Josefina Carreno Alvarez, Josie, became a licensed Realtor® in 1998 and began the learning process with Greater Miami Investments, Inc. in Coral Gables, Florida. After several years she continued as a top producer to Esslinger Wooten Maxwell, Inc. where she was honored for being among the 2% of sales agents nationwide based on sales volume for several years. In 2003 Josie joined Village Realty of South Florida, Inc., a boutique agency opened by her mentor and husband when they left EWM themselves. After 15 years, Josie has decided to go full circle to join Iliana and Orlando Abella back at Greater Miami Investments, Inc. to once again be a part of their team as they embark in their new adventures at Compass.
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, getting a driver’s license. As her business grew, she eventually closed Carreno & Caban to dedicate herself to the standard real estate practice but continues 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 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 excited to be a part of the Compass team and looks forward to being a part of the new age of real estate and all the technological advances involved. Josie will continue to provide her personal, beyond the call of duty, approach to all her transactions and is confident the tools and support she will be receiving at Compass will enhance her motto of being “A Fresh Approach to Real Estate”.
Being involved in the community and charity causes is a very important aspect of fueling Josie’s energy and daily living both personally and at work. She is on the board of the Young Patronesses of the Opera in Miami which promotes music education in both private and public schools and volunteers on a regular basis with both Miggy’s Gift, a melanoma awareness organization, Morningstar Retreat Center. In addition she supports many other national and local worthy causes.
Relaxing usually involved casual gathers with family and close friends. Other interests include traveling, reading, attending concerts and sports events.