How Mayi de la Vega Found Success in South Florida’s Luxury Real Estate Market

My story begins like many Miamians. My family fled Cuba when I was three years old, along with hundreds of thousands of other exiles in hopes of a better life and future. I don’t remember much about my homeland, but I have vivid memories of acclimating to our new lives in America.

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Every year on Mother’s Day, Daniel de la Vega sends his mother, Mayi, a large bouquet of flowers, and the two try to squeeze in lunch. But as the dynamic force behind One Sotheby’s International Realty, this mother-son pair doesn’t lack for time together during the workday.

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Mansion Global

Miami Oversupply is Overblown, Says Brokerage Chief, But Deals Abound

In 2008, during the U.S.’s recession and real estate downturn, Cuban-born Mayi de la Vega bucked the trend and founded One Sotheby’s International Realty, a brokerage firm in South Florida. The firm, which has grown to include 750 agents and 15 offices, is now run by Ms. de La Vega and her son, Daniel, who is the company’s president.

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Haute Living

Mayi De La Vega Shares Her Haute Secrets to Miami

Mayi De La Vega has become a cemented real estate professional in the luxury market. She began her real estate career 25 years ago at a boutique residential brokerage firm in Miami. De La Vega then went on to open her own local office called ONE Sotheby’s International Realty in 2008. De La Vega has formed partnerships with the Sotheby’s brand in various countries in South America like Brazil and Argentina along with countries in Europe like Russia. Here, the real estate mogul shares her insider’s guide—her “haute secrets”—to the Magic City.

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Wall Street Journal

Real Estate Runs in the Family

When Daniel de la Vega, president of One Sotheby’s International Realty in Miami, confers with his company’s CEO, he’s always careful to call her Mayi—but never “mom.”

At work, the 33-year-old Mr. de la Vega and his mother, Mayi de la Vega have equal footing in overseeing 55 employees and 550 independent agents. Ms. de la Vega focuses on growth and networking, and her son manages business operations.

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Haute Living

Miami's 2017 Haute 100 List

This mother-son power duo has been quickly taking over the Miami real estate ranks. ONE Sotheby’s International Realty has 11 offices and has recruited more than 550 agents since its inception in 2008. The direct affiliation with Sotheby’s and Sotheby’s International Realty has offered the company unparalleled, global reach to a network of more than 18,000 associates in more than 60 countries and territories.

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The Real Deal

South Florida Real Estate Bigwigs Escape to the Mountains of Colorado

Dozens of developers, brokers and others are spending at least part of this summer in Aspen, as well as in Vail and Beaver Creek, The Real Deal has learned. It’s the choice of escape for many of the real estate elite, who often hobnob with each other at dinners, cocktail parties, outdoor concerts, coffee shops and ice cream parlors.

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South Florida Luxury Guide

As They See It

SFLG: What do you think South Florida’s real estate market will look like in one year from now? In 5? In 10?
MDLV: In the next few years, it will strengthen into a buyer's market as prices adjust. In five to 10 years, a great deal of the luxury products will be absorbed, as we continue to experience a high international and domestic demand. With remarkable weather, world-class restaurants and cultural institutions, Miami will continue moving into the spotlight alongside cities like New York, London, Paris and Hong Kong.

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inWeston Magazine

Magnificent Moms

The biggest joy as I look at my children today, is seeing how ac­complished they are and the positive qualities they possess, including good morals, work ethic and integrity. Seeing them evolve with all these qualities has been heart-warming.

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