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  • MIAMI Commercial & Expo to Explore Industry Trends and Opportunities

    Oct 17, 2018
    The MIAMI Association of Realtors Commercial (MIAMI Commercial) will present its 18th annual Commercial Conference & Expo on Friday, Oct. 19 at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables. Five panels and sessions with more than 15 speakers will analyze the latest trends and opportunities in the South Florida commercial real estate market.
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  • MIAMI Realtors to Showcase South Florida Real Estate at Paris Expo

    Oct 11, 2018
    The MIAMI Association of REALTORS® (MIAMI) along with partner association FNAIM Gran Paris will again promote South Florida’s lifestyle and real estate market at one of France’s largest property showcases, Salon National de L’Immobilier, on Oct. 12-14 in Paris. MIAMI will make several South Florida market presentations at the expo, which is expected to attract 7,000 visitors and 70 exhibitors.
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  • Delegates from Six Countries Confirmed for MIAMI International Real Estate Congress

    Oct 10, 2018
    Delegates from six foreign countries have confirmed their participation for the 24th annual MIAMI Association of REALTORS® (MIAMI) International Real Estate Congress on Oct. 28-30 at the Biltmore Hotel. MIAMI will announce more participating countries soon as it prepares to host the international real estate event of the year, attended by more than 300 real estate professionals.
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  • Total Miami Home Sales Jump Double Digits in August 2018

    Sep 20, 2018
    Total Miami-Dade County home sales surged 13.3 percent year-over-year in August with single-family homes and condominium markets posting double-digit gains as total luxury sales, median prices and dollar volume increased, according to a new report by the MIAMI Association of REALTORS® (MIAMI) and the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) system.
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  • Colombia Continues to be Top Country Searching for Miami Homes

    Sep 17, 2018
    Colombian consumers registered the most international web searches for Miami homes in June, according to a new report by the MIAMI Association of Realtors (MIAMI). Colombia registered 12 percent of all international searches on MIAMI’s portal, www.MiamiRealtors.com, in June 2018. Colombia has led the rankings for seven consecutive months.
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  • MIAMI Realtors Showcase South Florida Real Estate at Brazilian Convention

    Sep 14, 2018
    The MIAMI Association of REALTORS® (MIAMI) promoted South Florida real estate at one of Brazil’s largest real estate events, the Secovi-SP Convention, on Aug. 26-28 in São Paulo. Secovi-SP, Latin America’s largest trade union, was MIAMI’s first of 178 foreign partner associations worldwide.
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  • JTHS-MIAMI Realtors Raises Money for Palm Beach’s Center for Child Counseling

    Sep 13, 2018
    The Young Professionals Network of the Jupiter-Tequesta-Hobe Sound Council of the MIAMI Association of REALTORS® (JTHS-MIAMI) donated about $7,560 to the Center for Child Counseling in Palm Beach Gardens from proceeds raised from their annual Battle of Bartenders event.
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  • South Florida Office Dollar Volume Surges in 2Q 2018

    Sep 04, 2018
    South Florida office dollar volume rose to its highest value in the past three quarters, according to the new 2Q 2018 The Quarterly Report – South Florida Commercial Real Estate released by data firm Vizzda (Visual Data) and the MIAMI Association of Realtors Commercial (MIAMI Commercial).
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  • Miami Existing Condo Sales Continue Upward Trend in July

    Aug 22, 2018
    Miami-Dade County existing condominium sales increased year-over-year for the fifth time in the last seven months as median prices rose for all properties in July 2018, according to a new report by the MIAMI Association of REALTORS® (MIAMI) and the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) system.
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  • Miami Realtors to Exhibit at Colombia’s Largest Real Estate Expo

    Aug 09, 2018
    The MIAMI Association of REALTORS® (MIAMI) will again promote South Florida’s lifestyle and real estate market at Colombia’s largest property showcase, El XII Gran Salón Inmobiliario – Feria Internacional, starting today through Sunday, Aug. 12 in Bogotá, Colombia. MIAMI will make a South Florida market presentation at the 13th annual expo, which is expected to attract 30,000 visitors and 200 exhibitors.
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  • Miami Condominium Sales Rise in 2Q 2018

    Aug 08, 2018
    Miami-Dade County existing condominium sales surged 5.6 percent in 2Q 2018 as median prices for all properties rose for the 26th consecutive quarter, according to a new report by the MIAMI Association of REALTORS® (MIAMI) and the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) system.
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  • JTHS-MIAMI Realtors Collect School Supplies for Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County

    Aug 06, 2018
    The Jupiter-Tequesta-Hobe Sound Council of the MIAMI Association of REALTORS® (JTHS-MIAMI) collected $800 worth of school supplies for Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County children during its annual school supply drive.
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  • Colombia Continues to be Top Country Searching for Miami Homes

    Jul 24, 2018
    Colombian consumers registered the most international web searches for Miami homes in April, according to a new report by the MIAMI Association of REALTORS® (MIAMI). Colombia registered 12.2 percent of all international searches on MIAMI’s portal, www.MiamiRealtors.com, in April 2018. Colombia has led the rankings for five consecutive months.
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  • Luxury Sales Continue to Rise while Limited Supply in Lower Price Points Results in Fewer Sales, Increased Prices

    Jul 23, 2018
    Miami-Dade County luxury real estate sales continue to increase while lower price points experience strong demand and limited supply, resulting in price increases countywide, according to a new report by the MIAMI Association of REALTORS® (MIAMI) and the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) system.
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  • Colombia Continues to be Top Country Searching for Miami Homes

    Jul 09, 2018
    Colombian consumers registered the most international web searches for Miami homes in March, according to a new report by the MIAMI Association of REALTORS® (MIAMI). Colombia registered 11.9 percent of all international searches on MIAMI’s portal, www.MiamiRealtors.com, in March 2018. Colombia has led the rankings for four consecutive months.
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  • South Florida Multifamily Transactions, Prices Rise in 1Q

    Jun 26, 2018
    South Florida multifamily real estate transactions jumped 8.5 percent year-over-year in 1Q 2018 and per-unit multifamily prices increased in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties, according to the new 1Q 2018 The Quarterly Report – South Florida Commercial Real Estate
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  • JTHS-MIAMI Realtors Collect 364 Pounds of Food for Needy Palm Beach Residents

    Jun 25, 2018
    The Jupiter-Tequesta-Hobe Sound Council of the MIAMI Association of REALTORS® (JTHS-MIAMI) collected 364 pounds of non-perishable food for the Palm Beach County Food Bank in April as part of its annual JTHS-MIAMI’s “Move for Hunger” Food Drive.
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  • Colombia Leads Countries Looking for Miami Homes in February

    Jun 25, 2018
    Colombian consumers registered the most international web searches for Miami homes in February, according to a new report by the MIAMI Association of REALTORS® (MIAMI). South Florida remains the most-searched U.S. market by international consumers and a top-five market for homebuyers in the world’s six largest regions, according to February data.
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  • Miami Luxury Home Sales Jump in May 2018

    Jun 20, 2018
    Total Miami luxury home sales rose 24.1 percent year-over-year in May as existing condominium sales rose for the second consecutive month, according to a new report by the MIAMI Association of REALTORS® (MIAMI) and the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) system.
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  • Miami Realtors Join Chapman Partnership to Feed Homeless

    Jun 18, 2018
    Continuing its changing communities initiative, MIAMI Association of Realtors (MIAMI) members and peers again fed dinner to 500 homeless residents on June 14 at the Chapman Partnership’s Downtown Miami Homeless Assistance Center.
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Wine and Real Estate: Location is Paramount

by | May 15, 2017



By Chris Umpierre

MIAMI Staff

 

Christopher Zoller has had a fascination with wine for as long as he can remember.

His parents taught him about the food’s importance (yes, it is a food). The Coral Gables Realtor’s parents served wine at every dinner and taught him about its nutritional benefits, international reach and flavor profiles.

“In real estate, it’s location, location, location,” said Zoller, who owns a 3,200 wine-bottle cellar after almost 30 years of collecting. “In the wine world, it’s terroir.”

Terroir is the Latin term that attempts to capture all of the environmental and cultural influences in growing grapes and making wine. According to terroir, certain wine varietals thrive in a certain location with a certain climate with a certain annual rainfall and a certain quality soil.

Zoller, the 2017 MIAMI Association of REALTORS® (MIAMI) Chairman of the Board, sees many similarities between wine and real estate. Location is paramount, of course, but so is supply and demand. If there’s too much wine coming from one grape, the wine’s price will go down.

“Just like it takes a sharp Realtor to determine the best values in the real estate world, it takes a sharp oenophile to pick out the best wines,” Zoller said. “The wine collection process is similar to buying choice parcels. The best location will give you the best returns. In real estate, we look for the highest and best use. In dining, we look for the best food and wine pairing.”

 

An Oenophile’s Dream

Zoller began collecting wines when he moved back to Miami in 1988 after selling real estate in St. Thomas for six years.

He and his wife, Lee Galt, have a 3,200-bottle wine cellar. It is a wine lover’s paradise. The couple picked many of their wines during their travels. 

Once found primarily in France, wine is global now. Fun fact: Every U.S. state has at least one winery.

Winery tips and advice from Zoller:

● On Napa Valley vs. Sonoma County in California: “I prefer Sonoma County. It is a little quieter there and Sonoma County produces quality wine.”

● On the best wines to drink in Miami and the Caribbean: “Living down here in the subtropics and the heat, I like pinot noir for a softer red. White wines like a sauvignon blanc or pinot gris go great with our food here because much or our cuisine features spicier flavors.”

● On Oregon wines: “Wines in the Willamette Valley are spectacular.”

● On lesser known French wine regions: “We go to the Alsace wine region in France. It’s near the France and German border. They have amazing Rieslings and Pinot Gris. And try some from the Languedoc for great value.”

● On Australian wineries: “Australia makes wonderful wines. They are a little heavier but you have to give them a try.”

 

Learning from His Mother

Zoller developed his passion for wine and real estate from his mother, Leticia. Leticia Zoller spent 20 years selling real estate in Fairfield, Conn.

Zoller said his mother encouraged him to get into real estate. One day, she heard him negotiating a deal with a fishing supply company, and told him he should look into selling homes. While still a college undergraduate in Connecticut, Zoller got his first real estate license in 1973. In his twenties, Zoller served on the Greater Fairfield (Conn.) Board of Realtors.

Four decades later, Zoller has collected real estate licenses in four states (Florida, Connecticut, New York, and South Carolina) and one Caribbean island (St. Thomas).

His deep real estate background helped him secure a position at EWM Realty International, Inc. in Coral Gables, where he has worked for the past 27 years.

Zoller specializes in custom properties for South Florida commercial and residential clients. Zoller’s clientele includes local and international residential customers, investors and luxury home owners, small and medium businesses as well as large corporations. 

 

Miami: From Resort City to Global City

Zoller’s experience in South Florida gives him an interesting perspective on Miami’s growth. Since he moved back to Miami in 1988, the city has gone from a retirement home to a major global city.

Zoller marvels at the growth of local higher education. The University of Miami, Miami Dade College and Florida International University have made serious leaps in the last three decades.

Dadeland in south Miami-Dade County shifted from an almost vacant mall and Cadillac car dealership to a busy Metrorail stop with shopping centers, condos and businesses. Downtown Miami transformed from a 9-to-5 destination to one of America’s fastest-growing neighborhoods, according to Realtor.com.

Brickell, which is part of downtown, went from an isolated area to one of the most active real estate locations in the nation. Banks, bars, restaurants and skyscrapers are turning Brickell into a major city within a city. Today, Miami is home to more than 1,000 multinationals, 33 international banks and 77 foreign consulates.

“Miami is a city where land is precious,” Zoller said. “We don’t have the place to grow. We’re not like Atlanta or Houston where we can expand in 360-degree directions. We only have two locations we can go — east or west — and we’re full. Now, we go up. We’re becoming more of a vertical city.”

 

The Global Nature of Wine

Like Miami, wine is also global.

Zoller’s impressive wine collection shows you that wine can be produced all over the world.

But knowing how to pair the right wine to a specific meal? Now that’s a science.

Ask Zoller about pairing wine to food and he will describe how a fat, juicy steak with dark, deep flavors pairs seamlessly with red wine because it also has dark, deep flavors. The acidity of the wine helps refresh your palate while removing the steak’s fatty juices so you can take another bite.

Just don’t ask him to pick a favorite wine.

“It’s like picking your favorite child,” Zoller said with a laugh. “But if there were no other wines left on earth, I hope maybe just maybe there’s one pinot noir left.”

 

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ZOLLER BIO

Name: Christopher Zoller

Board position: 2017 MIAMI Association of REALTORS® Chairman of the Board

Employment: Broker-Associate at EWM Realty International, Inc.

Achievement:  2009 MIAMI Residential Realtor of the Year

Did you know? Zoller previously worked as an actor in soap operas, TV commercials, and as an extra in movies in New York City. He also performed in Off-Broadway work.

 

ABOUT THE PROJECT

Getting to Know Our MIAMI Leaders is a project by Chris Umpierre highlighting the 2017 presidents and chairmen of the MIAMI Association of REALTORS®. The leaders are: Chairman of the Board Christopher Zoller, Residential President Christina Pappas, Commercial President José María Serrano, Broward President Ellen R. Mitchel, Young Professionals Network Chairman Alberto Carrillo and JTHS-MIAMI President Lynne Rifkin.

                                                                                         

Read all the profiles at www.miamire.com/MiamiLeaders

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