Bruno Fernandez, the Broker/Owner of Imagine Realty, was born and raised in Lugo, Spain! Upon graduating from Law School, he moved to the United States in 1996 and has taken the world by storm ever since. His work experience ranges widely from teaching, to becoming an assistant principal and dean, to banking, to creating non-profit organizations, to where he truly found his life work’s passion: real estate. Bruno formally earned his US Citizenship in 2008, and he created his first real estate investment company shortly after. It is here that he discovered his love for helping families purchase the homes that he had poured his blood, sweat, and tears into creating for them. He knew from then on that real estate was his passion and his calling. The name “Imagine” to Bruno represents all of the amazing possibilities and doors that were opened for him upon moving to the United States. He always imagined a life where anything was possible, regardless of one’s background, education, ethnicity, social status- none of it matters here in the Land of Opportunity, and he will never stop carrying out his passion through the motivation he and his wife have ignited inside themselves together with their creation of Imagine Realty.
Katie Fernandez, the Owner/REALTOR® of Imagine Realty, was born and raised in Lakeland, Florida, but always spent more time with her friends and family in Tampa and St. Petersburg, so she really has three hometowns! After graduating from Florida State University, she moved to Chicago, Illinois and left her mark on the Windy City for two years. After realizing that she was too far away from her family and the beautiful sunshine, Katie moved back to St. Petersburg and taught high school math for three years. It was actually at this school that she and Bruno met! After their wedding in February 2018, she retired from the classroom to become a full-time realtor, and has never looked back since. Katie and Bruno knew upon meeting each other that they had to use their go-getter, lighthearted spirits to help people together. Katie jumped on board with Bruno’s real estate investment company, and fell in love with the industry from there. She believes that they are an amazing team, and that they work incredibly hard to communicate their ideas and goals with each other. When Bruno mentioned wanting to start a brokerage, there was no question in either of their minds that it was going to happen, and he always had his wife’s support every step of the way. The name “Imagine” to Katie represents not only carrying on the legacy of care, kindness, and inclusion instilled within her by her grandmother, but also letting her imagination run wild with Bruno in their life, their love, and this wonderful, trustworthy company that they have created together from scratch.
Cell: (727) 239-9297
Office: (727) 504-8909
Dwight Barnett moved to Queens, NY from Portmore, Jamaica. He graduated from Herkimer County Community College and Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida where he studied Business Management. During his collegiate career, Barnett was a three time All-American and NJCAA National Player of the year, and was later drafted to play professional soccer for Chicago Fire of Major League Soccer. Passionate about soccer, after his professional soccer career he went on to be the Director of Soccer Shots Tampa and coach at Tampa Bay United (Tampa Bay Rowdies) where he worked with developing youth skills throughout the Tampa Bay area.
Yusmary Rico was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela facing the majestic Avila mountain views. She had the opportunity to travel through various countries, which ignited her passion for traveling. In her native country, she studied Advertising, and proceeded to work in Telecommunications and customer service for over 12 years. When she discovered that she enjoyed the creation and development of new products, she decided to obtain a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing as well!
She moved to the United States in 2014, and has lived in Florida ever since (which she attributes to our beautiful weather and welcoming Latino communities!) She discovered her passion for Real Estate and decided to obtain her license. Her goal is to help the Latino community pursue their dreams of homeownership in the beautiful Sunshine State.
Carrie James is a Kansas City native who has also lived in central Ohio. She has a strong Midwestern work ethic, and an incredibly diversified background. Imagine this: she is a college professor, radiographer, singer, pastor, facility maintenance manager, business owner, and the list goes on! Do not let this sway you- she is tenacious and passionate about the Real Estate industry. Her diversified background is a huge plus in helping her clients spread their horizons, ensuring that that purchase a home they absolutely love!
Mary Skorupa is a native of New Jersey! She has over 13 years of experience with both Real Estate Sales and Community Association Management in Florida. She serves our lush, beautiful Manatee and Sarasota Counties! Whether you are looking to buy or sell, she will provide the very best customer service to ensure your experience through the entire process is happy and stress-free!
Hannah Rao was born in Coral Springs, Florida and later moved to the Tampa Bay area. She attended the University of South Florida, where she graduated with a dual-Bachelor’s degree in Finance and Business Management. She has always had a passion for the Real Estate industry, and is excited to help you find your dream home!
Cell: (352) 455-1041
Cell: (727) 637-2010
Cell: (863) 701-5035
“It was a pleasure working with Jessica. She was highly professional- we will use and recommend her again!”
-Sabina Grbic, First-Time Home Buyer
Cell: (561) 797-0206
Francesca de Laurentiis
Francesca is a Fort Lauderdale native, serving customers across the state of Florida. Born into a culturally diverse Columbian-Italian family, Francesca is trilingual (English, Italian and Spanish), with Spanish as her first language!
Instantly falling in love with the West Coast cotton-candy sunsets, she moved to Tampa to pursue a career in the insurance industry. However, she discovered through working in Real Estate that she has a great passion for helping individuals with the biggest decision of their lives! She has a primary focus of working with first time homebuyers, and provides wonderful coaching and insight into helping her clients make informed buyers’ decisions.
Working at her Colombian family-owned hotel from a young age, Francesca learned to pay great attention to detail, customer service, and property management skills. She is known for her unmatched devotion to her clients, and strives daily to exceed their expectations. Clients appreciate her flexibility, accurate home market pricing, and ability to listen to their goals and desires.
In her free time, you can find Francesca volunteering at animal and homeless shelters, fostering dogs, and exploring nature.
Francesca can help you with any of your Real Estate needs!
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Cell: (813) 607-9628
Greg is a devoted husband and father, helping people find that special house to call “home.” He also specializes in single-family and multi-family investment properties, to help secure a prosperous future for his clients. Let him steer you into the right driveway!
Cell: (610) 463-7787
Ian is originally from South Bend, Indiana. He graduated from the University of South Florida with degrees in Economics and International Business. He is also a former All-American athlete with the USA Rugby team! Ian specializes in Investment Real Estate, but also works closely with traditional homebuyers and sellers as well. Give him a call today to get started!
Cell: (574) 333-5785