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About Miami Condo Investments

The Miami Condo Investments website was born on May 12, 2007. Since that time, the site has grown considerably in both content and viewership and is one of the most trafficked real estate websites in South Florida. It averages 35,000 unique visitors per month, represented by people from over 150 countries throughout the world. Miami Condo Investments began as a real estate blog with the purpose of informing the public and providing transparency to a real estate market that so badly needed it. Over the years, it has morphed into a Miami condos supersite and, ultimately, the #1 ranked Miami condos website.
 
Technology, content generation, and service have and always will be the three pillars of success for Miami Condo Investments. By taking advantage of the latest technologies, Miami Condo Investments has been able to consistently stay ahead of the competition. Through content generation, Miami Condo Investments has been able to share its vast knowledge of the Miami real estate market with interested parties such as buyers, renters, sellers, landlords, developers, and real estate agents. Finally, service is a critical component to our success; we strive to provide to our customers exceptional service every step of the way in an effort to build with them long-lasting relationships.
 
The Miami Condo Investments website has and always will be a work in progress. The version you see before you is the sixth iteration of the website and there is much more to come. Although this sixth version recently launched, we are already working on a few major updates that we hope to roll out within the next couple of months. As always, we welcome any feedback and/or suggestions that you may have.

To provide customers with unrivaled technology, insightful content, and exceptional service every step of the way.

This website is a direct reflection of the type of experience that you should expect to receive when working with any member of the Miami Condo Investments team. From the moment you visit this website to the time we hand you the keys to your new home, your experience with Miami Condo Investments will be exceptional every step of the way.
 
We realize that your time matters. When contacting Miami Condo Investments, you can rest assured that you will receive a prompt response when inquiring about a property. Also, we work around your schedule and are available 7 days a week.
 
Most importantly, agents of the Miami Condo Investments team possess the market know-how and professionalism that one should expect when working with a Miami Realtor. We are service-oriented real estate agents focused on building long-lasting relationships with our customers.

I’m a licensed real estate sales associate. How do I join the Miami Condo Investments team?
For consideration, please send an email to Team Leader, Sarah Elles Boggs, at sarah@miamicondoinvestments.com.

Lucas Lechuga - Owner and Founder

Lucas Lechuga is the owner and founder of the Miami Condo Investments website. In 2000, after graduating from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and specialization in Investments, Lucas worked at the Chicago Board of Options Exchange for four years as an on-floor options market-maker. With this background, it was a logical choice to work with investors when he entered the real estate industry as a real estate sales associate in 2005. Lucas has been able to communicate efficiently and effectively with real estate investors throughout the world who have looked to Miami for real estate investment opportunities as well as with end-users in search of their dream home in South Florida.
 
Besides real estate, Lucas has a number of avid interests, including photography, triathlon training and racing, and spending time with his girlfriend, Joy, and two Miniature Schnauzers, Lucky and Spike. Lucas is a 4-time Ironman finisher with a personal best time of 10:13:32; his ultimate goal is to qualify for the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii.
 
To learn more about Lucas Lechuga, follow him on Twitter or circle him on Google+. He may also be contacted via email at lucas@miamicondoinvestments.com or on his cell phone at 786-247-6332.

What is your favorite quote?
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. 

Which is your favorite neighborhood?
Wynwood

Which is your favorite restaurant?
I’m a pretty simple guy. I’ll have to go with Coyo Taco in Wynwood. That place is amazing! I could eat there everyday.

Which is your favorite cafe?
Dr. Smood in Wynwood. Their decor is on point. It reminds of something you’d find in Boston or New York City. And their Hawaj white coffee is absolutely amazing!

Which is your favorite condo development?
The Mansions at Acqualina

Who is your favorite condo developer?
Ugo Colombo

What is your greatest achievement?
Without a doubt, my greatest achievement is completing my first Ironman triathlon. From that journey, I came away with invaluable lessons about how hard work, consistency, and determination pay off in the long run. That’s not to say that along the way there won’t be hurdles and obstacles in your way, because there almost certainly will be. It’s your ability to overcome those obstacles and keep yourself focused on the end goal that matters most. I’ve been able to apply these same invaluable lessons to business as well as to life in general.

What is your favorite book?
“Outliers: The Story of Success” by Malcolm Gladwell

What are your hobbies?
Photography and triathlon

Sarah Elles Boggs - Team Leader

Sarah Elles Boggs is an accomplished real estate sales/marketing pioneer, with a career spanning more than 10 years. Using new media, she has designed sales/marketing programs that have resulted in over 750 transactions and $350MM in sales volume. Her expertise in the real estate market, professionalism, dedication, ethics & integrity have earned Sarah Elles a solid reputation among her clients, fellow agents & community. Most recently, Sarah has been honored as one of Brickell Magazine’s Top 20 Professionals under 40 in Miami, chosen to serve as a board member of the Young Professional Council for the Miami Association of Realtors for 2014-2016 & chosen as one of Florida Realtors’ State Directors for 2014 -2016

Beginning her real estate career straight out of the University of Texas at Austin in 2002 as a scout for new development sites & director of sales and marketing for a local builder, Sarah Elles has experienced all ends of the business. Her passion for real estate, endless hours of hard work, natural ability to negotiate & experience have made her transactions seem effortless. In addition to real estate sales/marketing, Sarah has served as a marketing consultant for banks, mortgage companies & title companies and has been nationally recognized for style & strategy. In 2013, Sarah was named on Realty Biz News’ list of “100 Must-Follow Realtors on Twitter.”

Being born & raised in rural East Texas, Sarah understands the need for a sense of community and prides herself upon not just selling real estate, but creating neighbors. At the end of any real estate transaction, the service does not stop with delivery of keys. Clients are always encouraged to ask for recommendations for the best schools, doctors, decorators, salons or anything else they are curious about in the area.

A strong believer in the power of mentoring, Sarah offers candid advice for the agents on the Miami Condo Investments team in effort to improve the level of professionalism in the field and give the agents the skills required to thrive in Miami’s ultra-competitive real estate market.

What is your favorite quote?
“I do not build in order to have clients, I have clients in order to build.” ~The Fountainhead 1947

Which neighborhood is your favorite?
Brickell has always felt like home to me, even though it has changed completely over the last few years. I love that there is so much to do and so many places for work within a few blocks and so many people to meet. Brickell is filled with opportunity and the condos are beautiful.

Which is your favorite restaurant?
I can’t claim one restaurant as my favorite. It is such a treat to have so many different nationalities and cultures together in Miami, so I like to try something different every time we go out.

Where is your favorite vacation spot?
Brazil is a blast. When I travel, I like to experience normal life for the area rather than exploring the tourist spots. The landscape of Brazil is really breathtaking and the people are so welcoming, it is really difficult to top Brazil.

Which condo development is your favorite?
As a Realtor, I can’t name my favorite development because the best development is always the one that fits the goals & needs of the client best. My personal favorite development in the neighborhood is Santa Maria. The level of detail is unmatched, the layouts are large, all of the views are spectacular and the amenities fit what is important to me in a home.

Who is your favorite developer?
Ugo Colombo has a distinct style that I love. His attention to quality, usability and detail are very notable and his buildings are ageless. The buildings he built in the 1990’s still look brand-new in the skyline today. That is talent, and that is why his apartments are more expensive. They are just more valuable.

What has been your greatest achievement to date?
I’ve always been willful and self-starting, but moving to Miami from Texas was shocking to many when I did it. It was a relatively quick decision and I moved without friends, family or a definitive reason for moving but I knew in my heart that it was right. It was also very liberating and makes my achievements even sweeter.

What is your favorite book?
The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand. It is a long read but really helped me to embrace my own nature to go with what I feel is best even if it may not fit the beliefs of popular opinion.

Do you have any pets?
Yes, Carmela Soprano is my 10 year old Maltese. She looks like a princess but acts like a mob boss, hence the name.

Michelle La Llave - Assistant

Michelle came to Miami Condo Investments with over 10 years of experience in Miami Real Estate. After graduating in 1993 from St. John’s university in Queens, New York with a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism, she began her professional career as a copy writer for a publishing company in San Juan, Puerto Rico. In 1996 she moved to Miami, where she continued her career as a marketing copywriter at Burdines and Macy’s.

In 2005, during the height of the Real Estate boom she decided to take a leap of faith with a long-time friend and former coworker, who asked her to become his assistant. She got her Real Estate license and subsequently her broker’s license. As a part of the team, Michelle assisted in the sale of over 40 homes in one year in the Miami Shores area.

When the market lagged, she went back into the writing arena, only to return once again to real estate in 2009. This time around, she assisted a Real Estate Broker and Lawyer with his real estate transactions and title work.

Michelle is a people person and enjoys communicating with the different parties in a transaction, as well assisting in a smooth closing. She enjoys the intricacies of a deal and is well-versed in contracts, scheduling, negotiations and due diligence processes.

In her free time, Michelle enjoys being in nature, whether it be the beach or hiking on a trail. She is an avid fan of traveling, yoga and reading.

What is your favorite quote?
When the mind is calm, the asana is perfect. – Sri Pattabhi Jois

Which neighborhood is your favorite?
South Beach

Which is your favorite restaurant?
Meze Aegean Bistro

Where is your favorite vacation spot?
Rincon, Puerto Rico

Which condo development is your favorite?
The Waverly at South Beach

What has been your greatest achievement to date?
Raising my daughter, Bianca and working for the Miami Condo Investments team!

What is your favorite book?
The Davinci Code

What are your hobbies?
Yoga, hiking, reading, canoeing.

Do you have any pets?
Yes, a Vizsla named Zeus and a Schitzu named Raychel

Lucas Lechuga

Lucas Lechuga is the owner and founder of the Miami Condo Investments website. In 2000, after graduating from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and specialization in Investments, Lucas worked at the Chicago Board of Options Exchange for four years as an on-floor options market-maker. With this background, it was a logical choice to work with investors when he entered the real estate industry as a real estate sales associate in 2005. Lucas has been able to communicate efficiently and effectively with real estate investors throughout the world who have looked to Miami for real estate investment opportunities as well as with end-users in search of their dream home in South Florida.
 
Besides real estate, Lucas has a number of avid interests, including photography, triathlon training and racing, and spending time with his girlfriend, Joy, and two Miniature Schnauzers, Lucky and Spike. Lucas is a 4-time Ironman finisher with a personal best time of 10:13:32; his ultimate goal is to qualify for the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii.
 
To learn more about Lucas Lechuga, follow him on Twitter or circle him on Google+. He may also be contacted via email at lucas@miamicondoinvestments.com or on his cell phone at 786-247-6332.

What is your favorite quote?

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

Which is your favorite neighborhood?

Wynwood

Which is your favorite restaurant?

I’m a pretty simple guy. I’ll have to go with Coyo Taco in Wynwood. That place is amazing! I could eat there everyday.

Which is your favorite cafe?

Dr. Smood in Wynwood. Their decor is on point. It reminds of something you’d find in Boston or New York City. And their Hawaj white coffee is absolutely amazing!

Which is your favorite condo development?

The Mansions at Acqualina

Who is your favorite condo developer?

Ugo Colombo

What is your greatest achievement?

Without a doubt, my greatest achievement is completing my first Ironman triathlon. From that journey, I came away with invaluable lessons about how hard work, consistency, and determination pay off in the long run. That’s not to say that along the way there won’t be hurdles and obstacles in your way, because there almost certainly will be. It’s your ability to overcome those obstacles and keep yourself focused on the end goal that matters most. I’ve been able to apply these same invaluable lessons to business as well as to life in general.

What is your favorite book?

“Outliers: The Story of Success” by Malcolm Gladwell

What are your hobbies?

Photography and triathlon

Ryan Davis

Inspired by trends, pushed by technology, yet grounded by history… these are a few of the traits that inspire Ryan Davis’ personal and professional philosophy. Combining all three allows him, in turn, to inspire his clients by providing the absolute best insight into their individual needs.

Joining the Miami Condo Investments team with a comprehensive background in sales, rentals, and client service; Ryan has spent the last ten years in customer service roles, a perfect fit for his outgoing and friendly approach. An excellent listener, and admitted people person, he is always at the ready to answer any questions that might come up. Facts and figures, communicated in an open and honest style, allow his clients to understand the current status of the market and make sound, informed decisions about a sale or purchase.

Though Ryan represents all property types across Miami, living and working in Brickell has given him an intimate knowledge, and special love, of one of the most sought after areas of Miami. He is the go-to agent for all things Brickell and enjoys sharing the neighborhood gems with his clientele.

When he is not building his client base, Ryan can be found enjoying all the benefits of living in Brickell from running to dining at the local restaurants with friends to provide future clientele with the latest recommendations.

What is your favorite quote?

“A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and strong enough to correct them.” - John C. Maxwell

Which neighborhood is your favorite?

Brickell, It’s a vibrant upbeat neighborhood that is a universal mixing pot of people and ideas. The harmonious diversity that it houses is what will always make Brickell a great place to live, work, and play.

Which is your favorite restaurant?

My go to for an everyday breakfast is Balans. It’s in a great location and it always has great food. If it were a special night out I would choose PM for its incredible steaks.

Where is your favorite café?

La Boulangerie Boul'mich - It’s got the corner café vibe that is surely a hidden gem in the area.

Which condo development is your favorite?

Park Grove based on it’s location and overall livability feel. Raising a family in Coconut Grove has always been a dream of mine and that building seems like it would work well for that kind of lifestyle.

Who is your favorite developer?

Ugo Colombo because of his attention to detail and design taste.

What has been your greatest achievement to date?

Moving to Miami to start a new job as a realtor was a very difficult task, but also has been the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done.

What is your favorite movie?

Guardians of the Galaxy

What are your hobbies?

My dog, Kobe, consumes a lot of my free time I try to spend time with him as often as I can. I do a lot of running and especially enjoy the run over the Rickenbacker Causeway do to it’s challenging nature and incredible sunset views.

Diana Garayar

Diana Garayar came to the Miami Condo Investments Team from Northern Virginia. After moving to South Florida in 2004 and graduating with her International Business degree from Florida International University in 2008, she fell in love with the international vibe of the city and the beauty of the coast and knew that this is where she wanted to make her home.

Upon graduation, Diana spent the first three years of her career in logistics for international imports and exports, making her a master of communication and organization, which has served her well on her foray into the fast-paced world of Miami’s luxury real estate market. Researching the market is among her strong points and you can be sure that the information a client is getting from Diana is the most current available and completely focused on her clients’ specific needs.

Genuine and trustworthy, Diana believes that the key to success for her clients is having an agent who listens, educates, and focuses solely on their needs and then works diligently to find the perfect property match for them. She promises her clients’ 24/7 availability and exclusivity; a promise on which she never fails to deliver. She is committed to helping her clients through the decision making process with ease and peace of mind.

Focusing on the areas of Brickell, Downtown, Edgewater, Midtown and Miami Beach, the properties available to her clients run the gamut from investment properties to spectacular waterfront condos and estate homes.

Diana has immersed herself in the active South Florida lifestyle and can rarely be found sitting still. When she is not working on her client list, she can be found running, biking and enjoying the many outdoor activities that are afforded to Miami residents year round. She is also an avid practitioner of Bikram Yoga.

What is your favorite quote?

The new becomes the norm, the norm becomes the old, and the old disappears. In the end, life goes on with or without you, so I refuse to let it pass me by anymore. It's too short not to appreciate what you have do have and also way too short to be angry at what you don't.

Which neighborhood is your favorite?

The Design District/ Buena Vista. I am from the suburbs of Washington DC so this reminds me of where I grew up. Each house has their own uniqueness and personality. It has a quiet neighborhood feeling while being in the busy city of Miami.

Which is your favorite restaurant?

Buena Vista Bistro. It is a cute French restaurant on NE 2 Ave. The food is simply amazing. I normally do not eat meat but the filet minion here is out of this world.

Where is your favorite café?

I normally do not drink coffee but I do drink a lot of smoothies. i stop by the Smoothie King for the Green Tea Tango or Banana Berry Treat at least 2 times a week.

What has been your greatest achievement to date?

Buying a house. I grew up in a house and having a hyperactive dog we knew we needed one. It was quite a process going through the whole search and loan process. It was stressful at time but was worth it in the end.

What is your favorite book?

Third Circle Theory. It is not an easy book to read but I really recommend it.

What are your hobbies?

Crossfit. I did it years before and did not like it. I gave it another shot at different place and am really enjoying it. It is amazing to be like "yeah, I just lifted my body weight and some"

Press

The local and national media have cited Miami Condo Investments in a number of news stories throughout the years due to Lucas Lechuga’s extensive knowledge of the Miami condo market and strong grasp of the underlying market statistics.  Below are just a few of the media companies which have done so.  Please visit our press room to view the full list of real estate related news stories which have referenced Lucas Lechuga and/or Miami Condo Investments.