A Punta Gorda real estate brokerage owned by Linda and Buz Berson has become the newest addition to the NextHome Greater Realty franchise, representing the 44th office opened in Florida for the California and Nevada-based real estate franchisor. A ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open the firm, located at 223 Taylor Street, Suite 121, is scheduled for Tuesday, October 9.
NextHome Greater Realty provides real estate services including single-family residential sales, first-time home buyers, second homes, investment, luxury, new construction, commercial and land purchases for Punta Gorda, Port Charlotte, and North Port, Boca Grande, Englewood and surrounding areas. Punta Gorda is located 30 minutes north of Fort Myers in Southwest Florida and is home to approximately 20,000 residents. Punta Gorda has been an incorporated city since the mid-1800s.
Buz Berson serves as Broker of record and supervises agent production; Linda guides the sales division and training for the new brokerage firm. They are joined on the leadership team by their son, Bailey Kapci, Director of Operations.
Formerly the owner of the largest casual furniture store chain in Florida, Buz Berson has been involved in real estate since 1980, spending most of the 1980s as a commercial real estate developer. In 1986, he launched Berson Development, a commercial and residential development company with Linda joining the team as the leasing manager. Opening Berson Properties in the early 1990s, the couple grew the residential real estate brokerage to more than 25 agents with annual sales in excess of $100 million.
In 2007, they sold their residential real estate sales division to a Century 21 franchisee and focused their energy to Naples, Florida, where Buz began building ultra-luxury homes with square footage exceeding 5,000 feet. For the next several years, Linda sold the homes as fast as Buz built them. “While we were extremely successful, we wanted to focus on Charlotte County our home and have more to offer our clientele,” said Buz. “We wanted to integrate a fresh modern global brand that speaks to today’s consumer pairing innovative technology and marketing platforms, world-class training for our agents, ultimately providing superior service for our clients without compromise. We interviewed several real estate franchises, but only NextHome provided us with the difference we were seeking.”
Linda Berson is passionate about the idyllic Punta Gorda Charlotte Harbor way of living and has an innate ability to understand market trends. With over 30 years of in-depth real estate knowledge and selling acumen, her track record accounts for over $200 million in closed sales. She adds, “My mission at NHGR is to have a profound impact on how our agents deliver prudent guidance insuring that our customers realize the value of what an experienced agent can provide when investing and selling real estate."
After 13 years in high-level restaurant management, Bailey Kapci’s leadership and multi-faceted approach to training and support will add a new vibrant dimension to the brokerage. His ability to empower our people and curate the best talent will ensure an exceptional customer experience for NextHome Greater Realty. Bailey’s wife, Paris, serves as Team Lead for the new company coordinating sales and marketing.
NextHome, Inc., the fastest growing national franchisor in the U.S. is committed to leaving a lasting impact on the real estate industry and their communities. NextHomes’ revolutionary style is changing the way consumers interact with local agents and shop for real estate online. Next Homes’ network has over 440 offices. Each office is an independently owned and operated business.