Should I use more than 1 Realtor?

December 9th, 2014

Buyers never ask this question, but a small percentage use multiple realtors.

When I take on a new buyer, I give it 110% and expect my buyer to be loyal to me. Some searches can take 2-3 years and I get paid, not from the buyer, but from the seller at the very end, if at all. No other profession works this way.

For some clients, this can mean a couple hundred hours of work over a lengthy time. Initial conversations, setting up searches, tapping into my knowledge base, hours of work in the field to gather my knowledge base, setting up appointments (hours’ worth of researching, calling, returning calls, blocking out time, etc.), automobile expense, and the list goes on and on.  I’d rather not take on a client who disrespects my time and efforts. If a buyer is prone to do that, they’d best be up front with their Realtor and let them make the decision as to whether they want to make a commitment that will likely be fruitless. At the end of the day, we all have the same inventory to show you. It boils down to who you think has the best knowledge base and negotiation skill set.

The best Realtors will pass on a buyer looking with more than one Realtor, knowing that there are only so many hours in a week and want to devote their time to the people who are loyal. In return, we will break our back for you. And by best, I mean the nicest and most loyal people, not just the ones who buy the most expensive houses. My Grandfather had a saying: You can’t do a good deal with a bad guy and you can only do a good deal with a good guy. We are looking for the good guys and will do everything in our power to give them a raving fan’s experience. If you are thinking of looking for a home in Jupiter or real estate in Palm Beach Gardens, take a look at our client reviews.

  • Delicious
  • Facebook
  • Digg
  • Reddit
  • StumbleUpon
  • Twitter
  • Google+

Luxury Realtor in Jupiter and Palm Beach Gardens

December 9th, 2014

Looking for a luxury Realtor?

This can be very tricky, as it’s pretty hard to find out that much about most Realtors. I personally specialize in the $1 million plus real estate market and have done so for the past several years. I do not limit myself to 1 community, but know them all. My last 8 sales have been in 8 different communities, based on our assessment of our buyer’s needs and lifestyle. With a 30-45 minute conversation, I can pretty much narrow it down to the 3 best communities for them, but sometimes, if I only speak with just either the husband or the wife, I find that the other may want something quite different.

So I try to get both parties on the phone for an extended interview. It is an enlightening process for everyone. From BallenIsles homes for sale to Jupiter Island condos, I know them like the back of my hand. Please take a minute or two and read the article below about me. See if my credentials are a good fit for you.

Cary Lichtenstein specializes in working with high net-worth clients. He represents both buyers and sellers. He specializes in properties in excess of $1 million.

Cary’s Philosophy

Cary is looking for the client who wants an exceptional realtor to represent them. Cary works 7 days a week and will tackle your project, whether on the buy or sell side, like it’s his only project. He will give you his undivided attention, his vast background of knowledge, and expertise.

Background: Economics, Law, Entrepreneur
You will find Cary’s background rather unique among real estate professionals. He has dual degrees in finance and economics from the University of read more.

  • Delicious
  • Facebook
  • Digg
  • Reddit
  • StumbleUpon
  • Twitter
  • Google+

Best club communities for golf in Jupiter and Palm Beach Gardens

December 9th, 2014

I’m an avid golfer and would like to know my best options in the Jupiter & Palm Beach Gardens area?

As a former 4-handicap and panelist for different golf gagazines, I’m pretty well qualified to answer this one. In fact, on my bucket list was to play all 100 of the top courses on Golf Digest’s list and I finished the 2004 list in 2008. You have a lot of excellent options in both gated golf communities and private clubs. Here are my comments:

Admirals Cove – Private in the best luxury golf and boating community. The writer lives here and selected this to be his home course. It has 45 holes of excellent golf, a 77-boat marina, 4 pools, a large fitness facility, multiple dining venues, even a bank, and a beauty parlor. No amenity is missed here. There are 893 homes in total.

BallenIsles  – 3 private courses in a gated community in Palm Beach Gardens. 2 of the 3 have been redone in recent years. 1574 homes were built in BallenIsles.

Dye Preserve – Private. Designed by Pete Dye, an excellent redo of his Cypress Links course. One of Pete Dye’s more user friendly tracks. The Links in Ranch Colony has just 51 homes.

Bear’s Club – Private. Designed by Jack Nicklaus, his home Florida course, excellent, but a demanding test; more of a course for a better player. In recent years, Jack has taken a little bit of bite out, but it’s not a course where you can spray and recover.  Bear’s Club real estate for sale has 68 homes.

Eastpointe– A sleeper. Has an excellent course designed by George Fazio. There are 875 residences in all.

Frenchman’s Creek – 2 private courses in a fine, high-end, gated community of 606 homes. The community has a private beach club and is known for its incredible service.

Frenchman’s Reserve – 1 private golf course in a newer gated community designed by Arnold Palmer. Tends to get pretty windy on the back nine.  There are just 448 estates and luxury townhouses. Great location near the beach and equidistant in between Jupiter and Palm Beach Gardens.

Ibis  – 3 private courses, all designed by Jack Nicklaus. Large community, a few miles west of I-95/Turnpike. Excellent home values. 1808 homes.

Jonathan’s Landing – Has 3 courses, all in Jupiter but in different locations. While they are private, you can take a membership without being a homeowner. However, there are 1213 homes here. The course on Alternate A1A has 3 terrific finishing holes, the rest are so-so. The 2 other courses are in Old Trail, a community of 74 homes, in Ranch Colony. The Fazio Course is excellent. The Hills course is a little tricky, requiring set-up shots.

Jupiter Hills – Private. Designed by Tom Fazio’s uncle, George Fazio, in 1959, redesigned by Tom. It is situated in the highest sand dunes in northern Jupiter. It is generally ranked in the top 100 and is a fine course. There are 212 Jupiter Hills homes altogether.

Loxahatchee Club – Private with 1 course. It is an excellent Jack Nicklaus designed course, one he did early in his architectural career which has been recently updated. There are 664 homes.

Loblolly Pines -2 private courses in a remote, out-of-the-way area in Hobe Sound.

Lost Tree Village -2 private courses in an upscale, pricey community. This is where Jack Nicklaus and most of his children and their families live. Prospective members and homeowners must be sponsored by at least 2 current residents who know them personally.  There are 570 homes, many on the Intracoastal Waterway.

McArthur- Private. Designed by Tom Fazio and located in Hobe Sound. An excellent course situated in pure white sand dunes. Fazio created a true masterpiece here. Everyone likes this course and it is user friendly.

Medalist  – Private in Hobe Sound, designed by Greg Norman, ultra-difficult, not for the meek at heart. Home to over 40 touring pros, including Tiger woods. Just 119 homes on site.

Mirasol -2 private courses in a gated community. Newer construction with kid’s clubhouse. One course designed by Tom Fazio, the other by Arthur Hills. There are 1164 homes.

Old Marsh– Has 1 private course designed by Pete Dye which used to be ranked in the top 100. An excellent course that goes in and out and around the marsh. There are 172 homes.

Old Palm has 1 private course designed by Ray Floyd with both a 19th-hole island green and an unparalleled practice facility of 3 full-length practice holds and an indoor-outdoor teaching facility. Old Palm is home to half  a dozen touring pros, including Lee Westwood. There are just 305 homes.

PGA National– has 5 courses (4 on site) and is semi-private. Their championship course is home to the Honda Classic. Jack Nicklaus tinkers annually with the track and it sets up wonderfully for both pros and members alike. There are 4961 homes. The Estates course at Bay Hill Estates, home to 255 homes, has the 5th course.

Seminole Landing – Private. A perennial top-20 course in North Palm Beach. Almost impossible to join, but an invitation you don’t want to turn down. Built during the roaring ‘20s, this seaside course, with its tiny greens, can change from a docile track into a US Open test when the wind blows. Seminole Landing real estate consists of just 45 homes, many on the Atlantic Ocean.

Trump National – Private. Designed by Jack Nicklaus, next door to the Bear’s Club. The writer was a member here for about 5-6 years and personally finds this a better track than the Bear’s Club.

There are 2 public courses:  Abacoa Golf Club and North Palm Beach Country Club.  Abacoa is wonderfully manicured, has a nice clubhouse and easy access location. Jack Nicklaus redesigned North Palm Beach Country Club for a dollar as a gift back to the community he now resides in.  There is also a semi-private club by Indian Creek called the Golf Club of Jupiter. Its not super challenging but easy to get on and great value for the money.

Lastly, there is a short 18-hole course on the north end of Jupiter Island. Membership is by invitation only. If your ancestors came over on the Mayflower, maybe they would consider taking you.

For any of the private clubs, our Membrship Club Comparison chart shows all the initiation costs, dues, and fees for each country club. Feel free to email me at cary@jeffrealty.com for a more in-depth analysis.

  • Delicious
  • Facebook
  • Digg
  • Reddit
  • StumbleUpon
  • Twitter
  • Google+

Admirals Cove Pet Restrictions

December 9th, 2014

I live in Admirals Cove, in Jupiter, a pet-friendly community. We have 2 dog parks, one for the big dogs and one for the little ones. My wife and I have 2 French poodles, 8 and 14 lbs., Precious and Cocoa. We walk every morning at 7am for 45 minutes. Our route brings us in contact with lots of pets and their owners. Pet owners gravitate towards one another and we often dine with the owners.

One owner has a Golden Doodle, a combo of Golden Retriever and French Poodle. Based on its size, it must be 99% Golden and 1% French, but it is friendly as can be. We know every pet’s name. Harbour Homes for sale at Admirals Cove do have some restrictions.  The ones on Eagle, Captains Way, and Spyglass all differ, so please email me at cary@jeffrealty.com for a detailed rundown.

  • Delicious
  • Facebook
  • Digg
  • Reddit
  • StumbleUpon
  • Twitter
  • Google+

Where is the best oceanfront property in the Northern Palm Beaches?

December 8th, 2014

We want to live directly on the ocean. What do you recommend?

Singer Island, Juno Beach, and Jupiter Island are your three best options. Singer Island condos for sale start from $400,000 and go to $10 million, with the Ritz Carlton Residences being the newest and best. However, there are over 20 different buildings and a few just being cleared for new construction.

Jupiter Beach condos are from $500,000 to $4 million and Jupiter Island luxury estates up to $20+ million.

Juno Beach is mostly condos with a small section of homes from $3-5 million.

Jupiter Inlet Colony real estate, a small neighborhood of 236 homes with its own police force, also has some direct oceanfront property.

  • Delicious
  • Facebook
  • Digg
  • Reddit
  • StumbleUpon
  • Twitter
  • Google+