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We are honored to be included in this year’s RealTrends

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We are honored to be included in this year’s RealTrends The Thousand, a program showcasing the top 1,000 agents and teams in the United States – as published in The Wall Street Journal.

We have been awarded a rank of 26 for sales volume in the Medium Team category. We are nothing without our incredible team consisting of Michael Martirena, Ivan Chorney, Selen Arditi, Haydar Alchalaby, Demi Lee Antelo, Cindy Summer Perez, Jisele Hernandez and Jay Brandt.

And, we thank our valued clients for propelling us to this milestone! Your trust in our service encourages us to continually create an exceptional home buying and selling experience.


We are honored to be included in this year’s RealTrends


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Financial Times: Why can’t I paint my door yellow?

Coral Gables

In Florida, Mike Martirena lives in Miami-Dade County’s Mediterranean-themed Coral Gables, built during the land rush prior to the Depression and one of the US’s first planned communities. Its founder, George Merrick, studied the City Beautiful movement, a late 19th-century approach to urban planning that championed ornamental grandeur. He felt storybook architectural styles inspired by Spanish castles would promote civic virtue and improve quality of life.

Coral Gables
Rubbish bins are to be kept out of sight from the street; tree-trimming requires a trip to the town hall due to vigilance around conserving historic banyans and oaks, and advertisements on cars are banned.

“There’s someone who actually goes around on a golf cart to ensure nothing has changed; they fined my mother-in-law for changing a side door,” says Martirena. “It may get frustrating, but it’s what you sign up for in a historic community. It’s beautiful and orderly; there’s something peaceful about that.”

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Mansion Global: The Calendar Is Key: Timing the U.S. Market to Get the Most for Your Home

Michael Martirena“In the Miami market, September is by far the worst time of the year to list a home because you’re fully back in the swing of things such as school, activities and other commitments,” said Michael Martirena, co-founder of the Ivan and Mike Team at Compass in Miami. “It’s less than ideal to disrupt the busiest month of life to put a home on a market.”

For home sellers, attempting to time the market amps up the pressure during what’s already an extremely stressful period. List too early, and you may give up some profit. List too late, and your home could linger too long on the market.

The best time to list your home for sale in the U.S. in 2023 passed you by a few weeks ago, according to’s analysis. During the week of April 16-22, sellers benefit from more buyers, higher prices and less competition from other listings compared to the average week.

But don’t despair, the market hasn’t reached the worst time of year to sell yet.

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Michael Martirena’s Event Tip for HousingWire

“The most important thing is to prepare for events in advance. You need to do your research on attendees and be laser-focused on what you want to achieve. Have a goal in mind, such as a number of meaningful contacts that you want to leave with. Hope is not a strategy.”


Mike was featured on page 12 of HousingWire

– Micheal Martirena, luxury real estate broker associate, Compass



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The Ivan and Mike Team Ranked # 2 Top Teams Sotheby’s International Realty

The Ivan and Mike Team Ranked # 2 Top Teams Sotheby's International Realty

Miami-based brokerage, which expanded to Vero Beach and Melbourne last year, closed $3.2B in sales, up 30% y-o-y

The Ivan and Mike Ranked # 2 Top Teams Sotheby's International Realty

One Sotheby’s International Realty handed out its top awards for 2019 – with Dennis Carvajal as the company’s No. 1 producer, and Mirce Curkoski and Albert Justo taking the top team win.

The Miami-based brokerage, which expanded north to the Vero Beach and Melbourne markets last year, closed $3.2 billion in sales volume in 2019, a 30 percent increase compared to the previous year, according to a spokesperson.

Carvajal had more than $100 million in sales last year, which included the $14 million sale of 9501 Journeys End Lane in Coral Gables.

Michael Martinez, Ralph Arias, Anna Sherrill, and Saddy Delgado followed Carvajal as top producers in 2019. Arias was involved in the nearly $50 million sale of 3 Indian Creek Island Road in Indian Creek.

The top teams were Curkoski and Justo’s The Waterfront Team; Ivan Chorney and Michael Martirena’s The Ivan & Mike Team; Denise Long and Lynda Smith, Daniela Bonetti and Darryl Fox’s The Bonetti Fox Team; and Nestler Poletto’s team.

Susan Gale was the No. 1 commercial broker for the company, followed by Manny Chamizo. Gale’s deals included the $34.75 million sale of 344-350 Ocean Drive to Henley.

Bambi Ross was the top producing new recruit.