Master Brokers Enjoy Glimpse of Las Olas Boulevard’s Promising Revitalization at 100 Las Olas Reception

The Gold Coast Master Brokers Forum (MBF) recently kicked off 2017 with a reception at 100 Las Olas in Ft. Lauderdale. This event featured a special presentation on “Revitalizing Las Olas”, from a local developer working to stimulate downtown Ft. Lauderdale’s primary retail and entertainment district.

More than 80 Master Brokers attended the event, which opened with a welcome from Gold Coast MBF chair Carolyn Block Ellert, followed by an introduction to 100 Las Olas from Peggy Fucci, broker and CEO of OneWorld Properties. Fucci described the mixed-use tower project; the first to offer new condominiums in downtown Ft. Lauderdale for more than ten years. At 499 feet tall, 100 Las Olas will be the city’s tallest building, offering 46 levels and 121 units starting at $800,000. The project will also include a hotel, restaurant and bar, and retail space.

This was followed by a special presentation from Barron Real Estate president Charles Ladd, one of Ft. Lauderdale’s most successful developers, who recently joined other Las Olas Boulevard property owners in a partnership to enhance the area’s tenant mix. Ladd’s presentation highlighted Las Olas’ unique standing among other similar South Florida destinations (such as Lincoln Road, Worth Avenue, and Mizner Park), the urgent need for high-quality amenities to support the city’s urban transformation, new Las Olas projects that are already under development, and the names of several top-level retailers and restaurants being targeted for vacancies along the thoroughfare.

“Downtown Ft. Lauderdale is one of the brightest spots in all of South Florida real estate, and we are fortunate to have amazing new projects like 100 Las Olas to enhance the mix,” said Carolyn Block Ellert, Gold Coast MBF chair. “The renaissance of Las Olas Boulevard is another reason for optimism, and we are delighted that Charlie and his partners have joined forces to market the area in such a strategic and professional fashion.”

The Gold Coast Master Brokers Forum, comprised of top real estate professionals from Broward and Palm Beach County, is generously supported by Wells Fargo.

Rich Campanella, Carolyn Block Ellert, Peggy Fucci, and Charles Ladd

Rich Campanella, Carolyn Block Ellert, Peggy Fucci, and Charles Ladd

Phil Keagy and Sandra Tagliamonte

Phil Keagy and Sandra Tagliamonte

Casey Koslowski, Vivian Cepero, Elen Oliveira, Elizabeth Finearty, and Karen Howard

Casey Koslowski, Vivian Cepero, Elen Oliveira, Elizabeth Finearty, and Karen Howard

John Putzig and Les Waites

John Putzig and Les Waites

Vicci Read and Karen Bellows

Vicci Read and Karen Bellows

Evie Fortney, Michael Kimmey, and Tom Wolf

Evie Fortney, Michael Kimmey, and Tom Wolf

Charles Ladd

Charles Ladd

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MBF Celebrates 2016 With Lively Holiday Party Hosted By Adagio Fort Lauderdale Beach

The Gold Coast Master Brokers Forum (MBF) recently celebrated an active and successful 2016 with its annual Holiday Party. This lively gathering was hosted by Adagio Fort Lauderdale Beach, at the new condominium project’s sales gallery on the Intracoastal Waterway.

More than 100 Master Brokers from Hallandale to Boca Raton enjoyed a spirited cocktail reception and renewed acquaintances with colleagues. Gold Coast MBF chair Carolyn Block Ellert welcomed the guests, recapped a busy year of events and activities, thanked longtime MBF sponsor Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, and introduced Adagio’s sales director, Andy Ziffer. Mr. Ziffer also welcomed the assembled Master Brokers, led a brief presentation about the extraordinary 31-unit, boutique-style luxury project, and introduced developer Leonardo Coll.

Also at this event, the MBF collected more than 60 new, unwrapped toys and nearly $1,000 for the Pantry of Broward; an organization providing food and support services to low-income seniors in need, and to grandparents raising their grandchildren. (This is the sixth consecutive year the MBF has supported the Pantry of Broward at its Holiday Party.)

Carolyn Block Ellert and Phil Keagy

Carolyn Block Ellert and Phil Keagy

Mark Gilman, Susan Rindley, Tim Singer, and Sheryl Hodor

Mark Gilman, Susan Rindley, Tim Singer, and Sheryl Hodor

Karen Baker and Laura Balistreri

Karen Baker and Laura Balistreri

Andy Ziffer, Leonardo Coll, Mauxi Coll, and Carolyn Block Ellert

Andy Ziffer, Leonardo Coll, Mauxi Coll, and Carolyn Block Ellert

Linda Hoyt and Bonnie Metviner

Linda Hoyt and Bonnie Metviner

John Milakovic, Denise Gobin, Jesse Pan, Katherine Westover, Deborah Anderson, and Jack Edie

John Milakovic, Denise Gobin, Jesse Pan, Katherine Westover, Deborah Anderson, and Jack Edie

Toys collected for the Pantry of Broward

Toys collected for the Pantry of Broward

Les Waites, Teresita Bersach, Rose Sklar, and Mark Gilman

Les Waites, Teresita Bersach, Rose Sklar, and Mark Gilman

Tim Singer, Casey Koslowski, Ryan Love, Danielle Dilenge, Gary Lanham, and Steven Roberge

Tim Singer, Casey Koslowski, Ryan Love, Danielle Dilenge, Gary Lanham, and Steven Roberge

Adagio Fort Lauderdale Beach team: Mike Kholmanskykh, Lindsey Erdmann, Mariela Hopen, Joe Mongillo, Andy Ziffer, Matt Bertanzetti, and Brogan Farrell

Adagio Fort Lauderdale Beach team: Mike Kholmanskykh, Lindsey Erdmann, Mariela Hopen, Joe Mongillo, Andy Ziffer, Matt Bertanzetti, and Brogan Farrell

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Related Companies Hosts MBF Panel Discussion on “New York/South Florida: The New Global Market” at Auberge Beach

The Gold Coast Master Brokers Forum (MBF) recently held an extraordinary panel discussion on New York and South Florida’s unique real estate connections. Sponsored by Related Companies, the event took place at the Auberge Beach sales gallery in Edgewater and brought together 100 Master Brokers. During a welcome cocktail reception, members enjoyed refreshments and hors d'oeuvres, while admiring scale models, renderings, and spectacular views of Ft. Lauderdale Beach on the sales center’s patio. Related Group Florida vice president Patrick Campbell opened the program by welcoming the assembled Master Brokers to the sales gallery, and then introduced Carolyn Block Ellert, chair of the Gold Coast MBF. Ms. Block Ellert welcomed the guests, thanked her team of volunteers and Related for their support, and then introduced Dan August Cordeiro, senior managing director of the Corcoran Sunshine Marketing Group. Mr. Cordeiro then initiated a series of presentations about New York City’s dramatic recent cultural shift to the West Side of Manhattan, led by sales representatives from Related Companies projects. These included:

  • 520 W 28th Street, one of the final projects by recently-deceased architectural superstar Zaha Hadid, with 39 original residences located directly on the High Line in West Chelsea, led by Heather McDonough, a broker with CORE NYC and co-director of the project’s sales team
  • Fifteen Hudson Yards, an ultra-luxury 88-story condominium that is part of America’s largest private real estate development ever, transforming 28 acres of Manhattan with new residences, shopping, dining, and cultural options, led by global sales director Sebastian Steinau
  • 70 Vestry in Tribeca, offering once-in-a-generation waterfront homes on Hudson River Park by Robert A. M. Stern Architects, with interiors by Daniel Romualdez, led by Robert McCain, co-director of sales
These presentations were followed by a lively panel discussion on connections between the South Florida and New York markets, moderated by MBF board member Marisa DiLenge. McDonough and Cordeiro were joined on this panel discussion by Greg Gushee, executive vice president of the Related Companies, and by Matthew Ellish, associated general counsel for Property Markets Group. The panel explored questions surrounding the fluid state of the two markets, the unique global markets that are investing in each region (and the reasons for their particular interest), the differences in deposit structures when purchasing new developments, and opportunities for South Florida agents and brokers to expand their businesses in New York. “Our market has certainly enjoyed a resurgence of interest from New York buyers over the past few years, who recognize the value of South Florida real estate,” said Block Ellert. “The connections between our markets obviously run deep, and we enjoyed this opportunity to learn about the recent cultural and development trends in New York. We also appreciated the Related Companies’ continued support of our organization, and the opportunity to once again visit our friends at Auberge Beach.”
Matthew Ellish, Greg Gushee, Heather McDonough, Carolyn Block Ellert, Dan Cordeiro, and Marisa DiLenge

Matthew Ellish, Greg Gushee, Heather McDonough, Carolyn Block Ellert, Dan Cordeiro, and Marisa DiLenge

Jill Johns and Sandy Tagliamonte

Jill Johns and Sandy Tagliamonte

Liz Caldwell and BJ Martinez

Liz Caldwell and BJ Martinez

Marisa DiLenge and Zach Finn

Marisa DiLenge and Zach Finn

Patrick Campbell, Wendy Marks Pine, and Courtney Gardner

Patrick Campbell, Wendy Marks Pine, and Courtney Gardner

Vicci Read, Jack Clark, and Howard Elfman

Vicci Read, Jack Clark, and Howard Elfman

Heather McDonough, Dan Cordeiro, Sebastian Steinau, and Robert McCain

Heather McDonough, Dan Cordeiro, Sebastian Steinau, and Robert McCain

John Putzig, Tom Schon, and Susan Nelson

John Putzig, Tom Schon, and Susan Nelson

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“Easy Breezy” Happy Hour at YOLO

Bonnie Metviner, Deborah Anderson, Danielle DiLenge

Bonnie Metviner, Deborah Anderson, Danielle DiLenge

Tom Schon, Deborah Anderson, Taylor Keagy

Tom Schon, Deborah Anderson, Taylor Keagy

Jeff Geenberg, Michael Briche, Sue Nelson, Phil Keagy

Jeff Geenberg, Michael Briche, Sue Nelson, Phil Keagy

Wendy Ledwitz, Michael Ledwitz, Phil Keagy

Wendy Ledwitz, Michael Ledwitz, Phil Keagy

Jeff Greenberg, Taylor Keagy,Phil Keagy, Carolyn Block Ellert, Paula Silberberg

Jeff Greenberg, Taylor Keagy,Phil Keagy, Carolyn Block Ellert, Paula Silberberg

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Master Brokers Soak Up Broward County’s High Water Issues at Dinner Hosted by Enclave At Coral Ridge Country Club

The Gold Coast Master Brokers Forum (MBF) recently held a dinner hosted by the Enclave at Coral Ridge Country Club in Ft. Lauderdale. The event featured a special presentation on rising sea levels throughout Broward County, and their impact on local real estate.

More than 100 Master Brokers attended the event, which opened with a welcome from Gold Coast MBF chair Carolyn Block Ellert, and was emceed by vice chair Phil Keagy. JJ Sehlke, managing partner of the Coral Ridge Country Club, then introduced the Enclave; an extraordinary collection of 36 single-family home sites (ranging in size from 1/2 acre to one acre, with prices starting at $785,000 up to $1.4 million) developed on the site of the former American Golfers Club, in a partnership between Terry Stiles and Phillip P. Smith. Located within the sophisticated Bayview Drive area, the Enclave at Coral Ridge Country Club will offer exceptional views of the renowned Robert Trent Jones, Sr. 18-hole championship golf course, as well as the brand new Rees Jones nine-hole Par 3 course, in addition to a lushly-landscaped gated entrance, 24-hour manned security, and ultimate privacy and security.

This was followed by a special presentation from Dr. Nancy Gassman, assistant public works director at the City of Fort Lauderdale, where she implements sustainability, climate mitigation and adaptation strategies. Dr. Gassman outlined the predicted local “high tide” rise for the remainder of 2016 (as well as the impact of flooding from the “King Tide” in September 2015), the predicted rise in regional tidal flooding for the next 30 years, drainage challenges faced by local municipalities (and emerging technologies used to overcome them), as well as the City’s comprehensive, multi-year stormwater improvement master plan. She also reminded the members of their responsibility (under the National Association of Realtors’ Code of Ethics) to be forthcoming about all pertinent facts about a real estate listing, including its propensity for flooding.

The Gold Coast Master Brokers Forum, comprised of top real estate professionals from Broward and Palm Beach County, is generously supported by Wells Fargo.

Phil Keagy, Dr. Nancy Glassman, and Pio Ieraci

Phil Keagy, Dr. Nancy Glassman, and Pio Ieraci

Dennis Stevick, Dale Atkins, Vicci Read, and Eric Miller

Dennis Stevick, Dale Atkins, Vicci Read, and Eric Miller

Shirley Klein, Jesse Pan, Deborah Anderson, and Ree Cole Lee

Shirley Klein, Jesse Pan, Deborah Anderson, and Ree Cole Lee

JJ Sehlke

JJ Sehlke

Minerva Strum and Iveth Ojeda

Minerva Strum and Iveth Ojeda

Kenny Borden, Gayle Borden, and Brian Robiskie

Kenny Borden, Gayle Borden, and Brian Robiskie

Rebecca Stoneback, Linda Hoyt, Danielle DiLenge, and Marisa DiLenge

Rebecca Stoneback, Linda Hoyt, Danielle DiLenge, and Marisa DiLenge

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MBF Panel Discussion Outlines Impact of “The Panama Papers” at Reception Hosted by Residences By Armani/Casa

The Gold Coast Master Brokers Forum  recently held a special reception at the extraordinary Residences by Armani/Casa (RBAC) sales center, located at 18325 Collins Avenue in Sunny Isles Beach. The event featured a panel discussion on the impact of “The Panama Papers” on South Florida real estate.

More than 75 Master Brokers attended the event, which opened with a welcome from Gold Coast MBF chair Carolyn Block Ellert. Ian Reisner, vice president of sales for Dezer Development (co-developers of RBAC, along with The Related Group), then introduced the extraordinary new ultra-luxury condominium, which will encompass 56 stories and 308 units, priced from $2 to over $15 million and ranging from 1,350 square feet to 4,160 square feet. Amenities include a lounge on the lobby level and a Prive area, a fine dining restaurant, cigar room and wine cellar, heated swimming pool, ocean-facing fitness center, two-story revitalization spa with indoor and outdoor treatment rooms, movie theatre and clubroom, and exclusive beach amenities on a 300-foot stretch of private shore.

This was followed by a panel discussion (moderated by MBF board member Jim Balistreri) featuring Nicholas Nehamas, the Miami Herald reporter who analyzed and wrote the newspaper’s “Secret Shell Game” series about The Panama Papers; and Kenneth Rijock, a former money launderer-turned-financial crime consultant, who now advises law enforcement and the private sector on financial crime prevention, investigation, and interdiction. The two discussed short and long term impact of revelations from The Panama Papers, the process of laundering money through the purchase and sale of Miami real estate, and strategies for agents and brokers to better comply with anti-money laundering regulations and “know your customer” procedures, in the wake of heightened scrutiny.

The Gold Coast Master Brokers Forum, comprised of top real estate professionals from Broward and Palm Beach County, is generously supported by Wells Fargo.

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Nicholas Nehamas, Deborah Anderson, Jim Balistreri, Eduardo Cofresi, Carolyn Block Ellert, Ian Reisner, Jesse Pan, Tim Singer, Kenneth Rijock, and Marta Dupree

Jesse Pan and Deborah Anderson

Jesse Pan and Deborah Anderson

Rich Campanella, Barbara Wall, Phil Keagy, Taylor Keagy, Mark Gilman, Karen Bellows, and Peter Barkin

Rich Campanella, Barbara Wall, Phil Keagy, Taylor Keagy, Mark Gilman, Karen Bellows, and Peter Barkin

Nicholas Nehamas, Gil Dezer, and Jim Balistreri

Nicholas Nehamas, Gil Dezer, and Jim Balistreri

Gold Coast Master Brokers Forum

Gold Coast Master Brokers Forum

Caroline Carrara and Jill Johns

Caroline Carrara and Jill Johns

Tim Singer and Mike Kimmey

Tim Singer and Mike Kimmey

Carolyn Block Ellert, Michelle Judd, Tom Schon, and Eduardo Cofresi

Carolyn Block Ellert, Michelle Judd, Tom Schon, and Eduardo Cofresi

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MBF Discusses Impact of Federal Anti-Money Laundering Laws on South Florida Real Estate

The Gold Coast Master Brokers Forum (MBF), a networking group comprised of South Florida’s top residential real estate agents, recently held a special reception in the home of noted local developer Gordon Deckelbaum. The event featured tours of the exquisite listing, and an expert presentation on the impact of recent federal anti-money laundering actions on South Florida real estate.

More than 70 Master Brokers attended the event, which opened with a welcome from Gold Coast MBF chair Carolyn Block Ellert; an update on the Deckelbaum family’s new Riva condominium (currently under development on Ft. Lauderdale’s Middle River) from Bradley Deckelbaum; and an overview of the 7,200 square-foot, two-story penthouse from its listing agent, Liz Caldwell.

This was followed by a presentation from attorney Louis Archambault on the Financial Crime Enforcement Network’s recent Geographic Targeting Order (GTO), which aims to fight money laundering in Miami by forcing title companies to identify the “natural persons” behind shell companies that purchase $1 million-plus properties using cash. Archambault, a partner and board certified real estate expert with the Miami law firm of Pathman Lewis, explained his belief that the GTO was initiated to “send a message” about the seriousness of U.S. anti-money laundering efforts; particularly in foreign buyer-heavy neighborhoods such as Miami Beach and Sunny Isles Beach. He advised the Master Brokers present to follow its guidelines carefully (with the thought that it may expand into Broward at a future date); however, he did not expect the GTO to have a dramatic impact on either county’s real estate market.

The Gold Coast Master Brokers Forum, comprised of top real estate professionals from Broward and Palm Beach County, is generously supported by Wells Fargo.

Phil Keagy, Jill Johns, and Mike Briche

Phil Keagy, Jill Johns, and Mike Briche

Kenny Borden, Mike Briche, Gayle Borden, Rachel Herbert, and Ruth Papuchis

Kenny Borden, Mike Briche, Gayle Borden, Rachel Herbert, and Ruth Papuchis

Matthew Bobby and Liz Caldwell

Matthew Bobby and Liz Caldwell

Bradley Deckelbaum and Louis Archambault

Bradley Deckelbaum and Louis Archambault

Tim Singer and Barbara Wall

Tim Singer and Barbara Wall

Carolyn Block Ellert and Louis Archambault

Carolyn Block Ellert and Louis Archambault

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