Evan P. Kristol
Executive Managing Director Investments

Felipe J. Echarte
Senior Vice President Investments

Brandon J. Rex
Senior Vice President Investments

Nicholas McAndrew
Associate

Raymond Catena
Associate

Austin Michels
Associate

Maria DiFiore
Operations Manager

Aiden Davis
Senior Graphic Designer

Austin Beer
Financial Analyst

Monica Diaz
Administrative Assistant



 


With a collective track record of over seventy-five years in the business, The Kristol Group has successfully marketed and sold in excess of 50,000 multifamily units in nearly 800 transactions. The team offers the most thorough knowledge and overall experience in valuation, underwriting, rent & sale comparison, market exposure and capital markets. This unrivaled transactional experience gives The Kristol Group a tremendous advantage in its ability to anticipate and overcome potential objections; streamline the marketing process; create the highest level of momentum and urgency; and successfully manage each transaction to closing at the highest price in the shortest time frame. This advantage is demonstrated through results. All senior team members of the Kristol Group are consistently recognized as top performers in the industry by Marcus & Millichap as well as various industry publications at local and national levels.

The Kristol Group is supported by a talented team of marketing specialists, analysts, transaction managers and support staff who possess an additional fifty years of transactional real estate experience and contribute to the successful performance of the Group.


EVAN P. KRISTOL

Executive Managing Director Investments

With over twenty five years of advising owners and investors, Evan P. Kristol is a leader in the acquisition and disposition of multifamily assets throughout the state of Florida and nationally. His long-term relationships with a diverse group of private and institutional clients and his impeccable attention to detail have elevated him to one of the top agents for all investment professionals in the firm's history. Through Mr. Kristol's unparalleled market knowledge, focus and work ethic, he generates the highest possible results for his clients.

Mr. Kristol began his career with Marcus & Millichap in 1991 and has received many sales awards. His honors include the prestigious Chairman's Club, exclusive Chairman's Circle of Excellence and numerous National Achievement Awards. He has been a top ten agent nationally on numerous occasions and is one of the top earning agents in the firm's history. He has also attended industry events as a guest speaker and has been an expert witness on the Florida Real Estate Market in the State, Federal and U.S. Bankruptcy Courts. His expertise and analysis of the Florida multifamily market is regularly cited by leading national, regional, metropolitan, and trade publications and organizations.

Mr. Kristol is an Executive Director of the National Multi Housing Group and was a founding member of the Institutional Property Advisors group. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California with a degree in Anthropology. His interests include traveling, fishing and spending time with his wife and three boys.

    

Felipe J. Echarte, Jr.

Senior Vice President Investments

Felipe J. Echarte, Jr. serves as Senior Vice President Investments, specializing in the multifamily market since 2001. Focusing on multifamily properties in South Florida, he has transacted more than $780 million in sales. Mr. Echarte's expertise in investment strategies; analyzing investment scenarios; marketing properties; and locating investment opportunities has garnered him strong relationships with private and institutional investors. His results driven disposition leads to client retention and extensive referrals.

As a Director in the National Multi Housing Group, Mr. Echarte has been awarded seven National Achievement Award, six Gold Sales Achievement Award and ten Sales Recognition Awards. Mr. Echarte heads The Kristol Group's Dade County Division.

Mr. Echarte is a graduate of the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration on Finance and Economics. He is married, has three boys and enjoys coaching youth sports, golf, fishing, traveling, and spending time with his friends and family.

    

Brandon J. Rex

Senior Vice President Investments

Brandon J. Rex serves as Senior Vice President, Investments, specializing in the multifamily market since 1999. Focusing on multifamily properties in South Florida, he has closed over 8,800 units including other commercial real estate product types totaling more than $885,000,000 in sales volume. Mr. Rex works with each client by understanding their goals and objectives. Through the marketing campaign, due diligence process, managing of escrow, and closing of the transaction Mr. Rex is committed to every detail of the process.

Mr. Rex has been awarded three National Achievement Awards, one Chairman’s Club Award, and twelve Sales Recognition Awards and is a Director in the National Multi Housing Group.

Mr. Rex is a graduate of the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Real Estate. He is married and has two children. He enjoys excising, running, swimming, hiking and spending time with friends and family.

    

NICHOLAS A. MCANDREW

Associate

Nicholas A. McAndrew is an Investment Associate with Marcus & Millichap and Associate Member of the firm’s National Multi Housing Group that specializes in apartment communities in the Northeast Miami-Dade County submarket.

Joining the firm in 2017, he is a graduate of Marcus & Millichap's renowned Sales Mentorship Program. Becoming an agent in 2018, he was the recipient of Marcus & Millichap’s Pace Setter Award, and the Rising Star Award, in that year due to his sales achievements. He has personally sold or worked on roughly $350,000,000 worth of commercial real estate. His clients range from long-term single asset owners looking to retire or for estate planning purposes up to clients whose real estate portfolio is in excess of $1,000,000,000. Through this he has gained experience in seller financing, opportunity funds/zones, 1031 Exchanges, raw land, covered land plays, as well as many other facets of the real estate transaction continuum.

He is a graduate of the University of Central Florida where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, with a major in Finance. His background in real estate and finance coupled with his experience at Marcus & Millichap has equipped him with the knowledge and tools to best assist his clients, providing keen insight into current market trends, asset analysis, financing, sales, and purchases.

A notable sale of his includes: a Record Setting Price Per Unit of $390,625 for a 16-unit non-waterfront commercial apartment building in Bay Harbor Island.

In his free time, he enjoys fishing, boating, and traveling with his wife.

    

RAYMOND CATENA

Associate

Raymond Catena is an Associate with Marcus & Millichap and the Kristol Group's most recent addition. A Palm Beach County native, Raymond will specialize in smaller multifamily properties throughout the county.

Raymond attended the University of Miami where he majored in Economics, and then went on to earn his Master's in Business Administration at the University of Mount Olive. An avid sports fan, Raymond played college baseball while attending school. His dedication to achieving success athletically and academically has instilled a level of discipline and work ethic that will serve his clients well. His interests include coaching youth baseball, physical fitness and spending time with family and friends.

    

Austin Michels

Associate

Austin Michels is an Associate with Marcus & Millichap and has recently joined The Kristol Group. Austin specializes in multifamily properties between 5 and 20 units. As a South Florida native, Austin’s primary focus is on properties in North Broward County.

Austin is a graduate of The College of Charleston in South Carolina where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Real Estate and a minor in Spanish. Austin has worked with a multitude of different real estate firms ranging from development, investment sales, property management, and construction. His diverse background in both commercial real estate and business has equipped him to provide clients with expert knowledge and analytics for multifamily investment sales.

Austin has been very engaged in competitive sports during the span of his life. Some of which include lacrosse, wrestling, swimming, and sailing. His persistence and focus to each task he completes conveys his absolute commitment to each client’s best interest. Austin also enjoys aerial and underwater videography, freediving, spearfishing, and sailing with his family and friends.

    

MARIA DIFIORE

Operations Manager

Maria DiFiore joined The Kristol Group in 2015. She brings an abundant amount of knowledge and experience from her prior work with a Real Estate Law Firm, Regional Title Company and top Networking Alliance Company, in Office Management and Operations, Marketing, Public Relations and Real Estate Finance and Transaction Management. Other prior accomplishments include 20 years with John Alden Life Insurance Company overseeing their Telecommunications Department and working as an Analyst. Maria attended Broward and Miami Dade College. She enjoys the outdoors, cooking and spending time with her family.

    

Aiden Davis

Senior Graphic Designer

Aiden joined The Kristol Group as the Senior Graphic Designer in 2021. He has been a Marketing and Design professional for 20 years. Aiden has worked for advertising agencies, art galleries, and marketing companies in the roles of Creative Director, Marketing Director, Brand Strategist, and Designer.

Aiden is originally from St. Louis, Missouri. In his spare time, he enjoys honing his artistic skills via painting, drawing, and wood-working. He also appreciates spending time with his family and friends. Aiden has a passion for the conservation of natural resources and animal protections.

    

Austin Beer

Financial Analyst

Austin Beer joined The Kristol Group in July 2022 a Financial Analyst specializing in multifamily properties in the South Florida area. Austin graduated from the University of Delaware with a BA degree in finance and economics in 2016. Austin offers a multifaceted perspective as he has worked in real estate development, asset management, financial lending, syndication, and appraising. He can see a real estate asset from all side which allows him to see the big picture and help clients see the true value and operations of their asset. Austin works in the Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties market. He has assisted in the development of over 40 million dollars’ worth of multifamily housing, has asset managed over 20 properties, modeled over 500 million dollars’ worth of Freddy Mac loans, underwritten over 450 million dollars’ worth of tax credit purchases, and has appraised over 30 million worth of commercial real estate.

Austin enjoys both watching and playing sports, as well as coaching them and traveling abroad.

    

Monica Diaz

Administrative Assistant

Monica Diaz is an Administrative Assistant with Marcus & Millichap and the Kristol Group's most recent addition. A New York native, Monica moved to Fort Lauderdale two years ago and considers herself fortunate to be living in beautiful, sunny South Florida, but it has also provided her the opportunity to personally invest in real estate.

In New York, Monica worked for 15 years for Aon Risk Services, a global leading insurance brokerage where she supported a team of brokers specializing in Executive Liability and Professional Liability insurance products and played a key role during the division’s expansion. She graduated from Queensborough College with an Associate degree in Office Administration and Technology. She enjoys volunteering, tutoring young students to learn to read, and build a love of lifelong reading. Her interests include running, cooking healthy meals, and enjoys spending time with family.