Oakland Park Pool Home

Garden Acres neighborhood of Oakland Park
Just listed in Oakland Park

Located in the City of Oakland Park is a hidden little gem of a neighborhood called Garden Acres, just east of North Andrews Gardens. This area consists of about 130 homes and is easily accessible to I-95, Fort Lauderdale and Wilton Manors. It is located about 2 miles from the beach with access from Commercial Blvd. What makes this neighborhood so unique is close to 100 years ago it used to be a mango grove. Everywhere you look are mature mango trees.

I was fortunate as a realtor to list a lovely 3 bedroom home with 2 full baths and a pool. The home also consists of a screened porch and Florida room. It has been fully renovated with a new kitchen and two renovated baths. The kitchen boast stainless steel appliances, quartz countertops and beautiful white appliances. The bathrooms, both totally redone feature designer finishes such as granite counters and a walk in shower large enough for anyones desire. The floors are porcelain tiles which run throughout the entire home.

The jewel of this exceptional home is the pool. Just come home and relax in your own backyard and take a dip in the pool. Move into this fabulous home and you don’t need to lift a finger. It’s all been done for you.

Just call or text me for a private viewing of this beautiful home.
Paul Slutsky, ReMax Experience 954-560-8330

NAGLREP Convention in Palm Springs

I’d like to share with you my experience at the Gay Realtor convention – NAGLREP in Palm Springs. As a realtor, I was proud to be representing Fort Lauderdale and Wilton Manors.

In October, I had the opportunity to attend the 2017 National Association of Gay & Lesbian Real Estate Professionals convention. This years convention was held in Palm Springs, California. As always, it was a wonderful event for networking and meeting some of the most successful gay realtors from around the country. It was a reunion with old friends I met in past years and new friends, all in the real estate profession. It was the perfect opportunity, as a gay realtor to build my referral network with other realtors all across America. I was joined with a few fellow realtors for my home office of Re/Max Experience in Wilton Manors as well some familiar faces from Fort Lauderdale and Wilton Manors.

The Nuts and Bolts of the Convention
With his humor, comedian Alex Mapa emceed the NAGLREP convention, making it a huge success.

During the days, we attended lectures and learned about the latest technology available for today’s realtor. There were breakout sessions on lead generation and social media, home buying trends and information on marketing to the gay community. We listened to tips for selling homes and condos to the luxury buyer and talked about building our database. We were educated on diversity and learned the secrets of top producing real estate agents. From marketing professionals to mortgage lenders, from real estate coaches and agents that are larger than life, they were all there. The event ended with a keynote speech made by Human Rights Activist Clive Jones.

Million Dollar Listing
In this time of reality TV shows, I’m sure at least once, while flipping through you television stations, you landed on Bravo’s, Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles. I had the fortunate opportunity to spend some time and speak one on one with Madison Hildebrand. Madison is know for specializing in the luxury real estate market in Malibu and co-stared in the television series with Josh Flagg and Josh Altman.

With this being my first trip to Palm Springs I have to say, I fell in love with the desert air and mountains. This is quite different than Fort Lauderdale and Wilton Manors with our ocean and beachfront condos. I certainly enjoyed the change but most of all I enjoyed the Post Modern Architecture that the city has to offer. I can’t wait for the 2018 National Association of Gay & Lesbian Real Estate Professionals which will be in Palm Spring again.

For more information contact:
Paul Slutsky, PA
Re/Max Experience
954-560-8330
www.paulsellshomes.com
paul@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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Ready to sell your home?

Turn to a Realtor for Professional Advice

Are you thinking about selling your current home but don’t know where to start? A Realtor® in Florida can help you attract buyers from around the corner – or from another continent – then help you close the sale and move ahead with your life.

Marketing and selling a home is a complex process that involves all the tools of the real estate profession, from social networking and online video tours to Multiple Listing Service (MLS) postings, newspaper ads and even knocking on neighborhood doors. A Realtor® can help you avoid potentially costly mistakes and keep the sales process running smoothly, saving time, money and headaches.

In guiding you through the maze of paperwork and procedures involved in selling a home, a Realtor® can provide you with a full complement of services, including:

  • Gather information about your home – such as square footage, type of heating and cooling systems, proximity to schools and other features – to prepare to list it for sale.
  • Analyze comparable home sales in the area, then use that information to help you better estimate your property’s value, so it can be priced right to sell.
  • Design an effective strategy to market your home. Post photos and information about the home on high-volume websites, email open house invitations, place advertisements in local publications and put a traditional for-sale sign in front of the residence.
  • List your home on the Multiple Listing Service (MLS), maximizing its exposure to prospective buyers locally, nationally and internationally.
  • Bring qualified buyers to preview your home.
  • Write offers, place the buyer’s deposit in escrow and take care of other necessary paperwork.
  • Guide you through all aspects of the sales contract and deal with the buyer on any items that may need to be negotiated.
  • Help to investigate financing, arrange for home inspections and appraisals, and other details that are part of the preparation for closing the deal.
  • Serve as your representative at the closing of the home sale.

In guiding you through the maze of paperwork and procedures involved in selling a home, a Realtor® can provide you with a full complement of services, including:

  • Gather information about your home – such as square footage, type of heating and cooling systems, proximity to schools and other features – to prepare to list it for sale.
  • Analyze comparable home sales in the area, then use that information to help you better estimate your property’s value, so it can be priced right to sell.
  • Design an effective strategy to market your home. Post photos and information about the home on high-volume websites, email open house invitations, place advertisements in local publications and put a traditional for-sale sign in front of the residence.
  • List your home on the Multiple Listing Service (MLS), maximizing its exposure to prospective buyers locally, nationally and internationally.
  • Bring qualified buyers to preview your home.
  • Write offers, place the buyer’s deposit in escrow and take care of other necessary paperwork.
  • Guide you through all aspects of the sales contract and deal with the buyer on any items that may need to be negotiated.
  • Help to investigate financing, arrange for home inspections and appraisals, and other details that are part of the preparation for closing the deal.
  • Serve as your representative at the closing of the home sale.

Ready to sell your home? Contact Paul today for a consultation – (954) 560-8330

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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Preparing to Put Your Home on the Real Estate Market

Selling your home is a process. There are many factors that go into it and doing it the right way is very important. You do not want to cut corners in order to save a few dollars because in the end, it can cost you substantially more. Staging is a part of that process. When the real estate market was booming, this may have not been the most important factor, but that has changed. The staging trend has raised the bar and it is hard to go back from this as it is already considered a new norm for most.

Someone who stages your home may be compared to an interior designer. The idea is to be an expert in planning and choosing colors, fabrics and furniture while arranging them all in a way that makes your home look its absolute best. The difference between a good and a great home stager is the few extra things that they can bring to the mix. A great home stager is not just focused on your things that suit your own personal taste, but rather making your home appeal to a broad range of tastes. They make people fall in love with your home and want to buy it.

Home stagers will want to highlight the home’s best features and compensate for any shortcomings. For example, if a window has a extraordinary view then removing any curtains may be best or visa versa; or, in a small bedroom, replacing the queen bed with a crib or even turning it into an office will make the space look quite larger. You also want to still make your home feel like a home. Finishing touches are always another factor that stagers may add before an open house or showing. These include fresh flowers, having a pie in the oven or any other fresh component that must be done the day of.

There are statistics that prove staging a house works; however, there are also other factors to consider. Make sure to work closely with your real estate agent to ensure that you are taking all the right steps to selling your home the best way for you.

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.