– Rana Schafer –

Real Estate Services that Move You

Coldwell Banker MM Parrish Realtors
7515 W University Ave Ste 201, Gainesville, FL 32607

Tel: 352-214-9000
Fax: 352-371-0065
Cell: 352-214-9000

Markets Served: Gainesville, FL; Newberry, Florida; Jonesville, Florida; Alachua, Florida; Alachua County, Florida;

Specialties: Buyer's Specialist; Custom Construction; Executive Relocation; Gated Communities; International Buyers; Listing Specialist; Residential Investments; Residential Lots; Townhomes/Condos;

What do Clients Say?

Rana is very experienced knowledgeable and compassionate about the work she is doing . You can tell she enjoys what she's doing and cares genuinely about the people that she is working with. No matter how many houses we wanted to see or what kind of information we requested she was always willing to go the extra mile to make sure our needs were met. I really felt like she had our best interest in mind every step of the way. We were living in another country during our search and she had a previously planned vacation she went on but not once was she out of reach. Email or phone call she got back to us immediately when issues or concerns came up . A perfect example of her caring and concern, four months after we purchased our home I received an email


Rana Schafer is simply an amazing Real Estate Professional. I recently moved from Chicago to take a new position here in Gainesville. I have bought and sold a number of homes in various places across the United States and have never experienced the quality of support I received from Rana and her firm. Rana is warm, authentic, and knowledgeable and tailored her approach to my needs. For example, she has a background in engineering and generously educated me on infrastructure items that were very important to me. Early on, Rana discerned and filtered the market offerings so that I viewed only those homes that were a fit with me. Her knowledge and skills were consistently superior across all phases of the "home buying" process. Most importantly, I quickly developed trust in Rana because of her knowledge, style, and genuine interest in meeting my needs. As a result of her wonderful support, I have a home that I absolutely love. Thank you RANA!!!


Rana was great to work with every step of the way! A coworker referred me to Rana when I was looking to buy my first house. As a first time home buyer (and now owner), I was pretty overwhelmed by the whole process. However, Rana made the entire experience much easier. She was able to answer all of my questions and I felt like she truly looked out for me in the process. Her network of lenders, inspectors, insurers and repair men is incredible and so helpful, especially for someone new to home ownership or new to the area. And her service doesn't stop after closing; Rana was even available when I had questions and needed assistance after I bought the house. It's obvious she cares about her clients and truly wants to help them find the perfect home. She is an absolute pleasure to work with!


Rana was everything we could have dreamed up in a realtor and more! She made our relocation from Chicago to Gainesville absolutely seamless. She was extremely responsive to all forms of communication and worked with our limited visiting schedules to help us select the perfect home for our family. Rana's assistance didn't stop there! She helped coordinate all inspections, remote closing, and contracting to make our home perfectly move-in ready the day we arrived (She even had all household essentials and started filling the refrigerator and pantry for us!). We cannot recommend her enough if you are looking to buy a home.


Rana is the BEST. She worked with us on 2 listings and sales. First, last May (2013) Rana helped us with selling our house. She was extremely professional and responsive -- she gets things done! We had a good offer within a couple weeks. Rana helped us through the inspections, arranged for the minor repairs with a reliable contractor at a reasonable cost, and assisted with closing -- negotiating with the buyer's agent and advising us. In February of 2014, my elderly mom decided to move to be closer to us. We highly recommended Rana as her agent, especially since we lived in another state. Rana took great care of my mom during the process. She had a full price offer within 2 weeks. Rana patiently went over the paperwork and details of the offer/sale with my mom, arranged for the inspections at times that were convenient, and (with my mom's permission) kept us informed every step of the way. We have bought and sold several houses in our many years and Rana is the best agent we have ever worked with.


About Rana

I believe that the friendship that evolves from helping others findtheir dream home or sell their existing home is the most rewarding aspect ofbeing in Real Estate. 

I came to Gainesville 1984 to attend the University of Florida - Go Gators!and received a Bachelors of Science, Masters of Engineering and a Degree ofEngineer in Computer Science Engineering from the UF. I worked as a Sales Consultantand then as a Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Barr Systems, Inc. -a great, local Computer Company - for 13 years and enjoyed every minute ofit. 

I am married to a wonderful husband and have two amazing children that arethe center of our world. We are excited that they both decided to followin our footsteps and are pursuing degrees at the University of Florida. 

My husband's business as a general contractor instigated my enthusiasm forReal Estate. So I eventually got my license and joined the best brokerage firmin town. I love every aspect of real estate from getting to know the buyers andsellers, to evaluating the homes, to all stages of construction or remodeling,and owning and managing several rental properties.

As an active member of the community, I have been involved with SchoolBands, School PTAs, Boy Scouts of America, Buchholz Volleyball, VisionVolleyball of Gainesville and Community HOA by holding several leadership rolesand being a member of the board. I was nominated the 2008 Volunteer of the Yearfor Talbot Elementary. 

My Credentials include:   

  • Licensed Broker 

  • Consistent multi-million dollar producer with over $22.5 Million in production since 2015 

  • Coldwell Banker International President's Elite Ranking in the top 2% of Agents Worldwide

  • Consistent top producer at MM Parrish Realtors 

  • GACAR Top Producer Award winner 

  • Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist™ (CLHMS)

  • Graduate of the Real Estate Institute (GRI) 

  • Certified New Home Specialist (CNHS) 

  • Residential Construction Certified (RCC) 

  • Member of the Gainesville-Alachua County Association of Realtors, Florida Association of Realtors and National Association of Realtors 

  • Fluent in Arabic and French