Luis D. Ortiz

Luis explains why he tried to use the doctored photos -- and what he's learned from his mistake.

on May 22, 20130

I have to admit, this was not the best of my moments. I always try my best to stay true to who I am and to what I represent and in this instance, I fell short of my own beliefs (as we all do at times). However, I can't say that I regret my happened. By doing what I did I learned what not to do in the future and that lesson is worth having done what I did. Sometimes we're told what not do, but it is only after we go through it ourselves that we then understand why it shouldn't have been done. That's when a real lesson is learned.

I was given the opportunity to pitch Andy, the owner of this townhouse in the West Village, and sell him on the fact that I was the right guy for the job. When I succeeded in getting the listing my objective was to sell it as fast as possible in order to impress my company and the owner of the house. The problem was that I got overexcited and instead of thinking and making a plan, I did what I thought I needed to do to get people in the door fast. In the end, it was not pretty.

52 comments
grammymary
grammymary

Luis,  what you did was much slimier that you are making it sound and gives all Realtor's a bad name.  I worked in the industry for many years and although back then there was no photo shop we would never have considered advertising a listing so wrong.  I had decided to watch that one last show because like the other two realtors, but this did it for me.  Not just your lack of ethics but the way you take the Lord's name in vain constantly.  That has annoyed me to the point that I can no longer watch the show.  I do hope you have learned your lesson and will be successful in your field in the future.  I also pray that you will learn to act more professionally in the way you speak.

Dianalynn1023
Dianalynn1023

Luis, I think you're a great guy, but you need to stop taking the Lords name in vain. I will not watch the show any longer if you continue to use Jesus name as you do. Please be respectful of how you talk, thank you

TXSandy
TXSandy

 

Luis, you keep excusing your bad behaviors and blaming it on being Puerto Rican. What is that? What does that say about your people? I want to say this as genuine as possible so that maybe you will actually hear me. The language is unacceptable. It is offensive. I really do not care that there is now a generation of people in this country who refuse to articulate themselves without using the "F" word. And, for everyone who reads this comment and you do not agree......Just because you have no problem using profanity in public, does not make it right. To me,  having to hear it everywhere I go is like someone blowing cigarette smoke in your face. It is ALL wrong and rude.

Dolphin3636
Dolphin3636

Luis you are fun to watch. I hope you learned the lesson Photoshop (bad boy). I hope Fredrik and Ryan don't eat you alive.  

ystef25
ystef25

Luis I find you really awesome in the show. People make mistakes and no one is perfect. Everything  that we do in life we learn from it and you did. So keep your head help high and keep doing what you're doing. Suerte on your new projects and take them on con la cabeza en alto :) !!!! 

sunnyt
sunnyt

Luis (aka) Ricky Ricardo Junior--in my book..., you got it going on. I'm a Re. Broker, I'm learning from you

AddictedToBravo25
AddictedToBravo25

Ahhhh well Luis. You got caught up in the excitement of the possibilities, tried a little to hard to make them happen. We all live and learn, until the day we die;) Keep on keepin' on, you're rockin' it !!!!

tattooing
tattooing

I really like you on this show...you  speak from the heart and don't seem that phony to me,,,keep up the good work and kick ass in that market,,,

Adavis74
Adavis74

Hate watching you and your brother. If any one I was doing business with, cursed and acted like you, I would get you fired. It wouldn't be hard. You have admitted to criminal activity...and you seem so proud of it.  Then the photoshopping.  Take note and change your ways or you will be packing your bags back to PR to be with your mama. You are a disgrace.

jbenny
jbenny

You aren't sorry??  You have revealed yourself to be totally untrustworthy.  I would never have anything to do with you.  I am shocked that you only received probation. If you had been working for me, you would have been shown the door. 

 

Shame on you.

 

b87433
b87433

Hi Luis, I just want to say that I am really enjoying you this season. You use a lot of profanity, but so do I. ;) You seem like a really nice and cool guy, as does your twin brother. Don't worry about or take personally some of the comments made by others - you should see the comments they post for some of the Real Housewives cast members!!! What I like the most about you is the fact that you weren't intimidated at all by Ryan - you threw some expletives at him and kicked him out of the party. If I were around Ryan and Fredrik, I think I would be too intimidated to stand up to them because of their success. You're a go-getter and you are going to have an extremely successful career in real estate! Best wishes and hugs.

taniasveta
taniasveta

i want to give you an advice...If you have clients that are excited about the property...dont show the excitement to the seller of the property...play the game as if the buying clients have many issues with the property...your blew it on 7-million property when you told the sellers that your clients want the property very badly...no wonder they raise the price by 50 thousand. t is a

basic rule for the broker.  Also, i understand that it is a tough business to succeed...Frederic is a touch and ruthless realtor. So, you are young and too jumpy...get some brakes on your overactive personality.....however i can relate to your need to compete with other sharks like frederic or Ryan. And i would advice you to stop pumping your hair up high...be confident... being smart is the key...not how tall you are. learn the smarts, learn the tough game... don't cross the line though

jh102289
jh102289

Louis, You made a mistake and you owned it everyone makes them over and over BUT when you spoke about the fake ID'and laughed about it it made me sick...DO you know how many peoples identity's have been stolen Do you know how many people are in this country ILLIGALLY do you know who many people that are in this country and should NOT BE because of scams like that IT"S NO LAUGHING MATTER!!!!!

luisdortiz
luisdortiz

Dear all, 

 

Thank you everyone for your feedback.  I honestly appreciate each one.   It's not how you start, but how you finish.  As well, as what you learn through the course of the race.  Like I always say, I enjoy reading all your comments because through them I learn how to improve myself. In the end, that's what life is all about.  In this sport of life, I'm looking to get better and better.  And I will!

 

Truly yours, 

 

Luis.

jrfan8earn
jrfan8earn

Geez people, you guys are tough - he made a mistake, he admitted to it now let it go already. I can count on my hand how may people actually admit to there mistakes - It's his first season he's a little over the top - but I don't think he deserves quite the bashing he's getting - Frederik was quite obnoxious last season - he got a free pass - I think Luis deserves one as well.

katesuthflor
katesuthflor

i absolutely adore you and don't think its a big deal at all! its done ALL the time in the industry everytime i go to look at a new house i say the same thing "looks nothing like the pictures!" thats how realtors get people to go see the properties...i think you are a great addition to the show, good luck!!!

Dellamoda
Dellamoda

Calm down people! Obviously, Luis didn't mean to hurt anyone, he was just being creative trying to sell the apartment. Luis, I love you! Keep being your fun self...I will be watching!!

Lisasmacky
Lisasmacky

Don't listen to the negative comments.  Your energy is great and you seem humble yet confident.  All three of you on the show are over-the-top with big ego's, but you're successful!  Keep it up!

Texan78730
Texan78730

Luis you might want to clean up your potty mouth. It may cost you a client.  If you dropped that sort of language with me as a client, I'd kick your butt right out the door.

PrincessPeach
PrincessPeach

I still can't get over last week's utterly gross moment with the idiotic "Helen Keller" reference. I was hoping to see some kind of apology on the blog for that crass remark (which was also embarrassing for Luis, as the "miracle worker" was Helen Keller's speech therapist, not herself). But to see that moment coupled with Luis laughing hysterically at how awesome he thinks he is, and then this week the blatant dishonesty with the Photoshopping followed by a blog acting like it was nothing to apologize for...well, I certainly hope Bravo takes note and starts casting for a replacement ASAP.

FlutterBy
FlutterBy

Ok....first thing...the red carpet? Hideous.....lets be real....people will argue that the pictures were wrong...but heres the thing....no one who had the income to purchase that property would have not ripped that carpet out...to know it had been in there that long is disgusting in terms of hygiene.....I was appalled at an owner of any dwelling asking top dollar but failing to make some updates...he was arrogant in dealing with you over the price...and we as viewers did not see the property he was comparing his place to...was it a dump? Had it been me...I would have used the doctored photos, for two reasons...to show the owner what people wants for that price tag...and to show intended owners what an updated property would present as....But, everyone would know it was photo edited...and if the owner did not want to use them, then thats his choice, but the carpet was still going to be an eyesore.....sad to think, the owner was trying to play Trump with his way too humble abode...and sad to think prospective buyers really would not be able to visualize that property with much needed updates....my pet peeve is people who do not update their decor....what are they thinking? That would have been a property I would have passed on, because the owner clearly was using alpha strategy on you....and tried to make you seem inexperienced and not prepared...Luis....you should have given him that winning smile...a finger click...and said, "You know your stuff", and just left....you were absolutely right in trying to get that interest going in that property....do not say you were wrong....seriously

JuanaF
JuanaF

You know, Luis, it was really low doctoring the photos. I mean, did you really think your clients wouldn't notice the difference? I hope you learned your lesson! 

bpster
bpster

I called it last week when I stated I didn't like you. Making fake ID's really? Hopefully NYPD is on that. Latin charm? Hahahaha 

vividly
vividly

I dont like you're character.  You come off as disingenuous.  Spelling on that may be off.

Whasup
Whasup

And admitting you and your brother used to make fake ids.keller Williams should fire you.I think you've ruined your reputation.

rickki6
rickki6

you can be annoying BUT its ok for this season. Shouldn't have put those fake photos up, that was just plain dumb. sorry.

Gymratz
Gymratz

Luis what you did by posting those photo shopped pictures is extremely common place in the industry. You live and learn, you didn't do that to hurt anything or anyone. My CPA who is very professional and good told me, he still has a lot to learning his business. We are all always learning as professionals. None of us know it all. I see your heart, you are a good human being. You try to make people comfortable and respect them. Mean spiritedness abounds around us all. Don't let bad experiences break your spirit.

bravoaddict18
bravoaddict18

Personally after last night's episode I'm starting to dislike your character on the show. I don't see how you thought tricking people into buying an apartment or insulting the seller's house repeatedly sounded like a good idea to you? But you're starting to come off as really sleazy.

Also, as someone who's grown up and still lives in NYC, I guess I didn't notice all the cursing until reading people on here complaining about it, neither did my mother or siblings and we don't curse at all, which i found pretty funny. It's pretty common to hear cuss words fly out in every direction and i didn't catch it! But now, i'm starting to recognize it a lot more, whatever, i don't find it THAT big of a deal, but i understand it can be seen as unprofessional especially in front of clients, but nothing groundbreaking. 

Watching you yesterday on what happens live, you seemed really funny and relaxed, you took the jokes pretty well and even admitted that you made a mistake with the whole duping people into buying the apartment thing. Maybe you should act more like yourself and relax, and not get so pumped up about everything and your fan base will grow. But that's highly doubtful because of the small commercial clips that shows you throwing and smashing glass and screaming, but i guess we'll have to wait to see the whole story on that one. 

BarrioBabe
BarrioBabe

how embarrassing you are to yourself! Cringe worthy moments but your bouncing loudness is fundamentally uncomfortable. Over eager, over smiling. Between the bouffant and elevated shoes, there is way too much overcompensating going on wid chu, bro.

AnnieCNA
AnnieCNA

Not cool Half Pint...not cool.

norypr
norypr

Hi Luis! Love that you are honest and learning from your mistake. You are fun to watch! Love my boricuas!!!!

bravojunkie2013
bravojunkie2013

I thought he will be a great addition to the show but... What a shame! From Stealing Ryan's guests from the open house to posting misleading pictures online thinking that is acceptable. Not trust worthy #shamefulrealtor

GODSbabygirl
GODSbabygirl

 @Dianalynn1023 HELLO! I was thinking the same thing or something similar. Please. I know you are in NY, but man!...

jbenny
jbenny

 @AddictedToBravo25

 I accidentally hit "like" and "unlike" is not working.

 

Really meant to reply:  Stop making excuses for Luis' unethical behavior!!

Texan78730
Texan78730

 @b87433 So you think hurling expletives (yourself included) at people and situations is somehow to be tolerated by we who have more class and are offended by such actions?  

jeffrey.bohemier
jeffrey.bohemier

 @taniasveta Ryan's not a shark.  He was the only honest one of the entire season.  Fredrick, on the other hand, is an SOB.  When he's not being an SOB, he's being a big sissy.  Somehow, I doubt Donald Trump kicks his feet up and makes screeching sounds like a five year old.  And somehow, I don't think Donald Trump watches this show, because if he did and he saw Fredrick do that (which, if I were Fredrick's driver, I assure you, he would know just the same, right before I quit), there's absolutely no way Mr. Trump would have hired him to sell even one unit of his properties.

nvt
nvt

 @luisdortiz

 Actually, it should be about how you run the race. It shouldn't be about the finish  .I think your need to succeed will lead you to do whatever you think is necessary. Not necessarily right.

Oxford
Oxford

I worked as a realtor assistant with Keller Real Estate for 7 plus years. There were approximately 20 realtors (you all come and go). You would be surprised with what was expected from me. One of the things that I think is relevant with your situation I was to get rid of the garbage cans in front of the house. Make the grass greener and add a white picket fence. The home looked nothing like the photo they saw on either thru MLS or friends I refused to change the inside. The realtors would ask me to extent where there was a vaulted ceiling when there was none, a beautiful dining room that was used for children or change the appliances to stainless silver when they were white. My moral to myself left me without a job. If I had to stop somewhere and the above was the final straw. So don’t feel too bad for yourself. Sometimes we have to learn the hard way. The best information I can give you is that Real Estate is a rough business. The realtors will take your listings and not miss one wink of sleep. It is that they don’t care. Keep your chin up. Smile and keep your head up and remember to keep your friends close but your enemies closer.

jeffrey.bohemier
jeffrey.bohemier

 @jrfan8earn If your willing to put yourself on national television, then expect the good and the bad.  I hope Luis is smart enough to learn from his mistakes before having to be called in front of some boss this time.  And I hope his integrity goes up a few notches.  I hope he remembers his roots when he's selling that $2,000,000 condo for five times what its really worth.  Most of all, I hope he realizes that the wonderful buildings he thinks he's selling out of around the city can be found in practically every city and state of the country, only for far cheaper.  Simply because they're in New York shouldn't make them that much more expensive.  Frankly, unless the state finally puts a halt to the gross overpricing that's going on in the city, I would love to watch a show about how all those rich snobs manage to get along without the lower and middle class Americans to come drive their cars, run their stores, pick  up their garbage, etc... .  Then lets see how their high dollar diggs do.  Now THAT would make for good television.

stevecampsout
stevecampsout

 @jrfan8earn Sorry but Frederick hasn't gotten a free pass from me! I don't hand out free passes for unethical behavior either,

FlutterBy
FlutterBy

@PrincessPeach L O L .... uhhhh.. let me get this straight...you want Bravo to replace a charismatic young professional because he used an ageless reference regarding his sales strategy....but keep characters on other shows who use words like "bullying" to place them on a public platform, garnering sympathy....other shows depict cast physically fighting, hair pulling, wine throwing, and tossing Bravo big wig Andy Cohen like a doll without a vertebrae....but they need to get rid of a young guy who simply said "Helen Keller", in no way that defamed this person of miraculous ability.....honey, you better read back what you wrote...its not to late to hit delete....you got me "tickled" with this one......have mercy

jeffrey.bohemier
jeffrey.bohemier

 @FlutterBy I wouldn't have given seven million for that place if it came gold lined.  It was a plain box.  It was nothing special.  Almost makes me want to jack up my house, tow it to New York City, then sell it for around fifty million.  Because my house if FAR, FAR nicer than that place (as well as most of the others sold on this show for that matter).  And I can walk to a beautiful Florida beach in less than ten minutes, where the water's comfy instead of chemically coated cold, and it's been a long time since a dead body was last seen floating around here.  Plus, the old part of my town if far more picturesque than anything in New York City.

Kate123
Kate123

 @JuanaF

 I want to like you but you come across as unethical, unprofessional and inexperienced. You appeared juevenile and sleezy  when you and your brother doctored the photos. Previously, you had your clients pay extra because the greedy sellers knew your clients were excited about the place.

 

Learn from R and F they are good strategists and have has lots of experience. Additionally, they are willing to work hard. There are no short cuts in life.

Texan78730
Texan78730

 @vividly Spelling is, indeed, off.  The word is "your", not "you're"

 

 

stevecampsout
stevecampsout

 @Gymratz Common place? No, I don't think so! Actionable? Most assuredly! There are strict ethics laws that Real Estate agents must follow or they open both themselves, their company and the seller up for very expensive law suits!

BobbiNJ
BobbiNJ

 @bravojunkie2013

 I agree! On top of that, it is really a shame his mother isn't in New York to wash his mouth out with soap. It is filthy! Luis, are you capable of forming a sentence and not swearing? Way over the top.

AddictedToBravo25
AddictedToBravo25

@Texan78730 If you are offended by profanity, why watch? You might as well just shut your TV off and don't step outside your door. That way you can retain your class.