Equestrian and Ranch - Ocala, Florida

For more than thirty years, Realtor, Joan Pletcher has lived, breathed and internalized the uniqueness of Ocala, Florida’s Luxury real estate market.

“I grew up as a luxury builder and developer’s daughter, and this business was comprehensively ingrained within me from a very early age,” Joan says “I therefore assimilated all the knowledge and awareness in all aspects of the luxury market of fine homes, unique land development, and equestrian properties.” While most Realtors would mention that Florida’s beaches and water activities are reasons to relocated to the Sunshine State, Ocala isn’t what you’d consider typical Florida.

“We’re located in north central Florida, so our topography includes rolling land and lush, green hills, graced with magnificent Granddaddy Live Oaks,” Joan says. “We have incredibly challenging golf courses, and the Florida Greenway’s meandering, bucolic trails, which residents use for hiking, biking, running and horseback riding.”  Marion County is also known as the “Horse Capital of the World” and offers the full gamut of equestrian activities for the horse lover and  enthusiast.  Just a few are:  Florida Horse Park, HITS (Horse Shows In The Sun), Grand Oaks, and Golden Ocala World Equestrian Center South (Completion March 2018) are just a few of the equestrian events held here.

Exquisite French Chateau Estate with incredible equestrian Amenities on 104 acres.   The majestic landscaped grounds of this estate provide a private and peaceful setting.

The equestrian owner will enjoy a private, 10-stall show stable with a 1-bedroom, 1-bath apartment.  Two air-conditioned rooms perfect for storing your prized carriages or automobiles.  One dressage ring is located close to home.

Additional 19-stall barn, covered arena which sports mirrors synthetic footing, lighting, irrigation and a luxurious visitor’s viewing room.

Also featured are: two superior quality show barns six additional horse barns, A/C lab, breeding shed.  16-bay equipment building, four outdoor arenas and extensive site improvements.

“This is an incredible property that one has to see to appreciate all that it offers.” Joan says.


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Posted on: 3/30/2017 at 10:35 AM
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Elite Agents - Carl Dittrich & Cynthia Joannou

On the hunt for a stunning coastal property in Southwest Florida, look no farther than the Naples & Bonita Springs areas in picturesque neighborhoods like Barefoot Beach, Pelican Bay, Park Shore or Port Royal. Here you’ll find luxurious properties with a diverse group of residents and unparalleled restaurant and dining options - comparable to major metropolitan cities while exuding a sophisticated, small town feel.

Who better to explore the area market with than Carl Dittrich and Cynthia Joannou, owners of Barefoot Beach Properties. Founded in 2006, Barefoot Beach Properties is a Florida licensed real estate brokerage firm specializing in Naples area luxury beachfront, boating and golfing communities. Naples residents since 1998, Carl & Cynthia offer a combined 34 years of Florida real estate experience.

Within a few short minutes of talking to Carl & Cynthia it is immediately obvious why the two make such a superb team. Carl thinks very analytically — a quality likely attributable to earning his MBA in finance and background in international investment banking — while Cynthia adds that personal touch to each client relationship and every detail throughout the transaction.

Cynthia and Carl stress the importance of developing friendships with their clientele, in turn earning trust and making the overall experience of buying/selling more enjoyable. “We emphasize the importance of taking their time and enjoying the process,” says Cynthia.

In addition to the personable experience offered, Cynthia and Carl also offer a unique take on international experience that goes beyond their fluencies in German and French language. Having lived in Europe, the two are also familiar with the differences in customs and business practices overseas vs. in the United States. Additionally, they work with an excellent and extensive network of legal, tax and accounting professionals to make international transactions as seamless as possible.

Cynthia and Carl attribute their 10 years of success at Barefoot Beach Properties to their in-depth market knowledge, attention to detail, level of experience, integrity and overall their dedication to work hard for their clients. “When you are ready to purchase or sell, Cynthia and Carl's exemplary skills, devoted service and expert advice will offer you a seamless real estate transaction.”

Carl Dittrich | Cynthia Joannou
Barefoot Beach Properties 239.273.5515 | 239.273.0666

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Posted on: 3/16/2017 at 9:48 AM
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Sam McDadi REAL estate inc.

Sam McDadi is one of the top luxury realtors in Canada. Across the Greater Toronto Area, he is the #1 real estate professional for homes sold over $1 million dollars.* In 2016, he sold 250 estate homes valued at more than $1 million, more than double his closest competitor.** 

With more than 27 years of experience, Sam McDadi is a household name when it comes to buying or selling luxury estates in the Greater Toronto Area. The wealth of knowledge behind selling more than 9,500 homes is unsurpassed. Sam, in his career as a real estate professional, has sales in excess of $4.2 billion.
Sam McDadi embodies experience, loyalty, knowledge and diligence. His real estate career began in the 1980s just after he graduated from Nicholls State University with a Bachelor of Science (honours) in Finance and an MBA (honours) from the University of South Carolina. He is now the owner of his own brokerage, Sam McDadi Real Estate Inc., which has two state-of-the-art offices, and works with a team of more than 40 real estate professionals. Having developed and refined an extensive plan to market luxury homes, Sam has exclusive, in-house marketers, graphic artists, stagers, social media specialists, writers and web designers.

Sam’s longevity in real estate has translated into an encyclopedia of real estate knowledge. It has meant he’s consistently ranked at the top. It means he understands what buyers and sellers need. It has also led him to write “Making Sense of Real Estate,” an invaluable guide to understanding real estate in Canada that is now in its 11th edition.

“My passion in this business drives my longevity,” says Sam. “After all these years, I still have the same enthusiasm and love for this business as I did in the early years.”

Award-winning real estate agent. Life-long Mississauga resident. Philanthropist. Tennis Champion. Author. Master negotiator. Unparalleled service and expertise. Sam McDadi is in a class of his own when it comes to helping clients buy or sell luxury estates in the Greater Toronto Area.

*2016 RE Stats Inc. statistics, acting as a listing agent on a list price of $1,000,000 or greater.

**2016 RE Datum statistic, total units sold over $1,000,000 in the GTA

Sam McDadi Real Estate, Inc.
1034 Clarkson Road North
Mississauga, ON  L5J 2V9 Canada

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Posted on: 2/22/2017 at 9:57 AM
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Michael Palermo - Tampa, FL

Nestled between two flourishing downtown areas sits South Tampa, a prosperous Florida community on the state’s popular Gulf Coast. With notable neighborhoods, dynamic business activity, a thriving arts and entertainment district, and sunny gulf beaches, the Tampa Bay area is a premier location for Florida residents. Choosing the right agent with the right market experience and area knowledge is key in a place like South Tampa where so many homes move on and off the market every day.

Michael Palermo is one of the area’s finest real estate agents and a third generation Tampa native. Palermo carries a background in real estate law to bolster his impressive career as a real estate broker. This experience is reflected in his comprehensive insight of the Tampa Bay area.  When you need to buy or sell a home, you’ll want someone like Mike on your side to develop a tailored plan for your needs and to help decipher the endless legal jargon.

Palermo boasts a 97% repeat/referral client rate which demonstrates his dedication to high professional standards and exceptional client service. “It’s something special to be able to follow and assist a family through their life,” Palermo states of his repeat clients. He’s helped hundreds of Tampa Bay area families find homes to accommodate their ever-changing needs whether that be up-sizing to make room for a growing family or downsizing when the kids finally go to college.

While Palermo is known as one of the most respected agents in the area, he also runs an agency that garners the same reputation. Palermo manages 36 agents at his brokerage, each of which are held to the same high standard of client service.

With 20 years’ experience, a keen understanding of the Tampa Bay Area’s bustling real estate market and a tailored customer service approach, Palermo is the right agent to help you with your next real estate transaction.

Michael Palermo

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