Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

'Million Dollar' Lister | Sarasota-Born Real Estate Agent Gets Some National Exposure on New Bravo Series

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

'Million Dollar' Lister | Sarasota-Born Real Estate Agent Gets Some National Exposure on New Bravo Series

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MAKING DEALS

Growing up in Sarasota, Andrew Greenwell would occasionally skip school at Riverview High School and tag along on broker caravans to check out houses on the market.

It was apparently good training for a guy who launched his own real estate career while still a student at Florida State University and now runs a 60-member team of agents selling high-end real estate in San Francisco.

He may need even more help in the office because his national profile is likely to grow with tonight's debut of Bravo TV's "Million Dollar Listing San Francisco." Greenwell is one of three real estate agents, along with Roh Habibi and Justin Fichelson, shown selling high-end property in the series that airs at 10 p.m.

It's the latest edition of a growing franchise of real estate- focused shows that began in Los Angeles and expanded to New York City and Miami.

"I was super nerdy growing up," Greenwell said in a telephone interview while sitting on a client's patio overlooking a valley in Sonoma County, California. "I wanted to be a Realtor at 12."

He joined the real estate caravans at a time "before you could see everything online. You had to go see the house in person."

He eventually went into business in Sarasota with his aunt, Debra Mack Schrock, in 2004.

The interest in real estate may be in his blood. His mother, Wendy Mack, was an executive for more than three decades with Dooley Mack Construction before launching her own company DM Construction.

In fact, Greenwell said his move first to Seattle and then to San Francisco was a way to "go out on my own."

"I was kind of living in her shadow," he said of his mother.

'Million Dollar' fan

Greenwell founded Venture Sotheby's International Realty in Pleasanton, California, and it has quickly expanded in the last four years. He's selling property that ranges from $1 million to about $20 million. …

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