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Elliman’s Eklund-Gomes team expands to Miami Beach

MDLNY brokers are opening a retail office at 1000 South Pointe Drive
By Katherine Kallergis | March 06, 2019 09:45AM

The Eklund-Gomes team

The Eklund-Gomes team is bringing its talents to South Beach.

After expanding to Los Angeles last year, one of Douglas Elliman’s top teams is completing the trifecta with a new office in Miami, The Real Deal has learned.

Fredrik Eklund and John Gomes, of “Million Dollar Listing New York” fame, will be opening an office at 1000 South Pointe Drive in Miami Beach, in a revamped Elliman retail space at Murano at Portofino, said Julia Spillman of the Eklund-Gomes team. Eklund, Gomes and Spillman are getting their real estate licenses in Florida.

Their team leaders are Elliman’s Pietro Belmonte and Jorge Sanchez, who are working on sales of Eighty Seven Park and Park Grove, two Terra developments in North Beach and Coconut Grove, respectively. Other Miami agents include Dan Hechtkopf and Darin Tansey. Together, the Miami agents have a combined $150 million in listings, a spokesperson said.

The official reveal will be at a Soho Beach House launch party next week.

The team expanded to L.A. in October, taking on $200 million in listings, including the $100 million listing of a Bel Air spec mansion. It also opened a new 10,000-square-foot office at 936 Broadway in New York.

“We had a big plan for many years that we were finally able to execute with Howard [Lorber’s] support,” Eklund said. The team now has 49 agents in New York, California and Florida.

Eklund-Gomes will handle both new development and resales. The brokers say they are following their clients.

Gomes said the Miami office gives the team the opportunity to “take advantage of where the market is best at the time.” Their clients are increasingly considering buying homes in Florida due to the 2017 changes in the tax law, which caps the deduction for state and local taxes to $10,000, he added.

Eklund, who got married to his husband Derek Kaplan in the Florida Keys in 2013, didn’t say whether he would buy a home in Miami, but Gomes said he’s looking.

“My primary residence will be in New York, but I hate to pack. I have a real phobia for packing,” Gomes said.