What was your first job in the realty industry? Although I had my real estate license, I decided to enter the business as an assistant to a Realtor so that I could learn and absorb as much as possible about the business before going out on my own.
Where did you grow up? I was born in Fort Lauderdale; lived in Hallandale during my childhood; and then moved to Pembroke Pines. I attended high school in Fort Lauderdale and university in Davie. I moved to Miami after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in biology and began teaching at a private school in Coral Gables. I would say I am a well-rounded Floridian.
Growing up, what did you want to be? My parents pushed me to study medicine pretty much while in the womb. I went all the way and even got into medical school but then decided that was not what I wanted to do.
What do you do to relax when you’re stressed? I like to work out and release my anxiety, or go the opposite route and head to a spa for total relaxation.
If you could have lunch with a well-known figure (living or not), who would it be and why? I would have lunch with Jennifer Lopez, because she is literally the only person I am totally obsessed with! I don’t think there is anyone on the planet who could doubt how amazing she is.
Where is your favorite place to hang out? Since life and work are so hectic, I truly enjoy the times where I can be at home and watch a movie with my husband.
What do you love most about the industry? I love that it is so versatile and each day is nothing like the last. You always meet new clients and each sale is different.
How do you distinguish yourself from the crowd of agents? I pride myself on my professional work ethic, ability to really listen to my clients needs (that comes from my previous experience as a teacher), and my fast response time.
What is the most difficult aspect of your job? As a newer agent, it is difficult to separate myself from the agents who have been doing this for quite some time. It takes time to prove yourself and get people to take you seriously.
Where do you go to network and meet new clients? Everywhere I go is another opportunity to meet new people. I meet people at the gym, restaurants, doctor’s offices, you name it! I used to be very shy and I still am in my personal life, but when it comes to business, I have become more comfortable reaching out and speaking to new people.
What has been your greatest accomplishment? My greatest accomplishment is yet to come!
What was the last good movie you saw or book you read? The last good movie I saw was Mandela. It was the first movie in a very long time to bring tears to my eyes.
What is your favorite restaurant? Without a doubt, it has to be Houston’s. I worked there for several years, so I am aware of their high standards. Ever since then, it is the only place I go to when I want consistently good service and delectable food.
Architecturally speaking, what is your favorite building in Miami? My favorite building would have to be 1000 Museum, which is now under construction. I may be biased since it is a ONE Sotheby’s project, but with world renowned architect Zaha Hadid involved and the breathtaking plans, I know it will be a knockout.
What kind of car do you drive? BMW.
Smartphone or paper? I used to be a die hard paper person, but I had to evolve with the times. I have somewhat of an addiction though. I will have a paper list as well as a list in my phone, just so I can feel I covered all angles.
What is your favorite city after Miami? Honolulu is amazing. Even though the weather is warm like Miami, there is a cool breeze, and it literally feels like paradise. The food is delicious and the people are so nice.
In 10 words or less, what is your advice for someone new to the industry? Work at it; don’t give up; the reward will come.
What’s your favorite real estate iPhone/Android app? It would have to be realtor.com. The primary reason for this is that it feeds instantly from the MLS so you don’t have the issues you have with other sites, which still show sold or inactive listings as available.
Who are your favorite people to follow on Twitter? My favorite people to follow on twitter would have to be @MiamiAgentMag so I can stay in tune with all of the local real estate news, and then of course @JLO for my entertainment. It’s like my philosophy on life. You have to find a fine balance between business and pleasure.
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