We had the good fortune of connecting with Cristina Ortiz and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Cristina, what do you attribute your success to?
I make service and communication a priority. Even if it’s bad news, I believe in being transparent with a client. As a young lawyer, working at a law firm, I decided to learn from my former boss. I did not always agree with how my superiors treated clients and I decided to be different. I kept (and still ) keep in mind that I am also a client and a customer myself, and I try to treat others how I would want to be treated.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I graduated law school in 2008- right in the beginning of the financial crisis. As the housing bubble was growing, I was a law student, so I was a bit oblivious as to what was going on. It was a blessing in disguise. As an associate, there was so much Bankruptcy and Foreclosure work that I had the opportunity to go to court immediately. That type of legal work sharpened my organizing and writing skills. I worked for a law firm until 2014. At that time, the housing market was healthier and I made the decision to open up my real estate practice and title company. There is a lot of competition, but I feel that I stand out because I am a lawyer (Florida does not require you to be a lawyer to issue title insurance), I can add value whereas other title companies have to instruct clients to hire additional counsel for their real estate transactions.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
It will most likely be a sunny day, so I always recommend the beach or boating. As far as food and entertainment, I think Miami is so versatile with their neighborhoods and each neighborhood has something to offer. My perfect day is a drive down to Key Largo. They have the best food!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My parents. They were (are) a great example. They are very hard workers. I was not spoiled and I had to earn the things I wanted. Thank God for them.
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