More than just real estate agents
Our team is a true tour de force.
Each team member has a real estate license, but also brings along a unique set of skills, ranging from target marketing, to interior design, to construction, to contract negotiation, to value assessment. When you work with RealSmart, our entire team is working to champion your cause, every step of the way.
Our clients have the edge.
We’ve been in the real estate business since 1986, which means we’ve seen over 30 years of market fluctuations. We’ve made over 1000 real estate transactions in the Bay Area, giving us deep local knowledge and true insider tips that give our clients the edge. Our honesty and integrity are the foundation for long-term relationships with our clients, who often become our friends.
Bryan Jacobs is one of the founders of RealSmart Group. He specializes in residential and commercial real estate and helps buyers find the right homes. He also assists current owners in selling their home to its highest potential. He supports investors in locating profitable real estate investments through RealSmart Investments.
He started his real estate career in 1989 as a loan research analyst at a large brokerage firm in San Mateo. Three years later, at the age of 21, Bryan obtained his real estate license, and showing his vast knowledge of the local real estate market, he purchased his first home at the age of 21, adding 3 rental properties to his portfolio within his first year in real estate.
Bryan holds a Bachelor of Science in Small Business Management from San Francisco State University and for 7 years wrote the real estate column for the San Francisco Examiner newspaper.
In his spare time, Bryan enjoys being outdoors any way possible – be it on his motorcycle or on his feet hiking the trails of the peninsula. Bryan has a passion for travel and makes it a point to travel to Europe at least once a year, especially to Germany, to take in the culture and visit family. On the rare weekend, you can find him playing a round or two of golf, but mostly he enjoys spending as much time as possible with his wife and son.
Karen Vega, co-founder of RealSmart Property Group, is an operations expert with in depth knowledge of tenant laws, underwriting procedures, and local and out-of-state regulations. She has 20 years experience in residential loan underwriting and is a licensed real estate broker. Karen has successfully formed over 20 LP and LLCs and other partnerships and is at any given time in charge of running over 10 companies. Using her excellent project management skills paired with her attention to detail, she also delivers all construction projects on time and on budget.
Karen holds a Bachelor degree in Business Administration, Finance and Real Estate from San Francisco State University and has Credentials in Financial Planning.
Karen is heavily involved in the local community children’s theatre, for which she has produced countless shows. She loves to go antique shopping with her husband and daughter, and has a passion for most things unique and vintage. She maintains a busy and active lifestyle, but finds time to relax and entertain, and even throws a yearly summer bash to celebrate her favorite season.
Realtor & Contractor
Camilo Perez focuses his efforts on helping families and individuals realize the dream of home ownership. Many of his clients are first time buyers who never thought it would be possible to own their own homes. He also assists investors and families that are transitioning homes and lifestyles, an endeavor that he finds just as rewarding.
Prior to joining RealSmart Property Group, Camilo worked in the asphalt & cement industry, heading a local company that continues to thrive to this day. His entrepreneurial spirit helped him hone a keen skill set in negotiation, business ethics, and client service that he now applies to his successful career in real estate.
Born and raised in Redwood City, Camilo values the deep roots he holds in his community. He actively participates in many non-profit organizations, like the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Fueled by a passion for charity, he has completed many triathlons, including an Ironman triathlon, while raising money for blood cancer research. He enjoys an active lifestyle and spends his weekends relaxing with his family and four children.
Shelly manages all the details
Whether she is setting up inspections, pulling reports, or ensuring that all procedures and forms are completed, Shelly makes sure no detail has been overlooked. Before coming to RealSmart, Shelly worked as a mortgage specialist for over 12 years, giving her a wealth of experience originating and underwriting home loans. A woman of many talents, Shelly also enjoys helping homeowners prepare their homes for sale. Shelly earned a BA in Interior Architecture & Design from The Academy of Art University. She also holds a BS in Business Administration from SF State University. Shelly lives in Redwood City and enjoys exploring the town with her 2 dogs, Vinny and Ruba. She has a passion for running and has completed 2 half-marathons and hopes to complete a full in the near future.
Denis Vorrises’s expertise lies in residential real estate and residential income (investment) properties. He works with buyers, many of whom are first-time buyers, to achieve their dreams of home-ownership. He also focuses his efforts in helping colleagues and clients successfully find and invest in properties.
Before becoming a real estate expert, Denis had also worked in the retail industry for 20 years. He brings his service background to his real estate practice by consistently offering excellent customer service to his long list of satisfied clients. Denis holds a Bachelor of Science in Small Business Management from San Francisco State University.
In his spare time, Denis enjoys travelling and expanding his horizons. He especially loves to travel to Greece, where his family is from, to enjoy the scenery and traditional food. He stays active through basketball and swimming, but above all enjoys spending as much time as possible with his wife and two daughters.
Robert handles all of the print, online and email marketing for RealSmart Group. This includes putting together brochures and flyers for our listings, creating and maintaining custom websites for each listing, managing our social media and blog content, and facilitating communication with our vast contact database.
Robert obtained a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He spent his formative years here in Redwood City, where he attended North Star Academy and Woodside High School.
Having been born in Oakland, Robert is an avid A’s, Raiders, and Warriors fan. Consequently, during game time he can almost always be found glued to a TV somewhere. Beyond being a sports fanatic, he is also an amateur beer brewer, Travel Channel enthusiast, and novice guitar player.