Jim Balistreri

James M. Balistreri, CRB, CIPS

Chief Executive Officer

At the helm of the most trusted names in real estate firms begun by Joe Balistreri, Sr. in 1964, Jim is the innovative owner with his brother Joe, of Balistreri Real Estate and Integrity Title. Jim is considered a luminary among real estate experts serving as a former President of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Realtor Association, a Director of Florida Realtors (FR) for many years, past FR District 11 VP (South Florida) and currently serves on Florida Realtor Executive Committee.

Prior to joining Balistreri Real Estate, Jim was a project manager and estimator for a major commercial general-contracting firm and holds the Florida GC license. Jim has earned his Certified Residential Broker and Certified International Property Specialist designations.

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Joe Balistreri

Joseph E. Balistreri, GRI


Joe served in the United States Army (achieving the rank of E-5 before being honorably discharged) before becoming a licensed real estate professional. Working under his father (then owner), Joe built a very successful business in real estate sales. As the years progressed, Joe took on the day-to-day operations and management of the company. In 1991, Joe and brother Jim bought the business from their father.

Carol Balistreri

Carol Balistreri

Relocation Director

Drawing on almost 30 years of experience in real estate sales and management in North Carolina and Florida, Carol has been instrumental in the continued success of Balistreri Real Estate. Her hands-on management style, training expertise and caring attitude is appreciated by the sales associates and our clients. Active in community events, Carol holds her Brokers Associate license and is a Certified Distressed Property Expert ready and willing to educate associates and sellers in today's changing market.

Rick Sicilia

Rick Sicilia

General Sales Manager

Rick Sicilia has been involved in South Florida real estate for over 30 years, first licensed in 1978 and then attaining his Florida real estate broker and real estate instructor licenses in 1980. Rick started his career as an active salesperson with P.A. Lethbridge & Co. and later became a senior real estate instructor at Gold Coast School of Real Estate. Rick helped thousands of people pass the salesperson’s and broker’s exams during his 15 year tenure at Gold Coast. During this same time he operated his own independent brokerage and consulting firm.

Upon leaving the teaching arena Rick turned his attention to real estate office management. For a short time he managed a Hollywood office for a unique start-up firm before becoming one of the managing brokers at one of South Florida’s largest RE/MAX firms. Rick remained at RE/MAX for over 12 years where he also served as a Vice-President and closing agent for their in-house title company. Rick has most recently worked as a sales trainer and mentor before joining Balistreri Realty.

Rick is also a long-time member of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Realtors where he has served as a member on various committees including the Realtor/Lawyer Committee, the Grievance Committee (Grievance Chairperson in 2010) and he is presently a member of RAGF’s Professional Standards Committee.

Caroline Carrara

Caroline Carrara

Sales Manager, Fort Lauderdale

Caroline Carrara has enjoyed more than 16 successful years of real estate management, which has included supporting and mentoring many agents to reach the next level in their careers. The current office she leads at Balistreri comprises more than 40 agents who are involved in residential and commercial real estate sales and leasing in the Greater Fort Lauderdale area. A native of London, Caroline brings the experience of both living and working internationally to her practice in South Florida, a region that is becoming more diverse and cosmopolitan with each passing day. She recently has become C2EX endorsed by the National Association of Realtors, a distinction she shares with only approximately 1,500 Realtors. The association comprises 1.3 million Realtors. Caroline is also a member of the prestigious Master Brokers Forum.
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Rick Sicilia

Joni Tabano

Sales Manager, Boca Raton

Originally from New York City, Joni has been a resident of South Florida for over 25 years and has been a licensed REALTOR® for over 20 years.

She is diligent in maintaining the highest levels of professionalism stemming from executive experience in the mortgage and real estate industries. Joni has been a top producing sales professional in the Boca Raton area which affords her the knowledge to assist in supporting and encouraging her agents to bring out the best that each one has to offer. 

Joni's dedication to the industry, her impeccable reputation for integrity, enthusiastic attitude and drive for success are the perfect match to help grow a winning team.
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