with family members (l-r) Gerard, Laura, Antonio, Pascal and Joseph Liguori.
By Christine Davis
Pascal Liguori, broker associate at Premier Estate Properties, has teamed up with his son, Antonio, 23, creating Pascal Liguori & Son Broker Associates at Premier’s Delray Beach office. That makes three generations of Liguoris in South Florida real estate.
It all started with Alfonso Liguori, who opened Allbrook Realty in Pittsburgh after serving in World War II, Pascal Liguori explained. “He saw residential real estate as an opportunity to be a business owner and an entrepreneur, as well as a way to better provide for his family.”
Over 45 years, Alfonso Liguori’s real estate career evolved and flourished, and in the process, he was joined in his business by three of his sons — Pascal, Gerard and Joseph — and one of his daughters, Laura.
“As kids, we went with him on nights and weekends to different properties; we cleaned his apartment buildings and offices,” Pascal Liguori said. “After I graduated from college, I sold real estate for him for many years, and after eight years in the business, he transitioned the business over to us.”
Then, 25 years ago, Gerard and Joseph Liguori decided they wanted to sell multimillion-dollar properties in Florida.
“Our average sale price in Pittsburgh was $48,000,” Pascal Liguori said. “I stayed behind to run the Pittsburgh business as a fallback. If they did well, I’d join them, if not, they could return to Pittsburgh.”
In 1993, his brothers started Premier Estate Properties with Carmen D’Angelo Jr., with the goal to work with sellers whose homes exceeded $1 million. Laura joined them in 1996.
“That was a lot of money, and people said they’d never make it; that they’d cut themselves out of the market, but they stayed true to their niche and were extremely successful,” Pascal Liguori said.
“When they wanted to expand to Delray Beach, Hypoluxo, Point Manalapan, Gulf Stream and Ocean Ridge, that’s when I made the decision to come with my wife, Kelly, and our five kids (Alfonso, Antonio, Gabrielle, Angelo, Alessandro) to Florida in 2000. And we started the office at 900 E. Atlantic in Delray Beach. That was my area.
“I had never set foot in Delray Beach. The first time I came was with the moving van and my family.”
Fast-forward to today:
Liguoris consistently rank among the nation’s top real estate professionals by The Wall Street Journal and RealTrends, and now it’s time to put the third generation to work, Pascal said. “My son Antonio is the only one in his generation to be involved, but he’s leading the way for the rest of them.”
Antonio received his real estate license at 18, graduated from the University of Central Florida with a bachelor’s in business administration majoring in real estate, and has already served several internships with Seaside Builders.
He also was an agent on a multimillion-dollar-producing team with Keller Williams Realty Advantage III in Orlando. This year, he passed his broker’s exam and he joined his father in July.
“I’m ecstatic about joining my dad in our family business,” Antonio Liguori said. “I can’t see myself anywhere else. Delray Beach provides great activities and a vibrant atmosphere; our local business leaders have done a fantastic job developing a community here.”
In addition to the Delray Beach office, Premier Estate Properties has two offices in Boca Raton, as well as offices in Fort Lauderdale and Vero Beach, and Laura Liguori, as corporate manager, oversees all five offices.
Also in the Delray Beach office are office administrator Leslie Horenburger, executive assistant Lisa Kugan, and support coordinator Ruth Ortiz.
“We are blessed and thankful for the trust our clients have placed in us,” Pascal Liguori said.