Sharelle Rosado has quickly become a rising star — in real estate and reality television. Her Netflix show “Selling Tampa” features an all-female group of realtors selling luxury waterfront property in Florida. But what you may not know is that Rosado is also a veteran. We spoke with the former Army paratrooper about her success and what it took to get here.
Tell me about your Army career.
I joined the military in 2007 and was stationed at the 82nd Airborne Division for most of my career. I was very successful in the military and promoted all the way up to sergeant first class within eight years. I was able to relocate to MacDill Air Force Base when I came back from my second tour to Afghanistan, and that’s where I started the process to medically retire from the military. During that journey, I started my real estate career.
How did the military prepare you for working in real estate?
With real estate, you have all different types of people. Some people have strong personalities and some people are easy going. Being in the military, you deal with all those different types of personalities and learn how to take care of their wants and needs.
What is your favorite thing about being a part of the real estate industry?
Being able to find a person’s perfect home. This is the biggest investment they’re going to make, so being able to accomplish that is huge.
How did ‘Selling Tampa’ come to be?
After we started the brokerage, we did a photoshoot for “Women’s Day” and promoted it on social media. We had a lot of producers reach out for interviews, but I just didn’t like how they were trying to portray us. I thought if we’re going to find a producer and take this role, let’s get the best real estate producer out there. At the time, “Selling Sunset” was huge, so I reached out to [producer] Adam DiVello with a few pictures and it went from there.
What’s next for you?
My goal is to teach and put out some master classes to help other people who want to get into real estate. I’d also like to venture off into development.
Is there anything you’d like to say to someone who wants to follow in your footsteps?
A lot of people are scared to venture off into something new because you become so adapted to the military lifestyle. Go after your passion, go after your dreams. You were prepped by the military. Don’t let anything stop you.