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I was born in Chicago, moved to Missouri with my family when I was a child, spent 12 years in Missouri before graduating from Wayland High School (suburb of Boston) in 1973.  I came to Florida, and graduated from the University of Florida (Go Gators!) in 1977 with a Bachelor of Science in Broadcast Journalism.  In 1977 after graduation I worked as a news reporter for Channel 6 in Tallahassee, where I covered the Ted Bundy murders among other things.  I was hired in 1980 as the youngest Capitol Bureau Chief for Channel 13 in Tampa, then the top rated station in the Tampa St Petersburg market, where I covered the 1980 Democratic National Convention; did a 5 part series on death row; and state government news, until I was hired by Channel 6 in Orlando as their Space Coast reporter, covering the first 9 Space Shuttle launches before diving into real estate in 1984. 

For 38 years, I've been married to Janet Balanoff, who since 2013 has been associate vice president of diversity at Seminole State College; and for 32 years before that, director of equal opportunity programs at the University of Central Florida. 

My son, Michael, is a top associate at RE/MAX Professionals in Tallahassee; daughter in law Nicole is a new Mom of our brand new grandbaby, and a long time investigator of child and elder abuse for the state of Florida.

Daughter Stephanie is global automation manager for Mitel Corporation, and son in law Aaron is a firefighter for the Dallas FD. 


I got my salesperson license in 1984, and broker license in 1992, before founding RE/MAX Select in 2000.  I specialize in representing my clients in the purchase and sale of single-family residences and income property within Central Florida. I truly love this area and pride myself on my knowledge of current transactions, school districts, neighborhood information, and related services, including mortgage, insurance and inspection information. 

We have one of the best real estate offices in Central Florida, with dozens of talented associates handling residential, investor sales,  commercial, property management, community management, and land sales. 

Certifications and Recognitions

  • REALTOR® certification
  • CRB--Certified Residential Broker
  • SRES--Senior Real Estate Specialist
  • CIPS--Certified International Property Specialist
  • Two-time winner of the prestigious President's Award from the Orlando Regional Realtor Association (ORRA)
  • Winner of the Grant Clarke Award for Volunteer service to ORRA
  • Three times vice president of ORRA
  • Florida Realtors director since 2002.
  • Member of church council at Epiphany Lutheran Church in Oviedo

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Gary Balanoff | RE/MAX Select | 407-366-9797 | gbalanoff@juno.com
Orlando, FL 32810
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