Cristina Menendez Realtor, Brown Harris Stevens

What was your most interesting job before going into real estate?
I worked one summer at a high-end architect firm. This gave me the opportunity to learn behind the scenes how a beautiful home is built from the ground up. That opened my curiosity about the real estate industry.
Where did you grow up?
Miami, Florida (Westchester area)
Growing up, what did you want to be?
I wanted to be a physical therapist.
What do you do to relax when you’re stressed?
I go somewhere by the ocean. Living in Miami and only 45 minutes from Key Largo, the ocean has always been my place to recharge my thoughts and start fresh a new week.
If you could meet any well-known figure (living or not), who would it be and why?
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis was smart, had her own voice, was a writer and book editor, first lady, and had money and power. Yet life was not all flowers and gold; she suffered hardship and loss. She was a symbol of strength and elegance, a true icon for women.
Where is South Florida’s best-kept secret?
I love food and music. I would have to say Bodega Taqueria Y Tequila in South Beach. It’s cool; street-style taco in the front and towards the back, it’s an al fresco bar with a live DJ.
What do you love most about the industry?
I love the chance to meet different people with different styles, vibes and goals. Learning their success stories, where they came from and what led them to Miami.
What is the most difficult aspect of your job?
When you encounter clients that waste your time. They reach out to you for assistance and you spend months with them planing a strategy and guiding them and then they decide not to move forward.
What’s your best advice for generating new leads?
Online presence is by far the best resource for leads, from Facebook to Instagram. Being personal and doing as many reels and stories as possible so that people can see your activity in the industry behind the scenes.
What are you binge-watching/reading/listening to lately?
I love TV drama mini-series; my most recent has been on Hulu, 9 Strangers. I’ve been listening lately to country music; Luke Combs.
What’s your favorite meal in South Florida?
My favorite meal is Cuban food. My family is Cuban and there is nothing like rice and beans.
Architecturally speaking, what is your favorite building in South Florida?
One Thousand Museum Residence. The architect was Zaha Hadid Architects and ODP architects. This was her last project before she passed away a few years ago. It features a unique exoskeleton design.
What’s the weirdest thing that’s ever happened to you on the job?
I once had to clean out a client’s entire master bedroom before an open house — from throwing away garbage to folding their clothes and making their bed before a showing.
What’s one thing people might be surprised to learn about you?
I love all types of music but one of my favorites is Hip-hop. During the week, I take 2-3 classes in a dance studio.
What’s your favorite vacation spot and why?
I recently went to Maui this past August and I fell in love with the culture, weather and water activities. I was able to visit the island’s highest peak, volcanic Haleakala. That was just amazing.
In 10 words or less, what is your advice for someone new to the industry.
Be a good listener; be present, not on your phone.
Who are your favorite people to follow on social media?






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