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Featured Agents

Emily Grace

Real Estate Agent

License Number: SL3506826

Garrett Yankee


Garrett has been immersed in the world of business and sales since he graduated from Grand Valley State University. Straight out of college he worked his way up to the director of sales for a tier-one automotive parts manufacturer. Garrett then started a business at the age of 25, where he purchased and sold vehicles wholesale. Garrett has always been immersed in real estate, owning and managing income properties. He had been visiting Florida ever since he was a child, and he wanted a change. He moved down to Florida and started working with a large property management company on Anna Maria Island. Because of Garrett's background he felt he would be better positioned representing buyers and sellers within real estate.

Gwen Nanna


Gwen has called the Tampa Bay area home for the last 14 years. With a keen sense of interior design and fashion, she loves to cater to customers that know what their perfect dream home would be. Attention to detail is everything. Gwen covers a broad area from South Tampa to Sarasota, so no matter where you are looking, she has the knowledge and expertise to guide you and help you find your perfect home. Gwen is a licensed broker and agent. When Gwen is not working in the real estate field she is a modeling coach and educator.

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.

Mary Romac

License Number: SL3465939

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.

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.

Barbara Hammons

Broker Assoc/Realtor

License Number: BK3249651

Ania McGinty

Real Estate Agent

License Number: SL3489100

Paula McCabe

Florida Licensed Realtor

License Number: SL3494293

I wasn't born here but I was definitely raised here. I moved here when I was 4 and I have witnessed the growth of the Sarasota and Manatee Counties. For over 40 years I have seen neighborhoods start, evolve, diminished and be revamped again. To say I can guide you in the direction of your new home desires, well that is a given. I grew up in Manatee county, I left once to experience the world from a soldiers perspective. A veteran of the US Army and strongly support our military 100%. There is nothing compared to the knowledge you gain as a 19 year old out on your own, serving your country. I am not a stranger to the Real Estate world, but a lot of experiences from previous careers & businesses, are what make me great at what I do. I feel customer service lacks entirely these days, no matter what aspect of business you're in. Running your own business and building something from nothing, gives you that new profound desire to make your clients your first priority. Last but never least, I'm a mother of 3 children and married to the most supportive husband a women could ask for.
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Preferred Shore Real Estate Group - MCW Properties
Michelle Ward
50 S. Lemon Ave Ste 302
Sarasota, FL 34236

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