AWARD-WINNING ERA BROKER CONTINUES GROWING SOUTHWEST FLORIDA MARKET SHARE WITH FOURTH SUNSHINE STATE MERGER
Addition of Boutique firm in Fort Myers Beach bolsters Ohio referral corridor.
Fort Myers Beach, FL (July 13, 2023) – ERA Real Solutions Realty based in Cincinnati, Ohio, has joined forces with Fort Myers Beach, Fla., brokerage Lahaina Realty. This marks the company’s third market expansion in Southwest Florida in four years.
Broker/owner Jeremy Raby, a former winner of the ERA® Gene Francis Memorial Award for Top All-Around Company, previously acquired Cape Coral-based ERA Cape Realty, as well as Fort Myers-based ERA Right Choice Realty.
With this announcement, Lahaina Realty will now operate as ERA Lahaina Realty, while maintaining the same boutique approach that has allowed them to succeed in Fort Myers Beach for over 50 years.
The combined company, which spans Cincinnati, Columbus and Cleveland, as well as Cape Coral and Fort Myers, now consists of 10 offices and over 400 agents, who were responsible for $700 million in sales volume in 2022, which bolsters their ranking on the RealTrends 500.
Founded in 1966, Lahaina Realty is widely known for expertise in the retirement and second-home market, as well as deep knowledge of prime beach properties. Lahaina Realty owner Paula Kiker will continue as broker of the local office, helping her team of 30 agents leverage the expanded suite of tools and services now available to them as part of ERA Real Solutions Realty.
Raby initially expanded into Southwest Florida after noting a growing trend of second-home buyers and retirees in his Ohio market securing properties in the surf region of the Sunshine State. Rather than refer clients to another brokerage, he pursued an option that would allow his company to keep the business in house and gain access to one of the fastest-growing markets in the U.S. [MD1]
ERA Real Solutions Realty’s Southwest Florida operations now consist of 4 offices and more than 160 agents.
“Joining forces with Paula and her team has significantly strengthened our referral network in Southwest Florida and provides our expanded company with additional expertise and presence in this market,” said Jeremy Raby, Broker/Owner, ERA Real Solutions Realty. “Our boutique approach allows our high-quality, full-time agents to consistently achieve a 99.5% customer satisfaction rating, creating a new standard for service excellence in Ohio and Southwest Florida. The Lahaina Realty team places that same emphasis on the importance of reputation and high-quality work ethic so we have tremendous synergies working to our advantage to fuel growth.”
In addition to creating a strong referral corridor between Ohio and Southwest Florida, Raby also created synergies through affiliated services. The acquisition of Right Choice Realty included an in-house title company, which Raby expanded into his Ohio offices. In addition, he brought his expanded Ohio-based company’s relocation services and property management to the Florida locations.