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    Ania McGinty

    Real Estate Agent

    License Number: SL3489100

    Barbara Hammons

    Broker Assoc/Realtor

    License Number: BK3249651

    Kerry Powell

    Loan Originator

    NMLS#: 1593035

    Laura Fulwider

    License Number: 3213030

    Laura is licensed as a Florida Real Estate agent for Preferred Shore Real Estate representing buyers and sellers in residential and commercial real estate on Florida's Gulf Coast since 2008. Knowledgeable and personable, Laura is a true professional in the industry. Her sales history and winning results prove that the home buying or selling process can be easy and seamless. Originally from Bradenton, Florida, a 7th generation Floridian, and graduate of the University of South Florida in Tampa, she is an expert on the Tampa Bay lifestyle. Laura, her daughter and Golden Retriever currently live in St. Petersburg, where she enjoys the outdoors, culture and dining that "The Burg" has to offer. Laura began her real estate career in 2007 working for a National home builder where she gained valuable experience in sales, marketing, and model home staging and design. After the birth of her daughter, her real estate career transitioned to working for National real estate brokerages on the Gulf Coast and she quickly gained success in the industry. Laura's overall knowledge of the Gulf Coast real estate market, local neighborhoods and competition provides innovative insight for her clients while her caring,charismatic personality and passion for helping people produces stellar agent/client relations. Most recently, Laura's love for home design and staging has extended her the opportunity to specialize in investor purchase's and renovation/flip properties with access to the off market inventory. Now teamed up with Preferred Shore Real Estate, Laura is excited to offer progressive, innovative marketing providing an international outreach in a winning team environment that rises above and beyond what all other brokerages and agent's offer. Laura has vast knowledge and past sales history in Pinellas, Hillsborough, Manatee & Sarasota counties. Two convenient Preferred Shore offices are located in Sarasota and St. Petersburg to serve her clients. Whether you're a first time home buyer, seasoned investor, or international client Laura's process and approach makes it simple with a network of top Tampa Bay area professionals ready to assist and lead the way! * Member of the National Association of Realtors, Florida Association of Realtors, Realtor Association of Sarasota & Manatee & Alpha Delta Pi Sorority.

    Michelle Ward

    Real Estate Agent

    License Number: SL3274126

    As a real estate professional, Michelle Ward has masterfully embodied her “client-first” approach which is illustrated by her high-quality network of repeat clientele and long-term real estate relationships. Michelle’s approach incorporates an individualized plan for each specific client, placing an emphasis on listening and communication. She effectively approaches each client’s needs, which will, in-turn, produce higher than expected results in the least amount of time. Always driven to excel, Michelle’s in-depth community and market knowledge allows for effective strategies and negotiations, but it is her 15 year entrepreneurial nature and years of operating a multi-million dollar Construction business that gives her the edge to success with her clientele. “My clientele are well seasoned in real estate success. They know what they want and I am just a tool at providing them streamlined, financially smart options to meet that goal,” says Michelle. “The purchase of a home in Florida is a financially sound investment, if you know where to find the best deals.” My specialty is in marketing and negotiations. I also have extensive experience in residential & commercial design, and function and can give excellent advice with regards to renovations, marketing, landscaping, building materials and value. Finding quality properties is my forte. I live and specialize in the Sarasota, Bradenton area, as I find it one of the most desirable places on the Gulf Coast to live. Hard Worker my motto is “DO IT NOW.” You need only ask me once and I’m on it. No other realtor will work harder for you- from shaking the bushes for unlisted homes for your review, to helping you maximize the value of your property for the least amount of money, I never stop!! Michelle Ward is constantly building her reputation, which is critical to the buyers and Sellers of real estate. Michelle is a well-experienced personal consultant who consistently delivers the results the most affluent of home buyers and sellers demand.

    Nidale Weber


    License Number: SL3419528

    Ryan Schmidt

    Real Estate Agent

    License Number: SL3443365

    Ryan Schmidt has been working his entire real estate career with Preferred Shore, and is dedicated to all your real estate needs, in real time from beginning to end. Buying and selling is simple & carefree with his on call services & and use of the most up to date social media platforms. He provides new & innovative ways to put that sold sign in your yard and the keys to your dream home in your hands as quick as possible. Ryan is an Ohio transplant and has been immersed in the Florida market being well versed in the yearly trends the real estate industry goes through. He'll utilize every tool at his fingertips working with his team to make your transition flawless. Call Ryan today and put your trust in him, as he is the agent you can rely on for communication, determination and trust.

    Sophie Parrag

    Real Estate Agent


    Moving to Florida over 10 years ago Sophie Parrag knows the emotional and logistical frustration that comes with relocating and homeownership. She finds her passion in helping others and found her true calling in real estate serving her clients and guiding them through one of the biggest investments of their lives. Sophie is committed to listening to her client's needs and utilizing her negotiating skills to ensure smooth transactions. She thinks Real estate is a powerful thing. Where you live becomes the center of your universe: your “home base” and a place where memories are made. Whether the client is a buyer, a seller, or an investor, Sophie thinks of her clients like family. I am here to keep the process fluid, successful, and as low-stress as possible. Anchored by Michelle Ward, allow the Ward Group Properties to guide you through the real estate process. Thanks to many years of experience in Preferred SHORE, we are proud of our reputation for cutting-edge marketing, and invaluable connections. During her spare time, Sophie enjoys soaking up the sun on the world-famous beaches of the Sarasota area and spending time with her family and friends exploring new restaurants.

    Stephanie Sherman

    Licensed Realtor


    I am a New England native having grown up in CT and also spending time in Boston and NY. I graduated with a business degree from Marist College with a concentration in International Business and Marketing. I spent over 12 years in corporate marketing, mainly in the telecommunications industry, before switching over to Real Estate. My family and I had always had a long-term plan to relocate to the Sarasota market but in 2017 the opportunity arose to make the move sooner and we haven't looked back since! Since becoming a Realtor (R), I have found that my past sales and marketing skills combined with my personal experience of buying, selling, and relocating several times has provided me with valuable skills that I use daily in real estate negotiations, educating homebuyers and sellers, and effectively marketing my clients listings. Your home is one of the most important parts of your everyday life and I want to make sure that not only do you find what you want but the process is smooth, successful, and enjoyable. Whether buying or selling, you can count on me to give you my full attention- all the time. My clients often describe me as knowledgeable, proactive, and patient and a lot of that probably comes from being a mom! When I am not working, I love to explore all that southwest Florida has to offer with my husband, son, and step-daughter. You will most likely find us on a beach, on the water, or exploring one of the area's amazing preserves!
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