By Staff Report

Steve Modica, member of the Greater Tampa Association of Realtors and the Florida Association of Realtors, recently landed at HomeXpress Realty, a full service realty office in Brandon. “Big Steve,” as he’s been nicknamed by colleagues, has been in the property management side of real estate since 1974 when he’d accompany his dad as a teenager to help care for his father’s properties on Long Island in New York.

Big Steve helped his dad manage properties for many years after moving to Florida, where he learned the ropes of successful property management, and later acquired many of his own properties.

A long-time resident of the Apollo Beach/ Ruskin/Brandon area, Big Steve was the face of Modica Photo for 26 years, a custom photography, videography, framing and trophy studio in Ruskin. He then turned his life-long love of real estate into a career.  In addition to home sales, his main niche has become managing single family rental properties throughout the Tampa Bay area.

Today, Big Steve provides the same quality, service and care to client’s properties as he has for his father’s and his own for four decades. His clients reside as far away as Germany, and are secure in the knowledge that he takes care of their valued properties.

Big Steve will advertise your listings, find proper tenants through credit check, and place them in the property by lease, as well as handling the month to month details of the rental. When you list a rental property with Big Steve, his listings go out to over 30 rental-focused websites.

Married with a college-age stepson and three rescue dog “kids,” Big Steve has built a name and reputation of excellent service and knowledge in the Tampa Bay real estate arena.  His credentials include SFR (Short Sale, Foreclosure Resource), CPL (Certified Professional Landlord), and CPMS and CPME (Certified Property Management Specialist & Executive).

If you are buying or selling a home or looking for a property manager, and need a trusted agent to make the experience less stressful, more exciting and even, a little fun, Big Steve is the right agent for you. He understands that persistence and patience are important aspects of the process and he has the experience to handle negotiation, every last detail of the transaction, and minimize your stress while maximizing satisfaction.

“No deal is too big or too small. I give all my clients the utmost in satisfaction, trust, and personalized service. They deserve nothing less,” said Big Steve.

You can contact Big Steve at, 625-0587, or visit for more information.


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Kelly Wise Valdes
Kelly Wise Valdes has been writing for the Osprey Observer since 2008. She graduated in 1989 from Florida Southern College with a B.S. in Communications and enjoys writing and traveling. She currently resides in northern Hillsborough County with her husband, David. When not traveling and writing, Kelly and her husband enjoy spending time with their five grown children (as well as their grandchildren) that still keep them very busy.