Linda Marra


My passion for creating homes that nurture and enrich people’s lives was ignited by my parents, who moved from Germany without the benefit of much cash in their pockets or a college education. They were armed simply with determination and a dream. The American Dream, after all! Through hard work they were able to buy property in New York’s rural Hudson Valley and slowly built a house, block by block. I grew up there, and those solid walls gave me comfort, support and security.
As a child, English was my second language, and I developed a love of reading anything I could get my hands on. I voraciously read Better Homes and Gardens as soon as it arrived in our mail box each month. The beautiful spaces I saw on those pages inspired me to obtain my degree in Interior Design from Cornell University. I am NCIDQ certified and a professional member of the American Society of Interior Designers in the Florida North chapter.
While married and raising two children, I was very involved in our schools and community including being Vice President of the Somers NY Historical Society. My oldest child, Monique, recently graduated from the University of South Carolina with a degree in Finance. My son, Max, just completed his sophomore year at Purdue University where he is studying Industrial Engineering. I am an animal lover and have two very loving rescue kitties. Some of the causes I am passionate about are child advocacy, ending bullying in our schools, homeless veterans, affordable health care and, of course, protecting all animals from abuse.
I relocated from New York to Ocala because my mother has lived in On Top of The World in Ocala (OTOW for short) for the past 12 years and loves it. The thought of palm trees, sunshine, and no snow was very appealing! When Betsy invited me to join her office as a Realtor, I knew I had found my new path. Her professionalism and core values impressed me, and matching families with their dream homes as a Realtor is a perfect extension of my skills. I truly believe that our built environment deeply affects our quality of life.
Having over 30 years experience in residential design makes it easy for me to envision the potential in a property and to help my clients to visualize it as well. I have a unique understanding of what will appeal to buyers and can assist in staging your property for the most profitable sale. I am incredibly excited to put my talents to use helping my clients obtain the perfect home or sell an existing one. I enjoy going the extra mile to create smiles and adhere to the golden rule of treating others as I would want to be treated. Let me help you achieve your dreams! Feel free to call, text or e-mail me. 2017 Wall Street Journal ranked top 250 Teams in the USA 2017 Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce Large Business of the Year 2017 Gainesville Sun Best of the Best Real Estate Company