Judy Kepecz-Hays formed the Judy Kepecz-Hays & Buky Team with her son Steven Kepecz and her brother Gabe and nephew Charles of the Buky Team. They have established a solid reputation for excellence in customer service and have a strategic plan for every aspect of the real estate transaction. In 2018, they were the #1 Team in sales volume in Southwest Florida with over $84 million sold (and referred out $16 million in commercial). They offer clients experience, marketing—both online and print—and an unparalleled level of service that is second to none. They have been making their client’s real estate dreams a reality and have now sold over $2.2 Billion in real estate.
Since 1978, Judy has developed a thriving real estate business with clients from all over the world. Judy’s talent is equal part instinct and experience. She worked with Arvida until they had no more land to develop on Longboat Key.
She has earned Coldwell Banker’s prestigious award, the Legend Society for 10 years. Her primary focus is waterfront and luxury properties in Sarasota and Her Islands including Longboat Key, Lido Key, Bird Key,downtown Sarasota,Siesta Key, and Casey Key.
Steven has been in real estate for 18 years. He moved to Longboat Key in 1978 and has 2 children. He is an avid Golfer and Tennis player and has been a driving force on both the
Ethics Committee and the MLS Development Committee.
Steven specializes in luxury new development in addition to luxury waterfront property located on Longboat Key, Lido Key, St. Armand’s Circle, Siesta Key, Anna Maria Island, Casey Key and downtown Sarasota.
Gabe transitioned into real estate sales over 23 years ago from the architecture profession. He has a Masters Degree in Architecture and Engineering from the University of Chicago, Illinois campus.
Gabe is an avid sailor and a member of the Sarasota Yacht Club. Specializing in luxury waterfront property located on Longboat Key, Lido Key, St. Armand’s Circle, Siesta Key, Anna Maria Island, Casey Key and downtown Sarasota.
Charles partnered with his father Gabe in 2001 after working on Wall Street. He has a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of South Florida with a focus in Real Estate and Accounting.
Charles specializes in luxury new development in addition to luxury waterfront property located on Longboat Key, Lido Key, St. Armand’s Circle, Siesta Key, Anna Maria Island, Casey Key and downtown Sarasota.
Mackenzie is an assistant to Judy Kepecz-Hays. Originally from Buffalo New York, she moved here in 2009 for school, graduating with her Bachelors in Business Management. She and her family have been vacationing in Sarasota and her islands for over 15 years making her knowledge of the area very strong. She started her career real estate in new development sales and has moved into residential resales. In her spare time, she enjoys relaxing at the beach or pool, and going on adventures with her very playful dog.
Jenifer Elliott is our Licensed Closing Coordinator. As a Sarasota native she has worked as a Real Estate admin for 4 years after being an active Realtor for a total of 12 years. Her 9 years’ experience as a Legal Assistant and Closer, as well as a former Home Inspection company owner, prepared her for your closing. Before starting her Real Estate career, Jenifer was a flying trapeze artist for 14 years and now enjoys spending her spare time with her 2 rescue dogs and 4 grandchildren.
Dottie Rutledge has over 27 years of graphic art and marketing experience and a strong knowledge of internet and email marketing. She is a board member with the Longboat Key Rotary and volunteers with the Humane Society of Sarasota County.
Victoria Newman (Tory) was raised in the Philadelphia/Main line area and lived there and on Block Island as a youth. She moved to Boston in 1976 to begin a lengthy career in the travel industry. In 2005, she relocated to Longboat Key.
Tory is a board member of the Longboat Key Garden Club and the Buttonwood Harbour homeowners’ association. She is an avid photographer and travels extensively with her husband, John.
Lori is from Minnesota and worked as a top sales producer in the Medical and Pharmaceutical industry. She has lived in Sarasota for almost 20 years. Her extensive knowledge has helped many transition to life in Sarasota. Her passion for helping others while catering to their needs has made her an invaluable resource. She is excited to be part of the Kepecz-Hays Team. In addition to Real Estate, Lori has written a cookbook and has been featured on national and regional television.
Janette Schafer has been a real estate broker for 16 years owning her own brokerage. She understands the caliber of professional service and personal attention it takes to satisfy her real estate clients. Rest assured that this highly experienced, attentive agent will always be available to answer your questions, manage solutions to challenges that may arise, provide guidance in your best interests, and support your transaction with a comprehensive selection of tools, resources and support staff. Janette ensures that the information you need is always available, and you’re never left without immediate access to what you need. She is trained in handling the logistics, as well as helping her clients manage their stress and support in creating a vision/action plan that results in a win/win for her clients. Janette is effective, ethical and very passionate about real estate and she an eye for decorating as well.