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About Island Real Estate - Vacation Rental

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Island Real Estate is Anna Maria Island`s leading full service Real Estate and Vacation rental agency specializing in waterfront properties, investment rental property, beach homes, private pool homes, condominiums and more. In the heart of Holmes Beach, our real estate office is located at 6101 Marina Drive ~ where Anna Maria Island, Bradenton, Longboat Key and Perico Bay have received the best real estate services since 1970.

Real Estate Services

Island Real Estate is one of the oldest real estate offices on Anna Maria Island. Patricia Hendricks founded her brokerage in 1970 with Sis Dudley under the name of Dudley Real Estate. In later years, it was Patricia Hendricks Real Estate and then Hendricks Real Estate. Her sale of the business in 1990 and the subsequent name change to Island Real Estate in August 1991 were merely the latest steps in the continual effort to professionally serve the community.  December 2011, Island Real Estate acquired Betsy Hills Real Estate located in Anna Maria City, Anna Maria Island. Betsy Hills Real Estate had a long standing history of serving both real estate services and the local community. As most locals know and now you can see from our brief history lesson, for more than 50 years it has been a top priority for Island Real Estate to specialize in Anna Maria Island properties in a competent and progressive manner. Island Real Estate is fortunate to have inherited a reputation of honesty, integrity and a "soft touch for good service". Our real estate professionals constantly strive to adhere to this way of conducting our business, we earn the loyalty and trust of the customers and community we serve.

Vacation Rental Services

Island Real Estate Vacations is the newly revamped rental division of Island Real Estate.  Previously, Island Real Estate grew our Anna Maria Island vacation rentals to over 300 properties before selling the vacation rental management division in 2017.  In January 2020, Island Real Estate returned to vacation rental management at the urging of our dedicated real estate sales customers, previous vacation rental owners and past rental guests who we have serviced for more than 20 years. As a vacation rental customer of Island Real Estate Vacations, you can expect the same superior service and qualified experienced team to meet your Vacation Rental needs as our Island Real Estate Sales team is to Real Estate. We are excited to be able to provide personalized customer service to our vacation rental customers again and look forward to what the future holds!  

So, whether it`s a few days or for a lifetime ~ Island Real Estate can find you the perfect "peace" of paradise.  Please visit our website,  for more information on Vacation Rentals, Real Estate, Annual property management as well as condominium management.

Meet Our Vacations Team

Island Real Estate Vacations has recruited the best of the best local leaders to develop our Vacation Rental Division. Those that were with Island Real Estate in prior years will recognize a few faces below. We are prepared to invest in our business and that starts with the core leadership team managing our vacation rental properties. No history with Island Real Estate? Visit our testimonials page to see first hand how our employees from the past have made a big difference for our owners.

Jodi Nichols

Jodi Nichols

Our Chief Executive Officer, Jodi ensures that all facets of our vacation rental management program meet both owner and vacation guest expectations. Jodi has over a quarter century of resort hospitality and vacation rental management experience including all aspects of resort operations from Front Desk to Employee Training and everything in between. Jodi started with Island Real Estate in August 2012 and with her wealth of knowledge in Hospitality, Operations, Property Rental Management, Team Building, and Training & Development helped take Island Real Estate’s vacation rental division to the next level. Email: | Direct Line: (941) 345-1294

Lawrence Chatt

Lawrence Chatt

Larry received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering at Rochester Institute of Technology.  Previous Executive Leadership experience with General Motors, General Electric and Precision Castparts Corporation has prepared him well for his leadership position as Broker/Co-Owner of Island Real Estate.  Larry has owned Anna Maria Island investment property while residing in Europe, New England, Ohio, Iowa and Colorado.  The first-hand experience as an absentee owner gives him a unique perspective of all the concerns involved with the purchase and management of a resort property.  Larry is very active in the community as the Vice President of the Anna Maria Island Vacation Property Association and is a former Chairman of the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce. Email: | Direct Line: (941) 345-1288

Kacey Varga

Kacey Varga

Island Real Estate Vacations welcomed Kacey back February 2020 as our Vacation Rental Revenue Manager. As the Revenue Manager, Kacey manages the day to day rate yield operations for our vacation rental bookings with the primary goal of maximizing rental revenue for Owners. Kacey originally started with Island Real Estate (IRE) January 1999. During Kacey’s 18 years with IRE she progressively excelled to higher leadership roles and took on many duties across all departments to include assisting Rental Owners, Vacation Rental Guests, Real Estate Sales Clients and Community Leaders. Kacey will develop LOCAL pricing strategies for each vacation rental and use forecasting tools along with statistics to ensure our vacation rental rates stay competitive in the Anna Maria Island marketplace.  Email: | Direct Line: (941) 345-1287

Jimmy Peters

Jimmy Peters

Island Real Estate Vacations (IREV) welcomed Jimmy back April 2020 as our Property Operations Manager. As the Property Operations Manager, Jimmy oversees the vacation properties on the IREV rental program responsible for managing the appropriate team members to include Property Technicians, Property Dispatcher(s), and Lead Property Inspectors. As the Property Manager, Jimmy is also the key point of contact for owners on the IREV rental program by responding to owner property concerns and acting as the liaison between the owner and IREV’s internal departments.  Jimmy was previously with Island Real Estate (IRE) for 4 years starting in 2012 as the Maintenance Manager overseeing the IRE Maintenance Technicians and the Maintenance Dispatch Team. During his time at Island Real Estate Jimmy earned the highest level of respect from Owners and staff and was a valued member of our Operations team. Since leaving IRE in 2015 after moving further south to be closer to family, Jimmy worked as a Project Manager building new homes and is currently in the process of getting his General Contractors license.  Email: | Direct Line: (941) 345-1289

Ashley Gagnier

Ashley Gagnier

Ashley started with Island Real Estate Vacations (IREV) November, 2020 as our Housekeeping & Laundry Facility Supervisor for Vacation Rentals reporting to Jodi Nichols to oversee Housekeeping and Laundry. Prior to working for IREV, Ashley was the Lead Housekeeper at a large competing Anna Maria Island Vacation Rental company managing the cleaners to include scheduling and ordering supplies, guest and owner correspondence, and working with the laundry lead to ensure bags were properly made and ready for arrivals for two rental companies and several contract cleaners. Ashley also has her Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Science and is part of the NOAA Cooperative Shark Tagging Program on Anna Maria Island and has previous work experience interning at Mote Marine and as a Visiting Scholar at Bimini Biological Field Station in Bimini, Bahamas. Ashley is originally from Upstate, New York and moved to Anna Maria Island in 2012 when her dad transferred here with his job. Ashley and her boyfriend live on the island with their 3 dogs. Email: ASHLEY@ISLANDREAL.COM | Direct Line: (941) 345-1296

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George Major

George started with IREV on Monday April 2021 as the Vacation Rental Manager (VRM) to oversee the Guest Services/Reservations department and the Vacation Rental Specialists. The VRM is to provide guests and owners with Five Star Service with leadership capability to handle in-house guest requests, issues or concerns along with developing positive guest relations. George will manage all aspects of the Guest Services/Reservations department, handle conflict resolution, monitor the day-to-day activities of all Vacation Rental Specialists, and ensure that all new staff is properly trained on TRACK and Guest Service/Reservation procedures. Prior to working for IREV, George had progressive growth working for Marriott Hotels and Holiday Inn Express starting in Housekeeping and working his way up to Assistant General Manager to Front Office Manager/Sales Coordinator to his current role as General Manager. With over 7 years of management experience in hospitality, George understands the importance of 100% guest satisfaction and doing what it takes to get the job done. George is a Florida Local originally from Orlando and currently lives in Sarasota.  Email: GEORGE@ISLANDREAL.COM | Extension - 132

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Dan Franz

Dan started with IREV July 2021 as the HSKP/Laundry Facility Supervisor reporting to Ashley. Dan will help Ashley oversee the Laundry Facility and will lead property inspection for Housekeeping. Dan is originally from Ohio and moved to Bradenton 25 years ago to get away from the snow! Dan brings to IREV 20 years experience working in home maintenance and repair industry and 15+ years experience in vacation rental management and maintenance. Some of you may remember Dan from working with him at Vacasa. Dan started with Vacasa in 2018 and held several positions to include Maintenance Tech, Local Operations Manager/Owner Relations Manager, Maintenance Manager and Hiring Manager. Most recently, Dan worked for Anna Maria Island Accommodations as the Maintenance/Vendor Coordinator overseeing the assignment of maintenance tickets and coordinating outside vendor repairs. Dan earned his Associate of Arts in Child Psychology from Ashland University in 1988. Dan is married and has a grown son and a grandson. He also has a dog named Stewie and a cat named Blacky. When not at work, Dan enjoys riding his motorcycle, having an ice cold beer, hanging with friends and watching sports. Welcome Dan!!! Email: DAN@ISLANDREAL.COM | Extension - 134

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Andrew Carbone

Andrew started with Island Real Estate Vacations (IREV) in March 2021 as the HOA/Property Operations Assistant working with both Logan and Jimmy for HOA and MAINT. He now leads our Condo Association Management program at Island Real Estate. Andrew is a Florida native from Bradenton. Andrew previously worked for IRE from 2012 until IRE sold to Vacasa in 2017. During his time at IRE Andrew wore many hats from Information Technology to Marketing to MAINT Supervisor. Andrew remained on with Vacasa until the pandemic hit and then worked for Anna Maria Vacations until starting at IREV. Andrew has a Bachelor’s degree in Audio Engineering and Business. When not at work, Andrew enjoys spending time with friends and family and looks forward to hanging out with everyone again. Email: ANDREW@ISLANDREAL.COM | Direct Line : (941) 345-1295

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Xzeaiver started with Island Real Estate Vacations (IREV) in June 2021 as Maintenance Dispatch reporting to Jimmy to work in the maintenance office creating work orders for techs, billing out work orders and assisting Jimmy. Xzeaiver previously worked for IRE and stayed on with Vacasa since the sale. X is previously from Ripley, MS and moved to Bradenton in 2012 where he lives today with his two dogs Nera and Buddy. A fun fact that X would like to mention is that “Most cows don’t pay taxes.” This literally has nothing to do with anything or with Xzeaiver, but it shows off his sense of humor.  When not at work Xzeaiver enjoys being lazy at home with his dogs. Email: XZEAIVER@ISLANDREAL.COM | Extension - 149

Lewis Hughes


Island Real Estate Vacations welcomed Lewis back April 2020 as our Senior Property Technician. As the Senior Property Technician, Lewis’ main duties are to perform minor maintenance repairs and other maintenance related tasks for IREV. As a member of our design team, Lewis will also assist with IREV interior design projects and renovations. Island Lewis originally started with Island Real Estate (IRE) in January 2013 as a Maintenance Technician. During his 5 years with IRE, Lewis showed his expertise through proven results and quickly progressed to become our Senior Project Technician for Owner Relations. Prior to working for IRE, Lewis worked with his dad renovating residential properties and later utilized that knowledge to team up with Jodi Nichols to renovate and update over 30 rental properties on Anna Maria Island. He is one of the top technicians working on the island today and few have the experience he does. Some of Lewis’ skills include but not limited to, residential construction, pool and spa, electrical, plumbing, handyman service and a keen eye for detail.

Tiffany Miles


Tiffany (Tiff) started with Island Real Estate Vacations (IREV) in June 2020 as a Vacation Rental Specialist. In this role, Tiff will help with booking our vacation rental properties and will assist in-house rental guests with their requests. Tiff previously worked for Island Real Estate during the summer when she was in high school helping with filing. Last year she graduated from Manatee School for the Arts and started taking college courses at SCF. Tiff is a Florida Native, born and raised in Bradenton! She is the youngest sibling out of five, two older brothers and sisters, as well as an Aunt to 1 amazing niece and 2 nephews. She has 3 three pets also, a cute rabbit named peanut, a crazy cat named Bella and a 13 year old dog named Max. When not at work Tiff enjoys going to the beach and relaxing as well as spending time with her family. She also enjoys gardening and says she cannot ever have enough plants!!! Email: 

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Briana started with Island Real Estate Vacations (IREV) in June 2021 as a Vacation Rental Specialist for Vacation Rentals. Briana is originally from Rochester, NY and moved to Holmes Beach in 2012. Prior to working for IREV, Briana has been a Household Assistant and Nanny to a local family for the past 9 years.  Briana earned her Bachelor of Science in Marketing from the University of South Florida in 2017.  Briana is looking forward to her new career with Island Real Estate! A fun fact about Briana is that she is the older sister of our HSKP/Laundry Facilities Manager, Ashley. They are 52 weeks apart and there’s actually one week when they are the same age! When not at work, Briana enjoys fishing, going to the beach and riding her bike! Welcome Briana!!! Email: BRIANA@ISLANDREAL.COM  

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Frank started with Island Real Estate Vacations (IREV) in May 2021 as a Vacation Rental Specialist/Real Estate Office Assistant reporting to George. Frank will primarily work at our Marina Drive office.  Frank is originally from Long Island, New York where he lived until November 2020 when he moved to Florida to enjoy the sunshine! He currently lives in Bradenton with his dog. Frank has a Business Degree as well as his New York Real Estate License. Prior to working for IREV, Frank has been working at Home Depot while he looked for a permanent job in the local area. A fun fact about Frank is that he says he’s really good at basketball! When not at work Frank enjoys spending his time at the gym. Email: FRANK@ISLANDREAL.COM

Mitch Sahs


Mitch started with Island Real Estate Vacations (IREV) in May, 2020 as our Property Operations Technician for Vacation Rentals reporting Jimmy Peters. As a Property Operations Technician, Mitch’s main duties are to perform minor maintenance repairs and other maintenance related tasks for ISLAND REAL ESTATE VACATIONS. Prior to working for IREV, Mitch worked for Vacasa as a Maintenance Technician for the last two years. Mitch is originally from Chicago where he worked as an Engineer for 18 years, and then 16 years at an apartment complex in Sarasota. He now lives in Bradenton just over the Cortez Bridge! When not at work you are most likely to find him on a golf course. A Fun Fact about Mitch is that his mother was raised on the island and is in the historical society! Welcome Mitch! We are excited to have you on our team!!!

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Don started with Island Real Estate Vacations (IREV) in May 2021 as a Maintenance Technician reporting to Jimmy to handle daily maintenance work orders and monthly maintenance tasks for IREV vacation rental properties. Don is originally Rockwood, MI and moved to Florida in 1984 to live with his sister. He currently lives in Bradenton. Prior to working for IREV, Don worked for the City of Holmes Beach since 2011, first as a Mechanic then as Project Coordinator and then as his final role of MAINT Technician. Prior to that, Don was the owner/operator of Don’s Small Engine Repair in Holmes Beach from January 1990 to June 2011. Many of you may know him! When not at work, Don enjoys building stuff, working in the yard and camping. 

Glenda Vazquez


Glenda started with Island Real Estate Vacations (IREV) in February 2021 as a Laundry Attendant to work in our new laundry facility reporting to Ashley. Glenda is originally from Havana, Cuba and moved to Miami before moving to Bradenton to be closer to family. She is bilingual and speaks English and Spanish. Prior to working for IREV, Glenda was an inspector for a bullet factory and also has previous laundry experience. When not at work, Glenda enjoys reading a good book!

Victoria Parets


Victoria started with Island Real Estate Vacations (IREV) in February 2021 as a Laundry Attendant to work in our new laundry facility reporting to Ashley. Victoria is originally from Havana, Cuba and currently lives in Bradenton. She speaks Spanish, little to no English. Prior to working for IREV, Victoria was a cashier at a grocery store and also has previous laundry experience. When not at work, Victoria enjoys relaxing at home watching TV.

Laundry Team

The Island Real Estate laundry team cleans terry and bed linens for Island Real Estate Vacations as well as several other vacation rental companies on Anna Maria Island.  Their reputation for quality has driven demand from customers large and small.  We utilize the best terry for our towels providing pool towels, bath towels, bath mat towels, hand towels, wash cloths and kitchen towels. 

Our bed linens are bar none the best on Anna Maria Island.  We use a high quality linen that are utilized in 5 star hotels.  Our vacation rental customers as well as the companies we provide linens to all agree with phenomenal comments about our bed linens.  If you have an interest in receiving our world class linens give us a call or email us.  We would be happy to provide a no obligation quote.

This is just a small portion of our laundering team with many others behind the scenes providing tens of thousands of pounds of linens to the Anna Maria Island area.  It is a physically demanding job and so thankful to have this wonderful and caring team at the helm led by Ashley Gagnier and Dan Franz.