What was your first job in the realty industry? Graham Companies, Miami Lakes Developers. I was 22 years old and my first three developments were Gramercy Park, Lakes on the Green and Regatta Pointe.
What do you do to relax when you’re stressed? Go to gym, do floral arrangements at my flower boutique called The Flower Shoppe and Things, or take care of my bonsai trees at home. That makes my day.
Where did you grow up? I am Puerto Rican born and raised until I was 15.
My mother is of Cuban decent, my father Puerto Rican. I have lived in Miami since then.
Growing up, what did you want to be? A lawyer. My first job was in a Brickell Law Firm in Miami for 5 years. I changed my mind…
If you could have lunch with a well-known figure (living or not), who would it be and why? John Paul 11 or St. Theresa de Calcutta for their unconditional love to others. Their lives were an example of what giving without expecting anything in return is all about.
Where is your favorite place to hang out? I have many, depending on the time, date of the season and country.
What do you love most about the industry? Meeting people from all over the world allows you to learn from incredible human beings that later become your friends. Also, I feel passionate about seeing our developments going vertical. Each one is a part of me.
How do you distinguish yourself from the crowd of agents? I specialize in new development. I have worked on preconstruction for the past 20 years and sold thousands of condos. I am very excited to have my own company called Tower Real Estate Group and our vision is personalized service without limitations.
What is the most difficult aspect of your job? Knowing that I have a great responsibility to deliver the best possible product, giving the personalized attention that everyone deserves, without forgetting that we are building towers for families from around the world to enjoy.
Where do you go to network and meet new clients? For many years I have traveled the world creating alliances, which allow me to meet clients from all over the world.
What has been your greatest accomplishment? On the business aspect, being able to represent the most important developers Miami has ever seen allowed me to learn from the best. Every project is special, from the smallest I have sold called Villa Calabria to Brickell City Centre as the largest Miami has ever seen. On the personal aspect, I feel as happy and complete as never before. I have two amazing boys that are my partners in life and fill my heart with joy.
What was the last good movie you saw or book you read? Book – “The Greatest Miracle in the World” by Og Mandio.
Movie- Life is Beautiful, a 1997 Italian film.
What is your favorite restaurant? Cantina la Veinte.
Architecturally speaking, what is your favorite building in Miami? Hasn’t been built.
What kind of car do you drive? White Benz E350.
Smartphone or paper? Smartphone.
What is your favorite place after Miami? North Carolina.
In 10 words or less, what is your advice for someone new to the industry? Remember that real estate is about people. Never lose focus and put commissions before your buyer’s needs.
What’s your favorite real estate iPhone/Android app? eCondo Systems.
Who are your favorite people to follow on Twitter? Deepak.
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