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Saturday, December 20, 2014

I am pleased to introduce this fabulous NE Corner Penthouse residence PH-F in The Berkley South Condominium Fort Lauderdale. This coveted penthouse listing has stunning completely unobstructed DIRECT OCEAN views; the panorama begins with a clear view of the Lighthouse in Deerfield Beach all the way down the ocean, with spectacular views of the lights from the Galt Ocean Mile at night. This updated two bedroom two bath home offers 1,340 square feet of interior space. The kitchen has been updated with white cabinets, Silestone counters, new lighting and an eat-in breakfast area. The best feature is the direct ocean view window above the kitchen sink.. Additionally, the popcorn has been removed from all ceilings, the living areas have 18” tile flooring, and there is hurricane impact glass on all openings. Baths feature upgraded vanities, new fixtures & lighting. Closets are a big selling point in todays market and this residence has 3 huge walk in closets, wall to wall closets in guest bedroom and large storage area (pantry) adjacent to kitchen. This listing is priced competitively at $429,900.

Berkley South is a luxury residential condominium in one of the best areas of Fort Lauderdale Beach. Its’ amenities include a heated fresh water pool located on a sunny 40,000 square foot deck in addition to tennis court, fitness facilities, billiards, BBQ area, and extra storage. The condominium is pet friendly and has laundry facilities on each floor with 24 hour concierge and manager on premises. Parking is underground and secure and this residence has one garage parking spot and other spots are available for $35 per month. Monthly maintenance fees are $730.40 which includes 13% reserve funding. Rentals are allowed rentals within the first year of occupancy with a minimum 90 days twice a year. Fort more information on this listing in Berkley South or if you would like to sell your Berkley South condominium, please contact me today!

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Friday, December 12, 2014

My listing Corinthian 16B was on the market only 9 days before it was under contract. The listing was an original unit and priced appropriately, which is why it attracted the correct buyer quickly. Pricing your property, staging your property, and getting professional pictures are all integral parts of a quick home sale. Often, these concepts are misunderstood, because they are explained in piece meal, rather than as each parts of an equation for a quick sale. I would like to take a few minutes to explain how each of these concepts are used in concert to make for a quick sale.

Pricing your property: If your property is an original unit, even if you dress it up with a clean coat of paint, in tinsel, and spray the area with the smell of sugarplums, it still is in original condition and is assessed as such in the market within the building. Even if your neighbor sold for more, make sure you understand the upgrades that may have gone into the condo that made it more valuable or the line of the unit. Your realtor will provide you with comparable listings in your building and in the area, trust them. No good realtor will place on the market a listing that is dramatically overpriced, since it will cost them hours and marketing dollars to properly present your home.

Staging your property: Staging can be complex with a hired company or can be as simple as removing all personal effects and making simple changes to show your home in the proper light. Staging will not increase the bottom line value of your home, the pricing of your property is based on value in the market and demand. However, staging your property appropriately makes it the most attractive option with your competition on the market.

Professional Pictures: Your realtor will price your home appropriately and hire a professional photographer if they feel the home will sell. All homes deserve professional photography. Honest representations of property, proper pricing, and professional staging present your home in the best light and will get you the highest price the market dictates.

If you are looking to sell your home, please contact me today!

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Friday, December 5, 2014

Regardless of your faith the holidays are a time to come together with family and friends to celebrate. Pinterest is awash in clever and new ways of recreating holiday classics and sinful new desserts that I am happy to show here. The holidays are particularly busy in the Fort Lauderdale real estate marketplace, since it is the high season and the weather is at its’ best. If you are looking to sell your Fort Lauderdale waterfront condominium or home, there could not be a better time. I encourage you to contact me for the latest in home values! Enjoy the holidays or anytime with these pin-worthy posts!

Easy Mac and Cheese Muffins


2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni

1 tablespoon butter

1 egg beaten

1 cup milk

1.5 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese

1.5 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Half cup seasoned dry bread crumbs

2 teaspoons olive oil

½ teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray. In a small bowl, stir together the bread crumbs, olive oil and salt; set aside.
  2. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add the macaroni and cook for about 8 minutes, it should still be a little bit firm. Remove from the heat, drain and return to the pan; stir in the butter and egg until pasta is evenly coated. Reserve 1/2 cup of sharp Cheddar cheese and stir the remaining Cheddar cheese, milk and mozzarella cheese into the pasta. Spoon into the prepared muffin tin. Sprinkle the reserved cheese and the bread crumb mixture over the tops.
  3. Bake for 30 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the topping is nicely browned. Allow the muffins to cool for a few minutes before removing from the pan. This will allow the cheese to set and they will hold their muffin shape.

Chocolate Lava Nutella Cookies


1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened (1 stick)
heaping 1/3 cup Nutella (stir well before adding)
1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon baking soda
pinch salt, optional and to taste
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
12 1/4-ounce chunks dark chocolate, divided (one chunk per cookie; I used Trader Joe's 72% Pound Plus bar and 1/4-ounce is half of one square)


  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Spray a 12-cup standard-sized muffin pan with cooking spray or floured cooking spray; set aside.
  2. To the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or large mixing bowl and electric mixer) combine the butter, Nutella, sugars, egg, vanilla, and beat on medium-high speed until creamed and well combined, about 4 minutes.
  3. Stop, scrape down the sides of the bowl, add the flour, cornstarch, baking soda, optional salt, and beat on low speed until just combined, about 1 minute.
  4. Stop, scrape down the sides of the bowl, add the chocolate chips, and beat on low speed until just combined, about 30 seconds.
  5. Using a large cookie scoop, 1/4-cup measure, or your hands, form approximately 12 equal-sized mounds of dough, roll into balls, and flatten slightly.
  6. Transfer dough to prepared pan, placing one mound of dough in each cavity. Tip - Strategically place a few chocolate chips right on top of each mound of dough by taking chips from the underside and adding them on top.
  7. Stuff one 1/4-ounce chunk of dark chocolate in the center of each cookie, pressing the chocolate down so it's flush with the top of the dough; repeat for all remaining cookies.
  8. Bake for about 11 to 12 minutes, or until edges have set and tops are just set (I bake for 11 minutes exactly); don't overbake. Cookies will rise in the oven, but fall as they cool.
  9. Allow cookies to cool in pan for about 15 minutes before carefully removing. They should pop out easily but if they don't, rim each muffin cavity with a table knife to help dislodge. Cookies will have a tendency to flatten and break apart somewhat after being removed from muffin pan.
  10. Cookies are best warm and fresh but will keep airtight at room temperature for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 6 months. Alternatively, unbaked cookie dough can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, or in the freezer for up to 4 months, so consider baking only as many cookies as desired and save the remaining dough to be baked in the future when desired.

Creamy Roasted Mushroom and Brie Soup


  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 1/2 pounds mushrooms, quartered
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon thyme, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 cup white wine (or broth)
  • 4 cups vegetable broth or chicken broth
  • 4 ounces brie, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup milk or heavy cream
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Toss the mushrooms in the oil, place on a baking sheet in a single layer and roast in a preheated 400F oven until they start to caramelize, about 20-30 minutes, mixing them up once in the middle.
  2. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a pan over medium heat, add the onions and cook until tender, about 5-7 minutes.
  3. Add the garlic and thyme and cook until fragrant, about a minute.
  4. Add the flour and cook for 2 minutes.
  5. Add the wine and deglaze the pan.
  6. Add the broth and mushrooms, bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
  7. Add the milk and brie, let the brie melt, fish out the rinds and season with salt and pepper to taste before pureeing to the desired consistency and enjoy!

Slow Cooker: Implement steps 1-4, place everything except the cream into the slow cooker and cook on low for 6-10 hours or on high for 4-6 hours before adding the cream and pureeing.
Option: Saute the mushrooms in a pan with the onions instead of roasting them.
Option: Add 2 tablespoons white miso.

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Berkley South Fort Lauderdale has very limited good inventory at this time, and it is with pleasure that I am announcing my newest listing, Berkley South 14L. This highly sought after SW Corner residence has two beds and two baths within 1,350 square feet of living space. Its high floor location offers amazing never ending views down the Ocean and Intracoastal Waterway. Because of its prime location in the building, you will also enjoy gorgeous sunrise and sunsets from your large corner balcony.

Residence 14L has much to recommend it besides stunning views and location. As the largest floor plan in the building, this unit offers very large bedrooms, an eat in kitchen that has been upgraded with granite countertops and tile backsplash, huge pantry, lots of closet space in every room and hurricane shutters on all openings.

Berkley South residents are afforded a heated freshwater pool situated on a 40,000 square foot deck, tennis, fitness facilities, billiards room, BBQ area, extra storage for bikes and kayaks, 24 hour concierge and full time manager on premises. Pet friendly building! BEST LOCATION! DIRECT BEACH ACCESS!

This residence is listed at $359,900, and I do not expect it to be on the market long. For more information on this listing or to list your residence in Berkley South, please contact me today!

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