Manuel Alvarez first became involved with real estate as part of his personal investment strategy. He soon discovered that he enjoyed the business, and decided to make a career of it.

“I love helping people make their dreams come true and achieve their goals. I joined Amerivest about 6 years ago. A friend recommended the broker to me. I like the technology that is available to the agents and the staff.”

Eight years ago, Manuel relocated to Naples. “I love everything in Naples: Excellent weather, beautiful beaches, great location, wonderful people.” He recommends to visitors the local beaches, Olde Naples and the Philharmonic Center for the Arts as some of Naples must-see attractions.

Manuel’s wife works with him in the real estate industry. They have two daughters of whom they are very proud; Stephanie, 22, a Princeton University graduate with a degree in political science and Perla, 19, a sophomore at New York University. During her years as a student in Naples, Perla founded the first chapter of the American Red Cross in Collier County at Barron Collier high school.

Manuel was born in Colombia, South America. He supports an orphanage there. His family offers the children gifts, food and fun come Christmas season. “Life is all about being fair to ourselves- and to others.”

Among his interests outside of real estate, Manuel includes bicycling, swimming, music, traveling and cooking. “Cooking is one of my favorite hobbies. All my family likes to prepare nice, healthy meals.”