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THE HOME EXPERTS

Daniel delaVega

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n the real estate industry, nothing is more important than personal relationships. Daniel de la Vega understands that. A formidable force in this industry, A formidable force in the industry, Daniel is the president of ONE Sotheby’s International Realty, an affiliate of the global Sotheby’s Realty brand, responsible for $112 billion in closed sales volume internationally. The company also manages a development portfolio of over $3.5 billion. The Miami native earned his finance and marketing degree from Florida International University and a Master's in Business Administration from the University of Miami. He is as passionate about understanding the market trends and delivering the best results as he is collecting Latin American art. De la Vega is also an active member of the Photography Committee at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. The Sotheby's name is a global brand associated with 250 years of excellence, service, and style-a legacy enriched even further through Daniel de la Vega's vision and leadership. With a network of more than 800 agents and 1 7 office locations, ONE I Sotheby's International Realty is the premier source for luxury real estate and development opportunities in South Florida.

What drives your passion for what you do? The people are what drive my passion for this dynamic and ever-evolving industry. This is a job that never gets old. Our ON� I Sotheby's family also keeps me motivated every single day. We are proud to have a team of some of the most committed and well-respected professionals in the industry. I credit our success to them.

What was the turning point for you in your field? What lasting effects did this have? We had a lot of money stolen from us by a trusted, lifelong employee-which was a big turning point in my career. This made me dig deeper than ever to really understand how our business runs and identify the root of the problem. I cannot say with certainty what the lasting effects will be but there is one thing I do know: it has changed the way I operate for the better and has made me a stronger businessman.

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What is some advice, market tendencies, or top-secret insight you can share with us? My best advice is to keep your head above the clouds. Don't gossip and don't concern yourself with others' opinions; only learn from them and let them make you better. The real estate industry Auctuates, so try not to take on too much debt and enjoy your life at 20 percent better than you would have when the market was in a downturn. It is key to embrace change, as that is the nature of the industry. Companies, teams and agents constantly make changes. Work on yourself consistently and don't be afraid of what others say.

in the gym I spend time with the kids. In the morning I give them their milk as I drink my coffee and then take them to school. That is my favorite part of the day.

What sets ONE I Sotheby's apart from others in the industry? Our culture. We have taken some punches over the last 10 years, as any growing company does, but our culture has always been at our core. We are a large boutique organization with an amazing global network in Sotheby's International Realty. Together our team has accomplished so much to be proud of, and have helped build a company that offers the best talent, service and expertise in the

What is your morning routine? What do you avoid, and what can't you go without?

industry.

On a typical day I wake up between 5:30 and 6:30 a.m. (depending on whether I take clients out the night before). I work out two to three times per week and when I'm not

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