Heaven Must Have Sent an Angel

Heaven must have sent an angel.

Recently I listed a home in Fort Lauderdale for an elderly woman who was no longer able to live on her own. Her home was a distance away from her children and everyone decided it would be best for her to move closer to them.

Martha was a widow, who would love sharing stories with me about her late husband. A smile would come upon her face with every mention of her beloved Harry. She would tell me how their home was filled with love and she shared with me the memories they made. She would go on to talk about the wonderful life the two of them made for themselves in Fort Lauderale.

Harry and Martha lived in an active 55 plus senior community where they took advantage of as many of the planned activities as they could. From themed parties to excursions to the beach. Their neighbors became their extended family. They enjoyed lounging at the pool. Their lives were rich and fulfilled,  just the way they dreamed their retirement in Fort Lauderdale would be.

As time when on and as life has it, Harry and Martha began slowing down and were not able to partake in all the activities that an 55 plus community has to offer. Trips to the beach were less often. They visited the pool less often.

Eventually, Harry became ill.  There became a point where he was confined to their condominium. Still in his  home, he was surrounded by the love of his wife. His wife of 70 years.

Unfortunately, as Harry’s health continued to decline it was time for Hospice to be called in.

Gretchen was a Hospice nurse and assigned to help with Harry. She, along with Martha cared for him making his last days as comfortable as possible.  Gretchen was there until the day that Harry passed along.

Very difficult for Martha, sad and broken hearted, she stayed in her 55 plus condominium. She stayed for another 2 years. Eventually it was time for her to sell her 3 bedroom condominium and move to a place which was better suited for her. It was time for the difficult decision to sell her home.

Her family packed her up and found a wonderful, 1 bedroom co-op for Martha to move into. Her condo was placed on the market for sale. Buyers came and buyers went until a wonderful couple fell in love with the home where Martha and Harry lived. They made an offer and Martha accepted it.

Martha didn’t attend the actual closing but I did.

At the closing I was told by the buyers, they knew right away this was the condo for them. They knew the love and memories this home held. The buyer then told me she had been in the condo a few years ago. She lifted her head and looked me and said …my name Gretchen. As a tear came to my eye, we both smiled and knew Martha wasn’t at that closing, but we knew Harry certainly was.

 

 

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

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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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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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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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.