What as your first job in the realty industry?
My wife and I started acquiring raw land domestically, as well as internationally, which quickly led to investing in income-producing single-family homes. As if that wasn’t enough, we challenged ourselves with taking on design/build projects – all in the first year!
Where did you grow up?
Brooklyn, New York
What do you do to relax when you are stressed?
I turn to my better half. Not only is she my best friend, but she’s also my confidante! My wife always knows how to soothe my soul.
Growing up what did you want to be?
Growing up, I wanted to be a Fireman. I’d watch fire engines racing up and down the streets of NYC as they blared their sirens trying to get to someone in need. I’d say to myself, “All I want to do is save lives and make a difference.” Several years later, my dream became a reality. Now almost 27 years later as a special-ops firefighter/tactical paramedic on a world-renowned technical rescue and Haz-Mat specialty team, and with retirement at my door, it’s time to take my passion for real estate to a whole other level.
If you could have lunch with a well-known figure, who would it be and why?
Micheal Newton, PH.D – his life’s work has forever changed the way I view and live life.
Where is your favorite place to hang out?
My absolute favorite place to hang out is in Sedona, Arizona. The energy is simply euphoric!
What do you love most about the industry?
What I love most about our industry, especially in the South Florida market, is working with its multicultural clientele and assisting them in achieving their dreams, whether it be commercial or residential in nature.
How do you distinguish yourself from the crowd of agents?
I am a confident, trusted, forward-thinking, relationship-driven real estate business professional whose laser focus and meticulous attention to detail is only surpassed by my core values, enthusiasm, knowledge, and professionalism. I’m dedicated to manifesting strategic partnerships through connecting and networking with peers and clients. My unyielding passion and natural understanding for real estate and architectural design has often been called upon and sought after to work synergistically with architects, developers, home staging companies and investors.
What is the most difficult aspect of your job?
I honestly do not believe that there is anything truly “difficult” about the job in itself.
Where do you go to network and meet new clients?
My wife and I network at a number of local groups, have a strong social media and Internet presence, and a very effective lead generation platform we utilize.
What has been your greatest accomplishment?
I have not had one singled out greatest accomplishment; however, if I can learn something new each day about myself and mankind, and learn from my life lessons, then each day I’ve accomplished my goal.
What was the last good movie you saw or book you’ve read?
The last book I’ve read was, “You are the Placebo: Making your Mind Matter” by Dr. Joe Dispense.
What is your favorite restaurant?
Cafe Prima Pasta – lots of fantastic memories were made and experienced there.
Architecturally speaking, what is your favorite building in Miami?
The Gran Paraiso for now; however, there’s a chance that the Armani or the Porsche might change my mind later this week.
What kind of car do you drive?
White BMW M4 convertible
What is your favorite city after Miami?
It’s a toss up – San Francisco for the architecture, and Sedona for its great Healing energy!
In 10 words of less, what is your advise for someone new to the industry?
What “YOU” put in is What “YOU” get out!
What is your favorite Real Estate iPhone/Android app?
RPR – it makes life much easier.
Who are your favorite people to follow in Twitter?
Gary Vaunerchuk, Tony Robbins, Dean Graziosi, Dr. Joe Dispenza, Dr. Brian Weiss, and Dr. Wayne Dyer (R.I.P)