Steve & Janine Fruit

Your Personal Realtors®

With a combined 20 plus years of experience in Highlands County real estate, Steve and Janine are multimillion dollar producers who have built their business on excellence in customer service. Consistently among the top agents in Highland’s largest brokerage, this team truly personifies the RE/MAX slogan “above the crowd”. Whether you are selling your property or looking for something new or different, Steve and Janine will work to bring a “Fruitful Conclusion” to your Real Estate needs!

Steve has over 30 years of sales and marketing experience, and specializes in developing a proactive, effective marketing plan for the team’s listing customers. He was awarded the prestigious 2010 Realtor of the Year designation from the Heartland Association of Realtors (HAR) which covers the four counties of Florida's Heartland.  Steve served as Treasurer on the HAR Board of Directors and chairs the association's Government Affairs Committee. Steve also chaired the Highland's County Affordable Housing Advisory Committee and formerly served on the county's Water Advisory Committee.  He has worked closely with the Highlands County Economic Development Council on issues dedicated to bringing new businesses and jobs to the area.  Steve has been the top agent at RE/MAX Realty Plus II since 2008 and was awarded the ERA Leader’s Circle Award at his previous brokerage for outstanding sales and service results in 2004 and 2005.  Steve graduated Cum Laude from the University of Central Florida with a degree in Engineering.


Steve and Janine live on Lake Placid (formerly Lake Childs) and are actively involved with waterfront property issues. They are founding members of the Lake Placid Lake Association, where Steve currently serves as Secretary and a member of the board of directors.

Steve and Janine are your Waterfront Property Specialists in Highlands County.

Janine also has an impressive and successful sales background. And, she is a fifth generation Floridian with 35 years experience as a wife, mother and homemaker. Having supervised the family’s seven moves across the country, Janine is most knowledgeable about the issues families face during a move. For years she served as Relocation Manager for her previous brokerage. She administers the team's files and coordinates transactions.  Janine graduated with honors from Meridith College with a degree in sociology.

So, whether you are buying or selling property, let TEAM FRUIT help you harvest the most from Real Estate.