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Cuba. The island nation of roughly 11 million situated 90 miles south of Florida has, for decades, cast a large shadow over its continental neighbor. The U.S., especially Florida, has had a profound and diverse history with Cuba. Cubans and Cuban-Americans have played a nominal role in shaping Florida’s commercial landscape as well as cultural backdrop, with Tampa and Miami representing two major pockets of Cuban heritage and influence. This episode may be a bit of a departure from our typical shows, but as bilateral relations between the two countries progress, both Cuba and U.S. industries anticipate a major developmental boom that has real estate investors watching closely. This special episode will be represented in two parts with our guests sharing both some personal stories of their immigration into the U.S. as well as their involvement in Florida’s real estate markets.
Josue Romero is a mortgage broker serving as owner of My Lending Hub, a mortgage brokerage service company based in Tampa, Florida. Juan Nunez is a real estate investor in Tampa and currently owns and operates Zenun Enterprises, an investment firm focusing mainly on single-family markets. In 1999, Josue and Juan both arrived in Florida with their families seeking asylum. At the time, Cuba was in dire straits. Though the boys were young at the time, their families knew all too well the devastating effect of the ‘Special Period’ on Cuban welfare. When their families reached Tampa, they set about cementing the American dream as a reality with little more than resilience and hard-work. Despite its status as a Communist country since 1959, the Cuban disposition has always been innately capitalistic. Through their stories, Josue and Juan will introduce us to the concept of Inventar – the wholly Cuban approach to making something from nothing. We will learn how this unique ability and ingenuity lead to such a fluid and fruitful transition into mastering Florida real estate markets.