Luis D. Ortiz on Life as a New Dad: "I'm an Entirely Different Person"

Luis D. Ortiz on Life as a New Dad: "I'm an Entirely Different Person"

The Million Dollar Listing New York agent opens up to fellow father Ryan Serhant about his newborn.

By Laura Rosenfeld
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All of the recent changes we've seen in Luis D. Ortiz's life this season of Million Dollar Listing New York are nothing compared to his truly life-changing experience of welcoming his first child, daughter Leela, earlier this year.

So when Luis caught up with Ryan Serhant in Thursday night's episode of MDLNY, he was eager to compare notes on what it's like being a new dad since his fellow broker also welcomed his first child, daughter Zena, in February. "I'm actually very excited to see how is Ryan now that he's become a father, because I don't know about him, but myself, I think I'm an entirely different person," he said during an interview in the episode.

And it's not just because he's stopped getting manicures. "I am so happy and I am so proud and I am so over the moon," Luis gushed.

Ryan told Luis that fatherhood has "definitely" changed his life as well, giving him "purpose and excitement" for things he never expected. "Like, I just want to be there and see her poop," he said. "That's like a thing now."

We could listen to these MDLNY agents talk about their little girls all day long, but they were really meeting about potentially co-listing on a property for an owner with whom Luis didn't have such a great time working with in the past (clip above). "Right now, life actually has a meaning, and the last thing I want to do is work with unreasonable people that have no respect," Luis said.

However, Ryan reminded Luis that he also has a responsibility to provide for his child. "Do it for the kid," Ryan told Luis. "You don't live for yourself anymore. Do it for her."

Luis realized that he has to consider what's best for his family as he makes decisions in his career moving forward. "Three years ago, I would have not taken this meeting because it's Ian Reisner," he said. "But things have changed. I have a baby. I don't want to say no to something that is not necessarily going to cost me anything. I'm just going to take a meeting."

Ryan and Luis ended up agreeing to co-list on Ian's apartment, but it looks like this might not be the smoothest of partnerships, according to the sneak peek of the next episode of MDLNY on Thursday at 9/8c. What's more, it appears that Luis and the mother of his child, Nikita, are about to make a big decision of their own.

It's all in the MDLNY Season 8 finale airing Thursday at 9/8c.

But before all of that intensity, clock in some adorable time with Luis' daughter, below.

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