by Morgan Fliss

At Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Properties Group in Carrollwood, they work to guide you through the process of buying, selling, or renting your home, along with making the process as easy as possible. 

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Properties Group, owned and operated by Dewey Mitchell and Allen Crumbley, traces its roots back to 1959 when it was formerly known as “Tropical Realty.” Their successful history and family-like interactions with every customer, has allowed them to expand their franchise to 22 offices within six counties. 

Over the past five years, Shawna Ramkalawan, the Market President and Managing Broker of their Carrollwood location, has successfully grown the office to 70 agents, closing an upwards of 400 transactions annually. As a real estate professional and business owner since 2003, Shawna truly believes in leading by example and strives to create an atmosphere of camaraderie within the office. Teamwork is essential, according to Shawna, and “building an environment where we all roll up our sleeves to help one another is a top priority.” With many years of experience under their belt, Shawna and her team can help in all aspects of homeownership and property management. 

Whether you are selling, buying, or renting your primary residence, vacation home, investment property, or seeking an experienced company to serve as your property manager, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Properties Group is the place to go. “In addition to real estate, we offer a suite of core services ranging from mortgage, homeowners and auto insurance, title closing services, and home warranty,” Shawna said. 

One of the top priorities of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Properties group is to build a positive and trusted relationship with all customers and agents. Homeownership is a significant investment, and the real estate team wants to celebrate it with you! “Our goal is to go above and beyond to deliver an experience to our customers and our agents. We view ourselves as business partners with the agents who affiliate with our firm. They are all CEO’s, and as their business partner, we are here to help elevate their business and to support them on every level to move the customer experience forward.” Shawna said. 

Along with building relationships with their customers, the team is dedicated to creating a relationship with the community and giving back whenever they can, in what they call, “Be the Sunshine.” Community is critical to everyone at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Properties Group, so volunteering is one of their top priorities. On Feb. 13th, the Carrollwood office spent the whole day dedicated to volunteering for Habitat for Humanity. Furthermore, the office is partnered very closely to Metropolitan Ministries, and do hands-on volunteer work with them regularly. They have continued giving back to the community by adopting a school, participating in multiple literacy programs, and being part of many beach cleanups, to name a few. Right now, the office is participating in the “Pay it Forward Program” by partnering with the Tampa Bay United Rowdies Soccer Club. They are teaming up together to try and overcome the pay-to-play crisis that many American children are facing today. “Beyond real estate, it is about community and relationship,” Shawna said. 

Past customers and partners of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Properties Group have continually complimented the outstanding service that all members of the office present. One agent, Tom Buscemi, said, “What I love most about BHHS is its family atmosphere and support. Everyone from top to bottom is always so friendly and willing to lend a hand whenever needed. Whether it’s Dewey/Allen, Shawna/Broker to the seasoned agents, everyone works together to get the job done. Education at BHHS has far surpassed my expectations and is one of the reasons why I have become so successful in my real estate career. BHHS also knows how to have fun and spares no expense for their agents when it comes to Conferences, Cab Bash, Fall Fest, etc. All around, this is the best company I have ever worked for and look forward to many successful years to come!”

The positive relationships that Berkshire Hathaway Home Services forms with every agent doesn’t go unnoticed. Kim Cash said, “I believe that the success and longevity that I have enjoyed at this office is because of the support, training, and family feeling. You are in business for yourself but not by yourself! We don’t compete with each other – we support each other and cheer each other on! I truly believe we are the best-trained agents in the industry with the highest level of cutting-edge marketing materials, social media technology, and more. It’s all wrapped up in our four words: TEAMWORK, INTEGRITY, PASSION & EXCELLENCE. It has been a wonderful & lucrative 15 years and counting!”

If you are looking for a new business partner, or are thinking about buying or selling a property, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Properties Group is the place to go! Their team was awarded the Real Estate Agency Brand of the Year, and the Most Trusted Real Estate Brand in the 30th annual Harris Poll EquiTrend study. Along with this, they are consistently ranked among the top real estate companies in the Tampa Bay and Central Florida region. They closed over $1 billion in volume last year alone!

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Properties Group Carrollwood is located at 13131 Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL 33618 Phone: 813-908-8788. Visit them online at They are also extremely active on social media, so check them out on Facebook!