Ryan Serhant is one of the most successful real estate brokers in the world. In addition to starring on Bravo’s ‘Million Dollar Listing New York,’ he has parlayed his television platform to build a real estate empire and an entertainment career with a global reach.
Serhant has not only evolved into a well-respected global real estate expert, he is also a Movie Star. His film with Ben Stiller, Noah Baumbach’s, “While We’re Young,” debuted at The Toronto International Film Festival in 2014, earning Serhant rave reviews.
Ryan Serhant continues to achieve extraordinary success. In 2014, his television series, “Million Dollar Listing New York” was nominated for an EMMY Award. Serhant’s global real estate empire has expanded with sales exceeding 1 Billion dollars, and he currently has 10 new development projects in the pipeline. Serhant’s team has grown to 23 agents split between his offices in New York City and Los Angeles. In fact, Serhant has sold over $500 Million in real estate in 2014 alone.
Serhant is frequently quoted in national outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Entrepreneur, and contributes to CNBC, ABC’s 20/20, CNN, and other top-tier national outlets as a global real estate expert. His unprecedented success has sparked interest from major corporations and trade organizations across the country that are interested in learning the secrets to his success. As a result, Serhant has become a well-respected public speaker. After delivering a keynote speech at a Bank of America conference, Serhant’s story was perfectly summed as “A story of when tenacity meets serendipity.”
Ryan Serhant’s motto, “EXPANSION. ALWAYS, IN ALL WAYS,” perfectly defines the rapid growth of his successful, and multi-faceted career. Of most importance to Serhant is giving back, and he is passionate about his work for non-profit organizations including the Make A Wish Foundation, The Human Rights Campaign, Ronald McDonald House, Habitat for Humanity, Pink Agenda among others.
At only 30 years old, Ryan Serhant is just getting started.
Where did you grow up?
Boston, on the Northshore
Who was your role model as a child?
Jean-Claude Van Damme
How would you describe your style?
James Bond with a pop of color
Why did you changed the acting for real state?
Simply because I was broke and if I didnt figure out a way to make money quickly I would have had to move back home to Colorado and that was the last thing I wanted to do. A friend from college, who was working in real estate, told me to get my license so I did. I started working with rentals and just continued working hard. It was a gradual process like anything.
Any other member in your family is in the business?
How did you got selected for the show “Million Dollar Listing New York”?
I went to an open casting with 3,000 real estate agents.
Do you guys have a script on what to do or say?
No, I wish! It would make my life so much easier.
Did your business changed before and after the show went live?
Yes absolutely. 90% of the real estate agents job is building a pipeline and figuring out where the next deal is coming from. Real estate is a volume business and the more people who know, the more you sell. I can only hit so many people with a postcard. Million Dollar Listing New York hits the entire world.
You are very successful now, but is there anything you regret about being in the show?
No absolutely not.
Besides NY what other cities are you planning to have an office at?
I already have offices in the Hamptons, Miami and Los Angeles, but I would also love to be on the ground in Dallas, San Francisco, Chicago and then branch internationally.
Do people recognize you on the street? (If yes, what’s the feeling)
All day, every day. People say “You’re the real estate guy!” and the feeling is awesome. I’m a walking billboard for my own business and it’s the greatest thing in the world.
How has your life changed after the TV Show?
I don’t remember my life before the TV show. I’ve been basically wrapped up in it since the beginning of 2010 when the process started.
Where do you see yourself in the next 5 year?
Bigger, better, stronger with offices in international cities under my brand and then go home to two kids.
What was the last book you read?
I really don’t have time to read, but the last book I read was Jobs after Steve Jobs died.
What are your other hobbies and interests?
My adrenaline level stays pretty high non-stop so I like to exercise and lift weights with my Spanish body builder, Alejandro the Terminator, and I’ve always been a movie buff so I try to see as many movies as possible.
If you could live in another period of time, which would you choose?
2325. I think the world is going to be insane at that point.
What do you like to watch on TV?
Million Dollar Listing New York and anything on Investigation Discovery channel.
Do you support any charities?
Yes, I’m an avid support of PACER (the National anti-bullying charity), Walk of Arts Kids, amFAR, Pink Agenda Gala for Breast Cancer Awareness, and Habitat for Humanity.
What do you do in your free time?
What’s your favorite quote?
“I’d rather regret the things I did than the things I never tried.”
So for the proposal you closed Times Square that was amazing, so we can expect for the wedding to be at the Vatican?
Neither Emilia or I are very religious, so the Vatican would be a weird choice but as of now we plan on getting married in Athens and I will pay all the Greek gods to show up (Zeus, Poseidon, etc.)
Do you guys have plans already for the wedding?
What do you think of Social Media?
I think social media was an inevitable form of technological communication and we now don’t know how to live life without it.
Where we can follow you?
Food: Chicken Fettuccini Alfredo and Carvel cookie crunch birthday cake
Restaurant: Giorgione in SoHo
Your favorite song? Why?
“My Heart Will Go On” by Celine Dion. I love Titanic. That movie destroyed me.
Drink: Old Fashioned
Music: BPM XM satellite radio
Travel Destination: Greece
Sports Team: New England Patriots