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Stone Creek Ranch | Featured Listing





Stone Creek Ranch
Delray Beach, Florida | 33446
$9,450,000 USD

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Developed by Kenco Communities, the magnificent Stone Creek Ranch homes for sale in Delray Beach are nestled amid 187 acres of picturesque verdant vistas, striking lush landscapes and expansive shimmering lakes. Stone Creek Ranch is the ideal setting for what will ultimately be 37 magnificent custom built estates. 

The fortuitous homeowners that reside in Stone Creek Ranch, which presently include a register of homeowners from world acclaimed Professional Athletes and Owners of Professional Sports Teams to Global Entrepreneurs and Fortune 500 Corporate CEO’s, luxuriate in custom commissioned one-of-a-kind private compounds that are perfectly set on two and a half-acre or larger opulent lake front home sites. 

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Stone Creek Ranch‘s renowned team of custom builders: Charlse – Watt Estate Homes, Courchene Development, Frankel-Infinity Custom Estates, Kenco Custom Homes and Terence Cudmore Builders have created masterpiece residences from over $3 million to more than $15 million. 

Upon arriving at Stone Creek Ranch, the stately private entryway leads to a manned and guarded stone gatehouse. Proceeding through the tree-scaped drive your guests are embraced by the community’s signature landmark, a dramatic, triple-arched stone bridge. Scenic walking and biking paths that are three miles long surround the Stone Creek Ranch real estate providing spectacular water views.



Stone Creek Ranch real estate is one of the Gold Coast of South Florida’s grandest and most exclusive gated estate enclaves providing residents with privacy and a taste of the privileged Palm Beach lifestyle. Neighboring some of the preeminent guard gated communities of Boca Raton luxury real estate, the exclusive estate enclave is a few minutes distance from the elite Boca Raton Country Club homes of St. Andrews Country Club, Royal Palm Yacht & Country Club, Addison Reserve, Woodfield Country Club and Mizner Country Club as well as the exclusive gated estate enclaves of Le Lac, Long Lake Estates, The Sanctuary and The Oaks at Boca Raton.

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Please accept this invitation to explore Luxury Resort Portfolio and discover the myriad of Boca Raton luxury real estate opportunities available on this sunny, scenic and incomparable slice of South Florida’s Gold Coast. From vastly sought after luxury real estate on the green in an elite Boca Raton country club home, or a magnificent South Florida oceanfront estate along the Palm Beach coastline, there’s something for every taste and lifestyle in South Florida.
Please contact Luxury Resort Portfolio for more information and let their Boca Raton luxury real estate specialists know how they can be of further assistance to you.

The Smiths are enthusiastic and profoundly knowledgeable of the exclusive South Florida communities they serve, trusted for the advice and guidance they offer, and respected for their exceptional ability to maximize the profit potential of properties they represent.
Luxury Resort Portfolio has earned a roster of achievements that include an extraordinary quantity of record-breaking transactions for their clients in the elite Delray Beach Waterfront Intracoastal Real Estate communities of Seagate and Delray Isles, Boca Raton country club homes of Mizner Country Club, St. Andrews Country Club, Woodfield Country Club, Addison Reserve Country Club and the Royal Palm Yacht & Country Club as well as in the Boca Raton exclusive gated estate enclaves of The Oaks at Boca Raton, Long Lake Estates, Stone Creek Ranch, Le Lac and the Sanctuary.

The information herein is believed to be accurate but not guaranteed and may be subject to errors, omissions and changes without notice. This is not to be construed as a solicitation of property presently listed for sale. All information is derived from the Palm Beach County Property Appraisers website and the MLS. 

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The information herein is believed to be accurate but not guaranteed and may be subject to errors, omissions and changes without notice. This is not to be construed as a solicitation of property presently listed for sale.

All information is derived from the Palm Beach County Property Appraisers website and the MLS.

The Stampede of White Elephants

Slowing Sales of Luxury Properties
Reveal ‘Trophy Homes’ Weighing Owners Down

By: Christina S.N. Lewis
Source: Wall Street Journal
Date: October 31, 2008

As the luxury real-estate market slows to a snail’s pace, real-estate brokers find themselves struggling to sell a growing number of “trophy homes” that are quietly gaining a new title: white elephants.

The term hails from a legend that Siamese royalty gave albino elephants — revered but financially ruinous to maintain — to unpleasant courtiers. Today, the financial burden of carrying an overly big, overly unique manse is being shared by many wealthy owners, who are finding out the hard way that not everyone is willing to pay up for their vision of a dream home. Realtors concede a growing number of these pricey pachyderms are sitting unsold for months and selling at steep discounts, if at all.

Some sellers are getting creative. On Thursday, the owners of Castlewood, a gothic castle in West Orange, N.J., hosted a live jousting competition to generate buzz among real-estate brokers. Designed in the 1850s, the 5,000-square-foot stone house is on two acres and features two towers, a staff apartment and a round bedchamber with a 28-foot-high domed ceiling. On the market for two years, the homeowners switched to a new agent, Sam Joseph of Re/Max Village Square and dropped the asking price to $2 million from $2.8 million, originally.

For most of the housing market’s history, homeowners knew that big custom-designed homes that aren’t in scale with their environs might eventually cost them. “You build [a white elephant] because you were successful in your career and you want to treat yourself,” says Ed Kaminsky, who runs Premiere Estates, a California-based luxury auctioneer that specializes in marketing unique, hard-to-value houses. “But you can’t expect to get your money out.”

But it seems that tenet was forgotten during the boom. And in the meantime, formerly profligate consumers have become extremely price-conscious, says Gregory Hague, owner of Arizona-based Hague Partners, an affiliate of Christie’s Great Estates. “It used to be that buyers looked for something that got them excited and emotionally engaged and then tried to negotiate a good deal. Now they’re looking at price first.”

Steven L. Good, head of Chicago-based real-estate auction firm Sheldon Good & Co., says the division of the company that specializes in selling homes that cost from $1.5 million up to $40 million has seen a sharp increase in offerings in the last year from wealthy homeowners who are frustrated because their homes aren’t selling. And real-estate Web site Zillow.com turns up a number of unsold homes whose price tags and amenities are far fancier than their immediate environs might suggest.

In Broadview, a Seattle neighborhood known mostly for modest ranch houses, an Italian-style villa for sale features a four-car garage and an indoor koi pond. Nearly 10,000 square feet, the house has an asking price of $2.75 million and has been on the market for over a year.

Barney Garton, the listing agent, says the home’s rare Puget Sound views make it “a great value.” He says it hasn’t sold because of its “unusual” architecture and the downturn.

In Truckee, Calif., a lake community about 17 miles north of Lake Tahoe, a $3.95 million lakefront contemporary house with an elevator, indoor lap pool and two garages stands out from the neighboring A-frame log cabins. Built in 1985 and designed by the owner’s son, an architect, it was listed in June and is the most expensive house for sale on the lake. While it’s received less traffic than expected, the owner is in no hurry to sell, says one of the listing agents, Charles White, of Donner Lake Realty. A more recently remodeled home with fewer amenities but more lake frontage recently sold for about $3 million.

In Dallas, Braden Power, a developer of apartment complexes, spent more than seven years designing and building his dream house: an 8,500-square-foot showpiece with contemporary, traditional and Moorish influences that opens to a central “natatorium,” a double-height entrance courtyard with marble floors, two fireplaces, a mezzanine balcony and a central fountain and reflecting pool deep enough to swim in.

Mr. Power spared no expense: He hired an army of both traditional and contemporary designers. The automated exterior and interior lighting systems cost $500,000; the chandeliers are hand-carved, the floors are all solid marble or limestone (both indoor and outdoor) with radiant heating — a rarity in Dallas where the temperature seldom dips below 40 degrees. “This house was basically a creative outlet,” says Mr. Power, who says his inspirations were the Los Angeles and Miami boutique hotels designed by Ian Schrager.

But last year, Mr. Power decided the home was too big for a bachelor and he put it up for sale, unfinished. With a price tag of $13 million, it attracted a flurry of local press.

Despite being located on three-quarters of an acre on picturesque Turtle Creek, the home didn’t sell and now Mr. Power has relisted the house for $9.8 million with Doris Jacobs, of Allie Beth Allman & Associates.

Although Mr. Power acknowledges that he may not recoup his building and carrying costs, he says the home will become a good investment if fans of the design purchase his architectural plans and custom molds.

He has no regrets about building the house. “Honestly, this house is a dream to me,” says Mr. Power, who also plans to list the home for rent. “I think it’s the most perfect place that I’ve ever been in in my life.”

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The information herein is believed to be accurate but not guaranteed and may be subject to errors, omissions and changes without notice. This is not to be construed as a solicitation of property presently listed for sale. All information is derived from the Palm Beach County Property Appraisers website and the MLS.

The information herein is believed to be accurate but not guaranteed and may be subject to errors, omissions and changes without notice. This is not to be construed as a solicitation of property presently listed for sale.

All information is derived from the Palm Beach County Property Appraisers website and the MLS.

New Wave of Baby Boomers Are Ready To Descend On Florida


The Sunshine State is about to boom with Boomers.

Between 2010 and 2030, Baby Boomers, born between 1946 and 1964, are expected to descend on Florida in even larger numbers and will increase their standing as the state’s largest age group. The reason: They are nearing retirement age, the state’s housing prices have become more affordable and Florida’s tropical climate remains a draw.

“I enjoy warm weather and I want to be close to the beach,” said Frank Moschiano, 50, who on Thursday moved from Albuquerque, N.M., into a two-bedroom condominium in Fort Lauderdale. “The social and professional opportunities in Fort Lauderdale are huge. The real estate prices kept dropping and dropping. … It made it easier for me to afford.”

Boomers made up about 23 percent of Florida’s 15.9 million population in 2000, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. In 2010, they will account for 27 percent of the 19.6 million people expected to be living here.

“The first of the Baby Boomers are just barely over 60 now, so over the next 10 or 15 years you’ll see a real increase in that group,” said Stan Smith, director of the University of Florida’s Bureau of Economic and Business Research. “Lower [housing] prices could have some impact because historically Florida has been a relatively low-cost place to live but that has been going up in recent years.”

Lured by low taxes and the advent of Social Security payments, throngs of seniors flocked to Florida in the post-World War II economic boom. Their numbers ebbed in the last decade, but Baby Boomers over the next 20 years are expected to reinvigorate the state’s status as a retirement mecca.

Such an influx worries some demographers and social services advocates.

“Florida is going to face a very different racial and cultural gap as the older Boomers age and the younger immigrants come with competing demands on public services,” said William Frey, a demographer with the Brookings Institution, a Washington public policy think tank.

Edith Lederberg, executive director of the Aging and Disability Resource Center of Broward County, said there are already waiting lists for seniors needing most types of subsidized in-house services, such as personal care, home-delivered meals and nursing care. “It will get worse before it gets better,” she said. “A lot of Baby Boomers will expect social services to be there for them, and that won’t be the case because funding hasn’t kept pace with the need or demand.”

Robert McFall, chief executive officer of Area Agency on Aging of Palm Beach/Treasure Coast Inc., agreed.

“Florida’s destiny and its demographics are on a definite collision course unless we have the fortitude to invest in those essential services that will sustain a growing older population,” McFall said.

Real estate agents say they are already fielding more calls this summer from Boomers, especially those who live up North. Sparking their interest is the continued drop in home and condo prices, and the large number of foreclosures on the market.

Ron Schulman, managing broker at Majestic Palms Realty in Boca Raton, explained why. He had a condo listed for $70,000 at King’s Point in Delray Beach that sold – after more than a year — for $20,000.

“These Baby Boomers are thinking more about coming here, and they’re realizing now is the time,” he said.

The bargain prices enticed Jim and Debra Ciervo.

“We came for the weather,” said Debra Ciervo, 45, who recently moved from New Jerseyto Tamarac. “The prices are so much lower right now. We got our house for $100,000 less than what is was going for a year ago.”

South Florida’s high cost of living was partly to blame for an unprecedented population drop from 2006 to 2007. According to newly released U.S. Census Bureau estimates, 26 of Broward’s 31 cities lost a total of 15,000 residents, and three of them — Hollywood, Coral Springs and Pembroke Pines — made the Top 10 list of the nation’s fastest-shrinking large cities.

In Palm Beach, 27 of the county’s 38 communities lost a total of 2,238 people.

“I think people got run out of town by the high prices and now that prices and rents are coming down, we’ll see more people,” said Brad Hunter, South Florida director of the research firm Metrostudy in West Palm Beach.

Jim Godino, 59, a luxury-car salesman from Boston, is one of them. He is looking to buy a house in St. Lucie or Palm Beach County.

“I’m just waiting for the house that’s a good bang for the buck that I can make an offer on,” he said. “With the economy the way it is, I will probably have to work, so I’d prefer to be in a place where I can play golf and enjoy the warm weather.”

Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel
BY ROBIN BENEDICK and JENNIFER GOLLAN
August 4, 2008

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South Florida Market Update

The South Florida Real Estate boom is just a memory…as one of the nation’s hardest hit real estate areas, South Florida is witnessing properties linger for vast periods of time on the market. What used to be only a little over a couple of months on the market, has turned into quite often double digit numbers of months and even years to sell a property.

According to an article published in Sunday’s Sun-Sentinel, 1 in every 10 homes have been on the market for more than one year, and by their estimates, that results in 9,828 homes. At least 1,058 of those properties have been on the market more than 2 consecutive years! However, industry experts claim that even those figures are quite conservative estimates, because the numbers do not reflect properties that were pulled off the market and put back on when Sellers switched agents, made home improvements, or let their listing expire and entered it as a new listing to avoid appearing as stale inventory and to wipe clean the days on market.

Agents have noticed over the past couple of years that sellers are “overly optimistic” when they initially list their home thinking that the market has been slightly unchanged since the bygone days of the boom. They have a “hard time accepting or adjusting their mind to the new value of their property” and are reluctant to adjust their list prices in time with the current market. Resulting in always being “behind the eight ball” and languishing on the market for way too long.

In National news, home prices posted a record 15.3% steep decline. The S&P/Case Shiller Home Price Index has fallen for 21 months straight, based on a twenty city index that has been tracking data for 19 years. What is more alarming, recent drops have been particularly steep. Home prices plunged in areas like Miami (South Florida), seeing 26.7% drops from one year ago, and an additional loss of 4.1% in property values in April 2008.

Most sellers claim they will “ride it out” and hold onto the property for a couple of years until the market recovers… However, what most sellers don’t realize is that the real estate market does not change as quickly as the financial markets. Based on our recent fledgling economy, the mortgage crisis, the astronomical amount of homes facing foreclosure, the war, and upcoming presidential elections… This market is not turning around anytime soon. Most people forget that in the 1970’s it took the real estate market more than 14 years to rebound.

Seasoned agents claim it will take a few variables to start changing the market; home prices have to become affordable once again, inventory has to decrease, and the foreclosure mess has to be resolved.

The plummeting prices are causing a whole other problem for homeowners…NO HOME EQUITY! As home prices are continuing to fall, homeowners are left with no equity in their homes to tap for emergency purposes or are having their HELOC’s (Home Equity Line of Credit) frozen by their lenders. As listing agents we hear quite often from our Sellers, “We need X-Amount of dollars to walk away from this house to be even,”… Unfortunately, what Sellers fail to realize is that “what they need financially and what a Buyer is willing to pay these days for their home is two completely different scenarios”. The result is often leaving homeowners underwater and owing mortgages than are more than the home is worth.

Philip and I, as agents ourselves see these exact problems affecting our clientelle. Unfortunately, we do not create the market, we as real estate professionals interpret the market and facilitate transactions. We have noticed that once both the Buyers and Sellers are willing to buy/sell a property for today’s current market value…a deal can be achieved! A real estate agent is quoted in Sunday’s piece; “You’ve got to face the market…You have to give it what it wants”. It’s all numbers people! It’s ALL NUMBERS!

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Featured Property of the Week

Mizner Country Club
Delray Beach, Florida

16223 Andalucia Lane
Offered at $1,725,000

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Location: Andalucia Lane, Delray Beach, Florida. A luxurious new golf course community, Mizner Country Club captures gracious Palm Beach style centered on an 18-hole Arnold Palmer signature golf course. The award-winning Grande Clubhouse is accompanied by world-class fitness, tennis, and swimming facilities.


Property: Magnificent custom features and upgrades complement this lakefront Mediterranean estate capturing picturesque views over the lake and golf course. Hosting al fresco entertaining with an oversized lanai summer kitchen, a Chicago brick patio frames the Pebble Sheen 40-foot lap pool with hand-painted tile and waterfall spa.


Residence: This expanded Segovia villa presents meticulous detailing, from the custom exterior stonework and corbels to the Travertine Gold marble floors, elaborate ceiling treatments, and faux finishes refining the elegant interior décor. Five bedrooms, 5 full and 2 half baths, and a 3-bay garage are included in 6,480± total square feet along with myriad luxuries including the back-up generator, accordion hurricane shutters, surround-sound system, security surveillance, whole-house water filtration, and Aprilaire anti-allergen heating/cooling system. All bedrooms have custom-fitted closets and individually designed baths.


First Floor: The view-filled formal living room is dramatized by a 22-foot domed and coffered ceiling, double-height window wall, and an intricate coquina stone fireplace. An arched colonnade sets off the 2-story tray-ceilinged formal dining room. The handsome office is finished with custom built-ins and floors of Brazilian cherrywood. A view-filled bay window illuminates the dine-in gourmet kitchen offering antiqued custom cabinetry and granite counters. The family room with coffered ceiling opens to the pool through stylish French doors. Gracious elegance and luxury define the private master suite featuring tray ceilings, a view-filled bay-windowed sitting area, plantation shutters, poolside access, custom-fitted cherrywood closets and an opulent spa-style bath with Jacuzzi tub, frameless shower, granite counters, and Italian porcelain tile floor. A separate guest/staff suite, powder room, and cabana bath complete this level.


Second Floor: Highlighted by tray ceilings, this level features a dramatic loft with ironwork-embellished arches, plus three additional private bedroom suites, two with herringbone-patterned Brazilian cherrywood floors.


Inspection by appointment only.


MLS# R2808658


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Philip Lyle Smith (561) 445-2282
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The information herein is believed to be accurate but not guaranteed and may be subject to errors, omissions and changes without notice. This is not to be construed as a solicitation of property presently listed for sale.

All information is derived from the Palm Beach County Property Appraisers website and the MLS.

Negotiating Tactics In Today’s Crazy Market!

Can you believe this crazy real estate market? How did we get to this point? Everyone is at a stand-still…and each side is waiting for the other to crumble! Both Buyer and Seller are refusing to accept the other’s position. No wonder deals are not happening!

How I long for the days of the not so distant past when inventory was low, demand was high, and homes were not on the market for very long. Buyers were anxious to purchase their South Florida dream home, and felt confident and elated in their purchase. Our Sellers were getting stratospheric prices for their homes and laughing, skipping and nearly pinching themselves all the way to the bank. Realtors were superstars! These days not so much, no matter how hard we work, no matter how much we do, we are told we can’t do anything right! How quickly they turn on us. Boy! Talk about a 180.

That is why Realtors, Buyers and Sellers have to come up with new innovative ways of getting a deal done. This week I was pleased to receive from one of our loyal subscribers a great article from the New York Times, written by Ron Lieber, on what might be the “new tactic” from Buyers and Sellers trying to at least get a deal started. After reading the article, I came to the conclusion that these days it’s not all “Dollars & Cents” that will get you to the closing table. It is all about “Wooing the Other Side”. Go figure? Love Letters they call them (I personally would say they are letters with a lot less love written into them and a little more of a bitter dose of reality). I am talking about a letter addressed to either side delivered by the Realtor, to start a dialogue!

Buyers these days have to finesse the Seller, plead their case by complimenting the sellers’ home but also stating the cold hard facts of the current market and the dreary news of what is yet to come. Sellers on the other hand, have to respond to these so called “Dear Seller Letters” with a lot of restraint, be gingerly in their use of words, respond strategically to keep their potential Buyer interested without scaring them away from the deal and appearing not to look as uninformed, unrealistic, stubborn people.

So, Philip and I have decided that this might be the most effective tool when submitting an offer. The Realtors always get yelled at when the Seller sees a low offer. People don’t shoot the messenger! We suggest you read the letter…see why the Buyer put in the offer at that number, listen to their reasoning. Let the letter speak for itself. The Sellers then should respond with their counterpoints and suggestions. Who knows? Maybe, just maybe…when everyone is miserable, moody and agitated and both sides give in and compromise a little…we all just might have a deal!

Please view The New York Times article (05/31/08) : https://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/31/business/yourmoney/31money.html?_r=3&ref=business&pagewanted=all&oref=slogin


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The information herein is believed to be accurate but not guaranteed and may be subject to errors, omissions and changes without notice. This is not to be construed as a solicitation of property presently listed for sale.

All information is derived from the Palm Beach County Property Appraisers website and the MLS.

Have You Done A Windstorm Mitigation Inspection On Your Home

Can you believe we are here again…”Hurricane Season”. According to tonights newscast it begins in June and we all are very familiar with the anxiety we all suffer until it ends.

Word is getting around about a way of cutting windstorm insurance premiums. You necessarily won’t have to change a thing, and you can save thousands of dollars.

The answer: A Windstorm Mitigation Inspection

By meeting the protection criteria of the F.W.U.A (Florida Windstorm Underwriters Association), Insurance companies will reduce your property insurance premiums accordingly. But to qualify, it’s up to you to contact your insurance carrier and request the inspection. Call your local insurance agent and they will provide you with a list of local inspectors that are approved by your insurance carrier to perform the inspection.

The requirement from state regulators to offer discounts apply to all residential windstorm policies, condo association policies however, are not. Many homeowners are not aware their homes have what it takes to receive these discounts… and surely Insurance companies are not going to go out of their way to tell you! So call tomorrow…and try to get through the season with a little less worry and a lot more money in your pocket.

The information herein is believed to be accurate but not guaranteed and may be subject to errors, omissions and changes without notice. This is not to be construed as a solicitation of property presently listed for sale.

All information is derived from the Palm Beach County Property Appraisers website and the MLS.

Two Key Factors To Selling Your Home

We hope everyone had a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend with family and friends. Philip and I enjoyed having “one” day off from showing property (not by our choice). Never the less, a little well deserved “R & R” never hurts anyone and spending time with loved ones is always uplifting.

Showings have progressively slowed down since we are coming upon the dreaded summer months. However, we have noticed that real Buyers are out there in the market place, but as suspected, they are all out on a “Feeding Frenzy”. Today’s Buyers are looking for two main factors when making their purchasing decision: “Price” and “Appearance”.

  • Price: Price is #1, if not EVERYTHING!!! Buyers are savvy to the current state of the market, informed on what has sold in the area, and what things are really worth these days. Buyers realize it is absolutely a “Buyers Market” and come to showings with all this documentation in hand. People, I am not kidding you, Buyers have repeatedly thrust in our faces articles from local and national news sources to prove their argument that everyone in Florida who has their house on the market lives in “La La Land”. Last time I checked… our real estate licenses did not cover selling property in any such place… is that even in Florida??? But according to today’s Buyers, that’s exactly where all currently listed properties with unrealistic “List Prices” are located…”La La Land”.
  • Appearance: In today’s market, how your home presents itself is a major factor to potential Buyers. I’m sorry to say it folks, but its a serious “Beauty Contest” out there. With an increase in inventory and the abundance of competition with so many similar homes/models available, your home MUST stand out to make a lasting impression on the “deal seeking” Buyers. They are looking for properties that are not only the greatest financial deal, but best looking with the least amount to “undo” in the home. I know we all get attached to our own “personal style”, and think everyone is going to “love” what we’ve done. Sometimes we get caught up on how much we spent in upgrades based on our own personal taste… but the truth is “the more personalized your home is, the longer you can anticipate it being on the market”. Buyers react the most favorably to listings that are neutral in palette, with clean/well organized spaces, and if your residence happens to look like the sunny “Florida” vacation home they are dreaming of …well then you are one of the lucky ones… you have an advantage.

Seems simple enough…right? Sometimes the best answer is the most obvious one. We know that “Location, Location, Location” is the most important factor in real estate. Well, if the potential Buyer has decided on Mizner Country Club as their place for their future home… there’s your location factor! The good thing is that we all have that one key element going for us, and if you add “Price” and “Appearance” into the formula… There’s your recipe for getting one step closer to having your property sold!

These days Buyer’s are looking to make a deal and feel like they’ve made a “wise decision”. Volatile factors in the economy and real estate market today show that home prices continue to decline, with no foreseen end in sight. So our best advice is… “The offer you receive today, is going to be the best offer you’ll get…until who knows when???

Check back on June 1st for our latest article titled “May 2008 – Year To Date Sales”.

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The information herein is believed to be accurate but not guaranteed and may be subject to errors, omissions and changes without notice. This is not to be construed as a solicitation of property presently listed for sale.

All information is derived from the Palm Beach County Property Appraisers website and the MLS.

Welcome To The Luxury Resort Portfolio Blog

“We Invite You To Experience Our Expertise”

Luxury Resort Portfolio is Philip Lyle Smith and Carla Ferreira-Smith,
Luxury Resort Specialists, and collectively we represent the most prestigious Golf Course and Gates Estate Enclaves South Florida has to offer.

As Country Club Residents we offer our clients first hand knowledge and experience. As Specialists in presenting the Luxury Resort Lifestyle, we would be pleased to introduce you to an exclusive Lifestyle Portfolio of Residences that are sunbathed here on the Gold Coast of South Florida. Whether your needs be in buying of selling and important estate, acquiring and investment property, or simply purchasing another home of your dreams, we can provide the highest level of customized service, matched and exceeded only by the highest level of performance.

The decision to purchase or sell your home is one of the most important transactions you can make. We know you have concerns and considerations, and we want to make the experience a positive and rewarding one for you, providing the style of personalized service you expect and deserve.

We specialize in a Lifestyle Portfolio encompassing the most beautiful and luxurious estates South Florida has to offer. If you would like to preview these magnificent residences or gain maximum marketing exposure for your estate, culminating in the sale of your property, we would welcome the opportunity to be of service.

View our website at LuxuryResortPortfolio.com to preview South Florida’s finest properties.


Continue to visit our “Luxury Resort Portfolio” Blog for the latest information on everything “Luxury”. We also welcome your feedback and look forward to hearing from all of our “Luxury Resort Portfolio” readers.

The information herein is believed to be accurate but not guaranteed and may be subject to errors, omissions and changes without notice. This is not to be construed as a solicitation of property presently listed for sale.

All information is derived from the Palm Beach County Property Appraisers website and the MLS.

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