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Friday, March 21, 2014

The Sony Ericsson Open is one of the most anticipated tournaments in professional tennis and this event brings thousands to South Florida every year. It began in 1960 and however was solidified in 1980 with the backing of Thomas Lipton who created a two week players tournament and the Lipton Tournament was created. Throughout the years various other interests have sponsored this tournament, bringing us to the Sony Ericsson.

The fanfare and celebrity events associated with the Sony Ericsson have increased trifold and last year was a performance by DJ Calvin Harris and celebrities included Rob Low, Jeffrey Donovan Star Jones, Alex Rodriguez, Bridget Moynahan, and Dario Franchitti to name just a few. This tournament began the 17th and will run through the 30th. Men’s and women’s singles and doubles schedules are below and the sessions are available in afternoon and evening. The schedule is below and pricing are available if you click here! Enjoy!

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Friday, March 21, 2014

It is with pleasure that I introduce a rarely available beautifully renovated SW corner residence in The Berkeley South Condominium. Residence 7L is listed for $345,000 and has two beds and two baths within 1,350 square feet under air. This residence features Ocean, city skyline and Intracoastal Waterway views. It has an updated European kitchen with a double pass thru and custom mahogany cabinets. Further updates to this eat-in kitchen include, granite countertops, top of the line stainless steel appliances with vent a hood above the stove, and a window above the kitchen sink. Flooring is a mix of 24 inch Saturnia marble in living areas and hallway, with Parquet wood in each bedroom. There is hurricane impact glass on all openings. The bathrooms feature the highest quality upgrades to include high end TOTO bidet toilets, Porcelain tile and tumble stone walk-in showers with seamless shower enclosures, high end fixtures and vanities This residence boasts the largest floor plan in the building and is move in ready for the fussiest buyer.

The Berkley South Condominium offers one of the best Fort Lauderdale beach locations, just south of the Galt Ocean Mile, between the Atlantic Ocean and Intracoastal Waterway with DIRECT BEACH ACCESS on every block. Amenities include a heated freshwater pool on a 40,000 square foot deck, tennis court, fitness facilities, billiards, BBQ area, extra storage, covered garage parking, and 24 hour concierge. Investors in Fort Lauderdale and seasonal residents will appreciate that residences are ok to lease within the first year of occupancy with a minimum of 90 days, twice a year. Berkley South offers the BEST OF LOCATIONS close to many fine restaurants, wine bars, sidewalk cafes, bakeries, pharmacies, and only 2 short blocks to the beach. DO NOT MISS THIS GREAT VALUE!

For more information on this listing and other listings in The Berkley South Condominium, contact me today

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

If you have made the decision to sell your home using a realtor, your decision now is which realtor and why. A good realtor, first and foremost, should have extensive knowledge of your specific property and an understanding of values in your area. Realtors specialize in certain condominiums and neighborhoods, and have networks of buyers available, even outside the immediate area. A competent realtor who specializes in your area will make sure your home is priced correctly to sell at the highest possible price in the shortest period of time. This agent should utilize comprehensive marketing strategies using the latest technology to make sure your home gets the maximum exposure it deserves from buyers worldwide. Below is a checklist of some important points to consider when choosing your realtor. Hopefully the answer is yes to all!
If you are interested in selling your home in the Fort Lauderdale area or selling your Fort Lauderdale condo, please contact me today!

· Does your realtor use professional photos and present the maximum number of photos allowed on the MLS and Realtor.com?

· Does your realtor create a full detailed listing with accurate information?

· Does your realtor have a premier website that will attract buyers to your listing?

· Does your realtor have comprehensive knowledge of the building or neighborhood and inventory they are trying to market?

· Does your realtor follow up on a regular basis with you to keep you informed of changes in the market?

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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!
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26
All Day
Gold Pro-Am presented by Tire Kingdom (Champion Course)
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27 - MILITARY APPRECIATION DAY
7:00 am
The Honda Classic - First Round Begins - Pairings & Tee Times

10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Play Golf America Expo
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28 - FLORIDA LOTTERY DAY
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
SATURDAY, MARCH 1 - TIRE KINGDOM FAMILY DAY
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
SUNDAY, MARCH 2
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)
MONDAY, MARCH 3
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

Farnese

Marqués de Riscal

Antinori

Flowers Vineyard & Winery

Newton Vineyard

Argiano

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

Pieropan

Celani Family Vineyards

Heitz Wine Cellars

Pio Cesare Winery

Champagne Barons de Rothschild

Hundred Acre

Planeta

Champagne HENRIOT

Il Molino di Grace

Rocca delle Macìe

Champagne Lanson

Inglenook

Rodney Strong Vineyards

Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte

Jean-Luc Colombo

Schrader Cellars

Champagne Pommery

Jermann

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

Trimbach

Col Solare

Kamen Estate Wines

Trinchero Family Estates

Damilano

Ladera Vineyards

Viña San Pedro

David Arthur Vineyards

Laurent - Perrier

W & J Graham's Port

Diamond Creek Vineyards

LEVIATHAN

Zenato

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