The Real Deal Miami

Southern exposure

Miami lures New York real estate’s players; trend echoes brokerage expansions to Palm Beach a decade ago
By Alexander Britell | November 06, 2012 10:00AM

Horacio LeDon

From the November issue: It all began two years ago when Douglas Elliman broker Jacky Teplitzky, a native of Chile, was speaking to one of her Brazilian clients who wanted to buy a property in Miami. Trouble was, the woman didn’t know any brokers outside of New York.

So Teplitzky flew down to Miami, teamed up with a local broker and found the woman a property; three months later, Teplitzky got a similar call from Chile. “I said to myself, ‘Somebody is trying to tell me something,’ ” she said.

She started talking with Prudential Douglas Elliman chairman Howard Lorber about the firm’s growth in Miami — Douglas Elliman Florida — and told him her idea to bring a team down herself. [more]