Expertise And Client Care Are Hallmarks Of Next Step Realty South


For most people, buying or selling a home can be one of life’s biggest financial transactions, not to mention exciting, stressful and confusing all at once. Residents of Anne Arundel County can breathe a sigh of relief, however, with experienced real estate professionals like Matt Wyble, Joe Smith and Lynn Peaper ready and eager to help them navigate the complexities of the real estate world.

Having worked together as a team for seven years now, Wyble, Smith and Peaper have over 30 combined years of experience helping clients of all ages and income levels buy and sell homes in Severna Park, Arnold and beyond. After five consecutive years of being recognized as the number-one CENTURY 21 team in Maryland, the three merged with Maryland-based Next Step Realty (NSR) to create Next Step Realty South (NSRS) in 2023. Together, they are managing partners and co-owners of NSRS, which is jointly owned along with NSR co-owners James Weiskerger and Kelly Schuit.

As the corporate real estate world seemingly became more and more focused on metrics rather than people, Wyble, Smith and Peaper conducted a 12-month search for a new client-focused brokerage to call home. Now, Next Step Realty empowers them to make their clients and their agents their top professional priorities.

“We all take amazing care of our clients, we all take amazing care of our families, and are very similar in age and goals and outcomes, but it’s amazing how you can do this business so differently and still end up equally successful,” Wyble said, alluding to his and his colleagues’ varied strengths and backgrounds.

Wyble is a fourth-generation Anne Arundel County real estate agent following in the footsteps of his grandfather and great-grandfather. He began his career in marketing, but like Peaper and Smith, pursued his real estate license because he wanted to help his community.

Smith, a longtime Anne Arundel County resident, cultivated a passion for real estate eight years ago. Smith is bilingual and was born to deaf parents, which makes him a CODA, or child of deaf adults. Being fluent in American Sign Language is one of his unique strengths to help his clients of all needs have the best real estate experience possible.

Mother to three active children, Peaper began her career as a nurse before electing to change career paths in 2015. “She shot off like a rocket the very first year of business and had ‘rookie-of-the-year-style’ numbers and hasn’t looked back ever since,” Wyble remarked of his colleague.

The trio pride themselves on being true, full-time real estate professionals who are confident, competent and always looking out for their clients’ best interests. Together, they have sold and settled over $500 million in real estate representing more than 1,100 transactions. Through their combined expertise, they provide concierge-level service to any and all clients looking for industry leaders to help them with their real estate needs.

Wyble works with clients primarily in central Anne Arundel County, but he also does business in much of Howard, Queen Anne’s and Baltimore counties and Baltimore City. He especially enjoys helping “move-up” clients who are transitioning out of their starter homes into long-term residences, as well as senior citizens who are looking to downsize.

Smith also works primarily in Anne Arundel County and surrounding areas, helping a wide range of clients including the deaf community. Being a top producer in the area, he has clients ranging from first-time homebuyers to families looking for a larger space to call home, as well as new construction community projects. “Whether you’re a client, a referral from someone, or if you’re connected to me somehow in my community, I’m going to make sure you’re taken care of,” Smith said.

Peaper also primarily operates within Anne Arundel County, often in properties at the upper end of the market. She has developed passions for helping buyers build their ideal homes through custom construction projects and assisting homeowners in preparing their homes for the market when selling. Working with mostly busy professionals, she remarked, “I take as much as possible off of my clients’ plates so that they can focus on their lives outside of the move.”

Wyble noted that 90 percent of the team’s clients are referral based, repeat clients, family friends and people from within their spheres of influence – which together are large due to their active involvement in the community.

Wyble, Smith and Peaper have deep roots in Severna Park. Wyble and Peaper met in eighth grade and graduated as good friends from Severna Park High School (SPHS). Smith’s three children attend Severna Park schools and are active with the Greater Severna Park Athletic Association, also known as the Green Hornets. Wyble’s kids also attend Severna Park schools, and he gives back to his hometown through serving on SPHS’ business advisory board, teaching a credit 101 class at county high schools, and fundraising for local hospitals with his wife through their For Ellie Foundation, a nonprofit started in memory of their daughter Ellie, who passed away at 3 months old.

Additionally, Next Step Realty is an active member of the Greater Severna Park and Arnold Chamber of Commerce and sponsors the chamber’s annual Christmas tree lighting and Taste and Sip event.

Collectively, Wyble, Peaper and Smith bring to the table a wealth of experience, a deep understanding of the ever-shifting real estate market, and a shared commitment to providing exemplary service to clients. To learn more about buying and selling with Next Step Realty, visit or call 443-901-2200.


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