Ani Sanchez and Yedri Villafane Real estate advisors, One Sotheby's International Realty Sunny Isles

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

Ani: Since my early years, in Venezuela, I worked in the automobile industry, managing all the imports of brakes and clutches from the USA, India, Korea, and China at the family business where I worked with my father hand to hand. That’s why I love cars so much!

Yedri: My family-owned clothing stores in Venezuela, and I was in charge of selecting and purchasing the clothes from Brazil. I really enjoyed these years. I love fashion!

Where did you grow up?

We both grow up in Venezuela, in different cities but we went together to college in Caracas.

Growing up, what did you want to be?

Ani: I always wanted to be a veterinarian. I love animals and ended up founding and running a dog shelter for 8 years with a couple of friends.

Yedri: Fashion designer since my family was always involved in the business.

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

Ani: For me, boating is the most relaxing activity. I love to go on the water, but sometimes it isn’t easy because of time, but if I can’t go on the water, I choose to exercise or ride my bike. I’m a firm believer that exercising not only balances the body but the mind.

Yedri: I love to go to the beach, whether it is sunny or not!

Where is South Florida’s best-kept secret?

Redfish by Chef Adrianne in Matheson Hammock park

What do you love most about the industry?

Networking! We love to meet new people, and we find it amazing to be surrounded by people from different nationalities and backgrounds.

What is the most difficult aspect of your job?

TIME!! For us, it is essential to provide an excellent service to our clients, which means being available when they need us or when they have a request. The challenging part is to be organized as much as possible to be available for our families and friends. We definitely need more than 24 hours in a day!

What’s your best advice for generating new leads?

Meet people, talk about your business, partner with a team that can help you grow faster, be persistent and disciplined.

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

Ani: Lately, I’ve been trying to hear podcasts, especially since I spend so much time in the car. Jay Shetty is one of the ones that I like to hear.

Yedri: I love to watch real estate shows!

What’s your favorite meal in South Florida?

There are many good places for a great meal in Miami! Some that we love are Houston’s, Cipriani, Abba, Porto Sole, Makoto among others!

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

Without a doubt, One Thousand Museum by Zaha Hadid, but the Miami skyline is changing every day for good. New developments like Aston Martin or Waldorf Astoria will enrich our skyline even more.

What’s the weirdest thing that’s ever happened to you on the job?

Finding a Jason mask on a vacant single-family home we were trying to get for an investor!

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

Ani: I played rugby during college; I love cars; I love to learn about mechanics; I love boats, and I chase sunsets!

Yedri: I’m afraid of dogs, and for some reason they always try to engage with me!

What’s your favorite vacation spot and why?

Ani: Any place with access to the water!

Yedri: The Maldives.

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

It takes time. Be patient, hustle every day, be consistent and learn from the best.

Who are your favorite people to follow on social media?

@onlyindade @ryanserhant @tracytutor @dogs

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