Luis D. Ortiz

Luis reflects on what he learned this season and what he hopes to learn from his fellow MDLNY agents next.

on Jul 31, 20130

There's no trophy without a race. Without the value that a trophy should carry it's only a gold statue with no meaning. Watching this last episode has made me smile more than I have before. It's sad because a great season has ended, but it's great because I've gotten to understand my growth since it started.

I've always been the kind of person that enjoys taking risks and everything that happens in between them. That's because I embrace the fact that we only live once and I prefer to regret what I did (which I won't) rather than regret what I didn't do.

This season has been incredible. I moved to a bigger agency that expected everything from me. I went to the end of the world to pitch the most intimidating sellers in New York City without hesitation. I competed with top brokers that have been in the game three times longer than I have. I sold some listings, I lost some. At times, I lost the respect of many, but I won them back in the end. I tried everything there was to try. All of this with only one goal, and that is to become the best person I can be while enjoying the ride. That's how I manage to become successful, but most importantly, genuinely happy.

This year I was fortunate to have met Fredrik Eklund and Ryan Serhant. Two gentlemen that are, in their own kind of way and with different reasons, the most competitive individuals I have ever met. When I say fortunate, it is because it's only these kind of people that will, in the end, bring out the best from you. We all go after the same clients and listings and we won't sleep until we get them. For me it's not business, it's personal. It's personal because we want to prove to ourselves that by strongly believing in everything we are, we will be able to make anything happen and take everything to the finish line. That's drive.

73 comments
JLSOBE
JLSOBE

Just watched the whole series.  You are a nice dude, many well wishes.  But that apartment sold for its speculative value, for that view was horrendous.  


NY just sells itself.  It is just nice that you are the broker and not Ryan.  He is just as childish as he looks.

dmarvo
dmarvo

what is with all of the Christians commenting here? Calm down with the taking the lord's name in vain yada yada yada. Some of us are Not Christian. It is really ok! If you don't like that language then don't talk that way.


Dodgegtdart
Dodgegtdart

Luis u are a great add on to the show.i love your story.the American dream is alive if " YOU " wanna go after it.tired of hearing people say they can't.people who have grown up in this country ( blacks ) and just complain about being discriminated against.im sure you've had your trials and tribulations and u have persevered. You go n keep it up

morestrangethan1
morestrangethan1

Luis,

 

You are hot.  I've probably watched your manscaping vid about 20 times by this point, and I've still not gotten my fill.  Also, I love it when you speak in Spanish.  Es tan hermoso--casi tan hermoso como tu...casi. 

 

Waiting for your next shirtless portrayal of handsome manhood,

Sincerely,

 

Dedicated viewer :)

debala01
debala01

Hi Luis, I love watching you. You have so much energy and you are so full of life!! keep up the good work you are such a great person. your the best!

timeforarealitycheck
timeforarealitycheck

Luis, it is refreshing to see someone trying to play by the rules and not be so underhanded all the time. Continue like that in life and you will rise to the top. But please don't take the Lord's name in vain the way you so often do. It's a turnoff. Best wishes for a bright future.

Eurogirl
Eurogirl

Okay so negative posts about Luis are not allowed? I see, he's the new poster boy

lauralbj
lauralbj

I haven't decided how I feel about Luis yet however I really don't care for using the Lord's name in vain. I'm not bothered by the swearing but I really don't care for that type of profanity.  

JudiB
JudiB

I'm delighted to have 'met' you this season.  Stay passionate.... but cut out the cursing.  Seriously.  Cut.It.OUT.

marrymeJ.D.
marrymeJ.D.

You're a class act Luis! Thanks for being cute!

cleopatra2000
cleopatra2000

Luis, you commenting on your blog and thanking the viewers: a first and  very refreshing. Thank you

milliekat1
milliekat1

I love the energy this sexy latino brings to the show! Keep it coming Luis, salud!!

Paulie0612
Paulie0612

Luis,

   You are a kind and generous person, I love your energy and excitement, never lose you generous nature.  I love the way you live you life to the fullest. You have learned a lot this year and I enjoyed you. Take care and God bless you.  

Angie0370
Angie0370

Luis, you seem like a really nice and genuine person, but your language is extremely unprofessional and offensive.  Your negative references to God and Jesus Christ are particularly offensive.

danielmcasado
danielmcasado

Luis you got passion, I'm glad to see it succeed. Ill refer any my client when their moving your way. #KWconnection

JULIEHENRY
JULIEHENRY

Luis,

 

There is much to like about you.  As a very passionate business woman (with 20+ years of successful history) I applaud your work ethic, you passion, etc.  HOWEVER...   I think you are quite naïve when choosing whom to 'climb into bed with' in business.  You appear, especially on WWHL, to have attached yourself to Frederik's hip.  I think this is a HUGE gamble.  He has a history of using people to get as much as he can out of them, use them up, toss them aside and step ON them to keep going. 

 

I do think you owe a HUGE thank you to Ryan. You would NEVER have received that apology from Fred had it NOT been for Ryan's teaching him a HUGE lesson in humility.  Fred has too much ego to ever admit this to Ryan, as Ryan is his peer, his equal.  He does not yet consider you to be ANY where NEAR his equal (sorry, not meant to hurt you,) you are the underling, yet to 'earn' your place with him.  Listen closely, he says it many times, how you have to PROVE yourself to him, how he has to TEST you.  Do you honestly believe that he looks at you as his EQUAL??  He can't even admit that Ryan is his "broker equal"  and Ryan has been tremendously successful. 

 

Please, Luis, be careful.  I don't want to see you get hurt.  Just tread lightly and don't let your guard down with Frederik.  I don't trust him as far as I could pick him up and throw him.  You have big heart, Fred's tears are for the camera and/or for effect.  I don't trust him or his crocodile tears at all..  Just remember, when you make a deal with the devil....

 

BTW, I love the way you treat  your family.  In the end... that is who we have to stand by us.  Your mother, tu Mami, should be VERY proud of her son.

TheRealBRAVOfan
TheRealBRAVOfan

What an amazing post Luis!  You were a breath of fresh air and your exuberance lights up a room.  That is until you used words unbecoming a professional environment, especially using God's name in vain!  Cursing makes you "seem" as though you're not professional and classy, but from watching every episode, I know that's not the case.  Just agreeing to speak with Fredrik (and accepting his apology) was a master class in CLASS!!!

 

You're so much fun to watch, full of love and life, and I wish you all the best going forward!!!

stevecampsout
stevecampsout

Luis, please don't take lessons on being shady from Frederick or Ryan. I hope you can learn from them without learning to be like them. Your joy for life and compassion for others is your saving grace! Keep those qualities and add honesty to them and you'll surpass the both of them!

SoFLAHousewife
SoFLAHousewife

Your Positive, full of energy and explode with passion!  Your just a fun loving guy!  Your drive to succeed is what kids today need to see!  Great role model!  Cheers to you on a job well done!  BOOM what a fabulous blog!  

booey1
booey1

Bless you for your energy, positive attitude, humanity and your love of family!  It is very uplifting to watch!  Much success and happiness to you in the future!

luisdortiz
luisdortiz

I will print this comment page and put it on my wall to wake up to everyday.  You guys are all incredible and have really made me smile twice as more as I normally would.  Love you all and thank you for the support!

zorbaez
zorbaez

At first I did not care for you but as the season continued I began to see who you are.  A very passionate, hard working and determined person.  I wish you much success in the years to come.  Hope to see you on the next season.

Reba39forever
Reba39forever

Ok Luis thanks letting us get to know you f bombs and all it has been fun good luck in all you do.

Pete333
Pete333

Luis,

You are a good soul and an honest agent.  I would definitely pick you to sell my home.  You work hard and don't think that selling a home is more important than making friends.  Please, don't get too chummy with Fredrik.  I don't trust him as far as I could throw him!

lovehwnj1105
lovehwnj1105

luis, you seem like such a awesome person! you have such drive but still keep your self respect and respect for others. You obviously will continue be amazingly successful in anything you do. Good luck with everything hope you are on next season

habba3
habba3

Luis,

I totally enjoy watching you, and hope you're coming back next season. Good luck in all you do!

Fraser
Fraser

Luis,

It is a pleasure to see someone with so much drive, ambition, passion and determination. Hopefully the season you spent filming this show will only lead to bigger and better things for you! You deserve every good thing that is coming your way.

Hopefully Frederick will stay true to his word and will remain close friends with you. While I personally do not like his attitude and his representation of the gay community, he just might be able to help elevate you to the next level of your career. Even without his help, I think you are well on your way to great success in the NYC Real Estate world.

Keep up with the passion that you have displayed for us on the show. I know it is only a fraction of what you possess in real life. You will be successful in whatever life takes you as you are truly a beautiful person inside and out.

Best wishes and stay true to who you are. You are beautiful man!!!

PS. I for one enjoyed your language...it is so refreshing to see someone speak with passion and from the heart regardless of the words you chose to use. That said, there are many people living in NYC that have sticks up their rears and they might not be as accepting of your choice of language as I am.

Rapunzel66
Rapunzel66

Luis,I am ashamed,as a fellow Swede, of the treatment you received at the hands of Fredrick when you humbled yourself and asked for advice. I have told him so. I believe fully that if Ryan had not put Fredrick through some "Ordeal Therapy" ,your current new relationship would not exist because Fredrick would not have been forced to stop and consider the feelings of others. Yes,you did forge ahead at the "broker's open' with your own idea thinking it best,but you realized your mistake and acknowledged it at the clubhouse,showing us all how you are maturing in your judgement. I am hopeful that you and Derek can have a much needed positive influence on Fredrick and that in helping you to grow,he can become more considerate and compassionate toward others. I hope to see more of you.

Danny83
Danny83

Luis, you are such an inspiration! Thanks for making the season! Its all about you and your future is bright! 

watchinNLA
watchinNLA

Luis, DON'T LEAVE, please come back to Bravo next season so we can see you evolve!!! I know this is just the beginning for you and your talents in the Big Apple. We love you baby, enjoy your time off, but don't forget to come back!! We want to see all those million dollar sales rack up, up, up. I find myself saying "BOOM" all the time now, I need your energy. Stay safe.

Hogan
Hogan

LUIZ! Please stop taking the Lord's name in vain. I know that you know better - please be better.

lolabel
lolabel

Luis, you were brave to show everything you did this season. Coming to see Frederick after he'd hurt you like that was also brave, and your graciousness allowed him to do something that really helped him be a better person. That you accepted his apology was icing on the cake. You put a lot of wonderful energy in the world, and it was wonderful to see you on Watch What Happens Live last night and to see that you and Frederick have become friends!  Best of luck to you and your warm heart.

BravoPrincess
BravoPrincess

Saludos glad to see a rican here representing .

Dolphin3636
Dolphin3636

You did great this season you are a nice man and I agree with lizl-a "For the little guy, YOU ARE THE BIGGER MAN!!!!!" I hope to see you next season.  Keep learning from the professionals  but don't lose your hearth in the process. 

SoFLAHousewife
SoFLAHousewife

Boom Great Blog!  Enjoyed you alot this season, hope to see you more too!

PJGambler
PJGambler

Love your zest for life and your genuine displays of affection for your family. What a great addition you are to this show. It's fun to watch you evolve in your real estate expertise and trials.

@GODISGOODALLTHETIME1
@GODISGOODALLTHETIME1

Oh! Luis, where do i begin?

I just love you...

Another great blog, and hope America falls in love with you just as i do.

You're a great guy and goodness shall fallow you!

Good luck with everything!

 

critic
critic

I almost fell over when Fredrik apologized to you. I give you credit for accepting his apology so graciously. Just next season, clean up the language a little bit....

eastcoastgal38
eastcoastgal38

Luis,

 

You love and care about people, and that is obvious in your quick forgiveness of Frederik. I hope you two are able to become good friends, I think you can learn a lot from each other. What a beautiful blog...It's always nice to see people learn and grow and you are doing that. Best of luck to you in the future. Keep smiling.

mhip
mhip

Great blog Luis. I admire and respect you. You are a great guy! 

shysharon
shysharon

 @luisdortiz OK then, so listen, you are adorable and have a great vibe....lose the GD this and GD that, said the salty queen of sales, it really will increase your sales, I promise.....and then maybe I'll let you meet my beautiful daughter....listen carefully.... I said MAYBE :)

 

aurora2015
aurora2015

 @Hogan  Very well said. Luis is very passionate & does not need o use his language choices to compete as it make's him look like an uneducated pheasant., which I do not believe he is.

suprafreshkid
suprafreshkid

 @Hogan I forgot where he said it, but he said he will get better at not cursing or saying the Lord's name in vain

NameChange
NameChange

 @lolabel Luis, I totally agree with this post.  You come across as an extremely nice young man.  I also wish you the best and hope you don't turn into an arrogant jackhole, as Andy would say, as your success grows (and it surely will).

debmerc888
debmerc888

 Yes, I agree. You are a class act Luis accepting Fredrik's apology.  He was wrong and he said it and meant it.  You have a lot of heart Luis.