Teresa Witte, Sarasota Immigrant from Brazil, Exemplifies the Qualities that Immigrants Bring to Our Community
Teresa was born in Sao Paulo and raised between there and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She worked for the Holland-based KLM Airline where she began to learn English. Wanting more and realizing that improving her English would greatly enhance her ability to advance into management, she decided to spend some time studying English in the United States. She moved to Miami where she was taking classes in English when she met her husband-to-be.
Mr. Witte is an architect and suggested that Teresa go into real estate. With her ability to act as a bridge between Brazil and the US through her language skills and her naturally vivacious personality, it seemed like a good fit.
It turned out to be an excellent fit. Teresa excelled at being a real estate agent, specializing in helping Brazilians acquire property in Florida. She started in 1996, work for The Point of Aventura, Aventura Florida, with her main focus on promoting luxury condos for Brazilians. This was before mobile devices like smartphones and tablets were so ubiquitous. One story that is illustrative of her work ethic recounts the time she flew to Brazil on a moment’s notice in order to close a deal with 1 client. Without access to a computer she had to write out the contract by hand. She returned home with a signed handwritten contract, triumphant.
Teresa understands that true advancement in the US comes through education. She had obtained a degree in Journalism in Brazil and, as her career solidified, she began taking journalism courses at FAU in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree.
Teresa was 2 credits away from obtaining her degree when the real estate market crashed. Unfortunately the developer she was working for went bankrupt and she, along with all the other employees, was let go. Things turned even worse when her husband, an architect, lost his job as well.
Never out of work because of her bilingual and intercultural skills, Teresa found an opportunity with a builder on the West Coast of Florida. Although she and her husband had a house on the East Coast she took the job and shuttled back and forth for a year. Eventually the family reunited on the West Coast and her husband found a new job.
Today Teresa is a dual Brazilian-American citizen, having obtained her citizenship over 12 years ago, and works for Platinum Realty, a franchise of Re-max, as the Manager of the Global New Homes Sales Division. She still specializes in assisting international buyers find the right property in Florida. This year Remax Platinum is planning to attend 3 international trade shows; 2 in Brazil and 1 in Germany.
Teresa enjoys working with Brazilians because she understands their business-oriented focus and can-do attitude. She knows that Brazilians are always interested in improving their station in life through education and hard work. The words she uses to describe Brazilians are: entrepreneurial, singular, focused, outstanding, and determined.
She might as well be speaking about herself. With her family reunited in Sarasota and renewed success at work Teresa returned to school. She plans on graduating this summer with a new Bachelor’s degree. We wish her all the best.
To read Teresa Witte’s Bio click the link.
To contact Teresa call: 941-302-2585.