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oceanic groundbreaking

As an eager, optimistic resident of Pompano (and as a Realtor wanting to keep on top of things ), I attended the groundbreaking of one of the MANY projects underway in The Pompano Beach Fishing Village and in our blossoming city. Accompanied by my dear friend (and top condo insurance rep!) Amanda Harvey, we were able to speak with members of the Pompano CRA and Commissioner Rex Hardin, for quite some time.
I could go on and on with all the things they spoke about but I will try to wrap it into a nutshell for you. I am sure that many of you are aware of these projects, but I have some updates; and I have to say that listening to them, as we stood in the middle of the construction, amidst all those people, things just seemed to become more REAL- I literally got goosebumps!
-Oceanic (the groundbreaking was the reason for the event) promises to be the talk of all of South Florida with it’s cutting edge, striking design and the sweeping views of the ocean and Pier- not to mention that the food from the family owned company is rumored to be DELICIOUS!
-Pompano Beach House is a few short months from opening, and will serve casual food with that beautiful ocean as a backdrop. (It’s the structure that is already underway across from the parking garage.)
-Harbor Restaurant is being built on the southeast side of the intracoastal bridge, by the same folks that own Madison’s in Boca. Elegant, waterfront, with seating both indoors and outside along the intracoastal. They are looking at a year until completion.
-The Atlantic bridge is going to have a complete overhaul. The new project includes boardwalks, a new tinder house, and sails to unify the design with the new parking garage.
-The new Hilton will be a boutique structure that will have suites that will allow for extended stays for vacationing (or staycationing!) families. They will have pet-friendly rooms too!
-Proposed trolley will come from Atlantic and operate in a loop around the beach, so people won’t need cars to visit.
-Kilwins and BurgerFi (by the parking garage) should be up in running in the next few months.
Rumor has it that we should also be hearing about improvements/redevelopment of the plaza where the Brewery is on Atlantic.
I hope I covered everything that we spoke about, but if you know of other things happening, please let us know.
I don’t know about you, but I think these folk are doing a fantastic job!
I am tickled pink with excitement!

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Buyer's Remorse, Real Estate, South Florida Living

The house isn’t haunted, but you are terrified.

It happens to everyone. You are enthusiastic, thrilled, overjoyed- you are going to buy a house! You become increasingly excited, dreaming about where it will be, how it will look, and about having cookouts with those awesome new neighbors. After tons of research on neighborhoods, mortgage rates, schools, agents, you begin to look in earnest. Then, one day, you find it. It’s perfect! (It’s perfect for you anyway, because at this point you have come to terms with perfection being elusive, and with compromise being a given. It doesn’t matter how much money you have. Really. Everyone compromises somewhere.)

Then comes the negotiation. You do well (with the help of your totally amazing agent, of course). You are actually getting a great deal! The road was long. You kissed a lot of frogs. Didn’t move quickly enough and lost a good one (or two).  But now, finally, you have a contract and you are just about to pee yourself (and maybe you do, just a little). You are sooooo excited!

Then it hits you.

What in the world did you just do? You are committing to how much a month? For how long? And what about that house down the block that you thought was just dripping with charm? Maybe that’s not “character”, maybe it’s neglect, or worse! What if the people that own it are having hard times and they are building a meth lab? Suddenly, every monster that has ever been under your bed has crept out to whisper stories of doom in your ear. Then your friends, with the best intentions, start sharing horror stories that would make the bravest buyer pale with fear. You are shaking in your shoes, and now the little bit of incontinence that you experienced before has reappeared for a totally different reason.

Do not fear.

I am here to tell you that you are not alone. First home or dream home, this is absolutely normal. Stomach weakness, clammy hands and outright shaking are common experiences. I have yet to meet someone who, during the process of buying a house, has not panicked at least one time during the transaction. It makes sense! This is a huge decision. It is one of the biggest investments most people make in their lifetime. It may not seem like it now, but it will all be okay. I don’t think I have ever had someone come up and tell me that they were sorry they had bought their house. Think about it, the decisions that led you to where you are were made with logic and forethought. Not to say that no home purchase has ever gone wrong. Of course they have! But usually the people involved have a good idea of what they are up against when they are going in. And those horror stories your friends told you -there was a piece of key information missing that would have explained why things happened the way they did.

With that said, you should also know that things will go wrong before you close, and it will still be okay. Appraisals don’t come in as expected; inspection reports show things that you weren’t aware of; emotions run high, the stress is intense;  and then, somehow, things come together. This is due, in great part, to your agent. While the world seems to be falling apart and your head feels like it is exploding, your agent has written your contract, negotiated the price and terms, is making sure deposits are timely, is attending inspections, requesting quotes, negotiating repairs, getting information to the appraiser, keeping the lender on schedule, negotiating repairs, and, well, keeping your head from actually exploding. (By the way, in case it isn’t obvious, you need an agent.)

It seems impossible, but this too shall pass. Before you know it, you will have closed, the monsters will be gone, and the fear will be a distant memory.

Then all you will have to do is unpack.


Why you should cut your own hair


Have you ever considered just how much money you spend on getting your hair cut?

I have, and I have come to the conclusion that cutting your own hair is probably one of my best ideas! Just think, you save the time that you invest just getting to your stylist, not to mention waiting for your appointment, plus you are free to be as creative as you want (since it’s only yourself that you have to answer to). There are additional benefits I am sure, but we all know that the best reason for cutting your own hair is the money you save.No paying for the cut, shampoo, or the tips!

How fabulous is that?

If you just read that and are wondering if your Realtor has lost a screw somewhere in one of the houses she showed, don’t worry, she hasn’t. I also think this is “sheer” insanity. (Couldn’t resist!)

It’s hard to believe, but a lot of people do something far worse than cutting their own hair. They try to buy or sell real estate by themselves. (Gasp! My little real estate heart just fluttered at thought of it.) A real estate transaction involves more money (and opportunities for mistakes) than almost any other undertaking of their lifetime, yet some people actually take real estate transactions into their own hands.The Scream by Edvard Munch, 1893

I understand that sometimes these brave souls are not completely alone; some hire a lawyer, and that is fantastic. But still, how many lawyers are out there on the field, dealing with agents, markets and neighborhoods? You need someone down in the dirt, who is an expert at what they do. You need a real estate agent. Let the lawyer do what she does, which is protect you with her knowledge of the law and of contracts, and I will do what I do, which is give you the benefit of 19 years of selling property.

(Just so we are on the same page, when I say run to an agent, I mean yours truly.)

I can think of so many mistakes that are far more expensive than paying a commission; and actually, statistics have shown (over and over again), that people who sell with an agent end up with more money in their pocket than people who don’t. 

I really shouldn’t have to say anything else to convince you. Really. That one piece of information should have you running to an agent if you are even considering buying or selling. Just think, you get professional assistance and more money in your pocket!

This works for buyers too. I am working on a deal right now where I have already more than earned my keep just by negotiating the contract price down more than he would have, and by getting additional credits for the inspections. (Just in case you think this doesn’t apply to you, the buyer I am working with now is extremely smart, and an accomplished businessman; yet he would not have thought to ask the right questions- and, as you can see just from this basic sale, that would have led him to make some pretty expensive mistakes.)

What I am saying is, you need a professional. There are some things you just don’t want to cut corners on. Commissions are expensive, but not paying them will most likely cost you far more. The next time you are thinking about trying to venture out alone in the world of real estate, consider trying your hand as a hair stylist- on your own hair. In both cases, it can get really ugly. Are you really willing to take that risk?

Real Estate

Real Estate is Just Like Pasta

Many years ago, at the dawn of my real estate career, a very powerful agent sold a listing I had in the area that she dominated. I had been expressing concern about something that had to do with my client and her welfare, when the agent turned to me and said, “You care too much. You need to remember that selling real estate is just like serving pasta in a restaurant. You don’t need to worry about anything but getting it from the kitchen to the table, getting your money and you are done.”

I was honestly taken aback. I thought about this a LOT . I still think about it to this day… and I always come to this conclusion:

Selling real estate is not like selling pasta. At least, not for me. 

I am not trying to diminish the validity of her insight, or how she conducts her business.  Not at all!  For her, it is the most efficient way to operate, and she has been extremely successful. But I know that the people who select her as an agent, probably wouldn’t select me. We bring a whole different set of skills to the table; and, despite the differences, I honestly don’t think one can be considered better or worse than the other.

I don’t think I could do a good job if I were detached the way she is.

Since I am invested in the outcome for my clients, I can’t work with as many at a time as she can; and honestly, I don’t want to. I want to provide the service that I would want as a client. Thorough, personalized, knowledgable and efficient, with the added bonus of dealing with someone who truly cares about me being happy with my decision.

That’s the beauty of real estate. There is an agent for everyone, just like there is a home for everyone. I am honored that I have been chosen by quite a few throughout the years. It has helped me pay my bills, but more importantly it has helped me feel good about what I do. Every time I see a client’s face light up when we walk into a home and I know it’s a good fit; and every time I bring a strong offer to a seller who is anxious to sell, it nourishes me in a very different way that serving pasta ever could. 

Is real estate unlike pasta for you or for someone you know? If so, and you (or they) need an agent, please contact me today.

Best regards,

Abby Raymond-Dow
Re/Max in Motion
(954) 205-2229

Real Service.
Real Results.