Sales Partner | Realtor®
Meet Our "House Hunter"
Hi, my name is Elise Porter-Dean and I am a real estate professional, fitness enthusiast, travel junkie, former professional dancer, and excited bride-to-be!
I live on Sanibel with my fiancé, Richard, and our three cats. We first fell in love with Sanibel Island while living and working in Orlando, FL. Coming over the Sanibel Causeway for the first time, I had tears in my eyes, knowing I found the perfect island to call home! The lushness of the island, the nature reserve, the gorgeous shell-lined beaches, and the warm and welcoming atmosphere of the island made our decision to move to Sanibel an easy one.
Originally from California, I studied English and Dance at California State University Long Beach. I have been teaching dance for more than 20 years now, and I have been fortunate enough to travel internationally instructing for the Universal Dance Association. I started my professional performance career at Disneyland, where I danced in parades and shows for six years before promotions took me to Walt Disney World and Disney Cruise Line, with roles in Entertainment Management. After 15 years with the company, I switched career paths and was able to pursue my professional real estate career full-time.
Love what you do, and do what you love!
My love affair with real estate began at age 22, when I purchased my first home. I then began investing in real estate, doing remodels and reselling. I really enjoy taking something that has been neglected or run-down, polishing it and making it sparkle again! In Orlando, I worked for one of the top teams in Central Florida as a dedicated Buyer’s Specialist, gaining a wealth of knowledge while helping buyers purchase their new homes. In my first year, I was named Keller Williams “Rookie of the Year” for my market center, an award for which I am deeply honored.
I am thrilled to be part of the McCallion & McCallion team, because I know how important it is to surround yourself with the best in the business. Not only do Susan and Jim have a vast knowledge of Sanibel real estate, they care deeply for their community and their clients, as do I. My goal as your Realtor® is to streamline the buying process to make it as efficient and enjoyable as possible.
More About Me: In my free time, I enjoy boating with my wonderful fiancé, traveling abroad, or exploring our beautiful island paradise. I have two nephews in California who I absolutely adore. Time spent with them is very special to me. I also have a great passion for fitness, specifically dance and barre, and I am blessed to teach a “Sculpt Barre” class once a week at Sanibel Dance & Pilates.
Fun fact, I was recently chosen for HGTV’s House Hunters, and I had an awesome time filming the episode on island. Finding my dream home on Sanibel was a fantastic experience, and I would be honored to make your house hunting experience equally rewarding!