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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

It is with pleasure that I am introducing a periodic Question and Answer session for real estate buyers and sellers with frequently asked questions. I encourage you to submit your questions online and I will answer with frank advice from years of real estate experience. I hope you find this informative and useful in the sale or acquisition of your home!

I Found the Perfect Building, But not the Perfect Unit, Now what?

Recently, I have had two different buyers who were looking for a particular residence in a particular building, The Berkley South Condominium. Since I specialize in Berkley South properties and have worked in the acquisition and sale of hundreds of residences within the building, I was able to successfully sell two off market transactions. What is an off market transaction or “pocket listing”? A pocket listing is a residence which is not officially for sale through the multiple listing service, which means it is not accessible to realtors in any search function. Many sellers may have thought about selling but are not sure as to when is the best time to get the best price. Both of my buyers were interested in particular stacks/floor heights in The Berkley South, and I negotiated with two different owners to arrange a mutually beneficial sale for my buyers. This was an instance of a win win situation in which both buyers procured the condo they were looking for and the sellers obtained a great price.

In another situation, buyers who had looked at one of my listings in Park Tower Condominium with another Realtor several years ago but didn’t buy because they wanted a higher floor, knew of my expertise in the building and called to let me know they were in the market to buy if something on a high floor came available. I knew of a recent foreclosure sale in the building, and immediately called the new owner to see if he would be interested in selling the unit to my buyers. We had an executed contract in 3 days.

When you are in the market for a condo and fall in love with a particular property, but have not found the residence you are looking for, make sure your agent is an expert in that building. Agents who have worked in particular buildings often know the owners, and who might be interested in selling. Conversely, if you are a potential seller, evaluate which Realtor sells the majority of units in your building and determine if they have the knowledge and skills to get your property sold.

If you are interested in The Berkley South Condominium, Park Tower Condominium, or the Corinthian on the Intracoastal, please contact me today!

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

The Honda Classic began yesterday and is one of the largest events in the Golf World on the PGA Tour. The purse is $6 million with the winner share being $1.08 million, and all of the top names in golf will be competing for the coveted title. Proceeds benefit a number of local charities and the community has plenty of opportunity to enjoy the festivities, within the event, and in associated events. The community can enjoy the following public events associated with the Honda Classic including the Kick Off Party at the Gardens Mall, Executive Women’s Day, FCA Prayer Breakfast with Mark Wilson, The First Tee Invitational, High School Invitational, The Junior Honda Classic, Honda Classic 5K, and the Junior Par 3 Challenge. These events allow the young golfers a chance to compete in a friendly environment while older enthusiasts enjoy the tournament as well.
The tournament itself consists of 72 hole stroke play and the event schedule is below. If you are an avid golfer looking for a home in one of the incredible golf communities in South Florida, please contact me today. Fore!
All Day
Gold Pro-Am presented by Tire Kingdom (Champion Course)
7:00 am
The Honda Classic - First Round Begins - Pairings & Tee Times

10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Play Golf America Expo
7:00 am
The Honda Classic - Second Round Begins - Pairings & Tee Times

10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Play Golf America Expo

6:00 - 9:00 pm
After Play Concert (Michelob ULTRA Terrace)

7:30 pm
Tire Kingdom Fireworks Spectacular
All Day
Tire Kingdom Family Day
9:00 am
The Honda Classic - Third Round Begins - Pairings & Tee Times

10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Play Golf America Expo
12:00 - 8:00 pm
Kids Club

6:00 - 8:00 pm
Radio Disney Dance Party

6:00 - 9:00 pm
After Play Concert (Michelob ULTRA Terrace)

7:30 pm
Tire Kingdom Fireworks Spectacular
9:00 am
The Honda Classic - Final Round Begins - Pairings & Tee Times

10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Play Golf America Expo

6:00 pm
Awards Ceremony (18th Green)
8:00 am
The First Tee Invitational (Champion Course)

1:00 pm

Gosling's Dark 'n Stormy Invitational (Champion Course) - by Invitation Only

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

The Sobe Wine and Food Festival is one of the largest food festivals in the United States and has the world’s most renowned wines and chefs participating in hundreds of dinners, tastings, and demonstrations. The festival benefits the FUI Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism and to date it has raised over $18 million. It is now in its’ 13th year and has grown to a four day festival. The experiences range from the very intimate to the Whole Foods Tasting Village and tickets range in price from complimentary to over $400 per ticket for VIP. There are also packages that are tailored to those enthusiasts that are traveling in for the event. Below are some of the attractions and a complete listing of events may be found at www.sobefest.com . This is one of the highlights of the season in South Florida and is not to be missed!

The Q hosted by Michael Symon: The Q is a celebration of BBQ where you choose your favorite bbq item from your favorite chef. This is the Kick Off event for the weekend and the whose who of food will be presenting their finest BBQ offerings.

Burger Bash Hosted by Rachael Ray and Pat LaFrieda: The Burger Bash holds a title that is most coveted and this event is the first to sell out every year. Who would not want the chance to judge who makes the best burger in America?

Whole Foods Tasting Village: The Whole Foods Tasting Village contains booths from all the top restaurants in Miami as well as demonstrations from the top chefs of the US. This event is one of the highlights of the weekend and many of your favorite food network chefs will be giving demonstrations and answering questions.

Wine Spectator’s Best of the Best: This event is not only the best chefs but is also the best wines that rate 90 points or higher on the Wine Spectator scale. It takes place at the famed Fountainbleu and is sure to be one of the highlights of the festival. Below is a list of the wines offered. Enjoy!

A.P. Vin

étoile Domaine Chandon

Maison Louis Latour

Adobe Road Winery

Far Niente

Marchesi di Barolo

Andrew Geoffrey Vineyards


Marqués de Riscal


Flowers Vineyard & Winery

Newton Vineyard


G.H. Mumm

Nickel & Nickel

Azienda Agricola La Scolca

Gérard Bertrand

Pali Wine Co.

Bodega Catena Zapata

Gosset Champagne

Pascal Jolivet

Caymus Vineyards

Grgich Hills Estate


Celani Family Vineyards

Heitz Wine Cellars

Pio Cesare Winery

Champagne Barons de Rothschild

Hundred Acre


Champagne HENRIOT

Il Molino di Grace

Rocca delle Macìe

Champagne Lanson


Rodney Strong Vineyards

Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte

Jean-Luc Colombo

Schrader Cellars

Champagne Pommery


Sojourn Cellars

Charles Krug Winery - The Peter Mondavi Family

Jonata Winery

Speri Viticoltori

Château D'Esclans

Jordan Vineyard & Winery

Terredora di Paolo

Chateau Ste. Michelle

Joseph Phelps Vineyards

Three Sticks Winery

Cherry Pie

JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery

Trefethen Family Vineyards

Cheval des Andes

Kelly Fleming Wines


Col Solare

Kamen Estate Wines

Trinchero Family Estates


Ladera Vineyards

Viña San Pedro

David Arthur Vineyards

Laurent - Perrier

W & J Graham's Port

Diamond Creek Vineyards



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Friday, February 14, 2014

The Central Alliance Neighborhood (which includes The Berkley South Condominium) is one of the best locations in Fort Lauderdale with recent openings of Shooters Waterfront, Events by Grateful Palate and Bokamper’s Sports Bar along the Intracoastal Waterway north and south of the Oakland Park bridge.

Shooters Waterfront – formerly Shooters Waterfront Café for 30 years - has undergone a complete makeover seeking to revitalize this popular landmark restaurant but with a new, classier style. Located at 3033 NE 32nd Avenue — with 340-feet of dockage and a stop on the Water Taxi route, it just re-opened for dinner and will be open for lunch next week. Its’ waterfront location, resort like furnishings and décor, and relaxed ambiance provide residents in The Berkley South and surrounding homes and condominiums in the Central Beach Alliance neighborhood the perfect setting to enjoy Happy Hour, lunch or dinner in waterfront surroundings.

Bootlegger, located at 3003 NE 32nd Ave. and well known in the past for its weekend bikini contests around the pool, re-opened in December as a private events venue called Events by Grateful Palate. The 6,000-square-foot venue is newly designed, with an artfully designed bar and panoramic view of the Intracoastal Waterway. Events by Grateful Palate is a full service private events venue available for weddings, corporate events, sweet 16’s, and any other special occasion. This is one of the only specifically private events venues in Fort Lauderdale and is likely to have a lengthy waiting list given its’ highly regarded cuisine and name in the catering industry.

Should you enjoy a slightly more upscale and dressed up evening out, Chart House Fort Lauderdale is another option in this very convenient location. Offering the largest outdoor dining patio, you can enjoy spectacular sunsets while watching some of the largest privately owned yachts from anywhere in the restaurant. From prime cuts of steak to freshly caught seafood, Chart House has an extensive menu and has a lively happy hour as well. Chart House Fort Lauderdale has over 400 ft. of dock space if you choose to come by boat or you can walk over from The Berkley South. They recommend reservations. Chart House is a wonderful spot for Valentine’s Day!

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Tuesday, February 04, 2014

I am pleased to introduce Park Tower Residence 15A. This two bedroom, two bath corner residence is located directly on Fort Lauderdale Beach, has unobstructed panoramic direct ocean views from every window and is listed at $599,900. It offers a very generous 1,730 square feet under air with a spit bedroom floor plan and is an east corner unit on a high floor. It has two walls of almost floor to ceiling hurricane impact glass windows with direct ocean views in every room and offers the unique feature of having two deeded covered parking spaces. The fact that this is the only unit in the building with two deeded parking spaces creates much greater value for the new owner. This residence has been maintained in its original condition and is a perfect canvas for a new owner to customize.

Park Tower is a one of a kind highly sought after cozy boutique style oceanfront building surrounded by beautiful Birch State Park and the Atlantic Ocean. It is home to only 66 residences offering the privacy of only four units per floor. It is pet friendly and has a heated pool, fitness center, and a beautiful lobby. This location is perfect for the beach lover and just around the corner from the very popular Sunrise Intracoastal neighborhood. It is a short distance from Downtown Fort Lauderdale and also a short drive to the Fort Lauderdale International Airport. This is an amazing opportunity to own an oceanfront pied a terre at a wonderful price. For more information on this listing and other listings in Fort Lauderdale, please contact me directly.

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

For those who follow Professional Football, this weekend is the biggest game of the year, The Superbowl. Superbowl Sunday is nearly a holiday in itself and whether you watch the game as a fan or for the incredible commercials, there is no better place to watch it, than at the newly opened massive sports bar, Bokampers. Located at 3115 NE 32nd Avenue, it offers a huge selection of foods from flatbreads, to wings, wraps, salads, and they even have a skinny menu for those watching their figure and have over 70 plasma televisions. The establishment was founded by former Miami Dolphins player, Kim “Bo” Bokamper and is steeped in tradition. This is THE place to watch the Superbowl this Sunday.
Bokampers is located in one of the best neighborhoods, Lauderdale Beach, and is also the neighborhood of one of my featured condominiums, The Berkley South. Residents of Berkley South also enjoy numerous restaurants and shopping at Galt Ocean Mile, and additionally the location offers water taxi throughout the day. Along the intracoastal there is incredible dining, such as The Chart House, that takes full advantage of the water views and fabulous Fort Lauderdale weather. Wine bars are popular in the area, allowing locals and visitors to taste a variety of international and domestic wines. The Fort Lauderdale International Airport is proximately located and is under 20 minutes and the rest of Fort Lauderdale and the stunning beaches are minutes away. For more information on properties located in Lauderdale Beach and at Berkley South, contact me today!

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