Nick Flerlage - Broker / Owner
The foundation of a farm life shaped Nick Flerlage more than almost
anything else in his life. He grew up on a tobacco farm in rural Southern
Maryland, the youngest of five children. His Dad was a retired Army
Sergeant who enjoyed the farm life, and and his Mom was a homemaker
who managed the household and their mini Dachshunds. Although their
primary crop was tobacco, they also grew corn, soybeans, hay, and a
huge garden. Nick spent many hours on their Massey Ferguson tractors,
and recalls planting, topping, cutting, spearing and hanging tobacco to
cure. A lot of the structure in his life came from those summer days on
the farm with his father. And much like his career today, there was
always work to be done.
When Nick was a teenager, he learned his first lesson in overcoming
adversity when he suffered a motorcycle accident, and spent two
months in traction and another two months in a body cast. He had to
learn to walk all over again. Not long after, he left home at the age of
17 to conquer the world, and has been paving his own entrepreneurial
path ever since. He graduated from the University of Maryland with a
Business Management degree and an MBA at their R.H. Smith School of
Business. After college, he began working as a biologist at the National
Institute of Health. While working there, he co-authored articles in
various different biological journals.
His foray into real estate actually began for the right reasons, but at
the wrong time, meaning just before the most recent housing bubble.
As everyone else seemed to be getting out of the industry, his
entrepreneurial spirit and zest for a dynamic profession led him into it.
And even though it was during a down time, he followed the Warren
Buffet strategy of swimming against the tide and hasn’t looked back
Nick is consistently in the top 3% of all agents, voted ‘Best of Venice’ for 7
years, selected as Venice Top 40 Professional, and having been awarded 5 Star Professional for 13 years. Nick currently serves on the City of Venice Environmental Advisory Board, Code Enforcement Board, and Venice MainStreet Board(past President 2018). He was a member of the 2020 Leadership Venice Class and also has served various leadership positions of the Venice Chapter(Rapid Referrals Plus)of Business Network International(BNI) including being a 3 time President.
Today, Nick and Beth, his wife of over 30 years, work side by side and
specialize in helping active professionals or retirees to locate or market
local homes to suit their changing needs. They are recognized for their
superior knowledge of the Venice lifestyle and its active communities.
It’s actually how they earned the title of ‘Lifestyle Locators’.