Cliff Kaplan Joins The Soda Group – Keller Williams

Cliff Kaplan Joins The Soda Group

LAKEWOOD RANCH, FLORIDA – Keller Williams Realty has announced that Realtor Cliff Kaplan has joined The Soda Group at Keller Williams Realty, joining team members Jim and Donna Soda and Ian and Julie Cutmore. He will focus on real estate rentals.

“The team’s sincerity, dedication and commitment to the real estate business are unequaled in this industry,” said Kaplan. “I am thrilled to join them and to become a member of the exciting and ever-growing Keller Williams Realty family.”

Originally from Long Island, New York, Kaplan lived most of his adult life on the east end of Long Island in the small town of West Islip. He got his first taste of real estate when his parents bought a Levitt home in the original Levittown. Cliff remembers as a young child being introduced to, and shaking hands with, Arthur Levitt of the Paramount Realty office, the real estate company marketing Levittown at the time. 

In many ways, Kaplan reflects, what is happening now in Lakewood Ranch also happened in the developmental days of Levittown, commenting, “How many people can say they have witnessed two separate towns being created from dirt to mature communities?”

Kaplan was a teacher in the Bethpage School District for 37 years, earning his master’s degree and additional graduate credits during his teaching career. After retiring from education, he went back to school to earn an additional college degree in computer graphic art. 

He entered the real estate field after he moved to Lakewood Ranch, Florida, eventually working for the Realtor that sold him his home. He quickly learned the business and “fell in love with the prospect of helping people find new homes.”  He equates being a Realtor with teaching since “both rely strongly on an ability to relate to people and their specific needs and desires.” 

It wasn’t long before Cliff found his special niche in real estate rentals, although he still successfully sells homes. 

Cliff Kaplan - Soda Group - Keller Williams
Cliff Kaplan

The Soda Group can be reached at the Keller Williams Lakewood Ranch office, 6710 Professional Parkway West, Suite 301, Sarasota, Florida 34240. Website: Kaplan can be reached at or (941) 704-5371.

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For more information about The Soda Group, or to schedule an interview with the Cliff Kaplan, please contact Sheila Longo at (941) 355-3006 or