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Miami Realtor’s condo blog landed him a job — for 5 weeks

Two-month-old post prompts $25 million defamation suit

Miami Realtor Lucas Lechuga's popular blog on Miami's tumultuous condo market helped him land a position as an associate at one of south Florida's most prestigious real estate brokerages. Five weeks later, Lechuga's new broker severed its ties with him, after he and the firm were hit with a $25 million defamation lawsuit by one of the city's most prominent developers over a blog post he wrote before landing his new job. The story has captured the attention of real estate bloggers, agents and the brokers who employ them, as they continue to assess how to best make use of this relatively new medium for connecting with consumers. Lechuga's Miami Condo Investments blog has an active following that includes condo buyers and sellers who are trying to get a handle on where the city's often speculative condo market might be headed next. Many are looking for insight into how individual projects are faring, including details such as whether buyers are backing out of agreements to buy units ov...

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