What was your first job in the realty industry? I worked as a real estate agent for EWM, approximately 10 years ago.
What do you do to relax when you’re stressed? I go to yoga class; I do a barefoot walk on the beach; I go to see a foreign movie at a an independent movie theater; or I read or listen to music.
Where did you grow up? Paris.
Growing up, what did you want to be? Someone who has a meaningful life.
If you could have lunch with a well-known figure (living or not), who would it be and why? Nelson Mandela – to ask him how he found the strength to carry on during his years of struggle;
or Elizabeth Badinter (a living French author, historian and professor of philosophy) – just to have a conversation with a brilliant woman on issues such as the evolving roles of women in today’s world.
Where is your favorite place to hang out? The top level of the new Museum parking garage in the Design District. The panoramic view of Miami is incredible.
What do you love most about the industry? Meeting a wide variety of people, working on the project of selling a property, learning about communities and the sense of freedom.
How do you distinguish yourself from the crowd of agents?I am not an invasive salesperson, and I try to reach a high level of integrity, which is not very common in this industry in South Florida.
What is the most difficult aspect of your job? Nothing is earned until a closing has taken place. It’s tough to get unattached to the outcome and see every day as a new day, full of opportunities.
Where do you go to network and meet new clients? I am involved with an organization that helps neglected and abused children, as well as with a local cultural group. Past client referrals are also a good way to meet new clients.
What has been your greatest accomplishment? To earn the trust of people who did not want to work with a real estate agent.
What was the last good movie you saw or book you read? “Clouds of Sils Maria” by Olivier Assayas.
What is your favorite restaurant? My own kitchen at home.
Architecturally speaking, what is your favorite building in Miami? The Moore Building in the Design District. It was the largest furniture building in the United States when it was built in 1922.
What kind of car do you drive? A black T6 S60 Volvo.
Smartphone or paper? Both, just like online news and a good old paper newspaper.
What is your favorite city after Miami? Rome.
What is your advice for someone new to the industry? Be patient, as skills and knowledge come with experience and time. Choose one or two markets and become knowledgeable about them. Do not sell your soul for a deal.
What’s your favorite real estate iPhone/Android app? The 21-day meditation experience app with Deepak Chopra and Ofrah Winfrey. More agents should learn who they are before getting out there.
Who are your favorite people to follow on Twitter? Wall Street Journal.
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