Bruno Fernandez, the Founder/Broker 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 Founder 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.
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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 they purchase a home they absolutely love!
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.
“It was a pleasure working with Jessica. She was highly professional- we will use and recommend her again!”
-Sabina Grbic, First-Time Home Buyer
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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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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!
Originally from Boston, Massachusetts, Mike has been proud to call Florida his home for over 4 years. His passion for Real Estate is data-heavy and analytical, spanning from investment properties to traditional “retail” Real Estate. Whether he’s researching properties or analyzing the best deals in town, Mike is driven to help his clients find the perfect property.
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“Wendy Scrimpshire truly helped to relieve all of my angst through the entire process. Whenever I had a question she was right there to help, whenever I got stressed, she assured me that things were right on track and not to worry…my home purchase went smoothly, we got a great house for a remarkable price and I highly recommend working with Wendy to all of my friends!”
-D. Schwenker, Buyer
I couldn’t have asked for a better Realtor than Wendy Scrimpshire! She was very attentive and responsive to our wants and needs. Thank you so much for helping us find our dream home!!!
-C. Hues, Buyer
Michael Alicea was born and raised in Upstate New York in the wonders of the Hudson before making the move to St. Petersburg, Florida. He enjoys the warm winters that the Sunshine State offers, and does not miss the snow and cold weather one bit! He spent the past 10 years working in the Social Services field assisting individuals struggling with addictions. He now transfers his desire to help people into the Real Estate industry. He obtained his license and set his goal of assisting buyers, sellers, and real estate investors with completing their transactions as smoothly as possible.
When Michael is not working, he spends his free time on the gorgeous local beaches of Pinellas County. He also loves to play handball, and is a member of the Pinellas County 3-wall handball team!
He says: “If you are thinking about moving to Florida…call me. If you are thinking of selling your home…call me. If you are thinking of investing in real estate…call me. Just have a question? I’m here- call me!”
Crystal has been trained by some of the best in the nation like Gene Rivers from Florida and Marc King from St. Louis, MO. They have trained her to be the top in communication, customer service, and negotiation~ she has even trained with Chris Voss, a former top FBI hostage negotiator to perfect her negotiation skills! Her first year in the industry, she was an active part of 70+ closed properties. The most productive quarter she has ever had was with 47 simultaneously pending properties! She has also worked directly with David Jones, the CEO of Southern AZ and Coach for Mega Agents, and Rob Daniel, the Productivity Coach for Orlando, FL Agents. She worked on a successful high-producing team, grew exponentially, and is now working as an individual. She has always enjoyed growing and improving in her career!
Crystal found her niche in Luxury and Investment Real Estate. Naturally, we know first time homebuyers go hand-in-hand with investment-type-properties,
Initially, there is a strategy planning session in person or online, allowing everyone to best understand how, when, and what to communicate. This session is vital and most Agents don’t take the time to listen and understand each situation to the level that Crystal does. This session sets expectations for both clients and for Crystal, and allows our future conversations to be more productive.
Crystal has previously been recognized as one of the top ISA (Real Estate Marketing) directors. She was also voted and elected as the lead of a team of eight Realtors in a local project based on her skills. Crystal is licensed in both Florida and Missouri, making her well-rounded on relocation. She also graduated multiple extensive extracurricular trainings for marketing and negotiation. The majority of Agents work only part time, but Crystal has dedicated her career to be a full time agent since she was only 21 years old!
Crystal supports the charities Mercy Ministries, CRU, and Gary Keesee. Back in the day, she coached gymnastics because of her love for the sport. She used to model as a hobby, and signed with Richie Walls Entertainment, but doesn’t have time for it these days! She loves to travel a few times every year to the West Coast, desert, or mountains. She and her husband have been together since 2010, and have two beautiful daughters who enjoy dancing and spending time with their friends.
Her commitment to you as a business partner is to consistently keep you updated and informed to make this experience as seamless as possible. Crystal makes the processes of buying/selling/investing about you and your needs, and she does all of this in hopes that you will tell people how glad you were that you partnered up with her to take you through this home buying/selling/investing journey together. Communication and consistent updates prevent emotional roller coasters by being PROactive to situations vs the typical REactive behavior of most Agents.
If you have any questions, or need any recommendations for contractors, architects, repairmen, etc… reach out to Crystal~ she is always happy to put in a good word for other trustworthy people in the industry!
Sherry “Bonita” Benitez
With a passion for service, Sherry is committed to assisting her clients with buying or selling their homes and ensuring a successful transaction. Her engaging nature, contagious smile, and ease in which she connects with people makes Sherry an invaluable asset in helping you with one of the most important decisions you will ever make! As a proud member of the National Association of Realtors, Sherry carries the values of hard work, integrity, and outstanding client service into everything she does.
With an enthusiasm to learn and share knowledge, Sherry previously served her Central Florida community as a middle and high school teacher prior to becoming a Realtor. With Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Business Management under her belt, she became a critical asset within the school system. The experience of working in schools taught her to be communicative, thorough, and detail-oriented.
When Sherry isn’t making home ownership dreams come true for her clients, she is spending time with her 2 beautiful boys, Zeke and Gabi. For fun, she enjoys surfing the net and blogging. It’s evident that Sherry truly enjoys meeting and establishing relationships with people and will work hard to help you accomplish your Real Estate needs.
I have built my successful business by focusing on my clients. The key principal that I run my business on is valuing relationships over transactions. Buying, selling, and investing in real estate is an exciting and complex adventure. It can also be a very time-consuming and costly one if you’re not familiar with all aspects of the process, and if you do not have the best information and resources at hand. I pride myself on educating and empowering my clients to fulfill their dreams. I help my clients balance the qualitive and quantitative choices to obtain the best possible outcome. I know that homeownership is the result of hard work and sacrifice. To be part of the process is a privilege and I do not take that responsibility lightly.
I bring the knowledge, experience, and connections that have come from involvement in many real estate transactions. My comprehensive, high-quality services can save you time and money, as well as make the experience more enjoyable and less stressful.
After graduating from Virginia Tech with a B.S. in Finance, I spent the first four years of my career providing consulting services (at Deloitte and Protiviti) to the real estate industry, Fortune 500 companies, and federal agencies. Subsequently, I worked for Freddie Mac in a senior position, so I have truly worked within the full spectrum of the real estate industry. This past experience has been invaluable in seeing the larger picture. These experiences have led to a highly data-driven approach – tracking the heartbeat of the local market and understanding the implications of the macro environment.
Providing my clients with comprehensive high-quality service is my top priority. So when you decide to buy, sell, and/or invest please contact me and let’s get started!
Please don’t hesitate to reach out. I love talking real estate – there is no commitment and no pressure.
Bella is an immigrant who was born in Dominican Republic and raised in Brooklyn, New York in Sunset Park- a neighborhood that was so named because of the elevation of the park and its views of the sunset and the Manhattan skyscrapers. The row houses of brownstones and the different backgrounds of the community inspired her interest in Real Estate! Her parents owned their business where, during her childhood, she learned to pay attention to details and to treat each customer with integrity.
Bella is fluent in both English and Spanish. She is a member of the National Association of Realtors, and is committed to help you accomplish your dream- whether you’re looking to buy, sell or invest with Imagine Realty!
Heather was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois until the tender age of 10, when she moved to Bradenton, Florida with her family. She has now been a resident of the Bradenton/Sarasota area for over 40 years, and growing up here has afforded her the opportunity to get to know both cities very well. She absolutely loves what Bradenton and Sarasota each have to offer in their own unique ways.
Heather now resides in Sarasota with her daughter, who is on her way to college in the fall! She plans to keep busy not only as a Realtor assisting buyers and sellers achieve their Real Estate goals and dreams, but also as a paralegal with a local prestigious law firm, where she has worked for over 10 years. Heather enjoys all things outdoors and works hard at maintaining a healthy balance between work and play. She is excited to join our team, and looks forward to making your dreams come true!
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I just wanted to take a moment to introduce myself! I was born in New York City and grew up on Long Island, graduating from the “famous” Great Neck South High School. I hold a Bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where I also played baseball. UNC Chapel Hill is known for being an excellent academic institution and the first public university in the USA (not just a great basketball school!).
In 1997 I earned my Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Sherman College of Chiropractic, and have helped thousands of patients achieve their health care goals in South Carolina, Kentucky, Indiana, and here in Florida. With me as your Realtor, it’s a win-win~ as we work together to align your real estate goals, I can even align your spine!! Although I’ve been out of baseball and athletics for many years, I enjoy biking, weight training, cooking yummy healthy meals, and traveling. I am married with two children. My wife (LeeAnn) is an anesthesia provider, my son Caleb (Indiana University graduate) is married and living in Kentucky; and my daughter Sarah is an extremely talented actress living in New York City.
As a Realtor licensed in Florida, I’m excited to be working under Imagine Realty!! My primary goal is to focus on my clients’ various needs, dreams, and goals from the moment we meet and beyond by providing strategic marketing and transaction management. I am committed toward helping as many people as possible achieve their real estate goals in whatever capacity that may be. Rest assured, I will listen to you! With an understanding of your needs and wants, I will do my best to help you achieve them all! Look me up on Facebook and Instagram for some spontaneous, fun, informative and entertaining things 🙂 See you soon!
LaSonja is a Florida native, born and raised in Manatee County. She currently lives in Sarasota and is proud to be a Floridian! After working with her husband in the construction industry for over 20 years, she has joined our team as a Broker Associate to continue pursuing her Real Estate career. She will be serving the Manatee/Sarasota County areas, and loves helping others- which is why she chose to work for Imagine Realty! LaSonja believes that by continuing to help others fulfill their dreams of becoming homeowners in this great state, she will also preserve her dream of being a successful Realtor.
In her free time, you will find her very active in ministry, where she mentors young women in her community. Whether you are buying or selling, LaSonja can assist you with any of your Real Estate needs!
Tiffany D. Wilson
Though initially news reporting was fulfilling, Tiffany always had dreams of working as a Realtor. She still remembers what a happy time it was for her family when her mother purchased their first family home back in Wisconsin. “My mother was ecstatic,” Tiffany recalls, “And so were my sister and I.” In Tiffany‘s eyes, the dream of homeownership is one that she would love to help everyone achieve. Tiffany has worked in Real Estate and home-related businesses across capacities as a home stager, home furnishings specialist, and vacation home consultant. Through staging property models and residential listings, Tiffany began to have a keen eye for what is aesthetically pleasing and functional when it comes to making a house a home. As a vacation home consultant, Tiffany was able to create a paradise experience for buyers interested in purchasing condos in exclusive St. Pete/Treasure Island Beach.
Whether assisting buyers, sellers, or investors, Tiffany is excited to cultivate all of her communication, research, Real Estate, and people skills to deliver a stellar experience to her clients.
After serving in the military for nearly a decade, Lupita is ready to serve YOU! Born in Mexico, raised in Los Angeles, and relocated all over the country for Uncle Sam, Lupita is an expert at finding the perfect homes (from personal experience!) Let her be of service to you during your buying or selling journey!
Stefanie Boettner comes with over 21 years of retail management and customer service experience. Now, she is excited to be turning that customer service focus toward Real Estate. Whether you are buying your first home, looking for investment properties, or selling your home to make way for that next chapter in your life, Stefanie’s passion for service will help you on your way!
As a proud member of Imagine Realty’s team, Stefanie carries the values of hard work, integrity, and outstanding customer service into everything she does. Her professionalism, attention to detail, and commitment to always put her clients first ensure that she continually exceeds her clients’ expectations.
Stefanie’s other passion is spending time in the great outdoors! She especially loves to camp, hike, and kayak. She also enjoys spending time with her adorable cat, George.
Stefanie is located in Port St. Lucie and is happy to call The Treasure Coast her home! She is looking forward to helping with your home buying and selling needs!
Joseph Webb was born and raised in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Greenville, SC. He later moved to Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina where he studied International Relations, Economics, and co-owned a beauty salon with his now-husband, whom he met during his nearly half-decade-long stay in the Balkans. In his spare time, he loves spending time with his husband and friends on the golden beaches along the Suncoast of Tampa Bay, reading, and writing.
Joseph understands the ins and outs of homebuying and selling. Whether or not it is your first time experiencing the process, it can truly be exciting and fun. He aims to take the stress off your shoulders and guide you throughout your Real Estate journey with ease. He will communicate to you with clarity and swiftly take action to ensure your Real Estate needs are met. He is meticulous, reliable, and eager to help answer any questions you may have about Real Estate in the diverse, beautiful Tampa Bay area!
Feel welcome to contact him with any questions you may have!
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Cathy was proudly born and raised in the Lone Star State of Texas, then moved to sunny Florida in 1987 due to one (of many!) oil industry blowouts. Having an affinity for the Gulf, rivers, and lakes, Cathy quickly realized that Florida fit the bill of “living in paradise.”
Many times, she contemplated entering into the world of Real Estate and in this chapter of life, she has finally fulfilled that dream. Cathy is very eager to assist others in “living the dream” here in the beautiful Tampa Bay area, and is excited to be a part of Bruno and Katie’s diverse team in their legacy of care, kindness, and inclusion. Give her a call today!
Doug was born and raised in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. In 2018, he relocated to the Tampa Bay area in search of warmer weather and sunshine!
Doug has previously worked in financial management with one of the largest US banks. He has a passion for helping others, and prides himself on his excellent customer service and communication skills. His ultimate goal is to make your Real Estate transaction as smooth and “stress-free” as possible. Doug also enjoys helping anyone who is looking to purchase their first home, or to relocate to Tampa Bay!
In his spare time, Doug can be found at one of the area’s beautiful beaches, trying a new local restaurant, or spending time with his two dogs, Oliver and Bentley. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to him with any Real Estate questions you may have!
An avid explorer and unwilling to settle, Carissa has lived all over our beautiful and diverse United States- from her Long Island, NY upbringing that instilled in her hard work and determination, to the deep south of Arkansas where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in liberal arts and discovered her talent for photography and Interior Design.
After College, Carissa relocated to Central Florida to work for the Walt Disney Company and further embrace her creativity as a photographer and Disney PhotoPass trainer. Always up for an adventure, she then moved to California to work for Disneyland and explore the West Coast before coming home to study Child Psychology and spend a few years as a pre-school teacher between New York City and Connecticut.
After road-tripping through 47 of our 50 states and studying abroad in South America, she found that her heart is happiest in the Florida sunshine. Drawn to the easy living and coastal breeze, Carissa decided to plant new roots and moved back to the state in the summer of 2019. While working for Disney Cruise Line and earning her certificate in Interior Design, she also embraced the challenge of obtaining her Real Estate License. She delights in house hunting and finding hidden gems throughout Central Florida.
Carissa has a passion for serving others, prides herself in anticipating needs, and enjoys making any house into a home filled with memories. She is elated to be a Floridian again and is excited to help you find your slice of paradise too!
“Helping people with their health and their homes”- That’s Nicole F. Acquilano.
Nicole is proud of her unique professional background that combines her skill sets of teaching, communication, motivation, and customer service with her passion for helping people meet their goals. Nicole is a certified Health Coach as well as a professional Realtor®.
Nicole relocated to Orlando from New York City after a successful career in dance, working for Walt Disney World and Disney Cruise Lines. Nicole will take great pride in helping you with your real estate needs. Whether you are selling or buying, Nicole can help! She will take the time to make sure your needs are met with professionalism and expertise.
Are you imagining easy access to the beach and to the theme parks? Are you dreaming of your winter home in Central Florida? Maybe you are downsizing your home because the kids are off to college. Perhaps you are upsizing because you can work remotely and you need space for a home gym and an office? Whatever you are “imagining” for your home, contact Nicole today!