About Me


I am a member of the Charles Rutenberg Realty team and have been a Realtor since 2006. I love what I do and believe that it shows in my commitment to my clients.  With years of experience in the local market, I have the expertise to assist you in making what may very well be one of the most important financial decisions of your lifetime. Whether it’s assisting you in finding that perfect home or selling your current property, I will negotiate the best possible price for you. Give me a call today so we can discuss how I can best assist you.  Let my years of experience and wealth of knowledge serve you in making this a pleasant experience. I currently reside in beautiful Clearwater Countryside.

I grew up in South Tampa and know the local area well. Having attended  both the University of Tampa and the University of South Florida, I received my BA in German and my MA in Social Science. From 1972  to 1988 I resided in Southern Germany, where I worked on the Universitaet Erlangen-Nuernberg and Siemens AG. In 1988 my two children, Sascha and Corinna, returned with me to sunny Florida.

My area of expertise includes Crystal Beach, Palm Harbor, Ozona, Tarpon Springs, Dunedin, Safety Harbor, Oldsmar, the Westchase area of Tampa, Trinity, Clearwater and our fabulous Gulf Beaches.

Member of:

  • National Association of Realtors
  • Florida Association of Realtors
  • Pinellas Realtor Organization
  • Pinellas International Council

Designations & Certifications:

  • Transnational Referral Certification
  • Short Sale & Foreclosure Resource Certification
  • AHWD (At Home With Diversity)
  • PSA (Pricing Strategy Advisor)


la times

LA Times Quote – 3/16/2014

Some appraisers still balk at accepting such information. One recently told Jill Sackler, an agent with Charles Rutenberg Realty in Merrick, N.Y., that he was no longer allowed to do so. But Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, a Rutenberg agent in Crystal Beach, Fla., had the opposite experience recently.

The appraiser “was thrilled” with the list of comps Berberi provided, she said on the ActiveRain real estate chat room.

Berberi’s list included an explanation of how it was created, a map and drive-by photos of the other houses. Her list was of houses built after 1990 (the subject house was built in 2002) that had between 1,800 and 2,890 square feet (subject was 2,360).

She also highlighted the per-square-foot sales price for each comp so the appraiser could see at a glance that the contract price for the subject house was just under the lowest price of houses that sold in the previous six months.

It took some effort on her part, Berberi said, but “it saved him some work and made both our lives easier.”