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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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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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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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.