Luis D. Ortiz Talks About His Decision To Leave Real Estate & Million Dollar Listing

It is so strange to think about Luis D. Ortiz leaving his real estate career behind. Not only is it what he has been known for, but it is obviously a major factor that allowed him to be a part of the Million Dollar Listing New York cast. So I am sure that it was very hard for him to quit both his day job and his career as a reality star.

If you watch the show, you know that saying this was a tough decision for him is definitely an understatement, but now that some time has passed since the season was filmed, Luis has had even more to say about the big choice that he has had to make.


Luis discussed this major life change in an interview with Bravo’s Daily Dish. He explained why even he was shocked that he ended up making this decision: “It was tough because first of all, I didn’t know that that was what I needed to do. I always ignored that that could be a possibility because I’m at the peak of my game and doing better today than I’ve ever done in my career.”

It’s probably still tough for the fans to grasp that this is what Luis chose to do, but Luis has revealed that his former costars Frederik Eklund and Ryan Serhant are not pleased with this career change. Luis said, “I think they’re not happy about it because I think we, as a trio, make such a good cast and I think the show is so successful because of the three of us together.”

That’s pretty upsetting to hear, but Luis clarified his statement by adding that they actually are supportive of their friend’s quest for happiness even though it isn’t what they wanted to happen.

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Ironically, Luis used a real estate metaphor to explain his relationships with Frederik and Ryan: “I think they’re bummed, but they’re happy for me. Both of them are always going to have a special place in my heart. I give them both keys to two separate penthouses in my heart, south-facing [with] floor-to-ceiling windows. They’ll always be a part of my life and I think as I actually go into an industry, I think we will now talk differently because we won’t be rivals in real estate. We’ll actually be happy to hear about each other’s successes.”

Luis also shared his excitement for this new journey in an Instagram post with a pretty lengthy caption. Among other things, he wrote, “I am so proud and happy of where I am today. I am so grateful to all of you for supporting, criticizing, encouraging, understanding and most importantly loving my journey the way you have. I read each and everyone of your comments and they make me a better person!”

So what is Luis going to do now? He doesn’t seem to know for sure, but he is interested in working in television in some capacity. Luis revealed, “Well, listen, I want to be in television. I came to New York to be a film director. I always wanted to be behind the cameras, but then when I started doing the show, I realized that I could be good in front of the camera. So I want to explore it, but not as an actor, though. I want a platform that allows me to be me ’cause I think my talent is me not acting because acting is another talent.” 

I am calling it now that Luis will have some reality TV show that involves him trying out different jobs in each episode to see what is a good fit for him. And if this isn’t already in the works, I want credit for this idea – cough cough, Andy Cohen/whoever else makes decisions at Bravo.


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