Waterfront condos offer the perfect view at holiday time in Fort Lauderdale

Intracoastal Condos offer the best view for the Winterfest Boat Parade

Whether you’re watching from one of the waterfront condos on the intracoastal, or a spectator on the street the Winterfest Boat Parade in Fort Lauderdale is always an event not to be missed. For years, the Winterfest Boat Parade has been taking place down Fort Lauderdale’s intracoastal. There’s barely an empty balcony on the waterfront condos that overlook the parade. People line the intracoastal to watch the display of yachts of all sizes decorated with ornate holiday lights. It’s like watching the Thanksgiving Day parade but only with lights. If you haven’t witnessed it yet, it certainly must go on your to do list.

Crusing the Intracoastal

Another exciting thing to do in Fort Lauderdale during the holiday season is to take one of the many chartered yachts and cruise past the beautifully decorated intracoastal condos and  homes. Here you will see everything from  contemporary waterfront homes to huge stately mansions decorated from top to bottom with holiday lights. Palm trees glisten with white and colored bulbs. It’s not uncommon to see Santa Clause and his reindeer sitting on a dock. You will see 150 foot luxury yachts docked and draped with holiday decor. You’ll even might see someone riding a kayak dressed up as Santa. If this doesn’t put you in the spirit of the holiday, nothing will.

Christmas on Las Olas

Las Olas Blvd has its annual Christmas on Las Olas down the street in December as well. Here you’ll see children sliding down a mound of snow. Yes, snow in Florida. Restaurants will be tempting you with the most delicious food they can offer. Crowds line the streets to welcome the season Fort Lauderdale style. Artisans will be displaying their fine crafts. It’s an event where there is something for the youngest member of your family right on up to grandma and grandpa.

For more information contact:
Paul Slutsky, PA
Re/Max Experience
954-560-8330
www.paulsellshomes.com
paul@paulsellshomes.com

Electronic Lockboxes Have Their Benefits – Paul Slutsky, Fort Lauderdale Realtor

 

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• Electronic lockboxes are used by real estate agents:

Electronic lockboxes certainly have many benefits for real estate agents. I feel it’s important to show a property myself. Next to you, I should knows the ins and outs of your home the best.  However, sometimes it is just impossible to be able to attend every single showing. For these times, I use an electronic lockbox or as it is called, the iBox. iBox is a sophisticated key holder where your door key is placed and accessed by other realtors.

• Sophisticated level of security
Unlike the old combination lockbox, iBox has a very sophisticated level of security. Each licensed realtor is assigned their  very own “key fob” to open an iBox. The Greater Fort Lauderdale Board of Realtors assigns the fob. Each time a realtor uses his own fob to enter an iBoxes an email is immediately sent. This email alerts me that someone has entered the home.  The email contains detailed information. This information includes the date and time of the entry, name of the realtor, his/her phone number and email. A secure database online then maintains all of this information for future use.

The information has many benefits to me and you. If something was missing from your property, I would know who had accessed it last. With this knowledge I can then know who last entered the home.

As a homeowner you are going to ask me how many showings your property has had. Have their been repeat showing you may ask me.  I can then pull a report and tell you the number of showing which occurred along with the date and time.

iBox also gives valuable information to enable me to follow up with the other real estate agents to get feedback as to what their client felt about your home.

As a realtor, I find iBox invaluable. Never will you find one of those old rusty combination locks on any of the properties that I list. It’s just too easy to gain access to your home with a combination lockbox.

This is how I have gain the reputation that I have worked so hard for. I think of my clients and never compromising your safety or mine. I am always looking for the toward the latest technology to put me ahead of the average realtor.

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Looking Through My Window in Fort Lauderdale

As we drive down A1A and see beautiful new buildings being erected, creating the “new Fort Lauderdale” we tend to forget what was there before. Let’s take a trip down memory lane. As we start our tour we’ll pay tribute to Connie Francis for putting us on the map with the movie “Where to Boys Are,” the movie and the artist which gave us fame, fortune and a future.

Strolling further down Atlantic Blvd to the Las Olas Beach Club, now a luxury high rise condominium directly on the ocean once stood the Lauderdale Beach Hotel built in 1937 during World War II. It was once used as a Navy Training Center and eventually went on to become a hotel to the elite and the famous. Known for their “black tie dining service” and Truman Suite it was the hotel of choice for President Truman when he would visit the beach.

Lauderdale Beach Hotel has special meaning to me. Back in the mid 1990’s when tourism was down and the hotel was struggling, I personally rented an office on the second floor. As time when on and redevelopment started, from my window I would look out and watch the construction of what is now Marriott’s BeachPlace Towers. Where once stood the Marlin Beach Hotel and the Poop Deck a well known gay resort, a new pinicle for Fort Lauderdale tourism was born.

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Thirty years later I once again find myself looking out the window, but this time from a residence on the Isle of Venice. From our own piece of paradise, I am watching one of Fort Lauderdale’s new and exciting waterfront properties, AquaVue, emerge. This five-story building will feature eight loft like residences, all three bedroom homes with three-and-a-half baths. Each double-corner residence will feature enormous terraces and floor to ceiling glass windows. Being situated directly on the Intracoastal Waterway each residence will all include a private boat slip which can accommodate a yacht up to 50 feet.  Pricing will range from $1.475 million to $1.625 million, all approximately 2850 square feet. This project is part of the transformation occurring on the Isle of Venice, the jewel of Fort Lauderdale, just off Las Olas and west of the Intracoastal.  Other projects include AquaVita, AquaLuna, AquaMar and AquaBlue. If you’d like to become our neighbor, contact me, Paul Slutsky, and let me introduce you to your new waterfront property.

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What you need to know about property taxes

One of the first things I do with a new home buyer is sit them down in my office in Wilton Manors and take them to www.bcpa.net. This is the Broward County Property Appraisers website.

Here I will show you across the top of the page, a tab where it says Home Buyers Tax Estimator. http://www.bcpa.net/TaxCalc.asp This is probably one of the most important lessons a realtor can teach to a new homebuyer. Whether you are buying a condo or single family home, you need to visit this page.

Just because the property taxes are a certain amount when you purchase your house or condo does not guarantee they are going to be the same after your purchase is complete. The county assesses the value of the property upon purchase and adjusts the property taxes accordingly. Please read this again. The county assesses the value of the property upon purchase and adjusts the taxes accordingly.

One of the most beautiful things about homesteading a property is the property taxes can only rise a maximum of 3 percent per year.

Assume you are purchasing a house or condo from an owner who has lived in their home lets say 25 years. The last time the value of the home was assessed was when the seller purchased that home 25 years ago. From that point forward, the taxes only rose a maximum of 3 percent per year during those 25 years assuming, they had a homestead exemption. Now you come along and purchase their home. The county has the right to assess the home you just purchased and adjust its value and raise the propertytaxes accordingly.

Surprise, all of a sudden where you thought you had the incredibly low taxes are now being raised.
To make matters worse, when you were being approved for a mortgage, the loan officer calculates the amount of escrow needed to pay the taxes based on the lower tax rate, or the old tax rate. Not only do you have higher taxes which you didn’t expect but there is also a shortage in your mortgage escrow account causing your mortgage payment to go escalate.

There is no way to avoid this other than arming yourself with knowledge. Working with an honest, professional realtor and loan officer would prepare you for this and you would understand how property taxes are assessed. If you know what to expect you can be prepared and ready when the new assessment comes.

More often than not this is the case, however it can work in reverse as well. If the seller purchased the home at the height of the market and paid top dollar when your home value is assessed after your purchase and the value has gone down, your property taxes will also go down as well.

If your realtor has not had this conversation with you, you might not be working with the right realtor. Knowledge is paramount and you need a realtor who is going to hold your hand through the entire process. I make sure all my customers whether they are buying in Fort Lauderdale, Wilton Manors, Oakland Park, Lauderdale-by-the Sea, Plantation or any other area in South Florida I work in has all information necessary for a smooth transaction.

To end on a positive note there are many advantages of homestead exemptions and I suggest you visit a few of the mentioned websites to educate yourself before you purchase a house or condo.

For additional information on Homstead exemptions and how they can work for you, visit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homestead_exemption_in_Florida

If you’re looking to purchase a house or condo in Fort Lauderdale, Wilton Manors, Oakland Park, Lauderdale-by-the Sea, Plantation or any other area in South Florida, please give me a call at 954-560-8330 and let’s sit down and discuss the process. Paul Slutsky, Realtor. You can reach me at 954-560-8330 or visit my website for more information like this at www.paulsellshomes.com

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A realtor is also your best friend

One of the most exciting parts of being a realtor has been the friendships I’ve made over the years. Being a realtor doesn’t just end the day of closing, it’s a relationship that goes on for years and years.

For instance, take Amonds and Michael. Close to a year ago Amonds walked into an open house I was having in Wilton Manors. The property I was showing just wasn’t right for him and his partner. Later that week, the two of them came to my office at 2227 Wilton Drive where we discussed exactly what they were looking for. I’ll never forget how Michael just sat in a chair while Amonds left the room for a minute.  At that point Michael just started telling me just how much he “loved this guy.”

As their quest continued, they gave me their lists of haves and have nots in a home. I listened closely and started showing them homes in Wilton Manors, Fort Lauderdale and Oakland Park. Eventually we stumbled on the property they now call home. Every time I drove this couple around I learned more and more about this New York power couple. I learned their likes, their dislikes, where they’ve traveled and their future plans. Each one separately confided in me. I would get calls and emails from one and then the other.

I did eventually find them a home in Fort Lauderdale and a very special one at that.  However, something more than being labeled as “their realtor” was happening.

A friendship was being born.

On October 17, 2015 Michael and Amonds, the gay couple the who “just needed a realtor” were married at the W on Fort Lauderdale beach overlooking the ocean. It was a beautiful and emotional event. My partner and I attended the wedding –  not as their realtor, but as their friends.

This is why I am a realtor. It’s about finding that special home for people. It’s about helping people secure their financial future. It’s about making memories, but most of all, for me, it’s about making friends.

If you’re looking to buy or sell a home in Fort Lauderdale or Wilton Manors contact me, Paul Slutsky, Realtor at 954-560-8330 or visit my website at www.paulsellshomes.com.

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Technology: This Realtor knows its value

Have you ever driven past a home that was for sale in Fort Lauderdale and you wanted to know how much it cost right that very minute? How many bedrooms does that house in Wilton Manors have?

There was a holder for flyers on the sign, but it’s empty. The person driving by earlier took the last flyer. You call the realtor whos number is on the sign but they don’t answer. Does this sound way too familiar?

When Paul Slutsky lists your home, this will never happen. Paul Slutsky has recently formed a relationship with an internet technology company to get you the information you want, when you want it and delivered right to your phone or smart device – instantly.

It’s very simple, when Paul Slutsky aquires a new listing, he assigns an “access code” to that property. You simply send a TEXT MESSAGE to 954-289-9270 and enter the “access code” which is specific for the house you want information on. That code will then  deliver information you want directly to you phone or smart device.

Try it!
1) Send a TEXT MESSAGE to 954-289-9270
2) Write 708 in the body of the text
3) Sit back and wait as the information you requested is delivered directly to you.

If your realtor isn’t using technology similar to this, you could possibly be missing out on potential buyers who are interested in your home. Always be certain that the realtor you trust to sell your property is savoy and up on the latest marketing techniques. Remember, selling or buying a home is probably one of the single largest fiancial investments in your life. Why would you not hire a professional to get the job done right?

If you’re thinking of selling or buying be sure and call Paul Slutsky, Fort Lauderdale’s Premier Realtor.

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Wilton Manors home goes under contract

Another Wilton Manors house goes under contract by Paul Slutsky, Realtor. Inspection done! Appraisal done!… After 26 years in the same home, my sellers are starting to pack. When I took the listing and became their realtor, I informed Adolfo and Denise that a typical home could take about 90 days to go to contract. Sure enough, on the 90th day this beautiful Mid Century Modern home in the Middle River Estates section of Wilton Manors went to contract. The new buyer for this 2000 square foot, 4 bedroom, 3 bath home will be just a short walk to Wilton Drive.  “The Drive” has become a thriving entertainment district, filled with eating establishments, art galleries and bars in the heart of the gay and lesbian community. This unique Wilton Manors home, constructed in the late 1950’s was built with vaulted ceilings and beams and planked with Dade County Pine, adding to its charm.  Conveniently accessable to the beach, Wilton Manors just borders on the edge of Fort Lauderdale. This home was listed at $469,000. If your’re looking for a realtor who gets the job done, call Paul Slutsky, Fort Lauderdale and Wilton Manors Premier Realtor and a member of the Leading Realtors of the World. For more information on Wilton Manors visit: http://www.wiltonmanors.com

Another Successful Closing for Fort Lauderdale’s Premier Realtor

Once again, Fort Lauderale’s Premier Realtor is called in to do the job. After trying to sell her home for over three months, seller Nikki Lopez decided to cancel the contract with her current realtor and hire Paul Slutsky. According to Nikki, Paul had more showings within the first week than she had within the entire time she was on the market previously.

Its no suprise with Paul’s no nonsense attitude to get the job done, her home in Pompano Beach, the town just north of Fort Lauderdale went from contract to closing in less than two weeks. Nikki has been able to move on to the next phase of her life with smile and only sings praise for Paul.

By using the latest marketing techniques, along with social marketing including, Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin Paul manages to successfully market his listings to buyers and seller both in the United States as welll as abroad.  If you haven’t visited his site yet, be sure to shop for your next home at www.paulsellshomes.com. Here you can search for homes and condos by neighborhoods as well as by specific buildings. The site recently went live and new content is being added daily.

 

Auberge – What You Need To Know!

South Florida has been booming with new construction and this is not thought to end any time soon. Miami has been at the forefront of this boom, but it is now moving north into areas such as Fort Lauderdale, Hallandale Beach and Hollywood. Developers are moving north to these areas that may not have as much cachet, but because of their beachfront locations are seen as having great upside potential. Lastly, it is also cheaper which makes for relatively good deals at the moment.

On Fort Lauderdale Beach, Ireland’s Inn at 2220 N. Atlantic Blvd., is set to be razed and redeveloped into an elegant 171-unit condominium project called Auberge Beach Residences & Spa. “If that building was in South Beach, it would probably command close to $5,000 a square foot,” said Carlos Rosso to The New York Times, head of the Related Group’s condominium division, referring to the Auberge. “But because it’s Fort Lauderdale, spectacular luxury units with 20-feet-deep terraces are selling for $1,100 a square foot.”

This is one of the more recent projects. What does this all mean exactly? The project was originally slated with the possible chance to open in 2017, though 2018 seemed more likely. However, 2017 is now the expected delivery date. The early sales push for the 171 units ranging from $1.8 million to $8 million has gone way better than anticipated. “We thought it would take longer to sell,” said Carlos Rosso to The Sun Sentinel, head of the condo division for The Related Group, which is building Auberge with Fortune International Group and the Fairwinds Group. As of early May 2015, the firms say they have 90 percent of the units reserved and 10 contracts signed.

Although the boom has moved to Fort Lauderdale, the Auberge is set to head back to Miami. Plans for the Auberge Residences Miami at 1400 Biscayne Blvd. call for three towers, with the tallest two at 58 stories and the third at 49 stories, plus 1,629 parking spaces. It would have 13,280 square feet of retail. The project would total 2.7 million square feet.

Top 5 Reasons to Use a Realtor

For most homeowners or homebuyers, the transaction of buying or selling a home will be the largest financial transaction that one will make in their lifetime. Buyers purchase homes for many reasons, not only for their desire to own a home, but also due to circumstance such as family situations, change in jobs, etc. and the same can go for one selling a home. The National Association of Realtors shared some interesting statistics from 2014.

• Thirty-three percent of recent homebuyers were first time buyers, which is still suppressed from the historical norm of 40 percent among primary residence buyers.
• For 43 percent of homebuyers, the first step in the home-buying process was looking online for properties and 12 percent of homebuyers first looked online for information about the home buying process.
• Real estate agents were viewed as a useful information source by 98 percent of buyers who used an agent while searching for a home.
• Seventy percent of home sellers only contacted one agent before selecting the one to assist with their home sale.
• The share of home sellers who sold their home without the assistance of a real estate agent was nine percent. Forty-four percent knew the buyer prior to home purchase.

The reason we share these important statistics is to showcase how important it is to call on a qualified real estate agent to assist you with the buying or selling of your home. Having the knowledge of a qualified realtor is invaluable. While you may be an expert in one area, the real estate market is constantly evolving and it is important to be in the know of this market to ensure you are making the best moves to ensure the best deal.

Paul Slutsky has been a resident of Broward County for over 20 years and has been in the real estate industry long before. Paul is completely committed to ensuring that his buyers and sellers are satisfied from start to finish. As you can see from the above statistics, real estate agents were viewed as a useful information source by 98 percent of buyers and only 9 percent of home sellers did not use an agent last year. Save the headache and successfully sell or buy your home today with Paul!

Paul Slutsky, REALTOR

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