Our team is designed to give you the best possible real estate experience from start to finish. Whether you are buying your dream home or making a move, The Calenda Real Estate Group is here to make your transition as seamless and stress-free as possible.

Jennifer Calenda, Broker

Listing & Buyer Specialist

Jennifer has built an impressive career around her expertise in the worlds of finance and real estate. She obtained a Master’s Degree in Real Estate and Finance, and went on to work for a $35 billion bank, working her way up to the executive role of Senior Vice President and Director of Small Business and Business Banking.

In 1998, Jennifer moved to Punta Gorda, and it seemed only natural to pursue a career helping people buy and sell homes in this beautiful place. Jennifer has become a leader in the Punta Gorda marketplace, and has consistently ranked in the top 5 in sales of over 1,100 Realtors. Jennifer has sold over $325,000,000 in real estate since 2000. She has been recognized in Prudential’s Chairman’s CLub and Michael Saunders Presidents Club over the past 20 years.

In her leisure time Jennifer is working on staying fit at the Y, practicing yoga, or is having a good time with friends. She also enjoys boating, hiking, and skiing with her husband Tom.

Makala McClannan, Realtor

Administrative Manager, Marketing Specialist

Makala is the Administrative Manager and Marketing Specialist for Calenda Real Estate Group. She delights in using innovation and technology to keep our team’s marketing fresh and current. In addition to designing ads and postcards, Makala creates narrative write ups for our listings. You may also find Makala showing property,  staging new listings, and streamlining the team’s workflow. From listing to closing, Makala oversees every step in the process from an administrative perspective.

Originally from the Finger Lakes area of New York, Makala moved to Florida with her family at a very young age. She currently lives in Port Charlotte with her husband Andy and their Alaskan Malamute, Aurora. In her spare time, you will find Makala shopping, playing piano, or at her favorite local bookstore, the Sandman Book Company. Her favorite way to relax is at Boca Grande Beach, with a good book!

Caroll Jean-Rene

Listing Specialist

As the Calenda Real Estate Group’s Listing Specialist, Caroll works diligently to gather and ensure accurate property information, process listing documents and get homes on the market quickly and efficiently. Caroll works with sellers and photographers to ensure each listing is properly prepped for photography, so the photos highlight the home’s best features. Caroll creates flyers and helpful information to go inside each listing which keeps buyers fully informed. Sellers can count on Caroll to keep them updated with showing feedback, current marketing initiatives, and monthly reports.

Originally from Lima, Peru, Caroll moved to Florida with her family in 1993. Though she misses her family members who still live in Peru, she has grown to love this area and has gained strong knowledge of the Punta Gorda-Port Charlotte region. Caroll enjoys cooking Peruvian meals and spending time with her enormous family– which includes her lovely daughters, Daniella and Alanii.

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Brian Lutz, Realtor

Closing Specialist

Brian is the Closing Specialist for the Calenda Real Estate Group and therefore manages all activities from the contract to the time of closing. He coordinates with home inspectors, mortgage companies, appraisers, insurance companies and contractors to ensure a smooth closing for our clients. Brian’s background includes many years of outside sales and business development. He likes to spend his free time at the beach, playing golf or just working on a project around the house.

Nathan Davis, Mortgage Banker

Hamilton Group Funding, NMLS 829401

As a Ft Myers native, Nathan enjoys working closely with many of the top real estate agents in Southwest Florida helping first-time home buyers, vacation homebuyers, and property investors purchase their piece of paradise. He brings over 20 years of Mortgage Banking experience; and started his Mortgage Lending career working for one of the developers of Burnt Store Marina in the late 1990s. Since then, Nathan has assisted hundreds of buyers in financing their new home in Punta Gorda, drawing on his experience, knowledge and dedication to make the purchase process as smooth as possible.

Outside of his busy professional life, Nathan enjoys long distance running, spending time with friends and family on the water, and attending some of the many classic car shows in the Punta Gorda area.

Linda Raphial, Branch Manager

Title Agent, First International Title

Linda Raphial is the Branch Manager of First International Title’s Punta Gorda office. She has been in the title business for over 20 years, and has worked in her current role since 2015. Detail-oriented and exceptionally well-organized, Linda streamlines the closing process and helps customers feel secure at this critical step in the transaction.

Linda holds a Florida Title License and is also a Certified Land Closer (CLC). Born in Canada, she moved to Charlotte County in 1978 and became a U.S. Citizen in 2007. Linda graduated from Charlotte High School and has an Associate’s degree in Paralegal Studies.

Linda loves the friendly atmosphere and laid-back pace of life in the Punta Gorda area. While she is a self-confessed workaholic; she enjoys watching movies and spending quality time with her husband, son and daughter.