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  • South Florida Broker Summit in Miami on March 5

    Mar 04, 2019
    The MIAMI Association of Realtors (MIAMI) and Region 5 of the National Association of Realtors (NAR) are presenting the South Florida Broker Summit from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5 at Jungle Island. The event features top real estate experts, including NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun, analyzing the state of the market and how local real estate managers, brokers and owners can use the information to boost their respective businesses.
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  • MIAMI Realtors Enhance South Florida’s Global Exposure at MIPIM in Cannes

    Mar 04, 2019
    The MIAMI Association of Realtors (MIAMI) will once again have an expanded presence at the world’s largest real estate event, MIPIM, from March 12-15 in Cannes, France. For the second consecutive year, MIAMI will have its own expanded exhibit space (stand P-1.J62) in addition to sponsoring the National Association of Realtors (NAR) USA pavilion. MIAMI’s major presence at this elite event further enhances Miami and South Florida’s worldwide exposure.
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  • Palm Beach Mid-Market Condo Sales Rise Double Digits

    Feb 22, 2019
    Palm Beach County mid-market condo sales increased double digits in January as median prices rose for all properties, according to the MIAMI Association of Realtors (MIAMI) and the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) system.
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  • Broward County Luxury Condo Sales Increase in January

    Feb 22, 2019
    Broward County luxury condominium sales and median prices for all properties increased in January, according to the MIAMI Association of Realtors (MIAMI) and the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) system.
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  • Mid-Market Miami Single-Family Home Sales Increase in January

    Feb 22, 2019
    Mid-market Miami single-family home sales and median prices increased in January, according to the MIAMI Association of Realtors (MIAMI) and the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) system.
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  • This Weekend MIAMI Realtors Presents South Florida Open House Showcase during Year’s Busiest 10-Days

    Feb 14, 2019
    The MIAMI Association of Realtors (MIAMI) is presenting South Florida’s biggest open house showcase during the region’s busiest 10 days of the year, Feb. 14-24. MIAMI expects more than 2,000 properties at every price range to host open houses in Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Martin counties. More than $1 billion in houses and condos are participating.
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  • Palm Beach Total Annual Home Sales Rise in 2018

    Feb 13, 2019
    Palm Beach County total home sales, median sale price, total dollar volume and luxury sales all increased year-over-year in 2018, according to the MIAMI Association of Realtors (MIAMI) and the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) system.
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  • Broward Total Annual Home Sales Rise in 2018

    Feb 13, 2019
    Broward County total home sales, median sale price, total dollar volume and luxury sales all increased year-over-year in 2018, according to the MIAMI Association of Realtors (MIAMI) and the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) system.
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  • Miami Single-Family Homes Post Fourth Biggest Sales Year in History

    Feb 13, 2019
    Miami recorded the fourth-most annual single-family home sales in county history in 2018 as total dollar volume and median prices rose at year-end and in 4Q 2018, according to the MIAMI Association of Realtors (MIAMI) and the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) system.
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  • Jonathan Keith Elected 2019 Broward President of the MIAMI Realtors

    Feb 05, 2019
    The MIAMI Association of Realtors (MIAMI) has elected Fort Lauderdale broker Jonathan Keith as its 2019 Broward Council president. He and all MIAMI’s leadership boards were installed Feb. 1 at the MIAMI 2019 Inaugural and Awards Celebration.
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  • Ines Hegedus-Garcia Elected 2019 MIAMI Realtors Residential President

    Feb 04, 2019
    The nation’s largest local Realtor association has elected Miami Realtor Ines Hegedus-Garcia as its 2019 Residential President. She and the entire Board of Directors were installed Feb. 1 at the MIAMI Association of Realtors (MIAMI) 2019 Inaugural and Awards Celebration.
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  • José María “Chepe” Serrano Elected to Lead Nation’s Largest Local Realtor Association

    Feb 01, 2019
    The MIAMI Association of Realtors (MIAMI) has elected José María “Chepe” Serrano as its 2019 chairman of the board. He and the 2019 MIAMI leadership boards will be installed this afternoon at MIAMI’s 2019 Inaugural and Awards Celebration at Jungle Island.
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  • South Florida Commercial Real Estate Transactions Increase in 3Q 2018

    Jan 28, 2019
    South Florida total retail transactions increased 7.5 percent year-over-year in 3Q 2018, according to the 3Q 2018 The Quarterly Report – South Florida Commercial Real Estate released by data firm Vizzda (Visual Data) and the MIAMI Association of Realtors Commercial (MIAMI Commercial).
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  • Palm Beach County Condominium Luxury Sales Jump 28 Percent in December

    Jan 22, 2019
    Palm Beach County condominium luxury home sales jumped 28 percent in December as $1-million-and-up homebuyers continue selecting Palm Beach’s incredible live, work and play lifestyle, according to the MIAMI Association of Realtors (MIAMI) and the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) system.
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  • Broward Single-Family Home Median Prices Increase in December

    Jan 22, 2019
    Broward County single-family home median sale prices rose 2.9 percent to $350,000 in December 2018 as Broward existing condos sold between $400K to $600 increased 4.3 percent year-over-year, according to the MIAMI Association of Realtors (MIAMI) and the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) system.
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  • Mid-Market Miami Single-Family Home Sales Rise 9.4 Percent in December

    Jan 22, 2019
    Mid-market Miami single-family home sales rose 9.4 percent in December, evidence of strong demand in one of the nation’s most sought-after real estate markets, according the MIAMI Association of Realtors (MIAMI) and the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) system.
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  • MIAMI Realtors Sign Four International Agreements at Miami International Congress

    Jan 07, 2019
    The MIAMI Association of Realtors (MIAMI) signed four international collaboration agreements during its recent Miami International Congress. MIAMI now has 204 international partners. These alliances create business opportunities for MIAMI members, enhance Miami’s global position and strengthen the local economy. The bilateral agreements also provide resources, visibility and connections for MIAMI’s international partners.
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  • MIAMI Realtors Partners to Host Miami Shores Plaza 98 Monthly Events

    Dec 26, 2018
    The MIAMI Association of Realtors (MIAMI) is partnering to host free monthly community events from 5-8 p.m. on Jan. 12, Feb. 9, March 9 and April 13 at Miami Shores’ new community destination, Plaza 98, at 9802 NE 2nd Ave. The events are open to all ages and feature family entertainment and games and food and drink for purchase.
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  • Palm Beach County Condominium Sales Continue Rising in November

    Dec 19, 2018
    Palm Beach County condominium sales have now increased in 12 of the last 13 months after another strong November of condo sales, according to a new report by the MIAMI Association of Realtors (MIAMI) and the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) system.
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  • Broward Condo Sales Rise for Eighth Consecutive Month

    Dec 19, 2018
    Broward County existing condominium sales increased for the eighth consecutive month in November as total Broward home sales increased 4.3 percent year-over-year, according to a new report by the MIAMI Association of Realtors (MIAMI) and the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) system.
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Only in Miami: Commercial Realtor Brian Sharpe’s Cuban Story

by | May 23, 2018



By Chris Umpierre

MIAMI Staff

 

Brian Sharpe hears the same lighthearted refrain at Hialeah city meetings.

“!Aquí viene el americano!”

Sharpe is American born, but he also has a deep Cuban history some Hialeah residents might not know. It’s a unique Miami Cuban story that can only happen in a city as diverse and welcoming as ours.

Sharpe’s American-born grandfather lived in Cuba for 15 years before communist dictator Fidel Castro stole their families’ successful department store business and all American companies.  The family escaped to Miami, where Sharpe’s grandfather started an appliance distribution company and later a commercial real estate business.

Brian Sharpe — the third generation in his family to ply his trade in commercial real estate — understands the significance of his career arc. He is continuing the family legacy in a city with the highest percentage of Cuban-Americans in the United States. Sharpe learned many life lessons from his late grandfather — who was so fond of Cuba he named his first Miami shopping center after the Caribbean island — and his father, who grew up in Cuba and speaks fluent Spanish.

“My father always taught us that the one thing people can’t take away from you is your education,” said Sharpe, who is a Syracuse University graduate and the 2018 MIAMI Association of REALTORS® Commercial President. “In Cuba, my grandfather and father lost everything they worked for. But they told me: ‘As long as you have an opportunity to rebuild, you can do it.’”

 

Los Precios Fijos

The Sharpe story begins in the 1940s when Brian Sharpe’s grandfather, Joe, relocated his young family to Havana, Cuba from Brooklyn, New York. Brian Sharpe’s father Barry was 1 year old at the time.  Joe Sharpe decided to move to Cuba to work in the families’ business, running a department store.

Joe Sharpe worked at the store — “Los Precios Fijos,” or The Fixed Prices — for 15 years. “Los Precios Fijos” was the third-largest department store on the Caribbean island by the time Castro came to power and nationalized all American businesses in 1960.

Joe Sharpe moved quickly to get his family out of Cuba, leaving with little of the money he had worked so hard for.

Eventually, the entrepreneurial Joe Sharpe opened an appliance distribution company. Joe Sharpe’s company transitioned into commercial real estate. 

Joe Sharpe purchased a Miami shopping center and called it the Cuban Shopping Center in remembrance of his time on the Caribbean island.  The family business still owns the shopping center at 2301 NW 7th Street, only eight blocks from Marlins Park.

Barry Sharpe, Brian’s father, joined the family business after deciding not to pursue law.  He started out purchasing property tax deeds at the courthouse steps before transitioning into buying and maintaining commercial properties.


Joining the Family Business

Brian Sharpe originally wanted to become a legislator, not a commercial Realtor. He worked on campaigns out of college before deciding politics wasn’t for him.

Brian Sharpe had an eventful first day at Sharpe Properties.  His father gave him a flame thrower and put him on the roof of one of the company’s buildings.  His job: use the flame thrower to apply new roofing materials. He was told that instead of working his way up in real estate, you start at the top and when you reach the ground floor that is when you fully know the building.

Brian Sharpe, who is also a licensed General Contractor, loves working with his hands, didn’t mind.

Today, he with his father manage the company’s separate property tax appeals company "REtag" reducing property taxes for their clients and Brian’s brother, Mason, is Sharpe Properties’ in-house lawyer.

 

Becoming a MIAMI Leader

Originally, Brian Sharpe became a volunteer member of MIAMI’s leadership boards to help the family business. He’d thought he’d gain more resources from meeting new people on the boards. Along the way, he realized so many other reasons on becoming a MIAMI leader.

He was on the forefront of the industry, learning from peers and developing his leadership skills.

Now in his seventh year as a MIAMI Leader, Sharpe is the MIAMI Commercial President.  He’s leading a new branding for the commercial board and he has other top goals.

“I want to expand the commercial reach of the Realtor in South Florida,” Sharpe said. “I want Realtors to be the central hub where all connections meet. Our Realtor association has so many resources we want to share with everybody.”

The MIAMI commercial board rebranded from RCA MIAMI to Miami Commercial.

“Miami Commercial stands for what we are,” Sharpe said.

 

Visiting Cuba

Brian Sharpe said his late grandfather would be so proud he’s continuing the family business.

“He’d be blown away,” Brian Sharpe said. “He always wanted me to be a rabbi but it didn’t work out. His grandfather was a famous rabbi, but he would be very happy my brother and I are working for the company. My grandfather was a hard worker. After a long day at work, I’d remember he’d come into the office and fall asleep in his chair.”


Nine years ago, Brian and Mason Sharpe traveled to Cuba on religious visas to see where their father and grandfather grew up. Barry Sharpe got emotional when he saw the sad state of the island and his old family home.

“My first impression of Cuba is the beauty that lies beneath,” Brian Sharpe said. “You feel for the people of Cuba. You want them to have better lives. They live well but there is so much more opportunity that they could benefit them. It’s sad.”

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SHARPE BIO

Name: Brian Sharpe

Board position: 2018 MIAMI Commercial President

Employment: Vice president of leasing & construction, Sharpe Properties Group. Vice President of Real Estate Tax Appeal Group: RE-TAG (formerly PTAG)

Licenses: Real Estate Broker, General Contractor, Home Inspector, Appraiser Trainee

Achievement: 2017 Commercial REALTOR® Give Back Community Award winner

Did you know? Prior to joining Sharpe Properties, he worked as the campaign coordinator for Broward County Commissioner Diana Wasserman-Rubin.

 

ABOUT THE PROJECT

Getting to Know Our MIAMI Leaders is a project by Chris Umpierre highlighting the 2018 presidents and chairmen of the MIAMI Association of REALTORS® (MIAMI). The leaders are: Chairman of the Board George C. Jalil, Residential President Jorge L. Guerra Jr., Commercial President Brian Sharpe, Broward President Patricia C. Anglero, Young Professionals Network Chairman Jorge H. Fernandez and JTHS-MIAMI President Barb Fox.

Read all the profiles at www.MiamiRealtors.com/Leaders

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