About Me

I firmly believe that the bonds formed through guiding others to their dream homes or assisting in the sale of their current residences represent the most fulfilling aspect of the real estate profession.

My journey in Gainesville began in 1984 when I enrolled at the University of Florida - proudly cheering on the Gators! During my time there, I earned a Bachelor of Science, followed by a Masters of Engineering and ultimately a Degree of Engineer in Computer Science Engineering. For 13 enriching years, I served as a Sales Consultant and later as Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Barr Systems, Inc., a distinguished local computer company. Those years were filled with satisfaction and growth.

My life is anchored by my wonderful husband and our two incredible children, who hold the center of our universe. We were thrilled that they chose to follow in our footsteps by pursuing their degrees at the University of Florida as the first step of their career.

It was my husband's career as a general contractor that ignited my passion for real estate. Eventually, I obtained my license and joined the premier brokerage firm in town. I find joy in every facet of real estate, from connecting with buyers and sellers to evaluating properties and overseeing construction or remodeling projects. Additionally, we own and manage several rental properties, further immersing myself in the realm of real estate investment.

Being an active member of the community is paramount to me. I've dedicated my time to various organizations, including School Bands, School PTAs, Boy Scouts of America, Buchholz Volleyball, Vision Volleyball of Gainesville, and Community HOA. Through these engagements, I've held leadership roles and served on boards, earning recognition such as Volunteer of the Year for Talbot Elementary.

My credentials underscore my commitment to excellence:

  • Licensed Broker
  • Coldwell Banker Global Luxury Specialist
  • Consistent multi-million dollar producer, with an average sales volume exceeding $20 Million
  • Member of the Coldwell Banker International President's Elite Ranking, placing me in the top 2% of agents worldwide
  • Consistent top producer at MM Parrish Realtors
  • Member of the Gainesville-Alachua County Association of Realtors, Florida Association of Realtors, and National Association of Realtors
  • GACAR Top Producer Award recipient
  • Graduate of the Real Estate Institute (GRI)
  • Certified New Home Specialist (CNHS)
  • Residential Construction Certified (RCC)
  • Fluent in Arabic and French

It would be my privilege to leverage my expertise and passion to guide you through your real estate journey. Whether you're seeking your dream home, selling your property, or exploring investment opportunities, I'm here to help you achieve your goals. Let's embark on this journey together.

Rana Schafer
Sr Vice President
Luxury Certified, CLHMS, CRS, GRI, RCC, CNHS, Relocation Certified
M.M. Parrish Realtors
(352) 214-9000  |  (352) 335-4999  |  BK3090432   |  rana@ranaschafer.com