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

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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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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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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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.

Current Mortgage Rates Drop Again!

Mortgage rates are currently lower than 2014. Today’s rates have dropped back to 4%. This is great news for some new homeowners, but what is the cause? Rates are lower due to economic data being lower than expect, economic uncertainty overseas and expectations that the Federal Reserve may not see sustained domestic growth until sometime next year.
The Mortgage Report shares some valuable insight to this decline. Home purchasing power is up close to 10% from last year, which means that a homeowner whose maximum purchase price was $400,000 can today purchase a $440,000 home for the same mortgage payment; and, millions of U.S. homeowners are potentially eligible for a refinance. Low mortgage rates have put homeowners in the money for a refinance where “in the money” is defined as having a loan balance of at least $50,000; at least 10 years remaining on your home loan; and a mortgage rate of 150 basis points (1.5%) above current mortgage interest rates.

Due to this year’s current extremely low mortgage rate, homeowners refinancing in 2015 will save even more. Now is a great time to refinance your home! One important thing to note is that although mortgage rates have fallen nationwide, they still differ on a regional basis. The rate quote that you get from your bank will depend on the location of your property. It is reported that mortgage rates are lowers in the Northeast Region, an area comprised of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Washington, D.C., Virginia, West Virginia, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut. By contrast, the mortgage rates are highest for applicants in the Southwest Region, an area that includes Texas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, Nebraska, and Wyoming.