Licensed Realtor, Co-Founder

Jenny Schaffer

Since 2009, Jenny has successfully repurposed, redesigned, contracted and property managed and SOLD multiple properties in the Augusta, GA and Fernandina Beach areas. With experience in rehab, design, negotiation, marketing, luxury property management, buying and sales- Jenny’s award winning talent and expertise will help your real estate experience be a successful one.

When she isn’t making deals happen- you can find her biking with her daughters, driving her husband’s ’69 Camaro, reviewing local restaurants and treasure hunting for vintage finds.

Broker, Co-Founder

James Schaffer

With more than 10 years of experience in residential and commercial real estate, James has had an exciting career and thrives on putting deals together and making his clients happy! He was honored with the Top Realtor of the Year awards for 2014 & 2015. He has successfully trained and mentored many real estate professionals and enjoys working with buyers and sellers alike. Affectionately nicknamed “The Dealmaker”, his passion for helping others will be apparent when working with James and his team.

​James enjoys any car show he can find, traveling with his wife and daughters and enjoying local fishing. 

FLORIDA TEAM

Licensed Realtor

Anna Hewitt

When it comes to working with clients, Anna’s energy transforms into a seriousness of purpose. “Anything my clients say is important to them becomes important to me. My goal is to have an opportunity to help you find the right place to call home.” Beach living Anna knows no boundaries. And Anna’s network of professional realtors stretches from Florida to Washington State. So whether you are new to Fernandina Beach/Amelia Island, relocating within Florida’s beautiful First Coast, or leaving our little slice of heaven for the next adventure, Anna Hewitt is ready to help you #lovewhereyoulive.

​When Anna isn’t selling homes, you can find her playing on the beach with her daughters, attending concerts with friends, eating fried desserts at the Shrimp Festival, performing Christmas carols with the American Sign Language club & volunteering for Vacation Bible School-  Anna’s joie de vivre infuses every undertaking. “I always say, ‘I control my attitude,’ and that phrase inspires both my relationships and my work ethic,” says Anna. “Coming to work every day is a highlight for me because I am constantly learning and growing. I enjoy the challenge of making each day and each endeavor better for those around me.”

Licensed Realtor

Courtney Russell

A highly motivated agent, Courtney, specializes in educating new buyers and introducing them to all that our “Mayberry by the Beach” has to offer. She has spent her career serving others and is thrilled to be part of such an energized, devoted, and innovative team. She holds a BA in Education with a concentration in English/Language Arts from East Carolina University.

Her pride and joy is her two young boys and her decorated husband, who continues to honorably serve his country after 11 years as a US Navy P8 pilot.  A Fernandina Beach resident since 2010, Courtney, is an enthusiastic and committed member of the community.  She spends much of her free time with her husband and boys, enjoying all that Amelia Island and nearby Jacksonville offer.  In her free time, she performs in community theater productions, takes classical voice, plays tennis, cycles, and swims.

Licensed Realtor

Katie Beckstrom

As a resident of Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island, Katie is well in-tune with the community and all that the area has to offer- she truly Loves Where She Lives! Katie has a real passion for real estate- whether it is move-in ready or a fixer-upper – her optimistic vision and drive to find the perfect place motivates her daily. Katie looks for innovative approaches that flow both into finding buyers and the right home for them to love.

Katie enjoys everything living near the beach has to offer, including sharing this unique and wonderful lifestyle with her family. In her free time, she enjoys reading, shark tooth hunting and spending time boating with her family. She has strong beliefs about giving back through volunteering at local schools, community events, and her church. Centered and passionate about helping you find your dream home.

Licensed Realtor

Patrick Higgins

Since 2000, Patrick Higgins has been involved in Real Estate due diligence including Phase I and II Environmental Site Assessments, Lead Based Paint, Asbestos, and Indoor Air Quality Surveys.  A certified Florida Health Professional, Patrick is licensed in the State of Florida to design onsite septic system for residential and commercial properties.

When he is not working Patrick enjoys golfing, boating, and the Island life with his wife and two children.

Administrative Assistant

Stephanie Higgins

Bachelors in Communication from UGA. As a Georgia transplant, Stephanie has called Fernandina Beach home for nearly 11 years.  She has easily adapted to the “Island Lifestyle.”  The intimate community, numerous opportunities to be outside, and location are just a few of the reasons why she decided to raise her family here.  There is always a treasure to discover—-whether it be a home, neighborhood, restaurant, or beach access. She loves talking to people and learning something new every day.

Licensed Realtor

Tonya Baudek

As a native Floridian, Tonya, enjoys touring and showing off all the beauty of Amelia Island!  She attended High Point University where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in International Business.  After a brief stint in the banking world she moved to Honduras for two years to serve as an Economic Development Volunteer with the Peace Corps.  She speaks Spanish fluently and has always had a sincere passion for helping people and building relationships which is why she’s a “natural” when it comes to assisting both buyers and sellers.  When she’s not working, you can find her playing or coaching soccer, enjoying nature and traveling the world with her son and husband.  Whatever your real estate needs might be Tonya is ready to go above and beyond.

Licensed Realtor

Wes Spires

Wes has prided himself in his passion to serve others. Wes strives to find what interest his client’s and prides himself for going the extra mile to please his client’s. He is dedicated, knowledgeable, and most importantly committed to find the perfect fit whether it’s a condo on the beach or a home in the suburb. He is devoted to customer service and expands his client base through multiple networking sites. Passionate to his calling in Real Estate he continuously works to stay ahead of the game when it comes to market education and new trends.

Whether you find him rooting for his local teams, or exploring the city he calls home, in his free time you can find Wes watching or talking sports. An avid explorer of the city, he also loves to try new restaurants, antique shops, and participate in local music and neighborhood festivities.

Licensed Realtor

Jill Wright

Jill Wright was born and raised in beautiful Northeast Florida. With over 10 years of experience as a Licensed Real Estate Agent in the State of Florida and as a REALTOR® she upholds the National Association of REALTORS® Code of Ethics, as she remains dedicated to deal honestly and fairly each and every day.  

Jill’s desire to help others is one of many positive attributes that shine in both her personal and professional lifestyles.  She is always there for family, friends, or customers.   Her knowledge, experience, and professionalism while helping buyers and/or sellers is key to successful real estate closings.  

When Jill is not hard at work or home enjoying time with her family; you may find her near the beach out for a jog, see her shopping at the local market and stores, or greet her downtown with a friendly conversation.   She loves to meet new people and discover new places.  Looking for Island time- all the time, contact Jill Wright, the RIGHT choice in real estate.

Licensed Realtor

Stéphane Chopineau

For the native Frenchman, Amelia Island was love at first sight.  The beautiful ocean with miles of white sand beaches, amazing cuisine and the friendliest people on earth made it the perfect combination to call home.

Stephane brings an in-depth knowledge of finance and economics from his previous “life” in marketing, having created and managed his own advertising company in Paris for 15 years. His interpersonal skills and the understanding of how to market a product made real estate an easy transition for Stephane.

In the last decade, he navigated successfully the intricate real estate market of NYC, once again proving his ability to serve his clientele with the highest level of expertise. As a seasoned professional with intensive customer service and sales experience, he will leave no stone unturned when it comes to helping his customers achieve their goals.

Licensed Realtor

Violet Boerescu

Fernandina beach was an easy transition for seasoned real estate broker Violet Boerescu:

“It took me and my husband less than a week to fall in love with this place. We adore the tranquility and the beauty as well as the amazing people that made us feel at home right away”

Violet has a rare advantage over most real estate agents because new home buyers and seller/developers can benefit from her remarkable 20 years experience in every facet of the real estate industry, from management to new development and resales.

As a scholar of civil engineering , Violet is one of the few agents who can draw from an extensive engineering background and her expertise in New York City real estate where she has a proven record in resales and new developments.

An amalgam of Old World charm and New York edge, she offers intensely personalized customer service combined with pride in her marketing strategy and ability to adapt to ever-changing market conditions.

Violet and her husband Stephane are residents of Yulee and together they enjoy Scuba diving, cooking and biking around the island.

Licensed Realtor

Kate (Katarzyna) Kovalcik

With over 12 years of experience at the Ritz Carlton in the hospitality industry Kate is committed to providing the finest personal service for her clients. She knows how important it is for the buyers and sellers to have somebody that they feel comfortable with to help them make informed decisions about their future. Kate’s motto is:  “In order to help clients achieve their real-estate dreams they need to be treated with honesty, respect and commitment”.

When she is not assisting you, you can find her at the beach or the pool with her husband and two kids enjoying the island lifestyle. She is very passionate about interior design and modern architecture.

Licensed Realtor

John Hewitt

John has an appreciation for all aspects of life and maintains a positive attitude no matter the situation. He is extremely mission minded and loves to give back to the community, and he has a passion for the “Island Life”. His past work experience varies from accounting and finance to non-profit on a management level, and those experiences have provided John with a strong foundation. He is poised to take on new challenges with energy and enthusiasm. And, he is excited to be a part of the team atmosphere that Summer House Realty possesses.

Licensed Realtor

Renee Bell

Renee has an outgoing personality. She receives great joy in helping others.

She has had many years of working in the sales and relationship business, as well as instructing others. Having a real estate license in several states, Renee’s experience has given her a lot of knowledge on different forms, contracts and how to properly expedite all necessary transaction documents. She is a certified Dotloop instructor. Renee loves to find ways to make things easier for agents and help them become more successful. She looks forward to learning and passing along that new knowledge to others.

Licensed Realtor

Jennnifer Edgington

With over 13 years of experience in customer service excellence, Jennifer strives to exceed your real estate needs.  She loves helping clients find their dream or vacation home in our piece of paradise.  Always on the go – she is ready when you are.  She holds a BA in Biology from Armstrong State University.

During downtime, you can catch Jennifer chasing after her favorite little people – her 3 little boys, combing the beach for sharks teeth, or dining at one of Amelia Island’s many great restaurants!  She enjoys volunteering with her church as well as the local schools where her children attend.

She is also a member of the Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commerce.

GEORGIA TEAM

Licensed Realtor

Christy Barton

Christy has several years experience selling real estate in multiple new developments throughout the Southeast. Her focus has expanded to include residential as well as commercial and rental properties in the area she calls home, the beautiful, history-filled golf town of Augusta, GA. Whether you are searching for your dream home or hoping to find the perfect buyers for your house, your goals become Christy’s and she will work diligently to see them become a reality.

When she’s not helping you, you can find Christy traveling and exploring new restaurants and places with her husband of 16 years, as well as cheering her boys to victory during their football games. She also loves to do most any activity outdoors, with long weekends spent at the family farm being a must.

Licensed Realtor

Debbie Turner

Debbie has lived in and known the area for 35 years. She attended the University of Nebraska with degrees in Education and Human Development. She is married and mother of six grown children, half of whom are also in the real estate business. Debbie is a professional artist and loves to sell homes.

Licensed Realtor

TJ Barton

TJ has been in the construction industry for over 15 years and has spent the last 5 years heavily involved in selling real estate in multiple developments throughout the southeast.  Using his extensive knowledge in the construction industry, he loves to help customers see the ultimate potential of the properties that they visit. TJ has lived in the CSRA for over 30 years and knows he can find the perfect home, in the perfect neighborhood….or even the perfect buyer…for YOU!
When TJ isn’t involved in real estate, he’s either playing golf, coaching his sons football team or taking a trip with his bride of 16 years.

Licensed Realtor

Laura Lamb

Laura’s wealth of knowledge and experience in home renovations and sales, along with relationships with local contractors and lenders in the Augusta area, gives her clients an edge in a competitive, ever changing market.
She loves working with her clients and making them feel comfortable throughout the entire process and in their new community. When not working in the gym or at home in her backyard spending time with her husband and two children.

Let Laura help you with all of your real estate needs, whether it be- advice for the best return on your home improvement projects, interior design, listing your home, or helping you find a new one!

Licensed Realtor

Bryce Klockenga

Working hard to represent buyers and sellers in making the best investment choices is what Bryce does best! Saving you time and energy, Bryce has developed a strong sense of his client’s needs and works hard for them to have the most enjoyable experience possible.  He enjoys working with first-time home buyers and seasoned investors from raw land, condos and single residences. At  Summer House Realty, our motto is for you to ‘love where you live’ and Bryce’s goal is for you to do just that!

Licensed Realtor

Misty Johnson

“A house is made of bricks and beams. A home is made of hopes and dreams.” This is Misty’s perspective for her clients. Her goal is to put her client’s needs first and with her experience in customer service and vast local knowledge, she will do just that!

As a lifelong resident of Columbia County, she has had the pleasure of working in the relocation department, USAA, VA and foreclosures, attorney’s and understands how critical it is to be organized and to communicate with other agents, lenders and the attorney’s office. This also gives her a strong background in title searches. Whether it is new construction, resale or an estate, Misty knows what it takes to close the deal.

She is a dedicated wife and mother of 4, has a passion for people, especially children which encouraged her volunteering in kid’s ministry for 15 years. She enjoys relaxing on the beach but most of her time is spent running around with or for her amazing children.

Licensed Realtor

Pete Purko

Since 2005 Purko Builders has been building new homes, renovating, and remodeling. We have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, an excellent reputation in the CSRA, and a huge focus on constant communication with our customers.  As a licensed realtor, I am able to offer dual service, something that my customers love!  Many homeowners may choose to list their homes for sale with me after we complete a renovation project, or use me as a buyer’s agent on a home they decide to build or remodel.  I can bring knowledge, experience, and insight on home construction and value, something that sets me apart as your realtor AND general contractor.

Licensed Realtor

Kelly Purko

Kelly earned her Bachelors degree in marketing from the University of South Carolina Aiken in 2005 and jumped right into the world of real estate!   She managed sales for a residential development of more than 120 homes in Grovetown, GA, while also serving as the secretary and treasurer for its homeowner’s association.  She currently is the architectural and design consultant for a well-known construction and development company, in addition to managing customer relations, administration, and social marketing for Pete Purko. Kelly has an eye for design, a vision through the rubble, and a knack for adding unique touches on a home outside of the normal trends!

Kelly loves traveling with her family several times a year, being on the football field cheering for her kids, boating on the lake, serving on the PTO, and trying out delicious food at local restaurants.

Licensed Realtor

Todd Lamb

Born and raised in Augusta, GA, Todd is the epitome of a favorite Summer House slogan “love where you live”. Todd’s passion has always been community service in the Augusta area and that passion lead him to careers with Columbia County Fire Rescue as a firefighter/EMT, the Richmond County Sheriffs Office where he worked as a motorcycle deputy, and Gold Cross EMS as a paramedic. Todd not only has great talents in the health and safety industry but also in home renovations and repairs. The last 14 years Todd has gained much success under his own construction company, Todd Lamb Construction, by renovating and flipping homes all over the CSRA. His knowledge in real estate investments and his attention to detail is what sets him apart from any other realtor. Todd’s experience along with the passion he has for his community is why buyers and sellers love working with him for all of their real estate needs.