Name: Jordan Casanas
Job Title: Realtor
Company: Fortune International Realty
What was your first job in the realty industry? Title Processor
Where did you grow up? Miami
Growing up, what did you want to be? Brain Surgeon
What do you do to relax when you’re stressed? Run — Put on my sneakers, ditch the phone and go pound the cement.
If you could have lunch with a well-known figure (living or not), who would it be and why? This is a constantly changing answer, but since I just finished his bio, George Merrick. He had a vision, went through tribulations and was still able to see it through.
Where is your favorite place to hang out? Coral Gables
What do you love most about the industry? The pressure of juggling multiple variables and personalities in a real estate transaction.
How do you distinguish yourself from the crowd of agents? Knowledge. I have been a licensed mortgage broker and still hold a title agent license along with my real estate license. Also not needing to work for a commission but working for relationships.
What is the most difficult aspect of your job? Working with “moonlighting” Realtors — people who are not fully committed to the industry. “I am in it for the easy money,” they say.
Where do you go to network and meet new clients? Anywhere I go, I am always engaging new people. Most importantly I am always listening. Relationships are made in the most unlikely of places. Small anecdote: I was at the dentist in the waiting room and I began casually speaking with another patient. No cards exchanged or business talk. Later that afternoon she showed up at my project not knowing that I worked there. Crazy.
What has been your greatest accomplishment? Hands down my beautiful 9-year-old daughter Anapaola.
What was the last good movie you saw or book you read? Bio on George Merrick. Talking about a forward thinker and visionary.
What is your favorite restaurant? I would have to say Green Gables. I am there every day for lunch
Architecturally speaking, what is your favorite building in Miami? The Merrick House or Plymouth Congregational Church. It defines Miami. Using the natural material of the surroundings.
What kind of car do you drive? I won’t answer the biggest stereotype in Miami and Miami Real Estate. Car stays in the parking lot.
Smartphone or paper? Combo — I have to have a hard copy planner.
What is your favorite city after Miami? Atlanta
In 10 words or less, what is your advice for someone new to the industry? You rest, you rust.
What’s your favorite real estate iPhone/Android app? Matrix baby
Who are your favorite people to follow on Twitter? I don’t have a Twitter but I read Omar Kelly, Dolphins beat writer for the Sun-Sentinel.
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