Five South Florida real estate professionals are in the spotlight after being named to Forbes Magazine’s top 30 under 30 list.
What they share in common: millions of dollars in real estate sales.
"I've always been an overachiever," said Dina Goldentayer, 29, who leads the DS Team that sold $60 million worth of houses and condos in the past year.
She said she was able to do it by “staying positive and working hard.”
29-year-old Danny Hertzberg also specializes in luxury homes and condos. He sold $30 million in homes this year. He started working in the family business when he was still in school at the University of Miami.
Representing more than 3 million square feet of commercial space and running a fitness boot camp for corporate clients is Viktoria Telek, 29.
"It's perfect timing because I'm turning 30 in two months," the ComReal Fort Lauderdale senior associate said.
Telek said her success could not have happened on her own, saying, "it's the people you surround yourself with.”
Also on the list is RentJuice.com CEO David Vivero, whose website offers rental listings and caters towards younger clients. Vivero, 28, received $6.2 million in venture capital funding this year.
At 24, Oren Alexander is one of the younger names on the list, but he has already racked up plenty of sales in both Miami and New York.
A vice president of Prudential Douglas Elliman Real Estate, he has sold nearly $100 million in homes and currently has Miami's most expensive listing – a $60 million mansion on Indian Creek Drive.
Next to New York, South Florida has the most real estate professionals on the 30 under 30 list.
While South Florida’s Forbes 5 bask in the glow, more good real estate news came Wednesday in new figures released by Florida Realtors.
Existing home sales in the state went up 11 percent in November over last year, driven by more confident consumers and continued low interest rates. At the same time, median prices fell just $500 to $131,000, another sign that the housing market could finally be on the cusp of a turnaround.
"In recent weeks, we've seen encouraging reports of jobs growth and improvements in Florida's economy," said 2011 Florida Realtors President Patricia Fitzgerald. "Mortgage rates have remained at record lows and home prices appear to be stabilizing in many local markets across the state all positive signs for the housing recovery."
Existing home sales increased by 36 percent in West Palm Beach/Boca Raton, and 22 percent in Fort Lauderdale.
– The News Service of Florida contributed reporting to this story.