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Rafael, J.D. is President/Broker of the Sunset Realty Group of Southern Florida, LLC. (“Sunset Realty Group”). He was born in 1973 in Berlin/Germany (West). After living 5 years in Lima, Peru and 15 years in Berlin, Rafael decided in 1993 to continue his studies in Florida. In 1996, he obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, and thereafter began law school at the University of Florida, College of Law in Gainesville. After his graduation in 1999, Rafael moved to Los Angeles, California, where he practiced civil litigation law until 2001, when he decided to move back to Miami. He has been a Miami Beach resident ever since.
Rafael has gained professional experience and extended his field related knowledge and expertise by working with a local real estate firm, a real estate developer, general contractor, and a property management company. Rafael is also licensed as a Florida real estate instructor.
In August 2008, Rafael created the Sunset Realty Group. Since that date, he has employed his legal and tri-cultural background to lead Sunset Realty Group to become a market leader for commercial and high-end residential real estate in South Florida. Specializing in residential and commercial rentals and sales in Miami Beach, Downtown, Biscayne Corridor, Brickell, Key Biscayne, Coconut Grove, and Coral Gables, Rafael has built a team of real estate professionals with the skills to help him achieve this goal.
In his spare time, Rafael goes to the gym, plays tennis, and enjoys reading, writing, traveling, and listening to music. He is a 2003 graduate of the City of Miami Beach Neighborhood Leadership Academy. Over the years, Rafael has also served as a Guardian ad Litem for abused and neglected children, a big brother in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami, a mentor/tutor in the Dade Marine Institute, and a pro-bono attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union and the Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center.
Rafael is fluent in English, German, Spanish, and Portuguese.
I am a Florida licensed real estate instructor and assist students with real estate exam preparation. I prepare students for class and state exams. I work with them based on available textbooks.
From 2000 until 2004, I worked as a civil trial and immigration trial attorney, arguing cases before both judges and juries.
From 2001 until 2002 I ran for State Representative as the Democratic Nominee in Florida District 107.
I am currently employed since 2012 as a real estate instructor and teach classes that vary in size between 20-100 students.
In 1999 I was President of a non-profit organization (National Voter Registration, Inc.). In that capacity I spoke in churches, schools, and various community events.
For the above mentioned reasons, I consider myself an experienced and effective speaker.
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