For over six decades, John R. Wood Properties has thrived, and holds the distinction of being #1 in Southwest Florida for units sold and sales volume. The Company is the oldest brokerage in Southwest Florida and has 14 office locations in the two-county area. RealTrends, the recognized keeper of statistics for the national residential real estate industry since 1988, named John R. Wood Properties as the #1 residential brokerage in Florida per agent productivity. That ranking places John R. Wood Properties #18 in the United States for per agent productivity. The success of the Company can be traced to the culture that was first established in 1958, and has evolved with only minimal changes to the Company’s guiding principles. The agents are highly trained professionals with a dedication to ethics and philanthropy.
When John R. Wood Properties opened their doors in 1958, Naples was a sleepy fishing village with a few thousand residents. Marco Island, Bonita Springs, and Estero, were sparsely settled outlying areas. Home sites in Port Royal could be purchased for as little as $7,500.
In 1960, the direct hit of Hurricane Donna helped create a boom as insurance money and new buyers poured to the area. Along with the town, John R. Wood Properties began climbing their path of success. The early 60’s saw new subdivisions popping up at the “northern edge” of town, such as Coquina Sands and The Moorings. The Quonset Hut Theater on Third Street and the drive-in on U.S. 41 were the only movie selections. The Rexall Drugstore on 5th Avenue South had the classic soda fountain and luncheonette, and the Swamp Buggy parade in late October was the major event of the year.
In the 70’s and 80’s, Southwest Florida continued to grow with Park Shore breaking ground, followed by other communities that included Pelican Bay, Bonita Bay, and Pelican Landing. However, the most significant growth period would be prompted by the completion of I-75 and the new airport in Ft. Myers. The area also became known as the golf capital of the world and consistently recognized as a highly desirable destination.
The ultimate success of John R. Wood properties has always been the result of having great clients, staff, agents and management. It’s the people!