Puerto Rico-born Luis D. Ortiz, one of the three agents of "Million Dollar Listing New York," has officially been hired by Douglas Elliman, The Real Deal reports. Ortiz was fired from Keller Williams NYC last week because the company was uncomfortable with Ortiz's association with the Bravo reality TV show, saying in a statement that "this brand of realty is a far cry from reality" before wishing Luis the best in his future endeavors.
"Million Dollar Listing's Luis Ortiz" Fired From Keller Williams NYC, Snatched Up By Elliman
BRAVO EVENTS -- "Bravo Upfront 2013, Wednesday April 3rd at Stage 37 in New York City" -- Pictured: (l-r) Ryan Serhant, Luis D. Ortiz, Fredrik Eklund -- (Photo by: Dimitrios Kambouris/Bravo)
Updated at 12:12 PM CDT on Monday, Aug 12, 2013
And while Ortiz declined to comment on his relationship with Keller Williams, he said he's ready to "rock-and-roll" at Elliman, which also employs Ortiz's costar, Fredrick Eklund, adding that "the professionalism and powerful reach of Douglas Elliman gives me the platform to grow in.”
Herman called Ortiz a "rising star," saying, "We think he’ll be tremendous here with us at Elliman. We couldn’t be happier to have him.”
Ortiz's deals include a $12.5 million duplex at the Apthorp on the Upper West Side, a $6.1 million unit at 165 Charles Street, and a $7.4 million Downing Street townhouse.
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