Meet Mirador’s energetic, entertaining, and charming real estate salesperson, Michael Minarik, who, beyond his successful real estate career, also doubles as a Tony-nominated Broadway star. This week, he sat down to talk about his career in real estate, singing, and much more. Check out Minarik’s full Q&A below:
How long have you been in NYC real estate, and how many years have you been with Mirador?
I received my real estate license in 2001, but didn’t start practicing seriously until around 3 years ago. I’ve been with Mirador for about a year now.
Why real estate? What were your previous career paths?
I chose real estate because I feel like there’s something special about showing someone a unit that may become their new home. I love knowing that the apartment I show them is going to be where they spend all their time and energy, it’s extremely cool to help clients discover that space.
I used to want to be an investment banker (I was a finance major in college), but then I ended up pursuing my singing and acting career and landed on Broadway (laughs).
Speaking of Broadway, tell us a bit about your Broadway and show-biz career:
I’ve been singing professionally since 1999 and have been on Broadway since 2007. The first gig I landed was Grantaire in Les Miserables. It was fun playing that character because he was always drunk, which was ironic because I’ve actually never had a drink in my life!
What is it like balancing Broadway and real estate careers?
It’s actually a very nice balance because I get to use both sides of my brain. I use my analytical left brain for real estate, I have to constantly analyze what clients say about their lifestyle and find a home to best match their description. On Broadway, I use my creative right brain and release all of my creative tendencies on stage.
What was your favorite role to play?
I loved playing Lonny in Rock of Ages mainly because that show allowed for a lot of improvisation. The best part is when audience members are allowed to shout out actions to the actors while we shout back through 80’s rock songs!
Is there a play/musical that you would recommend New Yorkers to see?
If you get the chance, I highly recommend “The Play That Goes Wrong”; it’s a fun slapstick comedy that I enjoyed very much!
Besides being a part-time Broadway star, what is one fun fact about yourself?
I’ve sang “God Bless America” quite a few times at the Yankee Stadium during the 7th inning stretch at the Yankee games!
Who is your biggest inspiration?
My biggest inspiration is definitely my wife. She is the toughest person I have ever met. If I’m ever having a bad day, I just look at her and feel better. She’s had six back surgeries but is still working hard as a pediatric nurse and a fitness instructor . . . she is truly incredible.
What is one of your guilty pleasures?
I love doing *NSYNC’s “Bye Bye Bye” choreography at weddings!
What are some of your favorite places that you’ve traveled to?
Wow, that’s a hard question, I have so many! I would say Vietnam, The Gilly Islands, Hakone in Japan, Bangkok, and Isla Holbox in Mexico. Those have to be my top five.
What is the most unique decor you have seen in homes?
Well it isn’t decor, but the most unique feature I’ve seen in a home is a “bachelor pad” bathroom. The bathroom had a television, radio, and a VCR all built into the walls with a plastic covering to shield against shower water.
What is your favorite real estate memory?
I remember one time I was showing a client a unit and for some reason, she did not believe that I was a singer. She told me if I could sing her “Ode to the Beautiful Morning”, she would rent the apartment on the spot. So I sang the song and she took the apartment!
What is one piece of advice you would give to first-time renters/buyers in NYC?
Don’t stress yourself out too much. Remember that wherever you decide to rent, you only need to stay for a year so it doesn’t have to be the most perfect place in the world. If you’re considering buying, make sure you have explored several neighborhoods, this will give you a better understanding of what you want in the City and make sure that you are happy with your choices.
What do you find unique about NYC real estate?
I love how international the market is. Those looking for homes in New York City come from a variety of different places and backgrounds. You get to interact with everyone from teachers, to investment bankers, to models and everyone else in between.
Favorite neighborhood? Why?
I love the West Village. I feel like there’s a lot of old New York charm there.
Favorite building? Why?
My favorite building is 270 Park Avenue South in Gramercy, the building is filled with large, spacious, and beautiful lofts.
Your dream home must have . . . ?
Cookies, a bidet, and exposed brick.
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