1One of New York’s finest up-and-coming brokers, Luis D. Ortiz, has become a household name, and a real estate superstar. He’s well-known for his spicy, go-getter attitude on Bravo TV’s hit television series, “Million Dollar Listing New York”, an entertaining show documenting the lives and business ventures of three of New York’s most prominent real estate agents. The first episode of the new season premiered on April 15th to the highest numbers in franchise history, and after watching the crazy real estate hijinks of Luis, Fredrik, and Ryan (and laughing at how much I can relate to their unpredictable, fast-paced lives) I was so glad we would be featuring Luis in this issue.

I understand the drama and the rivalries between the agents are part of what makes the show so fun to watch, but personally,I think that the nature of the Bravo series has given
viewers a false impression of the three agents, Luis especially.Throughout the series, we’ve seen Luis come off as controlling,and at times, young and inexperienced – that simply isn’t the case at all. Though the show is shot over the period of eight months, it only totals about 10% of their business, and even less of their personal lives, which is why I’m excited to share a bit about the Luis D. Ortiz I know, and greatly admire.Luis grew up with his mother, father, and twin brother in Guaynabo,Puerto Rico. At a young age, he left his family to move to the United States in pursuit of success. In 2006, he attended the New York Film
Academy to study film direction where he graduated from the Director’s Program. His creative background has given him a great advantage in the real estate world.

When it comes to listings, presentation is everything. By treating each listing as a production, and using his creative eye and film education, Luis is able to capture a vision for each residence. He has an incredible gift for discovering what it’s going to take to get each
listing sold.

“Every property is beautiful. It’s just a matter of how you show it,” said Luis during an interview for the Tracy Ellis Show on NewsTalk 97.1 FM. His passion for real estate and loyalty to his beliefs is inspiring for anyone working towards success in any business. At only 28 years old, Luis has sold over $250 million in residential real estate in just
a few short years, and has been a top-producing part of a number of large firms in New York. Currently, he is an Associate Broker at Douglas Elliman, currently the largest residential real estate brokerage in New York City, and has started his own team, Ortiz & Co. Luis is
also working to promote the tax incentives provided to those who live outside of Puerto Rico who invest in real estate on the island, which will create jobs and promote the economy. He intends to be a part of many projects in Puerto Rico in the future.
Despite what Fredrik and Ryan may say on the show regarding Luis’s expertise or his recent Maserati purchase, there’s nothing inexperienced about an agent who can make those kind of sales in such a competitive market, all while maintaining both a true sense of self and
integrity.
“I will not lose my essence or the way I look at life,” said Luis regarding his fame and success with the Bravo series. “Our most valuable asset is ourselves,”
said Luis, which are words I think we all need to hear sometimes.

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