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More than just
real estate agents

Each member of our team has a real estate license, and offers a unique set of skills; ranging from target marketing, interior design, construction, contract negotiation, and value assessment. When you work with RealSmart, our entire team is dedicated to being your ally and advocate 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.

The Team

Bryan Jacobs

RealSmart Co-Founder – DRE#01129660

Along with his longtime friend and business partner, Karen Vega, Bryan is one of the co-founders of RealSmart Group.  Over the course of his 30+ year career in real estate sales, finance, and investment, Bryan has amassed an incredible wealth of knowledge on virtually every facet of the industry.  His close relationships with local new home builders and contractors, coupled with his own extensive experience as a real estate investor, have made him the top resource for anyone looking to buy or sell new construction homes in the mid-peninsula.

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 purchased his first home within his first year in real estate, adding 3 rental properties to his portfolio.

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.

When he is not dealing in real estate, Bryan enjoys being outdoors on his bike, hiking peninsula trails or road-tripping in his RV. He loves travelling and visiting family and friends abroad, but most of all he enjoys spending time with his wife and son.


Karen Vega

RealSmart Co-Founder – DRE#00930844

Karen Vega, co-founder of RealSmart 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 within 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.

Camilo Perez

Director of Acquisitions – DRE#01875711

As Director of Aquisitions, Camilo works closely with our new home builders to secure new properties, and is the architect of the system we have put in place to efficiently find and target these properties.  Camilo is a seasoned Realtor with ample experience working with everyone from first time buyers to savvy real estate investors.

Prior to joining RealSmart 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 services 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 philanthropy, 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 five children.

(650) 222-2327

Vickie Burgess

Realtor/New Home Buyer Specialist – DRE#01862208

Although Vickie is working officially as our New Home Buyer Specialist – connecting new home buyers with our inventory of exclusive properties – she has decades of experience working with buyers and sellers on all shapes and sizes of transactions.

Vickie is a long time Bay Area resident, but recently returned after spending several years putting her skills as a Realtor to use in beautiful San Diego. Having had her fill of the beach, she is thrilled to be back home, where she has been able to reconnect with many close friends, colleagues and family. If you see her strolling the streets of Redwood City with her dog, Bunny, feel free to stop and say hello!

Vickie comes well prepared for the constantly changing world of real estate. She easily navigates any obstacle and guides her clients through the transition. Her professional career has taught her the necessary skills to excel in the real estate industry including customer service, sales, and negotiation and closing deals.

Competing and cooperating with some of the top real estate professionals in the industry, Vickie has earned the respect of her colleagues because of her ethics and professional demeanor. She remains a top agent with RealSmart Group and continues to grow her business through exemplary referrals from her past clients. Vickie is also a devoted resident of Redwood City, and enjoys everything the city has to offer.

(650) 739-5764

Denis Vorrises

Realtor – DRE#01406502

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 support 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 traveling, especially to Greece to visit family and 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.

(650) 245-0966

Ruth Krumbhaar

Realtor – DRE#02013157

Ruth has a finely tuned sense for opportunity and potential, which translates into exceptional service for her clients. She developed a keen eye for design and architecture from a young age while surrounded by a family of architects, landscape designers and builders. She then honed her interest while living in Europe.

At RealSmart, Ruth specializes in residential sales. She represents first-time buyers, move-up buyers, sellers, and investors. Her deep appreciation and knowledge of Bay Area real estate is built on 25 years living around San Francisco, Marin, San Mateo County and the East Bay. As a mother and a dog owner, she understands the needs and nuances of finding the right home for everyone in the family, pets included.

Ruth holds a Master’s degree in psychology from University of San Francisco as well as a BA in Art History from Boston University. Ruth is an active and enthusiastic member of her community and dedicates her spare time to supporting accessible women’s health and mental healthcare for San Franciscans who need it.

(415) 999-7277

Shelly Normoyle

Transaction Coordinator – DRE#01332984

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.


Robert Traller

Marketing Coordinator – 02022266

Robert handles all of the marketing for RealSmart Group – including all print, email and online marketing. He joined the team straight out of college in 2014 and has been with us ever since. He holds a BA in Political Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara, but he has promised to keep the politics out of our marketing! He obtained his real estate license shortly after joining the team.

In addition to working as our Marketing Coordinator, Robert is also RealSmart’s resident home brewer. He has made several “RealSmart Brews”, which we have served at company parties and client events.