About Island Real Estate


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.  More recently in 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". As we 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, www.IslandReal.com  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

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: Jodi@IslandReal.com | Direct Line: (941) 345-1294

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: Larry@IslandReal.com | Direct Line: (941) 345-1288

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: Kacey@IslandReal.com | Direct Line: (941) 345-1287

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: Jimmy@IslandReal.com | Direct Line: (941) 345-1289

Claudia Perez

Claudia originally started with Island Real Estate (IRE) in DEC 2013 as an inspector for Housekeeping. During her 4 years with IRE, Claudia had progressive growth from HSKP Team Lead Inspector to MAINT Dispatch Coordinator to MAINT Supervisor to Guest Services Manager. Claudia was a valuable resource for our Operations Team who developed many positive relationships with owners and vendors. After the sale of IRE to Vacasa, Claudia decided to use that opportunity to return to school. Since leaving IRE, Claudia has been working part time at the Center for Physical Medicine while attending school at the University of South Florida. She is working on getting her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and then going for her Masters in Occupational Therapy. Claudia is originally from Havana Cuba and currently lives in Bradenton with her fiancé. She is fluent in English and Spanish. With Claudia back on the team, we see her helping in many departments and will be part time while continuing her education. As a Vacation Rental Specialist, Claudia will help with booking our vacation rental properties and will assist in-house rental guests with their requests. Email: Claudia@IslandReal.com 

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: Tiffany@IslandReal.com 

Logan Nichols

Logan started with Island Real Estate Vacations (IREV) in June 2020 as our Operations Coordinator for Vacation Rentals. Prior to working for IREV, Logan spent the last 9 years in the United States Air Force earning the rank of Staff Sergeant. While in the Air Force, Logan served 2 tours in Afghanistan. He received 3 Metals of Commendation and 2 Metals of Achievement for his accomplishments and leadership in Afghanistan. In September 2019, Logan earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Health Care Management graduating with honors. In June 2020, Logan was honorably discharged and relocated to Lakewood Ranch in Bradenton Florida to be near family. Logan is married and has 3 amazing children, (2 boys and a daughter) ages 6, 4 and 2. They also have a black Labrador retriever named Pumba! Logan was born in Augusta, Ga. and moved to Florida as a baby and considers Florida his home. He also happens to be the middle son of our CEO, Jodi Nichols. When not at work, Logan enjoys spending time with his family, fishing with his dad and going to the beach!  Email: Logan@IslandReal.com 

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

Brenda Garcia Contreras

Brenda started with Island Real Estate Vacations (IREV) in June of 2020 as our Property Operations Assistant for Vacation Rentals reporting to Jodi Nichols to help with keeping properties rental ready, to assist with design projects and to assist with HSKP issues or concerns. Brenda previously worked for Island Real Estate (IRE) in 2015 and stayed until the company sold in 2018. During her time with IRE, Brenda had progressive growth from HSKP Cleaning Coordinator to Owner Relations Assistant and everything in between. Brenda was a stay at home mom and most recently worked at Marshalls. Brenda is a married mother of 4 beautiful children (2 boys 2 girls) ages 8, 4, 2, 1 and is due in December with baby #5!!! She is a Florida Native, born and raised in Bradenton. When not at work enjoys spending time with family and her siblings and more than anything spending time loving on her sweet babies!  Email: Brenda@IslandReal.com

Rick Duval

Rick started with Island Real Estate Vacations (IREV) in October, 2020 as a housekeeping inspector.  Rick previously worked for Island Real Estate (IRE) for 2 years as the Cleaning Facilities Supervisor over Laundry.  Rick brings to IREV more than 30 years of commercial laundry management experience.  As the HSKP Inspector, Rick will assist Brenda with inspection of our vacation rental properties and ensuring our properties remain up to standard for guests and Owner arrivals. Rick is originally from Nashua, New Hampshire and currently lives in Parrish, Florida. He moved to our local area from Warwick, Rhode Island where he was a Corporation Branch Manager for UniFirst. Rick is a proud father of 3 boys ages 36, 34 and 29 and his beloved Golden Retriever, Lexi. A fun fact about Rick is that he has lots of friends because he loves to cook but does not eat leftovers so everyone always goes home with doggie bags… Not one of them own a dog! When not at work Rick enjoys fishing and cooking for large gatherings.  Email: RickD@IslandReal.com

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.

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!!!