Pro golfer Louis Oosthuizen sells Palm Beach Gardens home

Pro golfer Louis Oosthuizen sells Palm Beach Gardens home

Louis Oosthuizen and 12230 Tillinghast Circle (Credit: Getty Images and Realtor)

Louis Oosthuizen and 12230 Tillinghast Circle (Credit: Getty Images and Realtor)

Professional golfer Louis Oosthuizen sold his Palm Beach Gardens estate for $5.5 million after slicing the listing price.

Oosthuizen, who was ranked as one of the top golfers in the world, sold the 10,418-square-foot mansion at 12230 Tillinghast Circle to Tillinghast Palms LLC, led by Parkstone Wealth Management LLC of Arlington, Texas. The sale equates to $528 per square foot.

The house has six bedrooms and nine bathrooms. It features a large entertainment space with a golf simulator, a theater, bar and master suite overlooking the lake, pool and spa. It also has an outside kitchen, full bar, and fireplace.

He bought the land for $850,000 in 2013 and built the estate in 2014. The property was previously listed for $7.5 million in 2016, according to Zillow.com.

The property is in the Old Palm Golf Club, an exclusive golf community with an 18-hole course designed by Raymond Floyd.

Oosthuizen is a native of South Africa. After winning the Open Championship in 2010 at Saint Andrews, Oosthuizen has had a series of close calls in other major championships. He finished as a runner-up in the 2012 Masters Tournament, the 2015 U.S. Open, the 2015 Open Championship and the 2017 PGA Championship. He has won 13 international competitions and ranks 63 in the Fedex Cup rankings.

South Florida is a haven for golfers. In 2016, professional golfer Mark Calcavecchia and his wife Brenda sold their waterfront Palm Beach Gardens home for $5.5 million. Also in 2016, Rickie Fowler paid $12.55 million to buy a waterfront estate just north of Jupiter.

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Harvey Hernandez fights back against Airbnb

Harvey Hernandez (Credit: Airbnb and iStock)

Harvey Hernandez (Credit: Airbnb and iStock)

Harvey Hernandez’s development group is striking back against Airbnb after the short-term rental company alleged he committed fraud and siphoned money out of an apartment-sharing concept.

NGD Homesharing, led by Miami developer Hernandez, alleges in a countersuit filed Friday in Miami-Dade Circuit Court that Airbnb was actually the one operating in bad faith and caused delays and setbacks in opening its projects by going “radio silent” in communication.

“This is a classic case of a big corporate player attempting to misuse its size and strong-armed legal tactics to improperly usurp an innovative business,” Michael G. Austin of McDermott Will & Emery, LLP, who is representing NGD, said in a statement.

The lawsuit alleges that Airbnb is attempting to misappropriate NGD’s confidential business information, trade secrets and proprietary business methods for the benefit of Airbnb.

The suit stems from a partnership between Hernadez’s development group and Airbnb to offer Airbnb-branded apartments. Airbnb claims it invested $11 million in the initiative.

But the local developer and the home-sharing giant are now locked in a heated legal battle.

Last week, Airbnb filed suit against NGD Homesharing in Northern California, claiming Newgard was supposed to open at least seven of projects in 2019, including one in Kissimmee, Florida. But Newgard failed to open a single project in 2019, according to the suit.

Furthermore, Airbnb alleges that Hernandez siphoned off $1 million of Airbnb’s investment into another one of his condo projects, Natiivo in Miami.

Airbnb alleges Hernandez and his company tried to disguise the investment as a loan by producing fraudulent and backdated documentation that showed Hernandez as the signatory on behalf of both borrower and lender.

Hernandez’s development group’s most recent lawsuit disputes that the loan was illegal. As the sole manager of NGD, Hernandez was allowed to make the $1 million loan without Airbnb’s consent or authorization under a previous agreement, Austin said in a statement.

Airbnb did not immediately return a request for comment.

In its suit, Airbnb demands the return of its $11 million investment and wants out of its contract.

It is not the first time Hernandez has faced major legal issues with his real estate developments.

In 2016, Hernandez’s development company was sued over a failed robotic car garage he installed at the luxury condo tower Brickell House in Miami. In September, a Miami-Dade County judge awarded the Brickell House condo association $40.6 million from the development group after the technology malfunctioned and left residents without a working garage.

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El equipo legal de Trump se opone a llamar a John Bolton al estrado

El equipo legal de Trump se opone a llamar a John Bolton al estrado

El equipo legal del presidente Donald Trump argumentó enérgicamente contra la relevancia del testimonio del ex asesor de seguridad nacional, John Bolton, el martes al concluir su defensa y el Senado se preparó para el debate sobre si deben  convocar a Bolton y a otros testigos en el juicio político.

Por Redacción Miami Diario

«Esto debería terminar ahora, lo más rápido posible», declaró el abogado de la Casa Blanca Pat Cipollone, cerrando una presentación de la defensa que pintaba a Trump como una víctima y daba golpes despectivos a Bolton, el testigo potencial que ha revuelto las esperanzas republicanas de un rápido final del juicio.

Un día después de que el equipo de la defensa pasó por encima de Bolton, el abogado Jay Sekulow abordó la controversia de frente, desestimando su manuscrito – que se dice contradice un argumento clave de la defensa sobre los tratos de Trump con Ucrania – como «inadmisible». El argumento tenía la intención de adelantarse a las llamadas de los demócratas a los testigos, incluyendo a Bolton, quien escribe en un próximo libro que Trump le dijo que quería retener la ayuda militar de Ucrania hasta que ayudara con las investigaciones de su rival demócrata Joe Biden.

Después de la sesión del día, el líder de la mayoría del Senado Mitch McConnell dijo a los senadores en privado que todavía no tiene los votos para bloquear nuevos testigos en el juicio. Eso es según un republicano familiarizado con una reunión a puerta cerrada de senadores republicanos y al que se le concedió el anonimato para discutirlo.

Sin embargo, NBC News informó que un senador republicano que no quiere pasar a los testigos dijo que «se siente muy bien que estemos en un buen lugar con los testigos». El comentario vino después de una reunión a puerta cerrada donde los republicanos se reunieron para tomar la temperatura de donde los senadores se ponen de pie en los testigos. Las entrevistas con los senadores parecen respaldar esto, informó NBC News.

«No es un juego de filtraciones y manuscritos sin fuente», dijo Sekulow.

El argumento se basó en otro lunes por la noche del abogado de Trump, Alan Dershowitz, quien dijo que nada en el manuscrito – incluso si es cierto – se eleva al nivel de una ofensa incriminatoria. Sekulow también trató de socavar la credibilidad del libro de Bolton al señalar que el Fiscal General William Barr ha disputado los comentarios atribuidos a él por Bolton.

El equipo jurídico también ahondó en las esferas que los demócratas consideran fuera del ámbito de la impugnación, reprendiendo al ex director del FBI James Comey y aprovechando los errores de vigilancia que el FBI ha reconocido haber cometido en su investigación sobre la interferencia en las elecciones rusas.

Los abogados de Trump argumentaron que los Padres Fundadores se aseguraron de que la impugnación se definiera con precisión y que los delitos se enumeraran claramente.

«El listón de la impugnación no puede ser tan bajo», dijo Sekulow. «Peligro. Peligro. Peligro. Estos artículos deben ser rechazados. La Constitución lo exige. La justicia lo exige».

Mientras se burlaban del manuscrito, Trump y los republicanos se han resistido firmemente a citar a Bolton para que testifique en persona sobre lo que vio y oyó como el principal asesor de seguridad nacional de Trump.

Los republicanos del Senado pasaron dos días a puerta cerrada discutiendo ideas para satisfacer a aquellos que quieren escuchar más testimonios sin prolongar el proceso – o poner en peligro la esperada absolución del presidente.

Las ideas parecen estar perdiendo fuerza tan rápido como emergen.

Un republicano, el senador James Lankford de Oklahoma, estaba proponiendo una idea respaldada por el senador Lindsey Graham de citar el manuscrito del libro de Bolton para que los senadores puedan ver las pruebas por sí mismos, en privado.

Sin embargo, Chuck Schumer, el principal demócrata del Senado, calificó de «absurda» la propuesta, que mantendría a Bolton fuera del testimonio público.

«No estamos negociando con ellos. Queremos cuatro testigos y cuatro documentos, entonces la verdad saldrá a la luz», dijo Schumer.

Otros republicanos, incluyendo al senador Pat Toomey, quieren reciprocidad: traer a Bolton o a otro testigo demócrata a cambio de uno del lado republicano. Algunos republicanos quieren escuchar a los Bidens.

«Una cosa sobre Mitch McConnell — no entra en pánico,» dijo el Senador Kevin Cramer de Dakota del Norte.

El caso ahora se mueve hacia las preguntas escritas, con los senadores de ambos lados teniendo 16 horas para hacer preguntas. A finales de la semana, se espera que hagan una votación para decidir si escuchan o no a los testigos.

Se advierte a los republicanos que aunque acepten llamar a Bolton a testificar o intenten acceder a su manuscrito, la Casa Blanca lo bloqueará, iniciando una batalla judicial de semanas sobre el privilegio ejecutivo y la seguridad nacional. Eso deja a los pocos senadores, incluyendo a Romney y Collins, que han expresado su deseo de escuchar nuevos testimonios sin un fuerte respaldo.

Algunos republicanos dicen que están felices de leer su manuscrito en su propio tiempo.

«No sé si el manuscrito marcará alguna diferencia en el resultado del juicio», dijo Roy Blunt, de Missouri, miembro de la dirección del Partido Republicano. Y algunos dijeron que simplemente no confían en la palabra de Bolton. Rand Paul de Kentucky llamó a Bolton «descontento»‘ y buscando hacer dinero con su tiempo en la Casa Blanca.

John Kelly, ex jefe de personal de Trump en la Casa Blanca, dijo en una audiencia en Sarasota, Florida, que él cree a Bolton.

Es una opinión compartida por el presidente del Comité de Seguridad Nacional del Partido Republicano, Ron Johnson de Wisconsin, quien dijo que llamó a Bolton el 7 de enero y le pidió que se presentara voluntariamente.

Los funcionarios de la Casa Blanca reconocen en privado que son esencialmente impotentes para bloquear la publicación del libro, pero podrían demandar después del hecho si creen que violó el acuerdo de confidencialidad que Bolton firmó contra la divulgación de información clasificada.

Los republicanos del Senado debían reunirse a puerta cerrada para considerar los siguientes pasos.

Trump es acusado de abusar de su poder presidencial al pedirle al líder de Ucrania que ayude a investigar a Biden al mismo tiempo que su administración retenía cientos de millones de dólares en ayuda de seguridad. Un segundo cargo acusa a Trump de obstruir el Congreso en su investigación.

Trump y sus abogados han argumentado en repetidas ocasiones que los demócratas están utilizando la impugnación para tratar de deshacer los resultados de las últimas elecciones presidenciales y expulsar a Trump de su cargo.

El martes, mientras descansaba su caso, Cipollone reprodujo videos de los demócratas de la Cámara de Representantes durante la impugnación presidencial de Bill Clinton – incluyendo varios que ahora son gerentes del juicio de Trump – en un intento de describirlos como hipócritas por hacer sonar la alarma entonces sobre los peligros partidistas de la impugnación.

«Lo que te piden es que eches a un presidente exitoso en la víspera de una elección, sin fundamento, y en violación de la Constitución», dijo Cipollone. «¿Por qué no confiar en el pueblo americano con esta decisión? ¿Por qué romper sus votos?»

Los demócratas, por su parte, dicen que la negativa de Trump a permitir que los funcionarios de la administración testifiquen sólo refuerza que la Casa Blanca está ocultando pruebas. La Casa Blanca tiene el manuscrito de Bolton desde hace un mes, según una carta del abogado de Bolton.

No importa el voto de los testigos, la absolución parece probable dado que los republicanos tienen una mayoría de 53-47 en el Senado y la condena requeriría una mayoría de dos tercios.

Fuente: NBC Miami

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Magellan launches leasing of Midtown Miami apartment tower

Magellan launches leasing of Midtown Miami apartment tower

Brian Gordon and Gio Midtown

Brian Gordon and Gio Midtown

Magellan Development Group launched preleasing for its latest Midtown Miami apartment building, adding nearly 450 rentals to the market, The Real Deal has learned.

Chicago-based Magellan, investor Alex Vadia and J.P. Morgan Asset Management are completing construction of Gio Midtown, previously known as Midtown 6, at 3101 Northeast First Avenue in Miami. Magellan Executive Vice President Brian Gordon said he expects to receive the building’s temporary certificate of occupancy in mid-February with move-ins as early as mid-March.

Gio Midtown, a 32-story, 447-unit building, will have units ranging from 386 square feet to 1,919 square feet.

The project is one of a few apartment buildings under construction in the Midtown area. Around the corner, AMLI, another Chicago-based developer, is building AMLI Midtown Miami, a 719-unit complex at 3000 Northeast Second Avenue.

Gordon said that Gio Midtown will be offering a free month of rent, which is in line with the market. Rents will start at about $1,585 a month for a studio apartment. A one-bedroom starts at $1,775 a month, a two-bedroom at $2,775 a month, and a three-bedroom starts at $3,790 a month.

Bozzuto is managing the property.

Apartment rents continued to rise in South Florida last year, according to a recent report from Berkadia. Rents are predicted to continue rising, said Jaret Turkell, Berkadia’s senior managing director of investment sales. “I think rents are going to continue going up, and there will be some levering and flatness where there’s a lot of supply,” he said.

Gio Midtown’s apartments feature quartz countertops, kitchen islands, keyless entry, blackout shades and large terraces. The tower features a 4,741-square-foot fitness center, spa, meditation room, dog lounge, pool deck and electric car chargers.

The building was designed by bKL Architecture LLC with interiors by Fanny Haim & Associates.

Vadia, whose family owned multiple sites in the Midtown area, sold the 2.14-acre development site to a partnership between his company and Magellan in 2017 for nearly $28 million.

Magellan completed Midtown Five about three years ago, and Gordon said the 400-unit apartment building is now 95 percent leased.

Magellan also owns the site of Midtown 7, which can be developed into a 32-story with 838 units. The timing of that project depends on when Magellan can secure financing.

“We’re out looking for financing now,” Gordon said. “Obviously the concern is all the supply coming online.”

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“The biggest week of the year”: Luxury brokers eye potential buyers in town for Super Bowl

From left: Nelson Gonzalez, Danny Hertzberg, Julian Johnston and Ben Moss

From left: Nelson Gonzalez, Danny Hertzberg, Julian Johnston and Ben Moss

The Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers aren’t the only ones hoping to score a big win this weekend in South Florida.

As Super Bowl LIV ticket holders descend on Miami this week, ahead of the big game, luxury residential brokers and agents are holding open houses, setting up meetings with athletes and wealthy attendees, hosting events, and rolling out targeted social media campaigns.

Mark Zilbert of Brown Harris Stevens Miami calls it “the biggest week of the year.”

“We’re ensuring that our properties are available. Things can happen at any time. We’re really on standby,” Zilbert said. “We’re working more. We’re more available. We’re out in the street. We’re making sure that our property owners are ready.”

He’s working with a client from Chicago who has been looking to buy a four-bedroom condo in Miami Beach, who just purchased tickets to the Super Bowl and will be back to look at more condos.

Zilbert said the online chat on his website has “never been busier than the last couple of days.”

Ben Moss of Compass is also using football’s biggest weekend to network. Moss, who works with professional athletes, will be meeting with his clients, and using the game to reach out to potential buyers. He’s also helping them arrange high-end short-term rentals, acting as a “concierge of sorts.”

Open houses are also on tap leading up to the game.

Danny Hertzberg of Coldwell Banker’s The Jills Zeder Group is among a group of brokers hosting open houses on Tuesday and Wednesday for 12 properties on Palm, Hibiscus and Star islands in Miami Beach. The properties are priced from $6 million to $26 million, with a total dollar volume of about $170 million.

101 North Hibiscus Road (Credit: Realtor)

The openings are aimed to give brokers previews before their clients touch down in Miami. Hertzberg said. The houses include 101 North Hibiscus Drive, asking $25.9 million; and 29 Star Island Drive, on the market for $24.9 million.

The Jills Zeder Group is scheduling appointments during open houses, which Hertzberg said “indicates the level of people coming for the Super Bowl.” His team also has showing requests for clients who plan to arrive via yacht.

Meanwhile, the group is boosting social media posts in and around Miami Beach for buyers who are staying in hotels. Agents are using the opportunity to target buyers from high-tax states like California, the 49ers home base.

“The intention of the trip is the Super Bowl,” Hertzberg said. “But if they’re also considering a move here, they’re using that trip to look for real estate.”

2204 North Bay Road (Credit: Zillow)

Nelson Gonzalez, a top agent with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices EWM Realty, said a client who bought a Miami Beach house is hosting a big party that Silicon Valley CEOs are expected to attend. That client suggested Gonzalez “tee up a few of [his] most expensive homes,” which includes 2204 North Bay Road, asking $24.5 million; and 10 West San Marino, asking $23.5 million. Gonzalez will have tours of properties over the weekend.

Evening events are also planned.

Corcoran Group President and CEO Pam Liebman will be in town this week, attending a broker event at a $20 million Venetian Islands mansion on Thursday evening for about 60 to 70 agents, said Corcoran agent Julian Johnston. Johnston is hosting high-end, invitation-only cocktail hours and catered dinners at two Miami Beach houses, one listed for $18 million, and another for $22 million.

And Virginia Hornaday of the Ginger Hornaday Group at One Sotheby’s International Realty is partnering with Victor G. Harvey Sr. and Flo Rida’s VG Vodka to sponsor events leading up to the game. The events include a media cruise on a yacht, a celebrity basketball game, and a Super Bowl kick-off party.

Angelica Garcia, with One Sotheby’s, is sponsoring a party with Nationwide Mortgage Bankers on a yacht docked on Star Island Friday night.

Some real estate agents are using the week to launch new listings.

St. Regis Bal Harbour penthouse (Credit: Douglas Elliman)

Scott Gerow of Douglas Elliman is listing a 6,261-square-foot, five-bedroom penthouse at the St. Regis Bal Harbour for $82,500 a month. The condo, combined units 2702 and 2703 at 9701 Collins Avenue, can be rented for a minimum of six months, and is fully furnished.

It’s the most expensive long-term condo rental on the market in Miami-Dade, Gerow said. Property records show Safe Harbor Equity managing partner Ralph Serrano owns the double-unit, with more than 2,000 square feet of balcony space, six bathrooms and one half-bathroom. Gerow plans to have private showings for celebrities and athletes in town.

“The timing is absolutely perfect,” Gerow said. “All eyes are on Miami.”

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Maduro trataría de privatizar a Pdvsa ante la debacle económica, según Bloomberg

Maduro trataría de privatizar a Pdvsa ante la debacle económica, según Bloomberg

Según Bloomberg, la dictadura de Nicolás Maduro habría propuesto una forma de privatizar el petróleo venezolano, ofreciendo, en ese sentido, participaciones mayoritarias y el control de Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA) a varias compañías extranjeras, publicó elnacional

Por Redacción Miami Diario

Distintos representantes de Maduro, de acuerdo con fuentes anónimas, han sostenido conversaciones con las corporaciones Rosneft, de Rusia, Repsol S. A., de España, y Eni SpA, de Italia.

Bloomberg reflejó que «la idea es permitirles hacerse cargo de las propiedades petroleras controladas por el régimen y reestructurar parte de la deuda de Pdvsa a cambio de activos».

Es de hacer notar que este plan de privatizar a Pdvsa se enfrenta a varios obstáculos, sobre todo por el complicado escenario político venezolano.

Un aspecto a considerar es que para otorgar el control de la petrolera venezolana a otras compañías tendría que modificarse la legislación del país. Ello debe pasar por la aprobación de la Asamblea Nacional.

Para el régimen venezolano hay otro obstáculo: el órgano paralelo del Poder Legislativo, la asamblea nacional constituyente, no es reconocida en el ámbito internacional.

La entrega de Pdvsa se enfrenta a otra dificultad: las sanciones de Estados Unidos. Estas prohíben cualquier tipo de negociación con la petrolera.

Bloomberg señala, en ese sentido, que para que el Departamento del Tesoro cambie su política sobre Pdvsa, requeriría la aprobación de Juan Guaidó, a quien la Casa Blanca reconoce como presidente interino y como líder del Parlamento.

Agrega lo siguiente: «Guaidó y la oposición están a favor de aumentar la participación extranjera y la inversión en Venezuela, pero no quieren hacer algo que pudiera ayudar a Maduro a permanecer en el poder. Al contrario, lo están presionando para que renuncie y permita nuevas elecciones presidenciales».

En tal sentido, se asoma la intención del régimen de Maduro de tratar de controlar cuanto antes la Asamblea Nacional.

Bloomberg agrega: «Esta es una de las razones por las que Maduro buscó a Luis Parra: para facilitar la promulgación del cambio de ley requerido, aseguran personas familiarizadas con la situación»,

Desafortunadamente para Maduro, la comunidad internacional rechazó a la junta directiva espuria de Luis Parra y brindó su apoyo a Guaidó. Este último cuenta con el reconocimiento de más de 60 países como mandatario interino.

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South Florida by the numbers: Miami real estate in the movies

South Florida by the numbers: Miami real estate in the movies

Will Smith and Martin Lawrence (Credit: Getty Images)

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“South Florida by the numbers” is a web feature that catalogs the most notable, quirky and surprising real estate statistics.

“Bad Boys for Life,” the third in the Will Smith-Martin Lawrence action series, opened to huge numbers this month and once again shined a global spotlight on Miami and the beaches. The Magic City has long been a favorite backdrop for filmmakers, and many of the area’s most famous (and notorious) real estate holdings have played starring and cameo roles in recent years. Which iconic Miami setting has been the most memorable – and marketable – on the big screen? We explore that in this month’s “South Florida by the numbers.”

63: Robin Williams’ age when he tragically took his own life in 2014. Williams endeared himself to fellow cast and crew members while filming the 1996 comedy “The Birdcage,” set at The Carlyle Hotel in South Beach, and mourners gathered there to honor his memory during the week of his passing. [MiamiHerald]

5: Percent increase in business after the release of “Moonlight” at Jimmy’s Eastside Diner in Miami’s Little River neighborhood. Much of the 2017 Best Picture Oscar-winner’s final act takes place in the restaurant, drawing interest from locals who scout out the same booth where the main characters sat in the film. [SunSentinel]

$12.26 million: Purchase price for Miami icon Tony Montana’s mansion in “Scarface” — but the house was not actually in Miami. The sprawling, 10-acre estate featured in the film is really in Montecito, California, about 90 miles from Los Angeles. The CEO of a private Houston-based investment bank purchased it in 2015. [BusinessInsider]

13: Jersey number of Miami Dolphins legend Dan Marino, who granted Oliver Stone access to his Windmill Ranch Estates home in Weston to shoot key scenes for the 1999 film “Any Given Sunday.” In the movie, the home belongs to Jack “Cap” Rooney (played by Dennis Quaid), quarterback of a fictional Miami football team. [SunSentinel]

50,000: Gallons of gasoline used to destroy an actual $40 million Delray Beach mansion for the filming of “Bad Boys 2” in 2003. Local developer Mark Pulte owned the three plots of land upon which the house sat and intended to sell them off separately, but realized he needed to demolish the house first. He placed an ad in Variety suggesting it could be used for a film, and producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Michael Bay agreed. [NYPost]

This column is produced by the Master Brokers Forum, a network of South Florida’s elite real estate professionals where membership is by invitation only and based on outstanding production, as well as ethical and professional behavior.

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An eXp agent made a thoughtless joke after Kobe Bryant’s death. She was fired

Baha Nabulsi's Facebook post

Baha Nabulsi’s Facebook post

Kobe Bryant’s death in a helicopter crash Sunday triggered an outpouring of grief across the world, with sports fans paying tribute to one of basketball’s greatest-ever talents. But one eXp Realty agent saw the tragedy as an opportunity, and an off-color remark she made on social media has now led to her dismissal.

“Who’s his realtor?” agent Baha Nabulsi posted in a Facebook group called “Real Estate Mastermind” just hours after Bryant, his teenage daughter and seven others were killed when their helicopter crashed into a Calabasas hillside outside Los Angeles. According to Inman, a managing broker from eXp’s Austin office, Shelia Dunagan, posted an apology and promised that the issue would be “dealt with.”

Nabulsi was later fired from eXp, with a spokesperson for the firm telling Inman that the firm “does not condone or support behavior that does not match our core values.”

Bryant, a five-time NBA champion with the L.A. Lakers and the fourth-leading scorer of all time, lived in a gated community in Newport Beach off of North Pelican Hill Road, and owned a number of other properties in the area.

Founded in 2009, eXp is one of the fastest-growing national brokerages with 20,000 agents as of August. At a time when traditional firms have been competing for agents, eXp offers high splits, revenue-sharing and company stock options. During the second quarter of 2019, it reported a “record” $266.7 million in revenue, up 104 percent year-over-year, but its losses were also up 16 percent, to $2.2 million. It recently launched its own iBuying program called Express Offers. [Inman]TRD Staff