Message from our Founder

Growing up, my father was an NCO 1st Sergeant in the US Army. Throughout my childhood I moved throughout the country, beginning in Ft Polk, and eventually graduating high school at Ft Carson. During, and after my playing career, my wife Lindsey and I have dedicated our efforts towards providing assistance to military families, as they have offered so much support to us through their voluntary service to our nation. The sacrifice of our military and their families is deeply ingrained in my DNA, and to launch Embracing2 is truly a dream-come-true. Thank you for visiting us, and we look forward to serving you!

Vincent Jackson

12 NFL Seasons (San Diego Chargers & Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
3x Pro Bowl (2009, 2011,2012)
6x 1,000 Receiving Yards in a Season
2016 USAA National Salute to Service Award
4x Walter Payton ‘Sportsman of the Year’ Nominee
Jackson in Action 83 Foundation

We are a new, innovative, all-encompassing partnership totally focused & dedicated to serving our Military Service members and their families who have made the ultimate commitment to freedom and liberty in our great nation and around the world.


Tom Phanco, Broker

Tom Phanco epitomizes integrity, energy, hard work and creative service in detail of your real estate transaction. He has worked every aspect of the industry representing sellers, buyers, investors and banks, in both the residential and commercial market. He uses his experience and foresight to proactively address details before they become a problem. He and his team work with the banks to inspect and maintain properties, initiate communication in every aspect of the transaction, from the initial phone call all the way to close. Tom is the co-founder of CTV Capital and serves as the Chief Financial Officer, which is headed by his experience in taking a company through the exit strategy of an acquisition. His due diligence in taking his company through an acquisition by a publicly held company is invaluable to CTV Capital and business partners. Tom earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley, also attended Thomas Jefferson School of Law.

Bryan Shaw, Program Coordinator/Liason

Bryan lived in Connecticut before moving to Tampa in 2010. With a career focus on investor strategies, he helped to launch numerous businesses including a golf & lifestyle television network, sports training facility, and youth development company. His work ethic and commitment to exceptional customer service has allowed him to excel in business development, marketing and management. He specializes in finding investment properties for first-time home buyers and investors throughout South Tampa and Seminole Heights. Bryan holds a business degree from the University of Tampa.

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(813) 327-8012 x 104

Colonel Mario A. Garza, USAF (Retired)

Military members and veterans would certainly benefit from Embracing 2 Real Estate. By partnering with CTV Capital Real Estate, military members and veterans’ real estate needs will be met, guaranteeing them at least 1% savings on Realtors’ commissions. CTV Capital Realtors work hard to ensure your priorities are met—commute time, children’s schools, etc.

When I PCS’d to MacDill AFB Special Operations Command (SOCOM), my priority was to live a short commute away. I bought a townhouse in South Tampa that was affordable and only minutes away from work.

When it came time to sell, Bryan Shaw from CTV, provided outstanding service, selling it within 45 days at a great price and at only 5% commission, saving me about $4500. In addition, I used Pro Title, saving me even more money during closing. I was extremely pleased to have CTV Capital behind me.

Brigadier General Chip Diehl, USAF (Retired)

Embracing 2 Real Estate is a dream-come true milestone for me. We are proud to ‘embrace the 2 percent of our nation’ who have served or are serving in our military.

Tampa Bay is among the premiere military communities in our Nation. Rolling in to support our military families as they arrive/depart Tampa; find and settle into their homes and become our neighbors is an honor for all of us.

Over my 17 moves in 30 years, your current move is the most important!

Having served as MacDill’s Wing Commander before serving in US Central Command, I am aware of the myriad of interests families living in Tampa from quality of education to cheering for our Sport champions to healthcare for our aging Veterans.

Embracing 2 ‘looks through the eyes of your family’ . . . providing end to end support all ‘under one roof.’ Finding/settling in your new home or selling/departing; all your financial, title, closing needs available internal with our team; to support with inbound/outbound needs (Utility, education, healthcare transitioning) are within our team.

WE all salute you . . . cherish your service . . . admire your family . . . and, EMBRACE your transition needs.

Enjoy Tampa Bay . . Happy to have you as our neighbor !

Quick overview of VA Loans

VA Loans are available exclusively to active duty service members and veterans who meet basic service requirements. In addition, select military spouses can qualify. VA Loan is the optimal choice for many military families because of competitive rates and no down payment requirement. Not only is the VA Loan a great option for home purchasing, but it can also be used for refinancing.

You may be eligible if:

• Served 2 years Regular Service
• Served 6 years Reserves/National Guard
• Served 90 days Active Duty during war-time
• Served 181 days Active Duty during peacetime
• Released early for duty-related disability
• Are a surviving spouse of a Veteran
• Are a cadet or midshipmen of a U.S. military academy
• Are a member of certain other Federal service organizations

The best way to determine whether one has earned the VA loan benefit is through a Certificate of Eligibility (COE). One can request the document from the VA online or through the mail. Also, in most cases, a VA-approved lender can obtain a borrower’s COE within minutes upon request.

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