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  • About


    Our agents have helped hundreds of buyers and sellers achieve their Real Estate goals throughout Southwest Florida. We do this through representing the buyer or sellers as single agents. With the technology constantly changes we are committed to provide our clients with the tools to get the job done. You will find that our office has an atmosphere of family which provides a work place of caring and sharing. Our agents are trained to sell homes in all of Southwest Florida from Sarasota south to Naples and all towns in between. Not all agents are the same so talk to one of our agents and let them show you how they can make a difference.


    We the team of EXIT Gulf Coast Realty are founded in the belief that you, the customer, are number one. We shall continuously strive to be the leader in our industry. We are innovators committed to excellence. Through our community involvement we shall build and image we can all be proud of. We are, and shall remain a source of confidence, self-esteem, and personal enjoyment for our families. We deliver this statement as testament that our visions shall be accomplished.

    Featured Agents

    Bernie Schmelz


    Bernie Schmelz wants to help you and your family find that perfect slice of paradise just like he and his family have. Bernie has broad experience in development, construction and remodeling and knows just what to look for to help you in your search for your perfect home. Bernie joined EXIT Gulf Coast Realty after a successful career with Virginia DOT, the NY State Department of State, and several localities as well as the owner of several businesses. His professional experience in negotiating large contracts, major rezonings and legislative initiatives is a welcome addition to EXIT Gulf Coast Realty. Bernie Schmelz holds a Master’s Degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. In addition he successfully completed Contract Negotiation training through the Karras Institute, and training as a Building Code Inspector. Bernie is also fluent in both French and Spanish. For fun Bernie spends time with his family, is a licensed commercial pilot, an avid sailor and fisherman.

    Cecilia Pekar


    License Number: SL3402826

    Corey Planck


    License Number: SL3397652

    Working in real estate was a natural progression in my life. I have worked in the residential construction industry ever since I can remember. Involvement in the building of finely crafted custom houses has given me a keen professional eye in noticing, both, the strengths and faults of any residential property. I also have a more creative side. I have been studying and performing music for over twenty-five years. Collaborating with musicians has taught me how to listen to and work harmoniously with others as a team player. Prior to moving to Southwest Florida, I was the founding member and Program Director (for over ten years) of a Michigan based non-profit organization that was dedicated to fostering local Arts and Music by means of activism and grant funded programming. Working closely with the arts has made me committed to serving the communities I live in and around. I am a devoted husband and a loving father of two wonderful boys. Being a family man and helping others is truly my greatest reward in life. I represent my clients as a single agent. That means I always advocate for their best interest. Whether you are a first-time buyer, a seller, or just seeking expert advice in real estate, I am dedicated to providing excellent service when helping you achieve your goals.

    David Kinhart

    Sales Representative

    License Number: SL3416894

    I moved to Port Charlotte with my wife in 2015. Originally from the Eastern Shore of Maryland, I have a background in law enforcement and owned a large Property Management Company with my brother for many years. Since then my wife and I have owned several successful businesses. Currently we run two thriving eBay stores and own K&K Trains & Hobby Shop in Port Charlotte. When we decided to move here, we had sold our house in Maryland and had no home bought down here. We found it very hard to find a dependable agent/company that would represent our interests which led to a very stressful time for both of us. I will not let this happen to anyone else. This led me to pursue a career in real estate with a very knowledgeable broker/company that will strive to look out for the interest of our clients and put in the effort necessary to get the job done. I got my license in real estate and am eager to help assist you in any manner I can. If you want to list or buy a house and find the perfect rental for the season, I’m here for you. I am proud to have become part of the Exit Realty team and am ready to help you in your search. For answers to your real estate questions, please feel free to call me at 443-944-1546 or you can email me at davidkinhart@gmail.com

    Debbie Myers



    Having grown up in Ft Myers, Debbie brings her 12+ years of real estate experience to EXIT Gulf Coast Realty. Debbie started her Real Estate career in N Florida, and during that time, she created many long-lasting relationships with clients. She works hard to make certain her customers are always satisfied, for they are more than just another “transaction”. Debbie understands what a huge investment and life decision a home is, whether it be permanent or seasonal. After raising their 2 children on the coast in N Florida, both her and husband Randy of 34 years made the decision to come back to their roots. You can always find Debbie and her husband on the boat either fishing, scuba diving or just enjoying the sun and waters.

    Jennifer Grasser


    I have lived in Southwest Florida with my family for over 10 years and have been enjoying all the area has to offer. I started my career in sales over 10 years ago as well and always enjoyed building relationships and rapport with my customers. Starting my career in real estate seemed like the obvious next step to further my loyalty to the customer. I'm also an avid runner, which is where the nickname "Running Girl in Real Estate" is derived. I run for different reasons...health, focus and sport to just name a few. You buy a home for different reasons as well, but with the same ending goal in sight. The finish line. It often looks treacherous and too far away to envision the rewards. But I help you see the path that leads to the home of your dreams or the next step of your life. I realize my run can be affected by the weather, detours or road blocks. Let me handle the road blocks of home buying or selling so you can keep your finish line in sight.

    Lisa Riccio


    License Number: SL3416848

    It began with a condo in Punta Gorda, intended to be an investment for our retirement many years from now. Every time we came down to visit from Connecticut, it got harder and harder to leave Southwest Florida. We soon realized that we needed to buy a house and make Punta Gorda our full-time home! We love our new community, fun new friends, and learning all about boating in the Charlotte Harbor area. I fully understand that selling and buying a home can be overwhelming. What is my house worth? How much house can I afford? What happens next? The questions and concerns are numerous. Especially if you are from another area or state. These are all reasons you need a Realtor who values integrity, dependability, and will be your advocate. I pride myself on having those qualities and hope to provide you with the valued service you deserve.

    Patrick Mitchell


    I am Pat Mitchell. My love for the arts including films, photography and architecture progressed naturally into real estate. Born and raised in New York and currently living in the beautiful Southwest Florida. The growth in Southwest Florida has been tremendous and worth the investment. From selling to buying, every task is an adventure. At EXIT Gulf Coast Realty, let me guide you through this adventure as a licensed professional. I know relocating is a major life change. With honesty, and efficiency, I am ready to tackle your real estate needs. With a passion in homes and spaces, ask for Pat. Let me find you a new home.

    Sheena Chickering


    License Number: SL3387794

    Sheena is a licensed Real Estate Agent at EXIT Gulf Coast Realty. She is a native to the Southwest Florida area. Sheena works as a single agent with her buyers/sellers working exclusively with them in each transaction. Her aim in this fantastic field of real estate is to help her clients achieve their dream. Whether it's starting out, beginning anew, or selling to pursue a new dream she is there to help you along the way.

    Stephanie & Ken Doran



    Experience As an agent who's an expert in this ever changing market, I bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise based on over 30 years of experience about both buying and selling Real Estate. It's not the same everywhere, so you need someone you can trust for up-to-date information. I am eager to serve you. When it is time to choose an Agent you can trust, I will REPRESENT YOU. Here are some of the things I can do for you: Find Your Next Home You need someone who knows this area inside and out! I can work with you to find the right home at the right price for you, including all the neighborhood amenities that matter - not to mention the essential criteria you have for your ideal home. Sell a Home When it's time to move, you need someone who will advertise your home, show to prospective buyers, negotiate the purchase contract, arrange financing, oversee the inspections, handle all necessary paperwork and supervise the closing. I can take care of everything you need, from start to close. Consult on Home Selling Tactics Oftentimes buyers don't visualize living in your home the way you do. I can make your home attractive to its ideal audience - which can help you get top dollar. Things like staging the home, making repairs or minor improvements, or even simply painting the walls can be the difference between a home resting on the market and one that's sold fast.
    Reviews on Zillow
    "Ken and Stephanie Doran are the best realtors that I have ever had the pleasure working with. In my 66 years of life I have bought and sold both ... more "
    by jkwendel

    Mary Dale



    Mary Dale is a real estate agent at Exit Gulf Coast Realty; she works very hard to meet her client’s desires and wishes. She has always enjoyed helping people meet their goals. Mary worked in the health industry prior to moving to South Gulf Cove Florida in 2010. She was a phlebotomy supervisor in a large hospital responsible for inpatient, outpatient, and several satellite sites and nursing homes located throughout a large metropolitan community. Mary oftentimes went out of her way to meet patient’s needs; even driving to patient’s homes that otherwise could not get to the hospital for lab work. This dedication to clients continues in her real estate business. Mary got into the real estate business because she has a strong desire to help people. After all, what better way to help people than to see them move into their new dream home or sell a property and happily move into a new life. Mary will guide her clients with every decision. She has many contacts in the financial and building industry at her disposal. While working in the health care field she spent many hours revising procedures and training documents to guarantee that the patients received the best care possible. She has carried that dedication to her real estate business and she will pledge to her clients that every detail of their transaction will be checked and double checked many times. Mary is at home in Southwest Florida from Sarasota to Naples she has found her little piece of heaven and she would like to help you find yours.

    Margo O' Malley


    Margo has 20 years of marketing, negotiation, and real estate experience. She has her Master's in Marketing. Her clients cite her passion, patience, empathy, knowledge, and relentless advocacy for them as to why she is their lifetime real estate source. She specializes in residential real estate in southwest Florida; including Naples, Fort Meyers, Punta Gorda, and Sarasota. Call her and make your buying or selling experience the best it can be!

    Tammy Ragone Ballan


    License Number: SL3305813

    Originally from Cincinnati, this now Florida resident had resided in Ohio, Kentucky, and Pennsylvania before planting her roots here in the Florida sand. She's been everything from a TV personality to a world traveling consultant, but no matter what she's done she's always been in the middle of the action. Meeting new people and doing anything she can to help them find whatever it is they're looking for is what drives her to be the best that she can be. Tammy's passion and dedication make her an easy choice whether you're buying or selling a home. She prides herself on her honesty, work ethic, and willingness to put in the hours! Knowing that many buyers are uncertain where in Southwest Florida they want to reside, Tammy runs from Marco Island all the way up to Tampa. Realizing that's a lot of territory to cover, she studies different areas to be the most knowledgeable she can be for her clients. Tammy is also a member of two MLS boards which allows her to cover this much territory. Tammy has also established relocation teams around the country to help people who want to eventually sell their home and reside in Florida. She has connections in most areas across our great nation including states like New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Minnesota, Tennessee, Texas, the Carolinas, and Utah. Tammy has two offices. One conveniently located near RSW (Southwest Florida International Airport) and PGD (Punta Gorda Airport). Whether you're buying or selling, give Tammy a call or shoot her an email. You'll be glad you did!