to keep families safe and comfortable for the long term.

Second, home buyers need to know there’s a manufactured or modular home that is right for them. No matter where you’re building or your nancial situation, whether you’re living on your own or are outnumbered by kids, there’s truly an option for everyone.

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Manufactured and modular homes feature modern design and luxury features and amenities, all at a better price per square foot than traditional site-built homes. Depending on your situation, this could mean coming in way under budget or being able to a ord a larger home. Homes range from smaller 2-bedroom homes perfect for downsizing to 4+ bedrooms, ideal for larger families.

Size isn’t the only area where there’s versatility. Style and customization are a big part of the manufactured home-buying process. Just like site-built homes, you can build your Pinterest-worthy home, often without the added cost of interior designers or third-party vendors. Modern kitchens and bathrooms, attractive exterior features, and versatile layouts are now the norms in the industry. You’ll likely be surprised by what you nd, both in terms of style and quality.

Possibly the most important thing for home buyers to know is that a manufactured or modular home is a stylish, safe, and quality long-term investment. It’s also an investment that often allows for more exibility and cost savings over traditional site-built homes. The old “trailer home” is a thing of the past! Once home buyers step through the door of a modern manufactured home, it’s

easy to envision themselves starting a life, growing a family, or downsizing to accommodate a newly empty nest in a home suited for all stages of life.


We’ve been in this business for over 75 years. Baird Homes was founded in 1947 in Salem, Indiana by Cli and Violet Baird. Today, the third and fourth generations of our family continue their legacy, operating on the tradition of service and integrity. Over the past 75+ years, we have evolved into one of the top retailers of factory-built manufactured and modular homes in America and is one of the oldest family-owned retailers of factorybuilt homes in America. With ve Sales Centers across Southern Indiana and Central Florida, we o er high-quality manufactured and modular homes built by top manufacturers.

At our core, we are in the business of bringing home to our customers. Our Sales Centers feature a wide variety of stylishly furnished homes and an experienced, friendly team of home professionals who will walk you through the entire home-buying process. Our a ordable homes are t for all walks of life and budgets. We o er

incomparable quality, engineering, and design at competitive pricing far below site-built construction. We also o er a superior customer service experience. Let us help you nd home here!

When you buy a home from Baird Homes, you’re becoming part of a family. Family-owned, familyoperated, and family-minded. If you have lingering questions about manufactured or modular homes, don’t hesitate to stop in at our Sales Center to get answers and meet some of our friendly sta members! Or you can check out our inventory at We look forward to hearing from you!


• Quality engineering and design

• Built by top manufacturers

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• Affordable, competitive pricing

• Suited for all stages of life


Why choose Quality Moving Services?

Quality isn’t expensive. It’s priceless.

Moving is widely considered one of the 10 most stressful life events.

Most people who’ve recently moved would agree—that is, unless they hired the trustworthy professionals at Quality Moving Services.

“We try to take as much moving stress out of the way as possible,” says Travis Long, of the family-owned and -operated business based in Fruitland Park near The Villages.

Quality Moving Services operates across Florida and in all continental 48 states. The fully licensed and insured business is owned by Travis and managed his brother by Turner (“Junior”) Long and Ryan Peterson. They maintain a full team of 13 employees.

“ When you hire Quality Moving Services, you’re literally hiring a family, not just a business that comes to do a job,” says Travis, a father of four boys and one stepdaughter, ranging in age from 2 to 9.

Personal service and attention to detail set Quality Moving apart from the competition. When you call, you’ll either speak with Travis or Junior, who are both fully aware of what is going on with every customer and every job.

Unlike most moving companies, Quality Moving Services does not require deposits.

“We get paid when the job is done, when everything is out of the truck and put into the house. We’ve done this ever since we started our business in 2014 and we handle thousands of customers every year,” says Travis.

“Once a homeowner or business owner hires us, we can provide literally everything needed for a move--from complete packing, loading and unloading to full disassembly and reassembly at the new location,” he notes. “Our team is highly trained and exceptionally careful. We treat your possessions as if they were our own, handling everything with the utmost precision.”

The company also o ers valuation insurance at no additional cost with no deductible.

“Being a Villages real estate agent, one of the things in my toolbox is connections, and Quality Moving Services is one of my tools. What you get with them is a seamless, professional, and kind move,” says Kristin Coleman.

“When you’re making a move—whether small or big—having the right partners makes it so much easier,” adds Kristin. “They have a high level of personal service that goes above and beyond. I feel very strongly about communication, kindness, and empathy. Quality Moving Services checks all the boxes.”

Call today to schedule your free in-home estimate in Lake County and surrounding areas. Free online estimates are available for those living farther away or out of state. In addition to residential, the company provides commercial moving for businesses.


Owner of Quality Moving Services

Fruitland Park 352.430.7393

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• Strong communication

• Kindness and empathy

• Goes above and beyond

• Highly trained

• Exceptionally careful

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Owner and Project Manager at Speci cs Woodwork, Inc.

Lady Lake 38818 Wildwood Mustang Rd. 352.750.9016 /

Why should I go custom?

couple of major bene ts with custom woodwork are that you get quality materials and are ensured 100 percent satisfaction with your project.

First o , going with custom woodworking means that you don’t have to settle for builder grade materials, which is what you get at most big box stores. You are settling for much less because the materials they are selling are not near the quality that we build all our woodwork projects with. The quality materials we use are meant to last and look good for years to come. Although they may cost a little bit more, you’re going to get a lot more bang for your buck in the long run. Second, going custom means you get exactly what you want because of the personalized service you’ll receive, starting with the moment you call in to tell us what you are looking for. The rst thing we do is set up a meeting at the location where your project will be housed to take exact measurements. We then create a rough drawing so you can see your project on paper and know what to expect. From there, we go back to our shop and create what we call shop drawings that basically allow you to see the project to scale and from every di erent view imaginable. After that, you can make changes, add, or subtract features, and once you okay it, we start building to your exact speci cations.

The entire process is very hands-on, and we communicate back and forth with you until your project is complete.

Perhaps the best part is knowing that your project—from picking the lumber to the custom stains and 100 di erent mouldings we make in house—is completely unique and handcrafted with care by experienced woodworkers, true artisans some people consider a dying breed.

Speci cs Woodwork is a family-owned and operated business based in Lady Lake. The workmanship goes unmatched because the owner of the company, Steve Long, plays a very hands-on role in every project. Speci cs Woodwork has also been morphing to customer wants/needs over the years. We have the ability to complete entire remodels including: adding or removing walls, changing doorways, and adding support columns and beams. This makes it much easier for a customer looking for a one-stop shop for their remodel.


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• changing doorways

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What is the importance of having good ventilation?

Many homeowners worry about the health of their roof. After all, it keeps our homes intact and our loved ones and our possessions safe. However, few people realize how important roo ng ventilation is to a healthy roof and home. The cooler the attic space stays, the longer the life of the roof lasts. You don’t want air ow and humidity to be stagnant up in the roof. In many of our jobs homeowners go with what we call a static vent. As the heat in an attic rises, the hot air is pushed out through the vents. The downside it takes wind to push that hot air out of the top. Unfortunately, we do not have a lot of wind in Florida during the summertime.

Therefore, we like to upgrade to solar attic fans. They come with a 25-year warranty and have a solar panel that runs the fan directly. They also are not tied to your electric. They keep roof structures and materials from deteriorating and keep your attic cool in the summer by reducing extreme heat buildup. Most importantly, it takes hot air out of your attic space instead of relying on the wind to push your hot air out of your attic.

If you ignore the ventilation in your home, your shingles will blister and swell. You can also get discoloration or separation in the shingles. There’s no doubt that ventilation is key. It really prolongs the life of your roof. Even in the winter when it’s not hot, the hot air inside your house and the cold air in your attic space creates a level of moisture. That moisture can turn into mildew or mold. The solar attic fans allow us to get that moisture out of the attic space.

If any homeowners wonders whether he or she has enough ventilation, we don’t mind coming to their homes and checking for them. It’s also important to choose a reputable roo ng company. Many roof warranties must meet a certain criteria of roof ventilation. If the installer didn’t put enough ventilation and there’s other warranty issues on the roof, it could void your warranty.

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Glenda Shambo’s light shines bright when it comes to turning ordinary glass and china into extraordinary works of art.


Get your fair share

The Sumter County Fair beckons with soft/sticky cotton candy, Tilt-AWhirl, Ferris wheel and other fun carnival rides, livestock exhibits, live music, a cowboy circus, and a rodeo.

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The St. Patrick’s Day Festival is one of the most popular holiday events in The Villages, attracting as many as 10,000 visitors. Wear green to blend in with the crowd of revelers enjoying bagpipers, stilt walkers, carnival games, and market vendors. Food trucks will sell popular Irish grub and more. Enjoy live music by the Celtic rock band Seven Nations and a performance by The Villages Twirlers and Drum Corps.

March 11 / Lake Sumter Landing, The Villages /



Adapted from the iconic Nickelodeon series, “The SpongeBob Musical” is a heartwarming tale of how optimism in the face of overwhelming adversity can save the world.

March 17-April 2 / Melon Patch Theatre 311 N. 13th St., Leesburg / 352.787.3013


“Bay Street Backwards,” a fundraiser for Bay Street Players in Eustis, allows the organization’s actors and actresses to performing songs from roles in which they would never traditionally be cast.

March 11 / Bay Street Players 109 N. Bay St., Eustis / 352.357.7777



A wave of older boats will descend on Wooton Park in Tavares for the Sunnyland Antique Boat Festival, the largest antique and classic boat show on America’s East Coast. Watercrafts on display will include historic vessels built before 1918; antique boats constructed between 1919 and 1942; classic crafts built between 1943 and 1975; and contemporary boats manufactured from 1976 to present.

March 24-26 / 100 E. Ruby St., Tavares /


Hometown pride will be on full display during Fruitland Park Day. The event features a barbecue cook-off competition, food trucks, vendor booths, photo booths, bounce houses, laser tag, a rock-climbing wall, and much more. There will also be a parade at 10am.

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3/4 @ 2 & 7:30pm


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3/4 @ 7pm


Orange Blossom Opry, Weirsdale

3/5 @ noon


Hurricane Dockside Grill, Tavares

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Orange Blossom Opry, Weirsdale

3/6 @ 7pm


The Sharon, The Villages

The hits keep coming

Sonnentag Theatre at the IceHouse presents “Hello, Dolly!”, the award-winning 1963 musical that has remained a favorite in theaters throughout the country.

Let us help you get the word out!

3/10 @ 7:30pm


Clermont Performing Arts

Center, Clermont

3/11 @ 2:30 & 7pm


Orange Blossom Opry, Weirsdale

3/12 @ noon


Edna’s on the Green, Wildwood

3/12 @ 1:30pm


Ruby Street Grille, Tavares

3/14 @ 4 pm


The Sandwedge Bistro, Lady Lake

3/17 @ 7 pm


Orange Blossom Opry, Weirsdale

3/18 @ 5pm


Hurricane Dockside Grill, Tavares

3/21 @ 7pm



The Sharon, The Villages

3/23 @ noon


Edna’s on the Green, Wildwood

3/23 @ 6pm


Flying Boat Tap Room, Belleview

3/24 @ noon


Edna’s on the Green, Wildwood

3/24 @ 7pm


Orange Blossom Opry, Weirsdale

3/25 @ noon


Lakeridge Winery, Clermont

3/25 @ 6 pm


Far Reach Ranch, Tavares

3/25 @ 2:30 & 7pm


Orange Blossom Opry, Weirsdale

3/26 @ 2:30 & 7pm


Orange Blossom Opry, Weirsdale

3/27 @ 7pm


The Sharon, The Villages

3/31 @ 4pm


Loyal Order of Moose, Leesburg

3/31 @ 7pm


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Artist empowered

f you want Glenda Shambo to shine at doing something new, just tell her she can’t.

That’s what happened when Glenda’s brother showed her a small chandelier he made after taking a stained-glass class.

Glenda admired his work and mentioned that she’d love to try her hand at the art form someday. When her brother responded, “Oh well, it’s much too hard for a woman,” she was determined to prove him wrong.

“I said, ‘I’ll show you, bro,’” she recalls with a chuckle 50 years later at her Royal Highlands home, which is accentuated throughout by beautiful stained-glass windows, all crafted by Glenda.

Following the exchange with her brother, Glenda enrolled in a class at a community center in Dade County and learned how to make stained glass.

Dozens upon dozens of personal and commissioned pieces later, she’s quite a pro.

“I’ve done two stained glass church windows, and much more. I remind my brother of that every time I see him, and he just laughs,” Glenda, now 84, adds. “He’s never made anything more, but now he asks me to make him stu .”

China painting and playing tennis regularly are two other hobbies Glenda enjoys, but stained glass remains her specialty. Though it’s extremely intricate and entails carefully

measuring and cutting various colors of glass with special tools, tting pieces together to create detailed designs and con guring overlays, it’s also rewarding.

windows I made. In fact, the one in Alabama was so large, it took a glass company to come pick it up and install it,” says Glenda, adding that she spent several weeks working on it in the basement of a friend’s house near the First Baptist Church of Alabama where it is displayed. The other church window is in Starke, Florida.

in the homes of family, friends, and customers, who cover the cost of materials. She charges $20 per hour for labor. She then donates all proceeds to the Christian Care Center—a help organization associated with the Baptist Church of Leesburg where she volunteered as a counselor for about 15 years.

work there,” Glenda says, explaining that God put it in her heart to give back to them.

masterpieces she’s created, Glenda may not have an exact count, but she had a “Shutter y”

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The Tavares Chamber of Commerce’ monthly Business After Hours was held at Life Dance Mastery in Howey-in-the-Hills on Jan. 12. Guests, there to help welcome the new business by way of a ribbon cutting ceremony, enjoyed refreshments, hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, and door prizes. They also learned about the center’s programming—involving life coaches who aid couples and individuals in self-discovery through dance, body language and movement—and participated in a complimentary group session focused on dancing their stresses away.

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The uncontaminated truth about anti-bacterial soap.

s it better to use anti-bacterial soap? This is a question that never seems to stay answered.

The idea that anti-bacterial soaps are somehow better than regular soap is based on a lack of understanding of germ theory. We live literally immersed in a sea of bacteria, viruses, and fungi. The number of bacteria on, or inside, our bodies is estimated to exceed the number of our own cells. We are all Gullivers in a microscopic Lilliputian world of microbes.

Bacteria lives not only on our skin, but inside oil glands, sweat glands, and hair follicles. No amount of scrubbing with any soap is going

to eliminate it. Over my 45 years as a surgeon, we have gone from the days of scrubbing our hands and arms for ve minutes with a sti brush, using either povidone iodine or some other germicidal soap, to rubbing our hands and arms for 15 seconds with an alcohol-based solution. Changing our approach hasn’t changed infection rates one little bit.

The idea of bathing and washing is not to kill bacteria; it is to sluice o dead skin cells and reduce the absolute quantity of bacteria on the skin.

One of the big concerns with widespread use of anti-bacterial soaps is the same as for injudicious use of antibiotics for every sni e, cough, or sore throat: enabling the development of bacteria resistant to these products.

Another concern is sensitization to some of these chemicals, causing allergic reactions.

The widespread use of anti-bacterial gels and lotions to mitigate contamination of our hands during the COVID pandemic was illogical and ine ective from the start. When you think about the countless millions of times in your life you have touched public surfaces barehanded without a second thought and yet somehow remained healthy, the lunacy of this becomes obvious to anyone with a little common sense. The same for spraying packages and even food with anti-viral sprays. COVID was airborne, not spread via contact.

So, the simple answer to the question of whether you should routinely use an anti-bacterial soap is “NO!”

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God’s healing touch

Tavares woman’s faith strengthened by tragic event.

he was on the brink of death. However, her damaged brain underwent a spiritual awakening. Now, she’s living to serve God. That’s the story of Dr. Candace Booth, who successfully recovered from a traumatic brain injury.

Dr. Booth, a naturopath and Tavares resident, is sharing her miraculous story of recovery through her book, “And Then God Stepped In: My Journey Through Healing a Traumatic Brain Injury.” The 68-page book, available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble, provides hope to anyone su ering from physical, spiritual, emotional, and mental trauma.

“I’m really excited people in Lake County will be able to hear my story,” she says. “It’s a two-fold story. The book is based on my journey through healing of a traumatic brain injury and my foray into becoming a Christian. Through the healing, I learned how much God came into my life to help me.”

Her transformation began in November 2017, when Dr. Booth was at a rehabilitation facility after undergoing a hip replacement surgery. While trying to use the bathroom by herself, she stood up, became dizzy, and fell backward, slamming her head into a steel pipe. She su ered a subdural hematoma, or bleeding on the brain. She was airlifted to UF Health Shands

Hospital in Gainesville, where doctors performed emergency surgery. They told her family that she’d likely die or remain in a vegetative state.

Dr. Booth’s life wasn’t taken, but it was certainly changed. God’s purpose prevailed during a brutal three-year recovery de ned by being paralyzed on her left side and numerous brain seizures.

“Throughout my rehabilitation, I felt God’s presence all around me,” she says.

Her book re ects that. The beautiful cover, which is worthy of being displayed in an art gallery, depicts God’s hands bursting through heaven’s light holding a brain. Her son, Max Wettstein, wrote the introduction, and her priest, Mark A. La er of St. Edward’s Episcopal Church in Mount Dora, wrote a touching blurb for the back cover.

“I want people who read my book to have hope,” she says.

“They should empower themselves whenever they experience pain, agony, frustration, or fear.”

Dr. Booth is taking that same message to St. Edward’s Episcopal Church. Two years ago, she became one of the church’s healing prayer ministers.

“Prayer is power, and prayer is healing,” she says. “Our ministry is invited to pray for people who are ill, and we also go into nursing homes to provide eucharistic communion prayer.”

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woman in an exercise outfit sidles up to the bar, plunks down a few bucks, and tells the server, “I’m drinking my lunch today.”

Not to worry. She’s having a healthy protein smoothie packed with antioxidants and vitamins.

In the background, blenders furiously mash ice. A woman in a Wi-Fi room types on her laptop. At another table, two friends sip drinks while reminiscing and laughing.

The environment at the Leesburg Nutrition House resembles that of a coffee shop. But owner Vilmaris Ortiz sets the record straight.

“We’re like a Starbucks but we’re focused on health,” she quips.

Sorry, coffee lovers. That means no frappuccinos or lattes loaded with sugar, carbs, and calories.

Vilmaris, a former nurse of 21 years, opened Leesburg Nutrition House in September 2022. She serves her clients a steady diet of specialty shakes that come in flavors such as strawberry shortcake, pina colada, mint chocolate, carrot cake, banana caramel, mango pineapple, and sugar cookie. Each shake is under 250 calories and includes 24 grams of protein and 21 vitamins and minerals.

Equally popular are fat-burning loaded teas with no sugar and plenty of Vitamin B and Vitamin C. Popular avors include watermelon,

Unique juice bar serves exercise with juice and tea.

She uses Herbalife Nutrition supplements in her shakes and teas, as well as protein donuts, oatmeal, and protein wa es.

Herbalife Nutrition, founded in Los Angeles in 1980, operates in 90 countries and touts itself for selling “greattasting, science-backed nutrition products.”

Vilmaris says consuming Herbalife Nutrition’s protein shakes and dietary supplements—as well as performing cardio exercises—helped her lose 61 pounds in 10 months.

“I was just drinking their shakes to lose weight,” she says. “I never thought I would have my own company using their products.”

That changed in 2018. Vilmaris became an independent Herbalife Nutrition distributor in Kissimmee after a Lake County resident who worked in the area repeatedly visited the store and encouraged her to bring the same smoothie and juice bar concept to Leesburg.

“I fell in love with Leesburg because the people are very kind,” she says. “Although I live in St. Cloud, I plan to move to the area.”

So far, business has been good. Especially in a society that has at least one bene cial addiction—health and wellness.

“I’m nding that after the coronavirus outbreak, people are more concerned about their immune systems,” she says.

Vilmaris often shares her own weight-loss journey to inspire customers. Prominently sitting on a countertop are before-and-after photos of herself. One shows an overweight woman with glasses and abby arms. The other shows a slim woman wearing a maroon dress with gold design and sporting a radiant smile.

“My father saw me in a picture and told me I was overweight,” she says. “That inspired me to get a gym membership. Now, I feel amazing.”

She wants her customers to feel that way too. Instead of just selling drinks, she also nourishes them with exercise. On Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, she and a group of women gather for Zumba in a back room of the Leesburg Nutrition House. As the instructor, Vilmaris leads a dance that follows the beat of a song, while participants mimic her moves to achieve a workout. The dances work abs, legs, and arms, brighten their moods and help unify them as they work together towards similar goals.

The Zumba classes are part of a 12-week challenge for women in which Vilmaris helps boost their con dence emotionally, physically, and spiritually. Currently, 10 females are enrolled in the program.

“I’m not just a protein bar; I’m a women’s coach,” she says. “People who complete the program have amazing stories. For instance, there was one woman who was asked to get o a ride at Sea World because she was too large. Then she completes this program and goes back to Sea World and gets on the ride. Now, she feels much better about herself.”

Certainly, Leesburg resident Ericka Chacon has bene tted. The 38-year-old breast cancer survivor comes to the Leesburg Nutrition House each day to enjoy a coconut and chocolate shake. Ericka has lost 13 pounds.

“The shakes are great because I feel full, but they give me energy throughout the day,” Ericka says. “I don’t want to go through breast cancer again, so I have to focus on living a healthier lifestyle.”

Those words are music to the ears of Vilmaris.

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cheese and be grate-ful for the magical twist that Grilled Cheese Gallery puts on the classic sandwich.

t sounds simple. Two pieces of bread, a slice of cheese and grill it. Easy peasy. However, the Grilled Cheese Gallery’s unique grilled cheese creations are far from simple, and your taste buds will agree.

How it began

Owner Je rey Thompson grew up in the Ocala area and spent a year of school in Mount Dora before moving to West Palm Beach to work in the hospitality industry as everything from bartender, waiter, and personal chef. On the side, he opened O-BŌ, an antique store and art gallery, which he did exclusively for a time.

“It kept the creative side of me going, but I missed working in a restaurant,” Je rey says.

When a space near his gallery became available, he toyed with the idea of opening a small dinner-only restaurant with small plates and wine. However, that idea quickly snowballed into a full-service ne-dining restaurant, complete with white linens, lunch, and brunch.

“O-BŌ was my training grounds for running my own restaurant,” Je rey says. “It taught me how to succeed and all of my mistakes.”

Je rey began to notice a di erent demographic coming to visit the restaurant and realized he wanted to have a price point for everyone, not just those looking for ne dining.

After tossing around a few ideas, he thought, “Why not do a nedining take on the classic grilled cheese sandwich?”

Challenge accepted

Je rey went to work on developing the best grilled cheese sandwich around. He tasted various types of gourmet cheeses, developed multiple dishes he likes to call “magical comfort food,” and opened his small Grilled Cheese Gallery restaurant.

The response was overwhelming.

“It exploded,” Je rey says. “I eventually had to make the tough decision to shut down O-BŌ and move the Grilled Cheese Gallery into that spot.”

Spreading the magic

Je rey jumped when the opportunity for expansion presented itself. Soon their magical unicorn logo–chosen because it’s prettier than gooey cheese–would be on the front of multiple locations in Florida and Cape Cod, Massachusetts. They are currently working on their seventh location in Coral Gables.

“We handpick our locations based on the area and if we think we would be a good t there,” Je rey says. “We want to be a family place.”

Downtown Mount Dora t that criteria, and Je ery opened inside the Mount Dora Marketplace in 2022. Although it is his smallest location, he says the business is booming.

Je rey’s youngest brother Lane mainly runs the Mount Dora location and has expressed interest in the industry since he was a kid running around Je rey’s gallery.

“I’ve been working with him since he had O-BŌ and helped out where I can,” Lane says. “I’m working on nishing high school and hope to go on and do my own thing one day. I’ve already got a lot of ideas.”

The menu

Of course, the classic grilled cheese sandwich is on the menu, but presented on a hook to showcase the gooey cheese oozing from the center and served with dipper of their signature tomato basil soup.

A Night in Amsterdam is a popular upgrade which features gouda, Gruyere, Swiss and cheddar cheese on artisan white bread, or take a walk on the wild side

with The Artist–mushrooms, Swiss, onion, kale, tru e oil and balsamic served on rye bread.

But wait, there’s more.

The Chester eld adds pulled pork, hickory BBQ and caramelized onions to a gourmet grilled cheese, The Asian Cowboy features beef short rib, Swiss cheese, bacon, kimchi, chipotle and onions, and The Southern Belle adds crispy chicken, Swiss and pepper jack cheese, onions, romaine and chipotle.

They also serve a loaded steak melt, The Queen Brie with house cured bacon, brie and raspberry puree, and the GQ made with goat cheese, tru e glaze, prosciutto, spinach, and tomato on black pumpernickel.

And for those who are dairy-free or gluten-free, they o er both vegan and gluten-free cheese and bread.

Just when you think you’ve seen everything, wait until you try their signature mac & cheese grilled sandwiches. Try the Mac Daddy with cheddar, The Pimp Daddy mac & cheese with bacon, The Country Boy with cheddar, Gruyere and BBQ pork,

Jeffrey Thompson

The Greek, The Hot Chick with panko crusted chicken and sriracha lime dressing, and The Warm Goat Cheese with organic baby greens, goat cheese, cherry tomatoes, carrots, cucumber and sundried tomato vinaigrette. The most popular salad is The Tipsy Unicorn, which features organic chopped kale, grilled chicken, bacon crumble, tomato, purple onion, feta, and a champagne vinaigrette.

Some are surprised to nd poutine, a French-Canadian dish of fries covered in cheese

curd and gravy that is a crowd favorite. Aside from the classic version, Grilled Cheese Gallery o ers The Gallery Steak

Poutine with sterling ribeye, caramelized onion, organic kale and kimchi, The Scarlet Poutine with grilled chicken, sriracha aioli, jalapeño and kimchi sauce, The Wrangler with beef short rib, organic kale and BBQ sauce, and The Lobster Madison with fresh lobster, chipotle aioli, paprika, lemon and drawn butter.



2 c. gravy see recipe >>

1 c. cheese curd

1/ c. chicken



1/2 lb. butter



4 c. chopped kale

1/4 c. crispy bacon

1/4 c. grilled chicken breast

1/4 c. diced tomatoes

1 tbsp. red onions

1/2 c. crumbled feta


Toss together in mixing bowl.




1/2 c. extra virgin olive oil

1 garlic clove, chopped

2 tbsp. honey

3 dashes of sriracha

3 tbsp. of Lemon Juice

1/4 c. champagne vinegar or Veuve Clicquot

1 dash of salt

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2 pieces of your favorite bread (grilled or toasted)

1 big scoop of Grilled Cheese Gallery mac see recipe >>

BBQ Pulled Pork see recipe >>


Slap all of it in between the bread and enjoy!




1 qt. heavy cream

2 lbs. American cheese

1/2 lb. cheddar

1/2 lb. Gruyere

1 tsp. nutmeg

1/2 tsp. salt

2 lbs. of elbow macaroni


Boil heavy cream in medium pot with nutmeg and salt. Slowly add all cheese (cubed). Whisk vigorously until well blended. Remove from heat. For macaroni, boil in salted water for 10-12 minutes. Mix with cheese.



1 pork shoulder/picnic

5 garlic cloves

1 c. mojo

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. pepper

BBQ sauce (Our secret recipe. Choose your favorite store brand. Ours will be on a shelf one day).


Place pork in large baking pan. Push garlic under the skin. Rub with salt & pepper. Rub with mojo. Bake on 375 for 6 hours uncovered. Shred after cooled.

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‘Water’ you waiting for?

Lake Eustis Waterfront Grille serves spectacular views and an eclectic menu sure to whet your appetite.

hat do you get when you combine the splendor of nature with delectable cuisine?

In the Golden Triangle, the answer is Lake Eustis Waterfront Grille— an impressive 5,000-squarefoot, two-story restaurant overlooking Lake Eustis that’s known for delicious food, drinks, and some of the most spectacular lake views around.

The restaurant’s owners Jim and Conni Berry, along with co-owner/

builder Daniel DiVenanzo, began the joint venture about ve years ago. Lake Eustis Waterfront Grille is the rst restaurant for Jim and Conni, but Daniel has extensive experience having owned/managed several restaurants and bars.

In November 2022, the partners celebrated the culmination of their journey at the venue’s grand opening. Conni says they are not only pleased with their vision come true, but with the excitement and warm welcome from the entire community.

“It was something that was missing and something we wanted to bring as our way of giving back to Eustis,” says Conni. “There are

several lakefront restaurants around, but not on Lake Eustis, and not with this menu.”

Recently, Style Photographer Nicole Hamel and I visited Lake Eustis Waterfront Grille to see what all the hype was about, and overall, the experience exceeded our expectations. The parking lot was practically full, so we parked in a designated lot across Lakeshore Drive. Getting to the restaurant was easy via a walkway under the road along the canal that leads straight to the Eustis Marina’s shoreline where it’s located.

Once inside, we found the casual beachy vibe very fun, and the sta extremely friendly and welcoming.


There is a full bar and dining tables inside or outside on the rst oor, but we sat upstairs, which also features dining and another bar, for the panoramic view of the lake that immediately had me reaching for my phone to take pictures.

“All of our exterior docks have tie-ups so people can dock their boats there or on the seawall and walk right up to the restaurant and eat, and that’s where the magic starts,” says Conni, explaining that the restaurant’s cuisine is traditional American fare. “We’re a place to go seven days a week and we’re here to make your dining experience exceptional.”

When it came time to order we ran into a slight hitch – everything on the menu sounded so good we couldn’t decide! So, we tried several things, including bacon wrapped scallops, shrimp ceviche and crab cakes.

For entrees, we went with the macadamia crusted haddock topped with a key lime beurre blanc sauce. The dish, served with cilantro rice and asparagus, was out of this world delicious and so huge, it can be shared.

We also tried the Monte Cristo sandwich with sweet potato wedges and a side of spicy maple syrup to dip them in, a dish inspired by General Manager Ben Johnson, creator of the menu.

Ben explained that the Monte Cristo—complete with turkey, ham, mayo, and provolone served on white bread, fried and dusted with powdered sugar—was something he enjoyed as a kid.

“Everything on the menu has to do with things I’ve always liked throughout my life, and some of it, like the grilled wings, my wife in uenced,” says Ben, a longtime Eustis resident who has been in the restaurant business for more than 30 years.

Our favorite bite of the night, however, was the Lobster Mac and Cheese.

I’d never eaten lobster before, so I had nothing to compare its tastiness to, but Mainer and seafood connoisseur Nicole had a lot to say.

“I loved the huge pieces of lobster and the very cheesy avor overall. It’s probably the best lobster mac and cheese I’ve ever had”, she said, explaining that she was very surprised at how reasonably priced the dish was for the amount of food.

As for the rest of the menu, you can order anything from burgers and handhelds to salads, seafood, steak, and pasta. Conni calls it “eclectic.”

Not only that, the drinks list includes a nice selection of red and white wine, beer, hand-crafted and signature cocktails, including a very

The tart, for me, was the restaurant’s mic drop, and something that, along with the gorgeous sunset views, I would absolutely return for.

Ben believes the restaurant will be around for years, attracting people from all over Lake County and beyond, sentiments Conni seconded.

“We really put our whole hearts into it, and we want to make Lake Eustis Waterfront Grille ‘THE PLACE’ to be in Lake County,” Conni says.




350 Lakeshore Drive, Eustis

Open for dine-in, takeout, online ordering, call-ahead seating, large parties, and special events.

Hours: Sunday-Thursday 11am to 9pm, Friday-Saturday 11am to 11pm.


“We’re a place to go seven days a week and we’re here to make your dining experience exceptional.”
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here are bartenders who have a “regular” crowd, and then there’s Jerry Lipham.

During my monthly oyster pilgrimage to O’Shucks in Wildwood, I noticed every single person around me asking the bartender/shucker specifics about his family, his classes, his plans for the summer. The loudest refrain was, “Did you get our card?”

When I started to pry, all I heard was “Jerry’s the best! He is such a great guy; he deserves praises.”

Mostly it was, “You don’t get more Wildwood than Jerry.”

According to Jerry, the feeling toward his regulars is mutual. He maintains his two shifts per week

for the extra money but says the sense of loyalty to the owners and commitment to the community is why he stays.

“I’m able to catch up on what the locals are doing and make sure that my customers are well. I worry if someone doesn’t show up when they are supposed to.”

The youngest of five, he was raised by single mom Patrice Palmer, legendary Wildwood High School teacher by day, Winn-Dixie cashier by night.

“It was such a loving, caring household. We were always there for each other, and we all still meet on Sundays for lunch.”

The 37-year-old graduated from Wildwood High in 2003, and then attended the University of Florida, where he majored in agriculture. Then, like a salmon swimming

upstream, he returned to Wildwood Middle/High School to teach “Ag.”

He worked as a bartender during college, then at McCall’s Tavern afterwards to supplement his income. He started working for O’Shucks in 2015 after a college roommate got him the job.

Jerry and wife Amanda met in college. Now they are raising their six kids and taking care of a seventh.

While he says he loves his part-time gig, his true passion is teaching.

“I became a teacher because I think it’s important to invest in our youth. It has taught me leadership skills for sure, but mostly patience, which is key to working with the public. No matter how busy or crazy it gets, it doesn’t get to me.”

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From classic diners and lakeside restaurants to fine dining and everything in-between, Lake and Sumter counties culinary scene is booming. Your favorite meal is sure to be served with a side of hospitality. You can find a copy of Lake & Sumter Style at all listed dining locations!


Beef ‘O’ Brady’s 2586 W. CR 48


Darrell’s Diner

2237 W. CR 48



Akina Sushi Bar & Asian Fusion Bistro

4300 S. U.S. Hwy. 27


Ay Jalisco

580 Hwy. 50


Cheeser’s Palace Café

707 W. Montrose St. 352.404.9431

Crooked Spoon Gastropub

200 Citrus Tower Blvd. 352.404.7808

Gator’s Dockside

1200 Oakley Seaver Dr.


Goomba’s Pizzeria

2395 S. Hwy. 27


Green Mountain Pizza

303 Hwy. 50


Lilly’s on the Lake 846 W. Osceola St. 352.708.6565

Oakwood Smokehouse & Grill 230 Citrus Tower Blvd.


Robata Japanese Steak House & Sushi Bar 1500 Oakley Seaver Dr. 352.404.9688

Sarah’s Greek Cuisine & More 16640 Cagan Crossings Blvd., Ste. 305



Gators Dockside

15241 U.S. Hwy. 441


Stavro’s & Sons of Eustis 2100 W. CR 44 352.589.9100

Taki’s Pizza House 2824 S. Bay St.


The Oyster Tro 936 N. Bay St. 352.357.9939

Tony’s Pizza & Subs 2760 E. Orange Ave. 352.589.9001


NY Deli N Diner

3325 U.S. Hwy. 441


Rae Rae’s Restaurant 2468 U.S. Hwy. 441



3223 U.S. Hwy. 441


Red Wing Restaurant 12500 S. SR 33 352.429.2997

Barrels & Boards 7965 SR 50 A500



JB Boondocks Bar & Grill 704 S. Lakeshore Blvd. 352.324.3600

Mission Inn’s La Hacienda Restaurant 10400 CR 48


Mission Inn’s Nicker’s Clubhouse Restaurant 10400 CR 48 352.324.2718


Bamboo Bistro

700 Hwy. 441


El Ranchito

1 Lagrande Blvd.


Gators Dockside 1004 Main St.


Harbor Hills Country Club 6538 Lake Griffin Rd.


Marco’s Pizza

13721 U.S. Hwy. 441


Mom & Dad’s Italian Restaurant

304 S. U.S. Hwy. 27/441


OakWood Smokehouse & Grill

860 S. Hwy. 27/441 352.751.5640

Takis Greek and Italian Restaurant

13761 U.S. Hwy. 441 N. 352.430.3630


Brooklyn’s Pizzeria 27405 U.S. Hwy. 27 352.728.2020

Great Chicago Fire Brewery & Tap Room 311 W. Magnolia St. 352.474.2739 Ichiban Bu et 10301 Hwy. 441 352.728.6669

Cousin Vinnie’s Family Sports Restaurant 10700 U.S. Hwy. 441 352.253.2442

Donut King 708 S. 14th St. 352.805.4888

Mammoth Oak Brewing Company 1107 W. North Blvd. 352.326.0100

Mystic Ice Cream 314 W. Main St. 352.812.1366

Naples Italian Restaurant 1107 W. North Blvd. 352.323.1616

Oakwood Smokehouse & Grill 2775 U.S. Hwy. 27 352.435.4633

El Ranchito Mexican Cuban Restaurant 911 W. North Blvd. 352.460.0123

Fire Rock Pizza 712 W. Main St., Ste. 5 352.605.6123


Mexican Restaurant 1337 S. 14th St. 352.805.4174 The Rose Plantation An early 20th Century dining experience. 200 Rose Ave. 352.805.4340 Guru Restaurant Award-Winning Indian Cuisine 2400 S. Hwy. 27 Suite 101 352.241.9884 La Palma Mexican Grill Old-school traditions from Mexico combined with inspirations from California and Louisiana. 1690 Citrus Blvd. 352.323.1444
Italian Restaurant 26736 U.S.
27 352.319.8093 San

Turner’s Kitchen & Bar

With the trendy, modern décor and the sleek, upscale atmosphere, visitors may assume they’re dining in a large city. However, Turners Kitchen +Bar is located in the heart of downtown Leesburg. The restaurant provides the best of both worlds—a premiere dining experience at a moderate price. Here, the food is described as “a new American concept with a hint of the South Carolina Low Country.” The lunch menu (offered from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.) offers the delicious half-pound Turner’s Burger, Ollie’s Famous Shrimpburger, and a Lowcountry Reuben. The dinner menu (offered from (5-7 p.m.) features Caramelized Diver Scallops, Sea Island Grits and Shrimp, and Sweet Potato “Q” Tuna. Prepare yourself for a wonderful dining experience matched with delicious cuisine!

114 S. 5th St. Leesburg / 352.530.2274

The Brick & Barrel Public House 209 W. Main St.


The Co ee Snob 1101 W. North Blvd. 352.460.4570

The Old Time Diner 1350 W. North Blvd.


The Sipping Garden and Bistro 605 W. Magnolia St. 352.460.0716

Wolfy’s 918 N. 14th St. 352.787.6777


Barnwood Country Kitchen & Smokehouse 3725 W. Old U.S. Hwy. 441 352.630.4903

Fiesta Grande 421 N. Baker St. 352.385.3540

Magical Meat Boutique 322 N. Alexander St. 352.729.6911

Vincent’s Italian Restaurant 5914 Orange Blossom Trl. 352.735.4578


Pho Saigon 11707 N. U.S. Hwy. 301 352.492.9423


Bella Nona Pizzeria 280 Silverado St. 352.508.9370

BTW (Burgers, Tacos & Wa es) 115 E. Main St. 352.508.9287

Fish Camp Lake Eustis 901 Lake Shore Blvd. 352.742.4400

Hurricane Dockside Grill 3351 W. Burleigh Blvd. 352.508.5137

Puddle Jumpers 111 W. Ruby St. 352.508.5862

Tiki West Raw Bar and Grill 118 W. Ruby St. 352.508.5783


Cody’s Roadhouse Brownwood 3731 Meggison Rd. 352.430.2926

Cody’s Roadhouse Lake Sumter Landing 1041 Lake Shore Dr. 352.259.8500

Giovanni’s 3439 Wedgewood Ln. 352.751.6674

Haagen-Dazs Ice Cream 1001 Lake Shore Dr. 352.751.0261

Legacy Restaurant 17135 Buena Vista Blvd. 352.753.1475

Marco’s Pizza 5806 Seven Mile Dr., Ste. 101 352.571.2400

NYPD Pizzeria 4046 Wedgwood Ln. 352.750.1994

Peachwave 249 Colony Blvd. 352.750.2238

Peterbrooke Chocolatier 1087 Canal St. 352.391.5877

RJ Gator’s Florida Sea Grill & Bar 1015 Lake Shore Dr., #1693 352.751.6935

Roberto’s Ristorante Pizzeria 2468 Burnsed Blvd. 352.626.1059 Sakura 265 Colony Blvd. 352.205.7393

Too Jays Brownwood 2835 Brownwood Blvd. 352.350.2122

Too Jays Lake Sumter Landing 1129 Canal St. 352.430.0410

VKI Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar 1004 Old Mill Run 352.259.9887


The Mason Jar 37534 SR 19 352.589.2535

Beach Lots of delicious food and sunshine await at Ski Beach Bar & Grill. 21 Dozier Cir. 352.973.0793

Brooklyn’s Pizzeria & Italian Restaurant

27405 U.S. HWY 27, LEESBURG | 352.728.2020 &



When hit with a craving for authentic New York style pizza, there’s no need to catch the next flight to the Big Apple. Simply visit Brooklyn’s Pizzeria & Italian Restaurant in Leesburg and Owners James and Shawna Pancari will make you feel right at home with New York inspired vibes, décor, and flavors. Not only have they perfected the New York style thin crust people swear by, but they take pride in ensuring everything they serve is made fresh and from-scratch daily; including their pizza dough and sauces, strombolis, calzones, subs, salads, wings, specialty Italian and pasta dinners. Additionally, the restaurant is family-run and Veteran-owned, with James having served in the Coast Guard for 31 years. In honor of that, the dining room features a military wall, plus a 10 percent discount for veterans, active members of the military, police, fire, and first responders. Brooklyn’s Pizzeria also offers gluten-free pizza and pasta options, and accepts door-dash, online-ordering, catering, and curbside pickup.

El Ranchito Mexican Cuban Restaurant

911 W. NORTH BLVD., LEESBURG | 352.460.0123


Since opening in 1997, El Ranchito has been the go-to place for Lake Countians who desire delicious Mexican food. Although the restaurant was closed for nearly two years due to the coronavirus, El Ranchito’s Leesburg location officially reopened in December 2021. The restaurant is now named El Ranchito Mexican Cuban and serves genuine Mexican cuisine and a variety of Cuban entrees with entertainment on Tuesdays and Saturdays! The menu features many of the favorite dishes diners have grown to love over the years, as well as new dishes. Consider the Molcajete Caliente featuring your choice of meats grilled with onion, potato, and bell pepper, topped with cheese and salsa verde. Or try the Bistec de Palomilla with thin-sliced steak with onions and parsley that comes with a signature steak sauce. El Ranchito fans will appreciate the remodeled restaurant, which now includes a 50-seat outside patio. Despite the changes, the food remains as scrumptious as ever. Enjoy amigos!

Guru Restaurant


Owned by Chef Uday Kadam, Guru has a following of fans who savor the delicious, award-winning Indian cuisine inside the restaurant’s beautiful dining room filled with Indian décor and tables with linen tablecloths. Guru earned the prestigious Best Entrée award at the 2021 Taste of South Lake & Business Expo for its Chicken Tikka Masala, featuring boneless chicken pieces cooked in a Tandoor oven with tomato sauce, onion, aromatic herbs, spices, and served with Basmati rice. Guru also has tasty appetizers, Naan breads, vegan dishes, and a wide array of entrees, including Palak Paneer, a dish of homemade cubes of cheese cooked with spinach and fresh spices; Lamb Vindaloo of choice lamb cubes marinated in vinegar with potato and a blend of spices; and Tandoori Chicken Tikka, where the chicken is marinated in mild spices and yogurt. Additionally, Indian alcoholic beverages of Taj Mahal and Kingfisher are served at Guru, and the restaurant caters private functions, parties, and provides many delivery options for orders made online at

Mon, Wed & Thu 11:00am – 8:00pm

Closed Tuesdays

Friday 11:00am – 9:00pm

Saturday 12:00pm – 9:00pm

Sunday 12:00pm – 7:00pm

Sun – Sat

11:00am – 10:00pm

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El Ranchito Restaurant

1 La Grande Blvd, The Villages 352.750.3335

Mon – Sat Noon – 9:00pm

Sunday Noon – 6:00pm


RESTAURANT Celebrates Indian Cuisine!

A Savory South Lake Favorite Since 2014

Clermont Guru Indian Restaurant has proudly served authentic Indian cuisine in Central Florida since 2014. Founded by Master Chef Uday Kadam, he launched his Guru Restaurant in Clermont to bring us a superb quality destination food emporium.

Guru Indian Restaurant has been awarded dozens of awards from Style Magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, The Tampa Tribune, South Lake Tablet, Clermont News Leader and many more inclusive of earning the South Lake Chamber of Commerce ‘Local

Advisor. Most recent honors include the ‘Best Entrée’ at the Taste of South Lake Festival and ‘Best Lunch Spot’ for 2023 by the South Lake Chamber of Commerce.

Savory Indian Cuisine: Guru o ers you a diverse menu with dozens of delicious entrees. Every dish is custom created with very fresh ingredients, sauces and spices. Each dish is cooked to match your personal taste desires from mild and normal to hot. To enhance any meal, beers, wines and Indian Chai Teas

showers, business meetings or any special occasion, the Guru Restaurant team is ready to make your event an extra special experience.

The Master Guru! Kadam worked at the famous Taj Mahal Hotel Restaurant, while in college. He studied with internationally respected chefs before coming to work in the United States in 1982. Kadam shares, “The word Guru means ‘Master’ and ‘A Sharing Teacher’. Starting my career, I was fortunate to work at and learn from the best of the best chefs at Marriott and Disney!”

Celebrating Success! Kadam credits his success story to his loyal clients noting,

352.241.9884 / 2400 S Hwy 27 Suite 101, Clermont, FL 34711 INDIAN RESTAURANT
“Many of our guests say they first tried Indian cuisine here and loved it! They keep coming back! Everyone
make each Guru dining experience enjoyable and memorable.”
Owner/Head Chef, Uday Kadam

La Palma Mexican Grill


The entire staff invites you to a delicious dining experience at La Palma Mexican Grill. The recipes used for the restaurant’s unique dishes are a blend of old-school traditions from Mexico, combined with culinary inspirations from California and Louisiana. Homemade Mexican entrees such as Tacos Azteca, carnitas, fajitas, Chori Pollo, tamales and more, are flavorful and prepared with only the freshest of ingredients. Sit comfortably in the beautiful dining room, the festive bar, or outside on the patio deck with a serene view of the grounds and of the fun wild animals that can be spotted in the trees. Enjoy fast and friendly service, reasonable prices, three-for-one margaritas all day, every day, and a party room, available by reservation, for large parties or meetings. Full menu at Call for daily specials.


It’s five o’clock somewhere!

Mom & Dad’s Italian Restaurant

352.753.2722 | 304 US-441, LADY LAKE

Mom and Dad’s Italian Restaurant in Lady Lake has the distinct honor of calling itself a true family-owned restaurant. In fact, five generations of family members have represented the restaurant since its humble beginnings in May 1962. As many generations of customers have dined there throughout the years thanks to the outstanding service and scrumptious dishes such as Spaghetti a la Bruzzi, Delmonico steak, and lasagna. This food savvy family prepares everything from scratch, crafting everything with love to satisfy your taste buds.

Rodello’s Italian Restaurant

26736 U.S HIGHWAY 27, LEESBURG | 352.319.8093 | RODELLOS.COM

Chef Amadeo Avila invites you to enjoy authentic and fresh Italian cuisine in a friendly, comfortable dining environment at Rodello’s Italian Restaurant. The recipes used for his dishes are a blend of old-school traditions from Italy—the restaurant is named for a city in the old country—with new culinary inspirations that Chef Amadeo has learned during many years in the restaurant business. Flavorful, homemade Italian entrees such as Pistachio Crusted Lamb, Salmon Saltimbocca, Lobster Ravioli, Shrimp Risotto, and many others are classics and prepared with only the freshest ingredients. The lunch menu features personal pizzas, calzones, subs, and pasta. Sit in the spacious dining room or enjoy drinks or desserts like delicious gelato in the cozy lounge, which features a full bar, wine menu, and an array of specialty cocktails. Always look for new features on Chef Amadeo’s menu, available on the restaurant’s website,

Open Daily 11:00am – 9:00pm

Lunch Specials

11:00am – 3:00pm


Mondays! Enjoy $5 margaritas all day every Monday.

Open Daily 11:00am
9:00pm Wed – Sun 4:00pm – 9:00pm Closed Monday & Tuesday Full Gluten-Free Menu

Sweet as roses

unch or dinner at The Rose Plantation is a feast for your eyes and your stomach.

The restaurant is situated in a home that was built in 917 as a winter retreat for newspaper publisher William Dwight of Massachusetts. It sits on a four-acre property along Fountain Lake in Fruitland Park.

As you enter the historic house, you’ll pass a beautiful rose garden. It’s easy to let your mind drift back to the early 1900s and imagine the wonderful galas, masquerades, teas, tennis tournaments, and other social events once held here.

Step inside and you will marvel at the eclectic china, fine silverware, and linen tablecloths that enhance the atmosphere even more.

“The Rose Plantation is a destination dining location,” says owner Dave Andrews. “We’re a property and home from the Gilded Age and that is the ambiance we

carry forward. It was an era of charm and service. That’s what you find here.”

Dave says the restaurant is a unique combination of “fine dining, high-quality food, ambiance, and service.” Some of the more popular food items include a 10- or 16-ounce prime rib and crab cake featuring 95% colossal crab. Diners also love the caramelized apple chicken, Black Angus filet, pot roast, duck, and pastas.

“People tell us all the time that our prime rib is the best that they’ve had anywhere,” Dave says. “Also, customers from Maryland tell us that our crab cakes are almost as good as Maryland crab cakes.”

Fortunately, you won’t have to break the bank to enjoy this high-quality food. Nine entrees on the menu cost less than $30.

“That allows people to have a fine-dining experience at an affordable price,” Dave says.

“We’re not going to skimp on quality, but we still have dishes that are very affordable.”

No wonder that approximately 50 percent of customers come

from as far away as St. Petersburg, Orlando, Clermont, and Inverness. The restaurant also hosts five-course private dining events and custom multi-course wine dinners.

Soon, Dave plans on offering tours of the 2.5-story home, which features five bedrooms and four bathrooms upstairs.

“The main living room is now our main dining room, and our full-service bar used to be the butler’s pantry,” Dave says. “There is so much history here. Around 1932, a young man came to the home on horseback and proposed to a young woman on the upstairs deck. We’ll be turning that deck into dining within the next year or so.”

at The Rose Plantation.
A taste of
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352.805.4340 200 Rose Ave, Fruitland Park



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The Rose Plantation

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Enjoy an early 20th Century dining experience at The Rose Plantation, located in a home built in 1917. This charming and delightful restaurant on Fountain Lake serves up outstanding dishes with a side of elegant ambiance, starting with the glass-enclosed garden room and veranda, eclectic china, live piano, fine silverware, linen tablecloths, and the rose garden out front. The chefs are given creative freedom to make memorable dishes such as rack of lamb with bourbon berry glaze and cherry gastrique, delicate sacchettini pasta filled with three types of cheese in a brandy cream sauce, colossal crab cakes, and crab stuffed angeloni with parsnip puree and roasted red pepper cream sauce. All dishes are upscale in both quality and presentation. Customers can also choose from 140 varietals of wine. The restaurant, which seats 128 guests, includes private dining rooms for parties of 2 to 50.



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Serving your favorite New York Style Deli Food since 1981, we offer hearty portions of homemade comfort foods like Shepherd’s Pie and Beef Brisket, handcrafted sandwiches such as our classic Hot Pastrami and Corned Beef, made-from-scratch soups like our famous Matzo Ball and Chicken Noodle, handmade, award-winning cakes including our Banana Dream and Chocolate Killer, just to name a few. Our extensive menu includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with options for everyone. We have an incredible over the counter offering of deli meats and cheeses, as well as made fresh-daily breads. Our catering menu is one of the best in town, with options for both social gatherings and corporate functions.

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Settle the score

Three pointers to bring sanity to your March Madness bracket.

s you read this, we’re days away from the NCAA Tournament. That means you’ll soon ll out a bracket that can win you a few—or a few million—bucks.

Be forewarned: there’s no exact science to ling out a March Madness bracket. Trust me, I speak from experience. I’ve spent unnecessary hours trying to pinpoint the Cinderella team. I’ve pointlessly identi ed teams that limped into the postseason and are vulnerable to an early-round upset.

Take it from me, trying to pick a spoiler is a colossal waste of time. I still had red marks all over my bracket. This year, I’ll be more creative and advance teams based on three methods some may consider downright goofy.


Cats have nine lives, so picking a team with a feline-related nickname

may be wise. You can choose the Tigers, a nickname shared by Auburn, Clemson, Louisiana State, Memphis, and Missouri. Or you can choose the Wildcats of Northwestern, Kentucky, Arizona, and Villanova. Weather lovers might opt for the Miami Hurricanes and Iowa State Cyclones, while bird lovers can pick the Creighton Bluejays and Louisville Cardinals. Also, you have to advance one team with a nickname that you have no idea what it means: the Saint Louis Billikens, the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers, and my personal favorite, the University of California Santa Cruz Banana Slugs.


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