First and foremost, I love to help people. Making the right lifestyle choices; analyzing real estate investments; solving complicated problems; finding easy solutions for customers to improve their lives.
As a young law student at the University of Hamburg I couldn’t wait to become a licensed attorney to finally put my passion to action. After I passed the Bar Exam at age 28 on a Friday afternoon I didn’t waste any time and started to practice law the following Monday.
My second passion besides my wife and daughters is real estate and construction. When I was a little boy I worked on my father’s construction sites when my friends went to the beach. Looking back, I am grateful and blessed to have had such a great teacher. My father taught me work ethic, perfection and ignited my love for real estate. Before we moved to the US we constructed, remodeled, bought and sold homes and condos in the Hamburg and the Baltic Sea areas. When we visited Marco Island in 1999 we couldn’t resist and bought our first condo on the island and in Florida that we sold just 6 months later with a 40% profit.
They say success comes automatically when you love what you do. Boy where they right. I became a full time real estate broker, convinced my wife to quit her Banking job to join me in real estate. Over the last 18 years we closed over $100M in real estate transactions and helped many families fulfil their dreams. Clients became friends.
Success breeds success and my hunger for advancing my skills and knowledge led to new opportunities. As a Master Franchise Partner at Engel & Volkers Florida and Head of Real Estate I learned exclusive Marketing, Branding, Franchising and International Networking.
7 years later I went a step further into complete independence when I sold my shares with the company and founded 5th Ave Real Estate, with two boutique offices in downtown Naples and Marco Island. Ownership is a deeply rooted tradition in our family.
Timing was right. I put everything I had learned into action and assembled a team of International Real Estate Agents. In only 4 years Coldwell Banker knocked on our door and wanted to buy our company when we reached $50M in yearly sales. The largest Real Estate Company in the world got my attention and I endeavored on a new journey as the Managing Broker of their Marco Island office. What an opportunity to learn from the best. 50 agents needed a new consultant, leader and mentor and I was very grateful for such an amazing opportunity. I experienced the Corporate America World with all it’s pros and cons, but always treated my agents as my best customers. I must have done something right and noticed that I developed an outstanding reputation in the Naples and Marco Island arena.
In my previous live as a real estate attorney I learned how to analyze complicated problems, structure and simplify them to find practical solutions for my customers.
It is so much fun to transform and improve the lives of people around the world.
Outside of Real Estate a healthy Work-Life-Balance is very important for me and my family. The Naples-Marco Island area makes it really easy for me with the best lifestyle you can get in the US. Golfing, Boating, Beaching, Biking, …. and the best air and water quality you can imagine offers endless possibilities. Not for nothing Naples has made it into the top 10 for longevity in the US.
Giving Back to the community is very important for me. I co-founded an online Charity Platform called www.donationplanet.org to support other charities and help people in need with Real Estate Donations. The concept of ownership is not for everyone and we offer land, home or condo owners to donate their real estate to us in exchange of a tax deductible certificate. Donation Planet is a 501 c (3) IRS registered Charity. The IRS categorizes the donation of Real Estate as Non-Cash-Charitable-Contribution with strict rules and regulations. Life concepts constantly change and the vacant lot purchased in Naples 30 years ago to build a vacation home costs Real Estate Taxes every year and lot maintenance on top of it. Some of our customers paid more in upkeep and taxes than the market value of the property.