The guy who’s selling you a new crib these days might look as familiar as a summer afternoon shower.
David Bernard, the star weatherman at WFOR-CBS4 who abruptly left his job last year, is launching a new real estate company with his partner of five years, longtime real estate broker Charles Urstadt.
“I’ve been thinking about this for the past year,” Bernard said. “We wanted to do something together, and I wanted something a little more flexible than doing news every day.”
Bernard got his real estate agent license and, with 35-year house sale vet Urstadt, started CD Property.
“When you’re doing TV, you’re in a studio all day for three or four people,” Bernard says. “You’re not really engaged in personal contacts in the outside world.
“I wanted much more contact with the public.”
At 45, the Miami Beach-based Bernard said, it was time to start over. Even if he and Urstadt have yet to get their first residential listing a few weeks after starting the business.
“We’ve been representing buyers so far,” he said.
Bernard added he has not been discouraged by the up-and-down market, and the high number of real estate firms.
“There’s always room for more in any business,” he says. “Sure, millions of people have their real estate license. But it all depends on how your run your shop.”
Bernard briefly discusses his exit from the CBS affiliate.
“I was just done with news,” he said. “I was tired of the grind and the hours, including the 1 a.m. shift during sporting events.”
Former Miami Heat center Shaquille O’Neal wants a federal court to dismiss a lawsuit filed against him by a Michigan man who says Shaq mocked a selfie of his face distorted by a rare genetic disease.
O’Neal, a TNT basketball analyst, is named in the lawsuit along with current Utah Jazz star Trey Burkeand rapper Wacka Flocka.
All three are accused of making fun on their high-profile social media accounts of Jahmel Binion, who suffers from dysplasia.
“We do not believe that the federal court in Michigan [where Binion lives] has jurisdiction,” said Benjamine Reid, Shaq’s Miami lawyer. “And we do not believe that complaint states a valid course of action.”
The three celebs eventually posted apologies, but Binion sued for damages “in excess of $75,000” for invasion of privacy, intentional infliction of emotional distress and defamation.
“This may be the first lawsuit in this country against celebrities who used a private individual’s photo to increase traffic to their social media accounts,” said John Henke, Binion’s attorney.
Hard to believe, but some folks out there still believe that witnessing Miami slugger Alex Rodriguez’s return to the New York Yankees after his year-long drug suspension is worth a wad of cash.
Superlawyer Roy Black and his wife, Real Housewives of Miami’s Lea, auctioned a package to “witness history” at their recent charity gala.
It included hanging with Rodriguez during spring training in Tampa, two nights for four in a luxury hotel, four tickets to a game and dinner for four at Ruth’s Chris.
Los Angeles philanthropist Bill Frew snagged the package — for $8,000.
Maybe next year, the Blacks could auction a bike ride with Lance Armstrong.