The real estate brokerage firm of Florida Luxurious Properties will host Triton Networking on the third Wednesday in March (March 15). All captains, crew and industry pros are welcome to join us from 6-8 p.m. and get the skinny on waterfront properties in and around Ft. Lauderdale.
Until then, learn a little more about Florida Luxurious Properties from broker owner Julie Jones-Bernard.
- Tell us about your firm. What do you specialize in?
Florida Luxurious Properties has a team of Realtors with extensive expertise in all areas of real estate, especially luxury ocean and waterfront properties. We specialize exclusively in the $1-million-plus market. Florida Luxurious Properties agents have achieved record-breaking sales in some of Ft. Lauderdale’s most prestigious neighborhoods.
Florida Luxurious Properties is associated with the Seafarers Association, Tomorrow’s Rainbow and Broward Association for the Homeless. I also work alongside the Florida Yacht Brokers Association.
- It’s unusual to have a real estate company in the pages of The Triton. Why do you advertise with us?
Ft. Lauderdale is known as the Venice of America, making the boating community an important aspect of the South Florida lifestyle. Having worked with many yacht owners, captains and brokers, I enjoy finding the perfect, deepwater dockage for my customers in the Florida sunshine. Yacht captains are often very influential in the decision-making process, plus there are many parallels to the marketing and sales strategies when selling a luxury yacht.
- What sorts of requests do you see from captains and owners for property?
Yacht owners often consult their captains when it comes to property acquisition for the purposes of accommodating their vessel. Savvy yacht owners and captains require more detailed information on dockage, waterways and bridges than the average person buying on the water. Proximity to the inlet is key to many buyers of waterfront properties.
Many of the properties I list offer significant savings on marina fees for the yacht owner. Security and privacy are also important aspects.
- It’s a pretty good time to buy now, isn’t it?
Many investment experts say that due to stock market highs, 2017 will be a great year for real estate purchases in South Florida. They expect interest rates to rise some eventually, but market observers don’t anticipate a major pullback in buying. There is also pent-up demand from last year that is fueling the market.
We at Florida Luxurious Properties have seen consistency in the market and feel confident the South Florida real estate market will continue to prosper. Ft. Lauderdale remains the Yachting Capital of the World, and dockage for 100-foot-plus yachts is at a premium.
Plus there may be tax advantages for some buyers.
- Any advice for someone wanting to buy on the water? What should they be careful of and look out for?
Without the proper knowledge, preparation and an experienced real estate agent on your side, the process of buying a waterfront property can quickly turn into an expensive, time-consuming challenge. Like most major purchases, planning ahead and asking the right questions can save you time and money.
For example, if you plan to dock a boat at your new property, be sure to consider not only your current but future boating needs. If you have a mid-size vessel now, but plan to buy a larger one in the future, make sure the water’s depth and bridge heights can accommodate the larger boat at your new home. Your agent should be knowledgeable on boating setbacks, canal widths and depths.
All are invited to join us on March 15 from 6-8 p.m. at 2438 E. Las Olas Blvd. (33301). No RSVP necessary. Just bring a smile and business cards because you never know who you’ll meet at Triton Networking. For more location details, click here.