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

Two realtor associations merge

Realtor Association Announces Merger

Uniting as one:
A merger has taken place between The Realtor Association of the Palm Beaches and the Greater Fort Lauderdale Realtors Association. A vote was held this week to unite the two associations together. United they are going to be called the Realtors of the Palm Beaches and Greater Fort Lauderdale.  The merger was received  “with a 99% pass and had record. number of members turn out to vote in support of the merger.” Members who were unable to attend the meeting were able to vote by proxy. This is a very exciting time for both boards in Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale.

Size Matters:
Once this is  complete,  the Realtors of the Palm Beaches and Greater Fort Lauderdale will be the third largest realtor association in the country. It will also be one of the largest MLS systems in the country. Together it will have 25,000 realtor members, 30,000 MLS subscribers and over 40,000 online listings.

Benefits of the Association Merger:
Here are a few of the key points as a result of the mergers between the two associations. With it’s vast membership with the combined associations will have huge legislative power. The association now will be the voice to be heard and not ignored. In addition the members will benefit by the extraordinary purchasing power. This is something that a smaller association can not leverage.

The most exciting part for the individual realtor is that the MLS information. The information is feed into an IDX system which powers individual websites. Going forward it will include property listing from Western Broward  County,  South Palm Beach, North Palm Beach and up to the the Treasure Coast.

For more information visit:  the Greater Fort Lauderdale Realtors Association website at www.r-world.com.

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

 

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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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Here’s What People Are Saying About Paul Slutsky, Real Estate Agent

The Search for a Real Estate Agent:

When I was looking for a real estate agent I contacted Paul Slutsky by email while still living up north. He replied promptly and arranged for us to have a phone discussion. During this time he described the real estate market in the Fort Lauderdale area and inquired about my housing needs and preferences. He also took the time to describe his approach as a real estate agent.  I was able to decide if I thought we would work well together during my search. Before I traveled to Florida to condo hunt, Paul scheduled appointments for a variety of places. All of these met my non-negotiable (e.g., two-bedroom) and were in my price range or just slightly higher.

Our First meeting:

During the first morning of viewing condos, Paul spent a great deal of our time (in the car and in the condos) getting to know me beyond my condo preferences. Paul made great suggestions that helped me focus on what was most important to me – city/town/neighborhoods and lifestyle. We found a great place and now that I am living in it, I can say it actually exceeds my expectations. Paul is a smart, warm and polite realtor with a keen sense of people. (I am a psychologist so I don’t use that phrase lightly). Paul is honest and diplomatically straight-forward, which is refreshing. I really felt that his goal was to help me find a home that I would be happy living in for many years to come. And, I believe that goal was not only met but exceeded. Thanks, Paul.

Edward Spauster,
Fort Lauderdale, Florida

For more testimonials and to learn what people are saying about Paul Slutsky, Fort Lauderdale’s Premier Realtor, his expertise and how he listens and works with his clients: click here: https://www.paulsellshomes.com/testimonials

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

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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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Gay Pride in Fort Lauderdale This Year

Pride Fort Lauderdale, which celebrated its 40th Anniversary this year hit a home run with its beachfront venue on Sunday, February 26th. For many years, gay pride has been rather disjointed in my opinion. With an LGBTQ community as large and dynamic as Wilton Manors and Fort Lauderdale has, you would think that a Gay PRIDE festival would be a major extravaganza. Not so until this year. Prior years the event was held in Wilton Manors and even once in the neighboring city of Oakland Park, but never was it the magnitude of this year.

This year, the event planners for Gay Fort Lauderdale Pride chose to hold the event right on Fort Lauderdale Beach amongst the sand and ocean breeze, call it PRIDE FORT LAUDERDALE on the beach, and what a huge success it was. There has never been a turn out like this before.

The day was filled with the most diverse crowd of people all mixing and mingling and embracing one another. Gay, Lesbian, Bi-sexual Transgender and Hetrosexual all coming together dancing on one dance floor. Entertaining on the stage throughout the day was Erika Jane, Brian Justin Crum, Ty Herndon, DJ Wendy Hunt and DJ AJ Reddy. Everyone was considered. There was an alcohol-free dry area. There was an area where families could partake in arts and crafts and other wholesome activities. For those who have the need to feel special, the W Fort Lauderdale sponsored the Living Room VIP Lounge. There was even an area dedicated to the seniors of the community. You could reach out and feel the excitement in the air. It was an amazing day of utter enjoyment for the gay Fort Lauderdale community and their supporters.

The official Saturday Party was held at Alibi Monkey Bar and the official Sunday Party was held at the Manor, both located in Wilton Manors.

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Wilton Manors Welcomes its Newest Residents

Wilton Manors closing just off of Wilton Drive With the assistance of Paul Slutsky, Fort Lauderdale’s Premier realtor, Paulie Esposito is setteling into his new home in Wilton Manors, just walking distance from Wilton Drive. Prime real estate is a commodity in Wilton Manors and Fort Lauderale making it dificult to find a property that hits all the “wants” of a client.

Well, it was love a first sight when Paulie and his partner Alex set their eyes on this spacious 3 bedroom two full bath home just blocks “The Drive” in Wilton Manors. Paulie who is wheelchair bound came to me with some specific requests on is “must have list” and to have found a home this close to perfect was nothing short of a miracle.

This 1880 sq foot home built in 1947 features a bathroom with an extra wide door and a walk in shower making it wheelchair accessible. The home is situated all on one level allowing Paulie to manuver freely from one end of the home to the other without level changes amongst the floors as well as having no steps to climb.

For this Italian family, the kitchen is the heart of the home and this property is equipt with a sprawling kitchen with granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, a vaulted ceiling and enough space for the entire family to gather in come the holidays. A separate two car garage graces the massive grounds. The only thing missing is an in ground swimming pool and from what I understand it will not be long until this property has that too.

It’s been a pleasure to work with Paulie and Alex. Nothing excites me more than when I can be a part of someones life, helping them find the home of their dreams. I’m proud to have been able to assist this couple in finding the home where they will be making memories and dreams come true for years to come.

Special thanks to a special team: Paul Slutsky, Fort Lauderdale Realtor, Wanda Alday- Supreme Lending, Mark Thompso-Gregory B.Taylor, PA. #wiltonmanors #wiltonmanorshomes #paulsellshomes #witlonmanorsproperty #wltonmanorsrealtor

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Paul Slutsky, Fort Lauderdale Realtor- Ruby Award Recipient

Fort Lauderdale realtor, Paul Slutsky was a recipient of the High Producer Ruby Award this year for his service with Castelli Real Estate Services on Tuesday, January 16, 2016. The award recognized Paul Slutsky, the ambitious Broward County realtor for his revenue production and sales volume of residential homes for the past year. Presenting the award was John Castelli, 2015 president of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Board of Realtors along with Dominick Faro. Both John and Dominic are partners of Castelli Real Estate Services. The venue for the event was the Broward Center for the Performing Arts located in downtown Fort Lauderdale.

Paul Slutsky, Fort Lauderdale Realtor specializes in residential condos, luxury ocean condos, townhouses, single family homes, new construction and waterfront property with dockage as well as Fort Lauderdale’s beachfront condominiums.

If you are condisidering buying or selling your home, or know someone who is and would like more information, please visit www.paulsellshomes.com. Here you will find a direct search of the MLS – Multiple Listing Service, as well as useful information for buyers and sellers. One of the outstanding search features of this website is the ability to search by a specific condo or neighborhoods.

Contact Paul Slutsky, Fort Lauderdale Realtor at:
Email: paul@paulsellshomes.com
Call or Text: 954-560-8330
Facebook: www.facebook.com/PaulSlutskyRealtor
Twitter: www.twitter.com/FTLRealtor

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Pet Friendly Condos in Fort Lauderdale

We love our pets like we love our family but finding pet friendly buildings is not always an easy task.  Our pets are our family but when living with these lovable little creatures there’s a lot that must be considered.

Not all condos in Fort Lauderdale and Wilton Manors are pet friendly buildings. There are many rules and regulations a pet owner will encounter. It’s not just as simple as -yes pets are allowed or -no pets are not allowed.

Because a building says it is “pet friendly” doesn’t necessarily mean they are going to greet Fido with open arms if he weighs more than the allowed weight restriction. Almost all buildings in the areas surrounding Fort Lauderdale and Wilton Manors have weight restrictions for pets.

As a general rule, when searching for a pet friendly building here is how many of the associations classify which pets are allowed to reside in specific buildings.

1) Only cats are allowed
2) Only one cat
3) Only dogs
4) Dogs and cats are allowed
5) 1 dog under 20 lbs
6) 2 dogs under 20 lbs
7) 1 dog and 1 cat under 20lbs
8)1 dog under 40 lbs.
9) As many as you want but not to exceed 40 lbs.
10) Dogs under 60 lbs.
11) No aggressive breeds.
12) Owners are allowed pets but tenants are not
13) No pets allowed

As you can see, the rules are endless and can cause a great deal of frustration for a potential buyer who is looking to find the perfect home for himself and his “best friend” by the beach.

It’s best to work with a realtor knows who Fort Lauderdale. A realtor who knows which luxury condo on the Galt Ocean Mile accepts small dogs, or a realtor who knows which building in Wilton Manors allows multiple dogs over 60 lbs.

If you need more information for you and your furry friend, call or text me, Paul Slutsky at 954-560-8330. Rocco, my 20lb Aussipoo and I will be happy to help you and your family find a home. Just so you know, Rocco is always looking for new playmates too.

For dog friendly beaches visit: http://www.fortlauderdale.gov/departments/parks-recreation/dog-friendly-places

South Florida Housing Market Statistics

Metrostudy’s 4Q14 survey of the South Florida housing market shows that quarterly starts decreased by 16% from 3Q14 to 1,691, but are up 19% from 4Q13. The annual pace increased 6.4% to 7,334 from the annual starts rate observed in the fourth quarter of 2013. This marks two consecutive quarters of measurable annual starts growth. Lot shortages in Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade are likely to have a dampening effect on the starts rate in the near term, however.

The annual closings rate of 6,852 was up 18% from the previous quarter and is up 21% from one year ago, which extends this upward trend to eleven consecutive quarters. Finished, vacant inventory increased 6% to 1,310 units from last quarter, and this figure is 12% higher than the fourth quarter of 2013. Finished, vacant inventory has hovered in the 2 months-of-supply (MOS) range for the past nine quarters, and remains unchanged at 2.3 MOS for the current quarter. Metrostudy has observed over the years that when this number rises above about 3.0 and stays there, builders tend to reduce prices or make concessions, so Metrostudy monitors this metric closely.

When it comes to rentals, South Florida apartment rentals are currently increasing faster than most of the country’s biggest metro areas. In the third quarter of 2014, Palm Beach rent rose 5.3% from the same time in 2013, placing the county ninth among the 50 biggest metro areas, according to MDF Research. During the same period, Broward rents grew 4.4%, a 13th nationally. What caused this increase in rentals? The housing bust created growth in apartment rentals due to the fact that owners began renting out units in large numbers. Rentals are also extremely popular for the growing millennial market.