Heidi Cherubin Luxury real estate specialist

Ancona Real Estate Inc.

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

Before getting into real estate, my career at Closet Factory was a mixture of interior design, project management, and sales. These experiences provide me with valuable skills that I use daily in real estate negotiations and always putting my clients first throughout the entire process of one of the biggest investments of their lives.

Where did you grow up?

I was born in Miami and raised in Haiti. I’m Haitian American. I’m fluent in English, French and Creole.

Growing up, what did you want to be?

Growing up, I wanted to be an interior designer. I ended up getting my master’s degree in interior design at the Academy of Art University.

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

I’m a big foodie. Being on a couch, watching a nice show with food keeps me relaxed. I also enjoy exploring new restaurants and trying different cuisines whenever I can.

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

I would love to meet Elon Musk. His drive and commitment to his work really inspire me.

Where is South Florida’s best-kept secret?

South Florida’s best-kept secret is the Venetian Pool in Coral Gables. It’s the country’s largest freshwater swimming pool. Most people outside of South Florida have not heard about this gem.

What do you love most about the industry?

Not one day is ever the same. I enjoy meeting different and interesting people daily. The fact that everyone has their own story, and every day is never the same in the real estate world is one of the reasons that I enjoy my career.

What is the most difficult aspect of your job?

The real estate market is always evolving. There’s no crystal ball to really predict the market which makes this career a bit risky. However, as long as you love what you do, there’s not much to fear.

What’s your best advice for generating new leads?

It’s all about networking and meeting people every day.

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

I love cooking shows, anything with Chef Gordon Ramsay, I’ll watch. I’m currently reading “Rich Dad, Poor Dad.” I listen a lot to Tony Robbins.

What’s your favorite meal in South Florida?

There’s so many. But I would have to say some fried pork chunks with fried green plantain with a side of salad.

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

I love the One Thousand Museum, which is a high-rise residential condominium in Miami designed by Zaha Hadid.

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

I had a client who wanted to check the water pressure in every shower before committing to buying the home.

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

Even though my line of work requires a lot of social events and interacting with people, I’m actually an introvert.

What’s your favorite vacation spot and why?

So far, my favorite vacation spot is Dubai. I love that it’s different and exotic.

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

My advice would be consistency and discipline. These two will bring you far.

Who are your favorite people to follow on social media?

I would say Tony Robbins. Mindset is key, and he helps a lot with that. Chef Ramsay, I believe he’s one of the best chefs there is.

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