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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I Just Sold a Wilton Manors Townhouse

One of the newest townhouse communities being built just minutes from Wilton Manors is the Pointe at Middle River. The vacant land which used to be home to the famous restaurant Gibby’s for decades was purchased by K. Hovananian to build this luxury townhouse community.

The community offers potential its buyers forty, three bedroom, three bath ultra contemporary South Beach style townhomes set on the Middle River. There are two beautifully appointed models to choose from, the Selena or the Bonnett. Both models offer its homeowners a two car garage and are apporximately 2300 square feet. The gated commmunity located in Oakland Park is on the border of Wilton Manors. Its location is just about 15 minutes to Downtown For Lauderdale. Featured amenities include clubhouse as well as its own swimming pool overlooking the river.

Your choice of models
Some of the unique features of this property are the optional dumb waiter between the lower and main levels. The Selina model offers an oversized island kitchen. You can choice from a soaking tub or an enormous shower. Choice cable wire or contemporary glass wall along the staircase. These are just a few of the extraordinary features that make these townhomes so special to you. The Pointe at Middle River is priced in the mid $400,000 range.

I am proud to have been able to introduce my clients to this amazing community. It was love at first site and they signed a pre-construction contract to build. I look forward watching their newest piece of real estate be built knowing that I played an important part of their future happiness.

For more information on The Pointe at Middle River or any other condominium, townhouse or single family home contact me:
Paul Slutsky, Realtor
Re/Max Experience
954-560-8330
paul@paulsellshomes.com
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.

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.