We love what we do.

Our Team specializes in local home buying and selling. We effectively coordinate the purchase and sale of real estate, properties, residential homes, town-homes, condos, new construction, and land, based on our clients’ needs.


Total Years of Experience

5 min

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Neighborhood Expert


Client Focused

Meet Our Team

Broker / Owner

Rick's real estate career started in 1999 after relocating from Janesville, Wisconsin to Cape Coral, Florida. Wanting to enjoy the year round sunshine and water fun, Rick, along with his wife Paula and just two sons at that time made the move to enjoy Southwest Florida's paradise, and honestly, never looked back. After some business mentoring from Paula's parents and few years of real estate experience Rick & Paula decided it was time to open Encore! Realty Services Inc. and take full control of what they saw as a bright future in combining genuine customer service and real estate success. 

Prior to real estate, Rick's background with computer technology and manufacturing was developed. For many years Rick worked for a world renowned company whose standards for quality, medical products were exceptional.  This returned high levels of customer satisfaction which embedded a strong desire for extraordinary customer service. This desire would eventually give foundation to Encore's success. 

After the move to Florida, Rick was able to use his experience with computer technology and merge it with today's real estate office needs. The success has led to successful marketing and a high level of customer satisfaction that's been recognized with award winning service.  The Realtor Association awarded Encore Realty Services "Brokerage of the Year", for leadership and efforts within the profession.

When Rick isn't doing the Broker/Management of the company, he's involved in community service with the realtor association or church and family. Currently Rick serves as the Grand Knight for the Knights of Columbus, St Andrew council 7131, assist with Habitat for Humanity and the Lee County Homeless coalition where his efforts were recognized with the  "Humanitarian of the Year" award by the Realtor Association.

Rick and Paula have three children, two adult sons in their own careers and one daughter still in high school. In addition to spending time with family, Rick and Paula love family activities such as camping, diving and travel.

Listing and Selling Agent/Broker/Owner

Paula has been selling sunny Florida real estate since 1999 along with her husband, Rick. They worked as the Spouses Selling Houses team with Paula's parents until their retirement in 2004. Soon after, Rick and Paula opened Encore! Realty Services, a full service boutique real estate company with a solid reputation for professionalism, communication and service with integrity. 

Prior to working in real estate, Paula was a Human Resources Supervisor and later Manager of Distribution, Packaging and Export for the Fortune 500 Gillette Company. She served in various capacities for twelve years in WI before relocating to Florida.

Paula has been awarded Realtor of the Year, has been president of the local board of realtors twice, has served on the State of Florida board of realtors, chaired numerous real estate committees, taught real estate classes at the board of realtors and numerous other ways giving back to her profession.

Paula is also involved in their church and daughters high school. Paula and Rick have three children, two in their own careers and one still in high school. In addition to spending time with family, Rick and Paula love to camp, dive, travel and give back to their church and profession.

Guiding clients in achieving their real estate goals is her passion and joy! 

Buyer's Agent

Jeannette and her husband are from Upstate New York and first came to visit Cape Coral in 1998.  After visiting several times every year, they decidedly purchased a pleasant gulf access, waterfront home in 2003.  Although having a career with the State of New York, she has always had a passion for sales having worked 11 years part-time selling Real Estate in New York.   Upon moving permanently to Cape Coral in 2009, she immediately started full time, assisting clients with their Real Estate need in beautiful southwest Florida.  

Jeanette indicates, "Many of my clients appreciate my sales knowledge and willingness to show properties not only in Cape Coral, but Fort Myers, Naples, Bonita, Estero, Pine Island, Lehigh Acres and other near by surrounding areas." 
"Let me help find you the most perfect, sunny, Southwest Florida home that's suitable for all your needs!"

"My goals as your realtor are to":

•       Listen to your needs and wants to locate the best property for you.

•       Be available at times that are convenient for you!

•       Communicate regularly current market availability of property that meets your needs.

•       Assist you with determining property values, financing, negotiating and writing contracts, home inspections, locating professional services, title transfer and closing.

•       Represent you to the fullest extent of the law as a Sellers Agent or as a Buyers Agent, unless the property I show you is an Encore! Realty listing. If the property is an Encore! Realty Services, Inc. listing, Florida law requires me to be a neutral party and I become a Transaction Broker.

I am ACCRS designated - Accredited Cape Coral Residential Specialist; have been voted multiple times as a "FIVE STAR Best in Client Satisfaction Top 5%" as published in Gulf Shore Life; and in 2014 the Brokerage of the Year was awarded to Encore! Realty Services, Inc.

What keeps me motivated and my primary goal in this profession is to make my customers/friends happy with assisting them to own that "perfect little piece of Paradise" carved out just for them!  I love keeping friends, gaining trust, and having referrals and repeat business as my highest honor!

Buyer's Agent

Carolyn brings to you over 23 year's of real estate sales experience, primarily in the Southwest Florida communities. You'll find her to be a dedicated sales agent, who's honesty and integrity are appreciated by her clients. With her years of experience she provides good work Ethics, communication skills, while remembering it's all about You and Your needs and objectives.
Allow Carolyn to assists you with your Buying and Selling needs. 

Carolyn indicates;  "As a member of the Local, State, and National Associations of Realtors...I continue to keep up with the latest technologies and education in order to serve you better, while going the extra mile to assist you in making your  dreams come true."

Listing and Buyer Agent

Originally from Michigan, John has lived, worked, and raised a family in beautiful Southwest Florida for over 17 years.  Together, John and his wife Rosanne, have enjoyed raising three sons here in Florida, and are enjoying it even more as they've been blessed with two lovely daughter-in-laws and now a granddaughter!  

John's experience includes actively investing in Real Estate for over 30 years. John indicates; "During the last 8 years I've worked as a Realtor specializing in residential and commercial real estate.  As an avid boater, I'm looking foward to sharing my knowledge of the local waterways to both You and newcomers to this area."

Formally trained as an accountant, John holds a B.S. in Accounting, and a MBA from Wayne State University.  Prior to working as a Realtor, he's worked more than 20 years in progressively responsible financial reporting, management, and operations positions within the newspaper industry.  John's education and business experience has allowed him to assist investors and homeowners with analyzing opportunities in all facets of commercial, residential and multi-family real estate.
John indicates; "Many of my clients  find my education and job experience to be an asset in determining prime investment opportunities.  They appreciate the assistance I  can provide to them in achieving their real estate goals and investment objectives."

John has a passion for his profession as he indicates; "I believe in strengthening the important role of the Realtor in the real estate transaction and the standards they adhere to, and thru my volunteer work within the real estate industry, continue towards achieving that goal.  Over the years I have served in numerous capacities at the Cape Coral Association of Realtors, and most recently as Treasurer of the Royal Palm Coast Association of Realtors.  As technology impacts and changes the real estate environment, it is important that Realtors become proficient and knowledgeable so that can continue to serves their clients' best interests."

Outside of real estate, John's involvement includes the local Knights of Columbus and Rotary International organizations for which over ten years, continues serving as a board member and various officer capacities.  Both of these organizations raise money to invest and serve the needs of our local community, while their national organizations allows us to assist the needs of others throughout the entire world. 

"I look forward to putting my real estate experience and community knowledge to work for you!"

Thank you.

John Elya

Listing and Buyer Agent

Marie-Jose Blanco, a preeminent Southwest Florida Realtor, with extensive worldwide experience is fluent in English, French, and Spanish.

Born in Paris, France and schooled in Switzerland, she lived in Sardinia Arzachena, Italy, then moved to Miami.  She graduated from Miami Beach High School, and later graduated from Florida International University.

Based in Cape Coral, Florida for over 10 years, she has over 16 years of experience in the Florida real estate business including short sales which she successfully negotiated all her listings on her own (and became a great negotiator) and saved all of her clients from being foreclosed on; that was more important to her than the commission she was going to get at closing. Marie's clients always come first.  She is sincere, honest and trustworthy.

Her present real estate business consists mostly of resales, referrals and past clients.  Marie is also experienced in new construction and she will find you the best home at the best price.

Marie-Jose Blanco has the knowledge and experience to ensure a successful and smooth closing.

From Marie-Jose Blanco:

"I am highly dedicated to my clients and I use all of my skills, knowledge and expertise to guide you every step of the way and ensure that your buying or selling experience with me will be enjoyable and successful.  As your Realtor, I will find you the perfect home.  Together, we can achieve your real estate objectives."

Listing and Buyer Agent

Claire Avery returned to selling real estate in 2016 after practicing law in Lee County, Florida for 25 years.  Her prior real estate experience includes one year with Keller Williams Realty Fort Myers and The Islands and three years in the Key Biscayne office of the Keyes Company, where she joined the ranks of the Million Dollar Sales Club in her first year.

Claire hails from New York City.  She earned her Bachelors Degree from Cornell University and her Law Degree from the University of Miami. Her background in real estate, business and law serve her well in relating to all types of people and all types of issues.  She enjoys working in the community and has served on the Board of Directors of the North Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce, as well as volunteered as Team Mom for Little League and Soccer Teams. As a parishioner of St. Andrew Catholic Church, Claire has served in several ministries over her 26 year membership, including Lector, Extraordinary Minister, Funeral Minister and Usher. Service is in her heart.

Claire's husband, Dennis, is a practicing attorney at Avery, Whigham and Winesett, PA in Fort Myers. Her son, Dennis Jr., is a nuclear engineer serving on a fast attack submarine in the U.S. Navy.  Service is an Avery family trait.

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