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Change is Good

Announcing Change

I would like to announce Miamism Team’s new home – Majestic Properties.

It was time for a change, a change that would compliment not only our business and marketing style, but a change that would benefit each one of our clients individually! Teresa wrote a post last week that reflects what each one of us is looking for in a brokerage company.

What compliments our goals?

Our needs and wants have to do with the fact that most of us that are here are autonomous, technically inclined and on the forefront of technology. Coldwell Banker was good to us and we are the first to admit that, it offered a strong corporate backing that Rick and I were used to with out prior corporate lives as an architect and accountant.

As real estate has changed in the past few years, so has our business plan and marketing strategy. We have learned that this business is not so much about us, but about what we can offer our clients. We still hit the streets the same way as before, but we also blog and are very active in the social networking aspect of the Internet. We customize marketing strategies for our clients and expose ourselves to every new marketing medium available to be able to offer better business.

We found a company that will compliment our style, a flexible brokerage without roadblocks and rigid corporate rules. Majestic Properties is a respected full-service real estate organization that focuses on providing the highest level of service by employing cutting edge resources.

About Majestic

They have an amazing reputation in South Florida, with beautiful high design offices in the Design District and Miami Beach; and in 2006, INC 500 Magazine ranked the company fastest growing, privately held, full-service real estate company in the United States.

Majestic Properties successfully identifies industry trends in residential and commercial markets, incorporates cutting-edge technological tools, hires passionate and dedicated agents and staff and plays a prominent philanthropic role in the community. It boasts an internal Advertising and PR agency, a one-stop marketing shop for Majestic agents and clients. Additionally, Majestic helps customers from all over the world with financing and mortgage, and then there’s an interior design team and furniture showroom. From real estate to marketing to financing to design, Majestic Properties offers it all.

We also have a new Miamism Team member! Karen Alvarez, who, as our buyer’s agent, will compliment our growing business and help us provide even better service.

The next level

Making a change is never easy. It was especially difficult for us because we did not want our customers to be affected in any way. I am looking forward to using all the positive energy we are getting from Agent Genius, Miamism and now Majestic Properties to help our business expand to the next level.

Ines is all Miami, all the time. A Miami Beach Realtor® with Majestic properties, Ines authors,, and and is always on communication's leading edge. She goes out of her way to engage and be engaged, often using Mojitos to keep the mood light and give everything she does a Miami flavor. You can find her goofing off or instigating trouble at Twitter, Flickr, Facebook or LinkedIn.

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  1. Jamie Geiger

    July 1, 2008 at 12:40 pm

    Congrats on all you new changes and your team addition, sound like this is a very exciting time for you and your family.

  2. Ines

    July 1, 2008 at 12:45 pm

    Thank you Jamie – it’s an amazing time! no complaints! 😉

  3. Jason Sandquist

    July 1, 2008 at 12:45 pm

    Congrats on the new endeavor and keep me posted. Possible thinking of making a switch as well by years end.

  4. Lani Anglin-Rosales

    July 1, 2008 at 12:55 pm

    Ines, I know that changing is so much more than just ordering business cards, so I commend your going through this massive stress not just for yourselves but for your clients. You really are an inspiration- JUST DO IT, right? 🙂

  5. Barry Cunningham

    July 1, 2008 at 1:06 pm

    Cool! Hope it works out for you neighbor!

  6. Rudy from

    July 1, 2008 at 1:54 pm

    That’s Awesome Ines!

    Change is good.

    Will you be working out of their Lincoln Road office? I hear they have a nice motion sensor video display in the window – hehehehe 🙂

    All the best to you and Rick!

    Social Media Guru at Trulia

  7. Mack in Atlanta

    July 1, 2008 at 2:06 pm

    Congratulations Miamism Team. You deserve the best.

  8. Jennifer in Louisville

    July 1, 2008 at 2:41 pm

    While I’m not familiar with the Majestic brand (they aren’t anywhere around in our area), I’m glad to hear that you were keeping an eye out for making a change in improvements. While a lot of persons view the relatively soft national real estate market as a time to cut costs/services, I think that now is the time to lay the seeds for establishing dominant control of market share when the market turns positive again.

  9. Eric Blackwell

    July 1, 2008 at 2:52 pm

    Hey Ines;

    Very cool! Best of everything in your new digs…


  10. Jeff Turner Says Congratulations!

    July 1, 2008 at 3:01 pm

    Ines… Congratulations on the move and your new team member!!

  11. Ines

    July 1, 2008 at 3:09 pm

    Jason – I will surely keep you posted, it was not easy to do (still not easy with the transitionless move), and congrats on the Inman TIX!!

    Lani – it’s been really stressful and our customers should not even feel it – you know I will write about the process when I clear my mind – thanks!

    Barry – I have absolutely no doubts! And the energy is amazing! thank you.

    Rudy – we are actually going to be working from the Design District Office (down the street from Michaels), but will visit the Lincoln Road office often.

    Hey Mack! thank you! It’s comments like yours that keep us going.

    Jennifer – you hit an important point. With Majestic, we will have the support we need to take over market share….which is one of our goals.

    Eric – and very cool digs at that! The owner of Majestic (Jeff Morr) is hands on, with a great design mind and a visionary – we are psyched!

  12. Ines

    July 1, 2008 at 3:11 pm

    Hey Jeff – you are always sneaking in there – thank you! and Congrats to you on that awesome video feature. Your product is superior and all of us that use it know it!

  13. Ines

    July 1, 2008 at 3:30 pm

    Damn Lani – you already changed my profile! Holy Cow! THAT’s what I call being efficient! 😉

  14. Mark Eibner

    July 1, 2008 at 6:12 pm

    we’re at it again Change is Good: Getting out of the feed reader and commenting on this..

  15. Holly White

    July 1, 2008 at 5:00 pm

    Congrats on the move Ines! I agree that it takes alot of nerve to make a huge change like that. Kudos to you!! I hope it’s better than you ever imagined.

  16. The Harriman Team

    July 1, 2008 at 5:16 pm

    Congrats Rick & Ines! Pat and I have been thru this change ourselves twice before so we can relate to what you’re going thru. We wish you all the best and best of luck to Karen, too!

    Pat & Wayne Harriman

  17. Matthew Rathbun

    July 1, 2008 at 6:42 pm

    I love to see that good folks are growing. God speed!

  18. Ines

    July 1, 2008 at 7:20 pm

    Holly, that’s very sweet of you – no better wishes than that!

    Hey Pay and Wayne – I think the one that will need the most luck is Karen! 😉

  19. Bill Lublin

    July 1, 2008 at 8:36 pm

    No matter where you go, you guys carry your success with you. Best wishes for a smooth transition. May the move provide you with everything you hope for and more. Congratulations and Best Wishes fromyou rfriend in the frozen North (alraight its 90 degrees here today but still its Philly!)

  20. Ines

    July 1, 2008 at 8:47 pm

    Bill – the support has been unbelievable – just with the encouragement from the blogosphere I know we will surpass our own expectations (which are tough ones) – stay wam in the “frozen North” 😀

  21. Paula Henry

    July 1, 2008 at 9:14 pm

    Ines – Congratulations! I, too have been considering a change, so know the thought and time which dominates such a decision. Best to you!

  22. Ines

    July 1, 2008 at 9:25 pm

    Paula – timing is crucial to making a change – procrastinating about the change is easy to do – I will confess that Rick and I butted heads a couple of times but finally came to a consensus and here we are – no regrets and not even going to look back.

    I am grateful that our Office Manager is a great person and was not at all antagonistic. We understand she needs to follow CB Protocol and expect her to do her job.

  23. Andy Kaufman

    July 1, 2008 at 11:30 pm

    Hey Ines, congrats on the evolution of your business!!

    I’m looking forward to hearing all about it when you’re out here in a few short weeks 🙂

  24. Ines

    July 1, 2008 at 11:39 pm

    Andy – I like the way that sounds, “The evolution of our business” – I will certainly share….stay tunned.

  25. Jonathan Dalton

    July 2, 2008 at 8:37 pm

    Good luck with the change, Ines … as long as it doesn’t change the mooooo-jiiiii-tooooooos!

  26. ines

    July 2, 2008 at 8:51 pm

    Jonathan – you and gotbob are worried about the mojitos!! They now have a Majestic Kick! 😉

  27. Ken Smith

    July 2, 2008 at 8:57 pm

    That is exciting news. Make sure to report back after a few months about how things are going. Sure there are more then a few agents reading this that can’t imagine leaving their National Name brokerage. Hope stories like yours will help empower others to take control of their business.

  28. Matt Fagioli

    July 2, 2008 at 9:37 pm

    Hi Ines,

    It’s great to see the trend in action. More and more savvy agents will be leaving the big box brokers and find great partnership in the innovative new 2.0 brokerages.

    I wish I had met you before your change. Maybe you’d be “MiamiDwellings” by now!

    See you at SF Connect.

    Matt Fagioli

  29. Jonathan Dalton

    July 2, 2008 at 11:18 pm

    Great minds think alike, Ines!

  30. Jay Thompson

    July 3, 2008 at 12:13 am

    Very cool Ines. Rock on!

  31. ines

    July 3, 2008 at 7:47 am

    Ken – I will definitely do that! You are right, leaving a big National Name is never easy and most people don’t even know what their independent contractor agreement reads and what the repercussions can be.

    Matt – just checked out diamond dwellings and you definitely have a cool concept going on there. I’ve always had clear objectives in my mind and we are now working on making those a reality – nice to know that there are similar minds in the blogosphere.

    Jonathan – you betcha! 🙂 especially when it comes down to mojitos.

    Jay – 😀

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