Century 21 Real Estate expands its domestic presence

Staff Writer
The Destin Log
The Blue Marlin team includes (second row from left) Manuel Vargas Jr., Jordan Dennis, Roger Conner, Shaun Gaiser, Brett Pasquariello, Jerry Sullivan, Leslie Sullivan, Johnathan E. Hughes, Mary Suthers, Kristin Bondi, Rebecca Miller, Lindsay Fullerton, Tami Tolbert, Virginia Purser and Stormy Bones. Also (third row from left) Van Hibberts, Nick Collins, Adam Miller, Brad Muench, Rick Moore, Cindy Mayo, Philip Lofe, Jeff Roberts and Andy Prebish.

Century 21 Real Estate LLC announced recently that it is expanding its U.S. presence with the affiliation of Blue Marlin Realty Group, a prominent luxury brokerage in the Northwest Florida Panhandle. Led by co-owners Johnathan Hughes and Jerry Sullivan, Blue Marlin Realty Group will now operate as Century 21 Blue Marlin and provide residential real estate services to homebuyers and sellers from the pristine beaches of Pensacola to the emerald waters of Panama City.

“Johnathan Hughes and Jerry Sullivan are driven business leaders that help to guide their affiliated sales associates with the motivation they need to push service boundaries, remain competitive and deliver unparalleled results to home buyers and sellers in their local markets,” said Rick Davidson, president and chief executive officer, Century 21 Real Estate LLC. “We continue to grow the Century 21 system both domestically and internationally with the kind of companies and professionals that will proudly represent our brand, and we feel we have found a great match with Century 21 Blue Marlin.”

Founded in 2009, under Hughes’ and Sullivan’s leadership Blue Marlin Realty Group has received numerous awards and recognition including the impressive VIP Destin Magazine “Best in Destin Reader’s Choice Award” for the last five consecutive years. With 26 years of real estate experience between them, Hughes and Sullivan have successfully grown the company over the last six years to include approximately 35 affiliated sales associates who have helped thousands of buyers find their tropical dream home. The real estate duo perfectly complements each other to provide an unmatched competitive edge that promotes success.

With offices in Destin and Santa Rosa Beach, Century 21 Blue Marlin received the Century 21 Fine Homes and Estates distinction for its specialty in the luxury market, focusing on second homes and vacation properties. In addition, with offices located near military bases, the company is well known for having sales associates who are veterans and for assisting military home buyers and sellers.

“We are excited to join a brand with such incredible global recognition,” said Hughes. “From the moment we met with the executive team, we knew we had found our home with a like-minded company that puts an emphasis on not only providing a first-rate experience, but also on giving back to the local community.”

“We are so fortunate to have the opportunity to put smiles on the faces of those who are looking to live the Florida lifestyle,” added Sullivan. “We are really looking forward to what the future will bring, now that we are affiliated with one of the largest real estate brands in the world.”

The Blue Marlin Realty Group has a long history of giving back to the community. Since 2013, the company has hosted an annual Charity Golf Tournament, raising funds for a different local charity each year. In just the last three years, the company has raised nearly $44,000 benefiting charities such as the Emerald Coast Golden Retriever Rescue, The Taylor Haugen Foundation, and the Mary Lynne Burnett Memorial Foundation.

Century 21 Blue Marlin is an independently owned and operated franchise affiliate of Century 21 Real Estate LLC.