From Cuba to Miami, to Mexico, Benjamin Acosta is a Coastal International at eXp Realty

Editor’s note: In celebration of Gay Pride Month, we are featuring eXp agents who are allies and supporters of the LGBTQ community and promote their services, values, and commitments.

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Like many fellow Cubans before him, Benjamin Acosta decided that the United States would present greater opportunities in education and business. So at a young age, he moved to Miami. He knew once he left, there would be no going back for many years. Political reasons. 

eXp Realty agent Benjamin Acosta focuses on the Mayan Riviera in the Yucatan real estate market.

Soon after arriving in Miami, Acosta graduated with honors from Florida International University. He then obtained a prestigious masters’ degree in business administration from Georgetown, and with an appetite for learning and problem-solving, Acosta was a project manager, leading large teams and operating budgets upwards of $8.7 million. 

He also had a real estate license since 2007, so when Acosta took a vacation to the Mayan Riviera a few years back, he was struck with inspiration. He fell hard for the Caribbean-coast and knew right away. He was going to move to Mexico. He was going to transfer his real estate career there. No looking back, especially since the Mayan Riviera is close to home in Cuba and it’s easier to travel back and forth from Mexico.

“I have been able to reconnect with my family and visit a few times since living here.’’

Acosta Fell in Love With Mexico, Then Joined eXp Realty

Today, Acosta is a player in the Mexican Caribbean market. He started with the Mexican real estate development company MIKA, but knew that eXp Realty would provide the borderless brokerage he and his developers partners needed.

eXp Mexico agents Ben Acosta and Ana Duarte.

“The Mayan Riviera Market and the Yucatan market are emerging rapidly and I have been able to experience it first-hand throughout seven years already. Clients get fast home valuation and high ROI, tax efficiency and the cost of living. It’s also an expat friendly destination. Therefore, we have people from all walks of life and countries. It’s right now one of the most profitable places to invest in Mexico and continues to grow with a second airport coming up and a train that will connect a few states in the southern area of Mexico,’’ he said.

Acosta closed $10 million in U.S. dollars in 2021. Since joining eXp, his team of eXp agents in Quintana Roo and remote collaborators is at 15 and rising. 

In addition to his commitment to Mexico by becoming a Mexican citizen, Acosta is committed to securing safety and housing for gay buyers. He holds certification in Sexual Diversity and Human Rights – a notable achievement given Mexico’s poor rating in human rights by Human Rights Watch

For Acosta, every month is Pride Month. He has a goal to sell at least one condo a month to LGBTQ+ buyers to further integrate Mexico’s Gulf Coast resort and destination cities. As a gay man with a passion for human rights and equal access to housing, Benjamin takes pride in helping to broaden the horizon of developers he works with. 

“This is a people business and we are here to help everybody,’’ he said.

Learn More About Benjamin Acosta:

Accolades, accomplishments & awards: 

When and why did you join eXp? 

“I joined in November 2021. I was invited to an event with the C5 eXp Team from Florida by the sister of a dear friend from Miami Beach (Lorena Plaza, now my Sponsor). I was hooked from the moment she explained the business model.”

What makes eXp special to you?  

“The fact that we could all be part owners and actually care for the expansion intentions the company keeps demonstrating, makes us think we have taken the right decision by joining.”

What is one thing about eXp that surprised you?

“The metaverse, being the first real estate organization on the planet with one. It’s definitely a unique feature.”

What kind of collaboration have you experienced at eXp?

“The number of international agents contacting us regarding our local products increased in the past months, the expansion of our network through the system definitely makes an impact on collaboration and reach.” 

Best tip to share with other agents:

  • Work on the mentality approaching the technology eXp offers.
  • Understand your market and tools at your disposal.
  • Identify always the key agents who will boost the growth and collaborate with them.
  • Learn how to present your products and communicate it effectively to buyers and sellers.
  • Maintain the relationships alive with the ones converted into clients to generate more referrals and generational wealth.
  •  Know your process and serve as a problem solver for the parties involved in your daily doing. 

10 Fun Things About Benjamin Acosta

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

A world where we all treat each other with respect, love and kindness. 

Who is the person you most admire?

My grandmother, she was extraordinary.

One thing you can’t live without?

The beach, it’s that place where I can reset any living scenario. 

One trait that has led to your success?

Persistence 

What celebrity would play you in a movie or TV show?

George Clooney in “Up in the Air.” 

Pet peeve?

People with strong negative opinions of others.

Little known fact about yourself?

I practiced karate for 10 years

Song you never tire of?

“Rag´nBone Man – GIANT” by Calvin Harris

Favorite meal?

Spanish Paella 

Your epitaph will say:

Always white hat on.

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