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Florida's 1st Choice Realty was established in 2012.
We are a family-owned and operated business and prioritize honesty and integrity. We are very active in all facets of real estate, from Property Management to Fine Homes & Estates servicing Tampa, FL, and the surrounding areas. We offer a service unlike any other real estate agency in the area and understand that we must constantly endeavor to succeed. We enjoy guiding our renters, buyers, and sellers from start to finish and helping them achieve their goals. We have two divisions, Property Management along with Buyer and Seller Services. These two divisions of our company enhance each other intensely, covering all critical aspects of real estate, from renting your very 1st home to purchasing and selling your very 1st home.

Featured Agents

Damaris Sanchez


License Number: SL3257275

Danny Ocasio

Real Estate Agent


Danny Ocasio brings with him over twenty years construction industry experience in both commercial and residential. His dedication, attention to detail and commitment to customer service along with helping his clients not just get into a home but the prefect home and achieving their dreams is what drives him. Danny is extremely family oriented available 7 days a week and will be with you from start to finish, from the very first meeting until closing and will personally guide you through the home buying process. Along with a wealth of knowledge he brings high standards, ethics and integrity and devoted to creating the very best customer service experience possible on every transaction.

Dennis Hess


License Number: 3442395

A senior and veterans advocate, specializing in the South Shore area and west coast of Florida, Dennis is available 7 days a week for all your real estate needs. A member of one of Hillsborough Counties most successful real estate teams Dennis is family oriented and customer service focused. He's an asset to everyone and a wealth of knowledge.

Gabriela Rico


Gary Sheckler



Gary Waldron


License Number: SL 3263099

I retired from IBM after 30yrs. My last 10yrs were spent focusing on Client Satisfaction. I have carried that experience into how I operate my Real Estate business. Client Satisfaction is my primary focus. I have invested in rental properties for the last 25 yrs.and became a Managing Broker in Chicago, IL.in 2005. I became a licensed Florida Realtor in 2014. My specialty is Residential and 55+ communities.

Gus Torres



Jim Rechtin

Realtor, GRI, MRP, CDPE, SFR

License Number: 3333936

After spending more than thirty years on the financial and administrative sides of two large construction companies, and obtaining my CPA in Ohio, I decided to relocate to the Smoky Mountains area and plunge into the real estate market as a new realtor. Over the next ten years I experienced much success in two markets – residential properties and cabin investment properties. During those ten years as a realtor I discovered that I enjoy helping others find the right home or the right investment property. Maneuvering through the myriad of paperwork can be challenging for a buyer or seller. Helping my clients accomplish their end goals with the least amount of stress and frustration is satisfying to me. Having retired to Sun City Center a few years ago, I found that I missed that satisfaction and pursued my real estate license again. Working with clients in this retirement area and the surrounding marketplace has been very rewarding. My previous work experiences and education – construction, finance, administration, residential real estate, and investment real estate – helps me to be able to help you, the customer. Before my final move to Sun City Center, I relocated more than ten times; both local moves and long distance moves. I have experienced the joys and the pain of moving and can relate well to my clients’ trials, tribulations, and thrills of the process of finding a new home or selling their current home. Call me anytime for help in your search for your dream home or help to sell your current home. If you are relocating to or from another part of the country I can give you assistance. I have access to a wonderful network of realtors throughout the country and I can provide you with an agent anywhere in your area. My cell phone number is 813-326-5102.

John Bentley


License Number: SL3401852

Madelyn Hernandez



Maritza Cruz



Specialties: Buyer's Agent, Listing Agent, Relocation, Consulting and Investing Maritza Cruz brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to every transaction. With over 25 years of experience in banking, marketing, public relations, and project management there's nothing Maritza can't help her clients with. With the support of one of Florida’s 1st Choice Realty, Inc - is the fastest growing and most experienced brokerage, Maritza is a priceless asset to everyone. Florida 1st Choice consistently ranks in the top 1% of teams in Florida and the top 1,000 world-wide. Our motto, be everywhere, do everything and never fail to astonish the customer demands, greatness, and constant evolution from all team members. It's an ongoing challenge we thrive on and lives by 365 days a year. With several of Florida's top producing agents our Broker and team are bound by high standards, ethics and integrity. Devoted to creating the very best customer service experience possible on every transaction! Maritza enjoys cooking, traveling, reading, remodeling historical homes, and spending time with family, her beloved Dobermans and friends. She is bilingual in Spanish/English, and available 7 days a week.

Mike Jones


License Number: SL3306431

about me…. How am I different from other real estate agents? My attention to detail. I am totally committed to the highest level of service...from start to finish! From the very first meeting until closing, I will personally guide you through the home buying or selling process. Experience My wife and I relocated from Indianapolis, Indiana to the Tampa Bay South Shore area in 2014 after 25 successful years in sales, sales management, and marketing with a Fortune Top 50 telecommunication company. I’m a graduate of Ball State University and a US Army Veteran. My drive to succeed carried over into real estate, where I pay attention to every detail and thankful for each opportunity to be of service to my customers. I am here to guide and support each buyer or seller. My Commitment to You I believe buying and selling real estate can be extremely stressful. It’s my goal to make the process as smooth as possible, with little hassle. I treat every transaction as if it were my own. There is no better feeling than calling one of my buyers or sellers to say their offer was accepted. That is why I do what I do. It’s not only about selling homes but creating dreams and satisfied clients. I take a no-nonsense approach “I have best friends out there I haven’t met yet” Communication I am available! There are no small questions and I always keep my customers informed and up-to-date!

Nicole Torres

Real Estate Broker Associate

License Number: BK3454264

Rene Carpena


License Number: BK3190734

My name is Rene Carpena, a licensed and professional Real Estate Broker out of Tampa Bay Florida. I am the Broker for FL 1st Choice Realty LLC, a NAR member and a member of The Greater Tampa Board of Realtors. When it comes to BUYING or SELLING a home, condo, or investment property, I will assist you in making the right choice the 1st time. My expertise in rental properties and Property Management is extremely valuable in locating the best Real Estate investment for my customers. My greatest satisfaction as your preferred REALTOR is turning my customers DREAMS of home ownership into REALITY. Let me be a part of your next Real Estate endeavor and help make your dreams of home ownership come true.

Rose Perez Muniz

REALTOR® | Broker's Assistant


As a full-time Realtor with Florida’s 1st Choice Realty, I have a wealth of real estate knowledge. Originally from New Jersey, I moved to Florida 17 years ago and am familiar with the Tampa Bay market. I am experienced in assisting buyers with finding their dream homes and helping sellers list their current homes and have worked with absentee owners and managed properties on their behalf since 2007. Graduation of REALTOR Institute. Recipient of the 2020 MVP Award for Florida's 1st Choice Realty!! Recipient of Honorary Florida's 1st Choice "Blue Blazer." As your trusted partner, you can depend on me to advocate for you on the highest level. I would love to assist you if you are in the market or have questions!

Sean Camacho


License Number: SL3484882

Sean Camacho a Tampa native for more than 33 years spent the majority of his childhood years working at his family's liquor store. At a young age, Sean started to learn entrepreneur skills by selling snacks and candy to the neighborhood kids; this was just the beginning of his entrepreneurial spirit. Over twenty years, he began to hone his skills in building personal relationships while gaining customer service experience. During this time, Sean worked throughout the Tampa Bay area from Brooksville to Brandon as far as Clearwater. Sean spent twelve of those years in a high volume competitive restaurant located in the middle of the Tampa International Airport. Near the end of his venture, he learned by listening to someone's needs, he could help them reach their goals. Working in the food and service industry gave him the passion for working one on one sales. With encouragement from friends, coworkers, and clientele, Sean decided to make an industry leap to Real Estate and put all the experience and knowledge to the test. Before pursuing his passion, Sean would volunteer his time to community churches, coaching youth soccer, and help teach at a Pre-K daycare. He likes to use his free time as Treasurer of Band Booster Club, cycling with local ride-outs, live wrestling events, meetups with Pokemon Go community, volunteering with the Chamberlain High School Marching Band of the Mighty Chiefs, parades or even jump on stage to perform stand-up comedy. Although Sean loves to stay busy, he is a hard-working family man with a Puerto Rican heritage. Taking care of his young daughter, who happens to be a Type 1 Diabetic, spending time with his teenage son and girlfriend is his only other passion in life. Sean's mission is to build a reputation and earn respect from the Tampa Bay area with exceptional service. Having passion, putting forth dedication, and commitment can drive success in a competitive sales environment.

Rich Shelley

Team Leader/Operating Principle


Committed to customer service and excellence Team Shelley consistently ranks in the top 1% of teams in Florida and the top 1,000 world-wide. Our motto, Be everywhere, do everything and never fail to astonish the customer demands skill, greatness, and constant evolution from all team members. It's an ongoing challenge Team Shelley thrives on and lives by 365 days a year. With several of Florida's top producing agents our Brokerage and team are bound by high standards, ethics and integrity and devoted to creating the very best customer service experience possible on every transaction.
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