The Founders

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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.

(727) 254-9464
imaginerealtyflorida@gmail.com

 

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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.

Cell: (727) 239-9297
Office: (727) 504-8909
Katiefernandez210@gmail.com

 

Our Team

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!

 
Cell:  (941) 204-3505    
 
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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!

 
Cell:  (941) 773-1414   
 
“We couldn’t have been more pleased with Mary.  She was outstanding.  Her professionalism was refreshing.”
Carolyn Carpenter, Seller
 
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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.

 
Cell:  (813) 447-6263    Hablo Español 
 
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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:  (863) 272-5561 
 
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Ricky Cabrera 

Ricky joined the Imagine Realty team from Orlando in January 2020 after moving to St. Petersburg to be closer to his family.  He is an incredible Real Estate agent who has over 20 years of experience helping his clients to buy and sell their homes.  His energy is contagious, and we are lucky to have him on board with our company!
 

Hablo Español
Cell:  (352) 455-1041
rcrealty2000@yahoo.com 

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Zoe Ledwith 

Zoe was born and raised in Madison, WI.  She moved to the Tampa Bay area in 2016, and absolutely loves the sunshine and warm weather.  As a former boutique shop owner, she has a passion for all things beautiful- especially beautiful homes and our gorgeous city!  She would love to help you buy or sell your home with Imagine Realty!

 

Cell:  (727) 637-2010
zoela.with@yahoo.com 

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Jessica Stone

Jessica Stone is a Florida Girl, born and raised in the sunshine. She loves her hometown of beautiful Lakeland, and the surrounding areas of Central Florida as well.  After attending college on a full-ride volleyball scholarship, Jessica had the opportunity to live in multiple states- including Texas and Georgia. While traveling is an adventure she still actively enjoys, ultimately she was drawn back home by the allure of the ocean waves, sunshine, and proximity to her family. After returning home, Jessica pursued a rewarding career and served her community through veterinary medicine. She was even part of the team responsible for providing medical care for the swans of the City of Lakeland!  She later went on to specialize in the intense field of critical care/emergency referral services. Jessica has always had a special place in her heart for home and family, which ultimately drew her into the world of Real Estate.  Her passion for helping others has transitioned flawlessly into this field, where she gets to form relationships with her clients and help them with the biggest decisions of their lives!  Jessica is fueled with a fire to succeed, and truly wants what is best for her clients.  She is a family-woman who cannot wait to help you buy or sell your home with Imagine Realty!

 

Cell:  (863) 701-5035
realtorjessicastone@gmail.com 
www.jessicastone-realtor.com

“It was a pleasure working with Jessica.  She was highly professional- we will use and recommend her again!”
-Sabina Grbic, First-Time Home Buyer

Zack Higgins

Zack Higgins is a Florida native, originally from West Palm Beach, but has lived in Central Florida for the past ten years. Zack attended UCF and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in hospitality management and a Masters in sport and exercise science. During his time at UCF, Zack played competitive tennis and was able to travel and explore all throughout Florida playing in various tournaments. His love of sports and helping people came together when he started working at a tennis academy in Orlando after graduation.
 
Zack brings the same level of passion and care that has made him a great coach into the Real Estate industry.  He makes the process of finding your dream home easy and stress-free! 
 

Cell:  (561) 797-0206
zhigginsrealtor@gmail.com

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!

Hablo Español          Io parlo Italiano
Cell: (813) 607-9628
FD@francescaFLhomes.com

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Greg Greene

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
realtorgregsellsflorida@gmail.com

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Mike Murray

Originally from Boston, Massachusetts, Mike has been proud to call Florida his home for over 3 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.  

Cell: (727) 858-0880
murray.mike21@gmail.com

Wendy Scrimpshire

Combining her background in Business and Marketing with her passion to share the Florida lifestyle with her clients, Wendy has found her calling as she truly is “Everybody’s Realtor.”
 
Whether you are searching for your first home or your forever home, you want the fast-paced downtown lifestyle or the laid-back beach feel, Wendy’s knowledge of the area and ability to understand your wants and needs will make the home buying and selling adventure truly enjoyable.
  
Wendy will ensure a personal connection and continues to work for each client in her own unique fashion, as her experience reminds her daily that every individual and every home buying/selling experience is very personal.  She ultimately wants every client to find happiness in their dealings with her!
 

Cell: (727) 537-WAVE  (9283)
imaginemydreamhome@gmail.com

“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

Mario Brown

Mario Brown, REALTOR® of Imagine Realty, was born and raised in Linstead, Jamaica. He attended the School of Architecture and Community Design at the University of South Florida, where he acquired his Master’s Degree in Architecture.
 
Mario provides efficient and reliable communication to his clients by always being readily available. His drive and passion for creating, accompanied with the resources at hand, permit him the ability to facilitate his clients’ needs proficiently.
 
In addition to his passion for real estate and architecture, Mario loves photography and has been pursuing this interest for over 8 years.  He has always had a passion for the Real Estate industry, and is thrilled to assist you in finding your forever home!
 

Cell: (561) 692-1857
Realty.MarioB@gmail.com

Michael Alicea

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!” 

 

Cell: (727) 342-0259
m.alicea.realtor@gmail.com

Crystal Williams

~Experience~

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!  


~Expertise~

Crystal found her niche in Luxury and Investment Real Estate. Naturally, we know first time homebuyers go hand-in-hand with investment-type-properties, due to the nature of the homes, and she really enjoys working with first time buyers/investors. She has been licensed in Florida since 2017, and before that she was a successful agent in Missouri. Crystal was born in LA, grew up in San Diego, and spent 10 of her college and early adulthood years in Southern Missouri. She has moved across the country herself, making her an expert in relocation. She also has a brother who is an investor, and is close friends with other investors in commercial businesses like Andy’s Frozen Custard, a local gymnastics & cheer gym, and numerous rental properties. To sum this up, if you are looking to buy, sell, or invest in Real Estate, Crystal will be of great help to you.


~Communication~

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.


~Awards/Recognition~

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!


~Personal~

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.

~Commitment~

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!
 

Cell: (417) 414-1361
InvestLuxuryCW@gmail.com

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.

 

Cell: (321) 348-0688
hello.sherrybenitez@gmail.com

Damir Mujkic

I have over $20 million in sales (and counting!), and numerous satisfied clients. I never settle for less than complete satisfaction.


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.

Cell: (727) 265-2664
realtordamir@gmail.com

Bella Guillen

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. 
 
Her professional journey in Real Estate started 15 years ago when she accepted a part-time position in a brokerage firm for one year while she simultaneously served in the Pharmaceutical industry AND completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration/Sales! She has worked with some of the largest Pharmacy Benefit Managers, hospitals, first responders, specialties, retailers, and independent pharmacies nationwide. Being a risk-taker, Bella moved to Miami in 2017. She was focusing in Pharmaceutical Sales, and managed the territory of Miami, eventually expanding her reach throughout Key West, Naples, and Fort Myers. She earned a strong referral base due to her dedication, communication, and professionalism. Her sales expertise, negotiation skills, knowledge, persistence, empathy, transparency, and strong work ethic are incredibly valuable assets that she carries throughout her client dealings. She believes that appreciation is the key to any relationship, and she treats her customers with integrity and respect in every transaction. She takes pride in saying that she has earned her strong ethics from both of her immigrant parents!
 
During her free time, Bella is volunteering and helping those in need, training outdoors, doing Pilates, or reading. She loves to travel with family and explore the city of Miami, where she has further developed her passion for Real Estate. 
 
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! 

Cell: (305) 766-5005      Hablo Español
realtorbellag@gmail.com

Steve Baron

Steve is a Real Estate Broker & State Certified Residential Property Appraiser!  He is a senior-level professional with 20+ years of sales, business development, and account management experience.     Originally from Brooklyn, New York, Steve earned his college degree from the University of Arizona, and we couldn’t be happier to have him on our team at Imagine Realty in sunny Florida! 

Cell: (863) 651-1783     
sbaronproperties@gmail.com

Heather Schultz

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! 

Cell: (941) 356-3960    
heatherschultzrealtor@gmail.com