• Meet Our Team

    About EXIT Realty Leaders

    EXIT Realty Leaders, a franchise of EXIT Realty Corp. International, has been owned and operated by the Wade family since 1999.  The Wade family has been selling real estate in Citrus County for over 30 years!
    Despite the tumultuous years that the real estate industry has suffered, EXIT Realty Leaders has not only survived but thrived. 

    The Company was named as a part of the Best of the Best for six years in a row - and at least one of our agents was named as part of the best of the best for the past six years in a row.
    "If you are looking for a great career opportunity, now is the time to get involved in the real estate market.  We are always looking for dynamic agents to bring EXIT Realty Leaders to the next level!!" - James Wade, EXIT Realty Leaders Broker.
    Come in to any of our offices and meet some of our fantastic agents.
    With 2 convenient locations to serve you as well as agents available in the Volusia County area, EXIT Realty Leaders has all your options covered for your buying and selling needs. Our experienced agents are available to help whether you are selling your home or looking to buy your dream home.
    CALL, CLICK or COME BY one of our local offices.
    Our BEVERLY HILLS Office:

    5018 North Lecanto Highway
    Beverly Hills, FL 34465 

    352-527-1112
    Our CRYSTAL RIVER Office:

    730 North Suncoast Blvd
    Crystal River, FL 34429

    352-794-0888
    OUR EXIT TEAM

    Amber Upchurch

    REALTOR®

    352-794-0888
    352-201-7944
    License Number: SL3403661
    amber21upchurch@gmail.com

    Hello, my name is Amber Upchurch. I have grown up in Central Florida most my life, I love to reach out and truly help people. Whether you are a buyer, seller, or investor, I take pride in helping anyone I can. I work with an amazing team of professional REALTORS® who provide expertise in all aspects of real estate. I obtained my Real Estate License in 2017. I am proficient in Business Administration and hold an Associates degree in it. I use my education as a tool to assist with the writing of contracts and negotiations. I would call myself a People Person, because I do aid my success in the success of others. Amber is the sweetest, most compassionate, & hard-working individual I know! She sets her mind towards something and goes for it! I couldnt recommend a nicer person to help you with finding a home or property! What a great person and family! Christa S. Here at EXIT Realty Leaders, We follow the example set by EXIT Realty Corp. International, the only national brand created after the internet age, which has re-invented real estate by providing a high-tech, high-touch philosophy that always puts people first. I was born In Raleigh North Carolina, and moved to Citrus County when I was 3 years old. I have attended the College of Central Florida since 2014. Education to me, is the greatest tool in life which is often taken for granted. I want to be a backbone for my family, someone to look up to and put your trust in. I dedicate my time to helping people find answers to their Real Estate problems. If you are looking for someone to assist with any of your Real Estate needs, I would be more than happy to help any way I can. Follow me at www.facebook.com/APUrealestate or @apurealestate on Instagram for my Real Estate Adventures and for more information.

    Anne Farrior

    REALTOR®

    352-794-0888
    352-860-6073
    realtorannefarrior@gmail.com

    Anne Farrior has been a Citrus County resident for over 25 years. As a Florida native, graduate of the University of Florida and business owner in Citrus county, Anne has extensive knowledge of the county and its waterways. Anne’s professionalism and experience can help you achieve your real estate goals.

    Barbara Dovi

    REALTOR®

    352-527-1112
    352-476-4687
    barbaradovi@centurylink.net

    Becky Paradiso

    REALTOR®

    352-527-1112
    352-634-4581
    rparadis@tampabay.rr.com

    Becky Paradiso has been a multimillion dollar producer since becoming a realtor in 2000, and was voted in the Citrus County's Best of the Best multiple times. She has been a resident of Citrus County since 1991 and has raised both her son and daughter here as well as welcoming her first grandson this past year. She utilizes her vast experience living in the county to offer her customers exceptional and knowledgeable service, and is consistently a multi-million dollar producer. Becky is always available for all your real estate needs.

    Ben Plockelman

    REALTOR®

    352-794-0888
    352-613-3991
    License Number: SL3083005
    bplockelman@gmail.com

    I have been in Citrus County off an on since 1993. Moved here permanently in 2001. When I became a Realtor in 2003 I was able to bring my knowledge of the local waterways and area's to my clients. Now have being a Realtor in Citrus County for over 13 years my experience and laid back philosophy are my biggest assets. I feel that being efficient and savoy you can offer the client a non-stressful transaction. Making myself available to my clients 24/7, allows me to communicate everything a buyer or seller needs to feel comfortable in conducting their Real Estate transaction.

    Cheryl Steffer

    REALTOR®

    352-794-0888
    352-228-0700
    License Number: SL3416277
    cheryljo09@gmail.com

    Christopher Reeves

    REALTOR®

    352-794-0888
    352-287-9695
    listwithchris@yahoo.com

    Cindy Strait

    TRANSACTION COORDINATOR

    352-794-0888
    352-527-1112
    beverlyhills@exitrealtyleaders.com

    Dawn Frazel

    REALTOR®

    352-527-1112
    352-346-5796
    License Number: SL3372591
    homesalesflorida@outlook.com

    Buying and selling a home can be an overwhelming task. It's nice to have someone looking out for your best interests, and guiding you through the process. As a team member of the Beverly Hills "EXIT REALTY LEADERS", group of professionals, I'm here for you, and look forward to helping you, with all of your real estate needs

    Franke Joehl

    REALTOR® & DIRECTOR OF AGENT DEVELOPMENT

    352-527-1112
    352-270-4453
    License Number: SL3350806
    exit@frankjoehl.com

    Franke Joehl is the Director of Agent Development for EXIT Realty Leaders located in Central Florida. Franke provides weekly development sessions to their agents, hosts new agent orientation, maintains the social and brand presence of EXIT Realty Leaders across all social media platforms and websites, provides technical support on the brokerage's many platforms and assists agents in developing their own personal brand via content marketing and Social Media. Franke is committed to the advancement and success of EXIT Realty Leaders and their associates! Franke is a REALTOR® at EXIT Realty Leaders. He is also a member of The REALTORS® Association of Citrus County, Florida REALTORS® and The National Association of REALTORS®. Franke also obtained the e-PRO® designation from the NAR® and provides a unique marketing plan for his clients that features Digital and Social Media Marketing that strategically gets their home sold in the right amount of time and for the right price! Whether you are looking to buy or sell real estate anywhere in the United States, Franke has a network of real estate professionals nationwide that are always willing to go the extra mile for their clients. In 2016, Franke was awarded the prestigious title of the Administrator of the Year by EXIT Realty Florida. He received this award because of his constant commitment to helping EXIT Realty Leaders and their agents excel. Since his hire in 2016, Franke has provided a consistency in results for his sphere of influence as well as created an agent dashboard, updated websites, and forms, trained agents on a new MLS system, a lead generation platform, as well as how to effectively promote themselves on social media, plus so much more! Franke has collaborated with and hosts a weekly Facebook Live show with Tiffany Burgess of EXIT Magnolia Coast Realty, covering topics from what to do when newly licensed to Agent Branding and development. This partnership with Tiffany has pushed his reach and ability to mentor with the EXIT Realty nation further than ever before. Franke has attended events such as the Florida REALTORS® annual convention and REBar Camp and the Xplode Conference. His networking efforts expand far beyond just a media and digital platform. You will often find him also working one on one and in small groups with associates during development meetings. Franke recently presented a Techinar for EXIT Realty Corp International in July 2018 on agent branding and marketing. The webinar was so well received by the EXIT nation, and Franke looks forward to future opportunities to help foster every EXIT associate with their needs to succeed! He is also an EXIT Realty Corp International Ambassador and Engagement Leader. He used that designation to further the advance of the EXIT Realty Corp International Ambassador initiative by hosting his own Elevator Speech Training with his EXIT Realty Leaders associates locally. Where there is Franke, there is growth.

    Gary Ayres

    REALTOR®

    352-527-1112
    352-302-9329
    garyayresrealestate@gmail.com

    I have been a Realtor since 2011 and I love what I do. I am committed to making your home buying or selling process fun and exciting. I have consistently been a multi million dollar producer since being in the Real Estate business. I look forward to working with you on your next home buying or selling experience.

    Jayson Bortz

    REALTOR®

    352-794-0888
    352-228-9506
    License Number: SL3288677
    jaysonbortz@yahoo.com

    Jayson is a dedicated professional , always willing to go the extra mile for his clients. Equally proficient as a buyer or selllers agent , Jayson can handle all of your Real Estate needs.

    Jean Durham

    REALTOR®

    352-527-1112
    352-794-1183
    License Number: SL3396960
    jean.durham@jmdurham.com

    Finding and hiring the right agent is one of the most important things you can do when buying or selling your home. With years of corporate marketing and management experience, Jean brings her exceptional client-level services to the negotiating table each day. Her background in sales management has offered her the experience to develop organizational, negotiating and management skills that can be very helpful throughout any real estate transaction. Jean has 3 adult children and a grandson (the apple of her eye) that live in Texas, 2 adult step daughters in the Carolinas and she currently lives in Florida with her best friend and husband Barry. She and Barry met as widows in 2014 and married in 2016. Because of their previous experiences, they have a sincere drive to enjoy live to its fullest each and every day. You can find Jean in her spare time enjoying live music, hiking, fishing, dancing, singing...doing just about anything fun. Professionally, Jean earned a BS in Marketing Management and has held positions in various industries. Before having the opportunity to be in real estate, Jean assisted agents in Dallas, TX with unique marketing solutions for $1m+ properties. She has instructed classes, co-authored a book, created new sales channels and managed great sales teams along the way. Peers have described her as polished, creative and tenacious. She looks forward to assisting you!

    Jim Wade

    BROKER/OWNER

    352-527-1112
    352-634-3829
    jimwade1@yahoo.com

    Julie Rubacha

    REALTOR®

    352-527-1112
    407-276-4310
    License Number: SL3419377
    jrubacha@live.com

    Hi, my name is Julie Rubacha and I've lived in Pine Ridge for thirteen years. I assist buyers, sellers and investors in Pine Ridge, Crystal River, Citrus Springs, Beverly Hills, Citrus Hills and the surrounding areas of both Citrus and Marion counties. I have a background in technology, sales and photography and my recent training has provided me with even more exposure to cutting edge technology and tools to effectively communicate and best serve my clients. These days over ninety percent of all buyers start their search online and that is where my skill set comes into play in marketing and presenting your property in a way that will catch a buyer's attention quickly and bring the highest price possible. I am a FAA licenced Drone pilot and I enclude this service along with professional photography for all of my clients if permitted my aviation laws. In fact, according to MLS statistics, homes with aerial images sold sixty eight percent faster than homes with only standard images! I am proud to be a part of the team at Exit Realty Leaders, a franchise of Exit Realty Corp which has been owned and run by the Wade family since 1999. I quickly learnt how important it is to have a good support system in this business. I've surrounded myself with a network of trusted professionals to ensure that no matter what question or situation may arise, I'll have the best solution for my client. I grew up in Rhode Island and then moved to Connecticut where I met my wonderful husband. We chose to move to Florida so that we can enjoy the natural beauty of this area all year long. When I'm not at work, you may find me hiking a nature trail taking wildlife photos, walking my two dogs, or kayaking down any one of the beautiful spring fed rivers in this area. To find out how you can own a piece of the Nature Coast just give me a call, text or email.

    Karen Ropes

    REALTOR® / Property Manager

    352-794-0892
    352-634-5555
    karen@mycitrusrealtor.com

    Karen Ropes is a residential real estate professional that specializes in property management and sales. Karen is a REALTOR with EXIT Realty Leaders.

    Kristi Bortz

    REALTOR®

    352-794-0888
    352-228-9505
    License Number: SL3247484
    kristibortz@yahoo.com

    Laura Duda

    REALTOR®

    352-527-1112
    352-445-8844
    lauradudarealestate@gmail.com

    For many years the Real Estate business has been a personal passion for Laura Duda. As an investor in residential property she quickly learned how to find the best deal available for the current market. Flipping homes with some of the most undesirable conditions became a fun, challenging and extremely rewarding experience. In 2014 Duda decided it was time to share what she had learned about the Real Estate business. She became a new addition to the Exit Realty Leaders team located in Beverly Hills, Florida. Duda brings over a decade of customer service skills to this family orientated group. Through the years she has proven to have a strong work ethic, dedication and an enthusiastic approach with her clients. This has always left customers with a positive experience. The excitement she shows for helping people find their perfect home is uncanny! Real estate certainly holds a part of her heart and a huge part of her time. However, Duda does find time to escape and enjoy the natural beauty of Florida. Being outside is truly a relaxing experience! Her hobbies include golfing, horseback riding lessons and camping. Duda believes there is no other place better than the small community of Citrus County to be able to enjoy nature at its best!

    Lili Garcia

    REALTOR®

    352-527-1112
    352-302-9129
    lgarcia19@tampabay.rr.com

    My Real Estate Business started twelve years ago and prior to being in the re-sale end of the market, I was designing and selling new homes for a custom builder. I have been consistently a multi-million dollar producer and my primary goal is to meet the needs of my customers. To further my education in Real Estate, I am taken courses that impact any changes in our federal and state laws affecting the home sale market. At the beginning of my real estate career I earned my GRI designation (Graduate Real Estate Institute) that further educate agents on the laws, contracts, marketing, in order to help protect the customers we serve.

    Marci Maro

    REALTOR®

    352-527-1112
    352-228-1774
    License Number: SL3408690
    marci@marcimaro.com

    Maria Pereira

    REALTOR®

    352-527-1112
    732-433-6941
    License Number: SL3324443
    mapereira5317@gmail.com

    Maria is Brazilian/ American. Fluent in Portuguese, English and Spanish. Business owner and real estate investor for several years. Property management.

    Melonie Haag

    OPERATIONS MANAGER

    352-794-0888
    352-257-1783
    License Number: BK3018574
    melonie@exitrealtyleaders.com

    I started my Real Estate Career with EXIT Realty Leaders in 2002. From the beginning I was very involved with our Local and State Realtors Association serving on many committees and the Board of Directors.s In 2005 I helped charter the Women's Council of Realtors Nature Coast Chapter were I eventually served as Chapter President before going on to serve as District Vice President for the Florida State Chapter. In 2005 I was elected as a Director for our Local Board of Realtors, moving through the Officer seats before being elected at the the Realtors Association of Citrus County President in 2009. In 2010 I was named the EXIT Florida Mentor of the Year. From 2011-2016 I worked at the Local Realtors Association starting as the Membership Coordinator and adding the roles of Education Director and Bookkeeper to my duties over the next 5 years. 2016 brought my the chance to return to my roots at EXIT Realty Leaders, this time working as the Operations Manager.

    Mike Stokley

    REALTOR®

    352-794-0888
    352-206-9096
    mstokleyexit@hotmail.com

    Hello I am Mike Stokley, a real estate specialist at EXIT Realty Leaders in Citrus County, Florida. I am proud to assist buyers, sellers, and investors with all kinds of properties in Citrus and Levy Counties, Florida. I am a proud member of the Kiwanis Club...past president and current board member. I received Volunteer of the Year awards as a volunteer for The Key Training Center and Hospice of Citrus County...and Kiwanian of Year Award.My wife, Marsha, and I enjoy Salt Water fishing in the Gulf, taking RV trips around the South, and our Grandchildren visits to our condo on the Homosassa River. Testimonial 1 -" We have enjoyed a good business partnership with Michael Stokley working as our buying and selling agent over the past 5 years. He has helped us find and purchase two home, which he also help us later sell. We find Mike to be honest and knowledgeable. He has given us wise counsel on several occasions, in fact we are working with Mike on a current residential purchase. We have found him to be a real estate professional in every sense of the word and would highly recommend him to anyone wishing to buy or sell real estae in Citrus County." Paul & Susan Early Testimonial 2- " We have know Mike, for nearly 5 years. We first met, when we started looking for a house , to make our home. He's one of those few people , we met and liked from the start. Mike, not only helped us find our home. He also helped us sell our 3 Rental Properties. He's very knowledgeable of Residential, Commercial, and Investment Markets. He answered our many questions, and always offer his expert opinion. When it comes time to sell our home, Mike's the one we'll call. Great Guy! Great Realtor!!" Ken & Pam Jones - 7/2016

    Nancy Ayres

    REALTOR®

    352-527-1112
    352-279-5058
    nancyleeayres@gmail.com

    I have been a Realtor, in Citrus County, since 2007. I became a Broker Associate, in 2010, and absolutely LOVE my real estate career! I have built a business from referrals...happy buyers and sellers refer me to more buyers and sellers. I am committed to making your home buying and/or selling experience as stress free and fun-filled as possible. I have been a Rotarian for nearly 20 years and am involved in our local community as a Board of Director for our brand new AMAZING YMCA! Come to Citrus County and see ALL we have to offer you and your families! I have received numerous production awards throughout the years, however, my proudest moment was in 2015, when I received the EXIT Florida "Hustle Award" for my dedication to the real estate business and assisting new agents as they get started in this exciting business. I love to share my enthusiasm with new agents, new buyers and new sellers. Don't hesitate to call me if you have any questions...you can contact me at 352-279-5058 or email me at nancyleeayres@gmail.com, I look forward to speaking with you and meeting you soon!!!!

    Paula Rudder

    REALTOR®

    352-794-0888
    352-628-0396
    License Number: SL3347643
    paularudder78@gmail.com

    Peggy Price

    REALTOR®

    352-794-0888
    352-302-5633
    pj98_99@yahoo.com

    I have lived and worked in Citrus County for almost 30 years. I am very familiar with all of the communities that are located in the Nature Coast. Multimillion dollar producer each year, working with buyers and sellers. I have specialized in listing and selling foreclosures and first time home buyers.

    Rachelle Peake

    REALTOR®

    352-794-0888
    352-634-2195
    License Number: SL3363938
    realtorpeake@gmail.com

    Rachelle Peake has been in the sales and service industry for several years, and always strives to listen and respond to each of her client's specific needs. She received her real estate license in early 2016. As a Florida native, Rachelle is familiar with the local area which makes it an effortless process to match each client with the perfect home. Rachelle's background includes managing long term and vacation rental properties, which has led to her valuable experience in everything from design and structural integrity to the creativity required in the property marketing process, as well as investment opportunities. As a REALTOR® with EXIT Realty Leaders, Rachelle's approach is to always be honest and direct. EXIT Realty is a by-invitation only company dedicated to the growth of each agent. Here at EXIT Realty Leaders we follow the example set by EXIT Realty Corp. International, the only national brand created afer the internet age, that always puts people first. "Rachelle approaches every situation with a sense of urgency and commitment to her customer. We would strongly recommend her to our friends and family, and look forward to working with her again in the future." Bonnie T. -Battlecreek, MI

    Raymond Horton

    REALTOR®

    352-527-1112
    352-322-6304
    rhorton17@tampabay.rr.com

    47 years in commercial banking including 20 years of commercial property lending, 6 years of residential lending, appraising and 5 years bank management. Strong involvement in community activities. Helping people reach their goals while providing each client with the utmost attention to detail in selling their existing home or purchasing the new home of their dreams.

    Robert Dyson

    REALTOR®

    352-527-1112
    352-270-0870
    robertdysonrealestate@gmail.com

    Robert Dyson III loves all that Citrus County Florida has to offer and decided to make it his permanent home in the summer of 2014. One of the main reasons why he made the jump from the northeast is because the weather allows for year round outdoor activity. When Dyson is not energetically helping his clients find their dream home, you can find him in one of two places. Either on one of the twenty golf courses found throughout the county practicing on his golf swing or on his motorcycle taking in the breathtaking scenery found on the rolling hills and winding back roads of Citrus and Marion Counties. One thing Dyson always stresses to clients who have not yet seen this area is “This is not your typical Florida, you always think Florida is just flat”! Dyson has worked in many customer service jobs throughout the years but states being a Real Estate Agent is by far the best experience he has had in public relations. Purchasing a home is one of the most important decisions people make in their lives and Dyson always goes that extra mile to help make that dream come true!

    Santo Dovi

    REALTOR®

    352-527-1112
    352-476-4687
    dovisells@yahoo.com

    Shannon Aylesworth

    REALTOR®

    352-527-1112
    717-576-1073
    shannona6639@gmail.com

    A dedicated Florida realtor in Citrus, Hernando and Marion counties specializing in the sale and purchase of residential properties. After an extensive career in banking, she is using her professional knowledge and skills to provide outstanding service to buyers and sellers. Listening to customers and conducting business with integrity are top priorities. The purchase or sale of a home is one of the biggest decisions a person can make and her goal is to make the process as easy as possible.

    Steve McClory

    REALTOR®

    352-794-0888
    352-422-3998
    info@naturecoastliving.com

    Agents available 24/7. 1-866-795-3396 FREE MLS SEARCH at: www.naturecoastliving.com Alison Markham, GRI, Broker-Associate & Steven McClory, Realtors® EXIT Realty Leaders, Inc., "The Phones are Always On!" 730 N Suncoast Blvd Crystal River FL 34429 United States Ph: 1-866-795-3396 Ph: 1-352-697-0761 Fax: 1-866-845-8680 Mobile: 1-352-422-3998 Email: info@naturecoastliving.com http://www.naturecoastliving.com

    The Real Team

    REALTOR®

    352-527-1112
    352-400-3323
    trishantonetti@yahoo.com

    I have been in Real Estate sales at EXIT Realty Leaders for 6 years and am always anxious to assist you in purchasing and/or selling your property. We are adding additional Agents as well. Thank You for your time hope to talk soon.

    The Wade Team

    BROKER/OWNER

    352-794-0888
    352-634-3829
    genewade1@yahoo.com

    Call The Wade Team - r Jim Wade - Realtor - or speak with their Team Coordinator - Brittany for all your real estate needs! In the market to buy or sell a home and you want to make sure you have a great experience than look no further. EXIT Realty Leaders, a franchise of EXIT Realty International, has been owned and operated by Jim Wade and the Wade family since 1999. The Wade's have been selling real estate in Citrus County for over 30 years!

    Thomas Smith

    REALTOR®

    352-527-1112
    352-201-4939
    License Number: SL3403925
    thomas@fluryrealty.com

    My wife and I both grew up in NJ, I joined the military (SeaBees), after leaving the service I worked as a contractor and ran my own business for 23 years, raising a family, worked as a volunteer fireman, and belonged to the Elks Club. In 2006 my wife and I built a house in Citrus County and relocated here in 2009. In 2010 we purchased a sign shop in Inverness and now I have it running smoothly and successfully. I joined the Inverness Kiwanis Club and helped with local community activities to give back to our kids. I obtained my real estate license in 2017. With real estate now so technology-driven, my recent courses provided me with exposure to cutting edge technology and tools to effectively communicate with and best serve my clients. EXIT Realty is a by-invitation-only company, dedicated to the growth of each agent. EXIT is a proven real estate business model that has to-date, paid out more than a third of a billion dollars in single-level residual income to its associates across the U.S. and Canada. A portion of every transaction fee collected by EXIT Realty Corp. International is pledged to our charity of choice and to-date, $3 million has been pledged to Habitat for Humanity. To find out how you can own your own piece of this rapidly-growing community which still manages to feel like a small town, please contact me at 352-201-4939 or thomas@fluryrealty..com I enjoy fishing, golfing and seeing my grandchildren.

    Vincent Esposito

    REALTOR®

    352-527-1112
    352-216-9872
    vpespositorealtor@gmail.com

    Because the real estate industry is becoming more sophisticated and challenging every day, you need a professional that understands the industry and is positioned to stay ahead of the game! As the preeminent real estate professional in my community, I am dedicated to providing the finest service available. Proud supporting member of the National Downs Syndrome Society.

    Wendy Bergen

    REALTOR®

    352-794-0888
    352-422-6072
    wendy@buynaturecoast.com

    Wendy Bergen has lived in Citrus County for 36 years and for the past 2 years has been successfully providing her customers with priceless knowledge about different communities within the county. Whether you’re looking to buy or sell waterfront, acreage, deed restricted or not restricted; if you’re interested Wendy can help. Relax, call Wendy and she will make the process easy!
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