Luis D. Ortiz

Luis warns Ryan not to step on him and reflects on NYC's resilience after Hurricane Sandy.

on May 15, 2013

What an intense episode this one is! Just like the city of New York, this episode is fast-paced with everything happening all at once. One day you make a deal, the next you're pitching yourself to a seller, and, in the middle of all that, a hurricane hits strong and your life just stops. In moments like this you realize what you have and who you have. Nothing else matters.

At Minetta Lane, I was able to make a deal at $3,750,000. Regardless of what happened, I needed to stay emotionally unattached in order to let my clients see that even at that price point they were still getting a great deal. Walking away at that point was not an option, even if I felt like it. This house was perfect for Adam and Louise and I needed to make sure they got it before someone else did. In the end, everyone was happy and that's all I care about.

New York City real estate is a very small and competitive industry as you have seen so far. Ryan, Fredrik, and myself mostly focus on downtown Manhattan so the chances of us bumping into each other is more likely than not. This episode is a great example of that. Yes, we pitch listings on the same buildings. In this case Ryan and I pitched two separate listings at 15 Broad Street, a Philippe Starck-designed luxury condominium in the heard of the Financial District. Although our listings are quite different, they are both within similar price ranges so it's obvious that Ryan would do his open house on the same date as mine to capitalize on the clients that I brought. He pretended not knowing who I was but, he does. It's all part of his plan. I'm going to be very clear, I DO NOT STEAL OTHER PEOPLES CLIENTS. However, if you try to step on me, I'll do some damage.