What was your first job in the realty industry? Before establishing my team, The Haller Group | Fortune International, I began my career in real estate with a boutique agency in Brickell. I focused primarily on the Brickell area and placed a strong emphasis on student housing. Luckily, Miami is a haven for a number of rich college students looking to rent condos with their parent’s money in South Beach, Brickell, Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, etc. Soon after, I developed relationships with many of these students’ parents, some of whom developed into my first major real estate investors. This experience molded me into the confident Realtor I am today.
Where did you grow up? I was born and raised in Miami Beach.
What is your favorite free-time activity? My favorite free-time activity is creating new, gluten free recipes for my frequent dinner parties, which I love to host.
What do you do to relax when you’re stressed? When I am stressed out, I love to spend time unwinding in the spa. Proper spa etiquette states, “NO CELL PHONES.” It really is a time for me to disconnect from the plethora of phone calls, text messages and emails.
Growing up, what did you want to be? When I was a kid, I always wanted to be a famous celebrity chef. I would spend so much time watching the Food Network and being enamored by the talent.
If you could have lunch with a well-known figure (living or not), who would it be and why? If I could have lunch with a well-known figure, it would definitely be Andy Warhol. He was a genius and inspiration for so many people, including myself. His sense of sophistication and uber-chic style make him a legend.
Where is your favorite place to hang out? The Standard Spa & Hotel, Miami Beach. I’m a corporate member… Obvi!
What do you love most about the industry? The thing that I love most about this industry is that real estate is not a job and it’s not a career; it’s a lifestyle!
How do you distinguish yourself from the crowd of agents? I distinguish myself from the crowd of agents with my swanky sense of style. I’ve never been one to follow the leader, I prefer to think outside of the box. Sure, anyone can throw on a boring gray suit, but fashion is something that depicts our unique personalities, without even saying a word.
What is the most difficult aspect of your job? The most difficult aspect of my job is remembering everyone’s name. Us Realtors meet hundreds and hundreds of people. It’s tough!
Where do you go to network and meet new clients? Shhh. A good broker NEVER tells his secrets!!! Nobody steals my clients.
What has been your greatest accomplishment? My greatest accomplishment, among many, is partnering up with my brother and best friend, David, and closing over $60 million in sales in midtown Miami from 2012-2013.
What was the last good movie you saw or book you read?
The last good movie I saw was The Odd Couple; I must say, it reminded me so much of my brother and me.
What is your favorite restaurant? My favorite restaurant is, without a doubt, Zuma. There’s nothing better than Sunday brunch, sitting in the lounge at Zuma, lychee martini in hand.
Architecturally speaking, what is your favorite building in Miami? My favorite building, architecturally speaking, is The American Airlines Arena. AAA is home to our Miami Heat. Not only is the building recognizable to people all over the world, it was designed by one of my favorite architecture firms, Arquitectonica, a brand I am not only a fan of, but support and am proud to sell.
What kind of car do you drive? I drive a Lexus. However, my favorite mode of transportation is my Del Toro velvet slippers.
Smartphone or paper? Smartphone! It’s 2013!
What is your favorite city after Miami? After Miami, my favorite city is Boston. My family had a second home in Boston while I was growing up and I would spend my summers there. I’m lucky enough to call Boston my second home.
What is your advice for someone new to the industry? You must live the lifestyle you are trying to sell!
What’s your favorite Real Estate iPhone/Android app? My favorite iPhone app is Facebook. Nothing like networking on the run!
Who are your favorite people to follow on Twitter? My favorite people to follow on Twitter are my Bravolebrities.
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