What was your first job in the realty industry? My first job as a Realtor was back in 1978 at Miami Beach Realty on Arthur Godfrey Road. I was 19, and really too young to appreciate the homes on Pine Tree Drive.
What do you do to relax when you’re stressed? Although I don’t think I’m very stressed, may favorite things to do are plop down on my favorite sofa and read a book while watching the boats dock across from me.
Where did you grow up? I grew up all over the world. Born in Montreal, went two years later to Denmark, then Colombia, Torremolinos (Spain), back to Canada, Colombia again, Mallorca, France and finally Miami Beach at 15 years of age. Because of my travels, I speak English, Spanish and French, which help me a great deal in the industry.
Growing up, what did you want to be? I wanted to be a stewardess. I loved traveling and always meeting people. I grew up when people got dressed up to travel. I also wanted to be a linguist and work in the United Nations.
If you could have lunch with a well-known figure (living or not), who would it be? Gold Meir: Stands for everything I believe in. She started on a path and became the fourth prime minister of Israel. To have lunch across the table from her and ask her anything and everything at all would be incredible. When I think of Golda Meir, I think of passion, courage and a true leader of leaders.
Where is your favorite place to hang out? My home. My community pool in Porto Vita.
What do you love most about the industry? What I love most is having been able to meet wonderful people who have become some of my dearest friends. I thoroughly enjoy watching my clients’ faces light up when I bring them just the right offer and/or find them their perfect home.
How do you distinguish yourself from the crowd of agents? Super involved in social media, marketing my properties and mentoring my agents properly. I definitely answer all voicemails/emails by the end of the working day, and never leave anyone waiting for me at a showing.
What is the most difficult aspect of your job? The traffic has become a little more difficult. Lots of different temperaments driving around. Also, educating our buyers and sellers as to what the real deal is here.
Where do you go to network and meet new clients? Dinners, parties, gallery openings. I always make sure I have my cards and fans with me. I’ve picked up clients in elevators and supermarket lines. I believe in the referral system.
What has been your greatest accomplishment? Having started as a real estate agent and now as a real estate broker associate, I have an office together with my husband (who is the broker) with over 30 agents. I love being their teacher and mentor. Our office is bright and chic and comfortable to be at and I love it. Super proud of my kids all getting their licenses, as well.
What was the last good movie you saw or book you read? American Sniper was incredibly well done and a movie we all need to see. We tend to forget what goes on in our world and how it affects us, and this brings it home. I also loved Night Crawler with Jake Gyllenhaal.
What is your favorite restaurant? Mignonette in Downtown is one of my new favorites. Had lunch at Ricky Thai Bistro; it was delish.
Architecturally speaking, what is your favorite building in Miami? I love the Freedom Tower. I remember Miami back in the 70s, and the Freedom Tower always makes me appreciate where we are now.
What kind of car do you drive? I have an Audi A6 with Persian rugs.
Smartphone or paper? Both.
What is your favorite city after Miami? New York, then L.A…I have one child on each coast.
In 10 words or less, what is your advice for someone new to the industry? Be patient, be ethical, smile and be on TIME!
What’s your favorite real estate iPhone/Android app? Love my Savvy Card.
Who are your favorite people to follow on Twitter? Huffington Post and The Real Deal. I’m mostly on Instagram, Facebook and some Pintrest.
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