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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Rock the Ocean’s Tortuga Music Festival is back. This weekend April 12 and 13, Fort Lauderdale Beach Park will host this large music festival with the special focuses on Sea Turtle Rescue, Saving Sharks, and Coral Reef Rehabilitation. Tortuga is a family friendly event and there will be a wide variety of food and events occurring during the two day festival. This year’s musical headliners are Luke Bryan and Eric Church. Other bands playing will be Hank Williams Jr, Train, Dierks Bentley, Brantley Gilbert, Slightly Stoopid, Ziggy Marley, 38 Special, Sheryl Crow, and many more. Passes are available in single day and two day passes and also in VIP and Super VIP packages. Parking is free at Galleria Mall and a shuttle will run from 10am-11:30 pm on the days of the festival. Advance purchase may be made here www.tortugamusicfestival.com. This is a wonderful annual event benefitting charities of the sea. Enjoy

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Friday, April 4, 2014

Fort Lauderdale is known as the Venice of America and has some of the most incredible yachting in the world and with this natural appointment, it is no surprise that the real estate in Fort Lauderdale is similarly grand with stunning waterfront views and access to water. The real estate market in Fort Lauderdale is comprised of a series of isles that have lavish waterfront estates and high rise condominiums. Outside of outdoor pursuits, Fort Lauderdale has wonderful shopping and dining with easy international access.

This Friday I am pleased to feature the prestigious Award Winning Sapphire Condominium Fort Lauderdale located at 2821-2831 N. Ocean Boulevard. This property was built in 2009 by critically acclaimed Miami based architects Kobi Karp and it consists of twin towers, each standing 12 stories tall with a combined total of 172 residences. These luxury residences are equipped with European cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, with open floor plans and floor to ceiling windows. This highly sought after contemporary complex offer 5 star resort style amenities including a state of the art fitness center, spa, private cabanas, 6,000 square foot infinity pool, 24 hour Concierge and valet and membership to the Harbor Beach Marriot Resort. Currently, there are 8 properties for sale and 5 properties for rent. Sapphire condos for sale start at $429,000 and go up to $685,000. Located on the west side of State Road A1A,between the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean, the Sapphire condominiums are some of the most desirable condominiums in Fort Lauderdale, for more information, contact me today!

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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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