Jeffrey Fawaz and Mike Elaridi
Founders & Managing Partners
MJ Realty Group Premier Properties
In their college years, Jeffrey Fawaz and Mike Elaridi were both intrigued by the idea of starting a real estate career, so joining the industry following graduation was an obvious next step. Five years later, Fawaz and Elaridi are the founders and managing partners of MJ Realty Group Premier Properties, working in and around the Inner Loop and Galleria markets, and serving a wide range of buyers and sellers.
“We offer white-glove, VIP treatment to all of our clients, whether it’s a $200,000 or a $2 million transaction,” they say, adding that they’ve excelled in representing the luxury market as well as the new construction market through working closely with developers and builders and helping them identify investment opportunities, attending to their needs from the beginning to end of the transaction. “We don’t believe in being just salespeople,” they say. “Instead, we like to consult, educate, and negotiate on our clients’ behalf to get the best outcome possible.”
Fawaz and Elaridi pride themselves on their empathetic and honest approach, as well as their market knowledge and their brokerage’s global footprint. “With connections in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Latin America, and a multilingual team of French, Arabic, Italian, Spanish and English speakers, we are able to reach international buyers,” they say. They also note that they prioritize face-to-face interactions with their clients and use marketing techniques such as online and print advertising and property videos.
Fawaz and Elaridi are members of the Texas Association of Realtors, National Association of Realtors, and the Houston Association of Realtors. They are active volunteers with Habitat for Humanity and Houston Food Bank, and also provide financial support to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. After Hurricane Harvey, the brokerage donated some of their commissions to benefit flood victims.
While both Fawaz and Elaridi are avid explorers — Fawaz is a skier, while Elaridi enjoys traveling — their true passion lies in their work. “We have adopted the motto that real estate is a not just a career, but a lifestyle,” they say.