About Us

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Gary L. Jaarda, Broker Associate
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Gary offers clients professionalism, broad-based knowledge, unmatched negotiating skills, plus a vast network of contacts and resources. He takes his clients’ outcomes personally, which explains his strong determination and work ethic. After three decades of selling real estate in West Michigan and many years of visiting Southwest Florida, Gary’s relocation to the Gulf Coast was natural. Gary previously co-founded and operated West Michigan’s premier high-end residential development company, and as a luxury homes developer for most of his career, completed and marketed 17 communities in the area. A graduate of Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan with a BA in Economics, Gary has made a career of navigating economic trends and changing markets to thrive in general brokerage and real estate development.

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Jeff Jaarda, Broker Associate
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A Broker Associate licensed in Florida since 2004, Jeff considers it a personal pleasure and responsibility to provide clients with the most satisfying and rewarding experience when seeking or selling a home. He thoroughly enjoys and is adept at the marketing of luxury property, and is an expert on the distinguishing features of many luxury developments in Naples and Bonita Springs. Jeff is skilled in negotiating contracts, familiar with the nuances of transactions, and attentive to the intricate details involved in the successful closing of his team’s transactions.  He also drives the Jaarda team’s innovative marketing efforts that include creating high-quality print materials and direct mail showcasing professional photography, as well as exposures on NaplesBonitaSprings.com and other prominent websites.  Jeff holds a BA degree in Political Science from Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina.  Prior to entering real estate brokerage in 2004 Jeff enjoyed experience at Bank of America and Wells Fargo in Charlotte, North Carolina and Gartner, Inc. in Fort Myers, Florida.

A Note to Our Friends and Clients  If you think someone is missing from this page you are right!  Jeff’s wife Becky was pursued and offered a position as a managing broker and sales manager, and she has accepted the position and the challenge.  You’ll see a little less of Becky in spaces like this but we congratulate her and we are proud of her.

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John R. Wood Properties John R. Wood Properties has been fortunate and blessed for over 60 years. The success of the firm can be traced to the culture that was first established in 1958, and has evolved with only minimal changes to the guiding principles. For six decades, John R. Wood Properties has continued to thrive, and holds the distinction of being #1 in Southwest Florida for units sold and sales volume. The agents are highly trained professionals with a dedication to ethics and philanthropy. The company is the oldest brokerage in Southwest Florida and has 14 office locations in the two-county area.