Josefina Carreno Alvarez (Josie) became a licensed Realtor® in 1998 and was recruited by her own real estate agent, Marilu Chavez, to begin the learning process with Iliana and Orlando Abella, owners of Greater Miami Investments, Inc. in Coral Gables, Florida. Eventually the duo continued on as top producers to Esslinger Wooten Maxwell, Inc. where Josie was honored for being among the 2% of sales agents nationwide based on sales volume for several years in a row. In 2003 Josie followed Marilu and her husband to Village Realty of South Florida, Inc., a boutique real estate agency they opened. After 15 years Josie went full circle to join Iliana and Orlando once again but this time as part of their new team as they embarked on their own new adventure with Compass in 2018.
Having lived abroad in Mexico City from 1991 through 1996 due to her husband’s relocation, Josie naturally fell into the relocation aspect of real estate upon returning and becoming an agent. She spent many years assisting corporations with their employee’s transfers to the Miami-Dade and Broward County area even opening a Destination Service Company with a partner to assist with all aspects of a move into a new city and/or country such as visiting schools, applying for Social Security, or getting a driver’s license. As her business grew, she eventually closed Carreno & Caban to dedicate herself to standard residential real estate practice while continuing to work with many Buyers and Tenants moving into the area.
Born in Havana, Cuba in 1957, Josie and her family immigrated to Miami in 1961. They relocated a few years later to live in Belle Glade and Vero Beach, FL. Josie returned to Miami upon graduating from University of Florida in 1978 with a degree in education and taught school in the inner city for about 10 years. She is fluent in Spanish which has been quite handy working with many Latin American customers.
Josie has been married for over 30 years to Pedro (Tony) Alvarez, a corporate attorney, and has 3 grown children and two grandchildren. She is looking forward to many years of involvement in the new age of real estate and all the technological advances involved as a member of the Compass family. She continues to provide her personal, beyond the call of duty, approach to all her real estate transactions and is confident that the tools and support she receives at Compass will enhance her motto of being “A Fresh Approach to Real Estate”.