I relocated to Florida after graduation with a BA degree from the University of North Carolina at Asheville in 1981. My real estate career began with Century 21 in Orlando Florida where I specialized in residential sales and second homes.

In 1990, recognizing a specialized nitch in second and vacation homes, I started my own real estate brokerage firm. Together with my wife Gail, we owned and operated Ventura Properties, Inc., and Ventura Resort Rentals, Inc. We managed and brokered condominium vacation rentals and single family residential homes for over 700 absentee homeowner clients in Orlando.

Our love for the outdoors and fishing brought us to the Homosassa River. After several years of enjoying all it had to offer, with our son Galvin we decided to relocate in 1993.

Today, the waterways of Citrus County are where we enjoy the benefits of living and working on the Homosassa River. Many of my real estate clients often see waterfront homes, islands, and investment property while viewing the natural wonders of the environment perched on either my flats boat, airboat or even a kayak.  

Phil Oakes Broker/Owner

Highly likely to recommend 
02/15/2018 - Ross Barker 
Bought a home in 2018.

Phil was very prompt and always available for questions. He never gave up, even when we had to jump through hoops. Great realtor, we would recommend Phil to anyone who is looking to buy or sell. It was a pleasure working with him. 
Highly likely to recommend 
11/16/2016 - jageronlanier 
Bought a Single Family home in 2016 in Homosassa, FL

Phil Oakes is an extremely knowledgeable realtor. He knows the market and works diligently to find the best home for you within your price. If we had any question he responded quickly. When and if we need another home Phil will be the one we go to.
The Jagers 
Highly likely to recommend 
Sold a home in 2015 in Homosassa Springs, Homosassa, FL 34448.

WE have purchased water front property using Phil Oakes as our go to agent. We enjoyed working with him so much that when it was time to sell one or our rental properties it was a no brainer, We called Phil to handle the listing. The home is currently under contract and should close sometime this month. Phil is an aggressive agent that will work hard to get your property sold. If you are in the market to purchase, he will diligently work with the seller to negotiate a deal for you. He is always available to his clients we even joke that he is a 24 hour broker. I think I even texted him at 5 A.M. and received a response. If you are buying or selling Phil Oakes can negotiate the best deal for you. Written by Cheryl L. Young 
Managing Member of M & L Property Management, LLC
Highly likely to recommend 
04/24/2015 - 
Bought a home in 2015 in Homosassa, FL 34446

Mr. Oakes listened intently to our descriptions of wants, needs and resources. He knew the area well and had ready contacts who were willing to help us with finances. His suggestions were helpful and practical. Within 4 days, Mr. Oakes had located the perfect lot of land for us and negotiated a fair deal! We closed on time with no problems. We definitely recommend Mr. Oakes and will use his services again when needed!
Highly likely to recommend 

05/23/2015 - chris_burkhart 
Bought a Single Family home in 2015 in Homosassa, FL

I very recently purchased a home in the Homosassa area. Phil proved to be very knowledgeable about the market and available real estate. He showed us several properties clearly pointing out the pros and cons of each one. Once we had decided to purchase, Phil facilitated all steps since I do not live in the area. He stayed in touch with me throughout the process. He also helped find a property manager/rental agency.