Luis D. Ortiz

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

on May 22, 2013

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.