Albesian Behrami Realtor, Ancona Real Estate

What was your most interesting job before going into real estate?

Being in hospitality such as high-end restaurants, nightclubs, etc. It was definitely a unique experience where you get to work with a very diverse set of people … where you’re able to learn something new and interesting every single day not only about the job itself but in general about the lifestyle in different parts of the world.

Where did you grow up?

I was born and raised in Pristina, Kosovo/Albania, and moved to United States when I was 20. Now, 10 years after, Miami became my home far away from home.

Growing up, what did you want to be?

I was always into sports, so my dream was to be an athlete to be more exact a basketball player. At a very young age I did judo where I was very fortunate to have my father as a coach because he was a gold medalist several times back in Kosovo, Albania and ex-Yugoslavia. Later, I pursued basketball, which was my biggest dream to be the first Albanian player to step foot in the NBA. That didn’t quite work out due to a few injuries and lack of infrastructure back home, so I decided to be a fan of the beautiful game off the pitch.

What do you do to relax when you’re stressed?

Living in Miami, you’re surrounded with pristine waters from the Gulf and sandy beaches so taking a walk at the beach is my favorite way of relaxing after a stressful day.

If you could meet any well-known figure (living or not), who would it be and why?

Kobe Bryant for several reasons. He was a driven, energetic, self-proclaimed “overachiever.” He enjoyed setting his sights on big goals and working to accomplish them. His work ethic and winning mentality were some of the things that helped him become, in my eyes, the greatest player of all time. And he won an Oscar for Best Animated Short Film for “Dear Basketball,” based on the poem Bryant wrote when he announced his retirement from the NBA.

Where is South Florida’s best-kept secret?

Almost 70 miles (113 km) west of Key West lies the remote Dry Tortugas National Park. This 100-square mile park is mostly open water with seven small islands. Accessible only by boat or seaplane. The park is known the world over as the home of magnificent Fort Jefferson, picturesque blue waters, superlative coral reefs and marine life, and the vast assortment of bird life that frequents the area.

What do you love most about the industry?

Real estate provides a path to financial freedom, a flexible schedule, and the personal fulfillment of helping families own their home.

What is the most difficult aspect of your job?

It’s very challenging. You have to wear multiple hats, work off hours, deal with all kind of personalities, or sometimes just be brutally honest.

What’s your best advice for generating new leads?

Have the right tools to track your leads, follow up with your database, and focus on quality over quantity. Make awesome content to lead generate.

What are you binge-watching/reading/listening to lately?

Podcasts from Tony Robbins, Gary Vee and Grant Cardone. Started reading Rich Dad, Poor Dad and Millionaire Mindset.

What’s your favorite meal in South Florida?

Would be unfair to mention one. One of the things I fall in love with South Florida every single day is the meal choices we have here and the mixture of all cultures, feels like you’re taking different flights from one continent to the other.

Architecturally speaking, what is your favorite building in South Florida?

The Villa, Casa Casuarina. Built in 1930 by architect and author Alden Freeman, the South Beach apartment-turned-hotel went by various names over the years and was inspired by the Alcazar De Colon in Santo Domingo. It originally featured interiors by Addison Mizner. Gianni Versace played a huge role in reviving the property before eventually parting ways with what many still refer to as the Versace Mansion.

What’s one thing people might be surprised to learn about you?

That I speak fluent three different languages (English, Spanish, Albanian) and learned Spanish back home watching Hispanic TV series with my mom and my sisters.

What’s your favorite vacation spot and why?

Las Vegas. Everything about Vegas is fascinating from the casinos, attractions, cities within a city such as Venice, New York, Paris, etc. Adventure rides, Hoover Dam. There’s so much to do in Vegas that it should be on everybody’s bucket list, and trust me as a travel guru who’s been in every single state in the U.S., you have to visit Vegas. It’s unique. #vivalasvegas

In 10 words or less, what is your advice for someone new to the industry?

Get out of your comfort zone. Just do it!

Who are your favorite people to follow on social media?

Dwayne Johnson, Lionel Messi, Gary Vee, Grant Cardone, Behxhet Pacolli, Peter Ancona, Tony Robbins.

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