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Meet the Team

Our Team of Agents are ready to be of service. Let me introduce them to you.

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Area Information

Our coverage area includes parts of Brevard and Indian River Counties from Palm Bay through Vero Beach.

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Specializing in Palm Bay through Vero Beach: Palm Bay, Malabar, Grant, Valkaria, Micco, Roseland, Sebastian, Wabasso, Fellsmere, Gifford, Indian River Shores and Vero Beach


Meet the Team

 Our Team of Agents are ready to be of service. We’d like to introduce ourselves:

Patricia Hedman

Patricia Hedman, “Patty,” is the current Broker/Owner of First Choice Properties. She has spent her entire career in real estate. She earned her real estate license in 1979 when she was just 24 years old and then worked hard to earn her broker’s license in 1986. She is the former Owner/Broker of Richardson & Associates in West Melbourne.

Things changed drastically in 2008 for Patty. Her husband passed and the real estate market crashed. She suddenly found herself a single mother with a young son still living at home. She sold her business, building and all, and went to work for First Choice Properties.

Patty so loved First Choice Properties that 3 years ago she purchased the brokerage. One of the original founders, Linda Stryker, still works at First Choice Properties.

Patty has an Associates of Science degree as a paralegal. She is a Graduate of the Realtors Institute – an accreditation that very few Realtors have. Patty has been a member of the Space Coast Area Realtors’ Association for 38 years. She specializes in helping her clients with buying and selling real estate in Brevard and Indian River Counties.

Patty’s greatest accomplishment is being a proud mother to two wonderful sons, Ian and Caleb, and a devoted grandmother to a precious granddaughter, Coral.

Pat Nowicki

Pat Nowicki moved to Barefoot Bay in 2009 and became a licensed Florida Realtor in 2010. Pat is originally from Buffalo, New York where she worked for National Grid Power Company for 24 years and then was a Realtor in New York for 5 years.

Pat joined the First Choice Properties team in 2016 where she now specializes in “The Bay” and Snug Harbor. However, Pat is also available to help clients from Palm Bay south to the Sebastian Area.

Phil Sanborn

Phil Sanborn has been in the real estate industry for over 30 years. He has earned his GRI “Graduate of Realtors Institute” and has had an active broker’s license since 1986. Phil and his wife Liz have lived in the Sebastian/Barefoot Bay area since 1985.

Phil is originally from Bar Harbor, Maine where he and his wife owned and operated Bar Harbor Pottery and Gift Shop. He was active in civic endeavors and served as Mayor of Bar Harbor.  He was also President of MDI Lions Club and a Boy Scout Leader.

Phil will be able to assist you from Vero Beach to Palm Bay as well as Barefoot Bay and Snug Harbor manufactured home communities. In addition to real estate, Phil has an extensive background in Accounting.

Linda Stryker

Linda Stryker has been a Florida Licensed Real Estate Broker for over 30 years. She began her career in 1979 as a Mortgage Broker for an equity lender in South Florida.

In 1986, Linda and her sister co-founded First Choice Properties as a mortgage and real estate office in Brevard County.

In addition to helping clients buy and sell property, Linda has served a property manager for both commercial and residential properties.

Linda’s extensive and varied experience in the real estate industry in general and this area in particular, makes her an invaluable member of the team.

Joyce Christo

Joyce Christo has lived in Barefoot Bay for over 20 years and has been a Realtor for 17 years. She’s originally from New Hampshire and is married with 2 children and 2 grandchildren. Her motto is simple and endearing: “Working together to make you feel at ‘Home’!”

Ellen Woodward

Ellen Woodward is the First Choice Properties Executive Assistant. Though she considers herself “semi-retired” now after a 40-year career, the reality is, that the team at First Choice Properties keeps her very busy. In fact, it’s Ellen, that keeps everything going and organized in the office.

Ellen has lived in Barefoot Bay 1 1/2 years with her little black cat, Bianca. She is orignally from Buffalo, NY and lived in Connecticut for 38 years.